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UTA In The News — Monday, January 6, 2014

Monday, January 6, 2014

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Unlocking an enzyme's secrets

Science360, a news site operated by the National Science Foundation, reported that a UT Arlington chemist doing research on enzymes that regulate human biology has uncovered characteristics that could be used to identify predisposition to conditions such as heart disease, diabetic ulcers and some types of cancer. Brad Pierce, an assistant professor of chemistry/biochemistry, recently led a team that examined an oxygen utilizing iron enzyme called cysteine dioxygenase or CDO, which is found in high levels within heart, liver, and brain tissues. The news also appeared at The Week,, e! Science News, Science Newsline and

Earth's measurements

Discovery highlighted research by Ben Harris, UT Arlington assistant professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering, which suggests the Earth is heavier than thought, perhaps due to an invisible belt of dark matter. Dark matter is thought to make up about 80 percent of the universe’s matter, but scientists have been unable to determine much else about it, including its presence in the solar system. “The nice thing about GPS satellites is that we know their orbits really, really well,” Harris said. From nine months of data on the satellites in the GLONASS, GPS and Galileo groups, he calculated Earth’s mass as “felt” by each one.

Collaboration noted

Newstalk Texas, a blog of the Texas A&M University Real Estate Center, reported that faculty at The University of Texas at Arlington will participate in Federal Aviation Administration-supported research led by Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi for unmanned aerial systems, a project that will help advance the U.S. drone industry.

Fighting malaria

The Breakthroughs blog and the News & Record in Greensboro, N.C. published a report about malaria that included research and comments by Daniel Sledge, UT Arlington assistant professor of political science. The report initially appeared on National Public Radio’s Morning Edition.

Closing out 2013

The Star-Telegram quoted Allan Saxe, UT Arlington associate professor of political science, in its story about tax time and other issues left undone by lawmakers before the end of 2013.

Kudos for contest win

The Star-Telegram’s Cheers & Jeers column acknowledged a team of UT Arlington undergraduate engineering students that took first place and a $10,000 prize in an AT&T “It Can Wait” coding contest by creating an app that discourages texting and driving.