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UTA In The News — Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

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New leadership ahead

Francisco G. Cigarroa on Monday announced that he would step down as head of the University of Texas System, various media reported. In explaining his decision, Cigarroa said that he had accomplished what he set out to do, including making the System’s four “emerging research” universities – UT El Paso, UT San Antonio, UT Arlington and UT Dallas – tier one institutions, the El Paso Times reported. Cigarroa said each school is well on its way toward achieving that goal. The Chronicle of Higher Education reported that Cigarroa is planning to return to his lifelong passion, pediatric transplant surgery. Inside Higher Ed said the UT System Board expects to spend four to six months finding a new chancellor.

Renowned for research

Daniel W. Armstrong, who holds the UT Arlington Robert A. Welch Chair in Chemistry, will receive his second national award from the American Chemical Society in March, honoring his landmark contributions to the field of analytical separations, Hispanic Business.com, Azom.com and Phys.org reported.

Variation explained

A UT Arlington biology team exploring pigeons as a model for vertebrae evolution has uncovered that mutations and interactions among three genes create a wide variety of color variations, Genetic Archaeology.com reported. One of those genes, they also found, may be an example of a “slippery gene” more prone to evolutionary changes.

Engineering influence

The Dallas Business Journal’s People on the Move column noted that Anand Puppala, UT Arlington Distinguished Teaching Professor of Civil Engineering and associate dean of research engineering, has been named chair of the National Research Council’s soil mechanics unit.

Saving more lives

Beth Mancini, professor and associate dean for undergraduate studies in the College of Nursing at UT Arlington, was quoted in a Nurse.com article about cardiopulmonary resuscitation survival rates. “What the data tells us is that higher quality CPR gives better patient outcomes,” Mancini said. “Better CPR maximizes chances of survival.”

Reaction time

Heidi Hardt, a UT Arlington assistant political science professor, examines international organizations’ response times to foreign conflicts in her new book, "Time to React: The Efficiency of International Organizations in Crisis Response," Bio-Medicine.org reported.

Maverick Speaker Series success

The Fort Worth Star-Telegram and other media reported on the appearance Monday night of Anderson Cooper at College Park Center as part of the UT Arlington Maverick Speakers Series. Krys Boyd, host and managing editor of the KERA/90.1 FM talk show “Think,” moderated.

ASL benefits

Evie Malaia, assistant professor of curriculum and instruction, was cited in Justice.org, the independent student newspaper of Brandeis University, in an editorial about integrating American Sign Language into curriculum. Commenting on three top institutions, Malaia said: “These universities have already recognized the potential benefits of ASL classes, including cognitive benefits of learning a language visually.”