Sensor could reduce the rate of SIDS
Researchers at The University of Texas at Arlington have obtained a
patent for a device that offers parents more assurance that their
newborn is breathing properly, with the goal of reducing the rate of
SIDS, or Sudden Infant Death Syndrome, and other sleep-related deaths,
the Fort Worth Star-Telegram
reported. J.-C. Chiao, Janet and Mike Greene Endowed Professor of
Engineering at UT Arlington, along with doctoral candidate Hung Cao and
Heather Beardsley, a research engineer at UT Arlington’s Automation
& Robotics Research Institute, developed a wireless sensor system
that detects carbon dioxide exhaled by babies as they sleep. If a baby
stops breathing, the device can alert parents quickly enough to allow
for lifesaving intervention. “Our sensors just let you know the baby is
breathing normally without all the wires and breathing tubes most
systems use now,” Chiao said.
Class of 2012 student profiled
Fort Worth Star-Telegram columnist Bob Ray Sanders profiled
Charles “Eddie” Beckwith, a UT Arlington student graduating Saturday
with a degree in aerospace engineering. In 2007, Beckwith anchored the
4x400-meter relay team that helped UT Arlington win its first Southland
Conference track championship since 1997. An internship allows him to
serve as a lead engineer on parts for a military surveillance plane. On
weekends, he works as an airplane mechanic and has a pilot’s license.
“People say, ‘You’re so smart,” Beckwith said. “And I say no, I’m a
survivor. I just work as hard as I can.” Sanders wrote: "He’s an amazing
young man, one any mother (or father) would be proud of."
UTA partners with DOE on research
The University of Texas at Arlington is listed as a partner on the Department of Energy’s Ames Laboratory project, DOE Pulse
reported. The initiative will use scanning tunneling electron
microscopy in a research effort to develop a new manganese-based
material for use in rare-earth free high-strength, permanent magnets.
Marshall on Dewhurst poll
The Fort Worth Star-Telegram
interviewed Tom Marshall, political science professor at UT Arlington,
about a new poll that suggests Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst might avoid a
runoff in the race to replace Kay Bailey Hutchison, R-TX, in the U.S.
Senate. But now, with just weeks to go until the May 29 primary
election, Dewhurst -- whose polling numbers in the race have ranged from
23 percent to 41 percent -- may now be in front with 51 percent.
Despite the poll, some political observers say it will be tough for
Dewhurst to win the race without a runoff. "He is the runaway best-known
favorite to be the leader," said Marshall said. "Can he get 51 percent?
That's very, very tough in a field where others are spending large sums
Snake activity in DFW
The Lexington Herald Leader and other McClatchy Newspapers published a Fort Worth Star-Telegram
article about the prevalence of snakes in Dallas-Fort Worth, in which
Jonathan Campbell, professor and chair of the Department of Biology at
UT Arlington, was quoted. The biggest reason for the resurgence of
snakes has been the weather. "We're coming off a very dry year, and they
like rain and humid conditions," Campbell said. "The rains that we've
had recently tend to be conducive to snake activity."
UTA Librarians' new book gains attention
A book being written by University of Texas at Arlington librarians
Evelyn Barker and Lea Worcester will preserve the memory of notable
Arlington names like Marshall Pryor Morton, Tom Vandergriff, James
Fielder, Ott Cribbs and Tillie Burgin, the Arlington Citizen-Journal reported. Legendary Locals of Arlington
is scheduled to be published next spring and will include photographs
and extended captions that are really short stories on not only the
city’s founding families but on other inhabitants that made Arlington
Six Flags exhibit photos on Flickr
The blog, Lone Star Politics,
noted that The University of Texas at Arlington has posted nice photos
from its exhibit from last summer, "What You Wish the World Could Be:
The Early Years of Six Flags Over Texas," on Flickr.