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UTA In The News — Thursday, March 20, 2014

Thursday, March 20, 2014

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New sports doping test '1,000 times more sensitive'

Researchers have developed a new test to detect performance-enhancing drugs which they claim is 1,000 times more sensitive than current methods, the BBC, The Dallas Morning News, The Times of India, USA News, ZeeNews India, MedIndia 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.

Concussion tests

Researchers at the University of Texas at Arlington are looking into the reliability of popular concussion tests used by professional teams, colleges and high schools across the country, KXAS NBC 5 reported. Jacob Resch, a UT Arlington assistant professor of kinesiology, said the concussion test known as ImPACT misclassified healthy students as impaired up to 46 percent of the time. "Everyone is different. My concussion will be different from your concussion. So it's a matter of using a battery of tests in order to determine what particular decline we're seeing with an athlete," Resch said.

Walking to boost health, productivity at work

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 Daily Mail of London and Well + Good reported. Darla Hamann, an assistant professor in the UT Arlington School of Urban and Public Affairs, and researchers from the Mayo Clinic and the University of Minnesota conducted the study, “Treadmill Workstations: The Effects of Walking while Working on Physical Activity and Work Performance,” in the journal PLoS One recently.

Alien life

A new paper, accepted for publication in the International Journal of Astrobiology in May, studies whether alien life could exist near hotter stars than the sun, AstroBiology Magazine reported. Manfred Cuntz, a UT Arlington physics professor, is the co-author and lead scientist on the project. "It has been argued that the most likely host candidates for exobiology should be K-type or even M-type stars based on their relatively long life spans and high frequency compared to the other types of main sequence stars. But the only case known for life to exist is the environment of our Sun, identified as a relatively hot and massive G-type star. Therefore, it appears to be fully appropriate to explore the possibility of exobiology for stars even hotter and more massive than the Sun."

Software aids

Two UT Arlington College of Business professors have written a paper that claims the success of having software programmers work in pairs greatly depends on the ability level of those individual programmers, e! Science News, ECN and Only Software Blog reported. The paper also concluded that using design patterns can greatly improve the quality of software programs and the productivity of programmers. Radha Mahapatra and Sridhar Nerur, professor and associate professor in the Information Systems and Operations Management Department of the College of Business, published the paper on software programming aids in MIS Quarterly this month.