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UTA In The News — Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

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Upward enrollment

The student population at The University of Texas at Arlington has grown beyond 34,000 for the first time, NBC 5/KXAS reported. The university said Tuesday it had 34,329 students enrolled in classes for the Spring 2014 semester. If the number of out-of-state online students are included in the total, that number climbs to nearly 38,000. The school said the population increase is "buoyed by strong growth in the College of Engineering and sustained demand for College of Nursing programs."

Heart healing

A UT Arlington bioengineer has received a four-year, $1.4 million National Institutes of Health grant to create a nanoparticle system to shore up arterial walls following angioplasty and stenting procedures to treat coronary arterial disease, Nanowerk and Bio-Medicine reported. Kytai Nguyen, a UT Arlington associate professor of bioengineering, is leading the research.

Wind equals energy

Two UT Arlington researchers have developed a micro-windmill system that could eventually recharge cell phone batteries with a mere wave of the hand-held device, IT Management reported. Electrical Engineering Professor J.-C. Chiao and Research Associate Smitha Rao led the research.

A welcome disruption

Rarely has an education innovation like Massive Open Online Courses swept as rapidly through our world, George Siemens, UT Arlington Learning Innovation and Networked Knowledge Research Lab director, wrote for in a guest column for TED.com. Siemens said that the transition to MOOCs will bring into question many sacred ideals and will bring much scrutiny to the new learning system. He said that scrutiny should be welcomed. Siemens helped start the first MOOC.

Next generation science

Four student leaders of the Next Generation Scientists for Biodiesel have added their voices to a cry that biodiesel supporters hope the Environmental Protection Agency hears, AgriMarketing reported. Deval Pandya of UT Arlington serves on the NGSB board and was one of the student authors who submitted comments this week to EPA staff expressing concern about proposed cuts to the federal Renewable Fuel Standard. The NGSB is a student organization designed to assist in the professional development of emerging science leaders with a passion for sustainability by offering opportunities to integrate with the biodiesel scientific community.