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UTA In The News — Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

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More powerful testing for performance-enhancing drugs

Researchers have developed a new test to detect performance-enhancing drugs that they say are 1,000 times more sensitive than current methods, Science Codex, Newswise, Science Daily and many other websites reported. UT Arlington's Daniel Armstrong, Robert A. Welch Chair in Chemistry, led the research team that developed the ultra-sensitive methods of detecting the drugs.

Employee wellbeing

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, Gnomes National News Service and Current Political Trends 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." They also give tips in what to do if violent incidents do occur.

Worldwide partners

UT Arlington officials entered into initial agreements with four Jordanian institutions this month to collaborate on research, student success, and sustainability and environmental concerns, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported. The agreements mark a beneficial partnership for all institutions and will help the Arab kingdom focus on improving healthcare for its people, said UT Arlington President Vistasp Karbhari.

Successful computer programming

Two UT Arlington information systems professors prove correct pairing of computer programmers can lead to much more successful programming,, Science Codex, Science Daily and several other websites reported. Professor Radha Mahapatra and Associate Professor Sridhar Nerur, both in the UT Arlington Information Systems and Operations Management Department of the College of Business, recently published “Distributed Cognition in Software Design: An Experimental Investigation of the Role of Design Patterns and Collaboration” in the prestigious MIS Quarterly. The paper also said use of design patterns can greatly improve the success of software programming.

Crowder discusses Radio Shack store closures

KDAF CW33 interviewed William Crowder, UT Arlington economics professor in the College of Business, about Radio Shack's decision to close more than 1,000 stores recently. Crowder said Radio Shack's Super Bowl ad may have given people the wrong impression that business was good. He said makets change, though, and closing stores is one of the responses to those conditions.

Dr. Gupta talks 'prescription for life'

Dr. Sanjay Gupta’s prescription for life is to do something that scares you every day, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported. Gupta, CNN’s chief medical correspondent told a crowd of about 2,500 at the University of Texas at Arlington Tuesday night that he struggled with communicating when he first started reporting.

Russian politics

Russia holds all the political cards in the ongoing controversy surrounding the Ukraine and Crimea, UT Arlington's Associate Political Science Professor Allan Saxe told KTXD Channel 47. The Texas Daily show interviewed Saxe on that political debate.

Residential plan

The Arlington City Council approved a $20 million apartment complex for downtown Tuesday although some council members said they thought it appeared too similar to student housing built or approved for construction around the University of Texas at Arlington in recent years, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported. The council gave preliminary approval to the 135-unit complex on East Border Street near the downtown post office. The complex, currently called 404 Border, would be marketed to young professionals, downtown workers and graduate students, faculty and staff at nearby UT Arlington.

Treadmill workstations

A UT Arlington researcher contends that employees who use treadmill workstations receive physical benefits and are more productive at work, reported. Darla Hamann, an assistant professor with the School of Urban and Public Affairs, and researchers from the Mayo Clinic and the University of Minnesota detailed their findings in “Treadmill Workstations: The Effects of Walking while Working on Physical Activity and Work Performance,” which was published recently by the journal PLoS One.