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UTA In The News — Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

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Study shows financial incentives work in weight loss

A UT Arlington and Cornell University study shows that financial incentives can be a very effective tool in encouraging employees to lose weight at companies that offer their workers those types of programs, Health Canal and Medical Xpress reported. Joshua Price, a UT Arlington assistant professor of economics, teamed with Cornell University Professor John Cawley to perform a case study on an employer-sponsored program that offered financial incentives for weight loss.

Severe heat could have impacted broken pipeline

North Texas' recent spate of heat and the ever expanding and contracting soil that results from that heat could have been part of the problem that ruptured a major water line in Grand Prairie yesterday, said Anand Puppala, UT Arlington associate dean for research in the College of Engineering in a Dallas Morning News story. “They swell and they shrink and infrastructure moves when the soil starts shifting. They cause heavy cracking to foundations, roads, pipelines. Look at the highways, at the cracking and the dips and valleys. Some of these soils can be pretty hard to deal with.” Grand Prairie water crews worked round the clock to mend the pipeline.

Design Week blog commends UT Arlington Research Institute's robotics

A Design Week blog said that the UT Arlington Research Institute's robotic display was intriguing in the number of facial expressions it's robot displayed. The Institute's demonstration is part of ongoing research that uses robots to work with children who have autism. The demonstration was part of National Instruments Week, a learning conference that connects beginners with expert users for hands-on technical sessions, case study presentations and panel discussions on the latest advancements in design, control, automation, manufacturing and testing.