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UTA In The News — Monday, November 5, 2012

Monday, November 5, 2012

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Planning the next collider

Despite the 1993 demise of plans for a super collider in Texas, the U.S. was a strong contender to host a new linear collider as recently as 2007, UT Arlington professor Jaehoon Yu said in a story in the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. Yu co-organized a weeklong international conference on the subject that was held on campus last month, including an Oct. 24 appearance by Nobel laureate Steven Weinberg. In an accompanying story, physics professor Kaushik De was quoted about a project in which UT Arlington will team with Brookhaven and Argonne national laboratories.

High turnout expected

Although the Latino turnout has lagged in previous years, more than 12.2 million Hispanics are expected to vote this year, according to projections from the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials Education Fund, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported. "We are going to see a high turnout -- perhaps a record turnout among Latino voters in the United States," said Susan Gonzalez Baker, director of the Center for Mexican American Studies at The University of Texas at Arlington.

Funding a close campaign

Days before Election Day -- as the battle between President Barack Obama and GOP nominee Mitt Romney reaches a fevered pace -- Texas donations have added up to more than $61 million, according to a Fort Worth Star-Telegram story that quoted UT Arlington political science professor Tom Marshall. "Many, many states are very close in this election," Marshall said. "The easiest thing to do in the last 10 days is to dump money into TV ads and mailers.”

Undecided voters matter

UT Arlington political science professor Tom Marshall appeared this morning on KDFW/FOX 4 to talk about the presidential election Tuesday. Marshall said these last few days of campaigning are important and at least 12 states are still up in the air. “Ninety-five percent of America knows who they’re voting for. The trick comes down to how that last 5 or 6 percent breaks,” he said.

Senate races get attention

Gov. Rick Perry may be able to ram through his priorities over Democratic senators’ objections for weeks or months if Republican Mark Shelton beats Democratic Sen. Wendy Davis and Mario Gallegos, a Houston Democrat who died in office Oct. 16, wins posthumously, Bloomberg reported. The story featured UT Arlington political science professor Allan Saxe, who moderated a recent debate between Davis and Shelton. Saxe said: “Davis is very articulate, very energetic and is a whale of a campaigner.”

Ohio in the spotlight

Many pollsters say the presidential race is too close to call at this point, but UT Arlington political science professor Allan Saxe says most agree it comes down to Ohio, according to a report on KRLD/1080 AM. “There is a way that Gov. Romney can carry the 270 electoral vote that is needed without Ohio, but that means he would have to garner a whole bunch of other states and it looks very difficult to accomplish it.”

Blogging international news

Brent Sasley, UT Arlington assistant professor of political science, has begun writing a regular column on the Israeli elections for the blog Open Zion at The Daily Beast. Open Zion focuses on questions related to Israel, Palestine and the Jewish future.

Preventing SIDS

A UT Arlington team is working on a device that they hope could reduce incidence of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome, KDAF/CW 33 reported. Electrical engineering professor J.C. Chiao, doctoral candidate Hung Cao and Heather Beardsley, a research engineer at TMAC, or the Texas Manufacturing Assistance Center, have developed a sensitive wireless sensor system that can detect carbon dioxide exhaled by babies as they sleep.