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UTA In The News — Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

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Automation Technology Expo

Dan Popa, associate professor of electrical engineering at UT Arlington, will be a guest speaker at a Learning Labs seminar that is part of the upcoming Automation Technology Expo Texas in Fort Worth, Aerospace Journal, Virtual Strategy magazine and numerous others reported.  Popa will speak as part of a session called "Robotic Technology: Strategic Applications in Manufacturing."

Myth of the student-athlete

Oliver Bateman, assistant professor of history at UT Arlington and a lawyer, is writing a series of columns for Al-Jazeera America on law and sports. His latest piece focuses on the relationship between universities and revenue generating sports. “Revenue-generating college sports will endure as an ungainly appendage to American universities until the precise moment when its costs outweigh its benefits,” he said.

Growing sports destination

The online sports publication Grantland featured UT Arlington associate professor Allan Saxe in a post-Final Four story about Arlington and its identity as a sports destination. “Arlington’s always had an identity crisis,” Saxe said. “It has been on the psychiatrist’s couch for 100 years."

Public transportation in Arlington

Varun Mallipaddi, UT Arlington student body president, was featured in a KTVT/CBS 11 story about the lack of public transportation in Arlington. Mallipaddi said the new Metro Arlington Express, or MAX, is “a step in the right direction.”

Possibilities behind micro-windmills

Tribology & Lubrication Technology magazine (p.8) featured a story on the energy generating micro-windmills being developed by Smitha Rao, a UT Arlington research associate, and J.-C. Chaio, an electrical engineering professor. The magazine is published by the Society of Tribologists and Lubrication Engineers and read by 4,000 professionals worldwide.

Disturbing language

UT Arlington Professor of History Christopher Morris is quoted in a Landscape Architecture Magazine piece (p.34) about how words that scientists and policy makers choose can carry with them certain ideas about how ecosystems work. The word disturbance, for example, has affected flood control infrastructure.

Confined spaces

Jackson Pettyjohn, a manager in UT Arlington’s Division for Enterprise Development, was featured in the April issue of Underground Construction, discussing how to develop a safety program for confined spaces. He said confined spaces represent one of the most challenging and potentially dangerous scenarios in construction.