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UTA In The News — Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

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Older coral study

New research indicates older species of coral have more of what it takes to survive a warming and increasingly polluted climate, according to biologists from the University of Texas at Arlington and the University of Puerto Rico – Mayagüez, according to Science Newsline, eScience News and Bio-Medicine. Jorge H. Pinzón C., a postdoctoral researcher in the UT Arlington Department of Biology, is lead author on the study, which was published in PLOS ONE Monday. Laura Mydlarz, UT Arlington associate professor of biology, and Joshuah Beach-Letendre, a former masters student in the Mydlarz lab, are co-authors. The news also appeared on the NSF Science 360 News Service.

Nursing simulation

A real-time video feed, a laptop and a computerized manikin baby are key components for a new simulation training initiative that allows UT Arlington College of Nursing educators to put Neonatal Nurse Practitioners (NNPs) and physicians through the paces of an emergency scenario from hundreds of miles away, HispanicBusiness.com and TMCnet reported. The “remote-controlled distance simulation” project was developed in partnership with Pediatrix Medical Group, the nation’s leading provider of neonatal, maternal-fetal and pediatric medical and surgical subspecialty physician services. 

Exomoon detection

A new technique pioneered by a team of scientists from The University of Texas at Arlington, may hold the key to detecting moons orbiting distant exoplanets, a feat which is currently beyond the grasp of modern astronomy, the website GizMag reported. Zdzislaw Musielak, professor of physics in the UT Arlington College of Science, and Joaquin Noyola and Suman Satyal, doctoral students in Musielak’s lab, co-authored the research that appeared in The Astrophysical Journal. 

Move-In Day

Thousands of UT Arlington students moved into their residence hall rooms Monday with help from volunteer students, faculty and staff, KXAS/NBC 5, KDFW/FOX 4 and WFAA/ABC 8 reported. Classes start Thursday. “It feels great. I’ve been waiting for this day for like a really long time,” one student said.

Homebuying advice

John Adams, assistant professor of finance at UT Arlington, was included in WalletHub’s 2014 list of Best and Worst Cities for First-Time Home Buyers. He gave advice on how to choose a home and when to buy, saying “real estate transaction costs are high so don't buy unless you have the financial and career stability that will allow you to stay in the home for a few years.” 

Scholarship winners

UT Arlington students Dylan Spurrier and Esther Kentish were among 47 winners announced Monday of the Life Lessons Scholarship, financial awards given to students whose college-going plans were affected when their parent passed away without adequate life insurance, according to an announcement on The Street, Reuters and several other websites.

Mansfield value

Allan Saxe, associate professor of political science at UT Arlington, was quoted in a Mansfield News-Mirror story about Mansfield’s increase in property values and tax revenues. Saxe said he believes Mansfield residents are getting a lot of value for their tax dollar, considering the city’s vast park system, attractive housing additions and the managed direction of its growth.

Gatzke to lead workshop

Donald Gatzke, dean of The University of Texas at Arlington's architecture school, will be one of the leaders of a two-day workshop next week run by the North Texas chapter of the Urban Land Institute, McClatchy newswire reported. The meeting will focus on plans to build apartments and possibly some shops on a 2-acre tract along Vickery Boulevard in Fort Worth that currently serves as a parking lot for the T&P Station.