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UT Arlington In The News - Tuesday, August 7, 2012

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Tuesday, August 7, 2012

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New welcome center almost complete

The Fort Worth Star-Telegram featured a story and photo gallery on the new Dan Dipert University Welcome Center at UT Arlington. Part of College Park District, the new $1.5 million welcome center features state-of-art technology, including three touch-screen kiosks that can be used to find out about academic programs. It is named after Dan Dipert, chief executive officer of Arlington-based Dan Dipert Travel & Transportation, Ltd. Dipert and his wife, Linda, committed $400,000 toward the project. Linda Dipert is a 2001 UT Arlington alumna.

NASA grant for hypersonic flight

A team of aerodynamics researchers at The University of Texas at Arlington have begun a three-year project to help NASA break through one of the biggest obstacles to air-breathing hypersonic flight - maintaining a combustible mix of fuel and air at high Mach numbers, according to the website Flightglobal. Armed with a $640,000 grant from NASA, the Mach 3 windtunnel and a new hypersonic shock tube at UT Arlington's aerodynamics research center, plus a lot of computer power, researchers Luca Maddalena and Luca Massa hope to determine the optimal design for fuel injectors and their ideal configuration inside a combustion chamber.

Flexible electronics on the horizon

WBAP/News Talk 820 AM aired a report on work by UT Arlington aerospace and mechanical engineering professor Cheng Luo to develop a process called "micropunching lithography." The process is used to create lightweight, low-cost and more flexible polymer-based devices that have the potential to replace silicon-based materials commonly used in computers and other electronic devices.

Exhibit poses questions

An exhibit at the Special Collections library at The University of Texas at Arlington uses historical documents and photographs to explore the question, "What is politics and can everything be considered political?" The Arlington Citizen-Journal said the exhibit, "Texas 'Identity' Politics: 1900-Present," shows how different groups have turned to political activism to redress injustices.

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