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UTA In The News — Friday, September 27, 2013

Friday, September 27, 2013

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How language develops

UT Arlington's Jodi Tommerdahl examines efforts to understand how children use language in different social settings, Inside Higher Ed's Academic Minute reported. Tommerdahl is an associate professor of curriculum and instruction at UT Arlington, where she works in the Southwest Center for Mind, Brain, and Education. The research project was conducted in partnership with Cynthia Kilpatrick, a UT Arlington assistant professor of linguistics, WAMC Northeast Public Radio reported.

Preserving culture and language

Two National Science Foundation grants recently awarded to Colleen Fitzgerald, professor of Linguistics and TESOL, are elevating UT Arlington’s growing reputation and expertise in Native American language documentation and revitalization, Gothic News reported. Fitzgerald is leading three separate NSF grant projects totaling more than $270,000. All of the projects draw on participatory models, where training indigenous community members constitutes a vital part of Fitzgerald's research.

A mathematical solution

A team from The University of Texas at Arlington 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, News Medical and Product, Design & Development 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.

The business of baseball

A UT Arlington assistant professor published a column in the Chicago Tribune this week espousing a narrative that Major League Baseball sets up players to use performance-enhancing drugs or risk losing their livelihoods, CultureMap Dallas reported. In a column titled “Our nation of bionic workers," Sarah Rose, the UT Arlington assistant professor of history, and a co-author argue that players such as Alex Rodriguez are perceived as “a greedy fraud” for using PEDs when in reality it is the business of baseball that drives players to use steroids and human growth hormone.

A headquarters for film

North Texas is trying to become the headquarters for the Christian film production industry, the Rocky Mount Telegram and the Valley News reported in publishing a recent Fort Worth Star-Telegram story. The article quoted Ya’Ke Smith, UT Arlington assistant professor of art and art history and local filmmaker. “Faith-based companies can directly tap into that audience because (the audience) is here."

Saving plants from invaders

A recent research project is discovering that the introduction of microbes into invasive plants can help prevent them from becoming established, Science Codex reported. The project teamed Marnie Rout of the University of North Texas Health Science Center with UT Arlington Biology Professor Tom Chrzanowski.