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UTA In The News — Friday, February 24, 2012

Friday, February 24, 2012

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Celebrating College Park Center

Athletic Business reported in its February issue that The University of Texas at Arlington celebrated the completion of its $78 million College Park Center with a men's and women's basketball doubleheader this month. Designed by architectural firm HKS Inc., headquartered in Dallas, the building is marked by a highly reflective metal roof and large windows that bathe the entrance with natural light and contribute to the building's expected LEED Gold certification.

Creating cancer cell killers

A team of University of Texas at Arlington researchers have developed a method that uses magnetic carbon nanoparticles to target and destroy cancer cells through laser therapy - a treatment they believe could be effective in cases of skin and other cancers without damaging surrounding healthy cells, the websites Nanowerk News and PhysOrg reported. A paper about the work by Ali R. Koymen, professor of physics, and Samarendra Mohanty, assistant professor of physics, was published in January’s edition of the Journal of Biomedical Optics. Ling Gu and Vijayalakshmi Vardarajan, two post-doctoral researchers in Mohanty’s lab, were coauthors on the paper “Magnetic-field-assisted photothermal therapy of cancer cells using Fe-doped carbon nanoparticles.”

Research focuses on prehistoric extinctions

The blog Climate Progress published a National Science Foundation news release on a recent study coauthored by Harry Rowe, UT Arlington assistant professor, and 13 others that said the deadliest mass extinction of all took a long time to kill 90 percent of Earth’s marine life–and it killed in stages. About 252 million years ago, at the end of the Permian period, Earth almost became a lifeless planet. Evidence points to massive volcanism in Siberia as a factor.

"Roots of Our History" revealed

The UC Gallery at UT Arlington featured "The Roots of Our History" this week, an exhibit that includes images of prominent African American leaders that helped pave the way for the African American community and our country, Pegasus News reported. On Wednesday students were scheduled to present readings of poetry and speech excerpts from some of history's most notable African American figures.