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UTA In The News — Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

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Word play

Millennials have left their mark on the English language, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported in a video and a story featuring UT Arlington Associate Professor of linguistics Laurel Smith Stvan and a number of UT Arlington students. New Millennial words such as fleek, bae or turnt were explored. Stvan said young people are the traditional drivers of change when it comes to the evolution of most languages.

Jazz exchange

Hawaii Public Radio interviewed Tim Ishii, music professor and director of the UT Arlington Jazz Orchestra, about the role jazz plays on the national and world stage. Ishii, fellow UT Arlington jazz faculty members and student players are in Honolulu for the Hawaii Jazz Exchange, a two-week event that includes jazz workshops, clinics and concert performances. The interview starts about the 37:50 mark.

Ya'Ke Smith film to be showcased

A Fort Worth Star-Telegram story about a budding young film producer mentioned UT Arlington’s Ya’Ke Smith, a film professor whose work, One Hitta Quitta, will be shown at the Texas Filmmakers Showcase in Los Angeles this weekend.

Motor skills development

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 Theendoc. Priscila Caçola, a UT Arlington assistant professor of kinesiology, co-developed a 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.

Job seeking challenges

Results from a new study show that, compared to younger job seekers, older adults receive fewer job offers, search for weeks longer and are ultimately less likely to find re-employment after losing a job, Science Newsline reported. The study is published by the journal Psychological Bulletin. Darla Hamann, assistant professor in the College of Architecture, Planning and Public Affairs, contributed to the study along with faculty from Georgia Tech, University of Minnesota and Arizona State University.

Packaging program intern

The International Corrugated Packaging Foundation announced this week that Smurfit Kappa has become foundation's most recent corporate partner by pledging $150,000 to support the foundation's educational and student outreach initiatives, PPI Magazine reported. a Smurfit Kappa executive said that the firm's Texas operations have been in contact with The University of Texas Arlington's new packaging program that was created by the foundation, and through ICPF the first UT Arlington packaging student intern was hired this summer.