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UTA In The News — Monday, September 17, 2012

Monday, September 17, 2012

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Robot work funded

The National Science Foundation, in partnership with NASA, the National Institutes of Health and the U.S. Department of Agriculture, has awarded just under $50 million to grantees around the country, including UT Arlington, for the development and use of robots that cooperatively work with people and enhance individual human capabilities, performance and safety, the website TMCNet reported. Dan Popa, associate professor of electrical engineering, will lead a project to develop skin material that functions like human skin to give robots a learned sense of touch similar to that of humans.

Physicists to converge on campus

The University of Texas at Arlington will host hundreds of particle physicists from all over the world Oct. 22-26 for the International Workshop on Future Linear Colliders, according to the websites and e! Science News. The meeting is being held in Texas for the first time.

Workplace safety discussed

Workplace deaths have declined across the country, but they remain stubbornly high in Texas and the Dallas-Fort Worth area, according to The Dallas Morning News. The story noted that in 2007, OSHA established its largest education center in the country at The University of Texas at Arlington. The program has trained more than 4,100 workers and supervisors in workplace safety in the construction, oil and gas, and health care industries.

A good time for concert-goers

When it comes to bringing a party, Passion Pit can deliver with the best of them, a Dallas Morning News review of the band’s concert at UT Arlington’s College Park Center said.  The Fort Worth Star-Telegram said the show, along with rapper Flo Rida's Oct. 19 concert, marks another cultural coup for the just-opened center, as these heavy hitters bypass Dallas.

Honoring Burton

The Fort Worth Star-Telegram featured an obituary for UT Arlington Distinguished Alumnus Alex Burton, a key figure in Dallas-Fort Worth radio and television since 1962.  Mr. Burton died Thursday of prostate cancer in Dallas. A memorial is scheduled for Sept. 23.

Saxe says race will be watched

UT Arlington political science professor Allan Saxe was quoted in a Fort Worth Star-Telegram story about the fiery showdown between Democrat Wendy Davis and Republican Mark Shelton to determine who represents state Senate District 10 for the next four years. "This is certainly one of the most watched state races," said Saxe.

Website features computing work

A story about the UT Arlington College of Engineering’s role in a project to figure out a way to quickly cool massive data centers for Facebook and 14 other large-scale corporations was featured on the website Ethopian Review. Dereje Agonafer, professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering at UT Arlington, said that for the group of students at who are part of the project, it’s a chance to influence the social phenomenon of their time.