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UTA In The News — Friday, March 21, 2014

Friday, March 21, 2014

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More powerful testing for performance-enhancing drugs

Researchers have developed a new test to detect performance-enhancing drugs which they say is 1,000 times more sensitive than current methods, Runner's World, BioNews TexasHealth Canal and Canadian Cycling Magazine reported. UT Arlington's Daniel Armstrong, Robert A. Welch Chair in Chemistry, led the research team that developed the ultra-sensitive methods of detecting the drugs. Armstrong and Hongyue Guo, a graduate student in Armstrong’s lab, presented the research recently at the 247th National Meeting & Exposition of the American Chemical Society in Dallas.

Emergency responders training on new faster, more precise radar

National Weather Service meteorologists said a local network of more precise radar units provided quicker and more precise information when a storm system rumbled across North Texas on Saturday, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported. However, officials said that the full capabilities of the radar system called CASA, for Collaborative Adaptive Sensing of the Atmosphere, won’t likely be on display until later this year. So far, only two of the $500,000 radar units — one at The University of Texas at Arlington, the other in Midlothian — are fully operational. Four more are expected to be online soon.

Gridlock no more?

North Texas motorists may not realize it, but since October they have traveled a “living laboratory” designed to minimize gridlock and empower commuters, the Fort Worth Business Press reported. Dallas is one of only two cities piloting the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Integrated Corridor Management System. Sia Ardekani, a UT Arlington civil engineering professor who assisted in the project, said his team worked with DART, the North Central Texas Council of Governments, the Texas Department of Transportation, North Texas Tollway Authority and the cities of Dallas, Plano, Richardson and University Park to make their individual transportation systems work seamlessly through the new system.


Jarryd Willis, a UT Arlington doctoral student in psychology, was featured on KTXD Channel 47's Texas Daily show and spoke about his talk on bullying that he will give during TEDxUTA on Saturday, March 22, at the Rosebud Theatre in the E.H. Hereford University Center. Tickets are still available at for his lecture event that begins at 3 p.m. The event runs from 1 to 5 p.m.

Rice Business Plan Competition

UT Arlington's Detonation Dynamics team is one of 42 finalists competing in the 14th annual Rice Business Plan Competition, PressReleasePoint reported. The teams are vying for more than $1 million in prizes in the competition, which is sponsored by Rice University's Jones Graduate School of Business. More than 155 past competitors have gone on to successfully launch their ventures and are still in business today. They have raised in excess of $844 million in funding and created more than 1,000 new jobs.

Alumni awarded for environmental reporting

Dominic Bracco II, a UT Arlington graduate, received a Special Reporting Initiative award for environmental reporting, reported. Bracco was one of three award winners. His piece examined whether there is demand for sustainable fisheries’ products in China. is the nonprofit arm of environmental science website The three prizes, which were launched in January, explored the impacts of rising human consumption on forest and marine ecosystems.