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UTA In The News — Friday, January 3, 2014

Friday, January 3, 2014

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Fighting malaria

National Public Radio’s Morning Edition reported on efforts to eliminate malaria globally and included comments from Daniel Sledge, a UT Arlington assistant professor of political science. He recently analyzed what factors helped to eliminate malaria in the rural South in the 1930s. “The extent of malaria was in many ways comparable to what it is today in sub-Saharan Africa,” Sledge said. “The primary factor leading to the demise of malaria was large-scale drainage projects, which were backed up by the creation of local public health infrastructure.”  The story appeared on-air and online at Texas Public Radio, WNYC, New England Public Radio and numerous other NPR affiliated radio stations and websites.

Measuring the Earth

New Scientist, Business Standard and UPI.com highlighted research by Ben Harris, UT Arlington assistant professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering, that suggests the Earth is heavier than thought, perhaps due to an invisible belt of dark matter. Dark matter is thought to make up about 80 percent of the universe’s matter, but scientists have been unable to determine much else about it, including its presence in the solar system. “The nice thing about GPS satellites is that we know their orbits really, really well,” Harris said. From nine months of data on the satellites in the GLONASS, GPS and Galileo groups, he calculated Earth’s mass as “felt” by each one.

Unlocking enzymes

A UT Arlington chemist doing National Science Foundation-funded research on enzymes that regulate human biology has uncovered characteristics that could be used to identify predisposition to conditions such as heart disease, diabetic ulcers and some types of cancer, Science Daily and Truth Dive.com reported. Brad Pierce, an assistant professor of chemistry/biochemistry, recently led a team that examined an oxygen utilizing iron enzyme called cysteine dioxygenase or CDO, which is found in high levels within heart, liver, and brain tissues.

MBA program sized up

The Dallas Business Journal ranked The University of Texas at Arlington fourth on its MBA Programs 2013 list of area schools and programs with the largest enrollments. UT Arlington had 861 MBA students enrolled in fall 2013. UT Dallas placed first with 1,030 students in its Naveen Jindal School of Management. In all, 14 schools and programs were ranked.

Contest ahead

WOAI/1200 AM in San Antonio quoted Alan Saxe, UT Arlington associate professor of political science, in its story about the gubernatorial race between state Sen. Wendy Davis and Attorney General Greg Abbott.

Talking life and death

The Christian Science Monitor included comment from Ben Agger, UT Arlington sociology professor, in its story about the 2005 Terri Schiavo life support case and how it could impact the Jahi McMath case. Both cases stirred national debate about life and death.