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Medical Simulation Game Can Help Save Lives

Program teaches nursing students about pediatrics

A team of researchers and professors from The University of Texas at Dallas recently took 3rd place out of 40 entries for best research poster at the 10th Annual International Meeting for Simulation in Healthcare, for its online training program in neonatal nursing.

Led by Assistant Professor Marjorie Zielke and her UT Arlington and UT Dallas colleagues, the prize-winning "game" focuses on pediatric respiratory distress, allowing nursing students to learn to identify the signs and symptoms of respiratory distress in infants. The team has created virtual infant patients that make realistic sounds based on the particular respiratory problem.

Medical simulation is an emerging field, and in the wake of the current nursing shortage and energy crisis, tools such as this provide experience and practicum for nursing students. Says Zielke, "It allows nursing students to, from remote locations, practice in a controlled, reduced-risk, cost-effective environment."

UT Dallas Professor Named to Holocaust Commission

Dr. Zsuzsanna Ozsvath, Leah and Paul Lewis Chair of Holocaust Studies at The University of Texas at Dallas, has been named to a newly formed state commission by Governor Rick Perry.

The Texas Holocaust and Genocide Commission is intended to provide educational materials to schools and colleges and help implement course studies and awareness programs of the Holocaust and other genocides.

Says Dr. Ozsvath, "I feel honored to be chosen for this important office, and I'll serve with pleasure the State of Texas, where I found my home 45 years ago."

New Latin American Studies MA Program

The School of Arts and Humanities at The University of Texas at Dallas will launch a new Master of Arts degree in Latin American Studies beginning spring 2010. Building on the expertise of current faculty in the fields of Latin American culture, history, literature, politics and economics, the program will allow students to approach the study of Latin America from a multi-disciplinary perspective.

The new graduate program will provide a solid scholarly foundation for students who wish to continue an academic career beyond the MA degree, as well as for students who are interested in pursuing a professional career requiring familiarity with Latin America. Dr. Luis Martín, a scholar of Spain and Latin America and professor emeritus of history at Southern Methodist University, will teach selected courses in conjunction with his new role as the Director of Outreach Programs for the Center for Values in Medicine, Science and Technology at UT Dallas.

Dr. Monica Rankin, Assistant Professor of Mexican/Latin American History at UT Dallas, says students enrolled in the program will have the opportunity to work extensively with Spanish and/or Portuguese resources as part of course assignments. Before completing the degree program, Latin American Studies students will complete a language exam and they will participate in either a study abroad program or an internship in partnership with local companies, creating an emphasis on language and Spanish culture.

Professor Receives Fellowship

UT Dallas Arts & Humanities assistant professor Peter K.J. Park is the recipient of a Herzog Ernst Fellowship of the Forschungsbibliothek in Gotha, part of the University of Erfurt. (http://www.uni-erfurt.de/forschungszentrum-gotha/)

The award is a three-month fellowship to live in Gotha and use the former ducal library, which is strong in seventeenth- and eighteenth-century book collections. Paul will take up this fellowship during the coming summer recess.

ATEC Wins National Award


On February 1, "First Person Cultural Trainer" (FPCT), the 3D interactive training game developed by a team of ATEC researchers, won the Cross Function Team Award at the 2010 Modeling & Simulation Leadership Summit, held in Virginia Beach. Presented annually by the National Training & Simulation Association (NTSA), the prize recognizes outstanding achievement in the field of modeling, simulation, and training.

Led by principal investigator Dr. Marjorie Zielke, assistant professor in the ATEC program, FPCT teaches soldiers the values and norms of Iraqi and Afghan cultures in the hopes of making it easier for U.S. military service men and women who are deployed in Iraq and Afghanistan to perform their missions. Co-investigators included Dr. Tom Linehan and Frank Dufour.

A&H Faculty Giving 40 @ 40 Lectures (McDermott Suite)

  • Feb. 23 - Rainer Schulte: "Translation Theory and Practice: Developments Over the Last Four Decades"
  • March 9 - Theresa Towner: "Imagined Worlds: Pop Culture and the University"
  • April 20 - Stephen Rabe: "United States Foreign Policy, 1969/70 2009/10"

A&H in the News

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