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UT Arlington experts available to discuss NCAA Final Four, impact on local economy, concussion research

Friday, March 21, 2014

Media Contacts:
Bridget Lewis
Herb Booth, Office: 817-272-7075, Cell: 214-546-1082,
Traci Peterson

The 2014 NCAA Final Four heads to North Texas April 4-7 and faculty experts at The University of Texas at Arlington are available to weigh in on various impacts of college basketball’s biggest event.

Faculty experts are ready to discuss topics that range from the Final Four’s potential impact on the local economy and sex-trafficking that occurs during major sports events to new concussion research and traffic operations.

Please contact the UT Arlington Office of Communications at 817-272-2761 for more information.


Roger Meiners, chair of economics, and Bill Crowder, professor of economics, can talk about the economic impact the tournament could have on the local and regional economy.  


Jacob Resch, assistant professor of kinesiology, can discuss concussion research, recently published study regarding the popular computerized concussion assessment tool ImPACT.

Cynthia Trowbridge, associate professor of kinesiology, has 20 years experience as a licensed athletic trainer in college and has done research into various injury rehabilitation methods. 

Susan Cherry, clinical instructor of nursing, can address public health and what health care workers who respond to disasters will be on alert for during the tournament.


Elten Briggs, assistant professor of marketing, can talk about how businesses could benefit from this national spotlight.


Kaushik De, professor of physics, was part of a UT Arlington team that studied the NBA’s synthetic basketball at the request of Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban in 2006. They found them lacking and the NBA ditched the balls soon thereafter.

Andrew Brandt, professor of physics, made local and national news when he helped the Texas Rangers figure out how far slugger Josh Hamilton’s June 27, 2010 record home run traveled. Dr. Brandt can help with any physics of basketball questions.


Andrea Cimino, assistant professor of social work, researches violence against women, child welfare and prostitution. She is able to discuss sex-trafficking and related crimes that occur during major sports events.


Krystal Beamon, assistant professor of sociology, has studied NCAA Division I basketball and football players for more than 10 years. Dr. Beamon’s area of expertise includes ethnicity, sociology of sport and inequality. Her book, “The Enduring Color Line in U.S. Athletics,” was recently published.


Jim Williams, professor of civil engineering, a nationally known expert in traffic operations.

Sia Ardekani, professor of civil engineering, studies traffic flow, congestion.

Steve Mattingly, associate professor of civil engineering, studies traffic safety, bike challenges, and air travel patterns and flow.


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