Building a machine for mars
NASA believes that a University of Texas at Arlington chemistry
professor's technology may hold the key for determining whether life
could exist on Mars and could even help humans explore the Red Planet
someday, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram
reported. Purnendu "Sandy" Dasgupta has been awarded a $1.2 million
grant to develop an ion chromatograph that is durable enough to
withstand extraterrestrial extremes and sensitive enough to pick out
differences between ions. The Star-Telegram’s story was also published
in the Houston Chronicle, All Voices.com, and Flagstaff News. Similar reports were broadcast on KXAS/NBC 5 (Dallas-Fort Worth), and in the ABC Tech Bytes segment broadcast on WABC (New York City), KATU (Portland, OR), KOAT (Albuquerque, NM), KMGH (Denver, CO), KNXV (Phoenix, AZ), KIVI (Boise, ID), WFTS (Tampa, FL) and many other ABC affiliates across the country.
The Dallas Business Journal
reported that five universities including UT Arlington are working on
“tuning” biomedical engineering, chemical engineering, biology and
chemistry through the 2011 Tuning Oversight Council for Engineering and
Science assembled by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board.
Teaching military history
The Chronicle of Higher Education
published a commentary by Joyce S. Goldberg, associate professor of
history at UT Arlington, about why she can no longer teach U.S. military
history. Goldberg states that many of her students last semester were
not interested in exploring the seminal issues of U.S. military history
as they were in finding solace, seeking closure, or securing an
understanding of their own — or, in many cases, their loved ones’ —
recent military experiences.