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UTA In The News — Monday, January 14, 2013

Monday, January 14, 2013

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UT Arlington researchers help expand Denton gas power's project

Denton powers about 1,600 homes with methane captured from the city landfill — gas created after the city started adding water to the pile in 2008, the Denton Record-Chronicle reported. Researchers at The University of Texas at Arlington are helping to double that power-generating capacity. The project is the first of its kind in Texas, according to UT Arlington’s lead researcher, Sahadat Hossain. Landfills typically are kept covered and dry in order to limit methane emissions, said Hossain, an associate professor of civil engineering and internationally renowned expert on landfill management.

Microbial conversion

Recent work by UT Arlington assistant biology professor Jorge Rodrigues was featured in the Editor's Choice feature of the Jan. 11 edition of Science. The international team of which Dr. Rodrigues was a part has revealed a new concern about deforestation in the Amazon rainforest – a troubling net loss in the diversity among the microbial organisms responsible for a functioning ecosystem. Babur Mirza, another UT Arlington researcher, is a co-author on the paper. reported that The University of Texas at Arlington built a database that will aid law enforcement, nonprofit and social work personnel in the fight against child sex trafficking.