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UTA In The News — Monday, December 22, 2014

Monday, December 22, 2014

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Dealing with depression

KDFW/Fox 4 interviewed Katherine Sanchez, assistant professor in the UT Arlington School of Social Work, about depression during the holidays and some signs that people can look for if they think their loved ones might be depressed. “People who are depressed often begin to self-isolate and this is often a dangerous hallmark of depression,” said Sanchez, who is also a licensed clinical social worker. “As people start feeling down, they might close off from their loved ones and from their activities.” Sanchez recently won a grant from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to help dispel myths about depression and its treatment among Hispanics.

Playing ball with the Dallas Cowboys

Liliana Perez-Nordtvedt, Susanna Khavul and Jeff McGee — University of Texas at Arlington management professors — have partnered with the Arlington Chamber of Commerce to do annual surveys of area Arlington businesses, focusing on topics like social networks around the AT&T Stadium and entrepreneurial alertness, Texas Enterprise reported. The three are helping in research that UT Austin management professor David Harrison is conducting concerning how small businesses adapt when a super-sized neighbor, like AT&T Stadium – opens next to them.

Ranking at the top

The Dallas Morning News reviewed the year’s top exhibitions at Dallas-Fort Worth museums. Rounding out the top five was “Sedrick Huckaby: Everyday Glory,” an exhibit at Valley House Gallery by Sedrick Huckaby, assistant professor of painting at UT Arlington. Art critic Rick Brettell described Huckaby’s work as “an unsettling introduction to one of North Texas’ most original artists, who paints men and women in the most traditional of old-master mediums, oil on canvas, with a confidence and painterly élan that evoke European masterpieces.”

Sasley discusses upcoming Israeli elections

One of the concerns of upcoming Israeli elections is the possible breakup of the Shas Party and who those voters will support, said Brent Sasley, UT Arlington associate professor of political science, in an International Business Times story. “Their votes are divided right now. They tend to vote to the right, and they like parties that project images of strength,” which could potentially be a political boon to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Sasley said.

Texans' right to say 'Merry Christmas'

The Bradenton (Fla.) Herald and several other McClatchy newspapers featured a story on a new Texas state law that protects citizens’ right to say Merry Christmas that quoted Allan Saxe, UT Arlington associate professor of political science. “Political correctness made the Merry Christmas law necessary,” he said. The story originally appeared in the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.

UT Arlington introduces new Vice President for Development and Alumni Relations

The University of Texas at Arlington has named Michael K. Kingan, a former senior vice president and chief development officer for The University of New Mexico Foundation with more than two decades of success in advancement positions, as Vice President for Development and Alumni Relations, according to PR Newswire and numerous local television station websites. At UT Arlington, Kingan will lead the University's comprehensive fundraising and alumni relations efforts to engage UT Arlington's more than 190,000 alumni.

Father-themed college admission essays

Experts are divided about the impact of absent, father-themed college admission essays, Diverse Education reported. Many college applicants from low-income households craft their college admissions essays on the absence of their fathers. Jim Warren, UT Arlington associate professor of English, was quoted in the article. He said if students who write about the subject say that it "instilled grit" or gave them "a strong sense of purpose," then the essay would be effective.

Equine-assisted therapy

Equine-assisted therapy has been known to help motor-skill diseases and maladies, MSN.com reported. However, how effective those therapies are in treating mental or behavioral issues hasn't completely been uncovered. "It's really only possible to say with any confidence that there's empirical evidence that equine-assisted activities appear to be helpful as a complementary treatment for a range of disorders," said Alexa Smith-Osborne, a UT Arlington associate professor of social work, who studied equine-assisted therapy. "And for people who have not responded well to first-line treatments, it does show promise."

Alumnus appointed as new executive director of Williamson County Children's Advocacy Center

Scott Finnell has been appointed executive director of the Williamson County Children’s Advocacy Center, the Austin American-Statesman reported. Finnell earned his doctorate in social work from UT Arlington.

Alumnus named first chief administrator of El Paso County

Steve Norwood has been named El Paso County's first-ever chief administrator, the El Paso Times reported. Norwood received his master's in urban affairs at UT Arlington. He is the former city manager for Round Rock and Prescott, Ariz.

Higher Education News and Trends

The Texas Research Incentive Program budget should be increased by the state Legislature to allow fundamental research to travel from the university lab to the marketplace, said Bill Sproull, president/CEO of the Metroplex Technology Business Council, in a Dallas Business Journal opinion piece. He said UT Arlington would be one of those universities to benefit from the TRIP fund's expansion.