Street honors Spaniolo
Arlington Mayor Robert Cluck surprised UT Arlington President James
Spaniolo on Friday with the renaming of part of Pecan Street that runs
through the University’s new College Park District as Spaniolo Drive,
the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported
in print editions and in its Extra Credit blog. A new street sign was
unveiled Friday and was part of the university’s Homecoming 2012
weekend. Spaniolo, who announced his retirement earlier this year, is
credited with collaborating with city and community leaders to
revitalize downtown Arlington.
Supreme Court forecasting
Perhaps the greatest impact of the 2012 presidential election might
be seen on the U.S. Supreme Court in the area of state-federal
relations, an op-ed piece written by Richard Cole said in the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.
Cole is a professor in the UT Arlington School of Urban and Public
Affairs. With Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who's 79, expected to step
down soon, and Justices Antonin Scalia, Anthony Kennedy and Stephen
Breyer also in their 70s, the replacement of any of these could tip the
federalism orientation of the court at a time when these issues are
being considered and for a generation to come.
Bus service coming
Questions about where bus stops would be located if transit comes to
Arlington are being kicked around water coolers after city officials,
business leaders and The University of Texas at Arlington disclosed that
next fall they'll launch bus service connecting a few areas to the
Trinity Railway Express at CentrePort, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported.
About 100 educators and decision-makers attended an education
symposium at UT Arlington organized by state Rep. Diane Patrick, the Fort Worth Business Press reported. The theme of the seven-hour conference was "Education and Business Working Together."
Nanomaterials for energy
Researchers from The University of Texas at Arlington, working
alongside a Louisiana Tech University assistant professor, have created a
hybrid nanomaterial that converts both light and heat into
electricity, SolarContact blog and New Energy and Fuel reported.
UT Arlington associate physics professor Wei Chen led the local
research team. Previously, certain nanomaterials could be used to
convert light into electricity and others to convert thermal energy into
electricity but there have not before been nanomaterials that could do
both. By combining the electricity generated by light with some
thermoelectricity, the hybrid nanomaterial could improve performance and
efficiency over materials that only do one or the other. This
development offers great potential for energy production and for the
future of solar cell technology.
The U.S. Environmental Agency will partner with universities in
Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas to reduce food waste
as part of the EPA’s national Food Recovery Challenge, Envirolib and NWA reported. UT Arlington is one of those universities.