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UTA In The News — Thursday, January 12, 2012

Thursday, January 12, 2012

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Professor spreads documentary film gospel

The Dallas Morning News reported on UT Arlington associate film professor Bart Weiss’ role in a program called the American Documentary Showcase, a collaboration of the U.S. Department of State and the University Film and Video Association. The Showcase sends filmmakers and experts around the world to show and discuss American documentaries — and, by extension, American life. Weiss, who is also head of the Dallas VideoFest, was part of a team of documentary filmmakers and academics who traveled to Beijing to spread the gospel of American documentary filmmaking for four days in December.

Help for Haiti

Glen Mattioli, UTA professor of environmental and earth sciences, was featured on the Fort Worth Star-Telegram’s Extra Credit blog for helping to organize the Continuously Operating Caribbean GPS Observational Network, or COCONet, a National Science Foundation-funded project. Through the project, more than 60 high-precision Global Positioning System stations will be added to the Caribbean and Caribbean-border nations, including Haiti. He said: "We know there are going to be earthquakes. The question we're trying to get a handle on is which regions are more likely to rupture in the future and what the magnitude will be."

Researching immunity and reproduction

Everyone, the community blog for the open access journal PLoS ONE, featured the work of UT Arlington assistant professor of biology Jeffery Demuth. He recently published a paper called “Sex, War, and Disease: The role of parasite infection on weapon development and mating success in a horned beetle (Gnatocerus cornutus),” which explores how the beetles reacted to stress on their immune system and what effect it had on their mating success.