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UTA In The News — Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

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Corporate sabbaticals

The Wall Street Journal noted a study by James Campbell Quick, a Distinguished Professor of Leadership and Organizational Behavior in the UT Arlington College of Business, in a story about companies that are trying out mini sabbaticals to cure employee burnout. Quick’s 2010 study found that sabbatical leaves of six months or more reduced individuals' stress levels, particularly for those who fully unplugged from work. The story also appeared at the business news site, Nasdaq.   

Network to help people with disabilities

A University of Texas at Arlington researcher has been awarded a National Science Foundation grant to help develop a network that will lead to improvements for people with disabilities who depend on wheelchair mounted robotic arms, Phys.org and News Medical.net reported. John Bricout, professor and associate dean for research and community outreach in the School of Social Work, is the UT Arlington site principal investigator on a three-year, $1 million grant with the University of Central Florida.

Study shows no violence increase from video games

UT Arlington Economics Professor Michael Ward talked about how violent video games do not increase violence in a particular region but how violent incidents decrease in those regions, a LearnLiberty.org video reported. In the video, Ward appears as an avatar, describing his position.

Libraries featured

Global information content and technology company ProQuest featured UT Arlington Libraries in a new video on its website. The library adopted ProQuest's collection management tool, Intota, as a beta partner in 2013. The video features UT Arlington Access and Discovery Librarian Peter Zhang and E-Resources Librarian Ashley Zmau discussing how the library uses Intota to manage electronic resources and collection development.

Apartment plans on hold

Plans for a 254-unit student apartment community on Center Street near The University of Texas at Arlington are in limbo after the lawyer for the Irving-based developer canceled a bankruptcy court hearing on a plan to move the project forward, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported.

Former student honored

William Hernandez, a UT Arlington College of Engineering alumnus and one of the first two athletes to attend UT Arlington on a wheelchair basketball scholarship in 1989, has been honored with the 2014 Lex Frieden Employment Award, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported. The award, named for the professor and disability rights activist, is given out by the Governor’s Committee on People with Disabilities. Hernandez is co-founder of Per4Max, a small maker of sports wheelchairs. UTA Movin’ Mavs Wheelchair Basketball Coach Doug Garner nominated Hernandez for the award.

Nurse challenges Maine law

A nurse who was confined against her will at a New Jersey hospital after returning from West Africa where she treated Ebola patients said Wednesday that she's prepared to go to court if the state of Maine tries to quarantine her, The Dallas Morning News reported. Kaci Hickox, a UT Arlington alumna, spoke to NBC's Today show and ABC's Good Morning America from Fort Kent, where her boyfriend is a senior nursing student. She said she had no contact with anyone Tuesday and will have no human contact again Wednesday. But Hickox says if the restrictions aren't lifted by Thursday, she will go to court to fight for her freedom.