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February 24, 2014 | @utdmercury LIFE&ARTS Mercury staff predict big winners at Academy Awards 6 SPORTS All that glitters is not gold: A new look at the Olympic medals 10 THE MERCURY | UTDMERCURY.COM JUSTIN THOMPSON | STAFF Brain Matters Scientists create device to study concussions PARTH SAMPAT Sports Editor With a $3 million grant from Texas Instruments, Robert Rennaker, director of UTD’s Texas Biomedical Device Center, is expecting to debut by Feb. 28 a prototype of a system to better detect concussions. The Center for BrainHealth developed the BrainHealth Institute for Athletes to comprehensively address brain health issues related to sports concussions and other injuries in aging athlete’s brains. → SEE CONCUSSIONS, PAGE 5 CONNIE CHENG | ASST. PHOTO EDITOR Cognitive health rests on a good night's sleep ANWESHA BHATTACHARJEE Web Editor When students juggle a lot of activities on a daily basis, one of the first things they cut out is sleep, but longterm sleep deprivation can lead to severe physiological effects — this was the message James Maas wanted to get across to his audience at his lecture, “Sleep for Success,” on Feb. 11. CENTER FOR BRAINHEALTH | COURTESY Maas, the man who coined the term “power nap” 38 years ago and CEO of “Sleep for Success!” and “Sleep to Win!” was invited to speak at the Center for BrainHealth’s ongoing “The Brain: an owner’s guide lecture series” about his findings on sleep deprivation and its effects on the human body. Since his retirement in 2011, Maas → SEE SLEEP, PAGE 4 Events explore diversity in body image perceptions SHEILA DANG Managing Editor When Kevin Miller moved from his small Christian hometown to attend UTD, he had more opportunities to meet other gay men, but also began to feel the notion that maybe he didn’t fit the image ideal. “When I was in high school, I never really thought much about how I looked in retrospect of fitting in,” said Miller, an ATEC junior. “When I got to college, I was exposed to a gay community, and it became more of an apparent issue that I don’t look like what these guys look like. I wouldn’t say it’s bad, but there’s an understanding that if you want people to be interested in you, you need to look a certain way.” Body image is an issue some students can struggle with during college, regardless of sexual orientation or other differences. It’s this the Student Counseling Center, or SCC, will address in bringing the National Eating Disorder Awareness Week to UTD → SEE BODY IMAGE, PAGE 5 CONNIE CHENG | ASST. PHOTO EDITOR LINA MOON | GRAPHICS EDITOR

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