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UTA In The News — Monday, December 15, 2014

Monday, December 15, 2014

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Chance to clean the air

Philly.com featured a story on retired mechanical engineer Bill Simpkin, who is working with UT Arlington engineering professor Donald Wilson and students on his idea of using nuclear plants' excess heat to power former coal power plants. "I hadn't talked to Bill in years until I got a phone call from him earlier this year…he came by with his PowerPoint, and as I was looking it over, I thought to myself it made a lot of sense,” Wilson said. The story originally appeared in The Dallas Morning News.

Playing it safe

A panel discussion called “Protecting the Health and Safety of the Whole Child in Youth Sports” and featuring Cynthia Trowbridge, associate professor of kinesiology at UT Arlington, was posted on the MomsTeam sports safety website.  Trowbridge is one of a half-dozen coordinators across the country for a pilot initiative called SmartTeams.

Evolution of snake venom

A new study led by UT Arlington’s Todd Castoe, an assistant professor of biology, challenges current practices for identifying venomous species, while also developing a new model for how snake venoms came to be, according to the website Genetic Archaeology. The work is based on a painstaking analysis comparing groups of related genes or "gene families" in tissue from different parts of the Burmese python. Jacobo Reyes-Velasco, a graduate student from Castoe's lab, is lead author on the new paper.

Artist recognized

The Meadows Museum at Southern Methodist University announced the winner of its Moss/Chumley Artist Award is Darryl Lauster, an associate professor of sculpture at UT Arlington, The Dallas Morning News reported. Meadows officials say the award is “given annually to an outstanding North Texas artist who has exhibited professionally for at least 10 years and has a proven track record as a community advocate for the visual arts.”

"Merry Christmas" really is okay to say, state law affirms

A Fort Worth Star-Telegram story on a state law that allows expressions such as Merry Christmas quoted Allan Saxe, associate professor of political science at UT Arlington. Saxe said the law fills a need “to bolster those who want our traditions to thrive in the face of ‘political correctness.’”