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UTA In The News — Thursday, March 10, 2016

Thursday, March 10, 2016

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Hypertension investigation

Nearly half of African-American adults are at risk of developing hypertension, a rate significantly higher than that of any other group in the United States, reported. Two faculty members at The University of Texas at Arlington's College of Nursing and Health Innovation have won a $376,000 National Institutes of Health grant to investigate such differences in vascular responses. David Keller, an associate dean and chair of the college's Department of Kinesiology, and kinesiology professor Paul Fadel, director of clinical translational science, say insights gained through their study will help fight and significantly reduce the scourge of hypertension among African-Americans as well as in other populations.

Best debate

Allan Saxe, a UTA associate professor of political science, called Wednesday’s debate in Florida between presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders the best one he’s heard on the Democratic side all year. Speaking on KLIF/570 AM, Saxe said: “That debate was very revealing and the questions asked by the Univision [anchors] were excellent. Right on target.”

Teacher of the Year chat

Shanna Peeples, a UTA alumna and the 2015 National Teacher of the Year, will join the National Education Association Foundation and Asia Society at 7 p.m. Thursday for a special #GlobalEdChat on Twitter, Education Week mobile noted. Peeples is a 2016 NEA Foundation Global Learning Fellow and will travel with a cohort of K-12 public school educators on a field study to Peru in June. She teaches English at a high school in Amarillo, which is known for having the highest number of refugees per capita in the U.S. Peeples blogged about the importance of global cultural competence in the classroom at

Ethics matter

The Direct Selling Education Foundation blog posted a piece by Lawrence Chonko, the Thomas McMahon Professor in Business Ethics at UTA, about the responsibility of everyone acting responsibly in business exchanges. “When ethical problems arise, both business and consumers must consider if their action respects each other’s basic rights,” Chonko wrote.