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UTA In The News — Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

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Women in oceanography

Ashanti Johnson, assistant vice provost for faculty recruitment and associate professor of environmental science at UT Arlington, is among 209 women featured in Oceanography’s Women in Oceanography: A Decade Later. The special supplement publication examines the progress that women in oceanography have made and on barriers that remain since Oceanography first looked at the issue in 2005. Oceanography is the official magazine of The Oceanography Society.

Policy impact of Holocaust

The International Business Times interviewed Brent Sasley, a UT Arlington associate professor of political science, for a story on how the Holocaust shapes Israel’s foreign policy. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has repeatedly stated that the Iranian government has denied the Holocaust and has called for the destruction of Israel and Jews -- and that therefore it must never be allowed to possess anything that may lead to building nuclear weapons. “The secular political right use it as an explanation for standing firm, for standing against the Iranian nuclear program,” Sasley said. He pointed to how Netanyahu frequently refers to the Holocaust in his rhetoric on the issue. 

Super Bowl compared to Roman antiquities

The Fort Worth Star-Telegram interviewed Donald Kyle, a UT Arlington professor of antiquities, for a story about the Super Bowl, which has grown from a curiosity to behemoth. Tickets to the first Super Bowl cost between $6 and $12. The average price to Sunday’s game is about $3,900. The roots are instinctive, traceable to the great sports spectacles that precede the 21st century by more than 21 centuries. We see it as a critical element in the antiquities of Rome with the gladiator battles and chariot races. There are many similarities, even with the concrete stadium structures built vertically, though many differences, too, said Kyle.

Grant to help nursing standards

Your Career in Nursing.com noted the $1.8 million dollar research grant awarded to UT Arlington from the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board. The grant will help the College of Nursing and Health Innovation define nursing and competency standards for the state.

Retirement announced

For 30 years, Todd Holzaepfel’s passion was making downtown Fort Worth better, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported. At the end of the month, Holzaepfel is retiring from Downtown Fort Worth Inc., an advocacy organization launched in the early 1980s to improve downtown. Before he joined the group, Holzaepfel was a city planner. He earned three master’s degrees, completed the requirements for a fourth, and earned a doctorate in Transatlantic History from UT Arlington.