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UTA In The News — Friday, June 13, 2014

Friday, June 13, 2014

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A test for safe water

The National Science Foundation has awarded nearly $200,000 to two University of Texas at Arlington researchers teaming with a private company to make an affordable, environmentally friendly field analyzer for arsenic levels in water,, Congoo News, Contacto-Latino and BioNews Texas reported. The new technology was invented by Purnendu "Sandy" Dasgupta, UT Arlington's Jenkins Garrett Professor of Chemistry, while working on a previous National Science Foundation grant. Aditya Das, senior research scientist at the UT Arlington Research Institute, and Scott Evans, president and co-founder of Texas-based technology company Chipotle Business Group, will direct the new project along with Dasgupta.

Workout pain

Fitness Magazine and Yahoo! Shine reported tips for healing after sustaining workout pain. Robert Gatchel, UT Arlington distinguished professor of psychology, said stress and anxiety lower the pain threshold so that minor pain feels more intense. "People who are overwhelmed are also more likely to put a worst-case spin on pain, playing a mental loop of negative thoughts like 'I'll never overcome this' or 'I can't stand having to deal with it,'" Gatchel said.

AA increases presence in Asia

American Airlines launched its first flights to Hong Kong and Shanghai Wednesday, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported. Experts say that as China continues to grow, so does the demand for air service to its cities. There are 165 cities in China that have over a million people and most of the population, about 85 to 90 percent, live within 400 miles of the eastern coast, said David Mack, assistant dean of UT Arlington’s College of Business. "We’re starting to see more direct flights to some of these other cities because there is still quite a bit of growth. They’ve got this middle class, they’ve built and those people have money to spend."

UTA student reporter receives icy welcome at state GOP convention

Heba Said, opinion editor of UT Arlington's student newspaper The Shorthorn, received an unfriendly welcome at the Republican state convention in Fort Worth, Fort Worth Star-Telegram columnist Bud Kennedy wrote. Said detailed her experience in a Shorthorn column. The graduate of Trinity High School in Euless said while her first day of convention reporting went well, she later was encircled by police officers, asked where she was from by convention attendees and called an "Islamist."

Smith's films to be screened at Juneteenth festival

Ya'Ke Smith, Morgan Woodward Distinguished Professor of Film at UT Arlington, will screen two of his acclaimed shorts, “Marked” and “Katrina's Son,” as well as establishing the Ya'ke Smith Youth Filmmaker Award Saturday at the Juneteenth Film Festival in San Antonio Saturday, the San Antonio Express-News reported.

Test spots depressed teenagers

A simple 20-question test can help primary care practitioners decide if a teen patient is depressed, suggests a recent study by Sharolyn Dihigo, UT Arlington clinical assistant professor in the College of Nursing, reported. The study, which surveyed available evidence, looked at whether nurse practitioners and other primary care providers should include a mental health screening as part of well visits for teenage patients.