Learning from past outbreaks
A new UT Arlington study about the elimination of malaria in the
1930s American South may have significant implications for solving
modern day malaria outbreaks in parts of Africa, Central and Latin
America, and Asia, according to Infection Control Today, ScienceDaily, Health Canal and
other websites. Lead author Daniel Sledge, assistant professor of
political science, challenged the prevailing argument that movement of
Southern tenant farmers away from mosquito breeding grounds was the
dominant factor in the decline of malaria in U.S. during the 1930s.
Sledge argues that public health efforts had the greatest impact.
Moving innovation forward
The University of Texas at Arlington and TechFW, a Fort Worth-based
technology startup initiative, have agreed to a multi-year partnership
to commercialize University research and move innovation to the
marketplace, according to Yahoo! News, Reuters, Bloomberg BusinessWeek and the Austin Business Journal.
TechFW@UTA will offer training and educational programs to UT Arlington
faculty, staff and students. UT Arlington faculty members and research
teams will gain access to the North Texas entrepreneurial community
through the TechFW network.
Problems with concussion testing
The alternate forms of the ImPACT neurocognitive test aren't
necessarily reliable when evaluating whether someone has sustained a
concussion, according to a UT Arlington-led study published online
earlier this month in the journal The Clinical Neuropsychologist, Education Week’s Schooled in Sports blog
reported. Jacob E. Resch, an assistant professor of kinesiology, sought
to evaluate the equivalence of alternative forms of the ImPACT test to
help explain reported test-retest variability. The results could help
doctors make more informed decisions when evaluating a youth athlete for
Bullying paper discussed
network began a report on bullying by referencing a UT Arlington study
by Seokjin Jeong, assistant professor of criminal justice, which found
that certain school programs to combat bullying might backfire by
teaching students new ways to bully their peers. The Fox report
discussed whether efforts to combat school bullying "suppress"
conservative students' right to free speech. The website Media Matters criticized the Fox commentators for “grossly mischaracterizing” the UT Arlington study.
MOOCs on the agenda
The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation recently gave the University
of Texas at Arlington a $97,200 grant to host a conference where
educators will discuss the effectiveness of Massive Open Online Courses
or MOOCs, according to the websites Education News and eCampusNews.
UT Arlington was selected to host MOOCs and Emerging Educational
Models: Policy, Practice and Learning on Dec. 5-6 in collaboration with
the MOOC Research Initiative because of its strong presence in online
learning. KDFW/FOX 4 also mentioned the conference during their Good Day broadcast.
Chemistry questions answered
Daniel Armstrong, UT Arlington professor of chemistry, was quoted in a Chemical & Engineering News
story about controversy surrounding the cause of death for "Into the
Wild" protagonist Chris McCandless. Last month, the book's author wrote a
New Yorker post claiming that new scientific tests proved McCandless
died from eating toxic seeds from a wild potato. But, Armstrong and
other chemists say the tests detailed in the New Yorker post aren't