Promoting healthy play
talked with UT Arlington assistant professor of kinesiology Jacob Resch
about Texas high school football moving toward a 90-minutes-per-week
limit on full-contact practice to limit concussions and other injuries.
The University Interscholastic League, which governs public high school
sports, approved the limit at its meeting in Austin on Tuesday. Resch
agreed with the action. While football is a wonderful sport, “it can be
safer.” Resch was also featured in a Dallas Morning News' Health Blog item on how to stay safe working or playing outside in 100-degree plus heat.
A plan for the Gulf
Ashanti Johnson, a faculty research associate in The University of
Texas at Arlington College of Science, has been appointed to a 24-member
panel creating a strategic vision for the National Academy of Sciences'
Gulf of Mexico program, according to TheStreet.com, TickerTech.com, WBRC/Fox 6
(Birmingham, Ala.) and several other websites. The Gulf of Mexico
program is a $500 million, 30-year endeavor established as part of the
settlements of federal criminal complaints against BP and Transocean
Ltd. following the 2010 Deepwater Horizon explosion. Johnson said she is
looking forward to helping shape the future of the Gulf of Mexico and
the United States' Outer Continental Shelf.
Stephen Mattingly, UT Arlington civil engineering associate
professor, is studying the feasibility of placing a high-speed rail line
within the public right of way from North Texas to Houston and San
Antonio, according to the website PhysOrg.
The work is funded by the Texas Department of Transportation. He will
assess the performance constraints to safe operation and design, which
affect a high-speed train's average speed and overall system cost as
part of his research.