Unlocking an enzyme's secrets
a news site operated by the National Science Foundation, reported that a
UT Arlington chemist doing research on enzymes that regulate human
biology has uncovered characteristics that could be used to identify
predisposition to conditions such as heart disease, diabetic ulcers and
some types of cancer. Brad Pierce, an assistant professor of
chemistry/biochemistry, recently led a team that examined an oxygen
utilizing iron enzyme called cysteine dioxygenase or CDO, which is found
in high levels within heart, liver, and brain tissues. The news also
appeared at The Week, MedIndia.net, e! Science News, Science Newsline and News-Medical.net.
highlighted research by Ben Harris, UT Arlington assistant professor of
mechanical and aerospace engineering, which suggests the Earth is
heavier than thought, perhaps due to an invisible belt of dark matter.
Dark matter is thought to make up about 80 percent of the universe’s
matter, but scientists have been unable to determine much else about it,
including its presence in the solar system. “The nice thing about GPS
satellites is that we know their orbits really, really well,” Harris
said. From nine months of data on the satellites in the GLONASS, GPS and
Galileo groups, he calculated Earth’s mass as “felt” by each one.
a blog of the Texas A&M University Real Estate Center, reported
that faculty at The University of Texas at Arlington will participate in
Federal Aviation Administration-supported research led by Texas A&M
University-Corpus Christi for unmanned aerial systems, a project that
will help advance the U.S. drone industry.
The KERA.org Breakthroughs blog and the News & Record
in Greensboro, N.C. published a report about malaria that included
research and comments by Daniel Sledge, UT Arlington assistant professor
of political science. The report initially appeared on National Public Radio’s Morning Edition.
Closing out 2013
quoted Allan Saxe, UT Arlington associate professor of political
science, in its story about tax time and other issues left undone by
lawmakers before the end of 2013.
Kudos for contest win
The Star-Telegram’s Cheers & Jeers
column acknowledged a team of UT Arlington undergraduate engineering
students that took first place and a $10,000 prize in an AT&T “It
Can Wait” coding contest by creating an app that discourages texting and