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UTA In The News — Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

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Treadmill workstations

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, the Huffington Post 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. Hamann also was featured in a story on WOAI 1200 AM in San Antonio.

BPA and breast cancer tumor growth

UT Arlington biochemists have found that the plastics chemical bisphenol A (BPA) has been found to promote breast cancer tumor growth, The Dental Tribune reported. In new research published in the Journal of Steroid Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, the UT Arlington scientists said the findings help provide an understanding of how the commonly used synthetic hormone-like compound promotes cancer.

High-tech bullies

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.

Preventing employees from workplace violence

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, Reuters, Bloomberg Businessweek, Yahoo News, Austin Business Journal, Money and several other websites reported. James Campbell Quick and M. Ann McFadyen of the UT Arlington College of Business management department analyzed FBI reports, case studies and human resource records to write the paper, "No Accident: Health, Wellbeing, Performance and Danger."

Games for good

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, Fierce Health IT reported. The College of Nursing professors worked with researchers at Baylor Scott & White and UT Dallas.

Art and architecture

Dallas Morning News critics Rick Brettell and Mark Lamster will examine in detail “Hidden Gems of Art and Architecture” on Wednesday night in the Court Room at the Venue on Ervay Street downtown, The Dallas Morning News reported. It's the latest in the One Day University series presented by The Dallas Morning News and Lamster is also professor in practice in the UT Arlington School of Architecture.