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UTA In The News — Monday, March 9, 2015

Monday, March 9, 2015

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Netanyahu speech

Brent Sasley, UT Arlington associate professor of political science, told KRLD 1080 listeners that Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s speech before Congress won’t have much of an effect on U.S. negotiations with Iran. He said Netanyahu believes Iran was, is and will continue to be a threat to Israel.

Emails after work

People who receive electronic correspondence from work after hours become angry more often than not, Yahoo! News, Electro Geek, eWallStreeter, Network World and many other media sites reported. A new study from Marcus Butts, a UT Arlington management associate professor, shows that employees feel after-hour emails and texts interfere with their personal lives. The study was recently published in the Academy of Management Journal.

Good for business

UT Arlington's TMAC, formerly the Texas Manufacturing Assistance Center, has won a five-year, $33.5 million Commerce Department award to manage Manufacturing Extension Partnership centers that help small- and mid-sized manufacturers across the state, reported.

National honor

Purnendu “Sandy” Dasgupta, the Jenkins Garrett Professor of Chemistry at UT Arlington, received the 2015 American Chemical Society Division of Analytical Chemistry J. Calvin Giddings Award for Excellence in Education, the Fort Worth Business Press reported. Dasgupta joined the UT Arlington College of Sciences in 2007.

Burning calories while working

A University of Texas at Arlington and University of Minnesota study measuring the effects of walking and working reported that employees at a financial services firm who were refitted with treadmill desks for just one hour per day lost on average 74 more calories daily, Corporate Wellness Magazine reported. Other studies have backed up the health benefits, reporting that integrating walking and work by just two to three hours every day could result in major weight loss.

Treating pain with light

Neuropathy and HIV blog, A Momentary Flow and Science Daily 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.

Focus on disability through art

The University of Texas at Arlington is running an art show titled “Subject: Disability,” which runs through April 4 at the Gallery at UTA, The Dallas Morning News reported. The show celebrates nine artists from around the country whose work “addresses issues concerning disability today.”

Cancer survivors

A new UT Arlington study shows anxiety and chronic pain among problems that adult cancer survivors experience years after treatment, Health reported. Gail Adorno, UT Arlington assistant professor of Social Work, said the study's findings suggest that cancer survivors do experience a variety of unmet needs from having had cancer and/or its treatment.

Latino leadership development

The new Latino Center for Leadership Development will be focused on ways to create change at the ballot box for Latino community leaders, The Dallas Morning News reported. The new center will work with The University of Texas at Arlington and Southern Methodist University to develop substantive policy ideas around poverty, education, urban planning and transportation.

Empathy for employees

James Quick, a UT Arlington management professor of leadership and organizational behavior in the College of Business, said people can deal with reality in talking about Target Corp. mass layoff earlier this week, New Hampshire's reported. Quick said leaders at downsizing companies fare best when they show they care about what’s happening to those who are losing their jobs. “What they can’t deal with is a lack of integrity and forthrightness.” The story originally appeared in the Minneapolis Star Tribune.

Securities lending

The Securities and Exchange Commission began an industrywide sweep in the fall of 2013, examining affiliate relationships in securities lending, Pensions & Investments reported. The article cited a 2013 paper written by John Adams, a UT Arlington assistant professor of finance and real estate, which concluded the level of “self-dealing is potentially greater” when money managers use affiliates to conduct securities lending because the split of profits can be set up to put the interests of the corporate parent over those of investors.