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UTA In The News — Monday, March 4, 2013

Monday, March 4, 2013

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As UTA prepares for Tier One status, it names the man who it wants to help get it there

In the past decade, UT Arlington has come to the threshold to becoming the most important institution of higher learning in North Texas, the Fort Worth Business Press reported. Much of the credit for the surge in construction, enrollment, research funding, expansion of academic programs and outreach to local business renew programs change is credited, almost universally, to outgoing UTA President James Spaniolo and his immediate predecessor Robert E. Witt. Now, the university is on the launch pad for its next phase, recognition as a Tier One university. Poised to lead the school for that mission is Vistasp M. Karbhari, a genial structural engineer who has special expertise in composite materials and enough education, experience and publications to fill a 64-page curriculum vitae.

UT Arlington receives largest gift in history

The Fort Worth Business PressCultureMap, and reported on the record $7.5 million donation that The University of Texas at Arlington received from Shimadzu Scientific Instruments.

KDFW/FOX 4: Nestell discusses formation, causes of sinkholes

Merlynd Nestell, UT Arlington professor of earth and environmental sciences, appeared as an in-studio live guest on KDFW/Fox 4 Sunday evening to discuss sinkholes like the giant hole that demolished a home and presumably killed a man in Florida. “The ones in Florida are generally because of the limestone that becomes dissolved underneath these houses, actually at depth, and then the groundwater moves the limestone out, the soil collapses and the hole forms,” Nestell said. “It happens over time. It takes quite a bit of time.”

KDFW/FOX 4: Popa discusses autism research involving robot

Dan Popa, UT Arlington associate professor of electrical engineering, was the featured guest during KDFW/Fox 4’s Sunday evening segment Fox4Ward. He discussed his research that involves the use of a robot to help diagnose and treat children with autism.

Makedon leading team in rheumatoid arthritis research

UT Arlington researchers are creating individualized, patient-centered rehabilitation software systems that will promote and support physical therapy for people with rheumatoid arthritis,MedicalXpress and reported.

Rajeshwar research on global warming highlighted

Scientists at The University of Texas at Arlington have taken a major step toward converting carbon dioxide, one of the key villains of global warming, into a liquid chemical that, in turn, is key to making plastics and lubricants, the Wheels reported.

Huffington Post notes UTA math research in Dr. Seuss article

The Huffington Post noted research by UT Arlington in its article about Dr. Seuss books, which convey important messages about mathematics. A 2013 study at UT Arlington reports on challenges college students face understanding “if” and “or” from a mathematical perspective, rather than a colloquial sense. Learning mathematics involves teasing apart these differences as well as learning new words and terminology. Saturday marked the birthday of Theodor Seuss Geisel, the writer widely known under the pen name Dr. Seuss.

Gatchel quoted in Yahoo! Shine article about pain solutions

Yahoo Shine! quoted Robert Gatchel, UT Arlington distinguished professor of psychology, in its article about smart workout pain solutions. Research shows that how you react to pain can affect how intensely you feel it, how long it lasts, and even how well you recover from the injury. “Stress and anxiety in particular lower your threshold, so minor pain feels more intense than it normally would,” Gatchel said.

Associated Press, other media carry Dallas Morning News article quoting Del Carmen

The Associated Press picked up a Dallas Morning News report about programs that are encouraging the sharing of neighbors’ surveillance footage with police. The article, which quotes Alex del Carmen, professor and chair of UT Arlington’s Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice, appears on and other media websites.