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UTA In The News — Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

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UTARI at conference

KXAS NBC 5 interviewed Cody Lundberg, a UTA Research Institute research scientist, on its morning show. He talked about Baxter, one of the robots UTARI is working with to help the elderly live independently and other applications. UTARI was displaying its robots, unmanned aerial vehicles and other technological work at the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International Xponential conference in Dallas this week.

Nursing health

The American Nurses Association’s “Healthy Nurse, Healthy Nation Grand Challenge” starts this week, which is National Nurses Week, D Health Care and the Star-Telegram reported. Anne Bavier, dean of the UTA College of Nursing and Health Innovation and president of the National League for Nursing, wrote in a column that the effort is a bold initiative to work with employers, health organizations and nurses on improving health for nurses in five areas: nutrition, rest, physical activity, quality of life and safety.

Better returns

Research last year by academics from UTA and the Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania found sin stocks, which include companies that operate in the gambling, tobacco, alcohol and weapons industries, generated higher returns under Republican presidencies and congresses, New Model Adviser reported. 

Comey firing

UTA’s Allan Saxe, associate professor of political science, said President Trump’s firing of FBI Director Jim Comey wasn’t unexpected on an interview with KLIF 570 AM. He also named some possible replacements. Saxe also said on WBAP 820 AM the Comey firing doesn’t duplicate President Nixon’s firing of Watergate Special Prosecutor Archibald Cox decades ago.

Financial outlook

The Texas Tribune reported on what’s at stake financially for Texas' public universities in the House version of the budget and the Senate version.

TMAC lauded

House Resolution 922 recognized that the Texas Consilium has played an instrumental role in fostering a strong and competitive manufacturing industry in the Lone Star State, KLPC NBC 7 in Lake Charles, La., WVIR NBC 29 in Charlottesville, Va., and many other media outlets reported. This nonprofit corporation was formed in July 2015 through an expansion out of the Texas Manufacturing Assistance Center or TMAC and The University of Texas at Arlington. It is dedicated to economic development and maintains a statewide network of resource providers that offer technical and business assistance to small and medium-sized manufacturers.

Social work ranked

College Choice, a college and university rankings and resource, ranked UTA as one of the 50 best universities for achieving a master’s of social work degree, WSEE CBS 16 in Erie, Pa., KULR ABC 8 in Billings, Mt., WDAM NBC/ABC 7 in Moselle, Miss., and many other media outlets reported.

Alumna promoted

Faulkner Design Group, a Dallas-based interior architecture and design firm, has promoted Michelle Duncum to chief operating officer, WNKY CBS/NBC 40 in Bowling Green, Ky., Crossroads Today and many other media outlets reported. A UTA alumna, Duncum has served on multiple financial advisory committees for the Arlington Independent School District, and has won multiple multifamily industry awards.

Education priorities

Education options at all levels have become a top priority for Downtown Dallas Inc., Kourtny Garrett, president and CEO of DDI, wrote in an opinion column for D Magazine. She said UTA is a part of the higher education priority downtown.

Snake bite tips

The UTA Amphibian and Reptile Diversity Research Center offered first aid tips for snake bites in an article all about poisonous snakes, the BubbleLife chain of community websites reported.

Alumna joins association

With an upcoming publication in the Worldwide Leaders in Healthcare, Angelia McDowell joins the prestigious ranks of the International Nurses Association, PR Buzz, PR News Channel and several other media outlets reported. McDowell received her bachelor’s of science degree in nursing from UTA.

Cohort announced

The Albert Schweitzer Fellowship announced the selection of its third cohort of Dallas-Fort Worth Albert Schweitzer Fellows, reported. Twelve graduate and medical students from various schools, including UTA, are included in the cohort.