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UTA In The News — Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

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Robots to the rescue

KXAS/NBC 5, KTVT/CBS 11, The Dallas Morning News, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram and the Fort Worth Business Press reported on a Monday event at the UT Arlington Research Institute in Fort Worth that celebrated the Institute’s new Assistive Robotics Lab and a gift to the program of two robots with a combined value of about $1 million -- a Robotic Nursing Assistant and the Dragon Runner 20, a small robot previously used by troops in the Middle East. The gifts mark a significant partnership between private sector technology giants with strong ties to Defense Department research and the UT Arlington Research Institute, which re-launched this summer with a mission of becoming a global leader in the development of advanced technology to help humanity. Reuters, Robotics Wire and other websites also noted the gift.

Celebrating great architecture

“Ralph Walker: Architect of the Century,” a new book by UT Arlington assistant professor of architecture Kathryn Holliday, was featured in the The New York Times book column and in a Wall Street Journal story about revitalization of the 22-story Walker Tower in New York. The book is a collection of photographs, drawings and plans for many of Walker’s New York buildings, as well as images of their Art Deco-era interiors. Holliday is also the director of the David Dillon Center for Texas Architecture at UT Arlington.

Professor's "impressive" film

Wolf, the latest film by UT Arlington assistant film professor Ya’Ke Smith, was featured in a National Public Radio story called “2012 Year In Review: 10 Films Worth Going Out of Your Way For.” The story calls Wolf  “very tough to watch, but it’s an impressive piece by a young director who's jumped right into a very, very complex subject.”