Research Magazine 2006

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NSF funds research on wireless networks

The National Science Foundation has awarded a $450,000 grant to UT Arlington computer science and engineering researchers to study wireless sensor networks. Under the direction of Assistant Professor Yonghe Liu, the project will investigate asynchronous wireless sensor network architecture for ultra energy efficiency and extended network life. Professors Sajal Das and Mohan Kumar are assisting. The architecture involves a sensor node that directly writes data into a special, reactive module (RFID tag-based) residing on the receiving node while its main platform is asleep. This way, individual sensors can schedule their own transmission without demanding any network-wide or local synchronization. Wireless sensor networks have potential applications in precision agriculture, environmental monitoring, border control and other areas.

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Biologist wins naturalist award

Biology Chair Jonathan Campbell has received the Southwestern Association of Naturalists 2007 W. Frank Blair Eminent Naturalist Award. The honor recognizes a lifetime commitment to outstanding study or conservation of the flora or fauna of the southwestern United States, Mexico and Central America. Dr. Campbell is recognized as a world expert on the amphibians and reptiles of the Americas. He has discovered and described more than 100 vertebrates, including more than 10 percent of the known amphibians and reptiles of Guatemala.

Students meet energy challenge  

A team of electrical engineering undergraduate students recently won the Outstanding Teamwork Award at the International Future Energy Challenge. UT Arlington was the only U.S. team among the five finalists in the contest conducted by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Power Electronics Society and the Power Supply Manufacturers Association. Teams from Australia, Bangladesh, Brazil, China, Germany, Korea, Sri Lanka and the United States competed.

Bioengineer a top young investigator

Bioengineering Assistant Professor Kytai Nguyen has received the American Heart Association’s Scientist Development Award for promising young investigators. Dr. Nguyen will receive a four-year, $260,000 grant to develop platelet-mimicking nanoparticles that can carry drugs to injured vessel walls following cardiovascular procedures like angioplasty.

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Magazine honored

UT Arlington’s Research magazine won a Gold Award in the 2007 Hermes Creative Awards. Hermes is an international competition for creative professionals administered by the Association of Marketing and Communication Professionals. Research won an Achievement Award for medical/scientific writing in the 2007 Council for the Advancement and Support of Education District IV competition. CASE District IV comprises Texas, Oklahoma, New Mexico,  Arkansas, Louisiana and Mexico.

Physicists to study uranium detection

The National Science Foundation has awarded a three-year, $300,000 grant to physicists Wei Chen and Andrew Brandt for research on uranium detection. The professors will use nanoparticles to detect uranium, a critical concern because of its potential use in nuclear terrorism. The researchers plan to develop a novel nanostructure phosphor for radiation detection. The grant comes from the NSF’s Department of Homeland Security Academic Research Initiative. Dr. Chen is the principal investigator and Dr. Brandt the co-principal investigator. Alan Joly of Pacific Northwestern National Lab is a collaborator.