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UTA In The News — Thursday, March 27, 2014

Thursday, March 27, 2014

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College Park District development

Officials at UT Arlington are taking steps to improve attendance at athletic events and work with tenants and a new leasing agent in the College Park District to make retail space more attractive, a story in the Fort Worth Star-Telegram said. The 20-acre, $160 million mixed-use development, a collaboration between The University of Texas at Arlington and the city, opened in 2012. “This reminds me very much of what has happened at the West Seventh Village in Fort Worth,” said Jennifer Frank, a commercial real estate agent and Smiling Moose Deli franchisee. “A project like this that’s unproven in a market needs a couple of years.”

F-type stars 'could be good places to look for 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 physics that was reported on the Dutch website Scientas.nl, the Spanish website NCYT, The Cambodian Times and other outlets. The study by Professor Manfred Cuntz and Ph.D. student Satoko Sato appears in The International Journal of Astrobiology.

Powerful possibilites.. mini windmills

Looking like the buzzing of a hummingbird’s wing, UT Arlington researchers are working on micro-windmills that have many practical applications, Fort Worth, Texas magazine reported. Associate Professor of Electrical Engineering J.C. Chiao is the principal investigator on the research but gives major credit to his former student Dr. Smitha Rao. Chiao said: “The major application will be in charging wireless sensors, like those used to safeguard our decaying infrastructure.”

Ballot box test

Brent Sasley, UT Arlington associate professor of political science, was quoted in an Agence France-Presse report on politics and upcoming elections in Turkey. He said Turkey's Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan “is still a very skilled politician... and he exercises enormous control over Turkish institutions, giving him the ability to manage politics.”

Clinton, Bush address higher education at conference hosted by Academic Partnerships

The Spanish-language newspaper Al Dia reported that former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and former Florida Governor Jeb Bush discussed the importance of making higher education accessible to the masses at a conference Monday hosted by Dallas-based Academic Partnerships. The story noted that UT Arlington is among Academic Partnerships’ partner schools.

Architecture students' "Sound Cloud" receives honorable mention

UT Arlington architecture students Nathan Huette and Casey Tucker received honorable mention awards for their design, “Sound Cloud,” in the American Institute of Architecture Students and Kawneer Co. Inc. Frozen Music Design Competition, Retrofit Magazine reported.  The competition challenged students to explore the relationship between music and architecture by designing an innovative concert hall for a musically inclined coastal city. All winning entries will be displayed at the AIA Convention 2014 in Chicago this summer.