A formula to predict medical reactions
A UT Arlington team has used mathematical modeling to develop a computer
simulation they hope will one day improve the treatment of dangerous
reactions to medical implants such as stents, catheters and artificial
joints, Science Daily, Red Orbit, Science Newsline, MDT and
other websites reported. Liping Tang, professor of bioengineering in
the UT Arlington College of Engineering, and Jianzhong Su, chairman and
professor in the UT Arlington College of Science’s mathematics
department, are working together on a way to predict foreign-body
reactions in medical settings.
Smarter rehab, improved patient outcomes
A UT Arlington multidisciplinary team will lead a three-year, $1 million
National Science Foundation grant project to develop iRehab, a smart
rehabilitation system that can adapt and personalize therapy programs
based on a patient's needs and constraints, Phys.org reported.
Fillia Makedon, a Jenkins-Garrett distinguished professor and chair of
the Computer Science and Engineering Department, will lead the research
effort, which partners UT Arlington with Boston University and Harvard's
Massachusetts General Hospital. The UT Arlington team includes Heng
Huang and Vassilis Athitsos, both associate professors of computer
science and engineering; Robert Gatchel, psychology professor; and Mario
Romero-Ortega, associate professor of bioengineering.
Studying heart disease at cellular level
UT Arlington associate professor of bioengineering Kytai Nguyen is working through
an American Heart Association grant on a new method that could use
injected nanoparticles to recruit stem cells from the patient's own
blood to build needed stents in that patient's failing blood vessels, Phys.org reported.
School anti-bullying programs have opposite effect
A new UT Arlington study finds that students attending schools with
anti-bullying initiatives may be more likely to be a victim of bullying
than children at schools without such programs, the Huffington Post Canada
reported. Seokjin Jeong, an assistant professor of criminology and
criminal justice at UT Arlington and lead author of the study, said
students may use the programs to learn how to bully their peers and hide
the abuse from adults.
Groundwater and natural gas fracking study
UT Arlington researchers conducted a study that adds to mounting
evidence that arsenic and other heavy metal contamination near natural
gas fracking sites may be associated with fracking activities, News Inferno
reported. The article cited several other cases where harmful
contaminants mear fracking sites were found in the ground or water.
Sasley writes opinion column in The National Interest
Russia isn't about to pose a threat to or rival American influence in the Middle East, UT Arlington's Brent Sasley wrote in a National Interest
opinion column. Sasley, an assistant professor of political science,
said that without a broader Russian ability to intervene, or a direct
invitation from other regional players, the United States will remain
the primary external power in the Middle East.
Saxe discusses Sen. Cruz's efforts to delay Obamacare
interviewed Allan Saxe, UT Arlington associate professor of political
science, about efforts by Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, to block President
Obama’s Health Care Act from taking effect next week. “He’s not just
attacking ‘Obamacare,’ he’s really laying into both political parties,
and in many ways, talking about how the U.S. Senate is run,” said Saxe,
adding that this may produce a strong following for Sen. Cruz at the
Sarah Rose, UT Arlington assistant professor of history, writes in the Chicago Tribune that the focus on Alex Rodriguez’s personal shortcomings has let Major League Baseball and teams like A-Rod’s Yankees — who have profited from players’ steroid-enhanced bodies — off the hook. Joshua A. T. Salzmann, an assistant professor of history at Northeastern Illinois University, co-wrote the commentary.