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UTA In The News — Friday, December 12, 2014

Friday, December 12, 2014

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Redefining the bird family tree

National Geographic, Newsweek, NPR, Bloomberg and many other national news organizations reported Thursday about the publication of a set of 28 scientific studies redefining the bird family tree. The findings were the result of years of work by 200 scientists at 80 institutions worldwide. Among the researchers who worked on the series are Todd Castoe and Matt Fujita, both assistant biology professors at UT Arlington, the journal Science noted.

Avoiding conflict

Internet radio program, MindSet, interviewed James Campbell Quick and Beverly George, both professors in the UT Arlington College of Business, about employees that exhibit questionable behavior at holiday work parties. Whether or not they consume alcohol, things can quickly get out of hand when employees with unprocessed conflicts attend the festive gatherings. “It is important to be aware of conflicts that are troubling or unresolved for you on a regular basis," Quick said. Understanding underlying conflicts can help us to "make choices about what we do with that and actively manage it as opposed to letting it manage you.”

OSA Fellow

The Optical Society Board of Directors has elected Michael Vasilyev, associate professor in UT Arlington’s Department of Electrical Engineering, along with 75 OSA members as the newest class of OSA Fellow Members, reported. Individual OSA Members were elected for their significant contributions to the advancement of optics and photonics.

The Broken Hip

The Therapeutic Resources Blog published an installment of The Broken Hip series produced by Dallas NPR station, KERA 90.1 FM, which featured Christopher Ray, associate professor of kinesiology at UT Arlington. Ray said studies show that improving balance can prevent falls in the elderly population and intervention for seniors who have already fallen is key. “The greatest predictor of a future fall is a previous fall,” Ray said.

Mexican Mole Lizard

Wired interviewed Carl Franklin, a UT Arlington herpetologist, for its Absurd Creature of the Week column that focused on the Mexican Mole Lizard.

Leaders in nursing

Univision Dallas/KUVN 23 interviewed Maria Moreno Quinones, president of UT Arlington's Hispanic Student Nurses Association, and Griselle Estrada, student success coordinator in the College of Nursing and Health Innovation, for a story on Quinones' college experience and graduation Thursday. She is the recipient of the college's first Jean Ashwill Leadership Award. 

Graduation numbers

More than 8,000 students are set to receive advanced degrees at public universities in North Texas this week, The Dallas Morning News’ Spanish-language news site,, reported. Of that number, The University of Texas at Arlington expects to graduate 4,053 undergraduate and graduate students, about 500 more than those who obtained a degree in December last year and 700 over those who did in the fall of 2012.

Innovative training

Intuition researcher Gary Klein has developed the ShadowBox scenario-based method to train novices to see the world through the eyes of experts, Hospitals & Health Networks magazine reported. In 2015, ShadowBox will be evaluated using nursing students at The University of Texas at Arlington.

Connecting with robots

Lithuanian news site, Robotika.It., noted research by UT Arlington Theatre Arts Lecturer Julienne Greer that could help scientists build more affectionate robots. A paper by Greer, which was presented at the International Conference on Social Robotics in Sydney, examined a robot named Pepper that has been hailed as an emotionally humanoid robot.