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UTA In The News — Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

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UTA connection to Higgs prize

A UT Arlington physicist said the Nobel Prize awarded Tuesday to physicists Peter Higgs and Francois Englert for their discovery of the Higgs boson particle is indirect recognition of the work of UT Arlington physicists, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported. “Without our contributions to the ATLAS detector, and especially computing, none of this would have been possible,” said Kaushik De, director of the Center for Excellence for High Energy at UT Arlington.

The Dallas Morning News reported that UT Arlington physicists constructed portions of the massive detector and that UT Arlington houses a supercomputer that is currently storing more than 2 million gigabytes of data generated from the experiments that confirmed the so-called “God particle.” UT Arlington principle faculty members involved on the project are Kaushik De, Andrew White, Andrew Brandt, Jaehoon Yu and Amir Farbin. The Austin American-Statesman reported that scientists at several Texas universities are basking in the Nobel Prize win.

Two UT Arlington engineering faculty members have won a $152,077 Office of Naval Research grant to study the thermal properties of lithium-ion batteries and devise better designs for cooling and operating them safely on Navy ships and planes, Auto Balla reported. David Wetz, electrical engineering assistant professor, and Ankur Jain, aerospace and mechanical engineering assistant professor, are working collaboratively on the research effort.

Empowering bullies?

KTVT/CBS 11 interviewed Seokjin Jeong, UT Arlington assistant professor of criminology and criminal justice, as part of the station’s week-long look at bullying. Jeong’s study of school anti-bullying initiatives found that the programs may actually be having the opposite of their intended purpose. “Usually people expect anti-bullying programs to have some impact, some positive impact,” Jeong said. “But they [bullies] are able to learn new technique, new skills” from some initiatives such as anti-bullying videos.

Imaging cells breakthrough

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology and The University of Texas at Arlington have devised a microscopy technology that can image cells through a silicon wafer, SemiconductingEngineering reported.

Addressing industry leaders

The Houston Chronicle and the San Antonio Express-News noted that Rick Lynch, executive director of the UT Arlington Research Institute, will be a keynote speaker at the Robotics Alley Conference and Expo in Minneapolis, Minn next month. The conference will bring together leaders in robotics research, design, business development, law, government and policy and investment banking to share insights into worldwide growth of robotics and autonomous systems.