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UTA In The News — Friday, February 14, 2014

Friday, February 14, 2014

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Irreplaceable leader

An editorial in The Dallas Morning News lauded Francisco Cigarroa’s contributions to the University of Texas System, noting: “Cigarroa has also helped nurture development of four emerging research universities in the system – including UT Dallas and UT Arlington – toward coveted Tier One status nationally.” A separate op-ed in the Dallas Morning News called Cigarroa “irreplaceable” and urged the UT System Board of Regents to find another inspirational leader who will continue to collaborate with each of the 15 university presidents.

Rail of the future

Texas Public Radio station KSTX (San Antonio) interviewed Stephen Mattingly, a UT Arlington professor of civil engineering, who wrote a recent feasibility study of all the lines that the Texas Department of Transportation is considering for high-speed rail between Dallas-Fort Worth and some other major cities in Texas. “It’s feasible from a technical perspective but not necessarily from a cost perspective,” Mattingly said. ”The I-45 corridor would be suitable for accommodating it. It would struggle in the urban areas, but in the rural areas it would be very adequate for use.”

Watching the weather

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, Electronic Component News reported.

Energy for tomorrow

A University of Texas Arlington research associate and electrical engineering professor have designed a micro-windmill that generates wind energy and may become an innovative solution to cell phone batteries constantly in need of recharging, and home energy generation where large windmills are not preferred, Homeland Security News Wire reported.

Unreal images

The Christian Science Monitor quoted Dustin Harp, a UT Arlington assistant professor of communication, about the decision by Sports Illustrated to put the Barbie doll on the cover of the magazine’s 50th anniversary swimsuit edition. The move has been criticized for objectifying women. “What I’m finding fascinating about this is that we’ve already had this Sports Illustrated ideal image of women that is unattainable and unreal – and literally unreal, because they’re always Photoshopped,” Harp said. “And now we’ve moved to just having an unreal woman.”