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UTA In The News — Thursday, August 18, 2011

Thursday, August 18, 2011

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Samir Iqbal featured in a story about nanopore biosensing

Samir Iqbal, a UT Arlington assistant professor of electrical engineering, was featured in a story about nanopore biosensing. Iqbal and his colleagues have recently come up with a novel approach that provides precise control of the nanopore size as well as the charge on the pore walls. "We developed a home-built plasma reactor system, which used methacrylic acid monomer to deposit PPPF films inside the nanopore," explained Iqbal, who conducts research in the University's Nano-Bio Lab, part of the Nanotechnology Research and Teaching Facility.

Harry Stephanou scheduled to appear live on CNN

Harry Stephanou, director of the UT Arlington Automation & Robotics Research Institution, is scheduled to appear live at about 12:45 p.m. today on the CNN Newsroom segment, "Big I." Stephanou will discuss microbotics research under way at ARRI.

Barnett Shale

The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality said Wednesday that it has levied a $212,500 fine against J-W Operating Co. of Wise County, an oil and natural gas producer in the Barnett Shale, for air emissions violations that were "noted in a December 2010 records review." The Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported that the entire fine will go to The University of Texas at Arlington for the Texas Air Monitoring Network, which uses automated gas-chromatograph monitors to measure air quality in North Texas, including areas with substantial Barnett Shale operations.

New residence hall to be named after Tom Vandergriff

The Arlington Citizen-Journal reported that a new residence hall at UT Arlington will be named after Tom Vandergriff, the late former mayor, congressman and Tarrant County judge. The University of Texas System Board of Regents approved the name for the 500-bed dormitory under construction in the College Park development.

Brent Sasley's story about Canada's powerfule Israel lobby

The Baltimore Jewish Times quoted Brent Sasley, a UT Arlington assistant professor of political science, in a story about Canada's powerful Israel lobby. "Put simply, Jews have had a much longer history of acclimatization into the Canadian economic, social, and political environment," Sasley has written.

Donald R. Bobbitt quoted by the Arkansas Times

The Arkansas Times quoted Donald R. Bobbitt, UT Arlington provost and vice president for academic affairs, in a story about higher education costs and the need for new ideas in Arkansas. "We simply can't continue to do what we've done in the past," Bobbitt said. He takes over as president of the University of Arkansas System on Nov. 1. He added that at UT Arlington, the expansion of online classes has helped increase enrollment by more than 30 percent in three years, which has helped the bottom line.

Alumna Jillian Smith

Kaplan College's Arlington campus recently dedicated its new criminal justice training facility to Arlington police officer Jillian Smith, who was killed in December while responding to a domestic assault call, the Arlington Citizen-Journal reported. Smith was a graduate of UT Arlington.