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UTA In The News — Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

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Armstrong's research on DMAA highlighted in Prevention magazine

A Prevention magazine story about the popular sports supplement DMAA, cited new research by Daniel Armstrong, who holds the Robert A. Welch Chair in Chemistry at UT Arlington. DMAA is often promoted as a natural stimulant, made from geranium plants, which can boost athletic performance. But Armstrong’s research finds that DMAA is actually a synthetic substance — one that the FDA has received 42 complaints about regarding adverse effects, such as cardiac and psychiatric disorders, as well as death.

Luo's "micropunching lithography" process, NSF grant highlighted on science news website reported on a $300,000 National Science Foundation grant awarded to Cheng Luo, a UT Arlington professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering, who is developing a process called “micropunching lithography.” The process is used to create lightweight, low cost and more flexible polymer-based devices that have the potential to replace silicon-based material commonly used in computers and other electronic devices.

Collaborative research could lead to speedier computers

Electronics, Science Daily, and e! Science News reported that 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.

Farewell to Sally Ride

The blog, PhotoJournalism, published photos of Sally Ride, physicist and astronaut, during her 2010 speech at UT Arlington as part of the Maverick Speakers Series. In 1983, Ride became the first American woman to travel to space. She died yesterday following a 17-month battle with pancreatic cancer.

UTA plays role in Arlington's state-recognized beautification program

The Arlington Citizen-Journal reported that Keep Arlington Beautiful has earned the state’s gold star designation for its community leadership, education, litter prevention and cleanup, beautification and solid-waste management efforts. The programs that helped the city earn the honor include the city’s half-acre community garden, which hosts 78 plots fed by two 1,500-gallon cisterns that collect rainwater and compost from The University of Texas at Arlington. Half of the organic produce grown is donated to Mission Arlington charities.

Olympic hopeful's connection to UTA

In a story about elite sprinter, Wallace Spearmon, KXAS/NBC 5 mentioned that the three-time World Championships medalist in the 200 meters trains at the UT Arlington track field with Monte Stratton, a former UT Arlington track coach. Spearmon will compete in the Olympics in London.