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UTA In The News — Friday, October 31, 2014

Friday, October 31, 2014

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NSF grant helps to diversify STEM field

A new National Science Foundation grant will support a dozen University of Texas at Arlington doctoral students in science, technology, engineering and mathematics, also known as STEM fields, with free tuition and a $30,000 yearly stipend for two years, the Fort Worth Business Press reported. The $974,250 in funding for UTA’s Bridge to the Doctorate Fellowships comes from the Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation program at the NSF.

Race for Governor

UT Arlington Political Science Professor Tom Marshall was quoted in a Fort Worth Star-Telegram story about the Texas gubernatorial race. Both candidates appeared in Fort Worth Wednesday. Fort Worth is the hometown of Democrat state Sen. Wendy Davis, but is also one of the reddest counties in the state. “They are going to slug this out right to the end,” Marshall said. “They are making the rounds diligently, and rallies are safe events … to help them pick up some extra turnout. It’s an effort to rally the troops.”

Violence in Jerusalem

Brent Sasley, associate professor of political science at UT Arlington, was quoted in a Vox piece about violence in Jerusalem, which has been ongoing since before this summer’s Gaza war. "Neither the Israeli nor the Palestinian leadership has done much to calm things down or, more importantly, stop or reverse policies that inflame things,” Sasley said.

The 2014 Vote

Allan Saxe, UT Arlington associate political science professor, was quoted in a Dallas Voice story about whether Texas voters will cross party lines or vote straight ticket. “[Statewide] straight ticket voting will likely dominate, but there are some specific contests where some Republicans are not happy with their candidates and either abstain or vote Democratic,” Saxe said. Moderate Republicans may prefer Democratic candidates for lieutenant governor, attorney general and comptroller.

Planning for success during the college freshman year

Nerd Wallet quoted Molly Albart, director of student affairs planning, assessment and student success at The University of Texas at Arlington, in its report about things freshmen can do in their first few months on campus to ensure success later. On making time to study and being aware of deadlines, Albart said: “Many students spend the first few weeks of college getting behind in their academics and they don’t even know it. Know what to do before assignments are due.”

Friends offer support for UTA nursing alumna

The Columbia Journalism Review and D Magazine’s Frontburner blog noted the connection between The Dallas Morning News and Kaci Hickox, the UT Arlington nursing graduate in defiance of and threatening legal action over her Ebola quarantine in Maine. CNN’s New Day interviewed former UT Arlington Student Congress President Neer Patel about Hickox, his former college classmate and friend.

Panic and politics of Ebola

Ben Agger, a sociology professor and director of the Center for Theory at UT Arlington, wrote an opinion-editorial for Truthout.org about the viral panic and politics of Ebola.