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UTA In The News — Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

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New College of Education dean

Teresa Taber Doughty, a nationally recognized leader in special education and associate dean of learning at Purdue University, joins UTA as dean of the College of Education on Aug. 1, Fort Worth Business, Dallas Business Journal,  CNBC Online and many other media reported. “I plan to build relationships with the North Texas community and P-12 schools to ensure greater access to the College’s existing programs,” Doughty said. “Faculty and staff have positioned the College of Education to be at the forefront of technology, and we will place great emphasis on technology literacy as well as articulate the value of a college education as a research learning institution.”

Deep brain stimulation

Research on deep brain stimulation by UTA professors J.C. Chiao and Yuan Bo Peng was featured in a Newsmax Health article on new techniques that offer drug-free ways to relieve pain. "This is the first study to use a wireless electrical device to alleviate pain by directly stimulating the ventral tegmental area of the brain," Peng said. “While still under laboratory testing, this new method does provide hope that in the future we will be able to alleviate chronic pain without the side effects of medication.” 

Return policies

A study led by UTA assistant professor of marketing Narayanan Janakiraman that demonstrated that lenient return policies can lead to an increase in purchasing was featured on The American Marketing Association’s news site. Janakiraman and his team analyzed 22 academic papers related to return policies for the study, which was published recently in the Journal of Retailing. 

Clinton email case

WBAP/820 AM interviewed Allan Saxe, a UTA associate professor of political science, about the FBI’s decision not to recommend charges against Hillary Clinton over her use of private email servers while secretary of state. “If the Republicans use this correctly, it could be a very important political weapon,” Saxe said. 

Hidden gem

UTA’s Planetarium was included in a Dallas Morning News feature on “8 Hidden Gems in Arlington.” The Planetarium offers a rotating schedule of stargazing sessions combined with pre-recorded screenings of starry skies to let all us wannabe astronauts indulge in the mysteries of the universe, wrote the News’ Jackie Hoermann.

New women's golf leader

UTA has hired former TCU standout Catherine Matranga as associate head coach for the new women’s golf team, the Star-Telegram reported. UTA women’s golf begins play at the start of the 2017-18 season.