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UTA In The News — Monday, March 24, 2014

Monday, March 24, 2014

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Gaming for health

Researchers in the UT Arlington College of Nursing have developed a video-game simulation that they say can teach doctors and nurses to work more collaboratively by playing out tense situations in a virtual world, Health IT reported. The College of Nursing professors worked with researchers at Baylor Scott & White and UT Dallas.

Get moving

A UT Arlington researcher contends that employees who use treadmill workstations receive physical benefits and are more productive at work, the Voice of (American Edition) 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 a study published recently by the journal PLoS One.

Diversity gains

A Fort Worth Star-Telegram article about the increasing diversity in Tarrant County’s leadership quoted Allan Saxe, UT Arlington associate professor of political science, as saying: “It is occurring in both the Democratic and Republican parties. Once, the various parties had Anglos representing minorities and now the minorities are beginning to represent themselves in both parties.”

An unclear picture

The racial profiling data long required of law enforcement agencies in Texas may not be painting an accurate picture of what’s happening on the streets, the Longview reported. “You do have a percentage, albeit a small percentage, of officers who do engage in racial profiling,” said Alex del Carmen, UT Arlington professor and chair of criminology and criminal justice. “The data is an indicator, but … they are not going to tell you if (an officer) is profiling.”

Honored for excellence

UT Arlington was recently recognized with two of the 2014 Chancellor’s Excellence Awards, UT System’s blog, UT Matters, reported. Eleven awards total were handed out. UT Arlington’s awards were for outstanding publications and excellence in special events, academic institution. An awards ceremony was held during the UT System’s 2014 System Seminar in late February.

Music and architecture

UT Arlington architecture students Nathan Huette and Casey Tucker received honorable mention awards for their design, “Sound Cloud,” in the American Institute of Architecture Students and Kawneer Co. Inc. Frozen Music Design Competition, Metal reported. The competition challenged students to explore the relationship between music and architecture by designing an innovative concert hall for a musically inclined coastal city. All winning entries will be displayed at the AIA Convention 2014 in Chicago this summer.

Robots in the kitchen

As part of the 2013 Student Infrared Imaging Competition sponsored by DRS Technologies, students from the UT Arlington Research Institute used a PR2 robot from Willow Garage and an infrared camera from DRS Technologies to perform some basic functions in the kitchen, reported.

Need-to-know artist

A Dallas Observer question-and-answer piece featured William Sarradet, a UT Arlington alum, and what the paper called, a “need-to-know artist” in Dallas’ underground art scene. Of his time at UT Arlington, Sarradet said: “UTA afforded me time in a real studio with real tools, and also valuable conversations with art professionals and people that get paid within the art industry.”