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UTA In The News — Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

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Endowed professorship named for slain officer

The University of Texas at Arlington has named a $250,000 endowed social work professorship for slain Arlington police officer and UT Alumna Jillian Smith, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported. The professorship will allow researchers to examine ways to reduce domestic violence. Smith was killed while responding to a domestic call last year. The Star-Telegram story was mentioned on KXAS/NBC 5.

UMED collaboration

The University of Texas at Arlington is highlighted in a report about UMED Holdings, Inc. The company announced yesterday that it has obtained an exclusive licensing agreement from 1st Resource Group, Inc. for the commercialization of 1RG’s natural gas to synthetic fuel proprietary technology. In 2009, 1RG entered into a Sponsored Research Agreement with UT Arlington to improve the existing and proven Fischer-Tropsch synthesis process for the conversion of natural gas into liquid hydrocarbons, or synthetic fuels.

NASA grant awarded to chemistry professor

The Dallas Business Journal  reported on the $1.2 million grant NASA awarded Purnendu “Sandy” Dasgupta, a UT Arlington chemistry professor, to study the composition of soil on Mars.

Top universities included UT Arlington in its report about the top universities for students to pursue higher education.

Music professor named judge in new contest

Jim Yakas, a UT Arlington adjunct assistant professor of music, has been named one of three judges for the inaugural North Texas Drumline Clinic and Contest, the reported.

Bees invade golf tournament

Tens of thousands of bees caused the cancellation of the final round of the UTA Waterchase Invitational collegiate golf tournament, KXAS/NBC 5, KDFW/FOX 4 and numerous other media organizations reported.