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UTA In The News — Thursday, May 7, 2015

Thursday, May 7, 2015

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Smart Care

University of Texas at Arlington nursing and engineering researchers will unveil a model "Smart Care" apartment today that is infused with intelligent care technology designed to reduce risks encountered by older adults and those with disabilities who want to live independently in their own homes, REHACARE Magazine reported. The federal Health Resources and Services Administration provided more than $600,000 in funding for the five-year project, which has been a collaborative effort involving premier faculty from the UT Arlington College of Nursing and Health Innovation and the College of Engineering. 

Smart shopping

Narayanan Janakiraman, UT Arlington assistant professor of marketing in the College of Business, was featured on a KTVT CBS 11 story showing how consumers are baited into buying too much or the wrong things at a supermarket. Janakiraman has done research on consumer behavior.

Wright a Texas legend

Allan Saxe, UT Arlington associate professor of political science, said Texas Congressman Jim Wright was a legend similar to the way Lyndon Johnson or John Nance Garner were in a WBAP 820 report about the congressman’s recent death.

Apple watch won't save retailer

Whether J.C. Penney is successful in trying to make itself relevant as a retailer through Apple Watch sales remains to be seen, RetailWire reported. The story quoted Elten Briggs, a UT Arlington associate professor of marketing in the College of Business. "I think this is a poor fit, honestly. I can see where they may receive some image benefits. ... But as far as it leading to a lot of new sales? I don't see it happening with the Apple Watch app," said Briggs, in a story that originally aired on WFAA Channel 8.

GM grant

The GM Arlington Assembly announced it will provide UT Arlington a $10,000 grant for University Crossroads, a program aimed at helping local students navigate the road to higher education, The News Wheel reported. The UT Arlington grant was part of $100,000 in grants to various community agencies through the General Motors Foundation’s Plant City Grants program. These grants will be used to help fund essential outreach programs aimed at building a stronger community and enriching lives in the Arlington area.

Summer sketch conference

James Richards, a UT Arlington associate professor of landscape architecture, will teach a workshop titled Capturing Singapore's Lively Urban Spaces at the 6th International Urban Sketchers Symposium July 22-25 in Singapore, UrbanSketchers.org reported. In addition to teaching at UT Arlington, Richards is a national award-winning urban designer, artist, writer and professor. 

Educated workforce a key

Educated workers are a key to a strong economy, Tom Harris wrote in a Fort Worth Star-Telegram opinion piece. Harris is president of Alliance Air Services, a Hillwood company and operator of Fort Worth Alliance Airport. He said institutions like UT Arlington are working to build future educated workforces through various curriculums, programs and research.

CEOs could overstay

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, The Wall Street Journal reported. 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. The story centered on John Chambers, the Cisco Systems Inc. CEO who ran the tech giant for 20 years.

Nursing honors

Brenda Butler and Clare Carroll, two UT Arlington College of Nursing graduates, were featured in a Houston Chronicle special section that saluted nurses who received top honors. Butler is manager of critical care services at the Tomball Regional Medical Center. Carroll works at Memorial Hermann Health System.

Universities produce human capital

Ben Agger, UT Arlington sociology professor and director of the Center for Theory, wrote an opinion piece for CounterPunch.org warning that as universities are forced to become more business-like, they should be wary about adopting a business model of all things. Universities, he wrote, need to remember that they produce human capital.

Nepalese disaster fundraiser

A fundraising dinner for Nepalese earthquake victims is being organized by UT Arlington graduate, Nurba Sherpa, owner of Sherpa Foods, the Burlington, Vt., Free Press reported. Sherpa was born and raised in Kathmandu.