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UTA In The News — Friday, February 27, 2015

Friday, February 27, 2015

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New science dean

The University of Texas at Arlington has appointed Morteza Khaledi, professor and chair of the nationally ranked Chemistry Department at North Carolina State University, as dean of the College of Science, the Fort Worth Business Press, the Business Journals, Stocknod.com, Renewable Energy World, Congoo News, and numerous broadcast station websites reported. Dr. Khaledi, whose research has been funded by the National Institutes of Health, National Science Foundation and corporate entities, is a renowned expert in mechanistic studies and bioanalytical applications of High Performance Capillary Electrophoresis and High Performance Liquid Chromatography.

Controlling pain

News-Medical.net, ScienceDaily, MedicalXpress and Medical Design Technology reported on a new study led by Samarendra Mohanty, UT Arlington assistant physics professor, which shows for the first time how a small area of the brain can be optically stimulated to control pain.

Abbott's relationship with feds questioned

The Fort Worth Star-Telegram published an opinion-editorial by Richard Cole, professor in the UT Arlington School of Urban and Public Affairs, that questioned whether Gov. Abbott will seek a more cooperative state/federal relationship versus the anti-federalist stance that he took as the state’s attorney general.

Study looks at negative Facebook posts

Penn State News reported on a new study by Shelley Wigley, a UT Arlington assistant professor of communication, and Michel Haigh, Pennsylvania State University associate professor of advertising/public relations, that found negative Facebook posts about an organization erodes trust in the institution and diminishes its reputation. Efforts to “inoculate” readers against damaging messages, however, do appear to mitigate the harm somewhat. The study is published online in Corporate Communications: An International Journal.

CMAS students speak out

Telemundo Dallas/KXTX 39 interviewed students at the UT Arlington Center for Mexican American Studies about the temporary suspension of President Obama’s immigration order. “DREAMers” who have been aided by the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and the new Deferred Action Parental Accountability (DAPA) programs fear that a federal judge’s preliminary injunction could lead to more family separations due to deportation.