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UTA In The News — Thursday, February 18, 2016

Thursday, February 18, 2016

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Appreciating culture

UTA has established itself as a place where Native American culture is appreciated, the Star-Telegram reported. That commitment will be as visible as ever Feb. 27 when the university’s Native American Student Association celebrates its 21st annual Scholarship Benefit Powwow.

CAREER milestone

Yi Hong, a UTA assistant professor of bioengineering, has won a five-year, $500,000 National Science Foundation Early Career Development, or CAREER, Program grant to create conductive, single-component and biodegradable elastomers that will aid in tissue repair, BioPortfolio.com reported.

Educating children

Max Unger, a UTA graduate, teaches English to Israeli children in Ramle-Lod through Masa Israel's Teaching Fellows program, the Texas Jewish Post reported. Unger has a 2013 UTA bachelor’s degree in communication broadcasting.

Boost in power

UTA chemists have developed new high-performing materials for cells that harness sunlight to split carbon dioxide and water into useable fuels like methanol and hydrogen gas, The Times of IndiaOne News PageScience DailyDarpon MagazineNanotech Now, the Weekly Voice reported. These "green fuels" can be used to power cars, home appliances or even to store energy in batteries, said Krishnan Rajeshwar, UTA distinguished professor of chemistry and biochemistry and co-founder of the University's Center of Renewable Energy, Science and Technology.

Cancer cell detection tool

Samir Iqbal, a University of Texas at Arlington electrical engineer, has developed a novel cancer cell detection method that will improve early diagnosis through a tool that tracks cellular behavior in real time using nanotextured walls that mimic layers of body tissue, The Express Tribune, a product of The New York Times, reported.