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UTA In The News — Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

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Discovering speed

The Discovery Channel (Canada) featured UT Arlington student engineers on its program, Daily Planet. The students interviewed designed and built a racecar with the goal of competing to win the Formula SAE competition. One of the car’s features is Active Aero technology, which uses a student-developed, on-board computer to open or close the “wings” to reduce drag and increase down force to make the car stick to the road. 

Habitable planets

Scientists searching for habitable planets beyond Earth shouldn't overlook F-type stars in favor of their more abundant, smaller and cooler cousins, according to new research from University of Texas at Arlington physicists,,, ScienceDaily, Newsroom America and other media reported. The study appears in The International Journal of Astrobiology.

MOOCs to degree

An initiative called MOOC2Degree from the company Academic Partnerships, has been gaining traction, University reported. Launched in 2013, it allows students to earn credit for a MOOC and then apply it toward a degree program at partner institutions. Last fall, the first MOOC offered in this initiative at the UT Arlington College of Nursing attracted 29 students who completed the course for credit. Fourteen of them later enrolled in the nursing degree program.

Testing well water

The Upper Trinity Groundwater Conservation District is studying more than 200 water wells but is looking to find even more participants, KFDX/NBC 3 in Texoma reported. The goal of the study, which is a joint effort with UT Arlington, is to test if a variety of activities are contaminating the aquifer.

Women's conference to offer information

Univision Dallas interviewed Julian Rodriguez, a lecturer in the UT Arlington Department of Communication, about the Women’s Conference being hosted March 29 at UT Arlington by UTA News en Español. The one-day event will offer women information about immigration rights and the financial aid process.

UTA alumnus featured

Winds of Change, a prominent STEM magazine for American Indian and Alaska Native college students and faculty, featured UT Arlington alumnus Ken Vargas in a story about the Navy. The magazine called that branch of the U.S. Armed Forces one of the top 50 STEM workplaces. Vargas serves as a Navy Facilities Engineering Command Contingency/Disaster Preparedness Officer.

UT Arlington graduate honored

Adrian Rodriguez, a 26-year veteran of the Plano Independent School District, was awarded Texas School Social Worker of the Year at the statewide Texas School Social Workers Conference Feb. 27 in Austin, the Plano Star Courier reported. He was nominated by his colleagues and selected from a large pool of nominees. Rodriguez received a master's degree in social work from The University of Texas at Arlington in 1990 and is a licensed master social worker.

Texas Digital Humanities Conference announced

The University of Houston student newspaper, the Daily Cougar, reported that the Texas Digital Humanities Consortium will hold its inaugural Texas Digital Humanities Conference April 10-12 at the University of Houston. The consortium’s website names UH, Rice University, Texas A&M University, University of Texas, University of North Texas and UT Arlington as founding members.

Arlington council OKs apartment project

The City of Arlington will reimburse a developer $1 million for tearing down three aging apartment complexes near UT Arlington to make way for more student housing, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported. The City Council voted 6-3 on Tuesday to approve economic development incentives for Dallas-based multifamily housing developer Maxum + Mint for its proposed Sapphire Inspired Living project. Construction for the $45 million, high-density apartment complex is set to begin next month. It is expected to house up to 760 UT Arlington students.