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UTA In The News — Monday, January 13, 2014

Monday, January 13, 2014

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Forbes, many media outlets report on UT Arlington's micro-windmill

Smitha Rao, a UT Arlington research associate, and J.-C. Chaio, an electrical engineering professor, have designed a micro-windmill that generates wind energy and could become an innovative solution to cell phone batteries constantly in need of recharging and home energy generation where large windmills are not preferred, according to numerous websites, including ForbesElectronic Engineering JournalThe VergeNanotechnology TodayGizmodoCNET and others. UT Arlington has reached an agreement with a Taiwanese company to explore the discovery's commercialization opportunities. KRLD/1080 AM also featured a report on the technology this morning.

Chronicle profiles UT Arlington researcher George Siemens

The Chronicle of Higher Education profiled George Siemens, one of the originators of Massive Open Online Courses and a new research faculty member at UT Arlington. The piece focused on Siemens’ background as the son of Mennonite parents who resisted technology and his current work with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation on the MOOC Research Initiative, a research project that brought international scholars to UT Arlington for a December conference. The conference was mentioned in a separate commentary by Chronicle writer Jeff Selingo.

University team part of nationwide effort

Four UT Arlington Research Institute faculty members will play key roles on the Texas team that will develop safety systems for unmanned aircraft in a project hailed as a potential economic boon for the state and the nation, Hispanic Business.com and RenewableEnergyWorld.com said. UTARI is part of the team led by Texas A&M University – Corpus Christi, which was named by the Federal Aviation Administration as one of the nation’s six major test sites for unmanned aircraft systems.

University center teaming with Fort Worth Museum of Science and History

The University of Texas at Arlington and the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History have announced the launch of the Research and Learning Center at the Fort Worth museum. The collaboration allows scientists to interact with the public by enabling museum visitors to participate in short research interactions, the websites PhysOrg and HispanicBusiness.com reported. The Center opens Jan. 14 and is a partnership between the museum and UT Arlington's College of Education. It will be guided by the University's Southwest Center for Mind, Brain and Education.

Biologist writes article showing change to rainforest

UT Arlington assistant professor of biology Jorge Rodrigues authored a piece for the website The Conversation about research that shows changes to microorganism communities in the Amazon rainforest could affect its ability to lock up greenhouse gas. The website is an independent source of news and views, sourced from the academic and research community. Work from Rodrigues’ lab was recently published in the journal Applied and Environmental Microbiology.

Kinesiologist study lends expertise to concussions

Jacob Resch, director of the Brain Injury Laboratory at UT Arlington and an assistant professor of kinesiology, talked with KRLD/1080 AM about computerized neurocognitive tests used to make decisions about concussion treatment. A new study by Resch and others says not enough evidence exists on the tests. “We are interested in looking at new measures at UT Arlington,” he said.