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UTA In The News — Thursday, August 21, 2014

Thursday, August 21, 2014

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Walmart manufacturing grant

The University of Texas at Arlington has received a $229,214 grant from the Walmart Foundation to build a robotic small motors assembly and testing system that would cut manufacturing costs, allowing some goods built overseas to be produced in the U.S, Dallas Morning News columnist Robert Miller reported. UT Arlington was one of seven research and development institutions that received $4 million in awards, the first grant recipients of the Walmart U.S. Manufacturing Innovation Fund. Aditya Das, a senior research scientist at the UT Arlington Research Institute, will lead the project. 

Cold storage

UT Arlington recently broke ground on a cold storage vault to protect 5 million photographic negatives in the university libraries’ special collections from aging, according to CultureMap Dallas. Partially funded by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the $800,000 project will be one of the largest in America. Built in the central library's basement, the 700-square-foot facility will hover around 35 degrees Fahrenheit.

University NAACP gathers

UT Arlington was featured in a KDFW/FOX4 story about local rallies to support demonstrators in Ferguson, Mo., and protest police brutality. Members of the University chapter of the NAACP gathered on the library mall where leaders encouraged them to become more involved in their community.

Siemens named to national board

Civitas Learning, an education data analytics company, announced Wednesday that UT Arlington’s George Siemens will be part of a new 10-member national advisory board with deep expertise in education technology, predictive analytics and student-success research, according to Reuters, InfoTech Spotlight and others. Siemens is executive director of the Learning Innovation and Networked Knowledge, or LINK, research lab. 

Nursing simulation

The Society for Simulation in Healthcare’s daily Simulation Spotlight featured a partnership between the UT Arlington College of Nursing and Pediatrix, a private health care company. The “remote-controlled distance simulation” project was described in a recent Clinical Simulation in Nursing journal article co-authored by Judy LeFlore, associate dean in the College of Nursing; Carolyn Cason, vice president for research; Mindi Anderson, nursing assistant professor; and Patricia Thomas, clinical assistant professor.

Dallas VideoFest

This year, Dallas VideoFest and the Video Association of Dallas have a plan to reframe events and allow audiences to rediscover all that the festival has to offer, according to a Dallas Observer story that mentioned Bart Weiss, UT Arlington associate professor of art and art history and an organizer of the festival. The story also said the Dallas VideoFest will screen a special Native American film at UT Arlington on Oct. 13.