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UTA In The News — Thursday, December 17, 2015

Thursday, December 17, 2015

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Kinesiology research

Toys can do more than entertain. Priscila Caçola, assistant professor of kinesiology in the UTA College of Nursing and Health Innovation, has published research showing how specific toys and items in the home can help children develop motor skills, KERA 90.1 FM reported in its Breakthroughs series, which highlights health science research.

Space physics

UTA researchers are analyzing the energy entering the upper atmosphere following space weather events like solar flares to help refine the models used to forecast and track satellite trajectories,, International Business Times and Intelligent Aerospace reported. Current estimates of the energy entering the upper atmosphere during times of greatest solar output can be off by as much as 100 percent. As a result, the models used to forecast trajectories and track the satellites orbiting in that region can also yield an error of up to 30 percent, depending on the different space environment conditions. 

Texas heritage

The Fort Worth Stockyards deserve local protection to preserve Texans' heritage, wrote Kathryn Holliday, a UTA associate professor in the College of Architecture, Planning and Public Affairs, and Jacqueline Lambiase, a fifth-generation Texan who studies public-sector communication, in a Star-Telegram op-ed column. The column says the Stockyards deserves better than the whims of individual property owners. The Fort Worth City Council is headed toward a preservation decision in March.

Eye on politics

Allan Saxe, UTA associate professor of political science, was a guest on the Sean Hannity show on WSB 750 AM in Atlanta and many other channels. Saxe told listeners what to watch for in Tuesday night's Republican Presidential Debate. 

UTA student named finalist in coding contest

Cameron Moreau, a UTA Computer Science and Engineering student and research assistant, was named one of 21 finalists in the third annual Pearson Student Coding Contest, KUSI 9 in San Diego, WLTZ NBC 38 in Columbus, Ga., KFJX Fox 14 in Kansas and many other media outlets reported. Moreau designed an app called "Are You There Yet?" The contest places an emphasis on recruiting college students and teams to develop original groundbreaking learning applications that integrate with Pearson Application Programming Interfaces.

December commencement ceremonies

The University of Texas at Arlington will hold fall commencement ceremonies Thursday through Saturday at College Park Center, 600 S. Center St., The Dallas Morning News reported. 

Call for accountability

A Victoria Advocate editorial calls for more accountability concerning a recent DeWitt County pipeline rupture and explosion. The editorial mentioned the work of Mohammad Najafi, a UTA civil engineering professor, who reviewed an incident report and said the company that installed the line was likely to blame.

Veteran-friendly school

U.S. Veterans Magazine named UTA as one of the top veteran-friendly schools, the San Angelo Standard-Times reported.