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UTA In The News — Thursday, February 13, 2014

Thursday, February 13, 2014

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NASA grant to focus on space weather events

University of Texas at Arlington physicist Yue Deng will receive more than $500,000 from NASA to study how space weather events such as solar flares drive vertical winds to affect electrodynamics in the Earth's upper atmosphere, Phys.org reported.

Former nursing dean part of international team

Elizabeth Poster, the former dean of the UT Arlington College of Nursing, will be part of an accreditation team of international experts appointed by the Commission for Academic Accreditation of the United Arab Emirates, the Dallas Business Journal People on the Move reported. The Commission is responsible for licensing and accrediting 70 institutions in the UAE. A similar mention appears in the D Magazine Healthcare Daily.

Armstrong earns second national American Chemistry Society award

Daniel W. Armstrong, who holds the UT Arlington Robert A. Welch Chair in Chemistry, will receive his second national award from the American Chemical Society March 17, the Dallas Business Journal People on the Move reported. The ACS Award in Separations Science and Technology, which is sponsored by Waters Corp., will be presented at the ACS national conference in Dallas.

Biology team part of pigeon gene research

A UT Arlington biology team exploring pigeons as a model for vertebrae evolution has uncovered that mutations and interactions among three genes create a wide variety of color variations, the NSF.gov and e! Science News reported. One of those genes, they also found, may be an example of a “slippery gene” more prone to evolutionary changes.

Response time to foreign conflicts examined

Heidi Hardt, a UT Arlington assistant political science professor, examines international organizations’ response times to foreign conflicts in her new book, “Time to React: The Efficiency of International Organizations in Crisis Response,” News-Medical.net reported.

Advanced radar units in North Texas started with one at UTA

Dallas-Fort Worth is closer to having a ring of advanced radar units up and running when the spring severe-storm season starts, WFAA.com and Government Technology.com reported. A fourth component of the new radar system was installed Tuesday atop a municipal building in Addison. Over the last year, other units have been deployed at The University of Texas at Arlington, at the University of North Texas in Denton and in Mansfield.