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UTA In The News — Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

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War needs diplomatic solution

BBC World News interviewed Brent Sasley, UT Arlington associate professor of political science, live for its program, Global, to discuss the conflict in Gaza. On ending the violence, Sasley said Hamas can’t be destroyed completely so there has to be a diplomatic solution, which most senior Israeli political officials understand. “The other problem is that Hamas doesn’t have a clear strategic goal beyond survival and maintaining its legitimacy and authority in Gaza, so that makes it harder to come to agreement on a larger agreement,” he said.

Prolific sculptor

The New York Times interviewed Melia Belli Bose, UT Arlington assistant professor of Asian art history, about Ram V. Sutar, who the Times said ‘may be history’s most prolific monumental sculptor.’ Sutar is a leading contender for the commission to produce the world’s largest statue: a 597-foot-tall rendering of Sardar Patel, an independence leader who played a crucial role in uniting India’s fractious states. “It’s impossible to know if he’s the most prolific monumental sculptor in human history, but if he’s not, he’s got to be pretty close,” Bose said. “He’s certainly the most prolific of the last century.” 

New gas chromatography detector

A manuscript describing a new detector for gas chromatography from LCGC Editorial Advisory Board member Kevin Schug of the Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry, University of Texas at Arlington, has been accepted for publication in the peer-reviewed research journal Analytical Chemistry, Chromatographyonline.com reported. The manuscript, titled “A Vacuum Ultraviolet Detector for Gas Chromatography,” describes the detector’s analytical performance characteristics, possible applications, and potential for use with spectral diagnostics.

New rattlesnake species

The Daily of the University of Washington mentioned Jonathan Campbell, chairman of the UT Arlington College of Science’s biology department, in a story about a UW research team that discovered two new species of rattlesnakes in the group Crotalus triseriatus (C. triseriatus species). Campbell, whom the species C. campbelli is named after, pointed out the importance of species conservation. “You have a very complicated network of animal interactions,” he said. “If you disturb the ecology, it sometimes begins to unravel in ways that we don’t know or can’t fathom ahead of time.”

Brainwriting works

Management Briefs, the news portal for the University of Colorado Engineering Management website, mentioned Paul Paulus, Distinguished University Professor in the Department of Psychology at UT Arlington, in a story about brainstorming. According to Kellogg School of Management professors Leigh Thompson and Loran Nordgren, brainstorming doesn’t work as well as the frequency of “team brainstorming meetings” would suggest. Instead, the researchers suggest a quieter process: brainwriting. Paulus coined the phrase. The story originated on the website, Fast Company.  

PhD student up for Native American post

The Fort Worth Star-Telegram published an article about Robert Caldwell, a doctoral student in the UT Arlington trans-Atlantic history program, who is running to be vice chairman of his native Choctaw-Apache Tribe. The ballots have been cast, but they won’t be counted until Thursday. If elected, Caldwell said the most important issue for him to tackle is to get his tribe recognized by the federal government. A win would also make him the highest-educated leader ever of his tribal nation.