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UTA In The News — Monday, April 18, 2016

Monday, April 18, 2016

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In a Star-Telegram column, Texas Commissioner of Higher Education Raymund A Paredes and University of Texas at Arlington President Vistasp M. Karbhari explored the goals and path forward for 60x30TX, a challenge by Gov. Greg Abbot to ensure 60 percent of all Texans ages 25 to 34 hold a post-secondary certificate or degree by 2030.

Grad programs

U.S. News & World Report ranked more than 20 graduate programs at the University of Texas at Arlington among the nation’s best in the magazine’s 2017 edition of “Best Graduate Schools,” reported Fort Worth Business. UTA has top 100 graduate programs in seven colleges and schools including engineering, nursing, science, architecture, planning and public affairs, and social work.

NASA agreement reported that The University of Texas at Arlington and the UTA Research Institute will develop state-of-the-art computational methodologies to predict the strength and life of rotor blade assemblies, known as rotor spars, through a new $1 million NASA agreement.

Environmental influences

Science Newsline,, PsychCentral, Parent Herald, and various other media outlets reported that UTA researchers have found that by age 3 environmental influences such as parenting are relevant factors in the development of toddlers' self-control.

Video game effects

A article about the effects of video games on men quoted Michael Ward, a UTA professor of economics who has studied the link between violent video games and behavior. Ward says that just because someone enjoys violent video games doesn't mean they'd be violent in real life.

CMAS speaker

University of California-Irvine professor of anthropology Leo Chavez, the UTA Center for Mexican American Studies 2016 Distinguished Speaker, appeared on KERA 90.1 FM's Friday Conversation to discuss the language of immigration.

Senate meeting

The Texas Senate Select Property Tax Reform and Relief committee will make its next stop at UT Arlington on April 27, the Star-Telegram reported.

Sunday suggestions

James Campbell Quick, John and Judy Goolsby – Jacqualyn A. Fouse Endowed Chair in the Goolsby Leadership Academy in the UTA College of Business, was quoted in a article on “12 things successful people do on Sunday nights.” He suggests you should write down what is bothering you. “You get it out on paper, and you have flushed your system out," Quick says.

Energy consumption

Bounce Energy blog mentioned UTA in a list of Texas universities trying to make a real difference in their energy consumption.

Alumnus entrepreneurship

Forbes reported that alumnus Kelcy Warren and his company Energy Transfer Equity are benefiting financially from the rebounding price of energy stocks. Warren earned his undergraduate degree in civil engineering from UTA and has become a billionaire entrepreneur in the oil sector.

Honored alumnus

Light and Champion reported that Steven Estrada, the undergraduate program coordinator in Stephen F. Austin University's Department of Psychology and an assistant professor, was honored with others at the annual Teaching Excellence Convocation. Estrada earned his bachelor of arts from UTA.

Music museum

The Houston Chronicle reported on a Duncanville museum, curated by UTA graduate Rick Wilkins, that displays antique automated musical instruments.

Teacher of the year

Shanna Peeples, the 2015 National Teacher of the Year, will visit the University of Mississippi on April 19 for an event hosted by the UM School of Education, OleMiss news reported. Peeples earned her Master of Education in Curriculum Instruction from UTA.

Moving up

Daniel Armbruster is the new weekday morning co-anchor at KHBS/KHOG-TV, Northwest Arkansas Democrat Gazette reported. Armbruster earned a bachelor’s degree in communication with a minor in political science from UTA.

Education advice featured alumnus Harrison McCoy in a guest blog about what McCoy would do if he started his teaching career over again. McCoy earned his master’s degree in education degree from UTA.