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UTA In The News — Thursday, October 13, 2011

Thursday, October 13, 2011

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Looking for signs of life

The Dallas Morning News reported on a $1.1 million NASA grant awarded to UT Arlington’s Purnendu Dasgupta to make a miniaturized molecule detector called a chromatograph robust enough to travel to Mars and search its frozen soil for organic ions — one of the most basic ingredients of life. “I’ve done a lot of different things in my life,” said Dasgupta, a chemistry professor who in his decades-long scientific career has won awards and testified before Congress on his research. “But to know that something you have touched, maybe hopefully even tightened screws on, will actually be in space — it’s just wonderful.”

Physics professor researching eye disease treatment

The work of Samarendra Mohanty, an assistant professor of physics at UT Arlington, was featured in the October issue of BioPhotonics. Mohanty frequently uses optical tweezers and other laser-based tools to manipulate neurons. The article focused on a new approach Mohanty is developing to fight the degenerative eye disease retinitis pigmentosa.

Researchers making innovative timing device

A time-of-flight detector designed by a research team led by UT Arlington Physics Professor Andrew Brandt could one day significantly boost measurement capabilities at the Large Hadron Collider, or LHC, in Geneva, Switzerland, the websites and e! Science News reported. Brandt, who is part of The University of Texas at Arlington’s High Energy Physics Group, recently received new U.S. Department of Energy funding to work on the project with Ronald Carter and W. Alan Davis, professors in UT Arlington’s College of Engineering. His goal is to construct the fastest detector ever deployed at a particle accelerator, with 10 picosecond, or trillionths of a second, time resolution.

Reviewing Israeli policy

The Jewish Daily Forward featured a commentary by Brent Sasley, UT Arlington assistant professor of political science at UT Arlington, about Israel’s policy of retrieving captured soldiers or their bodies. He said that in this one area, where the bigger moral, tactical, and strategic imperatives are fairly clear, Israel must make decisions in the name of the state — and not on behalf of individuals, no matter how compelling their case they may be.

Perry not an option, professor says

Allan Saxe, associate professor of political science at UT Arlington, told KTVT/CBS 11 that Gov. Rick Perry has not successfully positioned himself as an alternative to Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney. But if Romney stumbles, he could have a chance.

Team studying implanted sensors

The website Newswise mentioned Liping Tang, professor of bioengineering at UT Arlington, in a story about a $1.3 million grant to study the immune response to implanted sensors, such as glucose sensors for diabetics, in hopes of prolonging the life of these important monitoring systems. Tang is part of a research team led by a University of Arkansas professor.