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UTA In The News — Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

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Music and memory

A peek inside the brains of professional musicians has given UT Arlington psychology researchers what may be the first links between music expertise and advantages in long-term memory, according to Science 2.0, Science Daily, Health Canal, PsychCentral and other websites. Heekyeong Park, assistant professor of psychology, and graduate student James Schaeffer used electroencephalography (EEG) technology to measure electrical activity of neurons in the brains of 14 musicians and 15 non-musicians. The team presented initial results of their new research Tuesday at Neuroscience 2014, the international meeting of the Society for Neuroscience, in Washington, D.C.

Digital learning

The University of Texas at Arlington has been chosen to lead a $1.6 million effort to better understand digital learning's effect on higher education today and in the future, school officials announced, the website Education Dive, University Herald and University Business reported. The Learning Innovation and Networked Knowledge (LINK) Lab has been chosen to coordinate the new Digital Learning Research Network (dLRN), which is funded by a grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and will include 10 institutions.

LINK Lab director to keynote conference on MOOCs

George Siemens, executive director of the Learning Innovation and Networked Knowledge (LINK) Lab at UT Arlington, will be a featured speaker at a conference on “MOOCs,” Massive Open Online Courses, set to be held in Madrid on Nov. 28-30, the Latin American Herald Tribune reported. Siemens opens the second day of the conference with his presentation “After the MOOCs: What remains and what is next?”

Residency questions

Allan Saxe, political science associate professor at The University of Texas at Arlington, was quoted in a Mansfield News-Mirror story about questions being raised about the residency of one of Mansfield’s city council members. He said Mansfield isn’t the only city to have dealt with the issue of what constitutes residency. “I think the Legislature ought to define it or the attorney general or secretary of state ought to define it,” he said.

New role for alumna

Assistant Police Chief Rhonda Robertson, a UT Arlington alum, was unanimously approved Tuesday by the City Council to take over as interim chief, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram and several other outlets reported. Robertson is expected to start the job Jan. 10, the day after Chief Jeff Halstead officially retires. She has a master’s in criminology and criminal justice from the University of Texas at Arlington.