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UTA In The News — Friday, April 24, 2015

Friday, April 24, 2015

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MOOC rules

Inside Higher Ed quoted George Siemens, executive director of the UT Arlington LINK Research Lab, in a story about Arizona State University’s plans to award credit through massive open online courses to thousands of students at the same time. ASU has yet to brief its accreditor about the initiative, which will allow students to simply register for the courses but not have to apply and be admitted to ASU.  “This is what has in the past been called ‘distance education’ or ‘online learning,’” Siemens said in an email. “Nothing new here, folks, move along."

Analytical chemistry award

The India Journal 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. 

Primary contests

The Texas Tribune interviewed Allan Saxe, UT Arlington associate professor of political science, for a story about state Reps. Charlie Geren, R-Fort Worth, and Jim Keffer, R-Eastland. Both powerful incumbents already face challengers in their 2016 primaries. Saxe said candidates Bo French and Mike Lang stand an outside chance if they can capitalize on their early starts by raising the money — namely with the help of the outside groups that dominate GOP primaries in Texas — boosting their name ID, and zeroing in on the incumbents' perceived weaknesses as they navigate the politically perilous final weeks of the session.

StartUp Lounge

EIN News reported on the StartUp Lounge, a new innovation center located within The University of Texas at Arlington. The center aims to be a collaborative space that will bolster the development and entrepreneurial efforts of institutions within the North Texas region.

Visiting instructor tabbed as judge

Life of an Architect.com profiled Joe McCall, a visiting instructor for the graduate design studio at UT Arlington’s School of Architecture and one of the judge’s for the 2015 Life of an Architect Playhouse Design Competition.

UTA grad named city manager

A UT Arlington alumnus has been named the new city manager in Duncanville, Focus Daily News reported. Kevin Hugman earned his master’s degree in public administration from UT Arlington.

Concrete canoe competition

The Examiner.com noted several schools, including UT Arlington, have students competing this weekend in the American Society of Civil Engineers Texas-Mexico Regional Concrete Canoe Competition at Lamar University. Winning teams will advance to the 28th annual Concrete Canoe National Competition hosted in June by Clemson University.

Private-public student housing explored

The Texas Higher Education Journal noted that UT Arlington has 960 private beds in its story about public universities in Texas that currently rely on third-party contractors to meet some or all of their student housing needs.