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UTA In The News — Thursday, August 2, 2012

Thursday, August 2, 2012

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Spotlight on the UT Arlington Research Institute, new director

Technology Transfer mentioned the UT Arlington Research Institute and its new director, retired Lt. Gen. Rick Lynch. The institute has an ambitious 10-year goal of generating $100 million annually in research funding, and of increasing its workforce from 40 to 400. “We’re focusing on ideas that are commercially viable within two years,” says Lynch, referring to advanced manufacturing arenas such as microfabrication, applied robotics, and medical and environmental technologies,” Lynch said. The story was originally published in the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.

Ickes quoted in story about 'gut feelings'

William Ickes, a distinguished professor of psychology at UT Arlington, was quoted in in a story about whether gut feelings, or the so-called sixth sense, have scientific basis when it comes to making decisions. Ickes flipped a penny to decide which graduate school to attend. He had narrowed his choices to two but was still undecided after making a list of the pros and cons for each. He called his father. “He told me to flip a coin and pay close attention to my immediate gut reaction to the outcome. If I’m happy with the way the coin toss came out, I go with that. If I’m disappointed with the way the coin toss came out, I ignore its outcome and choose the other alternative,” Ickes said.

UT Arlington researchers' work with autistic children highlighted

Growing Your and the Louisville published a story about researchers from The University of Texas at Arlington and the University of North Texas Health Science Center who are using a toy robot to gain insight into children with autism. The researchers hope that their collaborative work will lead to earlier diagnosis and better treatment for children with the neurological disorder. The story was initially reported by the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.

Lose the Training Wheels bike camp held at UT Arlington

KTVT/CBS 11 profiled the Lose the Training Wheels camp taking place at UT Arlington. The Down Syndrome Partnership of Tarrant County is hosting the third annual camp for North Texas children with special needs. By weeks end, some 140 volunteers will help teach the children how to ride two-wheel bicycles without training wheels.

Former UT Arlingon Movin' Mavs player cites unique program

In a report about area families with connections to the Olympics, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram mentioned Greg Speed. He competed in the 1992 Barcelona Paralympics. His athletic ability took him to UT Arlington, where he played on the wheelchair basketball team. The university was one of the first in the nation to incorporate universal design elements in its buildings and campus planning so that disabled students could navigate with ease, Speed said. It actively sought students whose mobility depended on a wheelchair. Speed, who was intent on studying aerospace engineering, was one of them.

Agger quoted on Gore Vidal passing

The Christian Science Monitor interviewed Ben Agger, UT Arlington sociology professor and director for the Center for Theory, about the passing of author Gore Vidal. “He will be remembered as much for his stints on Johnny Carson as for his writings,” Agger said. “He realized that this is not a nation of readers, and perhaps he didn't take academic pedigree seriously because of this."