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UTA In The News — Thursday, November 17, 2011

Thursday, November 17, 2011

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Turning trash into energy

UT Arlington engineering graduate student Ben Johnston was featured in a KTVT/CBS 11 story about his work on a microbial fuel cell that would use spoiled milk, orange juice or other liquids to create energy. The idea would use large tubes and a basic reaction with bacteria in the liquid. Tom Pryor, director of the Small Business Development Center at UT Arlington, was also interviewed about Johnston’s recent win in a contest sponsored by private industry.

UT Arlington fueling downtown development

A KXAS/NBC 5 report on Arlington’s growing downtown credited UT Arlington with spurring the renaissance that has brought new businesses and entertainment venues. Mayor Robert Cluck said: “We have 33,000 customers right across the way here, just right on the edge of downtown. UTA is helping provide that growth pattern.”

Tuition freeze drawing attention

UT Arlington President James Spaniolo’s announcement of a tuition freeze for the coming year was featured on the Education News web site. The site ran a story that previously appeared in The Chronicle of Higher Education and said that as the rest of the country believes raising tuition fees is near-on inevitable, UT Arlington has taken the maverick decision to freeze their rates.

Ben & Jerry headed to campus

KXAS/NBC 5 included a report this morning on ice cream entrepreneurs Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield’s visit to North Texas to take part in the Maverick Speaker Series at UT Arlington. Ben and Jerry will speak at 7:30 p.m. tonight in Texas Hall.

Saxe talks politics

A KTVT/CBS 11 report on Gov. Rick Perry’s plan to “Uproot and Overhaul Washington” quoted Allan Saxe, UT Arlington associate professor of political science. Saxe said: “He’s really bringing the Texas Legislature to Washington and does have sort of a resonance.”