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UTA In The News — Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

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Weather Channel, Discovery Canada report on micro-windmill

Several news outlets, including The Weather Channel, Discovery Canada, Business Insider, eCampusNews and the websites DVice and Inhabitat, featured stories on tiny windmills being developed by Smitha Rao, a UT Arlington research associate, and J.-C. Chaio, an electrical engineering professor. The team believes the devices could provide wind energy for cellular phone charging or home energy generation. Their work also gained attention from additional media based outside the U.S., such as Canadian radio station CJBK/Newstalk 1290 and German website called Mittelstands Nachrichten.

Interaction will be part of research process

A new Research and Learning Center at the Forth Worth Science and History Museum brings research from The University of Texas at Arlington to a science venue that is already a favorite with children, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram and KERA/90.1 FM reported. Students from UTA or other universities partnering with the program can apply to use the research center to gather data for investigations that touch on the brain and learning, organizers said at an announcement of its opening Tuesday. KXAS/NBC 5 also reported the announcement in their midday report.

KERA reports on new research lab

George Siemens, an expert in digital learning, will be spearheading a new research lab at UT Arlington, according to KERA/90.1 FM’s Class of ‘17 Education News blog and an on-air report. The Learning Innovation and Networked Knowledge Research Lab, or LINK Lab, will look at how new technology is affecting higher education.  Siemens taught one of the first online courses in 2008 and is the director of the MOOC Research Initiative.

"One to Watch"

FMV Magazine, an online site for film, music and video game reviews, featured UT Arlington assistant professor and filmmaker Ya ‘Ke Smith as “One to Watch.” The reviewer described Smith’s 2012 film Wolf as “Hands down one of the best films, Hollywood, foreign or Independent, I have seen in the last five years – maybe ten.”

Political scientist weighs in on Palestine/Israel strife

Haaretz, a prominent Israeli paper, published a piece by UT Arlington associate professor of political science Brent Sasley. He argues that demands that Palestinians recognize Israel as the Jewish state won't protect Israel's borders, as most who make that demand really want.

Economics professor says violent video games could lead to decrease in crime

An NBC News Investigations story on surprising reasons for the drop in crime in America’s biggest cities cited a study co-authored by a UT Arlington professor of economics Mike Ward that said violent video games such as "Grand Theft Auto" or "Call of Duty" could mitigate aggressive behavior and lead to a decrease in crime. "You are not hanging out on street corners, in alleys or out with your buddies getting into trouble," he said.

Marketing professor explains why companies become popular with consumers

Elten Briggs, UT Arlington associate professor of marketing, offered reasons why Amazon tops a recent list of the most popular brands among consumers on KLRD/1080 AM. Briggs said the company is “doing things that customers love” and provides “tremendous customer service.”

FAA test sites for unmanned systems includes UT Arlington Research Institute

Just weeks after its designation as one of six federally-approved test sites for unmanned aircraft systems, Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi will conduct several test flights over South Texas ranch land to continue research and training on the RS-16 unmanned aerial vehicle, according to a General Aviation News story that also mentioned UT Arlington. The successful FAA test site bid was a team effort involving A&M-Corpus Christi, the University of Texas at Arlington Research Institute and others.