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UTA In The News — Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

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Investing in veterans

As part of a $1 million investment nationwide, Chase announced today that it will provide a $122,000 grant to The University of Texas at Arlington to fund educational opportunities for military veterans, the Wall Street Journal reported. With the ongoing drawdown of military forces, about 1 million service members will transition out of uniform over the next few years. The UT Arlington grant will allow the University to expand its successful Student Veteran Project, which offers free, specialized admissions and counseling services to undergraduate veterans who want to return to college. KXAS/NBC 5 reported on the grant during its early morning broadcast.

Consider your learning style before signing up for an online course

U.S. News and World Report quoted Laurel Springer Mayo, director of the Learning Innovation and Networked Knowledge Research Lab at The University of Texas at Arlington, for an article about learning preferences and what students should consider before signing up for an online course. “The motivated student will find a way to make it work for them,” Mayo said. “You can find ways to make your strengths matter to you. You have to put it in your head that you are going to do this. Successful students think that way more than ‘I don’t learn that particular way. I can’t do it.’”

Impact & influence

A Fort Worth Business Press article noted that several UT Arlington faculty members are leading new, innovative engineering research. Anand Puppala, associate dean of research for the College of Engineering, has been named chair of the National Research Council’s soil mechanics unit. Kytai Nguyen, associate professor of bioengineering, has received a four-year, $1.4 million National Institutes of Health grant to create a nano-particle system to shore up arterial walls following angioplasty and stent procedures to treat coronary arterial disease. Four UT Arlington Research Institute faculty members have partnered to develop safety systems for unmanned aircraft. The Dallas Morning News County by County section also recognized Nguyen’s work.

New research on gene mutations in pigeon color variation

As genetic researchers continue to better understand the mode of operation in gene combinations, it becomes increasingly obvious that only slight genetic variations can bear significantly different results in the natural world, BioNews Texas reported. The most recent finding in this regard comes from a team of researchers at The University of Texas at Arlington, who in studying pigeons as part of further exploring vertebrate evolution, managed to discover that mutations and interactions that take place between just three genes spin out a broad variety of color variations in the birds. As a result, the researchers have discovered that one of these genes is a kind of “slippery gene” that may give rise to significant evolutionary changes.

Steroid abuse in Major League Baseball

Medical News Today reported on a new study examining steroid abuse by Major League Baseball players conducted by Sarah Rose, assistant professor of labor and disability history at UT Arlington, and Joshua Salzmann, Northeastern Illinois University assistant history professor.  The researchers found that an economy of bodily management, the free agent market and exploding television revenues have fueled the widespread use of the illegal steroids.

Understanding pollution prevention

Thomas Vinson, the senior program coordinator for the Zero Waste Network at the Center for Environmental Excellence at The University of Texas at Arlington, provided five rules to Environmental for understanding pollution prevention in the entire manufacturing process.

Advancing technology to help humanity

The U.S. Veterans Magazine's winter edition featured a story on assistive robotics research being conducted at the UT Arlington Research Institute that would help the nation's veterans. The story quoted the Institute's executive director, Rick Lynch, extensively. "Our main mission at UTARI is to advance technology to help humanity, find affordable solutions to complex problems and enable product development," said Lynch, a retired lieutenant general in the Army.

Figueroa's new post

Norma Figueroa, a UT Arlington assistant professor of architecture, has been named a 2014 National Hispaña Leadership Institute Executive Leadership Program Fellow, the Dallas Business Journal People on the Move reported. Sixteen Latina professionals working across the nation in the public and private sectors were named to the 2014 class.

Calculating the cost of dropping Algebra 2

Texas no longer mandates Algebra 2 as a basic high school graduation requirement for most students, but some educators warn that not taking the course could cost time and money later, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported. “If you don’t take Algebra 2, you will be shut out of a college degree in business,” said James Epperson, an associate professor at The University of Texas at Arlington’s Department of Mathematics. “You won’t ever become a scientist or an engineer.”

First for Texas?

The New York Daily News carried a story about what are believed to be the first, legal gay marriages in Texas. “It will be interesting to see if the state tries to intervene in this at all or upper appeals courts in Texas to try to reverse this decision, said Tom Marshall, a UT Arlington political science professor. “Certainly that would put their cases elsewhere in a very weak position if they were trying to do that."

Editorial recommends Branch

The Fort Worth Star-Telegram Editorial Board recommended Dan Branch in the Republican primary for attorney general, noting, among other things, that his role as chairman of the Higher Education Committee produced his 2009 bill shifting money from other uses to help the state’s emerging research universities, including The University of Texas at Arlington.