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UTA In The News — Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

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Innovation in Space

Daniel W. Armstrong, UT Arlington professor and Robert  A. Welch Chair in Chemistry, invented one of the scientific instruments on board the lander set to touch down on a comet this morning, The Dallas Morning News Scoop Blog reported. If all goes as planned, the gas chromatography column Armstrong developed will enable examination of organic molecules on the comet.

Mapping connections

A University of Texas at Arlington physics team is using their expertise in the field of optics and photonics to advance new methods in areas such as mapping the neural circuitry of the brain and guiding neurons to potentially repair damage in the body, the websites PhysOrg, Space Daily and AZO Optics. Samarendra Mohanty, an assistant professor of physics, leads the Biophysics and Physiology Lab in the UT Arlington College of Science. He is co-author on two papers published this month, in PLOS ONE and Nature Scientific Reports.

Trapping cancer cells

KOTV/CBS 6 (Tulsa) and television stations in Lubbock and Tyler aired a story on Liping Tang, interim chair of the University of Texas at Arlington’s Bioengineering Department, and his discovery that man-made lymph nodes could act as traps for cancer cells. Tang has received a half million-dollar grant from the U.S. Army to continue his research. The story originally appeared on KTVT/CBS 11.

Native American language workshops

The Native American Languages Lab at The University of Texas at Arlington is organizing upcoming free workshops on Native languages during the month of November at various locations in Texas and Oklahoma, Native American Times reported.  The workshops will help participants connect with their tribal language and teach it to others.