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UTA In The News — Friday, January 31, 2014

Friday, January 31, 2014

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Royal reserves low

CKNW/980 AM (Vancouver, B.C.) interviewed Elisabeth Cawthon, UT Arlington associate professor of British history, about Queen Elizabeth, whose cash reserves have plummeted to an all time low. A critical new report by the Public Accounts Committee found that the royal's budget of $51.38 million had been exceeded by almost $4 million. "One of the report's messages is that the Palace ought to think about opening up to the public," Cawthon said. "And, the contrast is with other historic properties around London, such as the Tower of London, which is able to be maintained properly and still be a moneymaker."

A better diagnosis

A new study by UT Arlington researchers could lead to better language assessments and timelier treatment for children with language learning difficulties, Health Canal reported. Jodi Tommerdahl, an associate professor of curriculum and instruction in the College of Education and Health Professions, and Cynthia Kilpatrick, an assistant professor of linguistics in the College of Liberal Arts, found that language concerns among children could be reliably diagnosed by analyzing samples about 100 spoken words at a time rather than evaluating longer samples that take more time to analyze. The team argues that the shorter samples could speed up the diagnosis process and enable clinicians help children earlier in life.

Art all around

The second Dallas Biennial, a multi-site art exposition, is under way, KERA's Art & Seek reported. Michael Mazurek and Jessie Morgan Barnett, two UT Arlington graduates, are founders, organizers and curators of the event, which not only runs at local galleries but also online and on billboards around the area.

Origami and engineering

Micro-windmills that UT Arlington researchers designed could some day be used to charge cell phone batteries and provide temporary power for other devices, Boing Boing and EE Journal reported. J.-C. Chiao, an electrical engineering professor, and Smitha Rao, a research associate, developed the MEMS (micro-electromechanical systems) using recesses similar to the way integrated circuits are manufactured combined with the origami-like self-assembly techniques.

Rail green-lighted

The Texas Transportation Commission has given the green light to forming a high-speed rail commission to oversee a bullet train project between Fort Worth and Dallas, Texas Public Radio reported. TxDOT funded Stephen Mattingly, an associate professor of civil engineering at The University of Texas at Arlington, to study the possibility of connecting all major Texas with high speed rail.

E-cigarette questions arise

City of Arlington leaders say more information is needed on e-cigarettes before the council considers regulating them, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported. UT Arlington's no smoking policy has banned e-cigarettes as well as more traditional tobacco.

Students choosing UTA

A recent survey showed that national research universities claim the highest enrollment rate of applicants receiving acceptance letters, U.S. News & World Report reported. Harvard University led the nation with an 80.2 percent yield. Brigham Young University came in second with an 80.1 percent yield. UT Arlington was toward the middle of the pack with a 41.1 percent yield. Some large state universities, like Michigan, Wisconsin and Missouri had yields between 35 and 40 percent.