Sideglances
by SARAH GREENE
May 29, 2014 | 708 views | 0 0 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend | print
NOTHING IS more representative of Texans’ hunger for higher education than the growth of the University of Texas at Arlington. The spring issue of UT Arlington is a good-looking magazine with pages of color photos showing what goes on around the clock at the Arlington campus.

A feature titled Crash Course was intriguing to me, a person who grew up thinking the earth was a very important landmark among the planets and its satellite, the moon, would turn out to be special, too, if humans could ever get a close enough look at it.

Now it eventuates that we’re not so special, after all. In the introductory astronomy course at UT Arlington, students hear about black holes, satellites, supernovae, and many other cosmic wonders.

In the second semester, according to the teacher,Dr. Nilakshi Veerabathiina, students look into the science of stars and galaxies. UT Arlington has a state-of-the-art planetarium so that students can get a close-up look at the phenomena they’re studying.

PERSONNEL pages of the magazine tell us about some remarkable men and women.

Anne Bavier will take over as Dean of the College of Nursing on Aug. 1. She believes the College may soon scale new heights in research and education. Nationally recognized in her profession, she will oversee the merger of the Department of Kinesiology into the College of Nursing. She Is quoted as saying the Arlington university is destined “to become a nationally recognized research institution.”

High school students in Arlington are in luck. UT Arlington and the Arlington Independent School District have created Bound for Success, which identifies students ranked in the top 20 per cent of their class at the end of their sophomore year.

Contingent on high school graduation, these students are eligible for pre-admittance to UT Arlington, So far, nearly 1,500 students have qualified.

UNIVERSITY Admissions Counselors will be available weekly at Arlington high schools to help students make the most of chances to earn college credit through advanced courses.

UT Arlington also offers specially focused workshops on financial aid and college preparation. These are available for families as well as students.

A column describes awards won by people who are, or have been, connected to the university.

The last item reads:

The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers has named Robert Magnusson a 2014 fellow for his contributions to a new class of nanophotonic devices. Dr. Magnusson is a professor of electrical engineering and the Texas Instruments Distinguished University Chair in Nanoelectronics.

I hold my one and only degree from the mother ship, the University of Texas at Austin.

Doesn’t exactly make me proud to admit I have not a clue as to what nanoelectronics is.
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