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UTA In The News — Monday, May 2, 2016

Monday, May 2, 2016

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Imperiled Lizard

Corey Roelke, UTA biology lecturer, and Matthew Fujita, UTA assistant professor of biology, are studying a species of lizard found in parts of Texas and northeastern Mexico to find out why the reptile's numbers have been dwindling dramatically, Phys.org, (e) science news and Sci24H.com reported.

Juried competition

Nan Ellin, dean of UTA’s College of Architecture, Planning and Public Affairs, was named as a juror in the international ideas competition for President Obama’s Presidential Center in Chicago, Best Events U.S. reported. 

Measuring brain function

George Kondraske, founding director of UTA’s Human Performance Institute, was cited in a Pittsburg Post-Gazette as a developer of RC21X, a web-based program that measures brain function -- especially useful for football players who have experienced game-related head injuries. A recent appellate court ruling upholding a National Football League settlement with retired players could be a boon to RC21X.

Digital humanities

The Dallas Morning News’s “Guide Live – What’s Hot” reported on an English course taught by Kenton Rambsy, a UTA assistant professor of African-American literature, that asks students to analyze business mogul and rap star Jay Z’s influence from a literary perspective.

Political animosity

WBAP 820 AM quoted Allan Saxe, UTA associate professor of political science, in a story on that compared the current animosity between Republican presidential candidates to past electoral seasons.  Saxe said “Bobby Kennedy detested LBJ and there was a lot of swearing at that convention,” but that the current animosity between Republicans is unprecedented. 

Controlling pain

UTA’s College of Nursing and Health Innovation was named among the 191 schools of nursing that will require their advanced practice registered nursing students to take some form of prescriber education by the time they graduate, in line with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Guideline for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain, Newsroom America and Yuma News reported. The initiative forms part of the U.S. government’s push to reduce opioid medicine abuse. 

EPA award

A UTA student team’s design to reduce storm water runoff that could result from future campus construction projects has won a national Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of Water award as part of the agency’s 2015 Campus RainWorks Challenge, Informed Infrastructure reported. 

Groundwater quality

Energy in Depth reported on research led by Kevin Schug, UTA Shimadzu Distinguished Professor of Analytical Chemistry, which demonstrates that groundwater quality changes alongside the expansion of horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing but also suggests that some potentially hazardous effects may dissipate over time. 

Keeping kids healthy

UTA alumna Elizabeth Stover published an article on ‘Easy-to-make kids’ snacks” in Global Post. Stover earned a master's degree in education curriculum and instruction from UTA.