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UTA In The News — Monday, June 23, 2014

Monday, June 23, 2014

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Assistant dean says women a part of executive leadership in China

David Mack, assistant dean in the UT Arlington College of Business, was quoted in a Fort Worth Star-Telegram story about Maxine Peng, a woman hired by American Airlines to manage its China operations. Unlike other Asian countries, it is not unusual to see women in executive positions at companies in China, Mack said, noting that 40 percent of the women in each class of UT Arlington’s executive MBA program in China are women. The story also appears in Bloomberg Businessweek.

Study shows hostility toward Latino immigrants

While it is perfectly fine and natural to love one's country, a recent study published in the Hispanic Journal of Behavioral Science by researchers from The University of Texas at Arlington, suggests that there is a certain degree of entitlement and feelings of superiority, correlated with higher than normal levels of narcissism, that is linked with hostility towards Latino immigrants, the Examiner.com reported.

Studies show higher methane levels

UT Arlington was mentioned in a EurasiaReview.com article about thousands of Pennsylvania oil and gas wells suspected of leaking methane. Earlier this month, scientists found a link between the high levels of methane gas in Parker County and neighboring fracking operations. The Texas Railroad Commission found the link to be “inconclusive,” but closer inspection of the data by another earth scientist said it’s clear the methane in the water supply came from the fracking process. Separate tests by The University of Texas at Arlington, meanwhile, found methane levels in the water to be much higher than the Railroad Commission did.

Device aids student veterans who have PTSD

UT Arlington researchers have successfully used a portable brain-mapping device to show limited prefrontal cortex activity among student veterans with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder when they were asked to recall information from simple memorization tasks, Photonics.com, Science Daily and PsychCentral.com reported. The study by bioengineering professor Hanli Liu and Alexa Smith-Osborne, an associate professor of social work, and two other collaborators was published in the May 2014 edition of NeuroImage: Clinical

Unmanned systems center now operational

General Aviation News.com and KRWG.org reported that Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi’s Lone Star Unmanned Aircraft Systems Center will conduct a series of flight missions this week with the university’s RS-16 unmanned aerial vehicle. This follows an announcement from the Federal Aviation Administration that the Texas UAS research site is the fourth of six to become operational. Research institutions involved include Texas A&M University, Southwest Research Institute, The University of Texas at Arlington Research Institute, Texas Tech University and the University of Texas at San Antonio.

Local robotics team competes in Hong Kong

The Asian American Press noted that a team from UT Arlington competed in the mobility event of the 2014 Mobile Microrobotics Challenge, held in Hong Kong from May 31 to June 2, as part of the IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation. Other teams that attended this year’s event were from Canada, France, Switzerland and Korea.

UTA student quoted in "Redskins" article

A Sports Illustrated column about sentiment regarding the name ‘Redskins’ quoted Stephanie Vielle, a UT Arlington student and Marine veteran, who is Native American. “Racism gets really draining. Sometimes people accept it, not because they want to, but because it has been so repetitive. That’s kind of what the Redskins represent, our exhaustion,” she said. Vielle’s father is a member of the Blackfeet National tribal council.

Former astronaut shares love of science, math

Former astronaut Bernard Harris shared the love of science, math and space with 50 middle school students Thursday at the ExxonMobil Bernard Harris Summer Science Camp at UT Arlington, KRLD/1080 AM, WBAP/820 AM and KLIF/570 AM reported.