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Wednesday, October 30, 2013

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UTA Professors recognized by NSF

Frederick MacDonnell and Qiming Zhang, professors in chemistry/biochemistry and physics at UT Arlington, respectively, were award recipients in the National Science Foundation's Sustainable Chemistry, Engineering and Materials Science Awards, Media Newswire reported. The two were part of 101 professors and researchers that shared $49 million in grants under the initiative.

Mining medical e-records

The National Science Foundation has awarded three collaborative grants amounting to $892,587 to The University of Texas at Arlington, Southern Methodist University and the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas to develop data mining tools for electronic health records, FierceEMR.com reported. Electronic medical record data mining is increasingly being recognized as a potential bonanza for identifying high-risk patients and helping improve healthcare.

Music industry building walls to limit data

Major record labels have capitalized on iTunes to maintain the same advantages that they held previously through physical media distribution networks, a recently published paper by UT Arlington Assistant Professor David Arditi says as reported by Phys.org.

Concussions and the classroom

Jacob Resch, UT Arlington assistant professor of kinesiology, was interviewed in a KLIF 570 story about the impact concussions have on students returning to the classroom. He said even though it may not seem beneficial at the time, it's important for students to take the proper amount of time off until the brain recovers.

Improving health

The Urban Land Institute Urban Land magazine featured a story about improving health in rural Lamar, Colo., through providing a better built environment. Brian Guenzel, planner and director of the UT Arlington Institute of Urban Studies, served on the advisory panel that made recommendations to Lamar officials.

Fraternity suspended

The University of Texas at Arlington suspended local fraternity Sigma Phi Epsilon for three years and placed three other fraternities on probation in connection with incidents of underage drinking and holding unregistered parties, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported.

Effect of anti-bullying videos questioned

The effect of anti-bullying videos are being questioned after two students committed suicide within days of each other in Illinois and Nevada, the Sacramento Bee, the Morris (Illinois) Daily Herald, the Bangor (Maine) Daily News and the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported in carrying a Los Angeles Times story. The articles cited a UT Arlington study that  showed students attending schools with bullying prevention programs were more likely to have experienced peer victimization, compared to those attending schools without bullying prevention programs. A story in the Children's Hospital Blog urged more awareness of bullying consequences during October, which is National Bullying Prevention Month. The article quoted a UT Arlington study that showed bullying prevention programs sometimes help bullies hone their harassment skills. The UT Arlington study also was mentioned in a Brain Blogger column that agreed about the ineffectiveness of anti-bullying campaigns. The column said bullying is a relationship problem and should be studied as such. A column in the Rome (N.Y.) Sentinel quoted the UT Arlington study and urged lawmakers to reconsider cyberbullying legislation.

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