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UTA In The News — Thursday, February 26, 2015

Thursday, February 26, 2015

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Controlling pain

Health Canal reported on a new study led by Samarendra Mohanty, a University of Texas at Arlington assistant physics professor, which shows for the first time how a small area of the brain can be optically stimulated to control pain.

Excellence finalist

Jennifer Gray, UT Arlington associate dean and George W. and Hazel M. Jay Professor of Nursing in the College of Nursing and Health Innovation, was named a finalist for the D Magazine 2015 Excellence in Nursing award in the category of educator, D Magazine’s Healthcare Daily reported. The winners will be announced in the magazine’s March issue.

Cryotherapy explored

KTVT/CBS 11 interviewed Cindy Trowbridge, UT Arlington kinesiology associate professor, about cryotherapy, which some say helps to treat chronic pain, improve skin, assist in recovery and speed up one’s metabolism.  There is little science, however, to back up the claims. “Just like we pair our food with our wine, we pair our treatment with our problem,” Trowbridge said. “And we can’t use whole body cryotherapy for all of our problems. It’s not going to be the recovery mecca that we need. Nor can I use an ice bag for all of my injuries.”

Treadmill desks

A Corporate Wellness magazine article about the benefits of office exercise equipment mentioned UT Arlington. Sedentary positions put tremendous force on body tissues that create fat cells. Also, too much sitting around can lead to depression, stress and more lethargy. A University of Minnesota and University of Texas at Arlington study measuring the effects of walking and working reported that employees at a financial services firm who were refitted with treadmill desks for just one hour per day lost on average 74 more calories daily.

Webb Lecture series

D Magazine highlighted the 50th Webb Lecture series symposium at UT Arlington, which is celebrating the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act. In addition to a documentary screening and noted speakers, artists will present work to reflect on how disability is perceived and represented in contemporary culture.  The Gallery at UTA hosts an opening reception Feb. 27. The series symposium is March 4-5.

Keystone pipeline veto explained

Our Windsor (Canada) quoted Rebecca Deen, associate professor and chair of the UT Arlington Department of Political Science, in a story about a bill to approve the Keystone XL pipeline that was swiftly rejected by President Obama Tuesday. “He's threatened to veto legislation at rates we would expect, and that threat rate has increased over time as the Democratic majority in the Senate dwindled and then as party control slipped," Deen said.