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UTA In The News — Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

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Sensor could reduce the rate of SIDS

Researchers at The University of Texas at Arlington have obtained a patent for a device that offers parents more assurance that their newborn is breathing properly, with the goal of reducing the rate of SIDS, or Sudden Infant Death Syndrome, and other sleep-related deaths, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported. J.-C. Chiao, Janet and Mike Greene Endowed Professor of Engineering at UT Arlington, along with doctoral candidate Hung Cao and Heather Beardsley, a research engineer at UT Arlington’s Automation & Robotics Research Institute, developed a wireless sensor system that detects carbon dioxide exhaled by babies as they sleep. If a baby stops breathing, the device can alert parents quickly enough to allow for lifesaving intervention. “Our sensors just let you know the baby is breathing normally without all the wires and breathing tubes most systems use now,” Chiao said.

Class of 2012 student profiled

Fort Worth Star-Telegram columnist Bob Ray Sanders profiled Charles “Eddie” Beckwith, a UT Arlington student graduating Saturday with a degree in aerospace engineering. In 2007, Beckwith anchored the 4x400-meter relay team that helped UT Arlington win its first Southland Conference track championship since 1997. An internship allows him to serve as a lead engineer on parts for a military surveillance plane. On weekends, he works as an airplane mechanic and has a pilot’s license. “People say, ‘You’re so smart,” Beckwith said. “And I say no, I’m a survivor. I just work as hard as I can.” Sanders wrote: "He’s an amazing young man, one any mother (or father) would be proud of."

UTA partners with DOE on research

The University of Texas at Arlington is listed as a partner on the Department of Energy’s Ames Laboratory project, DOE Pulse reported. The initiative will use scanning tunneling electron microscopy in a research effort to develop a new manganese-based material for use in rare-earth free high-strength, permanent magnets.

Marshall on Dewhurst poll

The Fort Worth Star-Telegram interviewed Tom Marshall, political science professor at UT Arlington, about a new poll that suggests Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst might avoid a runoff in the race to replace Kay Bailey Hutchison, R-TX, in the U.S. Senate.  But now, with just weeks to go until the May 29 primary election, Dewhurst -- whose polling numbers in the race have ranged from 23 percent to 41 percent -- may now be in front with 51 percent. Despite the poll, some political observers say it will be tough for Dewhurst to win the race without a runoff. "He is the runaway best-known favorite to be the leader," said Marshall said. "Can he get 51 percent? That's very, very tough in a field where others are spending large sums of money."

Snake activity in DFW

The Lexington Herald Leader and other McClatchy Newspapers published a Fort Worth Star-Telegram article about the prevalence of snakes in Dallas-Fort Worth, in which Jonathan Campbell, professor and chair of the Department of Biology at UT Arlington, was quoted. The biggest reason for the resurgence of snakes has been the weather. "We're coming off a very dry year, and they like rain and humid conditions," Campbell said. "The rains that we've had recently tend to be conducive to snake activity."

UTA Librarians' new book gains attention

A book being written by University of Texas at Arlington librarians Evelyn Barker and Lea Worcester will preserve the memory of notable Arlington names like Marshall Pryor Morton, Tom Vandergriff, James Fielder, Ott Cribbs and Tillie Burgin, the Arlington Citizen-Journal reported. Legendary Locals of Arlington is scheduled to be published next spring and will include photographs and extended captions that are really short stories on not only the city’s founding families but on other inhabitants that made Arlington Arlington.

Six Flags exhibit photos on Flickr

The blog, Lone Star Politics, noted that The University of Texas at Arlington has posted nice photos from its exhibit from last summer, "What You Wish the World Could Be: The Early Years of Six Flags Over Texas," on Flickr.