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UTA In The News — Thursday, August 6, 2015

Thursday, August 6, 2015

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Ed-Tech Innovation

The Chronicle of Higher Education reported on a blog post George Siemens, director of the UT Arlington Learning Innovation and Networked Knowledge Lab, wrote after attending a closed-door gathering at the White House to discuss “innovation and quality in higher education.” Siemens wrote he was frustrated with higher ed leaders who remain uninformed about “what’s brewing in the marketplace” as well as for-profit players who are unnecessarily “antagonistic” to higher education.

New solar technology

The University of Texas at Arlington Research Institute and Dallas-based Skyven Technologies have been awarded a National Science Foundation's Small Business Innovation Research program grant to build and test a prototype of a novel optics system for concentrating sunlight more than 1,000 times the usual amplification,, Congoo News, AZO Optics and eScience News reported. The solar panels can last 20 or 30 years without any major maintenance, cutting down the cost on electricity bills for the average consumer.

Economics expert

The patent on Monsanto’s genetically modified Roundup Ready soybean recently expired, allowing farmers to sow generic genetically modified soybeans for the first time ever, Wired reported. Michael Ward, professor of economics at UT Arlington, was quoted in the article saying slick marketing campaigns by GM generics aren’t likely to sway a purchasing decision that affects a farmer’s livelihood. “Those types of ads are probably not going sway farmers. Seeds are core to farmers’ business,” says Ward.

Center of Excellence

The Dallas Morning News reported that The University of Texas at Arlington College of Nursing and Health Innovation has been designated a Center of Excellence by the National League for Nursing, the nation's foremost organization for nursing faculty and leaders in nursing education. UT Arlington, one of only 12 nursing schools in the country to earn the designation this year, achieved the honor by demonstrating sustained, evidence-based and substantive innovation in the category of “Creating Environments that Enhance Student Learning and Professional Development."

Coupons for beer and wine

The Herald Democrat reported that state officials are considering a proposal to draft rules for coupons offering discounts on beer and wine, which is currently illegal in Texas. An analysis of the economic benefits of the coupon proposal, conducted by The University of Texas at Arlington, indicates that “coupons would be beneficial to consumers and the alcoholic beverage industry as a whole,” said Roger E. Meiners, the Goolsby Distinguished Professor of Economics and Law at UT Arlington.

Nursing leader

Dr. Paul Fadel, a prominent physiology integrative researcher and expert in neural cardio-vascular control in health and disease, will join the UT Arlington College of Nursing and Health Innovation, the St. Louis Business Journal People on the Move column reported. Fadel joins UT Arlington from the Missouri School of Medicine where he served as a kinesiology professor and director of clinical translational science.

Older job hunters

It can be difficult for workers over 50 to get hired after they lose their job, and a new data analysis by a team of researchers including Darla Hamann, UT Arlington assistant professor in the College of Architecture, Planning, and Public Affairs, illustrates just how hard it can be, Forbes reported. The research article Age and Reemployment Success After Job Loss: An Integrative Model and Meta-Analysis originally appeared in the American Psychological Association’s Psychological Bulletin.

Money-saving move

Jianling Li, professor in the UT Arlington College of Architecture, Planning, and Public Affairs was featured in a WalletHub article about “2015’s Best and Worst Cities to be a Driver.” Li says her top money-saving tip is to “walk and/or bike more, which can not only save gasoline cost, but also improve health.”

Study authorized

The Denton Record-Chronicle reported that the Denton City Council authorized an interlocal agreement with The University of Texas at Arlington to study mining the landfill for $399,806.

Sex assault study

Students returning to class at the University of Texas System’s campuses this fall will be participating in the nation’s most comprehensive study on sexual assaults ever conducted in higher education, KBLJ 590AM reported.

Hall of Fame Photo Contest

The Azle News reported that UT Arlington alumnus Tom Pennington has been named the winner of the 47th Annual Pro Football Hall of Fame Photo Contest. “I’ve never been star-struck, but I do have a real appreciation for what these athletes do,” Pennington said. “I’m excited to meet the Hall of Fame Class of 2015.”