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UTA In The News — Friday, November 15, 2013

Friday, November 15, 2013

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NIH grant to fuel research

A UT Arlington assistant professor of physics has received a $384,000 National Institutes of Health grant to explore a better method for initiating certain gene therapies that could help fight retinitis pigmentosa, a vision-deteriorating disease, D Magazine’s Healthcare Daily reported. Samarendra Mohanty will receive the money over the next two years from the NIH’s National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke. His work involves using a near-infrared ultrafast laser beam to deliver genes that allow expression of light-sensitive proteins in specific cells.

Zeno robot to assist with research

UT Arlington is among 30 universities across the world that have programmed Zeno R50, a robot that can interact with people via voice and facial expressions, to assist with research, the Dallas Business Journal reported. The company that created the walking, talking robots is in the last few weeks of a Kickstarter campaign to raise funds for its technology.

JFK photography exhibit mentioned

A opinion piece about the transformation of Dallas after the assassination of President John F. Kennedy noted the JFK photography exhibit at UT Arlington’s Central Library. The story also appeared in the Fort Worth Business Press. Julian Read, former aide to Gov. John Conally, wrote the piece.

Opinion piece notes cyberbullying research

A Minnesota Daily opinion piece about bullying in adulthood noted a UT Arlington researcher’s study that found cyberbullying is also a big problem with college students. Jiyoon Yoon, associate professor in the College of Education and Health Professions, authored the study.

Education professor speaks to students' rights

The Spokesman-Review (Spokane, WA) highlighted research by Lewis Wasserman, an associate professor of educational leadership and policy studies, in its story about two Gonzaga University students disciplined for violating school policy by keeping weapons in school-owned housing. Wasserman practiced law in New York for 20 years before joining UT Arlington and has written extensively on the subject of students’ rights on college campuses.

New architecture professor/critic welcomed

The Architect’s Newspaper Blog extended a welcome to the Dallas Morning News’ new architecture critic, Mark Lamster. The Brooklyn-based scribbler is also a professor in practice in the UT Arlington School of Architecture.

Student lands EPA fellowship

John Gurak, a UT Arlington biochemistry major, is among 33 students that have been awarded a Greater Research Opportunities Fellowship by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, reported. The agency yesterday announced more than $1.65 million in research fellowships to undergraduates pursuing degrees in environmental science and related fields through its GRO program.