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UTA In The News — Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

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Digital learning

The Learning Innovation and Networked Knowledge (LINK) Lab at UT Arlington has been chosen to lead a $1.6 million initiative to connect and support researchers across the country as they examine digital learning's effect on higher education today and in the future, the Inside Higher Ed, ECN Magazine, the Fort Worth Business Press and PhysOrg. The new Digital Learning Research Network (dLRN) is funded by a grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. LINK Lab Executive Director George Siemens will coordinate work between UT Arlington and nine additional institutions, including Carnegie Mellon University, Stanford University, Teachers College Columbia University and others.

Dream job

The Fort Worth Star-Telegram featured a story on Kristin Milam, a UT Arlington alum who landed her full-time dream job at Airbus Helicopter in Grand Prairie after she graduated in 2013 with a bachelor’s in aerospace engineering. She is an associate flight-test analysis engineer and is the only woman among the 12 teammates in the experimental flight test department. James Merkel, a UT Arlington graduate and flight-test colleague of Milam, was also quoted in the story.

Diversity and accessibility

Morgan Wood is among four UT Arlington students who were awarded the first round of scholarships by the Craig H. Neilsen Foundation after the nonprofit partnered with the university’s office for students with disabilities last spring, according to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram website. The foundation, which also recently awarded scholarships at seven other institutions across the nation, committed $131,000 to cover the four UT Arlington students’ tuition, fees, books and supplies for the rest of their undergraduate or graduate degree programs.

Competitive and creative industry

The University of Texas at Arlington was among a group of colleges earlier this year that participated in the International Corrugated Packaging Foundation’s Careers in Corrugated Packaging and Display Teleconference, Paperboard Packing Online reported. The event, which is again set for February 2015, is not a webcast, but a live video conference utilizing PBS studios and professional TV broadcast grade equipment for two-way interactivity.