University research endeavors
Professor Krishnan Rajeshwar
has received the Electrochemical Society’s Energy Technology Division Research Award. The honor goes to individuals in academia, national laboratories and industry who have made significant contributions to energy research and development. Dr. Rajeshwar’s research ranges from oil sands, oil shales and coals to solar energy conversion. He co-wrote Solar Hydrogen Generation: Toward a Renewable Energy Future
(Springer, 2008), which examines strategies for generating hydrogen from water using energy from sunlight. A UT Arlington faculty member since 1983, Rajeshwar is associate dean of the College of Science and co-director of the Center for Renewable Energy Science and Technology. He is also the editor of Interface, the journal of the Electrochemical Society.
Good neighbor policy
The School of Urban and Public Affairs
is lending its planning and public administration expertise to a section of north central Arlington. Graduate students of Associate Professor Jianling Li
and Assistant Professor Colleen Casey
recently surveyed residents of the Town North community to assess the neighborhood’s assets and challenges. The area is bounded by Randol Mill Road, Sanford Street and Cooper and Collins streets. The survey identified crime, employment and training, traffic, parking and public disturbances as top neighborhood concerns. Assets included social cohesion, area attachment and willingness to participate in neighborhood improvement efforts. The survey indicated that 45 percent of the residents know a neighbor by name, 35 percent had been invited into a neighbor’s home, and 21 percent knew someone in the neighborhood before moving there. The findings will be used to develop a neighborhood plan.
Second skinMechanical engineering
Assistant Professor Haiying Huang
has received a five-year, $430,000 National Science Foundation Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) award. The grant will enable Dr. Huang to further her development of a revolutionary sensor concept using engineered skins to monitor the condition of structures as varied as airplanes and bridges. The research eventually could lead to “smart” sensor skins that can match or outperform the sensory capabilities of human skin. The prestigious CAREER award supports early-career activities by scholars most likely to become the academic leaders of the 21st century. Criteria include creative proposals that effectively integrate research and education. Part of the grant will help Huang develop course materials that shift the traditional lecture-based, single-discipline teaching format to student-centric, multidisciplinary learning.
UT Arlington researchers have found strong evidence for what they call the “Latino Social Advantage.” William Ickes
, distinguished professor of psychology
, and social psychologists Renee Holloway
(’06 PhD) and Amy Waldrip
(’07 PhD) studied the initial interactions of more than 60 pairs of same-sex strangers, looking at all combinations of blacks, Latinos and whites. They found that interactions including at least one Latino involved more talking, gazing and smiling and were rated as better interactions than those that included only blacks or whites. The researchers traced the differences to the greater percentage of “simpatico relevant” thoughts and feelings—those containing words such as pleasant, agreeable, considerate and friendly—reported by Latino interaction partners. The article reporting this study was published in a 2009 issue of the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology.