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UTA In The News — Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

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Researchers develop device that could answer cell phone charging issues

Tiny windmills being developed by Smitha Rao, a UT Arlington research associate, and J.-C. Chaio, an electrical engineering professor could one day provide wind energy for cellular phone charging or home energy generation, according to the websites TOMO News and MICROManufacturing Magazine. The machines could also power wireless sensors that detect cracks in bridges, failures in security systems and dryness in soils, according to a McClatchy wire service story that appeared on the websites Energy Central and Energy Biz.

Texas Trust strikes alliance with University

Texas Trust, with assets of $825 million, is rapidly closing in on its ambitious goal of becoming a $1 billion credit union by the end of 2016, according to a press release that appeared on the websites Money News, and Digital Journal. Texas Trust recently launched an alliance with The University of Texas at Arlington, becoming the official credit union sponsor of intercollegiate athletics. Texas Trust will open an on-campus branch this year and place its ATMs in numerous campus locations.

UT Arlington hosts national tournament

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 College Park Center.

Outstanding African-American alumni honored

Two University of Texas at Arlington graduates were set to receive the Outstanding African American Alumni Award, the alumni chapter’s highest honor for an alumnae or alumnus, during the 24th Annual African American Alumni Chapter banquet last weekend, The Dallas Examiner reported. The recipients are Zachary Thompson, Class of ’81 and director of Dallas County Health and Human Services and Terry L. Aaron, Ph.D, Class of ’11 and director of Continuing Studies, Tarrant County College Southeast Campus.

Student featured in TV episode

Jenni Lutz, a UT Arlington student who worked at a Menchie's frozen yogurt store in El Paso when she was featured on an episode of CBS-TV’s “Undercover Boss” last fall, will don a disguise and covertly check the performance of a Menchie's location in Los Angeles in a special "Undercover Employee" episode of the weekly TV series Friday, the El Paso Times and Bloomberg BusinessWeek reported.

Gateways Initiative partners UTA with Austin College

Austin College will announce its new "Gateways Initiative" this week, the latest example of liberal arts educators stepping up to demonstrate value and help students prepare for jobs, according to Inside Higher Ed. The program – which features UT Arlington as a partner -- links the college to more than a half-dozen law, medicine, health care and accounting graduate programs across the country and will offer Austin graduates perks such as research projects, summer study, dual degree opportunities and preferred admission.

UTA doctoral student seeking Mansfield office

Kelvin Stroy Sr., principal of Arlington Workman Junior High School and a doctoral student in UT Arlington, is running for a seat on the Mansfield City Council, according to the Mansfield News Mirror. Stroy said he’ll graduate in May with a Ph.D. in leadership and policy studies.