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UTA In The News — Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

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Brain injury research

The Daily Beast reported that Michael Cho, professor and chair of UTA’s Bioengineering Department, is researching how brain injury from shockwaves could be caused by microcavitation, potentially changing the way doctors look for brain injuries suffered in battle. The article also interviewed Timothy Bentley, a program manager at the Office of Naval Research, who helped direct Navy funding to Cho’s research.

Environmental stressors

UTA researchers have now provided the first evidence that stable environments like constant predator threats, not unstable conditions, generate non-genetic “trans-generational responses” in the next generation, Phys.org reported. The study, led by Matt Walsh, UTA assistant professor of biology, is published in the Proceedings of the Royal Society B.

Big data

Krish Prabhu, president of AT&T Labs and chief technology officer, has been named to the UTA Engineering Hall of Achievement and appointed as a research professor in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering, KLTV ABC 7  in Tyler; KSLA CBS 12 in Shreveport, La.; WTOL CBS 11 in Toledo, Ohio; KXVO CW 15 in Omaha, Neb.; KHNL NBC 13 in Honolulu, Hawaii, KFMB CBS 8 in San Diego, Calif.; and various other media outlets reported.

Super Tuesday

Rebecca Deen, chair of UTA’s Political Science Department, discussed Texas’ unique position on Super Tuesday because it isn’t a winner-take-all state with KERA 90.1 FM. “Senator Cruz most likely will get above that 20 percent threshold,” Deen says. “We also expect Mr. Trump will do well. The question is: How well does Rubio do and does that eat into any of Cruz’s support?”

Writing cursive

KERA 90.1 FM reported that cursive writing is being taught less and less in today’s classroom, falling behind in our digital, keyboard age. Kathryn Pole, an assistant professor in the UTA College of Education’s Department of Curriculum and Instruction, says typing is a distraction for students. “When they’re typing, they’re not really thinking about what it is they’re hearing,” Pole says. “They’re more focused on just getting the notes down. The handwriting piece, they’re actually thinking about what it is that they’re writing.”

The Texas vote

Allan Saxe, a UTA associate professor of political science, was interviewed by KLIF 570 AM,  KOGO 600 AM in San Diego, Calif., and WREC 600 AM in Memphis, Tenn. ahead of Super Tuesday voting. Saxe said Texas is a key state, along with others like Oklahoma, Colorado, Alabama and Georgia.

Tuition increase

The UT System Board of Regents approved tuition increases at eight UT System schools, including UTA, in a series of votes on Monday, The Texas Tribune, The Dallas Morning News, KYTX CBS 19 in Tyler and the San Antonio Express News reported.

Clinton vs. Sanders

UTA senior political science major Ramon Hernandez was interviewed by KERA 90.1 FM for a piece on Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders supporters getting ready for Super Tuesday voting.

Transportation projects

The Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported the new Fort Worth T transportation master plan calls for construction of new projects, including in Arlington. Currently DART already operates the Metro Arlington X Press from the TRE’s CentrePort Station to UTA.