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UTA In The News — Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

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Kinesiology faculty earn awards

Three University of Texas at Arlington kinesiology faculty members will be honored with national awards for their work in the field of athletic training at the June meeting of the National Athletic Trainers Association in Las Vegas, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram noted.

Simple test for mental health

Sharolyn Dihigo, a nurse practitioner and clinical assistant professor in the UT Arlington College of Nursing, recently examined available research to determine whether nurse practitioners and others in primary care settings should add a mental health screening to well visits for teenage patients, Health Canal.com reported. Her conclusion was that a simple paper test called a CES-DC would be a reliable, quick way of determining whether the practitioner should refer a teen for mental health support.

Micro-windmills could supply power for phones, home

A research associate and an electrical engineering professor at UT Arlington have designed a micro-windmill capable of generating wind energy, which may one day offer an alternative to cell phone battery recharging, 3D Printer World.com reported. The researchers say it may also prove useful in home energy generation, an application where large windmills are unsightly.

Informal economy could boost sustainable development

Meghna Tare, director of the UT Arlington Office of Sustainability, wrote a blog for the Meeting of the Minds website that addressed the question “How could cities better connect all their residents to economic opportunity?” Tare used an example from Pune, India to show how the “informal economy” - activities and income that are outside government regulation - could be an invisible engine of sustainable development. 

UTA part of Virtual College Fair

CollegeWeekLive, the leading website where students and colleges meet live online, Monday announced that the first ever Texas Region 10 Virtual College Fair will take place online at CollegeWeekLive May 15, the Houston Chronicle and other media reported. Students who log in to the complimentary event will be able to chat live with admissions counselors at UT Arlington and 11 other participating universities to learn more about admissions requirements and campus life.

Global Internet firm hires UTA grad

As a part of Alibaba’s global ambition, the Chinese Internet giant today announced the appointment of Jim Wilkinson, a UT Arlington alumnus, as Senior Vice President and Head of International Corporate Affairs, TechNode reported. Wilkinson is a former senior PepsiCo executive who once served as senior advisor for U.S. Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson and former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice. He earned his bachelor’s of business administration degree from UT Arlington. Alibaba filed for an U.S. IPO last week.