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UTA In The News — Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

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NSF grant funds UTA researcher's bladder cancer detection device

A multi-institutional research team has received a $480,000 National Science Foundation grant to build an inexpensive device that uses nanotechnology and a simple urine test to detect the most miniscule amount of bladder cancer cells in a patient, Hispanic Business.com reported. UT Arlington’s Samir Iqbal, an electrical engineering associate professor, has teamed with Young-tae Kim, an associate professor in bioengineering; and Yair Lotan, who is a chaired professor in urology at UT Southwestern Medical Center, to publish their findings in an upcoming issue of Analytical Methods.  

Tiny windmill holds huge possibilities

SCPR.org, the website for 89.3 KPCC Southern California Public Radio, reported research out of UT Arlington that could mean powering cell phones with tiny windmills. When tested, the durable, nickel-based windmills withstood strong artificial winds and generated power. The hope is that these petite powerhouses may someday charge portable electronics. The technology is still in the early stage, but a Taiwanese company is already exploring how to get the micro-windmills to market.

Portable brain-mapping device allows researchers to ‘see’ where memory fails student veterans

Medical Design Technology and BioOptics World reported on a study by UT Arlington Bioengineering Professor Hanli Liu, Associate Professor Social Work Alexa Smith-Osborne, and two other collaborators. The researchers have successfully used a portable brain-mapping device to show limited prefrontal cortex activity among student veterans with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder when they were asked to recall information from simple memorization tasks.

Woman leading American's office in China

Sky Talk, a Fort Worth Star-Telegram airline blog, quoted David Mack, assistant dean in the UT Arlington College of Business, in a post about the decision by American Airlines to put a woman, Maxine Peng, in charge of its China operations. "Although there is still a dominance of upper-level positions by males, there is not a prejudice, per se, regarding females [in China] such as there is in other Asian cultures,” Mack said, noting that 40 percent of the women in each class of UT Arlington’s executive MBA program in China are women.

Transfer students continue migrating toward warmer climates

According to data compiled by U.S. News & World Report, transfer students are continuing their migration toward warmer climates, Examiner.com reported. Colleges and universities in California, Florida, and Texas dominated the list of most popular destinations for transfers last year. Among the “ranked” colleges and universities providing U.S. News & World Report with transfer data, The University of Texas at Arlington topped the list with 8,649 students transferring in. In fact, three of the top transfer destinations were located in the Lone Star State: UT Arlington, University of Houston, and the University of North Texas.

Bishop names first alumna as president at Nolan Catholic High

For the first time in Nolan Catholic High School’s 53-year history, the coed school will be led by a female graduate, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported. Fort Worth Bishop Michael F. Olson recently named Erin Vader president at the diocese’s 1,000-student school after a change in leadership prompted a national search. Vader earned a bachelor’s degree in English from UT Arlington.