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UTA In The News — Thursday, December 12, 2013

Thursday, December 12, 2013

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Improving public transportation

Stephen Mattingly, a UT Arlington associate professor of civil engineering, will investigate how advanced technologies can improve public transportation and alternative transportation modes as part of a national initiative aimed at developing more "livable communities," and Ahead of the Curve reported.

Educational trend

The New York Times labeled 2012 as the year of the MOOC, acknowledging the attention and excitement of Massive Open Online Courses, which enrolled tens of thousands of students from all over the world to participate in offerings from a few universities, EduTech, a World Bank blog, reported. The article said research on MOOCs will accelerate in the coming years, evidenced by a recent conference at UT Arlington highlighting research in that educational trend.

Commencement ceremonies begin Friday

The North Texas ice storm has put some college exams and graduation ceremonies on hold for area universities, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported. However, UT Arlington commencement ceremonies will be held Friday through Sunday as scheduled.

Physicist honored

J. Ping Liu, a UT Arlington physics professor who is working to develop stronger magnets for sustainable energy applications, has been named a fellow of the American Physical Society in 2013, Bio-Medicine reported.

Group brainstorming

Group brainstorming sessions are largely ineffective, an article said that was published in the Austin American-Statesman, the Palm Beach Post and several other websites. Paul Paulus, UT Arlington psychology professor, was quoted in the article saying brainstorming is overrated and that the most revolutionary solutions spring from ideas hatched in isolation. Paulus has studied this phenomena for the last 15 years.

Chiao mentioned in article about cell phone signals visualized

Ian Kersey put a new image on iconic American locales by visualizing the millions of cell phone signals emanating from those areas, BigMicrow and Into Mobile reported. Kersey verified his artsy photographs with electrical engineers from across the country including J.-C. Chiao, a UT Arlington electrical engineering professor.