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UTA In The News — Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

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Child math prodigy

Marcie Tiraphatna, a 15-year-old mathematics student, is just days away from receiving her bachelor's degree in mathematics from The University of Texas at Arlington, KDFW Fox 4 reported.

Spotlight on Jiang

American Way, the American Airlines magazine, reported on Baker Jiang, formerly vice president of hypermarket operations at Wal-Mart China, who earned a UT Arlington Asian Executive MBA, which allows students in China to focus on enterprises within their country. Jiang traveled to the UT Arlington main campus for his 2012 graduation and was honored later that year with the university’s Distinguished International Alumni Award. Jiang is now senior vice president, retail, at Great China Sephora. The story quoted UT Arlington College of Business Dean Rachel Croson. “We were interested in furthering international engagement, and for the population in China. The EMBA was the right degree.”

Tenure over time

CEO tenure may be longer at Fortune 500 and Standard & Poor's 500 firms but an ideal CEO stay might be much shorter according to a study done by researchers at Sichuan University in Chengdu, China, and The University of Texas at Arlington, a Dow Jones Business News story reported in and Morningstar. That study found that bosses lose touch with market conditions and become entrenched the longer they remain in their roles. The optimal tenure length, the researchers decided, was 4.8 years.

Intense mayoral race

Incumbent Arlington Mayor Robert Cluck isn’t ready to hand over the seat to challenger Jeff Williams just yet, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported in highlighting the top race in this Saturday’s municipal elections. Allan Saxe, a UT Arlington associate professor of political science, said the race is the most intensive in the city in a long time. “It makes the community sit up and look at what’s going on. A highly competitive race stirs up the water. There is nothing wrong with that.