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UTA In The News — Monday, June 10, 2013

Monday, June 10, 2013

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Judging pipeline anomalies

Mohammad Najafi, a civil engineering professor at The University of Texas at Arlington and editor-in-chief of the Journal of Pipeline Systems Engineering and Practice, was quoted in a story on the website Grist about the Keystone XL pipeline and the identification of “anomalies” in parts of what has been built. “That’s not a good sign … it doesn’t necessarily mean it’s dangerous, but it means [TransCanada] may have missed something,” Najafi said of the frequency of anomalies.

Testing concussion tests

A post on Education Week’s Schooled in Sports blog described the findings in a recent study by UT Arlington assistant professor of kinesiology Jacob Resch. Resch and a team from two other universities found that the neuropsychological concussion test battery known as ImPACT misclassified healthy participants in certain circumstances up to 46 percent of the time. The study was published May 31 online by the Journal of Athletic Training.

Projects urged

Gov. Rick Perry is being urged to add more than $2 billion in backlogged university construction projects onto the agenda of the special legislative session amid warnings that further delay could impair the quest for excellence in Texas higher education, according to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. UT Arlington has requested $64 million to renovate and expand the Life Sciences building. Built in the 1960s, the building lacks many features needed to carry on scientific research in the 21st century, said Dr. Jon Campbell, chairman of the biology department. “This building is very antiquated,” he said. “We’re not only due — we’re way way overdue” for improvements.

Paleontologist remembered

WFAA/ABC 8 reported on the unexpected death of Derek Main, leader of the Arlington Archosaur excavation site in North Arlington, a former lecturer at UT Arlington and a recent graduate of the University’s Ph.D. program.

Scholarship winner

An Editor’s Note column in the Dallas Morning News’ NeighborsGo section mentioned Alexis Garcia, of Hutchins, who is heading to The University of Texas at Arlington. Garcia is the first in his family to go to college and received a scholarship from the Best Southwest Partnership, a group that promotes Southwest Dallas County and Northern Ellis County.