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UTA In The News — Friday, October 2, 2015

Friday, October 2, 2015

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Possible Alzheimer's help

Alzheimer’s News Today reported that Heng Huang, a professor in the UTA Department of Computer Science and Engineering, has won a $2 million National Institutes of Health grant to investigate the possibility of predicting whether a person is predisposed to develop Alzheimer’s disease by analyzing complex genomics data.

Culture education tool

HighBeam.com reported that Katherine Sanchez, assistant professor in the UTA School of Social Work, will develop a fotonovela, a popular comic-book style education tool that uses culturally sensitive images, to help Hispanic patients overcome the barriers to treatment for mental health issues. Sanchez’s research is aided by a nearly $400,000 grant from the National Institutes of Health.  

Short walks help

Stanford Medicine Scope blog noted research by a team that included Paul Fadel, professor of kinesiology and director of clinical translational science in the UT Arlington College of Nursing and Health Innovation, which found that taking short walks may offset the negative health impact of prolonged sitting.

Karbhari lauds TCC leader

The Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported the passing of Tarrant County College Chancellor Erma Johnson Hadley, who had led the multicampus system of 57,424 students since 2008. UTA President Vistasp Karbhari said that higher education has lost a “tremendous leader, a champion of education and a wonderful lady,” adding: “UTA will be forever grateful for Chancellor Hadley’s commitment to building a true partnership between our university and the Tarrant County College District and for effectively creating new opportunities to help TCC graduates earn their four-year degrees.”

Campus carry forum

WFAA/ABC 8 and KTVT/CBS 11 reported on a UT Arlington forum on Wednesday night that allowed people to voice concerns about the campus carry law that will allow licensed Texans to carry concealed handguns in campus buildings. KXAS/NBC 5 talked to UTA students about a shooting at an Oregon community college.

UTA alum appointed

Insurance Commissioner David Mattax has appointed UT Arlington alumnus Michael Gerik to serve on the Board of Directors of the Texas Windstorm Insurance Association, TDI.Texas.Gov and Your Houston News.com reported. Gerik, an executive vice president for Texas Farm Bureau Casualty Insurance Company, has worked in the property and casualty insurance industry for 35 years.