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Innovation and creativity

Thursday, July 23, 2015

UT Arlington student Mohammed Azmat Qureshi and his partner Oluwatosin Oluwadare have developed the app “EyeCYou,” which helps the visually impaired “see” people in front of them through Connect Ability, a tech challenge aimed at empowering people with disabilities, American Public Media’s Marketplace and KERA 90.1 FM’s Breakthroughs blog reported. Android Central , WBFO 88.7AM (Buffalo, NY) , and various other media outlets also ran the story.

Race car weekend

Monday, July 20, 2015

UT Arlington students hosted the 15th Annual Texas Autocross this weekend, WFAA Channel 8 and the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported. KRLD 1080, KDFW Fox 4 and the Fort Worth Star-Telegram also previewed the event, which featured student formula race cars from at least a dozen universities across the country.

Stronger materials

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

A University of Texas at Arlington professor is collaborating with Sikorsky Aircraft Corp. through a $1.35 million grant to design more durable materials and accelerate their implementation in composite aircraft, and ECN reported. Andrew Makeev, professor in the Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Department and director of the UT Arlington Advanced Materials and Structures Lab, received the grant from the Army National Rotorcraft Technology Center to build stronger and more durable composite materials for aircraft.

Research university

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

During an interview with KDFW/Fox 4, new Arlington Mayor Jeff Williams promoted UT Arlington as a major research university.  

Mind for Business

Friday, July 3, 2015

The University of Texas at Arlington College of Business will begin offering an Executive Delivery Ph.D. with a concentration in international business in January 2016, FWB CEO, a new Fort Worth Business Press magazine, reported.

Smarter care for seniors

Monday, June 15, 2015

Researchers at The University of Texas at Arlington hope that intelligent care technology in apartments and homes in the future will reduce risks and costs encountered by older adults and those with disabilities who want to live independently, Property Management Insider reported. Such an apartment, filled with special sensors that measure the health of its occupants and compile data that could detect illness or injury, debuted in May in Fort Worth.

Governor’s University Research Initiative

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Gov. Greg Abbott recently signed new legislation that will create the Governor’s University Research Initiative – a mission to attract world-class researchers, including Nobel laureates, to Texas public universities, reported. The Texas Legislature has approved $40 million in funding for the initiative. In another significant investment in research, the Legislature appropriated $138.1 million for the Texas Research Incentive Program, which was established in 2009 and incentivizes matching private gifts supporting research at emerging research institutions, including UT Arlington.

Bringing back manufacturing

Monday, June 8, 2015

The seeds for a U.S. manufacturing renaissance are being sewn in east Fort Worth, where researchers are pioneering automated technologies that could restore stateside products production, the Fort Worth Business Press reported. As one of seven recipients of Walmart Foundation grant money awarded last year, UTARI is using its $229,214 to develop flexible assembly lines. Using the same equipment for multiple products in multiple sizes could cut manufacturing costs and strengthen what Wal-Mart officials call a “reshoring” of U.S jobs sent overseas years ago. UTARI held a U.S. Manufacturing Symposium Wednesday.

Better batteries

Monday, June 8, 2015

David Wetz, a UT Arlington associate professor of electrical engineering, is studying how batteries behave when run at the highest rates for the U.S. Navy, In Compliance Magazine reported.

Improving emergency response

Monday, June 8, 2015

As North Texas continues to dry out, leaders from across the area met last week to discuss the challenges posed by the flooding. They are working to improve emergency response going forward, the Dallas Sun and eWallStreeter reported. The story orgininally aired on KXAS NBC 5

New beginning

Monday, June 8, 2015

The Salvation Army Youth Education Town hosted graduation for the adult class. UT Arlington President Vistasp Karbhari was the keynote speaker, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported. More than 1,000 graduates have completed the course since the program was established in 1979.

Campus construction

Monday, June 8, 2015

The state legislature approved $70 million in bonds for a new science education, innovation and research building at The University of Texas at Arlington, the Fort Worth Business Press reported in a story about construction bonds approved for university and college campuses.

Water experts

Friday, June 5, 2015

Water experts from North Texas cities, agencies, federal groups and universities met at UT Arlington yesterday and today to identify challenges and develop solutions to flooding problems the region experienced in May, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, KXAS NBC 5, WFAA Channel 8 and KTVT CBS 11 reported. D.J. Seo, a UT Arlington associate professor of civil engineering, organized the workshop. Seo's work using a new radar system and crowdsourcing helps answer urban  flooding problems.

Bringing back manufacturing

Thursday, June 4, 2015

UT Arlington researchers — with help from Wal-Mart — are developing a flexible manufacturing system that assembles parts slightly larger than a thimble, The Dallas Morning News reported. The theory is that the system could be adapted to different products of different sizes, reducing the manufacturing costs and allowing goods built overseas to be made in the United States. “We have to learn how to be more competitive, smarter and more cost-efficient,” Mickey McCabe, executive director of the UT Arlington Research Institute said Wednesday at its annual U.S. Manufacturing Symposium in Fort Worth.

Bond funding for university buildings

Thursday, June 4, 2015

After a long dry spell, public universities in North Texas and across the state are expected to get money for new facilities, a Fort Worth Star-Telegram editorial said. Legislators sent a $3 billion bond package for the work to Gov. Greg Abbott for approval. North Texas lawmakers who helped support the funding deserve praise for their work. Of the $3 billion bond package, UT Arlington is expected to receive $70 million to pay part of the cost of a science and education innovation research building. 

Campus construction

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

The Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported on the $3 billion bond package passed by Texas lawmakers for college construction projects. The measure allocates $70 million for UT Arlington to help construct a science and innovation and research building. The total cost of the building is estimated at $190 million, according to an online legislative request. “This is a very positive development for UTA,” said state Rep. Chris Turner, D-Grand Prairie, whose district includes the college. “UTA is growing rapidly, and it is poised to become a leading research university.”

College construction

Monday, June 1, 2015

After a long wait, dozens of new buildings could soon be coming to university campuses across Texas. That's thanks to legislation sent to Gov. Greg Abbott on Saturday, The Texas Tribune, Fort Worth Business Press, The Dallas Morning News and other media reported. By a 26-5 vote, the Senate approved the conference committee report on House Bill 100 on Saturday; one day after the House did the same. The legislation authorizes $3.1 billion worth of construction bonds. UT Arlington will get $70 million for a science education, innovation and research building.  

New liberal arts dean appointed

Friday, May 29, 2015

The Dallas Business Journal, Reuters, Bloomberg Business and many other media outlets reported that Paul Wong, dean of the College of Arts and Letters at San Diego State University, has been appointed Dean of the UT Arlington College of Liberal Arts. Wong has international experience and brings a fundraising record to match his academic stature.

CPRIT grants to aid cancer research

Friday, May 22, 2015

The Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT) Wednesday announced that six institutions of The University of Texas System have been awarded a combined $41.6 million in grants to help make advancements in the prevention and treatment of cancer. UT Arlington received a grant for biomechanical profiling of migrating brain cancer genotypes in tightly-confined space for drug screening.

The Future of Health

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

The Texas Standard reported on UT Arlington’s recent unveiling of the innovative “Smart Care” apartment. The apartment uses intelligent care technology to reduce risks to the elderly and disabled who want to live independently. Kathryn Daniel, associate professor in the College of Nursing and Health Innovation and director of the Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner Program, said: "It’s about the integration of things that already exist, using the technology that we already have in new ways.”

Friday, May 15, 2015

The UT Arlington schools of Architecture and Urban and Public Affairs combine to strengthen academic and research opportunities under the new College of Architecture, Planning and Public Affairs, Archinect reported. The University of Texas System Board of Regents approved the creation of the new college, led by founding dean Nan Ellin, this week during its regular meeting in Austin. 

Tapping into connections

Thursday, May 14, 2015

In a Fort Worth Star-Telegram article, Arlington Mayor-elect Jeff Williams said he plans to tap into the city’s citizen experts, into the Arlington Chamber of Commerce — of which he is a former chairman — and into UT Arlington’s connections at home and abroad to look for ways to save tax money and boost corporate recruitment. 

Science education research

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

The Chromatography Online blog, LCGC, published a post by Kevin Schug, associate professor and Shimadzu Distinguished Professor of Analytical Chemistry in the Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry at UT Arlington, about the disconnect between science research and science education research.

Ideal market

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

2e Creative, Inc., a full-service creative agency based in St. Louis, Mo., with expertise in healthcare, science, and technology, will expand to the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex to launch a new strategic PR and corporate communications service, the St. Louis Business Journal reported. The Dallas-Fort Worth area has become an ideal market for the health care, medical device and biotech industries, fueled by local institutions like the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center and research universities that include the University of North Texas, the University of Texas at Dallas, and The University of Texas at Arlington. 

Chemistry chair featured

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

The Analytical Scientist featured Daniel Armstrong, professor and UT Arlington Robert A. Welch Chemistry Chair, in an article about the 39th Annual International Symposium on Capillary Chromatography & 12th GCxGC Symposium that he will lead May 16 in Fort Worth. Among the conference highlights, Sandy Dasgupta, the Jenkins Garrett Professor of Chemistry at UT Arlington, will present a recently published paper on “An Ion Chromatograph for Extraterrestrial Explorations – A Mission to Mars.” The paper details Dasgupta’s NASA-funded project that produced a device to analyze soil samples from Mars. Information about the conference is here.

Weather and roads

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

A new study by researchers at The University of Texas at Arlington finds a high likelihood that extreme storms and higher precipitation will lead to transportation disruption and widespread damage to roads, railways and airport runways in the Dallas-Fort Worth region by the end of the 21st century, reported. Arne Winguth, associate professor of earth and environmental sciences at UT Arlington, served as lead author of the study, "Climate Change/Extreme Weather Vulnerability and Risk Assessment for Transportation Infrastructure in Dallas and Tarrant Counties." The report, funded by the Federal Highway Administration, was submitted in March to the North Central Texas Council of Governments.

Reducing risks

Friday, May 8, 2015

A collaboration that UT Arlington’s College of Nursing and Health Innovation and College of Engineering have with Christian Care Senior Living Communities has yielded a “smart” apartment that could change the face of healthcare, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, KXAS NBC 5, WFAA Channel 8 and KTVT CBS 11 reported. Inside the new “smart care” apartment at the company’s Lakewood Village Senior Living Community in east Fort Worth, tiny sensors embedded under the tile send information about the walker’s overall activity, as well as changes in balance, gait and weight, wirelessly to a bay of computers in an adjacent room. Other technological amenities are aimed at keeping people being more independent longer.

GM grant

Thursday, May 7, 2015

The GM Arlington Assembly announced it will provide UT Arlington a $10,000 grant for University Crossroads, a program aimed at helping local students navigate the road to higher education, The News Wheel reported. The UT Arlington grant was part of $100,000 in grants to various community agencies through the General Motors Foundation’s Plant City Grants program. These grants will be used to help fund essential outreach programs aimed at building a stronger community and enriching lives in the Arlington area.

Connecting with Silicon Valley

Monday, May 4, 2015

The University of Texas at Arlington announced a new partnership with a longtime Silicon Valley entrepreneur and alumna who will establish a strategic outpost to match technology developed within the University with investors and corporate partners, Military Technologies reported. As part of the partnership, an agreement between GrandCanal Solutions, a supply chain optimization company, and the UT Arlington Department of Industrial, Manufacturing and Systems Engineering will focus on resolving industrial engineering issues within the complexity of today’s outsourced supply-chain environments.

The StartUp Lounge

Monday, April 20, 2015

A new entrepreneurial space – The StartUp Lounge – has opened at the University of Texas at Arlington, the Fort Worth Business Press Tech Notes and Dallas Business Journal Tech Flash blog reported. The StartUp Lounge expects to augment institutions that exist within the North Texas Region by facilitating initial steps within the entrepreneurial process. The initiative is a collaborative, with representation from Shimadzu Scientific Instruments, Shimadzu Institute for Research Technologies, the UT Arlington schools and colleges of business, science and engineering, and TECH Fort Worth through TECHFW@UTA.


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