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UTA In The News — Friday, May 2, 2014

Friday, May 2, 2014

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DFW Airport at 40

Airport Chief Executive Sean Donohue said Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport probably will need a sixth terminal by the end of the decade if passenger numbers grow as expected, The Dallas Morning News reported. Donohue also said that DFW Airport might have another Airbus A380 landing soon, a separate Dallas Morning News story reported. Donohue and a number of other policy makers and experts met at UT Arlington for "DFW at 40," a symposium looking at the airport's past, present and future. UT Arlington and The Dallas Morning News sponsored the event.

Debate over Love Field gates

American Airlines CEO Doug Parker said the carrier is using its "best efforts" to ensure that Virgin America is the winner of the two gates at Love Field that it is required to divest as part of its merger settlement with the U.S. Department of Justice, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported in a story carried by Bloomberg Business Week. Parker made the comments during "DFW at 40," a symposium presented by UT Arlington and The Dallas Morning News. A separate Dallas Morning News story said Dallas Mayor Pro Tem Tennell Atkins seemed reluctant to comment on the debate over which airlines should get the two Love Field gates.

Planning for the future

American Airlines CEO Doug Parker said the airline has posted a great profit the last quarter and that new terminals and DART rail service is planned for the airport's future, KXAS NBC 5 reported. Parker spoke at the "DFW at 40" symposium at UT Arlington on Thursday.

Improving pharmaceutical testing

A UT Arlington chemistry professor, renowned for his work in the area of chemical separations, is leading an effort to find a more accurate way to measure water content in pharmaceuticals – a major quality issue for drug manufacturers, e! Science News and reported. Daniel W. Armstrong, UT Arlington's Robert A. Welch Chair in Chemistry, says the new technique could be 100 times more sensitive than one of the most popular current methods.

Could alien life cope with a hotter, brighter star?

A recently published paper investigates whether life could cope with a hotter, brighter star than the sun, reported. Manfred Cuntz, a professor of physics at UT Arlington and lead scientist of the project, said it has been argued that K-type or M-type stars are the most likely candidates for life on other planets but "the only case known for life to exist is the environment of our Sun, identified as a relatively hot and massive G-type star."

Ringing up sales

Umair Ali, a UT Arlington communication technology student, is a best-selling iPhone ringtone maker, NBC 10 in Philadelphia reported in a story originally broadcast by KXAS/NBC 5. The story has aired on several NBC 5 affiiate stations.

Political fight

Allan Saxe, a UT Arlington associate professor of political science, said Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst needs to “get tougher, get animated and not be so controlled,” in a San Antonio Express-News story about the upcoming debate Dewhurst has with front-running opponent Dan Patrick. Saxe said that will prove tough for a politician who is known more for his reserved demeanor than flashy public oratory.