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UTA In The News — Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

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Better bone growth

The University of Texas at Arlington has teamed with Texas Health Arlington Memorial Hospital to research whether bone growth from a person’s stem cells can replace bone grafts, D Healthcare Daily and the Business Standard reported. Liping Tang, UT Arlington’s bioengineering chair and professor, and Joseph Borrelli, chair of orthopedics for the hospital, are the lead investigators on the project and co-authored a paper published in the online journal PLoS One. 

Bullying's legacy

The effects of childhood bullying can last through adolescence, and even negatively affect victims decades later until the age of 50, CBS DC and other websites reported. Those findings are part of a new study from King’s College London that was published in the American Journal of Psychiatry. The story mentioned a 2013 UT Arlington study that found that students at schools with anti-bullying programs might actually be more likely to become a victim of bullying. The UT Arlington study also showed that students at schools with no bullying programs were less likely to become victims.

Slowing tumors

Wei Chen, a UT Arlington physicist working to create a luminescent nanoparticle to use in security-related radiation detection, may have instead happened upon an advance in photodynamic cancer therapy that significantly slowed tumor growth in lab studies, BioOptics World reported.

New partnerships

Texas Trust Credit Union has donated $35,000 toward an early college high school in Arlington school district, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported. The story also said the credit union opened a branch in UT Arlington’s College Park District.

Out of the bottle

Critics are saying that the new powdered alcohol should not be allowed on the market, the Christian Science Monitor reported. The story quoted Ben Agger, director of the UT Arlington Center for Theory in the sociology department. “First, legalized marijuana. Now, alcohol in powdered form. No matter that federal approval was reeled in. The genie is out of the bottle. Clearly, we are heading rapidly toward a convenience-store approach to getting high and getting wasted."

Alum's success

DGSE Companies Inc. appointed James “Dusty” Clem as chairman, president and chief executive officer, Dallas City Biz List and several other media outlets reported. Clem has a bachelor’s degree in business administration from UT Arlington.

Home for memorabilia

KXAS NBC 5 reported on the upcoming funeral services for Bill Blair, a Dallas newspaper publisher, civil rights icon and Negro League baseball player. Blair donated his papers and memorabilia to UT Arlington in 2012.