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UTA In The News — Thursday, August 28, 2014

Thursday, August 28, 2014

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Grants for innovation

Four of the first seven grants made by the Walmart U.S. Manufacturing Innovation Fund — a collaboration between the giant retailer and the U.S. Conference of Mayors — have been awarded to projects either led or co-led by Indian American researchers, India West reported. UT Arlington has received $229,214 to build a robotic small motors assembly and testing system. Aditya Das, senior research scientist at The University of Texas at Arlington Research Institute, leads the project.

Homegrown films

Frame of Mind, a series of 13 episodes, will air on KERA TV, the station reported. The series is a collection of homegrown documentaries, feature films and video shorts. It premieres at 10 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 10. Bart Weiss, a UT Arlington associate professor of film, will produce the series. Three UT Arlington student films will air on Oct. 16 as an episode in the series.

Gaza conflict analysis

Brent Sasley, UT Arlington associate professor of political science, was quoted as a source in a Vox story as saying that Hamas did not win the war in Gaza by any metric. Sasley said, however, that if Hamas is able to rearm and rebuild its political legitimacy, then the war will have been costly to Israelis and Palestinians in Gaza.

New windmill design

A UT Arlington research associate and electrical engineering professor have designed a micro-windmill that generates wind energy and may become an innovative solution to cell phone batteries constantly in need of recharging and home energy generation where large windmills are not preferred, Art Voice reported. Smitha Rao, the research associate, and J.-C. Chiao, the electrical engineering professor, have designed the system.

Magnet school

Howard University has seen an increase in students who hail from Nepal, The Washington Post reported. The story named UT Arlington among the top magnets for Nepali students.