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UTA In The News — Thursday, October 31, 2013

Thursday, October 31, 2013

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Tracking medical records

The National Science Foundation has awarded three collaborative grants amounting to $892,587 to The University of Texas at Arlington, Southern Methodist University and the University of Texas Southwest Medical Center at Dallas to develop data mining tools for electronic health records, Clinical reported. Electronic medical record data mining is increasingly being recognized as a potential bonanza for conducting identifying high-risk patients and helping improve healthcare.

Talking sports with a legend

ESPN KESN 103.3 FM interviewed Bill Rasmussen, founder of ESPN and the latest speaker in the Maverick Speakers Series, recently. Rasmussen dove into a number of subjects, including the saturation of sports on radio airwaves, the specialization of sports on ESPN and the network's international influence.

Bullying study cited

A UT Arlington criminology professor released a study recently suggesting anti-bullying programs in schools can actually create more bullies, the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal reported. He based a large portion of his study on surveys from 7,001 6th-10th grade students in 195 U.S. schools. Seokjin Jeong, the UT Arlington professor, is becoming popular on the Internet because his findings are in opposition to the common perception that the bullying prevention programs actually help protect students from harassment and "peer victimization" -- what he calls it -- by their peers.

The effect of anti-bullying videos are being questioned after two students committed suicide within days of each other in Illinois and Nevada, the Idaho Statesman reported in carrying a Los Angeles Times story. The articles cited a UT Arlington study that showed students attending schools with bullying prevention programs were more likely to have experienced peer victimization, compared to those attending schools without bullying prevention programs. One News Now and NESCA News and Notes published a similar anti-bullying story that highlighted the UT Arlington study's results. NESCA is the Neuropsychology & Education Services for Children & Adolescents.

Professor's art on display

Stephen Lapthisophon, a UT Arlington visiting assistant professor of Art and Art History, used a variety of media including bacon fat, coffee grounds and egg shells to open his Dallas Museum of Art exhibit Sunday, The Dallas Morning News' GuideLive and CBS 11 KTVT reported. Lapthisophon's solo exhibition runs through March 30, 2014. Lapthisophon, who is legally blind, is a Dallas artist. His exhibit is the latest installment of the Concentrations series that focuses on internationally emerging and underrepresented artists.

Ethical considerations

A political action committee endorsing a $490 million Fort Worth school bond package received a $10,000 donation from the company hired by the district to oversee planning and  pre-construction services for the bond, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported. James Campbell Quick, professor of leadership and organizational behavior at the University of Texas at Arlington, and Allan Saxe, a UT Arlington political science associate professor, were quoted in the story about the ethics and legitimacy of the donation.

A new home for fossils

The Perot Museum of Nature and Science have taken over some Arlington fossils a UT Arlington graduate had helped discover, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported.