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UTA In The News — Friday, September 13, 2013

Friday, September 13, 2013

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Making roads stronger

The Atlantic published an article about Sahadat Hossain, an associate professor of civil engineering at The University of Texas at Arlington and the man behind a new state program to shore up crumbling roads using an underground support system of recycled plastic pins. With a million-dollar grant from the state department of transportation, Hossain is now beginning to implement the plastic pin solution on two other Texas Highways, Routes 183 and 360. "Eventually, the idea is going to catch on internationally," he says. "I'm confident."

Do anti-bullying programs work?

Anti-bullying initiatives have become standard at schools across the country, but a new UT Arlington study finds that students attending those schools may be more likely to be a victim of bullying than children at schools without such programs, ScienceDaily, Science Codex and other online sites reported. "One possible reason for this is that the students who are victimizing their peers have learned the language from these anti-bullying campaigns and programs," said Seokjin Jeong, an assistant professor of criminology and criminal justice at UT Arlington and lead author of the study.

Chemistry research addresses drilling and The Column featured stories on a study led by UT Arlington associate professor of chemistry/biochemistry Kevin Schug that sought to survey and assess the impact of natural gas extraction from shale, also known as “fracking”, on nearby water sources. The results of the assessment included a finding of high levels of arsenic and other contaminants closer to drilling sites. They were recently published in the journal Environmental Science & Technology.

Armstrong honored

The Column, an online publication for separation science, noted that Daniel W. Armstrong, UT Arlington professor of chemistry/biochemistry, has been named a fellow of the American Chemical Society. Armstrong, UT Arlington’s Robert A. Welch Chair in Chemistry, has authored more than 550 publications, including 29 book chapters and one book, and holds 20 U.S. patents.

Campus diversity lauded

The University of Texas at Arlington is about as diverse a campus as you can find in America, according to the latest rankings from U.S. News & World Report, CultureMap Dallas reported. The publication’s “diversity index” measures where college students are “most likely to encounter undergraduates from racial or ethnic groups different from their own.” In its current rankings, UT Arlington tied for the fifth most diverse campus in the country.

Planning downtown living

Michael Buckley, a clinical professor with the UT Arlington School of Architecture and director of the Center for Metropolitan Density, was quoted in a Fort Worth Business Press story about the Trinity Uptown flood control and economic development project in Fort Worth. He said the Trinity Uptown development can provide an attractive new living environment for people who work in downtown Fort Worth, a major employment hub.