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UTA In The News — Friday, January 17, 2014

Friday, January 17, 2014

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Powerful chemistry

Brad Pierce, an assistant professor of chemistry and biochemistry, was featured on a KPFT/90.1 FM (Houston) podcast called Weltanschauung (beginning at minute 15:30 of the Jan. 16 edition), talking about recent research that examined an oxygen utilizing iron enzyme called cysteine dioxygenase or CDO. The work uncovered characteristics that may one day be used to identify predisposition to conditions such as heart disease, diabetic ulcers and some types of cancer.

Painting family history

Sedrick Huckaby, assistant professor of art and art history, was featured in the Modern Art Notes Podcast discussing his work, including his interest in quilts and how they pertain to his family history. His Hidden in Plain Site, an 18-foot-by-14-foot painting, is on view at the Amon Carter Museum in Fort Worth through Feb. 2.

An energy harvest

UT Arlington research associate Smitha Rao and electrical engineering professor J.-C. Chiao have designed a micro-wind turbine that generates power and may become an unusual solution to charging cell phone batteries and other small, wireless, or remote sensing devices, the websites The Blaze and Windpower Engineering & Development reported.  Because of the small sizes, flat panels with thousand of windmills also could be made and mounted on the walls of houses or building to harvest energy for lighting, security, or environmental sensing and wireless communication.

Collecting memories

A Fort Worth Star-Telegram story on this weekend’s Martin Luther King Jr. commemorations in Fort Worth and Arlington said organizers would work with the UT Arlington Libraries to house a special collections unit filled with memorabilia from the past 25 years of similar events in the city. The exhibit will be displayed later this spring, they said.

Shooting for charity

Athletes from UT Arlington will participate in a charity 3-point shootout competition in support of Big Brothers Big Sisters and H.O.P.E. Farm Inc., according to a press release that appeared on numerous television news websites, including WFSB/CBS 3 (Hartford, Conn.) and WTHR/NBC 13 (Indianapolis).

Flying high

About two weeks after winning approval as one of only a handful of federal test sites, researchers from Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi are putting their unmanned remote-controlled aircraft, or drones, in the air this week for another round of test flights, according to an Associated Press story. Texas is among six states designated by the Federal Aviation Administration to develop test sites for drones and the UT Arlington Research Institute is a partner on the project.