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UTA In The News — Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

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Neuronal damage

Ashfaq Adnan, UTA associate professor of mechanical engineering, and his postdoctoral associate Yuan Ting Wu have published research reports showing that battlefield blasts may cause extensive damage to the brain’s neurons, Scienmag and Medical Xpress reported. 

Costs of Sprawl

Shima Hamidi, a UTA assistant professor in the College of Architecture, Planning and Public Affairs, has co-written “The Cost of Sprawl,” a book that empirically shows how badly sprawl affects health and other quality-of-life outcomes, Phys.org reported. Hamidi also is director of UTA's Institute of Urban Studies.

Coral reef research

Laura Mydlarz, UTA associate professor of biology, and her graduate students Lauren Fess and Contessa Ricci are part of a team of scholars conducting research on coral reefs in Central America, Your College Blog reported. They are trying to find the causes of dead coral and assist in re-seeding efforts. 

Water treatment research

The Water Environment & Reuse Foundation recently awarded a research contract to UTA to develop a practical high-efficiency treatment strategy for treating water with perfluorooctane sulfonate, a global pollutant, the foundation reported on its website.

Wheelchair basketball camp

Dozens of female wheelchair basketball athletes visited the UTA campus this week for basketball camp, KTVT CBS 11  and KDFW Fox 4 reported. The UTA Lady Movin' Mavs wheelchair basketball team helped with the campers as well as members of the Dallas Wings, the WNBA team that plays homes games at College Park Center.

Concussion study

A study co-authored by Cynthia Trowbridge, UTA associate professor of kinesiology, shows that many caregivers of young athletes remain in the dark about concussions despite the vast amount of information available online, MedIndia, Bioengineer.org and Medical Xpress reported. 

Equal access

The Brookings Institution listed UTA as one of the top 25 leaders in equal access to higher education, KRWG 90.7 FM in Las Cruces, N.M., reported. 

Republicans split

Allan Saxe, UTA associate professor of political science, said in an interview on KLIF 570 AM that U.S. House and Senate Democrats are solidly united while their Republican counterparts seem to be all over the place. 

Commentary on Confederate heroes

In his commentary calling for the City of Dallas to remove Confederate statues, columnist James Ragland of The Dallas Morning News cited UTA as one several colleges around the country that had erased the names of Confederate heroes from buildings. 

New superintendent

Daniel Gallagher has been named the lone finalist for the position of Little Elm ISD superintendent, the Little Elm Journal reported. Gallagher holds a bachelor’s degree in political science and government from UTA. 

Alumnus named new director

Wayne Snell has been hired as director of neighborhood and inspection services for the City of Lewisville, the Lewisville Texan Journal reported. Snell holds a master’s degree in public administration from UTA.