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UTA In The News — Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

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Cool device

Scientists in Texas have found a method of cooling electrons to nearly absolute zero, and they’ve done it at room temperature, Oil Price.com, Wireless Design & Development magazine, Electronic Products.com, Space Daily.com and Communications of the ACM.org reported. Their discovery could lead to electronic devices that need only about one-tenth as much energy as they do today, thereby dramatically reducing the size and weight of batteries. “We are the first to effectively cool electrons at room temperature,” said Seong Jin Koh, an associate professor in the Materials Science and Engineering Department at the University of Texas at Arlington. “Researchers have done electron cooling before, but only when the entire device is immersed into an extremely cold cooling bath.”

On the way up

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, Focus Daily News 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.  

National honors

The Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities will present its President's Awards of Excellence during HACU's 28th Annual Conference Oct. 4-6 in Denver, Colo., Virtual-Strategy.com, Financial Buzz.com and Morningstar.com reported. The 2014 honorees include The University of Texas at Arlington, which earned Outstanding HACU-Member Institution in recognition of excellence in support of HACU’s mission.