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UTA In The News — Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

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Fair Park proposal

Dallas Morning News columnist Robert Wilonsky noted a proposal by UTA students in his piece about a new Fair Park proposal. The latest study maintains that giving the State Fair less space will make it more profitable, which echoes similar proposals previously offered and, more recently, by students in The University of Texas at Arlington’s Institute of Urban Studies, Wilonsky wrote. 

UTA plans considered

D Magazine’s Front Burner blog reported that a new Fair Park proposal argues that State Fair sprawl is bad for business. The report, which was funded by former Trammell Crow executive Don Williams’ Foundation for Community Empowerment and is reminiscent of other Williams-backed plans from UTA and urban designer Antonio Di Mambro, lays out a plan for how the State Fair should reconfigure itself, using up less Fair Park acreage, with the requisite maps and watercolors.

Nursing leader excellence

AAN Net, the news website of the American Academy of Nursing, announced that Liz Johnson, a UTA College of Nursing and Health Innovation alumna, has been named a member of the Academy’s 2016 Class of New Fellows. Johnson is a nationally recognized, award-winning chief information officer for Tenet Healthcare Corporation. She earned her bachelor of science in nursing degree from UTA. The inductees will be honored in Washington, D.C. this fall.

Alumna's new role

The Cleburne Times-Review reported that UTA alumna Deidre Dobbins has been named director of student engagement for the Burleson Independent School District. Dobbins had been principal of Taylor Elementary School. In her new role, she will focus on ways to improve student attendance and to reduce tardiness. Dobbins earned her master’s degree in education administration from UTA.

Summer science camp

ASEE First Bell noted that UTA is hosting the Bernard Harris Mars Lander Challenge, a “hands-on class in a two-week summer science program.”  

Violence against journalists

KXTX/Telemundo 39 interviewed Julian Rodriguez, a UTA communication lecturer and news director for UTA News en Español, about the history of violence against journalists in Latin American countries and the importance of federal authorities becoming involved in the investigation of a La Estrella reporter’s murder. The victim, Jay Torres, covered many aspects of life in the Hispanic community in North Texas. La Estrella is the Star-Telegram’s Spanish-language publication.

Pat Summitt's impact

WFAA/ABC 8 interviewed UTA women’s basketball coaches Krista Gerlich and Ashley Crawford about legendary Tennessee women’s basketball coach Pat Summitt, who died yesterday after a five-year battle with Alzheimer’s disease. The winningest coach in Division I college basketball history helped to elevate women's sports during a celebrated 38-year-career. “She always wanted to share her knowledge. She never backed away from that,” Gerlich said.