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UTA In The News — Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

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Alloy gives strength to micro-windmills

The University of Texas at Arlington is developing tiny windmills that may actually help power electronics, such as cell phones, and in homes, KDFW/FOX 4 reported. J.-C. Chaio, an electrical engineering professor, and Smitha Rao, a research associate, are working on the technology and Chaio explained the micro-manufacturing process for viewers. “They are going to be very cost effective and you can mass produce them,” he said.

Focus on safety

UT Arlington has been granted an FAA certificate of authorization, which allows researchers at their research institute (also known as UTARI) to take part in the lone star unmanned aircraft systems initiative, Fort Worth, Texas magazine reported. The initiative has six such programs operating throughout the nation on drone research. They will be helping the Federal Aviation Administration lay out practical rules to safeguard our airspace. 

Physicist working on NASA grant will look at space weather impact

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, according to Sky and Telescope magazine. Deng’s work could one day help operators of near-earth satellites, air traffic radar and electricity grids know how to best safeguard their systems from bursts of radiation and energetic particles.

University preparing for second TEDxUTA event

Not one to let SMU have all the TEDx fun, the University of Texas at Arlington has revealed its lineup for the second annual TEDxUTA, CultureMap Dallas said. Featuring 12 innovative speakers, the day-long idea conference is set for March 22 at UT Arlington's Rosebud Theater.

Middle-school, high-school students converge on UTA for science, engineering fair

Almost 700 middle and high school students competed at the University of Texas at Arlington’s College Park Center Monday as part of the 63rd annual Fort Worth Regional Science and Engineering Fair, according to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. After presenting their projects, students participated in on-campus events sponsored by the Office of University Recruitment, College of Science, College of Engineering, RadioShack and Lockheed Martin.

Political science professor says Cruz's charisma makes him appealing to Tea Party

Allan Saxe, an associate political science professor at the University of Texas at Arlington, was included in a Fort Worth Star-Telegram story about Republican primary candidates linking themselves to Sen. Ted Cruz. “He is very popular among the Tea Party people and is really a charismatic public figure to those that like him,” Saxe said.