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UTA In The News — Thursday, August 15, 2013

Thursday, August 15, 2013

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History chair quoted in USA Today about King monument

A push to build a national monument for Martin Luther King Jr., which began 17 years ago, won't be ready for the 50th anniversary of King's famous "I Have a Dream" speech later this month, USA Today and several other Gannett newspapers reported. Several people objected when the monument's original inscription paraphrased King as saying, "I was a drum major for justice, peace and righteousness." W. Marvin Dulaney, associate professor and chairman of the UT Arlington History Department said, "We wanted it to represent what he actually stood for and what he believed instead of words somebody put in his mouth. It teaches people that we must correct mistakes that we make and things that we carve in stone."

Assistant professor's study says money can motivate 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, Science Codex, the Examiner, Bio-Medicine, Science News Online and several other websites 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.

Associate professor's research explains social media impact on consumer behavior

Companies that empower consumers by involving them in important processes such as product development shouldn't also try to influence them through social media, according to a new university study as reported in The Dual Role of Power in Resisting Social Influence was published in the Journal of Consumer Research. UT Arlington Associate Professor of Marketing Zhiyong Yang was one of the authors. He wrote that peer-to-peer marketing and consumer empowerment may not be compatible. The paper said empowered consumers could either ignore or rebel against any perceived attempt to influence them.