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UTA In The News — Friday, October 11, 2013

Friday, October 11, 2013

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Shimadzu tools aid in experience

The University of Texas at Arlington offers students a new level of experience with the most sophisticated scientific instrumentation this fall with the opening of two new laboratories as part of the Shimadzu Institute for Research Technologies, Yahoo! News, CNBC, The Dallas Morning News, Dallas Business Journal, Bloomberg Businessweek, Atlanta Business Chronicle, Boston Globe, Cincinnati Inquirer and numerous other media outlets reported. The labs and the Center for Bio-Molecular Imaging, which will open Nov. 15, are part of a $25.2 million investment in research.

New Naval Research grant

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, ECN magazine reported. David Wetz, electrical engineering assistant professor, and Ankur Jain, aerospace and mechanical engineering assistant professor, are working collaboratively on the research effort.

Learning to work together

The UT Arlington College of Nursing and School of Social Work will use an $862,532 Advanced Nursing Education Grant from Health & Human Services to fund research to improve connections between nurses and social workers before they meet in the health care workplace, Hospitals & Health Networks reported. The funding reflects the growing popularity of interprofessional education and the role social workers and nurses play in treating patients holistically, says grantee Judy LeFlore, professor and interim associate dean for research.

Advances in imaging

A team of scientists from UT Arlington and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology has figured out how to quantitatively observe cellular processes taking place on lab-on-a-chip devices in a silicon environment, LaserFocusWorld reported. The new technology will be useful in drug development as well as in disease diagnosis, the researchers say.

Harnessing lasers

Nanotechnology Now reported that Weidong Zhou, UT Arlington electrical engineering professor, has received a new National Science Foundation grant in his effort to harness the power of lasers on silicon chips to increase capacity and speed in computing and communications systems.

NASA fellowship awarded

Hispanic reported that Ezgihan Baydar, UT Arlington aerospace engineering student, and her adviser, Frank Lu, professor in the Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Department, were awarded a three-year NASA fellowship that provides $135,000 in funding and includes summer internships at the Glenn Research Center in Cleveland, Ohio.

Racing fun

The Fort Worth Star-Telegram published an online photo gallery of Thursday’s Bed Races at UT Arlington’s Maverick Stadium. The annual tradition began in 1980 as a way to celebrate the opening of the venue.

Videofest coming up

WFAA/Channel 8 interviewed Bart Weiss, artistic director and co-founder of Dallas VideoFest and associate professor in the UT Arlington Department of Art and Art History, about this year’s festival, which runs through Sunday at the Alamo Drafthouse DFW in Richardson.

Spotlight on bullying

WFXT/Fox 25 (Boston, MA) talked live on-air to an attorney and victims’ rights advocate about research by Seokjin Jeong, UT Arlington assistant professor of criminology and criminal justice, which found that kids are more likely to be bullied at schools with anti-bullying programs.  My (Seattle, WA), KSNV/NBC 3 (Las Vegas, NV) and several other television stations across the country also examined the study.

Shutdown effects

KDFW/Fox 4 mentioned UT Arlington’s military education program in a story about how the federal government shutdown has led to a suspension of tuition assistance for ROTC cadets. Inside Higher Ed reported that some active-duty service members have been forced to withdraw from classes.