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UTA In The News — Friday, June 3, 2016

Friday, June 3, 2016

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Return policies

A recently published study in the Journal of Retailing shows that lenient return policies can boost consumer demand, Science Codex and Science Newsline reported. Narayan Janakiraman, a UTA assistant professor of marketing, led the study.

Presidential election

Allan Saxe, an associate professor of political science, told KLIF 570 AM that this year's presidential election is an aligning election, something that doesn't happen all that often in politics.

Gates Millennium Scholar

Khagindra Kadariya’s family came to the United States after living in a refugee camp in Nepal. They had been forced to move from their home country of Bhutan, Dallas school district's The Hub reported. Having overcome several obstacles along the way, Khagindra will attend UTA to pursue a career in the medical field. He also is one of seven district students to be named 2016 Gates Millennium Scholars, one of the nation’s most prestigious scholarships.

UTA graduate named chief of staff

Roger Arriaga has been named San Antonio Water System's chief of staff, the San Antonio Business Journal reported. Arriaga will directly oversee operations for the office of the president as well as the board of trustees. Prior to the water utility, Arriaga has worked for the San Antonio Chamber and KB Homes. He earned his bachelor's degree in economics at UTA.

Flash flood app

An app developed by a UT-Arlington professor allows users to file reports when they see flash flooding in creeks, streams, streets and in houses, KXAS/NBC 5, KDFW/Fox 4, Phys.org, Informed Infrastructure and other websites reported. D.J. Seo, associate professor of civil engineering at UTA , developed the free Google Play app, called iSeeFlood. The app is available for Android users. An iPhone version is being considered.

Water quality

A WFAA/ABC 8 story on water quality in the Chisholm Springs community north of Fort Worth referenced previous water sample testing at UTA.

Dating poetry by the stars

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, the Hyperallergeric blog 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.