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UTA In The News — Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

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Manufacturing support

The U.S. Commerce Department’s National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Tuesday announced the award of new cooperative agreements to 10 nonprofit organizations and universities to manage Hollings Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) centers, the U.S. Commerce Department’s blog reported. The recipients include The University of Texas at Arlington/Texas Manufacturing Assistance Center, which received $6.7 million. NIST’s MEP program helps small- and mid-size manufacturers create and retain jobs, increase profits and save time and money. The story also appeared at

Keystone rejection

The Toronto Star and Hamilton Spectator quoted Rebecca Deen, associate professor and chair of the UT Arlington Department of Political Science, in a story about a bill to approve the Keystone XL pipeline that was swiftly rejected by President Obama Tuesday. “He's threatened to veto legislation at rates we would expect, and that threat rate has increased over time as the Democratic majority in the Senate dwindled and then as party control slipped," Deen said. The veto is only the third of Obama’s presidency, but he has exercised his executive authority freely in his second term and threatened in January to veto eight bills.

Work-life balance

The San Antonio Express-News noted a study by UT Arlington in its article about after-hours work emails that often anger and disrupt workers’ personal life. “A lot of the advice that’s out there just tells people just don’t check your email after hours. But in reality that’s also an impossibility,” said Marcus Butts, an associate professor of management in the UT Arlington College of Business and the study’s lead author. “We have a compulsion or an obsession with checking our emails. Often it’s kind of expected from an organizational standpoint that you are going to check your email.” The study was published in the Academy of Management Journal.

Dasgupta honored with national education award

India reported that Purnendu Dasgupta, Jenkins Garrett Professor of Chemistry at UT Arlington, has been awarded the 2015 American Chemical Society Division of Analytical Chemistry J. Calvin Giddings Award. Among other accomplishments, the national award recognizes a scientist who has enhanced the professional development of analytical chemistry students.

Arlington development

The Arlington City Council voted unanimously Tuesday to approve a 12-month agreement with Dallas-based developer Trammell Crow to help attract a corporate headquarters to the entertainment district, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported.  As home to The University of Texas at Arlington, District 3 Councilman Robert Rivera said, the city is blessed to have an educated workforce. Recruiting new companies that offer sought-after jobs can help keep those college graduates in town, where they can buy homes, start their families and spend money at local businesses.

Transfer students examined the different kinds of transfer student and reasons for students to transfer colleges. Schools with the most transfer students in 2013 included DeVry University, UT Arlington, Liberty University, University of Central Florida and California State University, Northridge.