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UTA In The News — Friday, May 11, 2012

Friday, May 11, 2012

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Second Life

The University of Texas at Arlington is taking advantage of an online virtual world, reported. Second Life, the 3D online world that Linden Lab launched nine years ago, brings UT Arlington students as close to real-life experience as possible. They use digital avatars to move around in the world. Nursing students can practice in a virtual hospital what they might see in a real-life hospital. They can talk to users who can be from anywhere in the world.

SIDS sensor

Gone are the days of audio and video-based baby monitors –– if University of Texas at Arlington researchers have their way, reported. They’ve secured a patent for a wireless sensor that detects carbon dioxide exhaled by sleeping babies. Parents can buy monitors that detect movement, but this device will directly tell the parent if their child stops breathing. “If anything happens, for instance the baby stops breathing, the carbon dioxide concentration will vary, then the system will issue an alert through the wireless system to warn the parents,” said J.-C. Chiao, an electrical engineering professor at UT Arlington. The sensors can be attached to a baby’s crib or car seat. Hung Cao, a doctorate student, came up with the idea after his son was born in 2006.

CFO talks about importance of education

The Chicago Tribune published a piece by Fort Worth Star-Telegram business columnist Mitchell Schnurman on Jackie Fouse, a UT Arlington alumna and supporter graduating Sunday with a doctorate in finance. Fouse is the chief financial officer of Celgene Corp., a Fortune 500 drugmaker in Summit, N.J.  “Education opens you up as a person. It provokes reflection and makes you more thoughtful,” she said.

Location, location, location

D Magazine mentioned UT Arlington in a story about the acquisition of JPMorgan Chase Bank Tower in Arlington by American Fidelity Assurance Co. Along with a recent $1.2 million upgrade, amenities at the property include easy access to The University of Texas at Arlington campus.

Franco kicks off graduation week

KDFW/FOX 4 mentioned that actor James Franco is set to speak today at an event that kicks off graduation week at UT Arlington.