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UTA In The News — Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

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Making a difference for veterans

UT Arlington won a $300,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to help veterans become nurses, CBS 11 KTVT reported. The grant will help UT Arlington tailor some of its nursing offerings to help veterans and increase the online nursing program. A Fort Worth Star-Telegram editorial supported the grant.

Using math for health

A team from The University of Texas at Arlington has used mathematical modeling to develop a computer simulation they hope will one day improve the treatment of dangerous reactions to medical implants such as stents, catheters and artificial joints, Health Canal reported. Liping Tang, professor of bioengineering in the UT Arlington College of Engineering, and Jianzhong Su, chairman and professor in the UT Arlington College of Science’s mathematics department, are working together on a way to predict foreign-body reactions in medical settings.

Promoting diversity

The DIG Texas program has received about $432,000 in National Science Foundation funding to promote diversity in geosciences and extend the program into Texas high schools, The Journal reported. Led by Texas A&M and UT Austin, another program aim is to give Texas teachers adequate training and resources to teach geosciences more effectively. UT Arlington is a DIG Texas hub member.

Alum making news

The parent company of the Mercury News has agreed to sell the paper's headquarters to Super Micro Computer, which will eventually convert the site to manufacturing space, the Mercury News, Inside Bay Area and Contra Costa Times reported. Super Micro president/CEO/board chairman Charles Liang received his master's in electrical engineering from UT Arlington. Super Micro is a computer manufacturer.

Well study noted

A Parker County homeowner who lives near natural gas wells in Parker County told the Texas Railroad Commission their well water has become badly contaminated with methane, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported. The story mentioned a UT Arlington study that discovered higher levels of heavy metals near active natural gas production. That study didn't test for methane.