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UTA In The News — Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

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Return policies

Research by Narayan Janakiraman, UTA assistant professor of marketing, was cited in a New York Magazine article on the psychology of store returns. He discovered that the longer a store allows its customers to return something after purchasing, the less likely they are to ever actually return it.

Landfill mining

Sahadat Hossain, a UTA civil engineering professor, is working with the City of Denton to produce more energy through closed landfill cells in a project that mines already buried refuse, reported. The work is supported through a three-year, $399,806 Denton grant. It is the first ever landfill mining project in Texas and first-ever landfill mining project as part of a sustainable waste management system in the country. 

Presidential debate

Allan Saxe, UTA associate professor of political science, discussed Donald Trump’s decision to not participate in the Fox News debate on WLIF 101.9 FM (Baltimore, Md.). Saxe said if the other candidates “decide to gang up on him, Trump will probably go up in the polls.” Saxe said it is likely too late for Michael Bloomberg to enter the race, even if he was willing to use a billion dollars to do so. 

Weather system

The CASA radar installation on the UTA campus was mentioned in a discussion on the National Weather Service’s response to the deadly tornados on WLIF 101.9 FM (Baltimore, Md.)  

Special Collections

A Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo souvenir program from 1929 archived at UTA Libraries Special Collections was featured today in the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. At that time, the show was named the Southwestern Exposition and Fat Stock Show.

Student award winner

Maria Patino, a UTA student majoring in interior design, won the 2015 Future of Home Care Scholarship, PR Web, Virtual Strategy Magazine and numerous other news outlets reported. Winners were chosen based on their essay response to the question, “How can your major of study improve the lives of seniors in assisted living facilities or receiving in-home care in your town?” Patino discussed how interior designers use lighting, color, and accessibility to plan spaces that are functional, aesthetically pleasing, and safe for seniors to reside in, enabling them to continue aging-in-place.