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UT Arlington research expenditures soar in 2008

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

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Media Contact: Sue Stevens

ARLINGTON - Milestones at The University of Texas at Arlington in 2008 included a 68.1 percent increase in research expenditures at $66.6 million, up from $39.6 million the previous year.

In 2008, the University broke ground in scientific discoveries and for new construction, won the Southland Conference title in men's basketball and grants for research and services, and established new degree programs and a unique promise for future students.

Other UT Arlington headlines in 2008 included:

  • UT Arlington, Medical School Collaborate. The UT Arlington Optical Medical Imaging Center at UT Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas enables UT Arlington engineering professors to work with UT Southwestern medical doctors to create and transfer medical technology from research labs to patients. (August)
  • Civil Engineering Laboratory Building Opens. The new 27,000 square foot structure houses research projects and studies for stronger bridges, pipes and roads. (September)
  • Engineering Research Complex Breaks Ground. The complex includes the 230,000-square-foot, $116 million Engineering Research Building, being constructed to LEEDS Silver Standard for sustainability, and a $22 million expansion and renovation of the Engineering Laboratory Building, providing 27,000 square feet in new labs and offices. (July)
  • Texas Instruments Distinguished University Chair in Nanoelectronics Established. The new $5 million endowed chair held by Dr. Robert Magnusson, who developed a new class of nanostructured photonic devices that have commercial applications for drug discovery and medical diagnostics. (September)
  • NIH Grant Obtained For TMJ Research. Psychology Chair Robert J. Gatchel secured a $4.1 million National Institutes of Health grant for study of Temporomandibular Joint Disorders. (August)
  • Speakers Share Insight. The Maverick Speakers Series, OneBook program and commencement brought top-notch speakers to campus, including legendary filmmaker Spike Lee (February), newsman Bob Schieffer (May), New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman (September) and presidential historian Doris Kearns Goodwin (November).
  • University Part of Collider Project. Professor Kaushik De was named coordinator for the U.S. ATLAS Operations for the Large Hadron Collider near Geneva, Switzerland. UT Arlington built components for the ATLAS particle detector at the LHC and is the lead institution for the SouthWest Tier 2 computing facilities to analyze data from the giant particle detector. (September)
  • Researchers Find Horizontal Transfer of Genetic Elements. A team of researchers and students in the genome biology group discovered evidence of horizontal transfer of genetic elements through parasitic DNA in a wide range of vertebrates, including several mammals. Their discovery showed horizontal transfer passed bacteria from one unrelated species to another. (October)
  • Sustainability Committee Starts Green Campaign. President James D. Spaniolo's Sustainability Committee kicks off "Mavericks Go Green" campaign. The committee partnered with the City of Arlington to champion "green" policies. (June)
  • New Provost Named. Dr. Donald R. Bobbitt joined UT Arlington as provost and vice president for academic affairs. Previously, he served as dean of the J. William Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Arkansas. (April)
  • Mavs Score Southland Conference Title. The men's basketball team won the Southland Conference title for the first time, which took them to the NCAA Tournament. (March)
  • Maverick Activities Center Opens. This design award-winning center is an architectural showpiece on campus. (March)
  • Campus Housing Stats Dispel ‘Commuter' Image. The evolution of UT Arlington from a commuter school to a traditional university continued and the University now has the highest percentage of students living on campus of any school in the UT System. The university now has about 4,300 beds in residence halls and apartments and about 1,000 students on a waiting list for those units.
  • Top Service Recognition Received. UT Arlington was named to the President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll with Distinction. The award is the highest federal recognition a college or university can receive for volunteering, service learning and civic engagement. (March)
  • SUPA Rated A Winner. U.S. News & World Report ranked the School of Urban and Public Affairs among the nation's top graduate public affairs programs. (May)
  • Legendary Coach Jim Hayes Eulogized. The Maverick community mourned the sudden death of revered wheelchair basketball coach Jim Hayes. The 1974 UT Arlington alumnus began the Office for Students with Disabilities in 1976 and coached the Movin' Mavs to seven national basketball championships. (May)
  • New Degree Combats Shortage of Nurses. The School of Nursing created a new master of science in nursing education program. (August)
  • Maverick Promise Expands Opportunities. Maverick Promise financial aid program expanded its promise by granting free tuition to students whose household income is $65,000 or less. (October)
  • Campus Serves As OSHA Education Center. U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) chose UT Arlington as an OSHA Training Institute Education Center for Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Texas. (January)
  • Grants Help Meet Nursing Demand. The School of Nursing received more than $1 million for a hospital-based, accelerated bachelor of science in nursing program. Texas Health Resources and the Texas Higher Education Coordinating board provided the funding. (February)
  • Certified Financial Planner Program Started. A Certified Financial PlannerTM Certification Education Program through Continuing Education allows students to complete the program in 21 to 24 months. (March)
  • NSF Grant to Develop Math, Science Teachers. A $750,000 grant from the National Science Foundation allows the University to place the teacher candidates with mentor teachers in Arlington, Dallas and Fort Worth school district. (September)
  • Social Work Receives $8.6 Million Grant. A federal agency awarded the School of Social Work an $8.6 million grant to help children in state and tribal welfare agencies through the establishment of a Child Welfare Technical Assistance Implementation Center. (October)
  • University in Top 10 Percent on Diversity. U.S. News and World Report listed UT Arlington in top 10 percent in racial diversity of the 200 national universities surveyed. (November).
  • Professor Named To DOD Health Committee. Dr. James Campbell Quick, a professor in organizational behavior, was appointed to the Department of Defense Health Board's Psychological Health External Advisory Subcommittee. (December)
  • UT Arlington Promotes Clean Air. UT Arlington became the first university partners with Air North Texas, a regional clean air partnership and campaign to provide a comprehensive air quality resource and promote a consistent, regional air quality message. (July)

A major topic that will spill into 2009 when the 81st Texas State Legislature meets is the need for Texas to have more top colleges, also known as Tier 1 universities. Texas has three universities - UT Austin, Texas A&M and Rice - that are considered Tier 1 schools, with higher levels of research and per student funding. UT Arlington is among seven universities vying for Tier 1 status. Securing more state funding and research grants are some of the ingredients needed to reach Tier 1 status.


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