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UTA In The News — Thursday, June 11, 2015

Thursday, June 11, 2015

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Policy standards for educational leaders

Amid sharp criticism from experts and practitioners in recent weeks, a key set of professional standards that guide the training and professional development of the nation’s school leaders will now explicitly address equity, social justice and ethical behaviors, Education Week reported. An earlier draft was chided for downplaying the role of principals and other leaders in addressing those issues. The about-face is a departure for the Council of Chief State School Officers, which owns the copyright to the standards and is partnering with the National Policy Board for Educational Administration to revise them. Bradley Davis, a UT Arlington assistant professor in the College of Education, was among six education leadership professors and education school deans who wrote a letter to CCSSO seeking changes. Davis was quoted in the article.

iPhone cinema

"Tangerine," the opening movie of the Oak Cliff Film Festival, was shot entirely on iPhones, The Dallas Morning News GuideLive reported. Tangerine is the most notable film shot on iPhone. Closer to home, UT Arlington film professor Ya'Ke Smith used eight iPhones to shoot the chilling short "One Hitta Quitta." Smith's film, which won a Special Jury Prize at this year's Dallas International Film Festival, uses the iPhone's mobile technology to critique the culture of Internet violence. Smith's film also is being featured in the Houston Film Commission's Texas Filmmaker's Showcase 2015 June 21 in Los Angeles.

Bringing back manufacturing

UT Arlington researchers — with help from Wal-Mart — are developing a flexible manufacturing system that assembles parts slightly larger than a thimble, Micromanufacturing reported. The theory is that the system could be adapted to different products of different sizes, reducing the manufacturing costs and allowing goods built overseas to be made in the United States. The story originally ran in The Dallas Morning News.

Getting satisfaction

Glide Magazine featured a review of the Rolling Stones' performance last weekend at AT&T Stadium. The article mentioned UT Arlington’s A Cappella Choir, which accompanied the Stones on the song “You Can’t Always Get What You Want.”

Sport and spectacle

Donald Kyle, a UT Arlington assistant professor of history, was quoted in Archaeology magazine, about Greek and Roman horse racing. Kyle’s contribution was part of a larger story on the horse and its unique role in human culture.

Mathematical techniques

Lockheed Martin, a global security and aerospace company, estimates that widely used software testing methods developed at the National Institute of Standards and Technology can trim test planning and design costs by up to 20 percent, while greatly improving the thoroughness of product and system testing during development, NIST.gov reported. Developed with collaborators from The University of Texas at Arlington, NIST’s Advanced Combinatorial Testing System “uses proven mathematical techniques to greatly reduce the number of tests a company needs to perform to ensure the quality of a product or process,” explains NIST computer scientist Richard Kuhn.

Sprinting into the National Championships

Two UT Arlington sprinters, Clayton Vaughn and Quentin Butler, have headed to the National Championship in Oregon to compete in the 100-meter dash, KDAF CW 33 reported. The speedy sprinters are two of only about 100 men to ever break the 10-second barrier. The national meet runs through Saturday in Oregon.