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UTA In The News — Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

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Promoting geosciences

Hoping to spur student interest in geosciences education, Tarrant County College and The University of Texas at Arlington have joined forces in a partnership that also aims to provide an easy transfer process between the schools, according to the Fort Worth Business Press. Twenty students will be recruited and be expected to complete courses in geology, chemistry, biology, math and physics during the first two years, as well as take part in a summer program. Aiding the effort is a $200,000, three-year grant the two schools recently received from the National Science Foundation’s Opportunities to Enhance Diversity in the Geosciences program.

Kinesiology professor looks at hypertension

David Keller, an assistant professor of kinesiology and associate director of UT Arlington’s Center for Health Living and Longevity, has found differences in the way that African Americans and Caucasians respond to simulated hypertension, the websites Medical Xpress and e!Science News reported. Keller is studying arterial baroreflex function in African Americans at rest and during exercise as part of a project funded by the National Institutes of Health National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute. Results of the first phase of his work were recently published in the American Journal of Physiology: Heart and Circulatory Physiology.

Patrick still looking out for UT Arlington

Though he has stepped down from the Arlington City Council seat he held for eight years, Gene Patrick said the success of downtown and the nearby University of Texas at Arlington remain at the top of his agenda, according to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. Patrick, who resigned because of health issues, said he hopes to continue serving the community through various boards and organizations and will support city leaders. He is currently on the UT Arlington Development Board.

Research dollars for engineering

The Dallas Morning News’ Education Notes column featured news that the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute awarded more than $1.2 million for cancer research to two University of Texas at Arlington bioengineering researchers, Baohong Yuan and Liping Tang. It also noted that George Alexandrakis, an assistant professor of bioengineering, has secured two grants worth $1.13 million to track how cancerous cells damaged by radiation work to repair themselves and UT Arlington has announced it plans begin offering a bachelor of science degree in biomedical engineering.

Outstanding Texas woman

Deborreh McCormick Wallace, customer relations manager at UT Arlington's TMAC (Texas Manufacturing Assistance Center) facility in Fort Worth, was named a Great Woman of Texas by the Fort Worth Business Press. She was one of 17 outstanding North Texas women honored Nov. 9 at the Fort Worth Club.