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UTA In The News — Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

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Micro windmills

UT Arlington electrical engineering professor J.-C. Chiao was interviewed on FOX Business about his work designing a micro-windmill that generates wind energy. Chiao and co-designer Smitha Rao, a UT Arlington research associate, believe the devices could be used to charge cell phones or other devices. “You will never run out of energy and you don’t have to go change the battery for those devices,” he said. The websites Electronic Engineering, IT World, Clean Technica, and Technology Tell also reported on the technology.

Need for speed

A study by Steve Mattingly, associate professor of civil engineering at UT Arlington, was cited in a Dallas Morning News story focusing on what a high-speed rail system from Dallas to Houston could mean for the environment. Mattingly found the quickest approach for a new system is to put routes along interstate highways.

Microbe community changes

The Amazon’s widespread conversion from rainforest to pastureland has significant effects on microorganism communities that may lead to a reduction in the region's role as a reservoir for greenhouse gas, the website Digital Journal reported in a story on UT Arlington research. Jorge Rodrigues, UT Arlington assistant professor of biology, organized the work. Babur S. Mirza, former postdoctoral fellow in the Rodrigues lab, is lead author of a new paper describing study findings.

Unmanned aerial vehicle use

A Fort Worth Star-Telegram story on the future of unmanned aerial vehicle or drone use mentioned UT Arlington and other universities that are taking steps to research future drone use.  The story featured several North Texas drone enthusiasts. KTVT/CBS 11 also mentioned UT Arlington in a story on drone testing at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi.

Students gather information

Students from UT Arlington helped the city of Bartonville gather input from citizens through a partnership, the Denton Record-Chronicle reported. City leaders are in the midst of a legal dispute over construction of a new water tower.

Alum co-produces new album

Kelcy Warren, a distinguished alumnus of the UT Arlington College of Engineering, was featured in a Dallas Morning News story about a new album he co-produced called Looking Into You: A Tribute to Jackson Browne. Warren is CEO and chairman of the Fortune 500 titan Energy Transfer Partners.

First Pitch Banquet features Ryan

Nolan Ryan, the Hall of Fame pitcher who retired as Texas Rangers CEO on Oct. 31 after a tumultuous year, was the featured guest at the UT Arlington First Pitch Banquet Friday, according to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, the Sports Illustrated website and several other outlets. “It’s impressive how many [Mavericks] get into the majors and have a substantial impact on the game,” Ryan said in the Star-Telegram story.

Martin discusses King's legacy

A podcast of syndicated columnist Roland Martin’s speech during the MLK “Advancing the Dream” Banquet Friday at UT Arlington is featured on his website Roland Martin Reports. Martin explained that Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was bigger than his "I Have A Dream" speech.

Perry appoints alumnus to THECB

Gov. Rick Perry has appointed UT Arlington alumnus Jacob Montilijo Monty, of Houston, to the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board for a term to expire Aug. 31, 2015, the Friendswood Journal reported.