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UTA In The News — Friday, January 9, 2015

Friday, January 9, 2015

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Earthquake concerns

Simon Chao, UT Arlington associate professor of civil engineering, said earthquakes in the North Texas area would have to get to a 5.0 before inflicting any possible structural damage on buildings and homes, KRLD 1080 AM reported. North Texas has experienced more than a dozen earthquakes since 2015 began.

New leader

The University of Texas at Arlington has announced the appointment of Duane B. Dimos of Sandia National Laboratories in Albuquerque, N.M., as vice president for research, the Fort Worth Business Press, PR Newswire, the Business Journals and many other websites and media outlets reported. Sandia is the nation's premier science and engineering laboratory for national security and technology innovation. Dr. Dimos is an expert in materials science and engineering. He has published more than 140 technical papers, edited four proceedings volumes and holds 11 patents.

Concussion guidelines

Cindy Trowbridge, UT Arlington associate professor in the Department of Kinesiology, wrote a column in The Conversation about what parents should know about concussions especially as it concerns youth athletes. The column also appeared in The Muslim Observer. Trowbridge said following these guidelines can help parents to be protective of their children’s brains and potentially prevent long-term effects or tragic consequences.

Detecting estrogen

A UT Arlington study in a recent edition of Analytica Chimica Acta shows that a new, more sensitive method of detecting trace amounts of estrogen in small samples could improve research into cancer, Alzheimer’s disease and other conditions, BioNews Texas, and EIN News reported. The technique, which was developed by UT Arlington scientists and colleagues from Palacký University in the Czech Republic, uses chromatography instrumentation and mass spectrometry to detect trace amounts of the hormone at less than 10 parts per trillion in a 100 microliter sample – equal to a drop of water in 20 Olympic-size swimming pools.

Art featured

The Waco Tribune said that local artist Richard Skurla uses bold color and customers' sensibilities to drive his creations. Skurla's work is being featured in a solo Art Center show in Waco. He is a UT Arlington graduate.

Movin' Mavs recruit

UT Arlington's newest Movin' Mavs recruit, Fabian Romo, was featured in stories on KTRK ABC 13 and KHOU  CBS 11, both in Houston, when he signed with UT Arlington's wheelchair basketball team. Romo, an Elkins High School senior, never let his lack of a leg stop him from playing sports.

Road closures and detours

Motorists should expect periodic road closures and detours in Arlington this month as Union Pacific replaces 13 miles of rail line that cuts through the heart of the city, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported. The crossings at Center and Mesquite streets downtown are expected to close Jan. 16 and reopen Jan. 18, and the Cooper Street and Davis Drive crossings are set to close Jan. 18 and reopen Jan. 20. The city got to select which crossings would be closed on what dates. For example, Cooper Street was closed on its lowest traffic volume days. And because UT Arlington resumes classes Jan. 20, the city decided to close the two crossings that are the farthest away from the campus that day.

MOOCs: help or hindrance?

As the hype around massive open online courses has subsided, a frequently asked question in university circles today is: Who have MOOCs helped or hurt? Randy Best, chairman and chief executive officer of Academic Partnerships, explored the worthiness of MOOCs in an Inside Higher Ed guest column. UT Arlington has an agreement with Academic Partnerships concerning online courses.