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UTA In The News — Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

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Healing the hip

Research in the Center for Healthy Living and Longevity at UT Arlington is featured in the Broken Hip Project, a special series produced by Dallas NPR affiliate, KERA. Chris Ray, assistant professor of kinesiology and director of the center, said studies show that exercise can prevent falls in older people. He is studying how to prevent falls and improve the quality of life for seniors. The Broken Hip Project will air on the radio every Wednesday over the next seven weeks, starting today. Ray’s work will be broadcast in more detail May 21. A web component is available right now at

World-renowned hire

World, Los Angeles Business Journal, KUSI (San Diego) and numerous other websites for print and broadcast media organizations reported that David Nygren, a renowned scientist recognized for his innovations in particle physics research, has been named presidential distinguished professor at The University of Texas at Arlington. Nygren, a member of the National Academy of Sciences, has been on the staff of the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory at the University of California, Berkeley since 1973. He will join UT Arlington’s research team this fall.   

A team for the future

The Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg Businessweek,, Virtual-Strategy and other media reported that Greenway Innovative Energy has entered into a sponsored research agreement with UT Arlington to further refine and enhance its cutting edge technology, which converts natural gas to clean synthetic fuels. The purpose of the research agreement is to continually improve the existing Fisher-Tropsch synthesis process for the conversion of natural gas into liquid hydrocarbons, or synthetic fuels.

Important memories

Newly added to the vast historical archives at The University of Texas at Arlington Library is a set of memorabilia from a university icon’s service in World War II, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported. The library’s special collections added the uniform, photos and various decorations from President Emeritus Wendell Nedderman’s Navy service during the war. Nedderman served as engineering officer afloat until the last six months of his service, when he became the chief engineer of his ship.

A profitable opportunity

KRLD/1080 AM (CBS Radio) interviewed Elten Briggs, UT Arlington associate professor of marketing, about Facebook’s new plan to introduce video ads. Specific brands were invited to submit concepts. The ads will be shown to viewers who have the option of clicking on them. “Advertisers have to pay a flat fee up front, so no matter if you click on them or not, Facebook still gets their money,” Briggs said. “It’s estimated that these ads will cost $1 million a day, so it will be a big revenue opportunity for them.”

A learning summer

KXTX 39/Telemundo Dallas reported on UT Arlington’s summer camps for middle school students that will focus on science, technology, engineering and math. The piece included an interview with Brenda Daniel, coordinator of special programs in the College of Education and Health Professions. Two undergraduates were also interviewed about the responsibilities that come with being a college student, such as attending class and doing homework. The story is part of a new Telemundo series focused on education.

Fine films compete

KERA 90.1 FM reported that film students at UT Arlington are competing for Best Narrative, Best Picture and Best Animation during the University’s two-day film festival at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth. Winners of the annual UTA Underexposed Film Festival will be announced this evening.