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UTA In The News — Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

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Radio waves to exomoons

KERA/90.1FM, the Dallas NPR affiliate, featured a story on new research on finding moons outside our solar system, or exomoons, being conducted by UT Arlington Physics Professor Zdzislaw Musielak and students Joaquin Noyola and Suman Satyal. Their idea is to look for radio emissions similar to those that occur in our own solar system – between Jupiter and its closest moon Io. “If you didn’t see [Jupiter’s moon] Io,” Musielak says, “you could conclude Io is there because of the radio emissions. So this is the whole idea how to extrapolate this from the solar system to the outer systems.”

Youth sports safety

Cindy Trowbridge, a UT Arlington associate professor of kinesiology, was interviewed for a KUVN/Univision 23 story on a new youth sports safety program called SmartTeams. Trowbridge was one of six certified athletic trainers at universities across the U.S. selected to take part in the pilot program. She is working with a Grand Prairie Youth Sports Association team to implement new safety and parent education measures.

Parental influence on teens

Recent findings from a UT Arlington study published in the journal Social Work in Public Health show that children with two college-educated parents are less likely to drink alcohol or smoke marijuana during their teenage years, according to the AAP SmartBrief. Eusebius Small, an assistant professor in the School of Social Work, and Arati Maleku, a doctoral student and adjunct assistant professor, worked with a University of Michigan – Flint colleague and analyzed data on 14,268 teenagers to determine the impact of family structure and parental education on adolescents' risk of substance abuse.

Faculty honored

The NRI Welfare Society of India, an international organization that connects non-resident Indians (or NRIs), has awarded honors to two UT Arlington professors noted for their contributions to the field of chemistry and biochemistry, the Fort Worth Business Press reported. Subhrangsu Mandal, associate professor of chemistry and biochemistry, will receive the Mahatma Gandhi Pravasi Samman Award and Krishnan Rajeshwar, distinguished professor of chemistry and biochemistry, will receive the Hind Rattan Award.

New dual language-fine arts academies

The Arlington school district is collaborating with arts industry experts – including those from UT Arlington - this fall to help develop programming and facilities for its two new dual-language/fine arts academies at Corey and Roquemore elementary schools, according to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. Thanks to voters’ approval of the $663.1 million bond package in May, Corey and Roquemore will begin transitioning into schools of choice in August with the incoming kindergarten class.

Pipeline project

A WaterWorld story about the Institute for Sustainable Infrastructure honoring a pipeline project by Tarrant Regional Water District mentioned the involvement of graduate students in civil engineering at UT Arlington. The students evaluated the use of native soils to produce native controlled low-strength material, or CLSM.