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UTA In The News — Thursday, September 18, 2014

Thursday, September 18, 2014

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Making sports safer

Cindy Trowbridge, a UT Arlington kinesiology professor, was featured in a story by the NBC News program, Today, about new football helmet concussion sensors for youth athletes. “In particular, this young population has immature brains. They have smaller brains and bigger skulls, and so there’s more room for a brain that’s surrounded by fluid to knock around in that skull,” said Trowbridge, who is one of six certified athletic trainers chosen for a national safety pilot program from the MomsTEAM Institute, a leading youth health and safety think tank and watchdog group.

Harvest of water

A simple device, inspired by the beaks of shorebirds, can harvest drops of water from fog and dew. Its developers say it could help drought-stricken areas around the world or deserts meet their need for drinkable water. University of Texas at Arlington engineering professor Cheng Luo and his doctoral student Xin Heng came up with their design after noting how long-billed shorebirds with thin beaks get water, the Kansas City Post, Cambodian Times, Voice of America online, PortalMundos.com, DailyMe.com, Science Codex and Bio-Medicine reported.

Computing boost

The University of Texas at Arlington has received half a million dollars in funding from the National Science Foundation’s Division of Advanced Cyberinfrastructure and will use the funds to install networking capacity 10 times faster than existing networks, D Magazine Healthcare Daily and Phys.org reported. The $500,000 grant, which will begin Oct. 1, will allow campus researchers using massive amounts of data to compute even faster.

NFL business woes

KRLD/1080 AM (CBS) interviewed Elten Briggs, associate professor of marketing at UT Arlington, about the NFL brand following recent player drug use and domestic abuse cases. Some major sponsors have warned the league to clean up its act or risk losing their partnership. “What they’re trying to do is effect change by speaking with their dollars,” Briggs said. “But I don’t believe they really desire to break the relationships.”

Powerful offices

The San Antonio Current.com interviewed Allan Saxe, UT Arlington associate professor of political science, for its story about the lieutenant governor’s race. “The lieutenant governor is considered, while the Legislature is in session, the most powerful of state offices in Texas,” Saxe said.  

Next generation leaders

Infor, a leading provider of business application software, on Wednesday announced Infor Education Alliances Initiative and the Infor Scholars Program, a learning and collaboration program to power next-generation leaders and businesses, Financial Buzz reported. Infor Education Alliances is available to institutions of education, non-profit associations, and industry associations to leverage within education and training activities. Inaugural alliance members include UT Arlington, UT Austin, Brandeis International Business School, Baruch College and New York City College of Technology of The City University of New York, the New York Urban League, and the University of Parma, Italy.