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Monday, November 4, 2013

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Tracking malaria

A Nature World News article detailed that the United States is seeing the most cases of malaria in 40 years. The article quoted a recent study led by Daniel Sledge, assistant professor of political science, that recently found the elimination of malaria in the American South in the 1930s was likely due to public health interventions. "We found that targeted public health interventions, supported by the federally backed development of state and local public health infrastructure, led to the decline of malaria despite widespread and deep-seated  poverty" in the American South, Sledge said.

Kennedy's legacy

Allan Saxe, a UT Arlington associate professor of political science, said President John F. Kennedy was remade after his death. "He did speak on civil rights, he talked about it, but he never got much legislation through." Saxe was quoted in a comprehensive story on JFK and how the former president continues to hold an important but complicated place in African-Americans' thoughts and beliefs, the Associated Press reported. Several media websites ran the AP story, including: the Bismark (N.D.) Tribune, the La Crosse (Wisc.) Tribune, 590 KLBJ in Austin, the Arizona Daily Sun in Flagstaff, the Boston Herald, the San Francisco Chronicle  and the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

A place to interact

Don Gatzke, dean of the UT Arlington School of Architecture dean, told the Fort Worth Business Press that a vibrant downtown is a vitally important part of a community in a story about the opening of Sundance Square Plaza. “It is the center of the city,” Gatzke said. “It’s an antidote to the digital world, a place where humans can truly interact.”

Flooding prediction

A network of faster and more precise storm detection radar units is expected to provide up to 20 minutes of additional warning time when the spring storm season flares up in Dallas-Fort Worth, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported. At UT Arlington, the civil engineering department will use data collected by the network to analyze flash flooding in urban environments. “This is where hydrology meets meteorology,” associate professor D.J. Seo has said.

Keeping an advantage

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 and published in Rusty Knuckles, a website that features a custom merchandise company and an independent record label.

Giving graduate

Brittany Byrd was named a finalist for the Good Works Under 40 honor, The Dallas Morning News reported. Byrd, a UT Arlington graduate, founded Girls Embracing Mothers Inc., a group aimed at helping girls ages 7 to 17 visit their mothers in prison.

New studio

David Gappa has opened Vetro Glassblowing Studio & Gallery in Grapevine, The Dallas Morning News reported in a feature story. The studio offers classes in glassblowing, which Gappa learned while earning his degree from UT Arlington.