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UTA In The News — Monday, March 31, 2014

Monday, March 31, 2014

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Challenges & opportunities

UT Arlington President Vistasp Karbhari will be a featured guest at 12 p.m. Monday on the KERA 90.1 FM program, “Think,” along with new University of North Texas President Neal Smatresk, reported. The two leaders will discuss challenges and opportunities facing two of the largest universities in the region.

Financial strategy

Dallas Morning News article about millions from Texas trust funds used to help reel in the Final Four and lesser events quoted Roger Meiners, professor and chair of the UT Arlington Department of Economics. Meiners said competition for events or businesses persuades governments to take risks. He’s not sure that’s always a worthwhile financial strategy. “It becomes this bidding war for who will do the most, provide the most goodies for those making the decisions,” he said. “It ends up being pretty expensive.”

Architecture dean quoted in health article

Fort Worth Business Press article about a plan to improve community health in Tarrant County quoted Don Gatzke, dean of the UT Arlington School of Architecture. “People say teenagers don’t eat vegetables. They do if they grow them. Urban youth farms help address the nutritional needs of the community,” said Gatzke during a March meeting of community leaders gathered to discuss the plan. “Employing high school students to run the farms provides nutrition, education, jobs and healthy food, whether they sell it at a farmers’ market, give it away to food banks or take it home and share it with neighbors.”

Larger stars should be considered for possible habitation

Astronomers have an "attention gap" when it comes to considering what kind of stars to examine in the search for habitable planets, a University of Texas at Arlington physicist says. "They've typically focused on less massive stars similar to our sun, classified as a G-type star, but should consider larger stars," physicist Manfred Cuntz told Tech Times.

Tiny windmills could power cell phones

Two UT Arlington engineers have invented tiny, working windmills, Fresh reported. They propose creating a field of these windmills on a cell phone sleeve, and using them to recharge cell phone batteries.

Bullying could be part of using the word bossy and Before It’s News cited a bullying study by Seokjin Jeong, assistant professor of criminology and criminal justice at UT Arlington, in its article about Facebook Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg. She is campaigning to ban the use of the word “bossy” to describe the behavior of assertive women. The article linked her approach to anti-bullying campaigns, which Jeong found can have the opposite of the intended effect whether dealing with verbal, emotional or physical bullying. 

Video-game simulation to teach doctors, nurses

Researchers at The University of Texas at Arlington College of Nursing, Baylor Scott & White Health and University of Texas at Dallas have developed a video-game simulation that can teach doctors and nurses to work together--helping them avert tense situations in the real world by playing them out in the game, the Australian Health Information Technology blog reported. "Our hope is that this project will enhance patient safety and, ultimately, improve patient outcomes," said Beth Mancini, a UT Arlington nursing professor and associate dean of the College of Nursing.

Book investigates international organizations' efficiency

International Law Reporter blog noted the new book by Heidi Hardt, assistant professor of political science at UT Arlington. Time to React: The Efficiency of International Organizations in Crisis Response examines the efficiency of international organizations in crisis response.

Watson promotion noted

The Journal of Blacks in Higher Education noted the promotion of Sonja Stephenson Watson to associate professor of Spanish at The University of Texas at Arlington. She will also serve as director of UT Arlington's Women's and Gender Studies program. Watson holds a Ph.D. in Hispanic literature from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville. She is the author of The Politics of Race in Panama: Afro-Hispanic and West Indian Literary Discourses of Contention.

University symphony orchestra to perform

CultureMap Dallas noted that a 7:30 p.m. April 14 concert at Dallas City Performance Hall will feature the UT Arlington Symphony Orchestra on its own as well as with the UT Arlington Acapella Choir. 

Coach Cross tweet about selfies being retweeted

The Daily reported on a tweet by UT Arlington Men’s Basketball Coach Scott Cross that’s getting re-tweeted. He posted that he is not interested in recruiting players to his program who take "selfies." Over the weekend, people complimented Cross on his coaching insight, including a tweet linking to a study about how selfies are indicative of narcissism, addiction and mental illness.

Al Jazeera piece denotes UTA baseball tie

Al Jazeera mentioned UT Arlington in a story about the low percentage of African American players in Major League Baseball. The piece quoted Josh Bell, a right fielder for the Pittsburgh Pirates, who said that more distressing than the economics of baseball is the uneven justice system in America. An incarcerated father cannot very well play catch with his son. “There’s got to be so much time invested to play this game,” said Bell, whose mother is a professor at The University of Texas at Arlington, focusing on diversity and social issues in the workplace.