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UTA In The News — Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

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UTA and edX

The University of Texas at Arlington announced Tuesday it will become the second university in the UT System to begin offering massive open online courses, or MOOCs, through the edX platform, the Dallas Morning News Education blog reported. MOOCs are classes taught entirely online, in which students access course materials, watch videos of lectures and complete assignments wherever they have Internet access.

Corporate learning online

The University of Texas at Arlington is teaming with CorpU, a talent development company for major businesses, to host a two-day virtual conference on corporate learning and Massive Open Online Courses, or MOOCs, June 18 and 19, Hispanic Business.com reported. The event, called “MOOCs: Scaling Corporate Learning,” is free and open to the public. Featured panelists and keynote presenters will include representatives from Google, AXA, the World Bank, Coursera and others.

Biologists look for Y

A UT Arlington research team says their study of genetic information from more than 4,000 beetle species has yielded a new theory about why some species lose their Y chromosome and others, such as humans, hang on to it. They call it the "fragile Y hypothesis." According to reports in Red Orbit, Bio-Medicine and e! Science News, the biologists' idea is that the fate of the Y chromosome is heavily influenced by how meiosis, or the production of sperm, works in an organism. 

Davis' difficult run

KTVT/CBS 11 interviewed Allan Saxe, UT Arlington associate professor of political science, about Democratic Sen. Wendy Davis, who, according to a Texas Tribune/University of Texas poll, is trailing Republican Attorney General Greg Abbott in the race for governor. “It can be turned around, but she knows that it’s very difficult because the Abbott campaign, the Republicans are going to tie her to President Obama’s administration, and President Obama quite frankly in Texas is increasingly unpopular,” Saxe said.

Alum becomes deputy chief

UT Arlington alumna Lauretta Hill has been appointed to serve as deputy chief of police in Miami Beach, the Miami Herald reported. The new appointment makes her Miami Beach’s first black deputy chief and its highest-ranking black officer. Hill earned her bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from UT Arlington.

Sports sponsorship pays

In its report about companies anticipating stock gains because of their World Cup sponsorships, Financial EveryDay.com noted research completed by former UT Arlington doctoral student Jin-Woo Kim. Kim found that sports sponsorship is one of the most appropriate ways to set up a information exchange trail toward consumers. The paper appeared in the June 2010 Journal of Management and Marketing Research.