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UTA In The News — Monday, August 3, 2015

Monday, August 3, 2015

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Center of Excellence

The University of Texas at Arlington's College of Nursing and Health Innovation has been named a Center of Excellence in Nursing Education by the National League for Nursing, D Healthcare Daily and reported. UT Arlington, one of only 12 nursing schools in the country to earn the designation this year, achieved the honor by demonstrating sustained, evidence-based and substantive innovation in the category of “Creating Environments that Enhance Student Learning and Professional Development."

Sea star study

A study led by a UT Arlington graduate student examining sea stars dying along the West Coast provides new clues about the starfish's immune response and its ability to protect a diverse coastal ecosystem, reported. Lauren Fuess, a Ph.D. candidate in quantitative biology, and her team looked at the wasting disease responsible for the largest die-off of sea stars ever recorded.

College radio viability

Radio World quoted Lance Liguez, lecturer and faculty advisor to, in a story about the viability of college radio in today’s media environment. is UT Arlington’s student-run radio program. Liguez says that today’s students are very engaged in radio. He’s especially seen an increase in the number of students who want to pursue sports radio.

Biden impact

Allan Saxe, UT Arlington associate professor of political science, was interviewed by KDAF CW 33 about the possibility of vice president Joe Biden entering the Democratic presidential nominee race. “If Joe Biden gets in it will be very serious competition,” Saxe said.

Trinity River park would be an amenity

Mark Lamster, professor in practice in the UT Arlington College of Architecture, Planning and Public Policy and architecture critic for the News, wrote an op-ed in The Dallas Morning News about building a park between the Trinity River levees, saying while some think the floodplain unsuitable, a park would be an amenity that protects Dallas.

Campus tours importance

The Fort Worth Star-Telegram quoted Karen Moser, assistant director of the UT Arlington Dan Dipert University Welcome Center, in an article about the importance of campus tours. Moser says to get the most out of the experience prospective students should make a list of questions in advance.

Grad lands starring role in PBS film

The Advertiser reported that UT Arlington alumna Ashley Dené Smith has landed a starring role in a PBS film narrated by Morgan Freeman titled, “JFK-LBJ: A Time for Greatness.” Smith, credited as Dené Hill, plays the lead female role of Geraldine “Gerri” Whittington, the first and only African-American to serve in the White House as personal executive secretary.

Alum says art allows him to serve

The Midland Reporter-Telegram interviewed alumnus and artist Scott Dykema about using his artwork for good and living his dream. “I think art does lend itself somehow to helping others. It may not be an essential like food or clothing, but in a different way, it’s my way of serving,” says Dykema.

WNBA team could inspire

The Dallas Morning News reported that a new WNBA team in town could help inspire local girls. WNBA team the Shock are planning to relocate from Tulsa to UT Arlington’s College Park Center.