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UTA In The News — Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

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Financial Press reports on UT Arlington's micro-windmill

The website Financial Press featured the work of University of Texas at Arlington research associate Smitha Rao and electrical engineering professor J.-C. Chiao. The pair has developed microscopic windmills that generate electricity. They envision smartphone cases embedded with hundreds of windmills that could charge the phones therein when waved through the air or held by an open window on a windy day.

Invasive species continues growth

Robert McMahon, professor emeritus of biology at the University of Texas at Arlington, was featured in stories on KXAS/NBC 5 and KERA/90.1 FM about news that invasive zebra mussels have been detected in Lake Lavon in Collin County as well as lakes Grapevine, Fork and Tawakoni. McMahon said that while this news is of concern, he suspects that Lake Fork cannot sustain a zebra mussel population.

Cyber bullying mainly happens in secondary education

While many think of cyber bullying as a problem mainly confined to secondary education, a 2013 study by Jiyoon Yoon, a UT Arlington associate professor of education, finds strong evidence of incidents at the college level and discusses the serious effects on life and learning, The Cybersmile Foundation website reported. The foundation fights online bullying.

Paleomap Project of retired UTA science professor noted

A letter to the editor in the Las Cruces Sun-News mentioned the work of Christopher Scotese, a retired professor of earth and environmental science from the UT Arlington. Scotese is creator of the Paleomap Project, which illustrates the plate tectonic development of the ocean basins and continents.

New loft apartments receive approval

After months of back and forth, the Arlington City Council gave developers the go-ahead Tuesday night to build one of the biggest student apartment complexes approved in the city, according to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. The complex, Arlington Lofts, will replace the 45-year-old, 120-unit Catalina Apartments one block north of UT Arlington.

Playwright/professor featured at festival

Natalie Gaupp, playwright-in-residence at UT Arlington and a member of the Dramatists Guild of America, is one of the playwrights featured in the YOLO Solo Festival going on this week at the Margo Jones Theatre in Fair Park, according to the Dallas Observer.

High schoolers to get early start on college

An early college high school, the Arlington Collegiate High School, will open on Tarrant County College’s Southeast Campus in August, where Arlington freshmen will get a head start on their college careers, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. The story on the TCC partnership also mentioned Bound for Success, a partnership between UT Arlington and the school district.

UTA graduate featured on Federal News Radio

Casey Coleman, a UT Arlington MBA graduate, was the featured guest on Federal News Radio’s Business of Government Hour. Coleman is the outgoing chief information officer for the U.S. General Services Administration.