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UTA In The News — Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

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Heart help

Beth Mancini, UTA professor, senior associate dean for Education Innovation, and chair for undergraduate nursing programs in the College of Nursing and Health Innovation, said the American Heart Association’s updated Basic Life Support and Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support programs will benefit healthcare professionals on the front lines, reported. “The training tools and materials [are] tailored to serve them in the unique environments where they encounter patients,” Mancini said.

CPR certification need

As part of its continuing look at a group of North Texas students scheduled to graduate in 2017, KERA/90.1 FM (NPR) interviewed Ceil Flores, assistant dean of enrollment at the UTA College of Nursing and Health Innovation. One of the students plans to become a nurse. Flores discussed the need for CPR certification as part of the CONHI’s admission requirement.

Patient safety

Scientists from UTA are among the inaugural fellows who will contribute research and mentoring to the UNT Health Science Center’s new Institute for Patient Safety, the Fort Worth Business reported. The roster of fellows also includes scientists and physicians from UNTHSC, TCU, JPS, and Cook Children’s. 

Veterans business help

The U.S. Small Business Administration yesterday announced $1.5 million in grant funding for six additional Veterans Business Outreach Centers, including one at UTA, and other news agencies reported. The grant enables each of the 19 VBOCs nationwide to provide entrepreneurial training, comprehensive business assessment, and mentoring to active duty service members, veterans and service-disabled veterans, National Guard and Reservists, and military spouses interested in starting a small business.

Brain signals

KIMT/CBS 3 (Rochester, Minn.) aired a story in which Jodi Tommerdahl, a UTA associate professor in the College of Education, was interviewed about collaboration with the Colleges of Science, Engineering and School of Social Work. The research is focused on identifying brain signals associated with anger. The goal is to build a wearable device that would help violent offenders manage the emotions that often get them into trouble. The story initially appeared on KTVT/CBS 11.

Poetry age

Poetry has the ability to transport us to other places and times without our bodies ever leaving the room. But where exactly does it take us? In the case of one poem, written over 2,500 years ago by the Greek poet Sappho, scientists at UTA think they can pinpoint the time to early spring somewhere in ancient Greece, Popular Science reported. In a paper recently published in the Journal of Astronomical History and Heritage, researchers used a planetarium to narrow down the window in which Sappho's 'Midnight Poem' might have been written.

Conservative campuses

A new ranking of the 43 most politically conservative colleges in Texas places UTA No. 27 on the list, the Houston Chronicle reported. The ranking, by community review site Niche, was calculated from surveys from students, although some schools had only a couple dozen respondents.

Jazz students

KGMB/CBS 5 (Honolulu) noted that UTA jazz students will participate in the Iolani School’s summer Jazz Institute starting June 9.