UTA In The News — Friday, January 4, 2019

Friday, Jan 04, 2019 • Media Contact : UT Arlington Media Relations

Gas leak research

Kathleen Smits, a UTA associate professor in the Civil Engineering Department, received a $414,000 grant from the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration to develop a gas-leak prevention method and establish best practices to improve response to gas migration incidents, and find and fix leaks, Phys.org and Techsite reported. 

Differences in church study

Jason Shelton, UTA associate professor of sociology, was featured in a Christianity Today story about his research focusing on differences between black and white American Christians, and within the black church itself. Ryon Cobb, UTA assistant professor in the School of Social Work, assisted Shelton with the research.

Closing the gap

To close the gap between DFW and Austin in attracting technology companies, North Texas needs to tout how workforce ready it is, said an opinion column in The Dallas Morning News. The article noted that UTA and UT Dallas graduates more than doubled between 2000 and 2016, and engineering and computer science were among the top majors.

Positive effects

Transit and walking amenities have a positive effect on attracting knowledge-intensive businesses, Science Trends reported in a column written by Shima Hamidi and Ahoura Zandiatashbar. Hamidi is a UTA assistant professor of planning and Zandiatashbar is a graduate research assistant, both in the College of Architecture, Planning and Public Affairs. The two wrote a paper on the subject.

Pain strategies

Robert Gatchel, the UTA Nancy P. and John G. Penson Endowed Professor of Clinical Health Psychology, wrote a 2018 update on the federal pain research strategy for Practical Pain Management. Gatchel, who also is the director for the UTA Center of Excellence for the Study of Health and Chronic Illnesses, led a working group last year that tackled the challenges of managing pain, big data and opioid use.

New snake species

A UTA team has named a new species of snake discovered in the stomach of another snake. The tropical reptile Cenaspis aenigma—Latin for “enigmatic dinner snake”—was profiled in CGTN.com. The article originally appeared in National Geographic. Jonathan Campbell, herpetologist and biology professor, led the research team.

Price formidable

Fort Worth Mayor Betsy Price announced her intention to run for a fourth term this week, KRLD 1080 AM reported. Allan Saxe, UTA associate professor of political science, said anyone challenging Price will face an uphill battle.

Small impact

Allan Saxe, UTA associate professor of political science, said the government shutdown would have little impact on the American people or federal workers, WIOD 610 AM in Miami reported. He said the workers will eventually get paid, unlike private sector workers when they are laid off.