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UTA In The News — Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

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Baby's motor skills

According to new UT Arlington research, parents don’t know just how much toys and household items aid in the development of their baby’s motor skills, Parents.com reported. Priscila Caçola, a UT Arlington assistant professor of kinesiology and the author of the study concerning the research, developed a scale to help give caregivers the ability to analyze the items children are exposed to.

Using composite materials

The new Center for Integration of Composites into Infrastructure, a National Science Foundation Industry/University Cooperative Research Center, will determine how to best use composite materials to extend the life-cycle of civil infrastructure, resulting in less maintenance and lower costs to taxpayers, Phys.org reported.

Native pageantry

Members of Native American tribes enacted song and dance during the 20th Annual UT Arlington Native American Student Association Scholarship Benefit Powwow Sunday, The Dallas Morning News reported in a photo essay of the event. Members of the Odawa, Alabama-Coushatta and Choctaw tribes were featured in the photos.

Governor’s University Research Initiative

Gov. Greg Abbott recently signed new legislation that will create the Governor’s University Research Initiative – a mission to attract world-class researchers, including Nobel laureates, to Texas public universities, Newswise.com reported. The Texas Legislature has approved $40 million in funding for the initiative. In another significant investment in research, the Legislature appropriated $138.1 million for the Texas Research Incentive Program, which was established in 2009 and incentivizes matching private gifts supporting research at emerging research institutions, including UT Arlington.

Getting satisfaction

The KXAS NBC 5 11 a.m. Tuesday newscast aired a piece that interviewed several students from UT Arlington’s A Cappella Choir about what it was like singing with the Rolling Stones when the legendary rock band took the stage at AT&T Stadium Saturday. The choir accompanied the Stones on “You Can’t Always Get What You Want.”

OSHA conference

An OSHA official speaking at the American Society of Safety Engineers Safety 2015 conference in Dallas said Texas represents the lion's share of inspections the last three years, OH&S reported. Mike Marshall said OSHA's alliance with UT Arlington to put on the conference is working well. UT Arlington's Division of Enterprise Development performs a lot of OSHA training and certification.

Urging inclusion

Members of North Texas’ LGBT community urged inclusion after evangelist Franklin Graham grabbed national headlines with a call for Christians to stop doing business with companies friendly to gays and lesbians, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported. Becki Clesse, president of the Gay-Straight Alliance at UT Arlington, said she was touched by a Wells Fargo commercial that has started the controversy. “We just all want to be happy and have the same rights others are privileged to have,” said Clesse, a 23-year-old senior at UTA.