Taking on a new mission
The University of Texas at Arlington has rebranded and repurposed its
former robotics institute in Fort Worth with a clear new mission: to be
a global leader in the development of advanced technology that is at
once remarkable, but also accessible and affordable, the Fort Worth Business Press
reported. The paper featured a Q & A with the new executive
director of the UT Arlington Research Institute, retired Army Lt. Gen.
Rick Lynch. Lynch will focus on strengthening links between the test
labs and the marketplace, while a new strategic plan calls for the
Research Institute to dramatically increase research spending and
New research partnership
Chromatography Online and The Dallas Morning News Education Notes
column reported on the new Institute for Research Technologies at UT
Arlington, a $25.2 partnership with Shimadzu Scientific Instruments. The
new institute will incorporate three centers; the existing Shimadzu
Center for Advanced Analytical Chemistry, a new Center for Imaging and a
new Center for Environmental, Forensic and Material Analysis. The
Institute for Research Technologies will also have exclusive access
within North America to equipment provided by Shimadzu.
Research vice president named
The University of Texas at Arlington appointed Carolyn L. Cason, a
former associate dean for research in the College of Nursing, as vice
president for research, according to the Fort Worth Business Press.
Cason will have administrative oversight for all university research
and will lead divisions that manage technology development, intellectual
property and the university’s centers for research excellence. She also
will oversee compliance with federal funding agencies, including the
National Science Foundation and the National Institutes of Health.
Physics legend on campus
Organizers say about 1,200 people showed up at Texas Hall on Oct. 24
to hear Nobel laureate Steven Weinberg speak on the importance of
continued particle physics research, the Arlington Citizen-Journal
reported. Specifically, the UT Austin distinguished professor addressed
the discovery of a particle this summer that could be the Higgs boson
-- the final piece of the Standard Model that Weinberg helped develop in
the 1960s. Weinberg’s appearance was part of the International Workshop
on Future Linear Colliders, which brought more than 200 physicists from
all over the world to campus.