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UTA In The News — Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

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Robotic glove

Researchers from The University of Texas at Arlington Research Institute have developed a new prototype robotic glove to help stroke patients, WFAA Channel 8 reported. "What we're trying to do is create a device that patients can take home and therapists can program to apply therapy in a home setting," said Muthu Wijesundara, project lead and principal research scientist. The story also appeared on WFAA Online.

Kinesiology expert

Priscila Caçola, an assistant professor of kinesiology at UT Arlington, was quoted in a San Antonio Express-News article about the importance of preschoolers using every second of the day, including play time, to learn. “They develop fundamental motor skills, and those are considered the foundation for later motor proficiency and physical activity,” Caçola said.

Best colleges

The Dallas Morning News reported the rise of the UT Arlington Colleges of Business and Engineering in recent U.S. News & World Report Best Colleges rankings.

Improving health care

Dan Popa, UT Arlington associate professor of electrical engineering, received a nearly $1 million grant to develop a robotic nursing assistant, USA Today reported. Popa will work with the UT Arlington College of Nursing and Health Innovation, Texas Health Resources and the UT Arlington Research Institute on the three-year project.

Incomplete treatment

A team including UT Arlington researchers found that therapy patients who improve quickly are more likely to drop out before completing treatment, losing the potential for future benefit, reported.

Pope Francis visit

The Dallas Morning News reported that UT Arlington alumnae and DREAMer Lissette Moreno is among the many North Texans excited to welcome Pope Francis as he visits the United States. Moreno has been invited to be the guest of U.S. Rep. Marc Veasey as the pontiff addresses Congress.

Going vegan

VegNews reported that La Blue Casa, a Mexican restaurant in the College Park District at UT Arlington, will transition to a fully vegan menu by February 2016. Vegan owners Gabriela Lopez and Raj Attur were inspired by the recent documentary Cowspiracy to take animal products off their menu.

Saxe Celebration

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