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UTA In The News — Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

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Overcoming challenges

UT Arlington student Ricardo Lucien was featured in a Univision story about his life as a wheelchair basketball player with the Movin’ Mavs.

Making haste not waste

John Darling, UT Arlington's chief composter, was featured in a sustainability video at GreenSourceDFW. Darling said UT Arlington collects between 300 and 500 pounds of compost materials per day. Recently, the program was recognized by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Food Recovery Challenge for its demonstrated commitment to improving sustainable food management practices.

Clean sweep

Incumbents swept Tarrant congressional races Tuesday night, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported. Allan Saxe, a UT Arlington associate political science professor, said the sweep isn't too unusual since the way district lines are drawn give power to incumbents and make the delegation "cemented in.”

Packaging design lab celebrated

UT Arlington and the International Corrugated Packaging Foundation partnered recently to create a packaging design lab in the visual communications area of the Department of Art and Art History in the College of Liberal Arts. Paperboard Packaging and Congoo News reported that the program joins 24 other partner campuses across North America that have been initiated or expanded with ICPF help.

Army supports UT Arlington research

The U.S. Army has awarded $1.04 million to support research at The University of Texas at Arlington into the use of injectable biodegradable microscaffolding to support cartilage and bone healing with autologous stem cell transplants for the treatment of post-traumatic osteoarthritis, SmartBrief reported. Liping Tang, chair of the UT Arlington Bioengineering Department, is leading the research.

Textbook-lending program

UT Arlington Libraries created a new program to loan textbooks for selected courses, focusing on large-enrollment classes with a high rate of student withdrawal or failure, CITE reported. UT Arlington Libraries established the program to address the problem of students trying to make it through a difficult course without the textbook because they didn’t have money to buy or rent it.

New ranking for online RN to BSN program

Nonprofit Colleges Online ranked UT Arlington No. 5 among universities for its online RN to BSN nursing programs, WBAY 2 in Green Bay, WMBF in Myrtle Beach, S.C., Fox 49 in Tallahassee, Fla., WSMV 4 in Nashville and many other websites reported. The rankings took cost and other factors into account in awarding the "Students Before Profits" designation.

Alumnus to be inducted in UTA Athletics Hall of Fame

Hunter Pence, outfielder for the World Champion San Francisco Giants, will be inducted in the 2015 UT Arlington Athletics Hall of Fame in January, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported. Other inductees include: Elston Cawley (men’s track and field), Valeria Whitfield (women’s volleyball), Mike Stamps (football) and the 1996-2000 Men’s Track and Field teams.