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UTA In The News — Thursday, April 10, 2014

Thursday, April 10, 2014

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Unmanned Vehicle Systems certificate program

UT Arlington is gearing up to meet the expected growth in the unmanned vehicle systems industry with a new certificate program, according to a report on KRLD/1080 AM. Eileen Clements, director of research at the UT Arlington Research Institute, told the station: “The market’s huge ... You need people who know how to design those systems, who know how to operate them, who know how to maintain them.”

NIR laser use benefits explained

Samar Mohanty, a UT Arlington assistant professor of physics, and doctoral candidate Bryan Black have discovered that the growing part of neurons like those in the cerebral cortex or the retina are sensitive to the minute temperature increase of less than one degree Celsius, Optics & Photonics News reported. In a paper published this week by the journal PloS One, the team described using a low-power near-infrared (NIR) laser directed ahead of a neuron to guide its advance.

Bone repair

UT Arlington and Texas Health Arlington Memorial Hospital are investigating whether bone grown from the body’s own stem cells can replace traditional types of bone grafting, according to Hispanic Business.com. Liping Tang, UT Arlington bioengineering chair and professor, and Dr. Joseph Borrelli, chair of orthopedics for Texas Health Arlington Memorial, co-authored a paper on the research. The goal is to use the body’s own healing capacity in bone repair.

Concussion management awareness

Jacob Resch, assistant professor of kinesiology at UT Arlington, was featured in a Spine Surgery Today article that quoted several national health experts discussing the evolution of concussion management awareness. Resch discussed the usefulness of neurocognitive testing in concussion diagnosis and recent research he conducted that found the tests to be “somewhat limited.”

Repairing the road

Sahadat Hossain, a UT Arlington associate professor of civil engineering, is working with the Texas Department of Transportation to mend failing highway slopes with recycled plastic pins, NTX, the North Texas Commission Magazine (p. 56), reported in its spring/summer edition. 

Odd couples

Several FOX television stations, including WXIX/FOX 19(Cincinnati), mentioned a story that dispelled the idea that opposites attract. The story, which originally appeared on CNN.com, featured research by William Ickes, distinguished professor of psychology at UT Arlington. Ickes said that similar people are more likely to get together in the first place -- and are also more likely to find satisfaction in their relationship.

The Executive MBA experience

David Mack, Ph.D., assistant dean of the UT Arlington College of Business and director of the Executive MBA program, was quoted in a Dallas Morning News special advertising section about the benefits of earning an Executive MBA. “Experience offsets past academics for the most part. UTA looks for candidates who bring at least seven years of knowledge in their field or industry,” he said. 

Looking for influence

UT Arlington Professor of Political Science Victoria Farrar-Myers was featured in a Watertown Daily Times (New York) story about whether a junior member of Congress can have influence. “Unlike past Congresses that were controlled by strict seniority, today’s Congress provides an open field for newly elected members to make an impact by gaining positions on desirable committees,” she said.