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UTA In The News — Thursday, October 10, 2013

Thursday, October 10, 2013

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Surprising bullying research

The national CBS News website published KTVT/CBS 11’s broadcast report about anti-bullying research by Seokjin Jeong, UT Arlington assistant professor of criminology and criminal justice. Jeong’s study of school anti-bullying initiatives found that the programs may actually be having the opposite of their intended purpose. The CBS News interactive unit wrote a second version of the story with responses from national education policy experts.

Bullying's lingering effects reported on a four-year study by Lauri Jensen-Campbell, UT Arlington associate professor of psychology, which examines the health effects of bullying on teenagers. “The idea is that if bullying is as severe a stressor as we think it is then we should see health problems in these kids as well,” Jensen-Campbell said. “We’re seeing health increases in these kids over a two and half year period and so it does seem to be a bit more serious than ‘just get over it.’”

Building better batteries

Two UT Arlington engineering faculty members have won a $152,077 Office of Naval Research grant to study the thermal properties of lithium-ion batteries and devise better designs for cooling and operating them safely on Navy ships and planes, reported. David Wetz, electrical engineering assistant professor, and Ankur Jain, aerospace and mechanical engineering assistant professor, are working collaboratively on the research effort.

Funding for computer engineering

Hispanic reported that Weidong Zhou, UT Arlington electrical engineering professor, has received a new National Science Foundation grant in his work to harness the power of lasers on silicon chips to increase capacity and speed in computing and communications systems.