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UTA In The News — Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

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Communication professor says local politics have hit the Internet age

For the upcoming Trophy Club Town Council election, a group called Residents United for Trophy Club is hosting a series of candidate forums on its Facebook page, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram website reported in a Keller Citizen story that quoted Mark Tremayne, assistant professor in the UT Arlington Department of Communication. Tremayne said he’s not surprised. "At the federal level you see things like [President Barack] Obama having a Twitter town hall meeting and Q&A on Reddit, so the idea of candidates on social media interacting with voters is pretty common these days.” The story was also featured on the FindLaw site.

Research says treadmill desks increase burn, productivity

Unhealthy, overweight employees and those with concentration problems might benefit from treadmill workstations on the job, a University of Texas at Arlington faculty member and researchers from the Mayo Clinic and the University of Minnesota have found, the Star-Telegram's Citizen-Journal section reported. Darla Hamann, an assistant professor at UT Arlington’s School of Urban and Public Affairs, was the co-author on a recent report published in the journal PLoS One, She said: “Working on the treadmill didn’t come at the expense of being a productive worker.”

Calculator determines college costs

A Fort Worth Star-Telegram story on paying for college and resources available to figure college costs mentioned examples from UT Arlington. According to the Major Choices calculator, which was created by an act of the Texas legislature, an average of about 9 percent of a biochemistry major’s first-year income would go toward repaying student debt.