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UTA In The News — Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

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Taking on a new mission

The University of Texas at Arlington has rebranded and repurposed its former robotics institute in Fort Worth with a clear new mission: to be a global leader in the development of advanced technology that is at once remarkable, but also accessible and affordable, the Fort Worth Business Press reported. The paper featured a Q & A with the new executive director of the UT Arlington Research Institute, retired Army Lt. Gen. Rick Lynch. Lynch will focus on strengthening links between the test labs and the marketplace, while a new strategic plan calls for the Research Institute to dramatically increase research spending and support staff.

New research partnership

Chromatography Online and The Dallas Morning News Education Notes column reported on the new Institute for Research Technologies at UT Arlington, a $25.2 partnership with Shimadzu Scientific Instruments. The new institute will incorporate three centers; the existing Shimadzu Center for Advanced Analytical Chemistry, a new Center for Imaging and a new Center for Environmental, Forensic and Material Analysis. The Institute for Research Technologies will also have exclusive access within North America to equipment provided by Shimadzu. 

Research vice president named

The University of Texas at Arlington appointed Carolyn L. Cason, a former associate dean for research in the College of Nursing, as vice president for research, according to the Fort Worth Business Press. Cason will have administrative oversight for all university research and will lead divisions that manage technology development, intellectual property and the university’s centers for research excellence. She also will oversee compliance with federal funding agencies, including the National Science Foundation and the National Institutes of Health.

Physics legend on campus

Organizers say about 1,200 people showed up at Texas Hall on Oct. 24 to hear Nobel laureate Steven Weinberg speak on the importance of continued particle physics research, the Arlington Citizen-Journal reported. Specifically, the UT Austin distinguished professor addressed the discovery of a particle this summer that could be the Higgs boson -- the final piece of the Standard Model that Weinberg helped develop in the 1960s. Weinberg’s appearance was part of the International Workshop on Future Linear Colliders, which brought more than 200 physicists from all over the world to campus.