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UTA In The News — Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

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Caçola research featured in Inside Higher Ed's The Academic Minute

UT Arlington assistant professor of kinesiology Priscila Caçola was featured in The Academic Minute podcast on Inside Higher Ed. Caçola discussed her research into Developmental Coordination Disorder, a condition that affects at least 6 percent of school-age children. The disorder is characterized by marked impairments in balance and motor skills that significantly interfere with a child's health and well being. The Academic Minute is produced by WAMC/Northeast Public Radio and also airs on several public radio stations across the U.S. and in Canada.

Meiners weighs in on decline of manufacturing jobs

The Dallas Morning News featured Roger Meiners, chair of the UT Arlington Department of Economics and the John and Judy Goolsby Distinguished Professor of Economics, as one of its experts for its local economic snapshot focusing on the decline of manufacturing jobs. “The long-term downward trend over the last 30 years may have hit a bottom. The U.S. is more competitive on a wage basis because average wages have come down, especially for entry-level workers, and wages in China have been increasing. States like Texas, which have right-to-work laws, are more competitive,” Meiners said.

UT Arlington engineering professors recognized as inventors

The Fort Worth Business Press reported that four University of Texas at Arlington engineering professors have been named charter fellows to the National Academy of Inventors. They are Khosrow Behbehani, professor and chairman of the bioengineering department; Nai Yuen Chen, a National Academy of Engineering member and distinguished research professor in the materials science and engineering department; George Kondraske, electrical engineering professor; and Robert Magnusson, the Texas Instruments Distinguished University Chair in Nanoelectronics and an electrical engineering professor.

UNT joins UT Arlington, other campuses in becoming smoke-free campus

The University of North Texas joins UT Arlington, Texas State University and the Texas Tech Health Science Center in becoming a smoke-free campus, reported. UNT’s smoke free campus policy became active on Jan. 1.

Competitive Knowledge Fund to grow

The El Paso Times mentioned UT Arlington in a story about the state House and Senate proposed budget bills for 2014-15. Lawmakers said the state’s Competitive Knowledge Fund, which provides money to selected universities to support faculty for the purpose of “instructional excellence” and research, would grow by $6.7 million under both the House and Senate proposals. A handful of state budget negotiators snubbed UT El Paso and UT Arlington last session. Despite qualifying, the universities were not allowed to become part of the small group of universities in the fund.