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UTA In The News — Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

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National Teacher of the Year

A UT Arlington alumna has been named the 2015 National Teacher of the Year, WFAA/Channel 8My High Plans.comABC News and many other websites reported. Shanna Peeples, a high school English teacher in Amarillo, earned a master’s degree in education from UT Arlington in 2013. She will be honored by President Obama during a ceremony at the White House.

Consumer behavior

Ritesh Saini, an assistant professor of marketing in the UT Arlington College of Business, said that consumers undergo a moral licensing behavior when shopping with reusable grocery bags, KTVT CBS 11 reported. The story quoted a university study that showed consumers sometimes get grocery store items that aren't necessarily good for them when shopping with their own bags. "We keep a mental clock ticking in our mind and give ourselves positive or negative brownie points," Saini said. 

Great minds celebrate STEM fields

Great Minds in STEM announced a partnership with the STEM Community Council of Arlington in a citywide celebration of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math this week, WAVE 3 in Louisville, Ky., WFMJ 21 in Youngstown, Ohio, KSLA 12 in Shreveport, La., Boston.com and many other websites reported. Local STEM college students from UT Arlington and other colleges will serve as college mentors, guiding student teams through various challenges posed to them throughout an engineering and science design process later this week.

StartUp Lounge

UT Arlington announced the opening of The StartUp Lounge, a new innovation center located on campus, BioNews Texas reported. The center aims to be a collaborative space that will bolster the development and entrepreneurial efforts of institutions within North Texas. The StartUp Lounge is a collaboration among Shimadzu Scientific Instruments, Shimadzu Institute for Research Technologies, the UT Arlington College of Business, College of Engineering and College of Science, ant Tech FW.

Professor honored for distance learning excellence

The United States Distance Learning Association presented a bronze award to UT Arlington's Szu-Yen "Neal" Liang for his use of online technology in teaching Chinese, VirtualStrategy.com reported. Founded in 1987, the USDLA reaches about 20,000 people globally through sponsors and members.

Arlington mayoral race

UT Arlington Associate Professor Allan Saxe moderated an Arlington mayoral candidate debate at the Maverick Activities Center, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported. Incumbent Robert Cluck debated challenger Jeff Williams at the event.