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In the News 2016

February

Alternative fuel

Monday, February 29, 2016

International Business Times (AU) reported that UTA chemists and engineers made hydrocarbons by cooking carbon dioxide and water at 180 to 200°C under high pressure, along with a catalyst and ultraviolet radiation from the sun. The story also appeared in Energy Options and OneNewsPage. Their work was published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

Real-time tissue analysis

Monday, February 29, 2016

Science Codex, NewsWise, HealthNewsDigest, Health Canal and ScienceDaily reported that researchers at UT Southwestern Medical Center have determined that light reflectance spectroscopy can differentiate between malignant and benign prostate tissue with 85 percent accuracy, a finding that may lead to real-time tissue analysis during prostate cancer surgery. UTA bioengineering professor Hanli Liu contributed to the study.

Sleep apnea help

Monday, February 29, 2016

Healthworks Collective mentioned UTA in a list of breakthrough sleep apnea technologies. UTA and UNT Health Science Center researchers have developed a user-friendly system that alerts the individual whenever there’s an airflow leak in their PAP, or positive airway pressure machine.

Sustainable fuels technology

Friday, February 26, 2016

A team of chemists and engineers at The University of Texas at Arlington has come up with a one-step process to convert carbon dioxide and water into a liquid hydrocarbon fuel, Conservation magazine reported. Their process involves a combination of high-intensity light, high pressure and temperature, and a cheap, abundant catalyst.

Science fair students excel

Friday, February 26, 2016

The Hood County News reported that 14 Granbury ISD students excelled at the 65th Fort Worth Regional Science & Engineering Fair at UTA and are advancing to the ExxonMobil Texas Science and Engineering Fair on March 31-April 2 in San Antonio.

Chemistry honors

Thursday, February 25, 2016

Samir Iqbal, a UTA associate professor of electrical engineering, has been named a Fellow of the prestigious Royal Society of Chemistry, the United Kingdom-based association representing more than 50,000 of the world’s leading chemical scientists, AZO Nano reported.

Smart cushion

Thursday, February 25, 2016

Researchers from The University of Texas at Arlington Research Institute and Human Engineering Research Laboratories at the University of Pittsburgh are creating an automated seat cushion intended to prevent pressure ulcers in wheelchair users, Phys.org, Medical Design Technology and many other media outlets reported. The $740,000 project, funded through the Congressionally Directed Medical Research Program Department of Defense and awarded by the U.S. Army Medical Research Acquisition Activity, is focused specifically on relief for wheelchair users whose impairments were caused by spinal cord injuries or other neurological complications. 

Sustainable energy

Thursday, February 25, 2016

A team of UTA chemists and engineers has proven that concentrated light, heat and high pressures can drive the one-step conversion of carbon dioxide and water directly into useable liquid hydrocarbon fuels, Yahoo! Mexico and Kallanish Energy reported.

STEM studies

Thursday, February 25, 2016

Educate Texas, a public-private partnership, announced recently that it has awarded grants for a new statewide initiative that encourages both K-12 and college students to pursue STEM careers, Rambler Newspapers reported. The Texas Regional STEM Degree Accelerator Initiative, in partnership with UTA and other institutions, has been created to increase the number of students who graduate from college with STEM credentials.

Shock wave injuries

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

To better understand how shock waves harm the brain and contribute to traumatic brain injury, the Office of Naval Research’s Warfighter Performance Department is supporting work by Michael Cho, chairman of the UTA Bioengineering Department, Seapower Magazine reported. Cho’s efforts center on the idea that explosive shock waves cause microcavitations, which are tiny bubbles, to form and collapse in the brain. These energy-packed bubbles are so miniscule that they can’t be detected by current technology. Consequently, this kind of injury often goes untreated.

Alternative fuel

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Cosmos magazine reports that UTA chemists and engineers made hydrocarbons by cooking carbon dioxide and water at 180 to 200 °C under high pressure, along with a catalyst and ultraviolet radiation from the sun. The story was also reported by Innovation Toronto and ECN magazine. Their work was published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

Sustainable fuels technology

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

A team of University of Texas at Arlington chemists and engineers has proven that concentrated light, heat and high pressures can drive the one-step conversion of carbon dioxide and water directly into useable liquid hydrocarbon fuels, Solar Thermal magazine, Science Codex, Phys.org, Nanowerk, ScienceDaily, the Business Standard and other media reported.

Medical hackathon

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Some 150 students from universities round the U.S. converged on UTA for a medical hackathon to propose solutions for cancer, KTVT/CBS 11 reported. Organized by Duby Okonkwo, a UTA bioengineering pre-med junior, “Hack the Health” brought together students from different disciplines for three days of discussion around a specific problem related to cancer.

Cancer cell detection tool

Monday, February 22, 2016

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, In Compliance magazine and Electronic Products.com reported.  

Summer science camp

Friday, February 19, 2016

The ExxonMobil Bernard Harris Summer Science Camp announced Thursday that it has opened its application process for students to participate in summer sessions on college campuses around the country, CNBC.com, WAFB 9 in Baton Rouge, La., InvestorPoint, Yahoo! Finance and several other websites reported. For more than 10 years, the program has attracted rising and current middle-school students who want to experience college life while learning about science, technology, engineering and math. UTA is one of the 10 college campuses on which the camp is held.

CAREER milestone

Friday, February 19, 2016

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, MDT.com reported. Hong's technology is an advancement over conventional conductive polymers that are very stiff, hard to be processed and non-degradable. The newly built scaffold should have several biomedical applications such as tissue repair.

Cancer cell detection tool

Friday, February 19, 2016

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, One News Page and BioNews Texas reported.

CAREER milestone

Thursday, February 18, 2016

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.

Cancer cell detection tool

Thursday, February 18, 2016

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.

Engineer praised

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

A Star-Telegram editorial lauded Jim Nichols, who guided engineering firm Freese and Nichols through a period of tremendous growth. Nichols, an advisor to the UTA College of Engineering, died Thursday at 92.

New cancer detection

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

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, i4u.com, brandyscynario.com, Pakistani News, The News Tribe, Dawn.com and several other websites reported.

Medical diagnostics

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

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, Phys.org, One News Page, Select Science, Nanowerk and several other websites reported.

Assessing risks

Monday, February 15, 2016

Anand Puppala, UTA Distinguished Teaching Professor and associate dean for research for the College of Engineering, said work his team is doing at Eagle Mountain Lake could be used to assess risk at other dams once more data is collected, The Dallas Morning News reported in a story about proposed gas drilling at Lake Lewisville. However, Puppala said the ground is different at different lake locations.

Research partner

Monday, February 15, 2016

UTA’s Center for Underground Infrastructure Research and Education was mentioned as a research partner with the National Association of Sewer Service Companies, Underground Construction reported.

Laser efficiency

Monday, February 15, 2016

An ultrathin semiconductor laser under development at UTA can be integrated with mainstream electronics on the same silicon substrate with increased capacity and energy efficiency, photonics.com and BioNews Texas reported. Professor Weidong Zhou has received $1.5 million in grants to advance lab-on-a-chip technology. 

Concrete show lauds UTA study

Thursday, February 11, 2016

New advances in concrete chemistry were on display at the World of Concrete show in Las Vegas recently, the Engineering News-Record reported. Chemical giant BASF was touting the recent results of its strength tests on concrete pipe, bolstered by a UTA study that used synthetic macrofibers instead of more traditional means.

Sun's NSF grant on lasers

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Yuze "Alice" Sun, a UTA bioengineering assistant professor, received a National Science Foundation grant from for research on lasers that would better detect indicators of disease, Photonics.com and AZO Optics reported. Sun’s research aims to apply laser technology to detect biomarkers, molecules specifically associated with diseases, in minute fluid samples, like those used on lab-on-a-chip devices.

Laser advancement

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Yuze "Alice" Sun, a UTA bioengineering assistant professor, received a National Science Foundation grant from for research on lasers that would detect indicators of disease, Science Business reported. Sun’s research aims to apply laser technology to detect biomarkers, molecules specifically associated with diseases, in minute fluid samples, like those used on lab-on-a-chip devices.

Data center efficiencies

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

UTA is part of a team receiving a $1.1 million grant to support Villanova University’s Center for Energy Smart Electronic Systems, WFIE 14 in Evansville, Ill.; KUSI in San Diego, Calif.; WALB 10 in Albany, Ga.; and many other media outlets reported. In addition to UTA and Villanova, the Georgia Institute of Technology and Binghamton University, the lead university on the project, are in the Collaborative Research Cluster Partnership along with  several companies. The goal of the partnership is to generate more reliable, renewable and more efficient power for data centers.

ClaimBuster

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

A Fort Worth Star-Telegram editorial called a new UTA fact-checking tool intriguing. Chengkai Li, a UTA associate professor of computer science and engineering, is using a device to check claims in political debates, getting closer to automated fact-checking. 

Liu receives top honor

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Hanli Liu, a UTA bioengineering professor, has been named a Fellow of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering for her work in medical instrumentation and imaging, the Dallas Business Journal reported.

Better cancer detection

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Medical News Today reported on recent improvements to DNA technology for detecting and treating disease. The research of Samir Iqbal, a UTA associate professor of electrical engineering, was highlighted. His research involves using electronic chips coated with RNA aptamers to better detect cancer and other diseases.

CMAS Technology Lab

Monday, February 8, 2016

General Motors partnered with the League of United Latin American Citizens to open a new technology center on the UTA campus, KXAS NBC 5 reported. Students and community members will be able to use the space to learn more about science, technology, engineering and math. Saturday, LULAC, GM and UTA held a ribbon-cutting ceremony to open the lab, KUSI 9 in San Diego, Calif., WWBT NBC 12 in Richmond, Va., WTOL 11 NBC in Toledo, Ohio, and many other media outlets reported.

Electromagnetic fields

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Erick Jones, a UTA professor of industrial, manufacturing and systems engineering, participated in a study led by UT Dallas that demonstrated that energy from cellphone towers amplifies pain in amputees, Science Daily and Stone Hearth News reported. This is one of the first studies to look at the effects of electromagnetic fields in a nerve-injury model. 

App challenge

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Taylor Johnson, a UTA assistant professor of computer science and engineering, and David Levine, a UTA senior lecturer of computer science and engineering, judged Townview School of Business and Management students during the annual Congressional App Challenge reception at El Centro Community College, Dallas ISD’s The HUB reported. Congressman Marc Veasey, D-Fort Worth, also attended the event.

UTA alum noted

Thursday, February 4, 2016

UTA alumna and astronaut Kalpana Chawla was noted in a NYSEPost article on the Columbia Space Shuttle explosion. Chawla completed her master’s of science in aerospace engineering at UTA in 1984. Feb. 1 marked 13 years since the shuttle tragedy.

Ultra-thin semiconductor laser

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Weidong Zhou, an UTA electrical engineering professor, is developing a new type of ultra-thin semiconductor laser that can be integrated with mainstream electronics on the same silicon substrate for increased speed, capacity and efficiency, Phys.org, Nanowerk, (e) Science News, Electronic Component News and ASEE First Bell reported. The research is supported by a three-year, $600,000 grant from the U.S. Army Research Office and a three-year, $935,000 grant from the Air Force Office of Scientific Research.

UTA named to top group

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

UTA was named in the elite group of R-1: Doctoral Universities - Highest Research Activity by the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education, Reuters, Dallas Business Journal, Austin Business Journal, Education Dive and more than 100 other media sites reported. With this new classification, UTA joins a distinguished group of 115 institutions including Harvard, MIT and Johns Hopkins in the highest research or R-1 category.

Structural problems

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Simon Chao, a UTA structural engineer in the Civil Engineering Department, said the destruction that a Red Oak ISD elementary school sustained during a recent tornado should have never happened, Fox 4/KDFW reported. Chao said school districts should ensure that the walls in their schools are built properly.

Landfill mining

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Sahadat Hossain, a UTA civil engineering professor, was interviewed on KDFW FOX4’s Fox4ward segment about his work with the city of Denton on landfill mining. Hossain’s research will recycle already buried refuse to recycle it or decompose it further to produce methane gas, which can be used to power Denton homes. Hossain said the research could become a standard for cities across the globe as they could greatly increase the life of their landfills. 

Measuring brain performance

Monday, February 1, 2016

Dr. George Kondraske, director of UTA's Human Performance Institute, worked with Pittsburg company RC21X to develop a web-based tool used to assess brain performance following trauma, RC21X executives told WPXI NBC5 (Pittsburg, Pa.). The tool is already used by sports teams to assess athletes following concussions.

January

UTA inventors

Friday, January 29, 2016

With three new National Academy of Inventors fellows, UTA is one step closer to becoming a Tier One university, Fort Worth Weekly reported. The story said: “When Vistasp Karbhari became president of The University of Texas at Arlington in 2013, he made it clear that he wanted the school to be categorized as Tier One, a status afforded to nationally recognized research facilities such as Texas A&M University, Rice University and the University of Texas at Austin. He is now three steps closer to achieving that goal.”

Shockwave research

Friday, January 29, 2016

BioNews Texas reported on UTA Bioengineering Chair Michael Cho’s $1.24 million navy grant to show how shockwaves injure the brains of soldiers in battle. The article also mentioned the recent appointment of Jon Weidanz, whose field of expertise is in cancer diagnostic and treatment products, as associate vice president for research and professor of biology to strengthen the school’s health science initiatives.

UTA alum appointed

Friday, January 29, 2016

UTA alumna Laura Sullivan has been appointed by Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder to the Flint Water Interagency Coordinating Committee to set in place long-term solutions to Flint’s water system, RealEstateRama and Michigan.gov reported. Sullivan earned a master’s degree and a doctorate in materials science and engineering from UTA.

Landfill mining

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Sahadat Hossain, a UTA civil engineering professor, is working with the City of Denton to produce more energy through closed landfill cells in a project that mines already buried refuse, SolidWaste.com reported. The work is supported through a three-year, $399,806 Denton grant. It is the first ever landfill mining project in Texas and first-ever landfill mining project as part of a sustainable waste management system in the country. 

Landfill mining

Friday, January 22, 2016

ASEE First Bell reported on “landfill mining” research led by UTA civil engineering professor Sahadat Hossain that could improve solid waste management on a global scale. Hossain’s team is testing new methods for speeding up the rate at which garbage decomposes while determining whether long buried materials can now be recycled. Researchers also are working to boost the amount of gas generated in the landfill process so that more can be used to power homes. The story initially appeared on KTVT/CBS 11 and KXAS/NBC 5.

Reusable resource

Friday, January 22, 2016

WasteDive reported that UTA and the City of Denton are partnering on the first landfill-mining project in Texas, hoping to discover that the space can be leveraged as a viable, reusable resource.

ClaimBuster tool

Friday, January 22, 2016

Poynter.org noted several projects around the world that are exploring ways to make fact-checking faster and smarter through the use of technology. Among the projects, The University of Texas at Arlington has developed a tool called ClaimBuster that can analyze long transcripts of debates and suggest sentences that could be fact-checked.

Landfill mining

Thursday, January 21, 2016

KXAS/NBC 5 and KTVT/CBS 11 reported on “landfill mining” research led by UTA civil engineering professor Sahadat Hossain that could improve solid waste management on a global scale. Hossain’s team is testing new methods for speeding up the rate at which garbage decomposes while determining whether long buried materials can now be recycled. Researchers also are working to boost the amount of gas generated in the landfill process so that more can be used to power homes. Web versions of the broadcast stories also appear at NBCDFW.com and CBSDFW.com.

Alternative power

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Sahadat Hossain, a UTA civil engineering professor, is working with the City of Denton to produce more energy through closed landfill cells in a project that mines already buried refuse, Phys.org reported. The work is supported through a three-year, $399,806 Denton grant. It is the first ever landfill mining project in Texas and first-ever landfill mining project as part of a sustainable waste management system in the country.

Concrete research

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

The Journal of Engineering published the research article, “An Experimental Study for Quantitative Estimation of Rebar Corrosion in Concrete Using Ground Penetrating Radar,” by Nur Yazdani, a UTA professor of engineering and research assistant Md Istiaque Hasan. The paper detailed an investigation into the relationship between the amount of reinforced concrete corrosion and GPR maximum positive amplitude.

Aerospace research reviewed

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

The work of UTA’s Luca Maddalena was highlighted on theAmerican Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics’ High Speed Air Breathing Technical Committee website under a 2015 year-in-review report. Maddalena, an associate professor in the Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Department, and his team were awarded a $1.01 million federal research grant last year to build the country’s only university-based, arc-heated, hypersonic-testing facility for thermal protection systems.

Chancellor mentions Cho research

Monday, January 11, 2016

In a recent UT System blog post, Chancellor William McRaven highlighted research by Michael Cho, professor and chair of UTA’s Bioengineering Department. Cho is leading an effort to better understand brain injuries among veterans caused by shockwaves from explosions. UT Matters blog also shared the post.

Flagging statements

Monday, January 11, 2016

The Dallas Sun reported on Claimsbuster, a database query system that flags politicians’ statements by level of importance and helps identify claims that should be verified. The system is being developed by Chengkai Li, UTA computer science engineering professor, with Duke and Stanford universities through a National Science Foundation grant.

UTA faculty named to NAI

Monday, January 11, 2016

Fort Worth Business noted that three additional UTA faculty members have been named fellows of the National Academy of Inventors for a total of 13, the highest number for a Texas university and the second-highest number in the nation. The 2015 class will include UT Arlington’s Duane Dimos, vice president for research; David Nygren, Presidential Distinguished Professor of Physics; and Kenneth Reifsnider, Presidential Distinguished Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering. The new fellows will be inducted April 15 as part of the academy’s fifth annual conference in Washington, D.C.

Math, CSE grants

Monday, January 11, 2016

Fort Worth Business reported that the UTA departments of mathematics and computer science and engineering received a total of $1.5 million for two U.S. Department of Education grants to help students earn doctoral degrees in areas of national need.

Claimbuster

Friday, January 8, 2016

KXAS NBC 5 reported on Claimsbuster, a database query system being developed by a UTA computer science engineering professor that flags politicians’ statements by level of importance and helps identify claims that should be verified. Associate professor Chengkai Li is developing the system with Duke and Stanford universities through a National Science Foundation grant.

Checking the brain

Friday, January 8, 2016

Michael Cho, professor and chair of UTA’s Bioengineering Department, is leading a collaborative team with researchers at Old Dominion University, Purdue University and the UTA Research Institute to determine for the first time in real time the mechanisms that cause symptoms of traumatic brain injuries due to blast shockwaves, Rare reported.

Respiratory motion system

Friday, January 8, 2016

RT Magazine reported that Shouyi Wang, an assistant professor in UTA’s Industrial, Manufacturing and Systems Engineering Department and a data analytics expert, is working to develop a new, personalized respiratory-motion system that leads to a clearer, more precise image of the tumor to be destroyed.

Concrete pipe sustainability

Friday, January 8, 2016

ASTM reported that a new standard will support the sustainability and resiliency of concrete pipes that are reinforced by synthetic fibers. The new standard describes a strong and durable option that can be used for underground piping. Ali Abolmaali (Dr. Tseng Huang Endowed Professor and UTA Civil Engineering Department Chair) was quoted in the article saying, “Although these pipes are buried underground – where they’re not seen and seldom thought of – they help provide a safe and healthy environment for the public.”

Brain injuries

Thursday, January 7, 2016

KTVT CBS 11 interviewed Michael Cho, UTA professor and chair of the Bioengineering Department, about his research efforts in understanding brain injuries in hundreds of thousands of military veterans. “If we are successful we should have a clear understanding of the physiological mechanisms that are responsible for causing this micro-sized damage to the brain,” Cho said.

Revealing thermal characteristics

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Automation.com reported that Ankur Jain, UTA assistant professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering and director of the Microscale Thermophysics Laboratory, is using FLIR cameras to reveal thermal characteristics of microelectronic devices. “Thermal phenomena in devices of interest to us occur very rapidly, and we need full field information as opposed to single-point measurements,” Dr. Ankur Jain said.

New blood sugar testing research

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

ASEE First Bell reported that Kyungsuk Yum, UTA assistant professor of materials science and engineering, is developing an internal nanotechnology device to simplify blood sugar testing.

Laser gene therapy

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Medical News Today and International Business Times (Australia) reported that UTA physicists have developed a new platform that uses ultrafast near-infrared lasers to deliver gene therapy to damaged areas of the retina to enable vision restoration in patients with photo-degenerative diseases.

Student coding contest

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

UTA student Cameron Moreau is among 21 semi-finalists in Pearson’s third annual Student Coding Contest, eCampusNews reported. The 2015 contest places an emphasis on recruiting college students and teams to develop original groundbreaking learning applications that integrate with Pearson Application Programming Interfaces or APIs.

Better imaging

Monday, January 4, 2016

Shouyi Wang, an assistant professor of industrial, manufacturing and systems engineering in the UTA College of Engineering, is working to develop a new, personalized respiratory-motion system that leads to a clearer, more precise image of the tumor to be destroyed, reported Congoo News and Medical Xpress. Wang is the principal investigator on a three-year, $250,000 National Science Foundation grant supporting the research.

Glucose reading device

Monday, January 4, 2016

Kyungsuk Yum, an assistant professor of materials science and engineering at UTA, is developing an internal nanotechnology device to simplify blood sugar testing, reported BioNews Texas. Yum is developing the device with support from a $100,000 Texas Medical Research Collaborative grant.

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