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UTA In The News — Monday, September 21, 2015

Monday, September 21, 2015

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Improving health care

WFAA Channel 8 reported on research led by Dan Popa, a UT Arlington associate professor of electrical engineering, who received a National Science Foundation grant to help fund a nursing robot that could perform mundane nursing tasks and assist nurses to provide better care for patients. “We are simply trying to help nurses do their job better,” Popa said. WFAA Online, KRLD 1080AM, and KHOU CBS (Houston, Texas) also reported on the nursing robot research. 

Renovation brewing for campus bookstore

The University of Texas at Arlington Bookstore unveiled its new Starbucks, marking the first phase of a multimillion-dollar renovation, the Fort Worth Business Press reported. The grand opening featured remarks by President Vistasp Karbhari, Bob Scholl, senior vice president for retail operations with UTA Bookstore operator Follett Higher Education Group; and Emmalie Moe, UTA Student Congress president, among others.

Incomplete treatment

New findings from a team of University of Texas at Arlington and University of Houston researchers may have answers as to why many people end cognitive behavioral therapy before the recommended course of treatment has ended, ScienceDaily reported. The researchers found that patients who improve quickly are more likely to drop out before completing treatment, losing the potential for future benefit.

Homemade clock controversy

Brent Sasley, UT Arlington assistant professor professor of political science, was quoted in a Fort Worth Star-Telegram article about Ahmed Mohamed, the Irving high school student who was arrested for bringing a homemade clock to school. “There was a sense that this young boy, student, was treated so unfairly because of his religion,” said Sasley. “Muslim kids are just as American as Christian kids and Jewish kids.”

Help for wounded vets and burn victims

Eileen Clements, director of research at The University of Texas at Arlington Research Institute, is among a team of researchers developing new regenerative methods to help wounded veterans and burn victims, Chicago Health Online reported. The team has developed The Biomask, which would allow doctors to essentially build a face out of individual cells.

Lucha Libre

UT Arlington assistant professor Oliver Bateman was quoted in an Al Dia/Dallas Morning News collaborative report about the tradition of  “Lucha Libre” in Dallas. “It’s theater for the people,” Bateman said. “It’s cheap and easy for people to understand."

Talking politics

Allan Saxe, associate professor of political science at UT Arlington, discussed the Iran Deal, among other topics, with WTKS 1290 AM (Savannah, Ga.).

Stopping the spread of invasive mussels

Robert McMahon, emeritus professor of biology at UT Arlington, was quoted in a Buffalo News article about a program aimed to halt the spread of invasive mussels. Invasive mussels cost the national economy at least $1 billion a year, though the real figure is likely much higher, McMahon said. The article originally appeared in The New York Times.

University research funding

Governor Greg Abbott thanked lawmakers last week for investing more dollars for university research funding, including at UT Arlington, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported.

WNBA team on the move

KOTV CBS (Tulsa, Okla.) reported that WNBA team Tulsa Shock has played their last game in Oklahoma. The team will move to North Texas, playing home games at UT Arlington’s College Park Center.

Alumnus honored as outstanding principal

David Sauer, principal of Mineola High School, has been named the Region VII Outstanding Principal of the Year for 2015-2016 by the Texas Association of Secondary School Principals, KLTV.com reported. Sauer earned his bachelor’s degree from UT Arlington.