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UTA In The News — Monday, March 17, 2014

Monday, March 17, 2014

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Keys to cooperation

Researchers in the UT Arlington College of Nursing developed a video-game simulation that they believe can teach doctors and nurses to work more collaboratively by playing out tense situations in a virtual world,, Health and Medical News and Resources, Bio-Medicine, Machines Like Us and several other websites reported. The College of Nursing professors worked with researchers at Baylor Scott & White and UT Dallas.

Healthy workplaces

A UT Arlington assistant professor said in a recently published study that employees who use treadmill workstations receive physical benefits and are more productive at work, Science Codex, Sun News Network, Science Newsline, MedIndia, Medical Xpress and several other websites reported. Darla Hamann, the assistant professor in the UT Arlington School of Urban and Public Affairs, and researchers from the Mayo Clinic and the University of Minnesota wrote, “Treadmill Workstations: The Effects of Walking while Working on Physical Activity and Work Performance,” which was published by the journal PLoS One recently.

Violence prevention

Two UT Arlington management professors argue that employers can prevent workplace violence by keeping dangerous employees positively engaged and closely supervising them to ensure they get the help they need, the Kansas City Post and Workplace Violence News reported. James Campbell Quick and M. Ann McFadyen of the College of Business management department made the case in the paper, "No Accident: Health, Wellbeing, Performance … and Danger," soon to be published by the Journal of Organizational Effectiveness: People and Performance.

Among the best

U.S. News & World Report released its 2014 rankings of U.S. colleges and universities last week, the Houston Post reported. UT Arlington's nursing program placed No. 64 in the rankings. The UT Arlington public affairs program placed No. 73. And the UTA computer science program placed No. 90.

Taking bullies seriously

As most universities realize the seriousness of cyberbullying on campus, they start to incorporate anti-cyberbullying policies into the student handbook or student code of conduct and employment standards for faculty and staff, said Jiyoon Yoon, associate professor and director of the elementary education program at UT Arlington in Diverse: Issues in Higher Education. The story was part of a supplement in The Chronicle of Higher Education.

Support needed

While the cause of Allen Eagle Stadium construction problems has yet to be determined, a UT Arlington associate professor of civil engineering said the facility likely could need additional support reinforcements to help ensure the concrete’s durability, The Dallas Morning News reported. Shih-Ho “Simon” Chao, who teaches structural engineering at UT Arlington, said the “alligator pattern” of cracks suggest they are due more to support issues than to bad concrete work. That can be addressed by adding additional support beams without a major overhaul of the facility, Chao said.

International collaboration

Aqaba Special Economic Zone Authority Chief Commissioner Kamel Mahadin recently signed a cooperation agreement with UT Arlington President Vistasp M. Karbhari, whereby both parties agreed to establish a programm of cultural, economic and academic exchange, The Jordan Times reported.