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UTA In The News — Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

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Blue Bell's business

An apology, promotions and quality reassurance are just a few of thing one UT Arlington expert says Blue Bell needs to get back on track, KVVU/FOX 5 (Las Vegas), WGCL/CBS 46 (Atlanta), WVUE/FOX 8 (New Orleans) and many other outlets reported. Elten Briggs, UT Arlington associate professor of marketing in the College of Business, is quoted saying, “People have an emotional reaction when they consume ice cream, so it's almost like an emotional hurt when Blue Bell dropped the ball”.

Technology Academy

UT Arlington robotics experts are looking to expand their work with the Arlington Public Library, bringing robotics education to middle and high school students in a Technology Education Academy, the Fort Worth Star Telegram reported. “The theme is assistive robotics — robots that can help people in need,” said Gian-Luca Mariottini, an assistant professor in UT Arlington Department of Computer Science and Engineering and the creator of the pilot 12-week after-school program.

Veterans assistance

KXTX 39/Telemundo Dallas interviewed Lezette Montion, a student recruiter at UT Arlington’s Veterans Assistance Center, about services that the center provides to military veterans to help them adapt and succeed in their academic pursuits. Montion said the services ranged from tutoring to assistance with financial aid applications.

A better road mix

UT Arlington’s Accelerated Pavement Testing Center was declared a hit in a Dallas Morning News editorial, lauding its efforts to develop more durable, cost-effective road surfacing. The editorial reported that even a 5 percent improvement in asphalt durability could save the state $150 million over three years.

STEM Academy

UT Arlington and the Arlington Independent School District have partnered to create a new STEM Academy set to open August 2015 at Martin High School, Arlington School and Family Magazine reported. Students will have the opportunity to earn high school and college credits along four pathways – engineering, biology/biomedical science, computer science and math/science.

Inspired athlete

The Dallas Morning News reported on UT Arlington track & field athlete Clayton Vaughn, who recently ran the 100-meter dash with a time of 9.93, tying for third-fastest in the world. Despite suffering the loss of his mother, Vaughn uses her as inspiration, saying, “I remember everything she believed I could do in life and in track.”

Natural capital

Corporate Responsibility Magazine published an article coauthored by Meghna Tare, Executive Director of the Institute for Sustainability and Global Impact at The University of Texas at Arlington, about the need for a metric that accounts not only a country’s economic wealth but also human, environmental and social factors. Authors say GDP is an inaccurate representation of a nation’s wealth, but could be improved with a more holistic approach.