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Wednesday, August 28, 2013

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Professor explains why we can't resist the lottery

Salon.com interviewed Daniel Levine, UT Arlington professor of psychology and an expert on decision theory and neural networks, about why people are continually seduced by lottery marketing ploys and slogans like, “Hey, you never know.” Somebody has to win, but hundreds of millions of people play a game they will never win, a game with serious social consequences. Levine said the commercials hit home because fantasizing about winning the lottery activates the same parts of our brains that would be activated if we actually won.

Now boarding

Wired.com reported that the biggest city in the country without public transportation has finally caught the bus. Metro ArlingtonXpress (MAX) travels from UT Arlington to a commuter rail station in a business park just south of DFW Airport. Currently, the MAX service is a public-private partnership funded by the city, local businesses, UTA, and the transit systems of Dallas and Fort Worth.

Materials genome planned

Phys.org reported that UT Arlington engineers are assembling a computer-based "genome" that will aid in the design and development of advanced new materials that are super hard, can resist extreme heat, are highly durable and are less expensive through a new, $640,000 National Science Foundation grant.

Study finds water woes

Pacific Standard magazine reported on a study by UT Arlington researchers that found elevated levels of arsenic and other heavy metals in groundwater near natural gas fracking sites in Texas’s Barnett Shale. The piece originally appeared at ProPublica and included an interview with Brian Fontenot, a UT Arlington graduate with a doctorate in quantitative biology and lead on the new study.

Working hard in the art world

The Dallas Observer’s VoicePlaces.com carried an item about Stephen Lapthisophon, senior lecturer in art and art history at UT Arlington, calling him one of the hardest working guys in the Texas art world. Among other showings and lectures, he has a solo exhibition coming to the Dallas Museum of Art in October.

Live broadcast planned

WBAP/820 AM morning anchors will participate in a live drive-time broadcast from 5 to 9 a.m. Friday in Arlington, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported. The anchors will speak at Moritz Plaza at 601 Spaniolo Drive outside The University of Texas at Arlington’s College Park Center followed by a 7:15 a.m. pep rally.