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UTA In The News — Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

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A formula to predict medical reactions

A UT Arlington team has used mathematical modeling to develop a computer simulation they hope will one day improve the treatment of dangerous reactions to medical implants such as stents, catheters and artificial joints, Science Daily, Red Orbit, Science Newsline, MDT and other websites reported. Liping Tang, professor of bioengineering in the UT Arlington College of Engineering, and Jianzhong Su, chairman and professor in the UT Arlington College of Science’s mathematics department, are working together on a way to predict foreign-body reactions in medical settings.

Smarter rehab, improved patient outcomes

A UT Arlington multidisciplinary team will lead a three-year, $1 million National Science Foundation grant project to develop iRehab, a smart rehabilitation system that can adapt and personalize therapy programs based on a patient's needs and constraints, reported. Fillia Makedon, a Jenkins-Garrett distinguished professor and chair of the Computer Science and Engineering Department, will lead the research effort, which partners UT Arlington with Boston University and Harvard's Massachusetts General Hospital. The UT Arlington team includes Heng Huang and Vassilis Athitsos, both associate professors of computer science and engineering; Robert Gatchel, psychology professor; and Mario Romero-Ortega, associate professor of bioengineering.

Studying heart disease at cellular level

UT Arlington associate professor of bioengineering Kytai Nguyen is working through an American Heart Association grant on a new method that could use injected nanoparticles to recruit stem cells from the  patient's own blood to build needed stents in that patient's failing blood vessels, reported.

School anti-bullying programs have opposite effect

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 Huffington Post Canada 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.

Groundwater and natural gas fracking study

UT Arlington researchers conducted a study that adds to mounting evidence that arsenic and other heavy metal contamination near natural gas fracking sites may be associated with fracking activities, News Inferno reported. The article cited several other cases where harmful contaminants mear fracking sites were found in the ground or water.

Sasley writes opinion column in The National Interest

Russia isn't about to pose a threat to or rival American influence in the Middle East, UT Arlington's Brent Sasley wrote in a National Interest opinion column. Sasley, an assistant professor of political science, said that without a broader Russian ability to intervene, or a direct invitation from other regional players, the United States will remain the primary external power in the Middle East.

Saxe discusses Sen. Cruz's efforts to delay Obamacare

KRLD/1080 AM interviewed Allan Saxe, UT Arlington associate professor of political science, about efforts by Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, to block President Obama’s Health Care Act from taking effect next week. “He’s not just attacking ‘Obamacare,’ he’s really laying into both political parties, and in many ways, talking about how the U.S. Senate is run,” said Saxe, adding that this may produce a strong following for Sen. Cruz at the national level.

Bionic ballplayers

Sarah Rose, UT Arlington assistant professor of history, writes in the Chicago Tribune that the focus on Alex Rodriguez’s personal shortcomings has let Major League Baseball and teams like A-Rod’s Yankees — who have profited from players’ steroid-enhanced bodies — off the hook. Joshua A. T. Salzmann, an assistant professor of history at Northeastern Illinois University, co-wrote the commentary.