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UTA In The News — Thursday, April 7, 2016

Thursday, April 7, 2016

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Managing pain

Yahoo! News reported that UTA researchers are not the first to explore electrical stimulation as a way of managing pain, but a new implantable device that they’ve developed takes the technique a step further by working at the level of the spinal cord, blocking pain signals so they don’t ever reach the brain. “This is the first study to use a wireless electrical device to alleviate pain by directly stimulating the ventral tegmental area of the brain,” said Yuan Bo Peng, UTA psychology professor.

NIH award

The National Institutes of Health has granted $1.7 million to Paul Fadel, director of clinical translational science for the College of Nursing and Health Innovation at The University of Texas at Arlington, to find a way to thwart cardiovascular disease and high blood pressure in patients with chronic kidney disease, CKDNews.com reported. Fadel will use the four-year award to develop a treatment to lower blood pressure and the activity of the sympathetic nervous system in patients with CKD.

Best returns

UTA is among the nation’s best schools for return on investment, according to the 2016 PayScale College ROI Report, PayScale.com, Fortune and other media reported. UTA tied for No. 149 along with UT Austin and Penn State (Erie-Behrend College). Payscale drew on data from 962 schools (442 public, 505 private not-for-profit, 15 are private for-profit). The large universities that don’t report on-campus living costs are excluded from the study.

ClaimBuster

A Poynter.org article about teaching computers how to spot lies noted that computer scientists at UTA, working with the Duke Reporters' Lab and computer scientists from Duke and Google, have created a site called ClaimBuster that is designed to flag statements that are worth checking.

National champs

If there’s one thing you learn by watching the game, it’s that there’s nothing easy about wheelchair basketball, KDAF/CW 33 reported. Of course, the right players, like National Player of the Year Rose Hollermann, can make it look pretty easy. With a perfect performance at the NWBA National Intercollegiate Tournament, the UTA Lady Movin’ Mavs, in just their second season, are the national champions for the first time.

Heroes of the Dorm

ESPN.com reported that UTA along with Arizona State University, the University of Connecticut and the University of Tennessee will compete April 9-10 for the Heroes of the Dorm championship title. More than $500,000 in scholarships and other prizes is up for grabs in the collegiate video game tournament being held at CenturyLink Field Event Center in Seattle.