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UTA In The News — Thursday, July 26, 2012

Thursday, July 26, 2012

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UT Arlington recognized for its efforts to make college more affordable

The University of Texas at Arlington, the Tarrant County College system and the Arlington and Mansfield school districts are partnering to offer a bachelor’s degree for about $10,000, or a third of the usual cost. According to a report in the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, the program is not for casual learners. It requires six years of study beginning in high school. Juniors and seniors in the two districts' high schools will be able to earn 24 hours of college credit during their high school careers, and then enter Tarrant County College for a two-year associate degree and transition to UT Arlington for the final two years of their baccalaureate degrees.

Del Carmen interviewed about recent DPD officer-involved shootings

KTVT/CBS11 interviewed Alex del Carmen, UT Arlington professor and chair of criminology and criminal justice, about the high number of Dallas police officer-involved shootings compared to this time last year. “I think there’s a danger for an increase in the amount of violence,” del Carmen said. “Any time you have a police shooting, you always have a chance of having local members of the community, a neighborhood, a group of people, an association, in this case, a city, that could stand out and literally riot against the department and against authority.”

David Dillon Symposium highlighted by Texas Architecture

A distinguished group of architecture journalists assembled in Dallas at the end of April to inaugurate the David Dillon Symposium at the Dallas Museum of Art and the Nasher Museum, Texas Architect reported. The symposium was presented by the UT Arlington David Dillon Center for Texas Architecture.

Armstrong study featured on Yahoo! News, other science and health sites

Yahoo! News, (United Kingdom), Healing and Doctors reported on new research about the sports supplement DMAA, performed 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. The study was published recently in Drug Testing and Analysis.

Luo's work with micropunching lithography noted by Nanowerk, Nanotechnology Now and Nanotechnology Now reported on a $300,000 National Science Foundation grant awarded to Cheng Luo, a UT Arlington professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering, to develop 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. The project could yield pliable cell phones and laptops.

UTA electrical engineers partner with Wisconsin for research that could lead to faster, more efficient computers and 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. The team published its findings in Nature Photonics.

UTA history chair, two prominent alums to receive Unsung Heroes Awards

An awards presentation for "unsung heroes" and a Stockyards parade are among the events scheduled for a four-day celebration of National Day of the American Cowboy, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported. The festivities begin today with a trip to the Grand Prairie AirHogs baseball game. The Unsung Heroes Awards will be presented Friday at the National Multicutural Western Heritage Museum, which is sponsoring the events. Honorees include W. Marvin Dulaney, associate professor and chair of the history department at The University of Texas at Arlington; Dr. Maxwell Scarlett, the first African-American graduate of UT Arlington; and state Sen. Royce West, D-Dallas, who is also a UT Arlington graduate.

Pires da Silva interviewed about pheromones

KDAF/CW 33 interviewed Andre Pires da Silva, a UT Arlington assistant professor of biology, about pheromones, the chemical signals first discovered as a sex attractant in insects. Pheromones are now being marketed to singles in various sprays and other products, and “pheromones parties” are picking up across the country. “(Human) pheromones are produced in such small quantities that it’s technically challenging to find them,” Pires da Silva said. KDAF’s report also aired on WTKR (Norfolk, VA).