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UT Tyler Magazine, Fall 2011

Around Campus

Excellence in Distance Learning Technology

Two members of the UT Tyler community were honored for creative uses and support of distance learning technology in the classroom. Dr. Ross Sherman, professor and chair of educational leadership and policy studies, and Jana Brown, instructional designer, received awards at the 2011 Northeast Texas Consortium of Colleges and Universities Distance Learning Conference. Dr. Sherman was presented the “Outstanding Distance Learning Faculty Award” for leading his department in developing an online format of principal and superintendent certification programs, increasing enrollment in both by 250 percent. Brown was recognized for her outstanding distance learning support and service to faculty, students and administration. Her projects included assisting College of Nursing and Health Sciences faculty in developing a special needs shelter website, which received the Top Teaching Tools Award from the Journal of Nursing Education.

Psychology Professor Explores New Treatment for Anxiety

Dr. Sarah Sass has received a grant from the Hogg Foundation for Mental Health to study a new approach to treating anxiety. The UT Tyler assistant professor of psychology is developing a computer program that can divert a person’s attention away from emotionally arousing stimuli that may contribute to anxiety. She hopes to show that attention training is capable of reducing anxiety symptoms. The Hogg Foundation awarded one-year grants to Dr. Sass and 12 other tenure-track assistant professors exploring different aspects of mental health in Texas. Recipients were selected from a pool of 48 applicants from 17 Texas universities. “This project has potentially far-reaching implications for refining theories about the cause and treatment of anxiety,” Dr. Sass said. “If proven effective, computer-based interventions can be used to treat people with less access to mental health resources, such as those without health insurance, from disadvantaged socioeconomic backgrounds or who live in rural locations.”

Summer Trip to Shanghai Offered to UT Tyler Students

UT Tyler students have the opportunity to travel to Shanghai, China, in a 2012 summer program administered through the new UT Tyler Center for Global Education. The course titled “China Immersion” may be counted as six undergraduate or graduate-level credit hours for any major, upon approval by an adviser or department chair. Students will travel to Shanghai May 13-June 3, 2012, and stay at East China Normal University. They will participate in interdisciplinary classes covering Chinese economy, society, health care, government, education and traditional arts. Limited financial aid and scholarship funds are available. Estimated cost is $3,500 plus tuition and includes books and housing fees, field trips within Shanghai and weekend tours to nearby cities. The cost may differ due to currency changes. A refundable deposit of $500 is due Friday, Feb. 18. The remaining amount is due by Thursday, March 1. Applications and additional information may be found at www.uttyler.edu/litlang/travelstudy/. Information also is available by contacting Dr. Hui Wu, chair of the UT Tyler Department of Literature and Languages chair, 903.566.7289 or hwu@uttyler.edu. Numerous other travel opportunities are being offered through the Office of International Programs, which administers all study abroad programs. For information, visit www.uttyler.edu/oip/.


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