UTA In The News — Wednesday, February 3, 2021

Wednesday, Feb 03, 2021 • Media Contact : UT Arlington Media Relations

Dallas Regional Chamber gift

A quarter-million dollars from the nonprofit organization Dallas Regional Chamber is being directed strategically to lift the people and businesses of Southern Dallas County, which has lagged behind north Dallas County in economic growth, Dallas Innovates reported. The UTA David Dillon Center for Texas Architecture is leading a Design Justice Initiative in Joppa, a neighborhood near the Trinity River with a history of neglect, and will receive $20,000 to fund materials, community workshops and other costs.

Developmental coordination disorder

Priscila Tamplain, UTA associate professor of kinesiology, was featured in Marie Claire. Tamplain is one of the only U.S. researchers who focuses on developmental coordination disorder (DCD). She spoke about some of the reasons why the disorder is not it better known. “There’s a very clear reason for that, and it’s funding” she said. “It’s very hard to get funding for disorders that you can’t streamline. You can’t find two children with DCD that are the same.”

Liberal Arts degrees

In today's increasingly global world, employers are beginning to place more value on a liberal arts education, which provides graduates with a dynamic, far-reaching knowledge base, U.S. Fed News reported. Elisabeth Cawthon, dean of UTA's College of Liberal Arts (COLA), said that COLA students start with classroom experiences that allow them to engage in critical, interdisciplinary thinking. “A degree in the liberal arts can educate future leaders and expansive thinkers who are comfortable in many fields,” Cawthon said. “It prepares students for creative, worthwhile, and beneficial careers.”