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UTA In The News — Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

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Communicating about the female condom

The female condom is one of just two barrier methods that can protect against sexually transmitted infections and unplanned pregnancies, yet many young adults are not aware of the device, a new study by two UT Arlington researchers has found, according to websites ScienceDaily, MedicalXpress, Health Canal and others. Charla Markham Shaw, associate professor of communication, and Karishma Chatterjee, an assistant professor of communication studies, co-authored the paper "Communicating Sexual Health Messages: Young Adults and the Female Condom," which appears online in the June 2014 issue of Open Access Journal of Contraception.

Sasley writes column about turmoil in the Middle East

In a column for the website Haaretz, Brent Sasley, associate professor of political science at UT Arlington, described the current turmoil in the Middle East and the consequences for Israel. He said Israel is far from having lost the strategic war to Hamas. But the real cost has been to its social cohesion: violence and intolerance both domestically and toward the death of Palestinian civilians.

China's massive telecoms rollout

A story in The Economist mentioned a working paper released last year by Michael Ward, professor of economics at University of Texas at Arlington, and Shilin Zheng, of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences. The team studied China’s massive telecoms rollout of recent decades. Among their findings was that from 1990-99, the first decade of the telecoms boom, phone services contributed two percentage points to China’s growth rate, a huge dividend.

A model program in the College of Nursing

The UT Arlington College of Nursing’s online RN-to-BSN degree program was lauded as a success in a story on the website of the Future of Nursing Campaign for Action, a project of the AARP and Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Enrollment in the RN-to-BSN program has grown exponentially—from fewer than 150 students in 2008 to about 8,000 this spring.

Keeping your muscles safe while exercising during the summer

Cynthia Trowbridge, UT Arlington associate professor of kinesiology, was quoted extensively in a Dallas Morning News piece on cramping while exercising or playing sports, which is especially prevalent in summer.  “We don’t know entirely what causes them for each individual, so there can’t be one magic bullet,” she said.

Study examines dredging and sickness in coral reefs

Laura Mydlarz, UT Arlington associate professor of biology, was quoted in a LiveScience story about a first study of its kind in which researchers have linked dredging to increased sickness in nearby coral reefs. Mydlarz, who did not take part in the study, said: “It adds data that we need to look at as far as managing how dredge sites are planned and how dredging is conducted on those areas.” The story also appeared on Yahoo! News.

McMahon's work regarding zebra mussels acknowledged

A Dallas Morning News story about water restrictions and the condition of North Texas lakes mentioned the work of Bob McMahon, professor emeritus of biology at UT Arlington. McMahon, an expert on invasive zebra mussels, said tests for zebra mussel DNA in Lake Lavon showed a weak signal in 2011.

Saxe discusses Gov. Perry's decision regarding border crisis

WBAP/News Talk 820AM talked to Allan Saxe, Arlington associate professor of political science, about Gov. Rick Perry’s decision to send Texas National Guard troops to the border in response to an influx of migrant children. “What he is saying to the nation is that if the president, if the federal government will not protect us, we’re going to do it ourselves,” Saxe said.