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UTA In The News — Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

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The Dallas Morning News profiles Romanoschi's research on the durability of pavement

A University of Texas at Arlington civil engineering professor is addressing Texas’ $6.3 billion annual tab for roads and its interest in being more environmentally friendly, The Dallas Morning News reported. Stefan Romanoschi and his research team have devised a pavement testing machine that accelerates the deterioration of road materials, and with a $1.12 million grant from the Texas Department of Transportation, they will test the durability of pavement mixes that include recycled materials.

CNN Headline News puts a spotlight on Smith's new film, "Wolf"

CNN Headline News interviewed filmmaker Ya’Ke Smith, a UT Arlington assistant professor of art and art history, about “Wolf,” the film Smith wrote and directed about child sex abuse in the church. Smith said he felt that this is the right time to tell the story and at screenings people come to him and say, “Thank you for telling my story.”

KTVT includes Jensen-Campbell in special about bullying

KTVT/CBS 11 interviewed Lauri Jensen-Campbell, a UT Arlington associate professor of psychology, about child bullying. CBS 11 is focusing on the growing trend of child bullying during their special series this week, “Take a Stand Against Bullying.” Jensen-Campbell and her team have researched child bullying in hundreds of middle school students. They discovered that the children that had been bullied had lower levels of cortisone. Their research of younger children who had been bullied revealed symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder. “The more severe the bullying or the more chronic the bullying, we’re seeing them reporting symptoms associated with PTSD and also greater symptoms of depression and anxiety,” Jensen-Campbell said.

Fort Worth Business Press spotlights Hawkins' $1.5 million gift to UTA School of Architecture

HKS Inc. CEO Ralph Hawkins has committed $1.5 million to support The University of Texas at Arlington School of Architecture, the Fort Worth Business Press reported. Hawkins and his wife, Susan, have promised the funds, which will be used in part to develop a strategic vision for the school’s future. The gift was previously reported by several other media outlets.

Popa's use of robots to study autism in children spotlighted

Design reported on a humanoid robot being used by UT Arlington researchers to treat children with autism. “Autism seems to be a good application for these kinds of robots,” said Dan Popa, associate professor of electrical engineering at UT Arlington. “[Children with autism] have a hard time relating to adults, but they seem to be very interested in interacting with robots.”

Texas Secretary of State to visit UT Arlington

Texas Secretary of State Hope Andrade stops at The University of Texas at Arlington on Tuesday, Sept. 4 as part of her mission to encourage Generation Y to get out the vote during the upcoming elections, the Texas Daybook reported. The item was carried by The Dallas Morning News, Austin American-StatesmanEl Paso Times and other news sites.

Texas Entrepreneur Networks notes Romero-Ortega honor

Mario Romero-Ortega, a UT Arlington bioengineering associate professor, was named the 2012 Tech Titan Technology Innovator of the year, the Texas Entrepreneur Networks reported. Romero-Ortega was honored for his work in developing better prosthetic arms that can allow injured military veterans and other amputees greater movement and may restore the sense of touch.

Progress report

The New York Times mentioned UT Arlington’s $10,000 degree program in a story about the progress that UT System Chancellor Francisco Cigarroa and Board of Regents Chairman Gene Powell have made in their “Framework for Advancing Excellence.” The article also was published by The Texas Tribune.

Musielak quoted in Seattle Times story about the WaveRider

The Seattle Times noted research by Dora Musielak, adjunct professor of physics at UT Arlington, in a story about the hypersonic aircraft WaveRider. Musielak, whose research focuses on high speed propulsion, said aircraft like the WaveRider are crucial to commercial planes one day flying nonstop at high speeds from one side of the earth to the other. “It is always a dream to see an airplane fly faster,” Musielak said, noting that there’s still an enormous amount of hypersonic development work ahead. “Once the military proves out the concept, hypersonic transport becomes a step closer to reality.”

Mancini quoted in Pharmacy Choice story about wireless patient monitoring

Beth Mancini, professor and associate dean in the UT Arlington College of Nursing, was quoted in a Pharmacy Choice story about the wireless ViSi Mobile Patient Monitoring System cleared by the Food and Drug Administration. “The way the majority of ambulatory patients in general care hospital settings around the world are monitored today is inadequate and may put patients at risk,” Mancini said. “Wireless continuous monitoring of key vital signs holds the promise to substantially change this and allow early education of patient deterioration and enable rapid response by constantly monitoring all vital signs.”

The Scientist features stem cell research by Shen

In a story about the importance of stem cell age, The Scientist cited a study by Jinui Shen, a UT Arlington post-doctoral associate in bioengineering, which found that aging female mice transplanted with MSCs from young donors had prolonged life span by 15 to 20 percent.

Wallace quoted in Fort Worth Star-Telegram article about manufacturing jobs in North Texas

The Fort Worth Star-Telegram quoted Debboreh Wallace, a manager at the Texas Manufacturing Assistance Center at The University of Texas at Arlington, in a story about the increase in manufacturing jobs in North Texas. “You’re seeing more and more help wanted ads,” Wallace said. “There’s definitely a surge going on,” she said, but the pipeline of experienced manufacturing personnel is dry as “new graduates don’t realize manufacturing is an option.” Bloomberg Businessweek also published the article.

Sessumes and TMAC Metroplex Region profiled in Dallas Business Journal

For Mark Sessumes and his team at TMAC Metroplex Region — based at The University of Texas at Arlington — providing the most cost-effective solution, best quality and improved productivity for customers is their highest priority, the Dallas Business Journal reported. “We work with manufacturers and others to help them implement techniques and culture to achieve profitable growth, and that leads us into innovation,” said Sessumes, the metroplex director. “For us, innovation is finding solutions to problems, helping our customers be more profitable and to help grow their business. That’s what leads us into the technology arena.”

Butler quoted in Pittsburgh Tribune-Review article about guaranteed internships

The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review quoted Cheri Butler, associate director of the Career Center at UT Arlington, in a story about large schools, such as the University of Pittsburgh, guaranteeing internships. “I think it is a bold and unusual move for a large university to guarantee an internship,” Butler said.

UT System Regents Outstanding Teaching Awards announced

The University of Texas System Regents’ Outstanding Teaching Awards recently honored faculty members for extraordinary classroom performance and innovation in undergraduate instruction, The Dallas Morning News reported. Each winner received $25,000. North Texas academic award winners include Elisabeth Cawthon, Christopher Conway, Jonathan Davis-Secord, Victoria Farrar-Myers, K.J. “Jamie” Rogers, Kathleen Tice and Nilakshi Veerabathina, all of UT Arlington; and Joseph Michael Izen and Clint Peinhardt, both of UT Dallas.

Flo Rida concert set for Oct. 19 at College Park Center, Reuters, The Dallas Morning News,, New Jersey Herald, Sacramento Bee and several other media organizations noted the Flo Rida concert planned for Oct. 19 at UT Arlington College Park Center.

Passion Pit concert set for Sept. 14 at College Park Center

Building on its splashy inaugural concert with Drake, UT Arlington nabs another high-profile act for its first big show of the fall at the relatively intimate College Park Center, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram noted, in a mention of the Passion Pit concert slated for 8 p.m. Sept. 14 at College Park Center.