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UTA In The News — Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

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Professors' research work noted

Two University of Texas at Arlington scientists working on innovative energy supply solutions are included in the first round of grants for the National Science Foundation’s new Sustainable Chemistry, Engineering and Materials program, the Fort Worth Business Press reported. Chemistry professor Fred MacDonnell and Norma Tacconi, a recently retired research associate professor, were awarded a three-year, $430,346 grant to study a new method for converting carbon dioxide to methanol. Qiming Zhang, a physics professor, was awarded a three-year, $188,548 grant to study the use of sulfurized hematite to build more efficient solar cell technologies. Also, Samarendra Mohanty, assistant professor of physics, will receive a total of $384,269 over the next two years from the National Institutes of Health’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, called opsins, in specific cells.

Armstrong recognized

The Dallas Business Journal recognized University of Texas at Arlington Professor Daniel Armstrong as an innovative leader in the fields of separations and mass spectrometry. He is No. 16 on a recent list of the most influential people in analytical sciences published by The Analytical Scientist magazine. Armstrong is UT Arlington’s Robert A. Welch Chair in Chemistry.

Athletics signs credit union as sponsor

In what school officials say is the largest sponsorship agreement in University of Texas at Arlington’s athletic program history, Texas Trust Credit Union will become the official credit union sponsor of the university’s Division of Intercollegiate Athletics, the Fort Worth Business Press reported. Under the seven-year, strategic agreement, Mansfield-based Texas Trust gains marketing and promotional rights through the university’s athletic programs. News about the partnership also appeared in Bloomberg Businessweek, BusinessWire, Austin Business Journal and other sites.

Students awarded EPA research fellowships

Water & Wastes Digest reported on the more than $1.65 million in research fellowships that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency awarded to 33 students at various schools including UT Arlington. All of the undergraduates are pursuing degrees in environmental science and related fields. The fellowships were given through the EPA’s Greater Research Opportunities (GRO) Fellowship program.

Column asks what role technology plays in the academic world

Brent Sasley, UT Arlington assistant professor of political science, co-wrote a guest column about technology changes and scholarly norms for The Duck of Minerva. Mira Sucharov, associate professor of political science at Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada, served as co-author of the piece.

Mansfield growth addressed in opinion piece

A Mansfield News-Mirror opinion piece about the development of Mansfield quoted Allan Saxe, UT Arlington associate professor of political science. The debate among the swelling population is whether Mansfield is a big town or small city. “Mansfield is a city, it’s growing and doing it in a methodical way, with zoning and building codes,” Saxe said. “They looked at other cities. That’s good, it shows that people are paying attention.”