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UTA In The News — Monday, July 23, 2012

Monday, July 23, 2012

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Aerodynamics Research Center featured in article

UT Arlington’s Aerodynamics Research Center website was cited in a story that mentioned the advantages of a pulsed detonation engine over traditional jet engines. “PDEs bridge the gap between the subsonic regime and the hypersonic regime, when scram jets and rockets take over,” the ARC website said.

New laser's big potential

Electrical engineers at The University of Texas at Arlington and at the University of Wisconsin-Madison have devised a new laser for on-chip optical connections that could give computers a huge boost in speed and energy efficiency, reported.

Low voter turnout expected for Texas' primary runoff election

Allan Saxe, a UT Arlington associate professor of political science, told the Fort Worth Star-Telegram that the total turnout for voting in Texas’ primary runoff election is likely be very low. “It is rather unusual to have a midsummer election, but the high interest in national politics may spill over to these statewide and local races as well,” he said. Early voting runs through Friday for the July 31 runoff election.

UTA research offspring AeonClad Coatings to expand in Austin

AeonClad Coatings LLC, an advanced materials company focusing on improving the performance of existing products for new applications, says it plans to expand into a new research and development facility located in its headquarters city of Austin, the Fort Worth Business Press reported. AeonClad, which was founded on research by Dr. Richard Timmons and his team at The University of Texas at Arlington, will use the new facility for proof-of-concept design studies for novel reactors, reliability and efficiency evaluations, and material performance testing.

UT Tyler eyes UT Arlington as it prepares to launch new online courses

At UT Arlington, more than 5,000 students were enrolled this spring in an online program that enables registered nurses to earn a bachelor’s degree in nursing, the Tyler Morning Telegraph reported. UT Tyler plans to offer three new online courses this fall and it hopes to enroll 200 to 250 students in each of the programs.

Unbunding undergraduate education

Truthdig, a talk show on Los Angeles-based radio station, KPFK 90.7 FM, interviewed Ben Lima, a UT Arlington assistant professor of art and art history, about online learning and what it means for the future of higher education. “Yes you can listen to lectures on your laptop at home but there are other things you get out of college if you actually show up,” said Lima, who was invited to speak on KPFK after his blog post, “Massive online learning and the unbundling of undergraduate education.”