Croson named new College of Business dean
The University of Texas at Arlington named Rachel Croson as dean of its College of Business Monday,The Dallas Morning News Biz Beat blog reported. Croson is an economics professor at UT Dallas and director of its Negotiations Center. For the last two years, she served as the National Science Foundation’s division director for social and economic sciences, managing a $100 million annual budget. She begins her new job on Jan. 14. CNBC,Bloomberg BusinessWeek, Reuters, The Streetand many other websites also reported the announcement.
UT Arlington researchers build new power generation source
A University of Texas at Arlington physics professor has helped create a hybrid nanomaterial that can be used to convert light and thermal energy into electrical current, surpassing earlier methods that used either light or thermal energy, but not both,Science Daily, Phys.org, R&D, Science Codex,Nanotechnology Now, The Engineer and other media outlets reported. UT Arlington associate physics professor Wei Chen and graduate students Santana Bala Lakshmanan and Chang Yang worked with Louisiana Tech University assistant professor Long Que to synthesize a combination of copper sulfide nanoparticles and single-walled carbon nanotubes. The team used the nanomaterial to build a prototype thermoelectric generator that they hope can eventually produce milliwatts of power.
New federal grant to help UT Arlington veterans
A new University of Texas at Arlington program will use a $1.25 million federal grant to help prepare 135 military veterans from Tarrant and Dallas counties for college, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported. Veterans Upward Bound is a free, pre-college program for veterans with low incomes or who would be the first in their families to attend college.