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UTA In The News — Monday, December 10, 2012

Monday, December 10, 2012

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Vice provost gets new post

Michael Moore, senior vice provost and dean of undergraduate studies at UT Arlington, was named Friday as vice president for academic affairs of the University of Arkansas System, Arkansas Business and other outlets reported. Moore will oversee all aspects of academic affairs when he begins Jan. 14. He’ll work with individual campuses within the system to coordinate online education and distance learning programs.

Notable, gift-worthy book

A holiday book-buying guide in The Dallas Morning News featured "Ralph Walker: Architect of the Century," a recent title by Kathryn E. Holliday, a professor of architecture at UT Arlington and director of the David Dillon Center for Texas Architecture. Walker was hailed as “architect of the century” in a 1957 New York Times article, but his reputation rose and fell with that of the art moderne style he pioneered in the 1920s.

Unlocking plant defenses

Researchers examining how the hormone jasmonate works to protect plants and promote their growth have revealed how a transcriptional repressor of the jasmonate signaling pathway makes its way into the nucleus of the plant cell, the websites AGProfessional and Medical News Today reported. Maeli Melotto, a University of Texas at Arlington assistant professor of biology, recently co-authored a paper that advances current understanding of plant defense mechanisms with colleagues at Michigan State University’s Department of Energy Plant Research Lab.

Smart skin development

Engineers at The University of Texas at Arlington are developing smart skin and fabrics that can help robotic devices, such as prosthetics, learn about their environments and react accordingly, the website Science Business reported. The four-year, $1.35 million project is funded by National Science Foundation under the National Robotics Initiative. It is led by engineering professor Dan Popa, director of Arlington’s Next Gen Systems group, and aims to build material that functions like human skin to give robots a sense of touch that devices can learn in a manner similar to humans.

Low-cost degree noted

UT Arlington was featured in a San Antonio Express-News story about the proliferation of so-called $10,000 degrees. Now 14 institutions have embraced the concept, which Gov. Rick Perry sees as a promising way to rein in college costs and increase access.