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UTA In The News — Friday, October 18, 2013

Friday, October 18, 2013

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Anti-bullying programs scrutinized

As programs to combat bullying proliferate in schools across the US, their effectiveness is coming under scrutiny – and early findings are mixed, said a Christian Science Monitor story that focused on a study by UT Arlington assistant professor of criminology Seokjin Jeong. The recently published UT Arlington study suggests that some school approaches to the problem may have the unintended effect of encouraging it, by planting in students' thoughts new bullying tactics and ways to hide them.

UT Arlington assistant professor of criminology Seokjin Jeong’s study on bullying programs in schools and how they might be having the opposite of their intended effects also was also mentioned on KoreAM, a website about the Korean American experience, and the websites of the Las Vegas Guardian Express, and OneNewsNow.

MOOC studies planned

The University of Wisconsin-La Crosse has been awarded a grant to study the effectiveness of its first Massive Open Online Course and researchers hope to have their work ready in time to present at a December conference hosted by UT Arlington, the LaCrosseTribune reported.  The grant program is part of Athabasca University’s MOOC Research Initiative and is funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

Shutdown effects

UT Arlington Political Science Professor Allan Saxe told KRLD/NewsRadio 1080AM all of the criticism about Sen. Ted Cruz’ role in the recent government shutdown hasn’t weakened Cruz – outside Washington. “I would argue that generally, he’s come out in pretty good shape. He not only has the support of the Tea Party, he is the icon of the Tea Party.”

Fossils have new home

Fossils from the well-known Arlington Archosaur site, which once belonged to UT Arlington, have been donated to the Perot Museum of Nature and Science, a story on WFAA/ABC 8 said. Derek Main, the director of the site and a UT Arlington graduate, died unexpectedly in early June.