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UTA In The News — Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

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Science article on better grantmanship features psychology's Dougall

Science magazine online quoted Angela Dougall, UT Arlington assistant professor of psychology, in an article about how to win research funding through improving grantmanship skills. "Learning about the review process gives you a completely different perspective when you're writing yourself," said Dougall, who became an Early Career Reviewer last year. She has served at one meeting and will serve at her second one soon. Her ECR experience has, she says, helped her crack the code of the National Institutes of Health's scoring. "I got to understand more about what the 1-through-9 scores actually mean."

Mohanty's research featured in Machines Like Us

A new tool being developed by a UT Arlington assistant professor of physics could help scientists map and track the interactions between neurons inside different areas of the brain, Machines Like Us reported. The journal Optics Letters recently published a paper by Samarendra Mohanty on the development of a fiber-optic, two-photon, optogenetic stimulator and its use on human cells in a laboratory. The tiny tool builds on Mohanty’s previous discovery that near-infrared light can be used to stimulate a light-sensitive protein introduced into living cells and neurons in the brain. This new method could show how different parts of the brain react when a linked area is stimulated.

LaserFocusWorld highlights UT Arlington-University of Portland research on ocean fish camouflage

LaserFocusWorld reported that researchers at The University of Texas at Arlington and the University of Portland have found that certain ocean fish camouflage themselves with a polarization-dependent reflective outer surface that changes properties to match polarization conditions ("polaro-crypsis"). The research was funded by the U.S. Navy, which has an interest both in developing better ocean camouflage technologies and in being able to detect such strategies if developed by others.

Saxe discusses Texas voters' lack of interest in politics

The Fort Worth Star-Telegram quoted Allan Saxe, UT Arlington associate professor of political science, in an article about Texans’ interest in politics. A report released Tuesday shows that Texans rank among the lowest in the nation for civic involvement and political participation. “Civic involvement is a difficult issue to measure, as is political participation, except for voting numbers,” Saxe said. “Texas has large numbers of immigrants and newly enfranchised citizens, which may be part of the reason for low numbers. We have also been historically a one-party state, first the Democrats and now Republicans. And this may discourage some participation."

Gatchel distinction recognized in Dallas Business Journal

The Dallas Business Journal’s Executive People on the Move recognized Robert Gatchel, Distinguished Professor and the Nancy P. & John G. Penson Endowed Professor of Clinical Health Psychology at UT Arlington, for receiving the Dallas Psychological Association’s Distinguished Psychologist Award for 2013.

Businesses near UT Arlington Fort Worth Center gain right to sell alcohol

The Fort Worth Star-Telegram PoliTex blog reported that businesses that want to sell alcohol beverages near schools and public hospitals in mixed-use zoning in downtown Fort Worth, as well as some other areas, can now do so by right, under an ordinance change the City Council approved Tuesday night. The affected colleges include UT Arlington’s Fort Worth Center.

Arlington City Council approves bus service to begin Aug. 19

Express bus service is coming to Arlington this summer, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram and other local media reported. On Tuesday, the Arlington City Council unanimously approved a joint contract with Dallas Area Rapid Transit and the Fort Worth Transportation Authority to provide limited commuter bus service starting Aug. 19. Arlington will pay half of the $700,000 annual contract while The University of Texas at Arlington and the Arlington Chamber of Commerce have pledged to pay the other half.

Rose to open Keller's Jazz in June festival on June 6

The Fort Worth Star-Telegram’s Indulge reported that Adonis Rose, a Grammy-winning drummer and UT Arlington artist in residence, will open the city of Keller’s Jazz in June festival. The series starts June 6.

Alum becomes second UT Arlington golfer ever to qualify for prestigious U.S. Open

Zack Fischer, 23, is only the second UT Arlington golfer ever to qualify for a U.S. Open, The Dallas Morning News reported. Fischer last golfed for UT Arlington in 2011. He's been playing mini tours since then. Fischer qualified at Lakewood Country Club in Dallas. He won a 12-hole playoff to qualify to play in the U.S. Open next week at Merion Golf Course in Ardmore, Penn.

The Texas Tribune breaks down funding needed for Texas college campus construction

The Texas Tribune reported that there are hopes that a plan to issue billions in bonds for campus construction could be revived in the special legislative session. The Texas Tribune’s new interactive explorer illustrates just what is at stake at schools statewide, including UT Arlington.