The 2014 NCAA Final Four heads
to North Texas April 4-7 and faculty experts at The University of Texas at Arlington are available to
weigh in on various impacts of college basketball’s biggest event.
Faculty experts are ready to discuss topics that range from
the Final Four’s potential impact on the local economy and sex-trafficking that occurs during major sports events to new concussion
research and traffic operations.
Please contact the UT
Arlington Office of Communications at 817-272-2761 for more information.
Roger Meiners, chair of
Bill Crowder, professor of economics, can talk
about the economic impact the tournament could have on the local and regional
Jacob Resch, assistant
professor of kinesiology, can discuss
concussion research, recently published study regarding the popular
computerized concussion assessment tool ImPACT.
associate professor of kinesiology, has 20
years experience as a licensed athletic trainer in college and has done
research into various injury rehabilitation methods.
Susan Cherry, clinical
instructor of nursing, can
address public health and what health care workers who respond to disasters
will be on alert for during the tournament.
Elten Briggs, assistant professor of marketing, can talk about how businesses
could benefit from this national spotlight.
Kaushik De, professor of
part of a UT Arlington team that studied the NBA’s synthetic basketball at the
request of Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban in 2006. They found them lacking
and the NBA ditched the balls soon thereafter.
Andrew Brandt, professor
of physics, made local and
national news when he helped the Texas Rangers figure out how far slugger Josh
Hamilton’s June 27, 2010 record home run traveled. Dr. Brandt can help with any
physics of basketball questions.
Andrea Cimino, assistant professor of social work, researches violence against women, child welfare and prostitution. She is able to discuss sex-trafficking and related crimes that occur during major sports events.
Krystal Beamon, assistant professor of sociology, has studied NCAA Division I basketball and football players for more than
10 years. Dr. Beamon’s area of expertise includes ethnicity, sociology of sport
and inequality. Her book, “The Enduring Color Line in U.S. Athletics,” was
Jim Williams, professor
of civil engineering, a
nationally known expert in traffic operations.
Sia Ardekani, professor of civil engineering, studies traffic flow, congestion.
Steve Mattingly, associate professor of civil engineering, studies traffic safety,
bike challenges, and air travel patterns and flow.