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UTA In The News — Monday, June 8, 2015

Monday, June 8, 2015

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Opportunity of a lifetime

UT Arlington’s A Cappella Choir performed “You Can’t Always Get What You Want” with legendary rock group The Rolling Stones at AT&T Stadium Saturday night, The Dallas Morning News’ GuideLive and the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported.

Infant development

A new measurement, co-developed by Priscila Caçola, an assistant professor of kinesiology in the UT Arlington College of Nursing and Health Innovation, shows that household objects and toys can help in an infant’s motor skill development, M&D India, Congoo, iSchoolGuideNews-MedicalCambodian Times and The Edge reported. Her study about the “Affordances in the Home Environment for Motor Development-Infant Scale (AHEMD-IS)” recently appeared in the journal Physical Therapy.

Bringing back manufacturing

The seeds for a U.S. manufacturing renaissance are being sewn in east Fort Worth, where researchers are pioneering automated technologies that could restore stateside products production, the Fort Worth Business Press reported. As one of seven recipients of Walmart Foundation grant money awarded last year, UTARI is using its $229,214 to develop flexible assembly lines. Using the same equipment for multiple products in multiple sizes could cut manufacturing costs and strengthen what Wal-Mart officials call a “reshoring” of U.S jobs sent overseas years ago. UTARI held a U.S. Manufacturing Symposium Wednesday.

Better batteries

David Wetz, a UT Arlington associate professor of electrical engineering, is studying how batteries behave when run at the highest rates for the U.S. Navy, In Compliance Magazine reported.

Improving emergency response

As North Texas continues to dry out, leaders from across the area met last week to discuss the challenges posed by the flooding. They are working to improve emergency response going forward, the Dallas Sun and eWallStreeter reported. The story orgininally aired on KXAS NBC 5

The future of business

The future of business is augmented, Rachel Croson, dean of the UT Arlington College of Business, wrote in a guest column in the Fort Worth Business Press. Augmentation has already changed who we sell to, how we convey information, and where and when we reach our customers. 

New beginning

The Salvation Army Youth Education Town hosted graduation for the adult class. UT Arlington President Vistasp Karbhari was the keynote speaker, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported. More than 1,000 graduates have completed the course since the program was established in 1979.

State laws

A Fort Worth Star-Telegram article reported on some of the 5,500 laws either passed or waiting to be signed into law by Gov. Abbott during the recent legislative session. Some of these measures are drawing criticism from political observers. “Conservative lawmakers should do as little as necessary,” said Allan Saxe, an associate political science professor at UT Arlington. “Fireworks sales and charitable raffles at sporting events should not even be in legislative purview. Only bills necessary for the health and safety of citizens, not to regulate everyday living. I am amazed that thousands of bills are introduced every legislative session. Where do they get these thousands of ideas from?”

Professor remembered

Nazneen Sada Mayadas, a UT Arlington professor emeritus in the School of Social Work, died recently, The Dallas Morning News reported. She was globally known in social work circles as an academician and for her specialization — working with international refugees. Mayadas was 82. Her career included a four-year stint in Geneva as chief of social services for the United Nations’ refugee agency. Mayadas made an outstanding contribution to both clinical and international social work, said her partner, Doreen Elliott of Arlington, a former UTA colleague.

New title for alumnus

Former Arlington city attorney Jay Doegey, a Navy veteran with more than 35 years of experience in municipal government, has been named executive director of the Texas Coalition for Affordable Power, Benzinga, Street Insider and many other media outlets reported. Doegey received his PhD from UT Arlington in public affairs.

New title for alumna

Kelly Giddens was appointed principal at Barton Elementary School in Irving, The Dallas Morning News reported. Giddens earned her master’s degree from UT Arlington.

Campus construction

The state legislature approved $70 million in bonds for a new science education, innovation and research building at The University of Texas at Arlington, the Fort Worth Business Press reported in a story about construction bonds approved for university and college campuses.