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UTA In The News — Friday, July 31, 2015

Friday, July 31, 2015

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Engineering impact

Anand Puppala, UT Arlington civil engineering Distinguished Teaching Professor, is working with the Texas Department of Transportation to use giant foam blocks to strengthen roads and bridges in the state, KTVT CBS 11 reported. Puppala, who also is associate dean of research in the College of Engineering, has used the blocks successfully on Texas 67 in Johnson County.

Sea Stars Wasting Disease

A study led by a UT Arlington graduate student examining sea stars dying along the West Coast provides new clues about the starfish's immune response and its ability to protect a diverse coastal ecosystem, Science Daily reported. Lauren Fuess, a Ph.D. candidate in quantitative biology, and her team looked at the wasting disease responsible for the largest die-off of sea stars ever recorded. 

Customizing food orders

A study co-written by UT Arlington marketing professor Narayan Janakiraman was mentioned in an article addressing money-back guarantees on return policies, Hopes & Fears reported. Janakiraman’s study showed consumers had a higher rate of return when a smaller window for those returns was given. Janakiraman teamed with Lisa Ordóñez of the University of Arizona.

Rubik's Cube championships

Anthony Brooks, a UT Arlington international business junior, is one of the 500 speed cubers in America who have descended on Hilton Head, S.C., for the national Rubik's Cube championships, IslandPacket.com reported.

Superintendent finalist

Michael Kuhrt, the Wichita Falls ISD interim superintendent, was named the lone finalist by unanimous vote for the top position in the district at a special session of the board of trustees Thursday, the Wichita Falls Times-Record News reported. Kuhrt received his master's degree from UT Arlington.

Voices of the Civil Rights movement

A collaborative project among The University of Texas at Arlington, TCU and the University of North Texas that tells the history of the civil rights movement by those people who experienced it will lend a voice to those who need to be heard, the Dallas Sun reported in carrying an editorial that first ran in the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.