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UTA In The News — Monday, December 12, 2011

Monday, December 12, 2011

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NBC's TODAY Show website cites UT Arlington study on iodine

The website for NBC’s TODAY Show mentioned UT Arlington in the story, “11 Fast Fixes for Instant Energy.” Number 11 on the list: Order the seaweed salad. If your go-to Japanese appetizer is miso soup or edamame, consider rotating seaweed salad into the mix. It's packed with iodine, a chemical that helps maintain sufficient levels of the thyroid hormones that regulate your weight, energy level, and mood—and a new study finds you may not be getting enough of it. We tend to get our biggest dose of iodine from table salt, but among 88 randomized samples of common iodized salt brands, 47 didn't contain the FDA's recommended iodine concentration, say scientists from The University of Texas at Arlington. Adults should get 150 mcg of iodine daily (220 mcg if you're pregnant, 290 mcg if breastfeeding). Iffy on the seaweed? Other food sources include fish and yogurt.

Department of Communication professor weighs in on social media

KXAS/NBC 5 interviewed Chyng-Yang Jang, associate professor of communication technology, about the use of social media by law enforcement, and the potential impact on witnesses of possible crimes. “If I see something suspicious, it might be too much trouble for me to call [police] to provide a clue. But, through social media, I see that it’s not just me but 3 or 4 people that have reported it, then I feel more comfortable putting in my two cents,” Jang said.

Women edge men in college graduation rates

The Dallas Morning News quoted Dana Dunn, a UT Arlington associate professor of sociology and anthropology and former provost, in a story about the decreasing numbers of men graduating from college in Texas. Experts say the jobs that men without college degrees have traditionally depended upon—in construction, technical fields and the like—won’t be as plentiful going forward. “The coming years are going to be very telling,” Dunn said. “One could almost predict that we’re going to see some shifts when you look at what’s happening in the economy and the loss of the kinds of jobs men would find their way to when they dropped out.”

College tuition rates

Several of the state’s universities are expected to seek tuition hikes, the El Paso Times reported. UTEP and UT Austin are among the institutions considering increases, while the president of UT Arlington has said he will not propose a hike.

College of Nursing associate dean takes on new role

The Fort Worth Star-Telegram's Work Faces noted that Beth Mancini, associate dean of The University of Texas at Arlington College of Nursing, has been elected president of the Society for Simulation in Healthcare for 2012.

Moritz family creates $1 million endowed nursing chair at UT Arlington

The Middle East North Africa Financial Network reported on the creation of a $1 million endowment to support a new chair of geriatric nursing research. The endowment is possible through a commitment from the Moritz family of $500,000. That gift will be matched through UT Arlington’s Maverick Match program, which uses natural gas royalties to boost donations.

UT Arlington study on obesity, fitness and wellness

New obesity, fitness and wellness study findings have been published in the Journal of Chromatography by scientists at The University of Texas at Arlington, reported. “The analytes examined included: β-blockers, nucleic acid bases and nucleosides, salicylic acid and its analogues, and water soluble vitamins,” wrote H. Qiu and colleagues from the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry.

UT Arlington alum has new title reported that retired Lt. Col. Erik Mettala has joined eCrypt Technologies’ Board of Directors. The company provides email encryption and secure file storage. Mettala is a former UT Arlington associate dean of engineering for research, and professor of computer science and engineering.