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UTA In The News — Monday, November 17, 2014

Monday, November 17, 2014

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New dean

UT Arlington has appointed Nan Ellin, professor and chair of the University of Utah Department of City and Metropolitan Planning, as founding dean of a new college that will be formed through the integration of the existing School of Architecture and School of Urban and Public Affairs, The Street, Bloomberg BusinessWeek, CityBizList Dallas, WFSB/CBS 3 (Hartford, Conn.), WRCB/NBC 3 (Chattanooga, Tenn.) and several other news websites reported. Dr. Ellin said she was drawn to UT Arlington by the University's unique role as the major public research institution at the center of the dynamic North Texas region and an appreciation for the region's architectural heritage.

Physics prowess

A University of Texas at Arlington physics team is using its expertise in the field of optics and photonics to advance new methods in areas such as mapping the neural circuitry of the brain and guiding neurons to potentially repair damage in the body, according to the website Lightwave. Samarendra Mohanty, an assistant professor of physics, is co-author on two papers published this month, in PLOS ONE and Nature Scientific Reports.

Art imitates life

The New York Times At War blog featured a story on “Basetrack Live”- a theatrical production of one corporal’s deployment and homecoming - inspired by the story of UT Arlington student Corporal A.J. Czubai & his wife Melissa. The production is showing at the Harvey Theater, Brooklyn Academy of Music, and will be going on a national tour.

Neighborhood health

Brian Guenzel, director of the Institute of Urban Studies at The University of Texas at Arlington, was featured in a U.S. News & World Report story on how to tell if you’re buying a home in a growing neighborhood. Young families moving in can be a sign of growth, but Guenzel said, “sometimes a neighborhood with an older population is a more stable one.”

When to negotiate

Rachel Croson, Dean of the College of Business at University of Texas Arlington, was featured in a KTVT/CBS 11 story about five surprising things worth negotiating over. She said there are many items one can successfully negotiate on the price. “For most high-ticket items you can get 10-percent off for just asking,” Croson said.

New math criteria

Jacqueline Weilmuenster, a master teacher in the UTeach program at UT Arlington, was quoted in a Dallas Morning News story about frustrations with implementation of new statewide math standards. “Teachers are finding it difficult to do two or three years of instruction without leaving students behind. Many tell me they're spending a few days on topics they've previously spent weeks to develop,” she said.

Trying to make dreams a reality

Jarryd Willis, a Ph.D. student and creator/president of a UT Arlington student organization called the DREAM Factory, was featured in a KDAF/CW33 story about an event to help students apply for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival, a two year, renewable reprieve from fear of deportation for undocumented immigrant children. A 14-year-old participant said the policy would help her achieve her dream of a better life.

New title for alumna

Fort Worth Assistant Chief Rhonda Robertson, a UT Arlington alum, will be named interim police chief in January to replace Jeff Halstead, who announced this week that he is retiring, according to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. Robertson has a master’s in Criminology and Criminal Justice from the University of Texas at Arlington.