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UTA In The News — Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

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Test flights

The UT Arlington Research Institute received an FAA certificate of authorization last week as part of its efforts to boost unmanned aerial vehicle research and study, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported. UT Arlington and several other universities agreed to become part of the Lone Star Unmanned Aircraft Systems Initiative, which is led by Texas A&M-Corpus Christi. That initiative is part of the nationwide effort to get unmanned aerial vehicles airborne by 2015. The Research Institute and Arlington Chamber of Commerce's Center for Innovation hosted an unmanned vehicle conference Monday. The Dallas Morning News also reported on the daylong conference.

Advancing unmanned systems

The UT Arlington Research Institute is part of a statewide push to get in on the ground floor of unmanned vehicle research and technology, KTVT/CBS 11, WFAA/Channel 8 and KDFW/Fox 4 reported. The Research Institute and the Arlington Chamber of Commerce's Center for Innovation sponsored a daylong conference about unmanned vehicles. The Institute secured an FAA certificate of authorization to fly the unmanned aerial vehicles on that campus.

Conference highlights unmanned systems

The UT Arlington Research Institute and the Arlington Chamber of Commerce's Center for Innovation hosted a conference Monday on unmanned systems, the Associated Press reported. The AP story was carried by ABC 13 and Fox 26 in Houston, the San Francisco Chronicle, the Austin American-Statesman, the San Antonio Express-News, KSLA 12 in Shreveport, La., KXXV 25 in Waco and many other media websites.

Politics and money

Small donations add up for Texas politicians, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported in a story about political fundraising. Victoria Farrar-Myers, a UT Arlington political science professor, offered President Obama as an example of how much small donations matter. “How could he win the nomination? It was grassroots and smaller donations.”

Jobs for veterans

A coalition of companies that vowed in 2011 to hire 100,000 veterans within a decade has made its goal seven years early, USA Today and several other websites reported. The group, calling itself the 100,000 Jobs Mission, has now promised to double its target to 200,000 veterans job by 2020, according to the announcement. In addition to being part of the jobs initiative, JPMorgan says it will invest $1 million in higher education efforts for veterans, including grants to The University of Texas at Arlington and other colleges.

Philanthropy and filmmaking

The CBS 11 website profiled Melina McKinnon, a UT Arlington graduate, in her fundraising efforts through Trinity Diversified Film Fund Advisors, a company that helps finance budding filmmakers.

Tiny windmills

Researchers at the University of Texas at Arlington have designed a micro-windmill that they hope may offer a solution for recharging batteries in mobile devices, Accessible Technology and TechNet reported. The research is being done by research associate Smitha Rao and electrical engineering professor J.-C. Chiao.

College Park District update

A third restaurant in the College Park District permanently shut its doors within the past few weeks, with the owner saying the development “never materialized,” the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported. Digg’s Taco Shop was an original tenant in the 22-acre development, which opened in 2012 and includes student housing, restaurants, shops, lofts, garage parking and a state-of-the-art welcome center at UT Arlington.

Alumnus named Pantego city manager

Former Arlington resident Matt Fielder, a UT Arlington graduate, will be Pantego's new city manager, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported. Fielder most recently served as the economic development director for the city of Rosenberg, near Sugar Land.