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UTA In The News — Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

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Changes in the rainforest

UT Arlington researchers and colleagues focusing on the Amazon recently found that widespread conversion from rainforest to pastureland has significant effects on microorganism communities that may lead to a reduction in the region's role as a reservoir for greenhouse gas, Science Newsline, Bio-Medicine, e! Science News and other media reported. The study is featured in the January issue of Applied and Environmental Microbiology. Jorge Rodrigues, assistant professor of biology, organized the work. Babur S. Mirza, former postdoctoral fellow in the Rodrigues lab, is the paper’s lead author.

Biology explored

BioNews Texas noted research by Brad Pierce, UT Arlington assistant professor of chemistry/biochemistry that found enzymes that regulate human biology have characteristics that could be used to identify predisposition to conditions such as heart disease, diabetic ulcers and some types of cancer.

Suprising history

Daniel Sledge, UT Arlington assistant professor of political science, was cited in a News & Record opinion column. Recent research by Sledge and a colleague showed that large-scale drainage projects backed up by the creation of local public health infrastructure led to the elimination of malaria in the U.S. South. Columnist Doug Clark wrote: “Unless you’re a student of public health history, you might have been surprised by what Daniel Sledge said on National Public Radio last week.”

Weighty issues

Authint Mail noted 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.

Studying a quicker trip

D Magazine’s Frontburner noted research by UT Arlington in its story about a DFW to Houston high-speed rail line study being launched by the federal government and the Texas Department of Transportation. Researchers from UT Arlington conducted a study in November 2013 providing benefits of high-speed trains along major Texas highways. KETK/NBC Tyler and other media outlets carried the story.