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UTA In The News — Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

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PopWatch eyes UT Arlington

Actor James Franco took some time out of his very busy schedule of attending multiple colleges to speak at yet another - UT Arlington, Entertainment Weekly’s PopWatch blog reported. The post, which included a YouTube link to Franco’s speech May 11 at UT Arlington’s Graduation Celebration, said Franco joked about his love of higher education, saying, “I’m getting a contact high just being here.”  Franco and his appearance at UT Arlington were also mentioned in a roundup of once controversial commencement speakers on The Washington Post website.

Researchers hope to save babies

KDAF/CW33 reported on a UT Arlington team that is working on a device that they hope could reduce incidence of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome. Electrical engineering professor J.C. Chiao, doctoral candidate Hung Cao and Heather Beardsley, a research engineer at TMAC, or the Texas Manufacturing Assistance Center, have developed a sensitive wireless sensor system that can detect carbon dioxide exhaled by babies as they sleep. But more importantly, the sensors know when infants are not expelling carbon dioxide – quickly enough to allow intervention.

Conference move proposed

UT Arlington will accept an invitation to join the Sun Belt Conference as soon this week, pending approval of the move by the UT Board of Regents, which will take up the motion in a meeting Thursday in Austin, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported. The board is expected to grant university officials the authorization to accept the agreement and finalize terms for membership, according to a memorandum outlining the meeting. UT Arlington would begin play in the 12-team Sun Belt in the fall of 2013.

Professor talks East Texas quakes

Glen Mattioli, UT Arlington professor of earth and environmental sciences, was quoted in a KERA/90.1 FM news report about two earthquakes that rattled residents in East Texas last week and brought up questions about possible links to injections wells from drilling. Mattioli said earthquakes in the state are rare and that’s why any Texas temblor makes people wonder what caused it.

New libraries dean announced

Rebecca Bichel, an associate dean for public service at Florida State University since 2005, has been named the new dean of libraries at UT Arlington, The Dallas Morning News and Arlington Citizen-Journal reported. Bichel, who has expertise in academic services, organizational redesign and facility development, will oversee 115 employees and manage the university's collection of more than 1.2 million print volumes and more than 275,000 electronic manuscripts as well as 72,000 serial titles.

Bringing people together

UT Arlington computer science and engineering graduate Chuks Onwuneme was profiled in the GeekWire website’s Startup Spotlight feature. After working at Nokia in Dallas for several years, he has relocated to Seattle and is working on a startup called Personify. He describes Personify as using mobile technology to create an easier way for people to give back to people in need in the communities in which they live, “like for social good.”

College Park Center - the place to be for graduates

College Park Center is proving to be a boon to high schools next week as hundreds of graduates find a posh new place for pomp and circumstance, the Arlington Citizen-Journal reported. Five of the six Arlington high schools will be holding their commencement ceremonies there, as well as Grapevine High School and Colleyville Heritage High School. Jerry Hollingsworth, the Grapevine-Colleyville district's executive director of secondary administration, said: “The College Park Center promises to be a perfect venue in a close location that we anticipate will meet our needs for many years to come."