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UTA In The News — Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

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Explaining nature's extremes

NBC News online, Science magazine, the New Scientist, Yahoo! News and several other outlets reported on a study published Monday in which a team led by UT Arlington assistant professor of biology Todd Castoe mapped the genome of the Burmese python. In a paper published by the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the team – which included several other UT Arlington co-authors – linked the snake’s extreme eating abilities with rapid evolutionary changes to its genes and how they work.

Vintage health risks

Daniel Sledge, a UT Arlington assistant professor of political science, was featured in a Weather Channel online story about the historical shift in public health threats in America, from diseases such as typhoid and malaria to chronic illnesses like heart disease and cancer. “Part of the reason [chronic diseases are more common] is that people just live longer,” he said.

CEOs: Quit while you're ahead

A guest column in the Harvard Business Review on determining the best time for a company CEO to vacate the top spot mentioned work earlier this year by Xueming Luo, UT Arlington marketing professor, and two graduate students. The team’s study suggested that long tenure could actually hurt a company’s performance.  A similar piece in Inc. quoted the study and said a new CEO will strengthen customer ties--but only for a time, "after which the relationship weakens and the company's performance diminishes, no matter how united and committed the workforce is."

Predicting an epileptic seizure

A UT Arlington assistant engineering professor has developed a computational model that can more accurately predict when an epileptic seizure will occur next based on the patient's personalized medical information, according to the website Medical News Today. The research conducted by Shouyi Wang, an assistant professor in the Department of Industrial and Manufacturing Systems Engineering, has been in the paper "Online Seizure Prediction Using an Adaptive Learning Approach" in IEEE Transactions on Knowledge and Data Engineering.

Relocation concerns lead to protest

Members of the Hispanic community at UT Arlington gathered on campus Monday to protest the relocation of the offices of the campus’ Center for Mexican American Studies, KUVN/Univision 23 reported. Some students held banners calling the measure an example of discrimination.

Reporting sustainability efforts with transparency

UT Arlington has joined a small group of leading universities worldwide that present their sustainability action plan based on the GRI Reporting Framework and its Sustainability Reporting Guidelines, according to a column on the website Triple Pundit written by Meghna Tare, UT Arlington sustainability director. She said that by reporting transparently and with accountability, UT Arlington can increase the trust that stakeholders and community have in us and achieve a competitive edge.

Interim agreement between the U.S. and Iran

UT Arlington was mentioned in a Fort Worth Star-Telegram editorial about an interim agreement between the U.S. and Iran that calls for that country to freeze most of its nuclear operation in exchange for a limited lifting of sanctions. The piece, which also appeared in several other McClatchy newspapers, noted that Iran was considered a U.S. ally in the 1970s and Iranian students were a presence at UT Arlington and other area universities.