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UTA In The News — Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

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Research yields new technique

Forensic Magazine and Science Business websites reported that The University of Texas at Arlington and Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc. have been granted a United States patent (#8,293,099) for a novel charge detector for ion chromatography that they developed together. The invention has been commercialized as the Thermo Scientific Dionex QD detector, which was introduced in March 2012 at the Pittcon Conference and Expo.

Robot gift

Two companies that provide robots for the medical field and for the military have donated equipment and money to the UT Arlington Research Institute in Fort Worth, according to WBAP/820 AM and 96.7 FM and KRLD/1080 AM. The mission will be to adapt them for use by and aging or disabled population. “There are other things that we need to develop that we didn’t need on the field battle but we need in the apartments and homes of people with disabilities,” said retired Army Lt. Gen. Rick Lynch, the director of the Research Institute.

New lab up and running

Fueled by gifts of high-tech robots from industry leaders, The University of Texas at Arlington Research Institute announced its new Assistive Robotics Lab aimed at advancing robotics for healthcare, first-responders, and other applications, according to several websites, such as Product Design & Development and Defense Daily.  The gifts mark a significant partnership between private sector technology giants and the Research Institute, which re-launched this summer with a mission of becoming a global leader in the development of advanced technology to help humanity.

Shootings leave schools on edge

Nerves are raw after Friday's massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School, especially among parents, teachers and school administrators, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram said in a story that featured Alex del Carmen, chairman of The University of Texas at Arlington's department of criminology and criminal justice. The tragedy in Connecticut has rocked the nation's sense of security in a way not seen since 9-11 or the attack on students at Columbine High School in Colorado. “I think many of us are very much on the edge," said del Carmen. "I think this is going to live in our long-term memory…We fear a copycat."