Algae and the environment
The Dallas Morning News
quoted James Grover, a UT Arlington professor of biology and director
of environmental and earth sciences, in a story about a young inventor’s
algae device, which may one day revolutionize air quality. Grover
credited algae as an increasingly popular and cheap biofuel, but he
questioned whether car mufflers could hold enough of it to eliminate
carbon dioxide emissions. He wonders also whether consumers would really
want to add an algae swap to their oil change.
Using technology to nab bike thieves
UT Arlington campus police are going high tech to cut down on bicycle thefts on campus, KDFW/FOX 4 , NBCDFW.com, and CBSDFW.com reported. Police have started using bait bikes that will be tracked through GPS.
National Hazing Prevention Week
Two former UT Arlington and NFL players talked to students last night about the problem of hazing on college campuses, KXAS/NBC5 reported. The speech was part of a series of events planned at the University as part of National Hazing Prevention Week.
Professor wins NASA grant
The Houston Business Journal
reported on the $1.2 million grant NASA awarded Purnendu “Sandy”
Dasgupta, a UT Arlington chemistry professor, to study the composition
of soil on Mars. Dasgupta’s ion chromatograph is durable, portable and
sensitive enough that scientists believe it can answer the question of
whether life could exist on the Red Planet. The report initially
appeared in the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.
Alum named MacArthur Fellow
Roland Fryer, a 1998 UT Arlington graduate and Harvard University
economist, has been named one of 22 new MacArthur Foundation Fellows, RollingOut.com
reported. The annual awards are no-strings-attached grants of $500,000,
which recipients may use to pursue their own creative, intellectual,
and professional inclinations.
Longtime educator remembered
James W. Callicutt, 83, who helped found UT Arlington’s graduate School of Social Work, died Thursday of natural causes, the Dallas Morning News
reported. A memorial service will be at 3:30 p.m. today at Moore
Funeral Home in Arlington. Dr. Callicutt entered social work as an
undergraduate student in his native Tennessee and continued to help
others through his 40-year academic career as a dean and professor at
the UT Arlington School of Social Work. He retired in 2008 and became a
professor emeritus. “He was a humanitarian, and so what he did was to
make life easier for others,” said his daughter Frances Carr of Denver.
Memorials may be made to the scholarship fund at the UTA School of
Social Work or to the Tarrant Area Food Bank.
Architecture faculty, students recognized
The winners of Dallas¹ PARK(ing) Day competition, judged by people from
Better Block, went to RE, one of four UT Arlington School of
Architecture teams that participated, D Magazine, KXAS/NBC 5, KDAF/Channel 33 and the Dallas Observer
reported. Wanda Dye, assistant professor in architecture, had her
students compete as part of their classwork. PARK(ing) Day is an annual,
worldwide event that invites citizens everywhere to transform metered
parking spots into temporary parks for the public good. The winning team
members are Adam Heisserer, Luna Misael, Danny Montalvo, Thomas Nguyen,
Tenaj Pinder, Jonathan Ruggeberg, and T. Vo.