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UTA In The News — Monday, March 3, 2014

Monday, March 3, 2014

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Initiative lauded

The Nation’s Health, a publication of the American Public Health Association, featured a story on UT Arlington master’s level social work and nursing students working together to create a holistic approach to health care. The interprofessional education initiative was born out of a more than $860,000 Health Resources and Services Administration advanced nursing education grant, said project director Judy LeFlore, director of the College of Nursing’s pediatric, acute care pediatric and neonatal nurse practitioner programs.

Tiny windmills, large possibilities

Millions of tiny windmills could one day power wireless sensors that detect cracks in bridges, failures in security systems and dryness in soils — all thanks to two University of Texas at Arlington research scientists who were inspired by a little girl’s pinwheel, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported. Electrical engineering professor J.C. Chiao and associate researcher Smitha Rao designed the 1.8 millimeter by 2 millimeter micro windmills that are so small 10 would fit on a grain of rice. The tiny windmills also could be used to charge smartphones.

A changing Amazon

UT Arlington researchers focusing on the Amazon recently found that widespread conversion from rainforest to pastureland has significant effects on microorganism communities that may lead to a reduction in the region's role as a reservoir for greenhouse gas, the website Science 2.0 reported. Jorge Rodrigues, an assistant professor of biology at The University of Texas at Arlington, organized the work. Babur S. Mirza, formerly a postdoctoral fellow in the Rodrigues lab, was lead author on a recent paper.

Stadium concerns

Simon Chao, a civil engineering associate professor at UT Arlington, was quoted in a WFAA/ABC8 story about cracks found in the concrete of Allen ISD’s new football stadium. He said: "Cracking is fairly common in concrete. The problem is the damage water may cause by getting in the cracks." The story also appeared on KHOU/ABC11 (Houston) and KVUE/ABC33 (Austin).

National wheelchair basketball championship game

For the first time in three years, the University of Texas at Arlington men’s wheelchair basketball team will host the sport’s pinnacle event, the 2014 national intercollegiate wheelchair basketball championship, according to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. The third-place and championship games will be played at the upscale College Park Center.

Cosmic event

Ahead of the premiere of “Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey” on Sunday, March 9, Fox hopes to build on the current buzz about the show with a free screening of the pilot episode at The Planetarium at the University of Texas at Arlington, on Tuesday, March 4, CultureMap Dallas reported.

Lieutenant governor's race

Allan Saxe, an associate professor of political science at UT Arlington, was quoted in a Dallas Morning News story on the likelihood of a runoff in the Republican primary for lieutenant governor. He said: “It is difficult to distinguish among the four candidates on the issues. That’s one reason they’ve resorted to some of the personal attacks we’ve seen.”

Hispanic anchor's impact

Julian Rodriguez, a lecturer in broadcast communication at UT Arlington, was quoted in a La Estrella story about the impact of Gloria Campos, the longtime anchor who is retiring from WFAA/ABC8 this month. Rodriguez said the Spanish-speaking Campos was a representative for Hispanic people.

Precinct conventions

Tom Marshall, a UT Arlington political science professor, commented for a Fort Worth Star-Telegram story on precinct conventions, saying that normally, a very small percentage of the state’s population — perhaps 2 percent — attend these gatherings.