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UTA In The News — Monday, April 8, 2013

Monday, April 8, 2013

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Whittemore discusses Dallas-Fort Worth's population changes

The Dallas Morning News’ Points, a Sunday commentary, talked to Andrew Whittemore, UT Arlington assistant professor of urban and public affairs, about the Dallas-Fort Worth region’s population. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, growth in Dallas County was stagnant last month. “In a lot of middle-class to wealthier areas, you see a very slight decline. Which tends to mean, looking at those neighborhoods, you’ve got people in the baby boom generation who are relatively wealthy holding on to their houses and waiting for retirement as all their kids move out,” Whittemore said.

Mattingly, Massidda research on high-speed rail noted

The Fort Worth Star-Telegram noted research by Stephen Mattingly, a UT Arlington civil engineering professor, and Antonio Massidda, faculty researcher, in an article about the debate over where to build high-speed rail stations in the Dallas-Fort Worth region. Both researchers have spent two years analyzing the impact of high-speed rail on aviation in Europe – and the impact of Amtrak’s Acela Express train service on aviation in the Northeastern United States.

Motor skills research has good news for the middle-aged

Researchers from UT Arlington have found that people in their 20s don't have much on their middle-aged counterparts when it comes to some fine motor movements, Science Codex and ScienceDaily reported. In a simple finger-tapping exercise, study participants' speed declined only slightly with age until a marked drop in ability with participants in their mid-60s. Priscila Caçola, an assistant professor of kinesiology at UT Arlington, hopes the new work will help clinicians identify abnormal loss of function in their patients.

Designing $10,000 degrees tests colleges

The San Antonio Express-News mentioned that UT Arlington is among several universities offering a $10,000 degree. Administrators at schools offering the innovative degree plan acknowledged the price may be a limited-time-only deal. “We don't know what the community colleges will be charging in several years,” said Dale Wasson, UT Arlington vice provost. “We don't know what we'll be charging in several years. But we're going to try to keep with the spirit of the thing.”