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UTA In The News — Friday, April 11, 2014

Friday, April 11, 2014

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Reaching new heights

Texas is bucking a national trend of declining enrollments, but the state still has plenty of challenges in higher education, leaders of seven North Texas institutions said Thursday at the “2014 Higher Education Luncheon” put on by the Dallas Regional Chamber at the Westin Hotel in Dallas, according to the Dallas Business Journal. Finding the right blend of online education and traditional education is crucial to getting access to the most people possible, said UT Arlington President Vistasp Karbhari. “We have tremendous opportunity in front of us,” he said. The Dallas Morning News also reported on the luncheon.

Creating bone tissue

Several online publications, including R&D Magazine, Science Newsline and NanoWerk, reported on a UT Arlington and Texas Health Arlington Memorial Hospital project to investigate whether bone grown from the body’s own stem cells can replace traditional types of bone grafting. Liping Tang, UT Arlington bioengineering chair and professor, and Dr. Joseph Borrelli, chair of orthopedics for Texas Health Arlington Memorial, hope to use the body’s own healing capacity in bone repair.

Education and equality

Arielle Bentley, vice president of the UT Arlington Black Student Association, and UT Arlington Associate Professor of History Marvin Dulaney were interviewed in KTVT/CBS 11’s coverage of the Civil Rights Summit at the LBJ Library in Austin. Both reflected on history and the state of equality today. “We’re still not there yet. Even though we have an African-American president, there are still issues,” Dulaney said.

Seeing beyond black and white

Jason Shelton, a UT Arlington assistant professor of sociology, was interviewed during KXAS/NBC5 coverage of this week’s civil rights summit at the LBJ Presidential Library in Austin. He discussed the evolution of civil rights to include gender equality and other issues. “A host of other issues have emerged surrounding civil rights in today’s world that we don’t think of as sort of black and white issues,” Shelton said.

Drug detection

Researchers at UT Arlington have developed a new test to detect performance-enhancing drugs which they claim is 1,000 times more sensitive than current methods, World News Network reported. "How much of a drug someone took or how long ago they took it are beyond the analyst's control. The only thing you can control is how sensitive your method is," said Daniel Armstrong, UT Arlington’s Robert A. Welch Chair in Chemistry, who led the team.

Lady Mavs

The UT Arlington women's basketball team was featured in a KTVT/CBS11 report on the Main Street Fort Worth Arts Festival. UT Arlington is a co-sponsor of the event this weekend.

Preserving Native American languages

UT Arlington's Native American Languages Lab is participating in a workshop this week at Northeastern State University in Tahlequah, Okla., where attendees can learn to use free dictionary-making software, Native American Times reported. The software can be used to create teaching materials for native language preservation.

Learning analytics

With learning analytics poised to become a mainstream technology, higher education leaders from around the world came together following the Learning Analytics and Knowledge (LAK) 2014 conference in Indianapolis, Indiana for an Open Learning Analytics (OLA) Summit, according to the websites StreetInsider, Virtual Strategy Magazine and others.The Summit was facilitated in part by George Siemens, executive director of the LINK Research Lab at The University of Texas at Arlington.

Rice University Business Plan competition

The Rice University Business Plan competition, which begins today, will feature Detonation Dynamics, a startup with roots at UT Arlington that aims to turn wasted hydrocarbons into usable energy by converting flare and biogas into electricity through a new engine technology, the website Xconomy reported. The startups in the contest will compete for a slice of nearly $2 million in prize money.

Values and Ventures Business Plan competition

UT Arlington is among several Texas universities with teams of budding entrepreneurs competing at this year's Richards Barrentine Values and Ventures business plan competition at TCU's Neeley School of Business, Bloomberg Businessweek reported in a story from the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. Local business leaders will serve as judges and mentors, scoring teams on their business plans, their presentations, a values component and viability.