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UTA In The News — Thursday, October 17, 2013

Thursday, October 17, 2013

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Kinesiology assistant professor's research shows variances

Online site The Verge featured a story on new concussion research by Jacob Resch, a UT Arlington assistant professor of kinesiology. Resch looked at different versions of the popular computerized concussion test ImPACT and found a lack of equivalency between the tests, which could make them less reliable. Using his research, doctors can compensate for ImPACT’s weaknesses by knowing that a certain component of the test skews one way or the other.

Rising secularization explained

Brent Sasley, associate professor of political science at UT Arlington, was quoted in an Al Jazeera America story about an increasing secularization of American Jews, decreasing affiliation with synagogues and organized religion and changes in Jewish American attitudes to Israel. Sasley said establishment groups “accepted by the government and other organizations as the official interlocutor for the Jewish community” may not represent the broader grassroots.

Professor, doctoral student mentioned for find

Oct. 17 is the birthday of Jupiter Hammon, the first published black poet in America, and has been promoted as Black Poetry Day since 1970, The Examiner reported in a story that mentioned UT Arlington doctoral student Julie McCown. McCown and her professor, Cedrick May, were credited earlier this year with discovering an unpublished poem “An Essay on Slavery” written by Hammon in 1786.

Art professor believes FWISD fine arts campus a plus

Sedrick Huckaby, a Fort Worth artist who teaches drawing and painting at The University of Texas at Arlington, was quoted in a Fort Worth Star-Telegram story about a proposal for a new performing/fine arts campus for the city’s school district. Huckaby believes an arts focus helps gifted students find their artist’s voice.

Smaller apartment complex approved

A proposed apartment complex near UT Arlington that was previously rejected by the City Council received a second chance Wednesday when the Planning and Zoning Commission unanimously recommended approval of a scaled-back design with fewer beds, according to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. In August, the City Council voted 6-3 to deny Greystar Student Living’s plans for the four-story Arlington Lofts at 815 W. Abram St. The developer has come back with a revised plan with nearly 100 fewer beds and smaller parking garage.