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UTA In The News — Friday, December 18, 2015

Friday, December 18, 2015

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Transfer engineering students

In a new study, UTA education professors Taryn Allen and Yi Zhang address how to encourage the transfer of adult students from community colleges to four-year engineering institutions, IEEE's Spectrum Magazine reported. Allen and Zhang conducted one-on-one interviews with adult students who transferred from a community college to engineering programs. Many students choose community colleges after high school or to refocus their careers because of the flexible schedules, low tuition and because they’re not ready to commit to four-year STEM programs, Zhang says. Iran Daily ran a similar story.

Toy play

KTVT CBS 11 featured a story about UTA research that shows how toys and items in the home help children develop motor skills. Priscila Caçola, assistant professor of kinesiology in the UTA College of Nursing and Health Innovation, led the research effort.

Campus carry

Two months after series of town hall meetings, The University of Texas at Arlington is preparing to submit a final proposal on how to implement a new carry conceal law for guns on campus, WFAA ABC 8 reported. The draft suggests “exclusion zones” for buildings where guns still won’t be allowed such as behavioral and mental health services, a child development center and any sports facility used by the NCAA and UIL. The Star-Telegram and The Dallas Morning News also reported on the draft recommendations.

Claimbuster

A research project from the University of Texas at Arlington and Duke University called Claimbuster provides new tools for fact-checkers, Poynter.org reported in a story about the future and past of automated fact-checking.

Ballpark development

A Dallas Morning News story about Texas Live!, a $200 million hotel and entertainment development planned near Globe Life Park in Arlington, mentioned that development firm The Cordish Companies also will help UTA book College Park Center, a special events and athletics venue.

Patient-driven education

New research from the University of Pennsylvania, Texas Christian University and the University of Texas at Arlington reveals that exceptional care calls for patient-driven education for parents dealing with their children's maladies, Science Daily, Science Codex, Science Newsline and other media websites reported. This patient- or parent-driven education is applicable to most parents regardless of their health literacy.

Public art

Cincinnati has been a surprising hotbed for self-funded, not-for-profit spaces, which exist in a twilight world just beyond the economic, regulatory and social rules that usually bound more traditional, for-profit entertainment venues, City Beat reported. The article quoted from a 2015 UTA study funded by the National Endowment for the Arts that supports these ideas to a degree, finding that art spaces have at least the potential to help bring about gentrification. 

Landmark building

The new owner of the landmark Meadows Building on Greenville Avenue wants to demolish part of the building for a driveway, The Dallas Morning News reported. The article featured a 1956 photograph of the Meadows Building that's housed in the UTA Libraries Special Collections.