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UTA In The News — Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

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Building excellence

The newly named UT Arlington nursing dean, Anne Bavier, said she wants to build on the excellence already established here at the University to advance the human condition, the Dallas Business Journal reported in a interview with Bavier.

Targeting a hot field

The University of Texas at Arlington will launch an unmanned vehicle systems certificate program in the fall for engineering students interested in entering that fast-growing industry, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported. “There is a lot of activity right now in trying to bring the use of UVS to the civilian application,” Engineering Dean Khosrow Behbehani said. FindLaw ran the Star-Telegram story. WFAA Channel 8 aired a similar story on the certification program.

Slowing cancer

UT Arlington physicist Wei Chen was working to create a luminescent nanoparticle to use in security-related radiation detection may have instead happened upon an advance in photodynamic cancer therapy that significantly slowed tumor growth in lab studies, R&D Magazine reported.

A future on wheels

Self-driving vehicles will change the business environment on many fronts, a column by UT Arlington College of Business Dean Rachel Croson said in the Fort Worth Business Press. The column was part of Croson’s Future of Business blog. 

A valuable collection

Bill Blair, a man who made history and later helped record North Texas history as a newspaper publisher, died Sunday, KERA and Focus Daily News reported. He was 92 years old. Blair was the publisher of The Elite newspaper, which focused on the African-American community for decades. He also was a baseball player for the Negro League. In June 2012, Blair donated his collection of newspaper materials and Negro League memorabilia to The University of Texas at Arlington.

Technology for searches

Texas EquuSearch, a Texas-based group involved in searches for missing persons around the nation, has filed a lawsuit asking a federal court to set aside an order prohibiting the nonprofit organization from employing drones in its work, KRLD 1080 reported. The story mentioned that the UT Arlington Research Institute is part of a statewide push to make unmanned vehicles profitable and safe.

Electric executive alum

El Paso Electric has named Michael Blanchard as vice president of regulatory affairs, The Wall Street Journal and several other media outlets reported. Blanchard received his bachelor’s degree in history from UT Arlington. He received his Juris Doctorate from Texas Tech University.