Those who have yet to be persuaded to get on Six Flags Over Texas’ new swing that takes riders in circles almost 400 feet in the air might now have no good reason to resist.Afraid of heights? Think swings are for sissies no matter what? Still not speaking to Six Flags because it tore down the parachute ride?You’ll have to come up with something better after the announcement last week that Guinness World Records has confirmed the Texas SkyScreamer, which opened in May, as the world’s tallest swing ride.The ride, built near where the iconic Texas Chute Out stood, rises 402 feet 10 inches, as verified by Brittain & Crawford Land Surveying and Topographic Mapping in Fort Worth, Six Flags said. The park said it received word June 28 that the Texas SkyScreamer had overtaken the previous record holder, Prater Turm, in Vienna. That ride, by the same builder, opened in 2010.“The notion that everything is bigger in Texas certainly rings true now that the Texas SkyScreamer has officially been named the world’s tallest swing ride,” park President Steve Martindale said in a statement.Decima Cooper, public relations director for Experience Arlington, and Warren Williams, engineer and surveyor with Graham Association in Arlington, witnessed the measuring, Six Flags said.UT Arlington interim nursing dean honoredMore recognition has come the way of the University of Texas at Arlington’s College of Nursing and its interim dean.Jennifer Gray has been chosen as one of 172 nursing leaders nationwide to become a fellow in the American Academy of Nursing. She and the others will be inducted in October at the academy’s annual meeting in Washington, D.C.The honor, one of the highest in nursing, recognizes nurses whose careers have “influenced health policies and the heath and well-being of all,” according to the academy, which has more than 2,000 members. Fellows include hospital and government administrators, college deans and renowned scientific researchers.“Dr. Gray has distinguished herself through her work as an educator, a researcher and by her passion for improving health for people around the world through nursing initiatives,” UT Arlington President Vistasp Karbhari said in a statement. “We are pleased to see her receive this well-deserved recognition by such a prestigious national organization.”Gray holds the George W. and Hazel M. Jay Professorship in Nursing at UT Arlington and was named interim dean of the nearly 8,000-student college this spring.In addition to teaching and mentoring, Gray’s career has focused on furthering HIV/AIDS research and global health issues. She is taking her seventh trip to Uganda this summer to help develop the research capacity of nurses and provide in-service education for nurses in rural areas affected by the disease. “The international work that led to being named a fellow was made possible by the Jay Professorship, a committed team of nurses and supportive colleagues,” Gray said in a statement. “I happily share this honor with my Ugandan partners whose leadership inspires me.” Gray’s other honors in teaching and healthcare include the Minnie Stevens Piper Foundation’s Piper Professor award, the UT System board of regents’ Outstanding Teaching Award, the UT Arlington Faculty Service Award and the Great 100 Nurses of Dallas and Fort Worth award.She is the principal investigator on a three-year, $419,000 grant from the Health and Human Services Department that will be used to address cultural disparities in health research and patient care.Other UT Arlington nursing faculty members who are American Academy of Nursing fellows are Elizabeth Poster, Beth Mancini, Judy LeFlore and Jeannette Crenshaw, as well as Professors Emeritus Myrna Pickard and Karen Heusinkveld.Dentist named to statewide boardSpeaking of honors in the healthcare field, Dr. Charles W. Miller of Arlington was recently elected by his peers to serve as a board director for the 8,800-member Texas Dental Association. He begins a three-year term. Miller, a pediatric dentist, received his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from the Baylor College of Dentistry in 1980 and completed special training in pediatric dentistry at the University of Illinois College of Dentistry in 1982. He received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Texas at Arlington in 1977. He is a member of the American and Texas academies of pediatric dentistry and the Southwest Society of Pediatric Dentistry. Locally he has served on the board of directors for Dental Health Arlington, the Arlington Choral Society and Medical Center Arlington, and he is a commissioner on the Zoning Board of Adjustments of Dalworthington Gardens. Miller and his wife, Dru Ann, have two sons, James and Andrew. New city trailer for cleanup projectsWant to help beautify Arlington but don’t have all the supplies you need?The mobile litter unit, a new program started by the city, might be the answer. It’s a trailer loaded with cleanup supplies that is available for organizations, businesses and neighborhoods to reserve for free to aid in beautification of public spaces and neighborhoods. Officials say the new tool will help strengthen neighborhoods, beautify of rights of way and promote the efforts of Keep Arlington Beautiful.“This new program will allow the community to pitch in and make a difference,” Gary Packan, assistant parks director, said in a statement. Neighborhoods, Boy Scouts and social organizations can plan volunteer events and “we are ready to provide support,” he added.Funding was provided by Arlington Water Utilities through the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality.For more information, www.keeparlingtonbeautiful.com. To reserve the trailer, eimail KAB@arlingtontx.gov or call 817-459-5477.Student housing complex soldMidtown Arlington, a 66-unit student apartment community near the University of Texas at Arlington, has been sold to Shore to Shore Properties, a real estate investment firm in Sausalito, Calif.Midtown Arlington, which opened in 2011 at Abram Street and Davis Drive, was sold as part of portfolio that included Midtown Denton, a 120-unit student apartment complex near the University of North Texas.The four-story Arlington complex was opposed by nearby residents who said the development would destroy the character of their neighborhood. Since then, a second apartment community was built just to the east of Midtown Arlington, and another development is planned for across Abram Street, also nearby.The two-property portfolio was marketed to a “very limited investor list,” said Chris Epp, a broker with Apartment Realty Advisors National Student Group, which represented the seller, Hammond Jones. The two Midtown communities are “substantially leased” for the 2013-14 school year, ARA said.