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UTA In The News — Friday, June 12, 2015

Friday, June 12, 2015

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Language revitalization

Representatives from a variety of Native American tribes have converged on Washington, D.C. archives to breathe new life into their languages, to transform language preserved into language lived and language living, wrote Colleen Fitzgerald, a UT Arlington professor of linguistics, in the Huffington Post. Fitzgerald is the director of the Native American Languages Lab at The University of Texas at Arlington.

Social media fallout

KTVT/CBS 11 interviewed Mark Tremayne, a UT Arlington assistant professor of communication, about the consequences that can result from people posting their personal views to social media networks. “Count on it being seen even if you think that it won’t be seen. And count on it lasting for years even if you delete it,” Tremayne said. “There are companies out there that their whole business is to archive social media. You can delete it from your account, but that doesn’t mean it’s deleted from the Internet.” Controversial comments made on social media about a McKinney incident resulted this week in the firings of a Texas teacher and Florida principal.

Gene expression

A new study led by biologists from The University of Texas at Arlington has found that dramatic changes in the anatomy and physiology of the Burmese python after it eats a large meal are controlled by a series of alterations in gene expression, Health Canal reported. Todd Castoe, an assistant professor of biology in the UT Arlington College of Science and corresponding author of the paper, said the study is a breakthrough because it delves explicitly into how genes are utilized in creating the stunning changes that take place in the Burmese python’s organs.

Solving problems

A UT Arlington research team is using giant lightweight geofoam blocks to bolster the earth beneath roads and bridges and slow down the settling of roadways and bridges, Phys.org and e Science News reported. Anand Puppala, UT Arlington associate dean for research in the College of Engineering and Distinguished Scholar Professor in the Civil Engineering Department, said that the majority of the world's largest cities, often built in areas near water bodies, have soft and compressible soils. He said this research will help alleviate those road and bridge problems.

It all adds up

Lockheed Martin, a global security and aerospace company, estimates that widely used software testing methods developed at the National Institute of Standards and Technology can trim test planning and design costs by up to 20 percent, while greatly improving the thoroughness of product and system testing during development, SC Online reported. Developed with collaborators from The University of Texas at Arlington, NIST’s Advanced Combinatorial Testing System “uses proven mathematical techniques to greatly reduce the number of tests a company needs to perform to ensure the quality of a product or process,” explains NIST computer scientist Richard Kuhn.

Impact on water

The EPA released its draft report on hydraulic fracturing's impact on drinking water, the Earth Day Network reported. The article mentioned a UT Arlington study that found elevated levels of arsenic and other heavy metals in private gas wells in the Barnett Shale formation.

All that jazz

KGMB CBS 5 in Hawaii reported that The University of Texas at Arlington Jazz Orchestra would be playing with the ‘Iolani Stage Band in a free concert on June 27.