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UT Arlington In The News - Tuesday, November 5, 2013

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Tuesday, November 5, 2013

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Computer science team developing system to ensure privacy in electronic health records

Two UT Arlington researchers are leading a collaborative National Science Foundation project to protect personal, electronic healthcare data while ensuring that the anonymous records can be used for secondary analysis and improved health care, 10 Gigabit Ethernet and TMCnet.com reported. Associate Professor Heng Huang and Professor Guatam Das, both of the UT Arlington Computer Science & Engineering Department, are leading the effort.

Domestic violence

Alejandro del Carmen, chair of the UT Arlington Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice, said in an Associated Press story that it might seem as if deadly violence has increased because the Internet and social media delivers vivid news from everywhere in almost real time. "We learn about the nature of how violent these acts are, see pictures of the victims, reporters talk to neighbors that knew the victims, and there's a tendency of humanizing and personalizing this story in a ways we never have before." Del Carmen's comments were part of the AP story that ran at NPR.org and ABC News.com.

Philanthropy recognized

Taylor and Shirlee Gandy will be awarded the Distinguished Philanthropists Award primarily through efforts that funded the Kennedy Tribute in downtown Fort Worth, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported. But Casa Mañana and The University of Texas at Arlington also have benefited from the Gandys’ fundraising expertise. The Association of Fundraising Professionals will honor several philanthropists at a Wednesday awards ceremony in celebration of National Philanthropy Day.

Election day

Allan Saxe, a UT Arlington associate political science professor, said one reason voters will stay away from the polls today stems in the difficulty in understanding the way the proposed constitutional amendments are composed and written, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported. “Constitutional Amendments do matter because once passed it is difficult to overturn them since they are now part of the Constitution,” Saxe said.