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UTA In The News — Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

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I Pledge Allegiance to the ...?

Leisa Martin, a UT Arlington assistant professor of social studies education, surveyed a group of 100 middle school and 36 high school social studies students and found 9 percent of the middle school kids and 28 percent of the high school students said the pledge meant nothing to them, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram and FindLaw reported. In recently published research, she also found that over 60 percent of both groups said they had no formal education on what the pledge means.

Quick discusses workplace violence prevention

EHS Today, a publication for safety professionals, featured a story on James Campbell Quick, a retired Air Force Reserve colonel and a professor of leadership and organizational behavior at The University of Texas at Arlington. Quick helped steer Kelly Air Force Base through a six-year closure process without any violent incidents and believes that “mindful observation” and counseling are the keys to preventing acts of workplace violence.

Fine-tuning ahead of a racing weekend at UT Arlington

The University of Texas at Arlington student Formula SAE racing team has fine-tuned its Active Aero technology for the 14th Annual Texas Autocross Weekend July 11-14 on the UT Arlington campus, the website reported. Student engineers have incorporated four on-board computers instead of the single computer used in 2013 to enable the car to respond more quickly and easily than before.

Preventing the spread of invasive zebra mussels

Bob McMahon, biology professor emeritus at UT Arlington, was featured in a Nature World News story about invasive zebra mussels. As of July 1, the Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission ordered all boaters on Texas lakes or rivers to drain all water from their vessels and on-board receptacles, rinse them and dry them.

Saxe interviewed about border crisis

Allan Saxe, UT Arlington associate professor of political science, was featured in a WBAP/News Talk 820 AM story on Gov. Rick Perry turning down an opportunity to greet President Obama because he would rather have a sit-down meeting on border issues. “This issue of immigration has now become extremely political,” Saxe said.