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UTA In The News — Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

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UT Arlington physicists create new fiber-optic wrench

The fiber optic equivalent of the world’s smallest wrench, dubbed the fiber optic spanner, can precisely twist and turn microscale objects in any direction and along any axis without moving any optical component, Science, the Fort Worth Business Press and other media outlets reported. Developed at The University of Texas at Arlington, this new twist on controlling the incredibly small will allow scientists to manipulate single cells for cancer research, to twist and untwist individual strands of DNA, and to perform many other functions where microscopic precision is essential.

UT Arlington and UT Dallas partner on doctoral degree in mechanical engineering

The Dallas Business Journal reported that UT Arlington and the University of Texas at Dallas are partnering on a doctoral degree in mechanical engineering. The program, administered through the Department of Mechanical Engineering in the Erik Jonsson School of Engineering and Computer Science and open for enrollment next semester, is designed to improve technology-based economic development in the Dallas area and state, officials at the universities said.

Meiners discusses GM's lackluster SUV sales, Arlington plant

Despite a dip in sales for General Motors’ full-sized sport utility vehicles, which are all built in Arlington, Roger Meiners, the John and Judy Goolsby Distinguished Professor of Economics and Law, and chairman of the UT Arlington Department of Economics, told KRLD/1080 AM that the lackluster numbers will likely have no impact on GM’s plans to expand its Arlington plant. “I think GM has tremendous faith in the Arlington plant,” Meiners said. notes UT Arlington's $10k degree plan noted UT Arlington's $10,000 degree plan in a story about discounted college degrees.

UT Arlington featured in National Wildlife Foundation's Campus Ecology program

The Arlington Citizen-Journal reported that UT Arlington is one of 98 campuses nationwide featured in the National Wildlife Federation’s database of the best green projects of 2012, the Wildlife Foundation’s Campus Ecology program announced last week.

UT Arlington alumna named CBS 11's Women That Soar 2012 honoree

In a preview of its Women That Soar 2012 Awards Show, KTVT/CBS 11 noted that Dallas County Sheriff Lupe Valdez earned a master’s degree from UT Arlington. The Women That Soar are women who make a difference in the community. Sheriff Valdez is the civic award recipient.