Explaining nature's extremes
NBC News online, Science magazine, the New Scientist, Yahoo! News
and several other outlets reported on a study published Monday in which
a team led by UT Arlington assistant professor of biology Todd Castoe
mapped the genome of the Burmese python. In a paper published by the
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the team – which
included several other UT Arlington co-authors – linked the snake’s
extreme eating abilities with rapid evolutionary changes to its genes
and how they work.
Vintage health risks
Daniel Sledge, a UT Arlington assistant professor of political science, was featured in a Weather Channel
online story about the historical shift in public health threats in
America, from diseases such as typhoid and malaria to chronic illnesses
like heart disease and cancer. “Part of the reason [chronic diseases are
more common] is that people just live longer,” he said.
CEOs: Quit while you're ahead
A guest column in the Harvard Business Review
on determining the best time for a company CEO to vacate the top spot
mentioned work earlier this year by Xueming Luo, UT Arlington marketing
professor, and two graduate students. The team’s study suggested that
long tenure could actually hurt a company’s performance. A similar
piece in Inc.
quoted the study and said a new CEO will strengthen customer ties--but
only for a time, "after which the relationship weakens and the company's
performance diminishes, no matter how united and committed the
Predicting an epileptic seizure
A UT Arlington assistant engineering professor has developed a
computational model that can more accurately predict when an epileptic
seizure will occur next based on the patient's personalized medical
information, according to the website Medical News Today.
The research conducted by Shouyi Wang, an assistant professor in the
Department of Industrial and Manufacturing Systems Engineering, has been
in the paper "Online Seizure Prediction Using an Adaptive Learning
Approach" in IEEE Transactions on Knowledge and Data Engineering.
Relocation concerns lead to protest
Members of the Hispanic community at UT Arlington gathered on campus
Monday to protest the relocation of the offices of the campus’ Center
for Mexican American Studies, KUVN/Univision 23 reported. Some students held banners calling the measure an example of discrimination.
Reporting sustainability efforts with transparency
UT Arlington has joined a small group of leading universities worldwide
that present their sustainability action plan based on the GRI Reporting
Framework and its Sustainability Reporting Guidelines, according to a
column on the website Triple Pundit
written by Meghna Tare, UT Arlington sustainability director. She said
that by reporting transparently and with accountability, UT Arlington
can increase the trust that stakeholders and community have in us and
achieve a competitive edge.
Interim agreement between the U.S. and Iran
UT Arlington was mentioned in a Fort Worth Star-Telegram
editorial about an interim agreement between the U.S. and Iran that
calls for that country to freeze most of its nuclear operation in
exchange for a limited lifting of sanctions. The piece, which also
appeared in several other McClatchy newspapers, noted that Iran was
considered a U.S. ally in the 1970s and Iranian students were a presence
at UT Arlington and other area universities.