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Friday, November 22, 2013

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A model for health

News Medical reported on research by Shouyi Wang, a UT Arlington assistant professor of industrial and manufacturing systems engineering, developing a computational model that can more accurately predict when an epileptic seizure will occur next based on the patient’s personalized medical information. Smart Economy, e! Science News and Phys.org also featured the research.

Remembering a shocking time

WBAP/820 AM interviewed Duane Keilstrup, a UT Arlington professor emeritus, who in 1963 assigned his students to write about their feelings immediately following President John F. Kennedy’s assassination. “Many of them reflected what all of us were feeling -- the sadness, shock, disbelief. But also many were very much for re-dedicating their selves to God and country, and to carrying President Kennedy’s spirit forward,” Keilstrup said. He recently rediscovered the 50-year-old essays and donated them to The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza in Dallas.

The Tennessean published an op-ed by Bill R. Phillips, a UT Arlington alumnus, former Nashville deputy mayor and chief of staff at the Republican National Committee, about the lasting impression of seeing President John F. Kennedy in 1963. Phillips said his political science professor at UT Arlington “urged students to drive the 15 miles to Dallas to see John F. Kennedy because it isn’t every day that you can see a president. He also expressed concern about the visit of JFK, highly unpopular in Big D.”

KDFW/Fox 4 reported on how President John F. Kennedy’s 1963 visit to Fort Worth is being remembered by many, including UT Arlington. The University’s Central Library has a display of photographs from the president’s 12 hours in Fort Worth from the Fort Worth Star-Telegram Collection. The Dallas Morning News and Ohio.com also noted the photography exhibit.

Fracking concerns

A story about fracking in the Huffington Post Green blog noted a study out of The University of Texas at Arlington that found high levels of arsenic and other heavy metals in samples from water wells near active natural gas wells.

Stories well told

Ya’Ke Smith, UT Arlington assistant professor of art and art history, was quoted in a Hispanic Business.com story that examined the box office success of and recent increase in black-themed films. Mostly, it could come down to the fact that they are good stories well told. “I’ve seen 12 Years A Slave twice. I think it’s a masterpiece,” Smith said. “Steve McQueen has made something like we’ve never seen before.” The story initially appeared in the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.

Backing a construction boom

Construction should be rampant on college campuses in Texas over the next year, the Dallas Business Journal reported. As the state’s universities continue their current efforts to gain status as Tier One research institutions, they must increase their programs and provide additional academic and research space. Those working hard to achieve this elite status include the University of Houston, The University of Texas at Arlington, the University of Texas at Dallas, Texas Tech University and the University of Texas at San Antonio.

A new president

The Denton Record-Chronicle reported that the president of the University of Nevada at Las Vegas – and a former dean at The University of Texas at Arlington – was named the sole finalist for the president’s job at the University of North Texas during a special meeting of the UNT Board of Regents on Wednesday.

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