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UTA In The News — Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

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Alleviating pain

Science Daily, Science Codex,, HealthCanal and Novostiplaneti (Russia) reported on research by UTA professors Yuan Peng and J.-C. Chiao that demonstrates that electrical stimulation of the deep brain structures under the cortex could ease chronic pain. Their results were published in the leading neuroscience journal Experimental Brain Research.

Future of Business

Reuter’s list of the week’s top economic events noted that Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas President Robert Kaplan addressed the "Future of Business" before The University of Texas at Arlington 2016 College of Business Executive Week Dinner on Monday. MarketWatch and also noted the event.

Weighing the costs

A recent national study that examined affordable housing from the perspective of also including potential transportation costs ranked the Pittsburgh metropolitan area poorly in terms of the true affordability of much of its affordable housing, Mass Transit magazine online reported. The study found 82 percent of Pittsburgh's affordable housing households spending more than 15 percent of their income on transportation. "People in these areas have to drive more and spend more on costs associated with driving," said study author Shima Hamidi, a University of Texas at Arlington assistant professor in the College of Architecture, Planning and Public Affairs and director of the Institute of Urban Studies at UTA.

Gestational surrogacy

On the program, “Think,” Krys Boyd of KERA 90.1 FM (NPR Dallas) talked about the interpersonal dynamics of surrogacy with UTA associate professor of sociology Heather Jacobson. She’s the author of “Labor of Love: Gestational Surrogacy and the Work of Making Babies.”

A different type of tourism

About one in 10 couples have trouble conceiving, according to most estimates, and now, thousands of them are leaving the United States to get pregnant on trips known as "IVF holidays," New York Magazine reported. Amy Speier, assistant professor of anthropology at The University of Texas at Arlington, has been researching the trend since 2008. This summer, NYU Press will publish a book based on her research. 

Wisconsin primary

KLIF/570 AM talked to Allan Saxe, an associate professor of political science at UTA, ahead of today’s primary in Wisconsin. “I’m beginning to believe, and there’s a lot of clues about this, that a lot of Donald Trump is a showman. He knows exactly what he’s doing,” Saxe said. “He says, ‘If I win these primaries, I’ll be a different president,’ so I’m beginning to believe that a lot of it is just showmanship.” Saxe predicted that democratic presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders will win Wisconsin.

Transforming lives reported on efforts by a Carol Klocek, the chief executive of Fort Worth’s Center for Transforming Lives, to help families rebuild their lives through housing, childcare and financial empowerment. Klocek earned a master’s degree in social work from UTA.

Property taxes

Some Texas lawmakers and other officials are trying to tackle what’s seen as a problem with property taxes, KUT 90.5 FM (NPR Austin) reported. The Texas Senate Select Property Tax Reform and Relief committee is hosting a series of Road Meetings throughout the state. The committee will make its next stop at The University of Texas at Arlington on April 27.

Educating Texans

The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board’s new strategic plan, titled 60x30TX, aims for 60 percent of Texans ages 25 to 34 to have certificates or college degrees by 2030, wrote Brigitte Vittrup, in an opinion-editorial published in The Dallas Morning News. As the group gathers this week in Arlington to discuss 60x30TX, they should also consider helping teachers acquire the marketable skill of cultural competence, wrote Vittrup, an associate professor of child development at Texas Woman’s University.