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UTA In The News — Monday, March 16, 2015

Monday, March 16, 2015

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Analytical chemistry testing questioned

Forbes quoted Daniel Armstrong, professor and UT Arlington Robert A. Welch Chemistry Chair, in a story about analytical testing that the New York Attorney General’s office performed on store-brand herbal supplements. The article stated that the AG’s office might have used the wrong kind of test when it announced an investigation into the supplements that contained little to none of the DNA of the plant or herb advertised on the label. “There shouldn’t be much DNA in there. If the stuff is truly purified material, you wouldn’t expect there to be DNA material,” said Armstrong, who is an expert in molecular analysis. The story also appeared at Lawyers and Settlements.com.

MOOC impact

The Chronicle of Higher Education extensively quoted George Siemens, an advocate for open education and executive director of the UT Arlington Learning Innovation and Networked Knowledge Lab, in an article about Massive Open Online Courses and their impact on higher education several years after their introduction. "Universities ignored the early wave of innovation in education — at least the larger ones did," Siemens said.

Cuban photo essay

NBC News.com published a photo essay about Cuba’s vibrant Afro-Cuban community that was written and photographed by David LaFevor, a UT Arlington assistant professor of Latin American history.

Fort Worth footprint

The Fort Worth Star-Telegram wrote an op-ed about UT Arlington and Tarleton State University’s efforts to attract Tarrant County College students with two-year degrees. Both universities want to make it easier for those students to continue with upper-level courses. “One of the long-term goals is to offer more in Fort Worth,” said UT Arlington President Vistasp M. Karbhari. UTA offers classes in one location in downtown Fort Worth. Stephenville-based Tarleton offers classes in two Fort Worth locations.

Blue law discussed

The Fort Worth Star-Telegram and WFAA/ABC 8 interviewed Allan Saxe, UT Arlington associate professor of political science, for its story about efforts by lawmakers to repeal laws banning the sale of vehicles on consecutive weekend days, and package liquor sales on Sundays. “Now, Sundays are much like other days," Saxe said. "It is not surprising that some strong conservatives would introduce laws eliminating blue laws."

After hours email anger

People who receive electronic correspondence from work after hours become angry more often than not, TechVibes and WSJV/ Fox 28 in Elkhart, Ind. reported. Marcus Butts, a UT Arlington management associate professor, was lead author on the study, which also showed that positive emails and texts had short, but positive effects on many of those same employees. The study was recently published in the Academy of Management Journal.

Documentary icon

Bart Weiss, UT Arlington associate professor of film and artistic director of Dallas VideoFest, talked to KERA 90.1 FM about the contributions to the world of film that were made by Albert Maysles. He died last week at the age of 88. With Gimmie Shelter, Maysles set the standard by which all future concert documentaries would be judged.

Engineering improvement

A Houston Chronicle photo gallery showcased how Texas schools, including UT Arlington, fared in the latest U.S. News & World Report rankings. UT Arlington's College of Engineering improved 12 spots to No. 90 on the magazine’s Best Graduate Programs list for 2016.

Smart growth

CultureMap Dallas highlighted the March 26 UT Arlington Maverick Speakers Series with Henry Cisneros, who served as mayor of San Antonio from 1981 to 1989 and Secretary of Housing and Urban Development in the Clinton administration. Cisneros will present the lecture “Smart Growth: Developing the Economy, Infrastructure and a Sustainable Future.”