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UTA In The News — Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Tuesday, November 25, 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, CTV News and Helge Scherlund's eLearning News reported. 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.

Social robotics

As an actress, producer, director and theatre arts lecturer at The University of Texas at Arlington, Julienne Greer knows the techniques that help draw people’s deepest emotions to the surface. Now, she’s building on her experience and research to help scientists and robotics engineers better understand the human experience so that they can build more responsive robots, ECN Magazine and Science Newsline reported. Greer, who holds a master’s degree in media arts and a doctorate in humanities, recently authored the paper, “Building emotional authenticity between humans and robots.”

Concept to cut carbon emissions

Bill Simpkin, an 88-year-old former jet and rocket engine engineer, has developed a concept to cut carbon emissions from the country's aged coal plants, The Dallas Morning News reported. His work attracted UT Arlington engineering professor Donald Wilson, who this summer presented Simpkin’s concept to a U.S. Department of Energy team at the Idaho National Laboratory.

Immigration plan

As Republicans across the country and on cable networks decried his actions, President Barack Obama used an interview with ABC News to defend his decision not to deport more than 4 million immigrants living in the country illegally, the Tampa Bay Times reported. Kenyon Zimmer, a UT Arlington immigration historian, was quoted in the article, saying that comparing the percentage of foreign-born residents against the total population better reflects the country's ability to accommodate immigrants.