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UTA In The News — Monday, January 12, 2015

Monday, January 12, 2015

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Defining nursing competency standards

The University of Texas at Arlington College of Nursing and Health Innovation has been awarded a $1.8 million grant from the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board to lead a multi-institution study of clinical experience requirements for nursing school graduates, and Congoo reported. The research will involve more than 1,700 students over 30 months. Partners in the program include Tarleton State University, El Centro College, Brookhaven College, the Dallas-Fort Worth Hospital Council Foundation and six North Texas health care systems.

Immigration and the tuition fight

Immigration advocates and critics alike are preparing for a contentious legislative debate on a bill that would end in-state college tuition for students whose parents brought them to the U.S. illegally, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported. UT Arlington students said they plan to attend the Austin rally next week to support family members and friends who would be affected.

New leader

The University of Texas at Arlington has announced the appointment of Duane B. Dimos of Sandia National Laboratories in Albuquerque, N.M., as vice president for research, IT reported. Sandia is the nation's premier science and engineering laboratory for national security and technology innovation. Dr. Dimos is an expert in materials science and engineering. He has published more than 140 technical papers, edited four proceedings volumes and holds 11 patents.

Movin' Mavs recruit

UT Arlington's newest Movin' Mavs recruit, Fabian Romo, was featured a KHOU story that WFAA Channel 8 and KVUE 24 in Austin ran. Romo, an Elkins High School senior, never let his lack of a leg stop him from playing sports. He signed recently with UT Arlington’s wheelchair basketball team. Coach Doug Garner said Romo “is one of the players that I think is going to lead our team in the next five years.” The Movin Mavs have won seven national championships in wheelchair basketball. The Fort Bend Star  ran a similar story.

Playing for green

Teams from four North Texas colleges and one from Ohio State University competed Thursday to be the “greenest” team at the inaugural College Football Playoff National Championship, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported. Each team of 10 members competed to plant 10 trees at the new High Oak Park in Arlington faster and better than its competitors. A UT Arlington team came in second place to Ohio State.