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UTA In The News — Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

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Reservation please

As part of an Army-led effort to design driverless vehicles for a variety of uses, U.S. troops who return from war zones with mental or emotional trauma may one day be taken to their medical appointments by automated cars on military bases, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported. A computer scientist at the University of Texas at Arlington hopes to make sure the troops can book a ride. Manfred Huber is designing an automatic reservation and reminder system that can be used as an Android smartphone app or accessed at a kiosk along the route.

National education award

The American Bazaar reported that Purnendu “Sandy” Dasgupta, an Indian American scientist who developed an environmentally conscientious method for measuring levels of toxic arsenic in water, has been granted the prestigious American Chemical Society Division of Analytical Chemistry J. Calvin Giddings Award.

Explosion explained

UT Arlington's Seth Post and Sangwook Park from the Physics Department authored a work with others explaining what happened in the Chandra data, which suggests that a very lopsided explosion may have produced this Type 1a supernova, The Rosy Report.com reported. Their findings were detailed in a Sept. 1, 2014, issue of The Astrophysical Journal. A recent NASA news release highlighted the work, showing astronomers just how varied such beautiful cosmic flowers can be.

City Council quest

Anthony Gonzales is a full-time civil engineering student at UT Arlington who makes his spending money at a part-time office job. But this spring, he’ll add another part-time job that doesn’t pay a dime. Gonzales is running for City Council, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported.