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UTA In The News — Friday, December 7, 2012

Friday, December 7, 2012

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UT Arlington physicists develop new fiber-optic spanner

The Dallas Morning News Biz Beat blog reported that researchers at UT Arlington have won a $1.35 million grant to develop sensor-embedded skin and garments for robots. The National Science Foundation grant will allow Dan Popa, associate professor of electrical engineering, and his team to “advance robots and robotic devices, improve prosthetics and enable those devices to perform tasks that people can no longer do themselves,” the University said in a news release.

Crowder discusses fiscal cliff

WFAA/ABC 8 interviewed Bill Crowder, a UT Arlington associate economics professor, about fiscal cliff fears facing uncertain investors. “I view it more as a fiscal speed bump really than a fiscal cliff,” Crowder said. “In my mind, and I know other economists might disagree with me, but I don’t think this will be the dramatic event everybody is portending. It will be much like Y2K. Remember the excitement about that? When it happened, nothing really changed and we all went on with our lives. I think that’s how this will work out.” The story also appeared on

Urban Water Institute

A Fort Worth Star-Telegram editorial about the state’s thirst for water sources mentioned that The University of Texas at Arlington is trying to build support for an Urban Water Institute that can study such regional water issues as the economic impact of water prices. The editorial was also carried on the Water Environment Federation website.

Healthcare and funding

An article that focused on healthcare and funding shortages noted that innovators like The University of Texas at Arlington College of Nursing have turned to online course delivery and accelerated programs for students with previous degrees, with partners like Texas Health Resources and Higher Education Holdings.

Weiss debates film vs. video

In a KERA Art & Seek guest blogger column, Bart Weiss, UT Arlington associate film professor and artistic director of VideoFest, debated the merits of film and video.

College transfer process

In an article about a bill filed for the upcoming legislative session that could standardize the process for students transferring between Texas universities and colleges, UT Austin’s student newspaper, The Daily Texan, reported that almost half of UT Austin’s transfer students last year began their undergraduate degree at UT Arlington, UT San Antonio or Austin Community College.

UT Arlington student pens piece for ThinkProgress

ThinkProgress carried a piece about the Clean Air Act by Whitney Allen, a climate guest blogger, intern at the Center for American Progress, and a UT Arlington English major. She is also a fall 2012 Bill Archer Fellow.

Regents approve campus merger to create medical school

The University of Texas System regents unanimously approved plans Thursday to consolidate two campuses in the Rio Grande Valley, creating a new university that would include a long-sought medical school, the San Antonio Express-News and The Texas Tribune reported. The new institution would be among the largest in the UT System – behind only UT Austin, which had about 51,100 students in 2011, UT Arlington with 33,400, and UTSA with about 31,000. The Chronicle of Higher Education and Inside Higher Ed also reported on the campus merger.