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UTA In The News — Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

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More durable material

A University of Texas at Arlington engineer is modifying molecular structures and blending ceramics to create new material that would be less brittle but retain the strength of the original ceramic and could be used on spacecraft, in power plants and for other applications, Phys.org and eScience News reported. Ashfaq Adnan, a UT Arlington assistant professor in the Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Department, was awarded a highly competitive $120,000 Early-concept Grant for Exploratory Research or EAGER award from the National Science Foundation to advance his work.

Community health focus

Starting in the fall, students from the University of Texas at Arlington College of Nursing and Health Innovation will serve as student nurses through a new program in Pasadena, a suburb of Houston, The Dallas Morning News reported. An agreement signed in January established a partnership between the Pasadena Independent School District, UT Arlington and the UT Health Science Center at Houston for a school-based community health clinical rotation.

Largest employers

The University of Texas at Arlington placed No. 50 among the 50 largest employers in North Texas as ranked by the Dallas Business Journal. UT Arlington had 3,054 employees at the time of the snapshot. Walmart stores was the No. 1 employer with 25,534 employees. American Airlines with 25,000 employees was No. 2. Information was obtained from company representatives and websites. Companies that did not respond to DBJ inquiries by deadline are not included. In case of ties, companies are listed alphabetically.

Physics professor pens column

Jaehoon Yu, a UT Arlington physics professor, wrote a column for the APS Physics website about the Association of Korean Physicists in America and the goodwill the organization does to promote collaboration and academic exchange, as well as networking. Yu is the 30th president of AKPA, which was founded in 1979. Yu, a particle physicist, also will be the keynote speaker at the Texas STEM Librarians’ Conference at UT Arlington July 23-24.

Children and 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 KidZine (United Kingdom). 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.

Saxe discusses Trump

KTRH/740 AM interviewed Allan Saxe, a UT Arlington associate professor of political science, about Donald Trump's recent comments on John McCain’s military service. Although Trump leads in the latest polls, Saxe explained that could change soon, "The first debate is going to be on August sixth. I think we'll see the polls change, maybe even dramatically, after that debate.

WNBA team

The owner of the Tulsa Shock, a franchise that began in Detroit and relocated to Oklahoma in 2010, said Monday he would move the team to the Dallas-Fort Worth area pending approval from the WNBA board of governors, The Dallas Morning News, Fort Worth Star-Telegram and various other media outlets reported. UT Arlington’s College Park Center was named as a potential home venue for the WNBA team.

Alumna inducted

The National Association of Professional Women (NAPW) honored Puja Patel as a 2015-2016 inductee into the NAPW VIP Woman of the Year Circle for leadership in healthcare, StreetInsider.com and various media outlets reported. Patel earned her Master of Business Administration and a Master of Science in Healthcare Administration from the University of Texas Arlington and now serves as Senior Manager at the American Heart Association.