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UTA In The News — Monday, February 3, 2014

Monday, February 3, 2014

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Gaining momentum

Kevin Schug, UT Arlington associate professor of chemistry and biochemistry, was featured in Momentum, Shimadzu Scientific Instruments' magazine. The article outlined Schug's research on analyzing the environmental effects of extracting shale gas in North Texas and how Shimadzu instruments contribute to his work. Shimadzu has donated more than $10 million to help create the Shimadzu Center for Advanced Analytical Chemistry and the Shimadzu Institute for Research Technologies at UT Arlington.

Money talks

Tarrant County money is likely to play a key role in this year’s race for Texas governor, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported. “This has always been the reddest of red in Texas, and they’ve prided themselves on that," said Victoria Farrar-Myers, a UT Arlington political science professor. “Democrats have a foothold in Dallas County through judicial races, and some have watched Tarrant County go from bright, bright red to a pink because of the Senate 10 (Wendy Davis' seat) loss last time.” The article also ran in Legal Pro News.

Open space a must

Active open spaces, including pedestrian and bike routes that link to jobs, homes and community destinations, play a key role in the creation of sustainable, healthy places, Livability Law reported. A recent Urban Land Institute survey determined that these aspects should be important factors in real estate development. The article quoted from a UT Arlington study that enumerated public projects like parks to the bottom line of nearby businesses. Taner Özdil, a UT Arlington associate professor of architecture, led the study.

Recharge to the rescue

J.-C. Chiao and Smitha Rao, UT Arlington electrical engineering professor and research associate, respectively, have developed a new micro-windmill technology that could shake up the power industry and make emergency recharges for devices possible, Adafruit Industries reported.

Former dean welcomed home

Neal Smatresk, the new University of North Texas president, is glad to be back in Texas, the Denton Record-Chronicle reported. Smatresk spent 22 years at The University of Texas at Arlington working his way up the administrative ranks from professor to dean of the College of Science in 1998. Even as a professor, Smatresk began to interact with the community, visiting elementary schools and bringing pythons with him, recalls Krishnan Rajeshwar who started about the same time as a professor in the chemistry department. The article also quoted former science dean Paul Paulus: “To me, the thing that strikes me — and I didn’t know him that well before — but I think he really blossomed when he became a dean,” Paulus said. “It really allowed him to express his energy and ideas in a variety of ways.”