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UTA In The News — Thursday, October 1, 2015

Thursday, October 1, 2015

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Dasgupta receives $1 million NASA award

A University of Texas at Arlington researcher will develop a platform that could help scientists move one step closer to answering whether life may have existed "out there" or if we are really alone in the universe, Chromatography reported. Purnendu "Sandy" Dasgupta, Hamish Small Chair in Ion Analysis of Chemistry and Biochemistry in the UT Arlington College of Science, has been awarded almost $1 million from NASA to further the search for amino acids, the so-called building blocks of life.

Preventing suicide in teens

A new paper from nursing researchers with the UT Arlington College of Nursing and Health Innovation and Texas Woman’s University finds that depression and suicide risk screening can assist healthcare providers in preventing suicides in teens, Psych Central, Psychiatry Advisor, Congoo News, Daily Me, Science Daily, Medical News Today, News Medical and Science Newsline reported.

Refugees in North Texas

Diane Mitschke, associate professor in the UT Arlington School of Social Work and director of the Master of Social Work Program, was interviewed for a Fort Worth Star-Telegram story about efforts to help displaced refugees now living in the Dallas-Fort Worth region. Among other approaches, Mitschke uses grassroots work to find out how to address the health and mental health needs of refugees.

Infants' social development

Pregnancy & Newborn magazine interviewed Priscila Caçola, a UT Arlington assistant professor of kinesiology, about infants’ social development. Along with language and eye contact, movement is an essential factor, Caçola said. Starting around 3 to 5 months old, babies begin to reach for objects. “They do not reach because they want something for themselves. They often want to give or show it to their mothers.”

Bateman talks about wrestling exhibit

Dallas NPR affiliate, KERA 90.1 FM, interviewed Oliver Bateman, a UT Arlington assistant professor of history and curator of a new exhibit at the UTA Central Library, which focuses on the so-called “glory days” of pro-wrestling in North Texas. “Ringside: Memories of World Class Championship Wrestling,” features 34 black-and-white photos taken by Cirrus Bonneau at the Will Rogers Coliseum in Fort Worth during the 1980s.

Yahoo donates computer servers

KVIA/ABC 7 (El Paso) noted that Yahoo! Labs previously donated 480 computer servers to the UT Arlington in a story about Yahoo’s recent donation of 40 servers to UT El Paso. The donation is part of the tech company's program to develop and educate diverse student populations in computer science and technology careers.

Best Colleges in Texas

UT Arlington ranks 22nd among the Best Colleges in Texas, according to the education-ranking website, Analysts assessed 59 public and private universities in the state, grading them on the quality of the academic programs, aptitude of professors and character of student life among several other factors. Only four Texas universities made Niche's 2016 list of top 100 public universities across the nation, the San Antonio Express-News reported.

Shorthorn alumnus joins The Texas Tribune

The Texas Tribune noted that it has hired UT Arlington alumnus Johnathan Silver to be its new criminal justice reporter. Silver, who spent the last year at the Victoria Advocate, earned degrees in political science and criminology and criminal justice from UTA.