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UTA In The News — Monday, October 7, 2013

Monday, October 7, 2013

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Political science professor says Davis has "a good shot"

The Washington Post's She The People blog interviewed Victoria Farrar-Myers, UT Arlington professor of political science, about state Sen. Wendy Davis’s campaign for governor. “She’s got a shot because she’s got a good story, and she’s got a shot because she’s got the national party willing to spend the money necessary and provide the infrastructure that’ll be necessary to pull off a grassroots campaign that frankly [President] Obama showed us can work and can beat any candidate against all odds,” Farrar-Myers said.

Bullying and biology

KTVT/CBS 11 interviewed Lauri Jensen-Campbell, UT Arlington associate professor of psychology, as part of the station’s week-long look at bullying. Jensen-Campbell and her team conducted a two-and-a-half year study on the effects of bullying in teens. “We found, over that period, that kids who were bullied had increases in health problems and more severe health problems,” Jensen-Campbell said. “This was backed up by changes in biological markers such as inflammation. So they were showing greater amounts of inflammation.”

Researchers successfully test model for implant device reactions

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, Surgical Products magazine 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.

Improving the treatment of dangerous reactions to medical implants

Agro reported on a study co-authored by UT Arlington researchers that found that microbes facilitate the persistence and spread of invasive plant species by changing soil chemistry.

UTARI research could prove beneficial to injured soldiers, others

KTVT/CBS 11 reported on assistive robotics and other research under way at the UT Arlington Research Institute to better help injured military veterans and others who’ve lost the use of their arms.

"Fixing" public schools

NPR’s All Things Considered noted a Harvard economics professor’s efforts to impact poor children in public schools. Roland Fryer, a 2011 winner of a MacArthur “genius grant,” earned his undergraduate degree from UT Arlington.

Oozeball participants get down and dirty for a good cause

The Fort Worth Star-Telegram published a picture gallery of UT Arlington’s Oozeball, an annual scholarship fundraiser.