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UTA In The News — Thursday, February 14, 2013

Thursday, February 14, 2013

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Ward research into violent video games mentioned by The New York Times

UT Arlington economics professor Mike Ward was quoted in a New York Times story about research into whether playing violent video games has any effect on behavior. “I don’t know that a psychological study can ever answer that question definitively,” Ward said. “We are left to glean what we can from the data and research on video game use that we have.”

School of Social Work professor calls students her "angels"

University of Texas at Arlington social work professor Constance Burdick has her students to thank for saving her life using a defibrillator after she had a heart attack at the UT Arlington Fort Worth Center, KXAS/NBC 5 reported. A student recently trained in CPR performed life-saving procedures on Burdick until a defibrillator arrived. Burdick, who is back in the classroom, calls them “my angels.”

NBC5 puts spotlight on research by May and McCown

A University of Texas at Arlington graduate student recently found a piece of American history that offers more insight on U.S. slavery, according to KXAS/NBC 5. Julie McCown, a doctoral student in the College of Liberal Arts, discovered one of the earliest poems by Jupiter Hammon. "He is the first black person, period, that we know of to publish in America," said Cedrick May, a UT Arlington English associate professor and expert on African-American literature. The story also ran on television stations in Kansas City, Mo.; Reno, Nev.; Champaign, Ill.; and Columbus, Miss.

Free tuition for veterans is a growing challenge

Providing free tuition and fees for veterans is emerging as a growing financial challenge for colleges and universities, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported. James Spaniolo, outgoing president of The University of Texas at Arlington, told lawmakers in a House appropriations hearing this week that the cost to UT Arlington was $8.8 millon over the past two years. "Our concern is that while we want to do everything we can to support our veterans, it makes it difficult to do it when the university absorbs the entire cost."

Young adults, courtship and social media

Today's 20-somethings navigate the tricky terrain of courtship through texts, Facebook, location check-ins and informal hangouts, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram said in a story that featured Mark Tremayne, an assistant professor of communication at The University of Texas at Arlington who studies social media. Tremayne said texting and social media have become so woven into young people's lives that they can carry out their entire relationships online.

Tuition talk

Students at the UT System’s nine academic campuses will see little to no increase in their in-state undergraduate tuition for the fall, as a result of Board of Regents’ strategic initiative to stem the tide of annual rising tuition and fee costs, the San Antonio Business Journal reported. The report noted that students at UT Austin, UT Arlington, UT Permian Basin and UT Tyler will not face a tuition increase in the fall.