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UTA In The News — Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

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Understanding snake biology

A paper co-authored by Todd Castoe, a UT Arlington assistant professor of biology, is the first of its kind to map the Burmese python genome, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported. The Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences published the paper. Castoe believes there might be answers to the human genome if we can better understand the Burmese python’s genome.

A better view

Scientists at MIT and UT Arlington have developed a new type of microscopy that can image cells through a silicon wafer, allowing them to precisely measure the size and mechanical behavior of cells behind the wafer, The Almagest reported. The new technology, which relies on near-infrared light, could help scientists learn more about diseased or infected cells as they flow through silicon microfluidic devices. Findings have been published in the Scientific Reports Journal. The senior author is Samarendra Mohanty, a UT Arlington assistant professor of physics.

Inventors honored

Four University of Texas at Arlington faculty members and senior administrators have been named fellows of the National Academy of Inventors, and Bio-News Texas reported. They are Frank Lewis, electrical engineering professor and a University Distinguished Scholar Professor; Carolyn Cason, a nursing professor and vice president for research; Ron Elsenbaumer, professor of chemistry and biochemistry and provost and vice president for academic affairs; and UT Arlington President Vistasp M. Karbhari, a professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering and of civil and environmental engineering.

Business research noted

Service-oriented businesses that want to succeed with minority customers should consider hiring frontline employees who represent those ethnic groups, particularly when the business caters to Hispanics or Asians, Hispanic Trending reported, citing a recent UT Arlington study. The paper, "Shared ethnicity effects on service encounters: A study across three U.S. subcultures," was authored by Elten Briggs, associate professor of marketing, and Detra Montoya, clinical associate professor of marketing at Arizona State University's W.P. Carey School of Business. It was published in the Journal of Business Research.

A moving graduation

Ingrid Castillo received a standing ovation when she crossed the stage to accept a posthumous UT Arlington degree for her mother, Hilda, with 14 family members watching in the crowd, The Dallas Morning News reported. Hilda Liliana Castillo, 46, died in September in Dallas. Even after complications from two bone marrow transplants caused vision loss and debilitating lung failure, she continued her studies. Eventually a weakened Castillo was forced to drop her last courses, one semester short of earning her degree.

A legend's local ties

Singer-bandleader Ray Price, who crafted dozens of country hits ranging from the hardest honky-tonk to the lushest pop during a seven-decade career, has died, Variety reported. He was 87. Price attended North Texas Agricultural College, one of the predecessors of The University of Texas at Arlington. The Dallas Morning News reported that Price chaired an annual alumni fund campaign in 1979.

New radar debuts

The newest CASA radar unit, installed Tuesday in Midlothian, could be one of several new low-level radars that will provide Dallas-Fort Worth with a detailed look at developing thunderstorms and tornadoes this spring, The Dallas Morning News reported. The first CASA radar unit installed in North Texas is at UT Arlington, the article said. Business Week and several other websites reported the installation of the Midlothian unit.

Well study cited

A new report shows that water samples collected at Colorado sites where hydraulic fracturing was used to extract natural gas show the presence of chemicals that have been linked to infertility, birth defects and cancer, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported. The study, published this week in the journal Endocrinology, also cited a recent UT Arlington study that found higher concentrations of heavy metals, such as arsenic, near natural gas wells in the Barnett Shale.