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UTA In The News — Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

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Net Neutrality Debate

The whole idea of net neutrality is that the data accessed and shared online is equal, says George Siemens, an advocate for open education who is often credited with co-teaching the first class labeled a Massive Open Online Course. Seimens, executive director of the UT Arlington Learning Innovation and Networked Knowledge Lab, was one of several experts debating what net neutrality means for education technology in a report.

Helping small businesses

UT Arlington's TMAC received $6.7 million as part of a nationwide federal award, Industry Today reported. The U.S. Commerce Department's National Institute of Standards and Technology announced the overall $26 million award of new cooperative agreements to 10 nonprofit organizations and universities to manage Hollings Manufacturing Extension Partnership centers.

After-hours emails, texts

People who receive electronic correspondence from work after hours become angry more often than not, a new study from Marcus Butts, a UT Arlington management associate professor, shows, Fox News and MyRepublica reported. Butts is the lead author on a study recently published in the Academy of Management Journal that says these after-hour emails and texts interfere with peoples’ personal lives also. Liberty and many other Chinese-language media outlets also reported on the research.

Stimulating the brain to control pain and Currents in Biology 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.

Fracking water study

An Inside Climate News article asked if the EPA will ever decide whether fracking can pollute drinking water. The agency embarked on a journey to find out in 2010 and is still fighting with the oil and gas industry. Its report, due out this spring, still may not be definitive. The article mentioned a 2013 UT Arlington study that found elevated levels of arsenic and other metals in drinking water near gas well sites.

Marketing campaigns and social media

Heather Buen, an instructor in UT Arlington's Division of Enterprise Development, wrote an article about testing marketing campaigns with paid social media in Collective Bias. Buen teaches web marketing and analytics. She also started the Dallas Single Mom blog.

Student loan debt

Student load debt continues to rise and is a scary subject for both students and alumni at UT Arlington, said Shakeela Hunter, director of the Student Money Management Center in a Fort Worth Star-Telegram story. When they seek help, some students are grappling for the first time with debt that seems daunting, while others want to know how quickly they can start paying it down. Some didn’t realize that federal financial aid has to be paid back, Hunter said. The Star-Telegram, Austin American-Statesman and WFAA Channel 8 teamed up on the story.