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UTA In The News — Monday, April 28, 2014

Monday, April 28, 2014

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New methods

A UT Arlington chemistry professor has created a new approach for the analysis of water in solid pharmaceutical products, reported. Daniel Armstrong, UT Arlington chemistry professor and lead author of a paper on the subject, said determining the levels of water within commercial drugs is essential as it can be associated with decreased shelf life, drug instability and the encouragement of microbial growth.

Mindful observation

UT Arlington researchers have discovered that “mindfully observing” high-risk employees can avert danger and workplace violence, Workplace Violence News and reported. James Campbell Quick and M. Ann McFadyen, two management professors, wrote "No Accident: Health, Wellbeing, Performance … and Danger," published by the Journal of Organizational Effectiveness: People and Performance.

Free college

Few exonerees are taking advantage of free college, the Austin American-Statesman reported. Steven Phillips, who was wrongly convicted of rape in 1982, has used the program at UT Arlington.

Making athletics accessible

Chris Goad, executive director of RISE Adaptive Sports, a nonprofit based in Irving, helps makes athletics accessible for people with disabilities, The Dallas Morning News reported. Goad, a UT Arlington graduate, was very active in sports while in college but when he left didn’t find similar programs available after he got out. He discovered RISE and has been involved in adaptive sports ever since.

Potential university leader

Three finalists for the University of Akron presidency will be on that campus this week, reported. One of them, Scott Scarborough, earned his doctorate from UT Arlington. Scarborough is currently the provost and executive vice president for academic affairs at the University of Toledo.

A new look

Mark Lamster, professor in practice at the UT Arlington School of Architecture, wrote a Dallas Morning News column about how two local clinics are taking a fresh approach to emergency room architecture. Lamster also is the news organization's architecture critic.

Police on the web

Researchers with The University of Texas at Arlington are conducting a study regarding the use of social media by law enforcement, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported. Police officials are trying to determine residents' views of the Arlington Police Department.

Out of the bottle

Some officials are calling for the banning of powdered alcohol on the market, Yahoo News reported in publishing a Christian Science Monitor story. The story quoted Ben Agger, director of the Center for Theory in the UT Arlington 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.”