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UTA In The News — Friday, August 14, 2015

Friday, August 14, 2015

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Innovation expansion

The University of Texas at Arlington announced plans to move forward with a new six-story Science, Engineering Innovation and Research building to further the University’s commitment to health science initiatives, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram and Fort Worth Business reported. Construction of the 200,000-square-foot, multi-use facility will be supported, in part, by $70 million in Tuition Revenue Bonds recently approved by state lawmakers.

Online ed market

Inside Higher Ed reported that online experts are criticizing Hillary Clinton’s higher education plan for its narrow view on education. George Siemens, director of the UT Arlington Learning Innovation and Networked Knowledge Lab, was quoted in the article, saying, “This view derives from the short-term, just-invented-now, Silicon Valley mind-set.”

Perez-Nordvedt honored

WFAA Channel 8 and El Hispano News reported on last night’s Ford “Mujeres Legendarias” ceremony, which recognizes “Legendary Women” in North Texas who embody the four pillars of the Ford brand: intelligence, efficiency, ecology and safety. Liliana Perez-Nordvedt, UT Arlington associate professor of marketing, is among the honorees.

Robotic therapy

A team from the UT Arlington Research Institute is developing a new, soft robotic glove that can open and close a patient’s hand, reported. The glove, which might bring some relief for stroke victims, is being developed through funding from the Texas Medical Research Collaborative.

Scholarship awarded

Bloomberg Business,, The Business Journals and various other media outlets reported that nonprofit organization Life Happens has awarded $230,000 in scholarships to 29 deserving students who are struggling financially because their parent died, leaving little or no life insurance. UT Arlington student Miranda Rivera was awarded one of three $15,000 scholarships. Watch her story here.

Alumna's new role reported that alumna Afton Foreman has been named theater director/coordinator for Jubilee Theatre. Foreman is a 2010 graduate of UT Arlington.