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UTA In The News — Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

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Improving care

UT Arlington researchers have been awarded a $744,300 grant from the Department of Defense Peer Reviewed Orthopaedic Research Program to create an adaptive interface that fits between a prosthetic and a patient’s limb so that the fit and comfort of the prosthetic are improved, Today’s Medical Developments reported. Haiying Huang, professor in the Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering Department, and Muthu Wijesundara, principal research scientist at UT Arlington’s Research Institute, are collaborating on the project. 

A sustainable future

A UT Arlington water resources engineer has been awarded a four-year, $1.2 million National Science Foundation grant to improve sustainability of large urban areas from extreme weather, urbanization and climate change, Phys.org reported. D.J. Seo, associate professor of water resources engineering in the Civil Engineering Department, will lead a team of researchers who will integrate data from advanced weather radar systems, innovative wireless sensors and crowdsourcing of data via cell phone applications to create high-resolution modeling of urban water systems.

In the air

A University of Texas at Arlington researcher has received a three-year, $400,369 National Science Foundation grant to build a handheld device that could analyze a person's breath to reveal whether certain dangerous gasses are present that need more immediate medical attention, Phys.org reported. Yuze Sun, an assistant professor in electrical engineering, said the device is a nanoscale gas chromatography tool that separates vapors from a person's breath, a room or an area, then detects what harmful vapors are present.

Nature's time machine

A huge oak tree brought down on the UT Arlington campus during recent severe storms is now the focus of research in the UT Arlington Department of Biology, KTVT/CBS11 reported. “It can give a history of fires, climate at the time, and possibly predict climate for the future,” said Sarah Mahon, a biology doctoral student who is focusing on a slice of the tree trunk. Michelle Green, a graduate teaching assistant, said the tree will allow them to study local weather patterns for almost a century and even collect information about bug infestations. The story also appeared on the station’s website, CBSDFW.com.

Top of mind

Nearly 250 experts in the field of mind, brain and education will attend the fourth biennial International Mind, Brain and Education Society conference being organized by University of Texas at Arlington professors for Nov. 6-8 in Fort Worth, Phys.org reported. Evie Malaia, assistant professor of curriculum and instruction, received a National Science Foundation grant for the science, technology, engineering and mathematics portion of the conference.

Architect's honor

The Texas Society of Architects website, Texas Architects.org, announced its 2014 Honor awardees, which include Donald Gatzke, dean of the UT Arlington School of Architecture. He will receive the award for Outstanding Educational Contributions in Honor of Edward Romieniec, FAIA. The organization cited Gatzke for establishing a framework for exemplary education that models the importance of integrating practice, community service and academic excellence.

Sailing the Cyber Sea

The UT Arlington Maverick Speakers Series will present James Stavridis: Sailing the Cyber Sea: The New Realities of 21st Century Security, CultureMap Dallas noted.