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UTA In The News — Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

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Cawthon discusses Thatcher's impact on government

WFAA/Channel 8 interviewed Elisabeth Cawthon, UT Arlington associate professor of British history, about Britain’s first female prime minister Margaret Thatcher, who died Monday. Cawthon said Thatcher will be ranked as one of the great leaders in British history.

College students, loans and debt

The Dallas Morning News business columnist, Mitchell Schnurman, quoted Karen Krause, UT Arlington executive director of financial aid, in a piece about student loans. “Most students are borrowing responsibly, and some don’t even maximize their government loans,” Krause said. In her experience, high-debt borrowers often incur big bills by transferring to other schools, changing majors and dropping too many classes. She mentioned that graduating in four years is one way of limiting debt. To encourage on-time graduation, UT Arlington and others charge the same tuition whether students take 12 or 18 hours.

2nd Annual David Dillon Symposium set for April 18-19

The second annual David Dillon Symposium sponsored by The University of Texas at Arlington School of Architecture and the Dallas Architecture Forum will be April 18 at the Magnolia Theatre and April 19 at the Nasher Sculpture Center, The Dallas Morning News business columnist Robert Miller reported. The symposium is named after the late Dallas Morning News architecture critic David Dillon. Speakers include Mark Lamster, who was recently named architecture critic for The Dallas Morning News. Lamster will hold a joint position on the faculty of the UT Arlington School of Architecture.

UT Arlington researchers explore more efficient carbon dioxide to methanol

The Minneapolis Star Tribune blog, On Weather with Paul Douglas, noted that a team of researchers at UT Arlington has developed a new, simpler, safer and less expensive method of creating methanol from sunlight and copper oxide nanowires. Gizmag, Top News and Green Building also reported on the method.

Tapping computer power to promote physical therapy

The Rheumatologist noted research by Fillia Makedon, chair and professor of the Computer Science and Engineering Department at UT Arlington, and a team of researchers from Northeastern University. They’re using the power of computer technology to help rheumatoid arthritis patients do physical therapy at home. The computer system monitors patients’ joint motions, motor performance, and other physiological indicators. The information gathered helps the physical therapy professional better gauge how the patient’s therapy is going.

Supernova gets 'post-mortem' exam

Sangwook Park, UT Arlington professor of physics, was quoted in a United Press International story about a ‘post-mortem’ of Kepler’s supernova. NASA reported Monday that the exploding held a greater fraction of heavy elements than the sun. “By better understanding them, we can fine-tune our knowledge of the universe beyond our galaxy and improve cosmological models that depend on those measurements,” Park said. The story was also picked up by e! Science News, Science Codex and

UT Arlington's 2nd Annual Concussion Summit set for April 12-13

UT Arlington will host its 2nd Annual Concussion Summit: Concussion in Youth Sports this Friday and Saturday, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram blog, Extra credit, noted. The post included a brief video of Jacob Resch, assistant professor of kinesiology and director of UT Arlington’s Brain Injury Laboratory, discussing ongoing concussion research.

UT Arlington motor skills research nets good news for middle-aged

Medical News Today, BioSpace, Macular Degeneration News and Red Orbit reported on research led by Priscila Caçola, an assistant professor of kinesiology at UT Arlington, that found that people in their 20s don’t have much on their middle-aged counterparts when it comes to some fine motor movements. 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. Caçola hopes the new work will help clinicians identify abnormal loss of function in their patients.

UT Arlington Library partners with UNT in online Texas history portal

The Longview News-Journal reported on the online Texas history archive set up by the University of North Texas. The portal works with other universities to provide access to content. For example, some items from the UT Arlington digital collection, including maps, photos and illustrations, are shared through the UNT portal.