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UTA In The News — Monday, July 15, 2013

Monday, July 15, 2013

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Brain-mapping research to help student military veterans

KDFW/Fox 4’s Fox 4WARD segment featured Alexa Smith-Osborne, associate professor in the UT Arlington School of Social Work, and her brain research on student military veterans facing memory challenges during their return to civilian life.  “We’re able to pinpoint, by this brain-mapping technology, what is exactly going on when they’re trying to remember, trying to problem-solve and learn; so that we can provide very targeted technologies and interventions to support their performance so that they can complete their degrees and be more competitive on the job market,” Smith-Osborne said.

Cyberbullying at the college level

U.S. News and World Report noted research co-authored by UT Arlington Associate Education Professor Jiyoon Yoon that examined cyberbullying at the collegiate level. The study showed that while most respondents feel cyberbullying is more common in secondary schools, university administrators should address the problem at the collegiate level.

Hopman interviewed for CW33 story involving new water legislation

KDAF/CW 33 interviewed David Hopman, associate professor of landscape architecture in the UT Arlington School of Architecture, about what residents can do if they live in neighborhoods with a homeowners association that will be required to allow xeriscaping with new water legislation.

Butler interviewed for NBC 5 story about police response to shop owner's multiple crimes

KXAS/NBC 5 interviewed Randall Butler, senior lecturer in the Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice at UT Arlington, about slow police response to a west Dallas business that has experienced a dozen crime attacks. “Conclusively, police presence does not reduce crime,” Butler said, adding that the business needs security cameras. Police told the owner that as well.

Kruzic working with Tarrant Regional Water District to fight zebra mussels

The Tarrant Regional Water District is working with Andrew Kruzic, UT Arlington associate professor of civil engineering, to figure out the best ways to keep the water moving in a 150-mile pipeline near Fort Worth that has become infested by zebra mussels, algae and other native troublemakers, The Dallas Morning News reported. “The district has an invasive species study, and chloramine was identified as the best option for the control of zebra mussels in the district’s facilities,” Kruzic said. The story also quoted Robert McMahon, UT Arlington professor emeritus of biology and an expert on zebra mussels.

Cherry discusses community nursing reported that UT Arlington transitioned its public health program to a community health focus-home health, hospice, court visitation, missionary nursing, parish nursing, free charity clinics and other outpatient experiences. It teaches students about resources. “The future of nursing will be out in the community,” said Susan Cherry, lead instructor in the College of Nursing’s community nursing course. The goal is “to try to keep people in their homes longer.”

Blending therapy with theater featured a story about Rebekah Carlile, a graduate student in the UT Arlington College of Education and Health Professions. She has submitted a proposal to Cook Children’s to start a program that will blend theater with therapy to develop children’s language skills. Marc Schwartz, education professor and director of the College’s Southwest Center for Mind, Brain and Education, said Carlile plans to interact with inpatient and outpatient children at the hospital to help those who might not have traditional school experiences.

Ruiz makes dreams come true as she heads to Harvard Law School

Fort Worth Star-Telegram columnist Bob Ray Sanders wrote a piece about Carolyn Ruiz, a May graduate of UT Arlington’s year-old Pre-Law Center, who is now headed to Harvard Law School. Elisabeth Cawthon, associate history professor and interim director of the Pre-Law Center, calls Carolyn “the classic 4.0 student” who had law schools “fighting over her.”

Sculptures to grace entertainment district

Arlington city leaders, along with representatives from UT Arlington, the Arlington Convention & Visitors Bureau, the Dallas Cowboys and other departments, will select planned sculptures to be installed in Arlington’s entertainment district, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported.