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UTA In The News — Friday, September 12, 2014

Friday, September 12, 2014

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MOOC initiative

The University of Texas at Arlington joins the few institutions in the country to participate in a program that gives promising high school students a better chance at excelling in college by offering them introductory-level courses online, for free, BioNews Texas reported. The edX initiative is an international movement that aims to make Massive Open Online Courses accessible to millions of eager students all over the globe by partnering with other academic institutions.

Coal research

UT Arlington is among six universities with coal research projects that the U.S. Department of Energy has selected to help seek long-term solutions for the clean and efficient use of coal resources, IM-Mining.com reported.

Cooling electrons

A team of researchers has discovered a way to cool electrons to -228 °C without external means and at room temperature, an advancement that could enable electronic devices to function with very little energy, ECNmag.com, Nanotechnology Now, PDDnet.com, New Energy and Fuel.com and Wireless Designmag.com reported. The process involves passing electrons through a quantum well to cool them and keep them from heating. "We are the first to effectively cool electrons at room temperature. Researchers have done electron cooling before, but only when the entire device is immersed into an extremely cold cooling bath,” said Seong Jin Koh, an associate professor in the UT Arlington Materials Science & Engineering Department, who led the research.

Family structure influences teens

Education News.org and The Health Site.com reported on a study led by Eusebius Small, assistant professor in the UT Arlington School of Social Work, that concluded that family structure and parental education had more of an influence on teens’ risk of substance abuse than other factors like gender, age, or where teens lived.

New runway

The Lone Star Unmanned Aircraft Systems Center at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi now has an airport and runway in its approved flight ranges, the Forney Post reported. The Federal Aviation Administration recently approved a new range to test and fly unmanned aircraft that includes the Port Mansfield airport. The center, along with the UT Arlington Research Institute, is among six federally designated test sites for unmanned aircraft systems.  

Chemists honored

The NRI Welfare Society of India has awarded two of its annual honors to a pair of University of Texas at Arlington professors noted for their contributions to the field of chemistry and biochemistry. The Dallas Business Journal’s People on the Move noted that Subhrangsu Mandal, associate professor of chemistry and biochemistry, will receive the Mahatma Gandhi Pravasi Samman Award at a NRI Welfare Society conference in London next month. The People on the Move section also recognized Krishnan Rajeshwar, distinguished professor of chemistry and biochemistry, who will receive the Hind Rattan Award at a conference in India.

Texas premiere

Less than two weeks after the passing of Chester Nez, one of the original Navajo Code Talkers, the University of Texas at Arlington hosted the Texas premiere of ‘Navajo Star Wars’ at CoLang 2014, a major institute on language revitalization focusing on Native American and other endangered languages, the Native American Times reported. The institute received significant funding from the National Science Foundation from to a grant awarded to UT Arlington linguistics professor Colleen Fitzgerald.