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UTA In The News — Monday, September 23, 2013

Monday, September 23, 2013

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Treating peripheral artery disease

Kytai Nguyen, a UT Arlington bioengineering associate professor, is working to develop ways to more effectively treat peripheral artery disease, a malady that affects about 8 million Americans, eZanga, the Hispanic Business Journal and Nanowerk reported. Her American Heart Association grant is studying a new method that could use injected nanoparticles to recruit stem cells from the patient's blood to build stents in that patient's failing blood vessels.

School anti-bullying efforts

A new UT Arlington study finds that students attending schools with anti-bullying initiatives may be more likely to be a victim of bullying than children at schools without such programs, the Boston Globe reported. Seokjin Jeong, an assistant professor of criminology and criminal justice at UT Arlington and lead author of the study, said students may use the programs to learn how to bully their peers and hide the abuse from adults.

Water wells and natural gas fracking

Luke Metzger, director of Environment Texas, said results from a UT Arlington study on water wells near fracking sites show further evidence of water contamination using the technology, a San Antonio Express-News editorial page column said.

Christian film industry

North Texas could be poised to become the hub for Christian film industry, Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported. The article quoted Ya'Ke Smith, local director and UT Arlington art and art history assistant professor. "Faith-based companies can directly tap into that audience because (the audience) is here.” The Star-Telegram article also was published the Fort Mills (S.C.) Times, the Charlotte (N.C.) Observer, the Kansas City Star, the Sacramento Bee and many other news organizations.

Alumni recognized by The Dallas Morning News

Aubrey Hooper, who is pursuing a doctorate degree in urban and public policy at UT Arlington, is one of three DeSoto school board members under 30, The Dallas Morning News reported. The article says that a 2010 National School Boards Association survey found just 4.6 percent of respondents were younger than 40. And less than 1 percent were younger than 30.

Maverick Speakers Series kicks off Tuesday, Sept. 24

Jose Antonio Vargas, a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, will kick off the Maverick Speakers Series on Tuesday night at Texas Hall, the Dallas Voice reported. Vargas has been at the forefront of the immigration debate. He will discuss his work with his organization, Define American, and the ongoing dialogue about immigration reform.

Houston Business Journal chats with wireless industry guru, UT Arlington alum

David Black, a UT Arlington electrical engineering graduate, was interviewed about his nearly 40 year career in the tech field by the Houston Business Journal. Black is president and chief executive officer of Insource Technology Corp. and is a guru in the wireless industry.

Drone uses in journalism

The future of drone use appears to be wide open with many applications beyond traditional military uses, the Providence Journal reported. One of those drone uses is in journalism, the article said, quoting a study from UT Arlington researchers. They studied a case of drones capturing images of a red stream flowing into a Dallas river. The footage led to indictments of owners of a meat-packing plant for dumping pig blood into a creek.