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UTA In The News — Monday, October 29, 2012

Monday, October 29, 2012

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Radar system comes to UT Arlington

Weather radar history was made at UT Arlington Sunday morning, KXAS/NBC 5, KTVT/CBS 11, WFAA/ABC 8, KDAF/CW 33 and the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported. A helicopter lowered the fastest, most accurate radar system in the world on the roof of Carlisle Hall as part of the Collaborative Adaptive Sensing of the Atmosphere, or CASA, program. CASA is a National Science Foundation Engineering Research Center based at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. UT Arlington civil engineering professor Dong-Jun Seo said the new system is an improvement because it measures closer to the ground than what currently exists. The advanced radar also makes once-a-minute scans of storms instead of the usual every five minutes. Four similar radars will be installed nearby in the next six months.

Election talk

UT Arlington political science professor Victoria Farrar-Myers appeared on KDFW/Fox 4’s Sunday morning show to discuss the upcoming presidential election and the effect of the recent debates between Barack Obama and Mitt Romney. “This year has taught us that these debates matter. Certainly, studies after studies tell us debates are really when people start to pay attention,” she said. She also predicted the upcoming super storm Sandy will influence voting.

Monitoring for mussels

A story about UT Arlington professor emeritus of biology Bob McMahon’s efforts to monitor the spread of zebra mussels in North Texas lakes appeared in several outlets, including the Houston Chronicle and the San Francisco Chronicle. "Lake Lewisville is under the gun since it's just downstream from Ray Roberts," he said. "But with the population, water transfers and boater movement in the Metroplex, all of the lakes in North Texas are vulnerable." The story originally appeared in the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.

Election year wrapping up

UT Arlington political science professor Allan Saxe was quoted in a Fort Worth Star-Telegram story about the fact that candidates in Texas general elections don’t need more than 50 percent of the vote to win. The lack of runoffs in the general election means that an already long political year -- in which Texans have headed to the polls five times -- will finally come to a close after Nov. 6. "Voters, unfortunately, may [have] become 'election-weary,'" said Saxe.

Helping kids

The Times Colonist, a Canadian newspaper, ran a McClatchy Newspapers story that highlighted the work of Dan Popa, an associate professor of electrical engineering at UT Arlington. Researchers from The University of Texas at Arlington, the University of North Texas Health Science Center at Fort Worth, the Dallas Autism Treatment Center, Texas Instruments and Hanson Robotics are collaborating on a one-year project that could use lifelike robots to help treat children with autism.