ARLINGTON - On Sept. 11, global
attention will turn to the 10th anniversary of the terrorist attacks
that targeted New York City and Washington D.C. and changed the world. The
University of Texas at Arlington is home to researchers who are examining the
long-lasting impact of that day, providing support for veterans returning from
war and developing innovative technologies to increase Homeland Security.
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Mario Romero-Ortega, associate professor of bioengineering.
Romero-Ortega has received $2.2 million from the Defense Advanced Research
Projects Agency, the Defense Department’s research and development arm – to
develop an electrical array that will lead to better mobility, and even
feeling, in prosthetic limbs. The issue is of paramount importance to the
military as more troops survive significant injuries that damage nerve tissue.
Alexa Smith-Osborne, assistant professor of social work, and
director of the Student Veterans Project. The Student Veterans Project offers
free services to veterans who are undergraduates or thinking of returning to
school. The project acts as a “personal trainer” to help veterans enter or
re-enter the education system. The need for such a program has increased
dramatically with veteran enrollment up more than 157 percent since Fall 2008.
James Campbell Quick, professor of management and the John
& Judy Goolsby Distinguished Professor for the Goolsby Leadership Academy.
Quick’s expertise is in recognizing, coping with and preventing stress. As a
retired Air Force colonel, Quick brought this expertise to bear as well in his
military service. He serves on the Psychological Health External Advisory
Subcommittee of the Defense Health Board. The board serves an external advisory
body for research and operation policy regarding psychological health with a
focus on prevention, recognition, clinical management and treatment of
psychological and mental health issues among military service members and their
Criminal Justice ethics
Alex del Carmen, professor and chairman of criminology
and criminal justice. Del Carmen’s research addresses terrorism and racial
profiling, specifically the perception of Muslims after 9/11 and the effects of
terrorism on the homeland. He has also led his criminology students in
discussions about the Patriot Act. Del Carmen also wrote a short narrative on
terrorism and presented his paper at the Universidad Complutense de Madrid.
9/11 in film and literature
Michael Brittain, senior PhD candidate in English.
Brittain is teaching a class on representations of 9/11 in film and literature.
Students study six novels and other works that revolve around 9/11. They look
at short films from various directors (for example: Sean Penn) and from various
countries that reflect on that day. They also look at music that came out of
that time period, such as Bruce Springsteen’s “The Rising.” They also look at
poetry and essays. The objective is to make students aware that this literature
exists. Brittain said the subject area has become its own genre, one students
should analyze for its variety of artistic representations.
Brent Sasley, assistant professor of political science.
Sasley is an expert in Middle East politics and changes in Iraq and Afghanistan
following the reigns of Saddam Hussein and Osama bin Laden.
Jared Kenworthy, assistant professor of psychology, and Patricia Lyons, PhD candidate in
psychology, are experts in the psychology behind some U.S. residents’ negative
attitudes toward Arab-Americans post-Sept. 11.
Health and homeland security
Susan Cherry, clinical instructor of nursing, has
played an active role in changing the way medical personnel prepare for a
terrorist attack. She was director of emergency preparedness at USMD Hospital-Arlington
from 2003 to 2009 and a voting member of the DFW Hospital Council. As the lead instructor
for community health nursing, a course all nursing students must pass their
senior year, she has incorporated a twice-yearly disaster simulation into the
course that lets students demonstrate knowledge and skills they would need in a
Samir Iqbal, assistant professor of electrical
engineering. Iqbal works on biological agent detection. He uses nanotechnology
to detect biological changes in people, luggage, containers, etc., technology
with Homeland Security applications.
Harry Stephanou, professor of electrical engineering and
director of Automation Research & Robotics Institute at UT Arlington. His
research is in micro- and nano-robots, robotics, micro- and nano-tools.
Sanjal Das, professor of computer science and
engineering and founding director of UT Arlington’s Center for Research in
Wireless Mobility and Networking (CReWMaN). Das’ research interests include mobile
computing, wireless networks and protocols, pervasive computing, cyber
security, wireless multimedia, wireless Internet and 3G wireless systems.
Mohan Kumar, professor of computer science and
engineering. Kumar’s research is in unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) and sensor
detection systems (mainly remote). His work mainly deals with acquiring
information from several UAVs at once.
Atilla Dogan, professors of mechanical and aerospace
engineering, and Brian Huff,
industrial and manufacturing systems engineering. They are working with the
Arlington Police Department to develop unmanned aerial vehicles to monitor
surroundings on the ground. The partnership is hoping to secure state funding.
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