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UTA In The News — Friday, June 20, 2014

Friday, June 20, 2014

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Economist criticizes carbon emissions rules

The McClatchy-Tribune News Service published an op-ed by Roger Meiners, professor and chair of the UT Arlington Department of Economics, criticizing rules on carbon emissions. Meiners wrote: “Labor market participation is 5 percent lower than during the recession. Measured unemployment is down only because many have given up hope of finding a job. College graduates with degrees supposed to guarantee good jobs, such as engineering, no longer matter as much. What is going on? In the midst of this sluggishness, it is puzzling that the Obama administration is leading a war on coal and other fossil fuels that generate the vast majority of our energy.” The Miami Herald, Anchorage Daily News, Washington Olympian, St. Louis Post-Dispatch and other media organizations carried the piece.

Civil engineer believes some Allen Stadium cracks could be fixed

KDFW/Fox 4 interviewed Simon Chao, a civil engineering associate professor at UT Arlington, about a new engineering report that says there are more problems than just cracks in Allen ISD’s $60 million stadium. School administrators issued the report Thursday. Chao believes the smaller cracks can be sealed but the larger ones may have to be torn out and then rebuilt. The district said repairs will be made and it hopes to reopen the stadium in time for graduation next May.

Looking to help student veterans

UT Arlington researchers have successfully used a portable brain-mapping device to show limited prefrontal cortex activity among student veterans with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder when they were asked to recall information from simple memorization tasks, Vancouverdesi.com, BioNews Texas, PDDNet.com, Knoxville Times (Tenn.) and Bioscience Technology reported. The study by bioengineering professor Hanli Liu and Alexa Smith-Osborne, an associate professor of social work, and two other collaborators was published in the May 2014 edition of NeuroImage: Clinical

Study looks at Y chromosome fate

Health News Med reported on a UT Arlington study of genetic information from more than 4,000 beetle species, which has produced 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." 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. 

Former astronaut shares knowledge with students

Former astronaut Bernard Harris shared the love of science, math and space with 50 middle school students Thursday at the ExxonMobil Bernard Harris Summer Science Camp at UT Arlington, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, KXAS/NBC 5 and The Dallas Morning News blog, the Scoop reported. 

Obama appoints UTA alumna

A UT Arlington alumna has been appointed by President Obama to lead the U.S. General Services Administration’s Greater Southwest Region, the Deming Headlight (N.M.) reported. As regional administrator, Sylvia Leyba Hernandez oversees all GSA activities in Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas.