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UTA In The News — Thursday, June 9, 2016

Thursday, June 9, 2016

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First-time interaction

UTA psychologists have discovered that when two strangers meet and interact for the first time, the extent to which they develop mutual understanding depends on how much they talk and ask questions rather than on non-verbal cues such as gestures or exchanging glances, Medical Xpress, Science Daily, Science Newsline,  Science Codex and the Science Blog reported. The researchers used a specialized linguistic program to measure the participants’ interaction. William Ickes, co-author of the study and UTA Distinguished Professor of Psychology, along with the study's lead author, Vivian Ta, and co-author Meghan Babcock, both UTA psychology doctoral students, recently published their results in the Journal of Language and Social Psychology.

UTA-EPA partnership

A newly announced partnership between The University of Texas at Arlington and the Environmental Protection Agency targets a growing need for environmental engineering workers, Fort Worth Business reported. “What we’re trying to do is focus on the larger areas of environmental and occupational safety training,” said UTA President Vistasp Karbhari, referring to his school’s longtime role in training EPA workers in occupational safety and health.

Film force

UTA alumna Jessica Dowdy Christopherson, a 2004 broadcast communications graduate, has been one of the primary forces behind the Fort Worth Film Commission and its work to line up several productions since the commission was formed last fall, the Fort Worth Weekly reported. She is also director of public relations and film marketing for the Fort Worth Convention and Visitors Bureau.

New principal

The Eanes ISD school board named Cody Spraberry as principal of Forest Trail Elementary School at a special meeting Tuesday, the Austin American-Statesman reported. Spraberry holds a Master of Education in Educational Leadership and Policy from UTA. The district is in Austin.

Flash flood phone app

An app developed by a UTA professor allows users to file reports when they see flash flooding in creeks, streams, streets and in houses, KOMO AM 1000 in Seattle, Wash., and WKXW FM 101.5 in Trenton, N.J., reported. D.J. Seo, associate professor of civil engineering at UTA, developed the free Google Play app, called iSeeFlood. The app is available for Android users. An iPhone version is being considered.