How language develops
UT Arlington's Jodi Tommerdahl examines efforts to understand how children use language in different social settings, Inside Higher Ed's Academic Minute reported.
Tommerdahl is an associate professor of curriculum and instruction at
UT Arlington, where she works in the Southwest Center for Mind, Brain,
and Education. The research project was conducted in partnership with
Cynthia Kilpatrick, a UT Arlington assistant professor of linguistics, WAMC Northeast Public Radio reported.
Preserving culture and language
Two National Science Foundation grants recently awarded to Colleen
Fitzgerald, professor of Linguistics and TESOL, are elevating UT
Arlington’s growing reputation and expertise in Native American language
documentation and revitalization, Gothic News
reported. Fitzgerald is leading three separate NSF grant projects
totaling more than $270,000. All of the projects draw on participatory
models, where training indigenous community members constitutes a vital
part of Fitzgerald's research.
A mathematical solution
A team from The University of Texas at Arlington 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, News Medical and Product, Design & Development
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.
The business of baseball
A UT Arlington assistant professor published a column in the Chicago
Tribune this week espousing a narrative that Major League Baseball sets
up players to use performance-enhancing drugs or risk losing their
livelihoods, CultureMap Dallas
reported. In a column titled “Our nation of bionic workers," Sarah
Rose, the UT Arlington assistant professor of history, and a co-author
argue that players such as Alex Rodriguez are perceived as “a greedy
fraud” for using PEDs when in reality it is the business of baseball
that drives players to use steroids and human growth hormone.
A headquarters for film
North Texas is trying to become the headquarters for the Christian film production industry, the Rocky Mount Telegram and the Valley News
reported in publishing a recent Fort Worth Star-Telegram story. The
article quoted Ya’Ke Smith, UT Arlington assistant professor of art and
art history and local filmmaker. “Faith-based companies can directly tap
into that audience because (the audience) is here."
Saving plants from invaders
A recent research project is discovering that the introduction of
microbes into invasive plants can help prevent them from becoming
established, Science Codex
reported. The project teamed Marnie Rout of the University of North
Texas Health Science Center with UT Arlington Biology Professor Tom