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UTA In The News — Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

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Stopping soil from shifting

Sahadat Hossain, a UT Arlington civil engineering associate professor, was featured in a WFAA/ABC 8 report on his research into using hundreds of 10-foot "pins" made from recycled plastic to stop a problem called "slope failure" that occurs alongside highways throughout Texas.  The idea originated elsewhere, but Hossain and his team re-designed how the pins are deployed, making them effective even in the notoriously shifting soils of Texas. The Texas Department of recently awarded him a million dollar grant to replicate the idea. The North Dallas Gazette also featured a story on the grant project.

Concussions and young athletes

KTVT/CBS 11 reported on concussion research by UT Arlington assistant professor of kinesiology Jacob Resch. He is two years into a long-term study on 2,600 student athletes at Pantego Christian Academy and DeSoto ISD. The study includes students who play all kinds of sports. “If you look at, say, men’s basketball and women’s basketball, women actually have an equal, if not increased risk of concussion than males,” Resch said.

VetSuccess on Campus

The University of Texas at Arlington is among 62 schools signed on for an expansion of the VetSuccess on Campus program, which puts U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, or VA, counselors in office space on campus, Veterans Today said. The counselors maintain close relationships with local VA Vet Centers and VA medical facilities, referring veterans as needed for counseling or medical services and providing assistance enrolling in and applying for VA medical and nonmedical benefits.

Reaching Independence through Successful Enpowerment

Joan Rycraft, a retired University of Texas Arlington social work professor, was quoted in a Fort Worth Star-Telegram story about the Reaching Independence through Successful Empowerment (RISE) prostitution diversion program that was established in 2010 in a Tarrant County state district court. “The word has to get out that this is something worthwhile,” Rycraft said. “Giving a woman who has been living on the streets some options is much better than throwing her in jail.”

WBAP: Castoe research on snakes

During a live broadcast from UT Arlington’s College Park Center Friday, WBAP/820AM and 96.7FM interviewed Todd Castoe, assistant professor of biology, about his study of snakes. Castoe, who came to UTA in 2012, is working on a project to map the genome of the Burmese python.

Financial aid expert offers advice at national conference

University Business highlighted a presentation by Karen Krause, UT Arlington executive director of financial aid, during the 2013 National Association of Student Aid Administrators conference in Las Vegas. Krause’s presentation was called “How To Advocate For Your Department On Your Campus.”

Discussing U.S. military action in Syria

Brent Sasley, UT Arlington assistant professor of political science, authored a piece for The Daily Beast’s Open Zion blog about the role of AIPAC (American Israel Public Affairs Committee) in the U.S. administration’s deliberations over military action in Syria. He said that given AIPAC’s own uncertainty and Israel’s conflicted position on the civil war, it wouldn’t make sense for the organization to push out ahead on Syria and take an active role in lobbying Congress.

Financial incentives for employee weight loss

A new study co-authored by UT Arlington assistant professor of economics Joshua Price suggests 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, the Kansas City Post reported.

New laws in Texas

Fort Worth Star-Telegram story detailing a host of new laws taking effect in Texas Sept. 1 featured UT Arlington associate professor of political science Allan Saxe. He said: “Perhaps the Legislature could have accomplished everything during [the] regular session with tighter control and moving of bills faster and saving a few millions of dollars … But what would we do without the Legislature regulating tanning beds and letting us sample food at farmers markets?”

Vargas to open Maverick Speakers Series

Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Jose Antonio Vargas will open the UTA Maverick Speakers Series on Sept. 24 at 7:30 p.m. at Texas Hall, according to the Arlington Citizen-Journal. The Philippines-born writer revealed his status as an undocumented immigrant in an essay he wrote for The New York Times Magazine.

Structural Engineering Institute welcomes UTA graduate student chapter

This year, the Structural Engineering Institute welcomed the formation of its first three Graduate Student Chapters: Virginia Tech, the University of West Virginia, and The University of Texas at Arlington, the industry publication Structure reported. Istiaque Hasan chairs the UT Arlington chapter and the chapter’s faculty advisor is Nur Yazdani, professor civil engineering.