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UTA In The News — Friday, January 6, 2012

Friday, January 6, 2012

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College Park Center transforms UT Arlington campus

WFAA/Channel 8 reported on the last weeks of construction at College Park Center, the 7,000-seat special events center at UT Arlington that opens with basketball games Feb. 1. It’s the centerpiece of the new College Park District that's transforming UT Arlington, perhaps more than any other development in the school's history, the report said. The center was designed by HKS Inc., architects of the new Cowboys Stadium and the American Airlines Center. "This is going to be right up there with the AA Center in terms of quality and kinds of technologies it has, and the fan experience," said HKS project manager David Skaggs. The center features giant video screens for fans and luxurious, state-of-the-art training facilities, lounges and learning centers for student athletes -- all designed to draw high-caliber basketball players and more attention to UT Arlington.

Sleep Apnea device receives attention

UT Arlington bioengineering researchers have designed an innovative, ultrasonic sensor system that can accurately detect whether a person suffers from sleep apnea without the inconvenience or cost associated with an overnight stay in a sleep center, the websites and reported. Sleep apnea affects an estimated 15 percent of adults nationwide. The chronic interruption of breathing can lead to hypertension, heart failure and even some brain injuries. The new detection system promises a speedier path to diagnosis and eventual relief, said Khosrow Behbehani, professor and chair of the UT Arlington Department of Bioengineering.

Arlington redevelopment

A Fort Worth Star-Telegram editorial cautioned the Arlington City Council against being too lenient with apartment zoning change requests in the area east of the UT Arlington and adjacent to the University's new College Park District. A proposed five-story apartment complex could further boost downtown Arlington, which is beginning to see the fruits of years of redevelopment effort. But Arlington City Council members must guard against going gaga, the editorial said.

New athletic director published a feature about UT Arlington’s new athletic director, Jim Baker. Baker arrives at UT Arlington just in time to usher the Mavericks into the Western Athletic Conference in July. He will oversee 14 sports programs.