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UTA In The News — Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

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Baby's motor skills development

A new study published in the journal Physical Therapy took a look at what types of toys and household objects affect infants' motor skills, as well as how to best arrange the space for baby to play in, and The Bump reported. Priscila Caçola, a UT Arlington assistant professor of kinesiology and the study’s lead author, suggested after making sure the furniture is safe, set up the room with furniture pieces far enough away from each other so that the baby can move freely and is challenged to move from one to another, but not so far away that the child won't be able to do it.

A rockin' good time

KXAS/NBC 5 interviewed several students from UT Arlington’s A Cappella Choir about what it was like singing with the Rolling Stones when the legendary rock band took the stage at AT&T Stadium Saturday. The choir accompanied the Stones on “You Can’t Always Get What You Want.” NBC 5 ran the story on its website,, as well. KRLD/1080 AM (CBS) ran a clip of the actual performance in which lead singer Mick Jagger gave thanks to the choir.

Excellence in Teaching

Taner Özdil, UT Arlington associate professor in the College of Architecture, Planning and Public Affairs, was awarded the Excellence in Teaching Award from the Council of Educators in Landscape Architecture, Landscape Online reported. Özdil also is associate director of research for the Center for Metropolitan Density at UT Arlington. He is currently a board member of the North Texas Congress for the New Urbanism and active research-team member of Vision North Texas.

New technology development

UT Arlington is collaborating with the University of Wisconsin, Michigan State University and a North Carolina-based company to develop compact and efficient ultraviolet lasers under a Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency grant, Laser Focus World reported. The new technology has applications in the military, medical and communications sectors.