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UTA In The News — Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

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Cole writes op-ed

Bernie Sanders' plan for solving income inequality would do little to solve the widening income gap in Texas, Richard Cole wrote in a Star-Telegram op-ed. The UTA College of Architecture, Planning and Public Affairs professor said what would help is changing Texas' tax structure to a more progressive method than the regressive sales tax.

Understanding politics

Allan Saxe, UTA associate professor of political science, discussed the rise of independents in the Republican and Democrat parties on WREC 660 AM in Memphis, Tenn.

New role

Frazier Elementary School Principal Rexanna Higgins has been named principal of Burleson school district's newest choice high school, Burleson Collegiate High School, the Cleburne Times-Review reported. Higgins earned a master’s degree in educational leadership from UTA.

New challenge

Three UTA students are setting out across Europe with nothing but Red Bull for currency, The Dallas Morning News reported. Farhaj Mayan and Eric Nguyen, both finance majors; and Virginia Simmons, who is studying marine biology, form The Crew, one of the 165 teams competing on the Can You Make It? challenge, a week-long, adventure-filled challenge produced by the energy drink company. 

Panel discussion

Don Gatzke,  UTA professor of architecture, will moderate the Dallas Architecture Forum’s panel discussion of “The Social Impact of Greening the City” at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 19, at The Dallas Center for Architecture, 1909 Woodall Rogers Freeway, Suite 100, Uptown Dallas BubbleLife reported.

Alleviating pain

A new UTA study has found that electrical stimulation of a deep, middle brain structure blocks pain signals at the spinal cord level — no drugs involved, Orthopedics This Week reported. In addition, say the researchers, the process also triggers the release of beneficial dopamine, which may reduce the emotional distress associated with long-term pain.