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UTA In The News — Monday, March 23, 2015

Monday, March 23, 2015

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MOOC impact

George Siemens, one of the originators of Massive Open Online Courses and executive director of the UT Arlington Learning Innovation and Networked Knowledge Lab, was quoted in an EdSurge article on the MOOC’s impact on teaching at research universities. Siemens said that with the development of MOOCs, there has been a conversation on teaching and learning in higher education – across institutions and various faculty – that has never happened before.

Concussion talk

International Business Times quoted Cynthia Trowbridge, an athletic trainer and UT Arlington associate professor of kinesiology, in a story about former star San Francisco 49ers linebacker Chris Borland. The 24-year-old announced his retirement last week after just one season in the NFL, amid concerns about brain damage and the safety of football. Trowbridge said the NFL needs to ensure that its medical professionals – who are tasked with taking concussed players out of games – are supervised by other medics instead of coaches and general managers. This, Trowbridge said, would help to guarantee that a player’s treatment is based solely on a healthcare professional’s best judgment.

Economic impact cited analysis by Bill Crowder, UT Arlington economics professor, in a story about negotiations between the city of Arlington and MGM Grand Resorts that would bring a high profile hotel to Arlington’s entertainment district. Crowder thinks the hotel would draw in outside tourism money and be a better deal than a stadium, which normally competes for local entertainment dollars already in the area.

Cruz will energize base

WFAA/ABC 8 interviewed Allan Saxe, UT Arlington associate professor of political science, about the announcement by Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, that he is running for the White House in 2016. Saxe thinks Cruz will help energize the conservative base of the Republican party. "What Republicans have to do is field a strong, conservative candidate to bring out the strong conservative vote and not necessarily go after votes that most likely won't come their way anyway," Saxe said.

UTA Institute shares study

A team of consultants from UT Arlington’s Institute of Urban Studies shared results of their study of their vision of a redeveloped downtown Mineral Wells Thursday with the Downtown Redevelopment Citizens Committee, the Mineral Wells Index reported.

Study looks at body preference

Darpan magazine, Times of India, PyschCentral, Red Orbit, International Business Times (AU edition) and Capital Bay noted a paper co-authored by Eric Russell, a UT Arlington graduate teaching assistant in psychology, that examined why men prefer women with lumbar curvature. The study is published in the journal Evolution and Human Behavior. It is co-authored by researchers at UT Austin, American University of Beirut, and Bilkent University in Turkey.

STEM help

The Frisco Enterprise mentioned that UT Arlington is one of the institutions partnering with the Frisco Education Foundation to make the 2015 Mindbender Camp possible. The program encourages middle school students to explore the world of science, technology, engineering, art and math, and is Frisco ISD’s most popular event.