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UTA In The News — Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

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Lasers to the rescue

A University of Texas at Arlington electrical engineering researcher has won a federal grant to build a small laser for detection systems to do a more efficient job at spotting chemical and biological agents used for weapons, Phys.org, I-Connect007Nanowerk.com and several other news sites reported. Weidong Zhou, an electrical engineering professor who specializes in nanophotonics, has been awarded $600,000, which is part of an overall, three-year, $4.3 million Defense Advance Research Projects Agency grant to make ultraviolet laser detection more available in the field.

Clinton VP choice outlined

Presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton would be looking at a deep bench to choose from for a running mate, the Raycom News Network and dozens of its media affiliates reported. For Democrat voters who would favor a woman on the ticket, Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-MO, is a political veteran who could withstand national scrutiny, said Rebecca Deen, chair of the UT Arlington Department of Political Science. McCaskill’s resume includes stints as a county prosecutor, state legislator and state auditor. “Claire McCaskill has really taken the lead on some initiatives and has been through some campaign storms and has done well,” Deen said.

UTA grad heads state bar

Austin attorney David E. Chamberlain has been elected to lead the State Bar of Texas, the Austin Business Journal reported. Chamberlain, a UT Arlington alumnus, was elected chairman during the State Bar board’s April meeting.

Reducing food waste

UT Arlington is among a dozen businesses and institutions in North Texas that have pledged to reduce food waste as part of the EPA’s Food Recovery Challenge, Green Source DFW reported.