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UTA In The News — Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

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60x30TX Conference

Texas educators tasked with helping prepare more students for tomorrow’s workforce gathered Tuesday at The University of Texas at Arlington for a regional conference on 60x30TX, a higher education plan that calls for 60 percent of Texans ages 25-34 to have a college degree or professional certificate by 2030, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported. UTA President Vistasp Karbhari told educators that graduating more college-ready students from high school is “a challenge we cannot hide from.”

Business executive dinner

Millennials face a more challenging business world in the years ahead and the United States needs political leaders willing to address and solve problems to keep the country on top, three North Texas business leaders said Monday night, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported. Matthew Rose, executive chairman of Fort Worth-based BNSF Railway, was joined by Thomas Falk, chairman and chief executive of Irving-based Kimberly-Clark, and Robert Kaplan, president of the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas, at the UTA College of Business Executive Dinner, in recognition of the business school’s 50th anniversary.

Alleviating pain

Researchers at UTA have been working on a new way to treat chronic pain — and it just might help curb the rampant abuse of opioid medicines prescribed for pain management, The Huffington Post reported. The method could offer a new way to alleviate chronic pain without the negative side effects of opioid medications, said Yuan Bo Peng, a psychology professor at the university and a corresponding author of the new research.

Fertility travel

Nobody ever said in vitro fertilization was easy. It’s often a long and costly process, and success isn’t even guaranteed. Now, women are looking for a better solution—by taking “IVF holidays,” Self magazine reported. Amy Speier, a medical anthropologist at UTA, has researched the topic for an upcoming book called Fertility Holidays. For her research, Speier tracked 29 North American women who traveled to the Czech Republic to undergo IVF. 

Interesting political season

WBAP/820 AM interviewed Allan Saxe, an associate professor of political science at UTA, about the Wisconsin primary. “This is one of the most interesting political seasons of all time,” Saxe said. “But the question is, can the Republicans get their act together against a failed Democrat like Hillary Clinton.”

Heroes of the Dorm

UTA is among four schools with a team in the Final Four of the Heroes of the Dorm collegiate video game tournament, which has a championship match on April 10 in Seattle, reported. Each five-player team is competing for the chance to win up to a maximum of $25,000 per year for a maximum of three years in scholarship money. The competition’s grand finals are aired on ESPN2 and can be streamed online.