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UTA In The News — Monday, June 15, 2015

Monday, June 15, 2015

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Bolstering the Earth with blocks

A UT Arlington research team is using giant lightweight geofoam blocks to bolster the earth beneath roads and bridges and slow down the settling of roadways and bridges, Civil + Structural EngineerThe Edge and Congoo reported. Anand Puppala, UT Arlington associate dean for research in the College of Engineering and distinguished scholar professor in the Civil Engineering Department, said that the majority of the world's largest cities, often built in areas near water bodies, have soft and compressible soils. The blocks would help alleviate that soft soil.

Smarter care for seniors

Researchers at The University of Texas at Arlington hope that intelligent care technology in apartments and homes in the future will reduce risks and costs encountered by older adults and those with disabilities who want to live independently, Property Management Insider reported. Such an apartment, filled with special sensors that measure the health of its occupants and compile data that could detect illness or injury, debuted in May in Fort Worth.

Helping infants reach milestones

Toys, appliances and even a sofa and coffee table can affect the way or when a baby first crawls, walks or achieves other growth milestones, but many parents are unaware of the significant role household items play in their infant’s motor skill development, according to a new study as reported in Today in PT. Priscila Caçola, an assistant professor of kinesiology in UT Arlington’s College of Nursing and Health Innovation, co-developed a simple questionnaire for caregivers of infants ages 3-18 months to aid in the evaluation of toys and other items in the home known as home affordances.

Open Carry Law

Law enforcement officials and lawyers are worried about implementation and enforcement of Texas open carry law the legislature just passed, the Houston Chronicle reported. In the article, W. Marvin Dulaney, history department chair at The University of Texas at Arlington, said he plans to openly carry a handgun but he expects other African Americans will not out of fear of being targeted by police. “Let's just be frank. In our society, the most dangerous thing that people see is a black man with a gun. It's going to open up young African-American men to more police oversight, police attention that we don't necessarily need.”

Preparing for Juneteenth

Arlington is preparing for Juneteenth events, which will include featured speaker Geoffrey Mitchell, professor of American history at The University of Texas at Arlington, who will kick off the program Saturday at the Southeast Branch Library, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported.

Ethical research

Public Responsibility in Medicine and Research, or PRIM&R, conducted a question-and-answer interview about ethical research with Kristin Morningstar, UT Arlington director of regulatory services in the Office of Research Administration. The interview also touched on challenges in the field, changes in the field and advice for those seeking jobs in the field.

Alumnus appointment

John Morgan has been named senior vice president of global design and construction at IDI Gazeley, a leading investor and developer of logistics warehouses and distribution parks, WOWK 13 CBS in Charleston, W.V., KLKN ABC 8 in Lincoln, Ne., KAUZ CBS 6 in Wichita Falls and many other media outlets reported. Morgan holds a bachelor of architecture degree from UT Arlington.