Working to reduce SIDS
KTVT/CBS 11 and WBAP820 AM/96.7 FM
aired reports on a UT Arlington team that is working on a device that
they hope could reduce incidence of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome.
Electrical engineering professor J.C. Chiao, doctoral candidate Hung Cao
and Heather Beardsley, a research engineer at TMAC, or the Texas
Manufacturing Assistance Center, have developed a sensitive wireless
sensor system that can detect carbon dioxide exhaled by babies as they
sleep. But more importantly, the sensors know when infants are not
expelling carbon dioxide – quickly enough to allow intervention.
Facing student debt
interviewed Karen Krause, UT Arlington executive director for financial
aid, and aerospace engineering student Raymond Correa for a report on
the mounting student loan debt that college students face and worries it
could create a dangerous economic bubble. “The ones that concern me are
the people who always come in, always take the very maximum amount they
can get, because I’m not sure they are really understanding those
consequences,” Krause said.
Blog post draws responses
Actor and artist James Franco wrote about commencement speeches and his decision to give one at UT Arlington on his blog on the Huffington Post
site. Franco said he had reservations about giving a commencement
speech but decided to focus on his own story of being “a commercially
successful actor who wasn't happy with the work I was doing, so I went
back to school to focus on my other interests. Then again, I suppose
that's not the worst message -- the message being, you can change your
life.” His blog drew responses from The New York Observer, The Atlantic Wire website and the website Jezebel.