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UTA In The News — Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

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Acclaimed particle physics researcher coming to UTA

A renowned scientist recognized for his innovations in particle physics research has been named presidential distinguished professor at The University of Texas at Arlington, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported. David Nygren, a member of the National Academy of Sciences who has been on the staff of the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory at the University of California, Berkeley since 1973, will join UT Arlington’s research team this fall.

New process to help pharmaceutical industry

The University of Texas System blog, UT Matters, reported that 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. 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.

Habitable planets could include larger field

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 physicists that was reported in Seoul Daily. The study by Professor Manfred Cuntz and doctoral student Satoko Sato appeared in The International Journal of Astrobiology.

New testing of pharmaceuticals more accurate

A research team at The University of Texas at Arlington is developing a new technique to test pharmaceuticals for their stability and shelf life that could be 100 times more sensitive than one of the most widely used methods, FierceBiotech Research reported. The approach, which is outlined in a study in the June issue of the Journal of Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Analysis, is designed to measure moisture content in active pharmaceutical ingredients such as ibuprofen, tetracycline and ephedrine.

Discounts offer incentive for shopping

Medill Reports quoted Daniel Levine, professor of psychology at The University of Texas at Arlington, in a story about online shopping. Levine agrees that discounts — although not necessarily just those online -- are a powerful incentive for people to shop. “Even before computers and websites, people would grab bargains if the price seemed less than they would expect to pay somewhere else,” Levine said.

Assistant professor writes about prominent African-American architect

Kate Holliday, an assistant professor of architecture at UT Arlington, wrote a guest column about Dallas architect William Sidney Pittman for the AIA Dallas Springboard website. Holliday also is the director of the David Dillon Center for Texas Architecture. Holliday wrote that Pittman was widely acknowledged to be Texas’ first African-American architect. Her column was about the celebration of the 100th anniversary of the arrival of Pittman in Texas. Pittman (1875-1958) was the designer of churches and civic buildings in Houston and Fort Worth that continue to resonate today.

Former UTA provost profiled

KY Forward profiled Prairie View A&M University President George Wright, who went from being an underperforming student growing up in Lexington’s Charlotte Court housing project to a noted scholar eventually earning his doctorate in history from Duke University. His path to a university presidential post included a stop at UT Arlington where he served as an executive vice president for academic affairs and provost before becoming Prairie View’s seventh president.

UTA study determines economic viability of water park

The Beaumont Enterprise noted that UT Arlington conducted a study to determine whether a proposed water park would be a financial drain on Brazoria in Jefferson County. The comprehensive study cost the city council $15,000.

UTA summer camps detailed

KXTX 39/Telemundo Dallas interviewed Brenda Daniel, coordinator of special programs in the College of Education and Health Professions at UT Arlington, about a STEM camp focused on boys in the eighth grade that will be offered at UT Arlington this summer. Daniel also discussed a free conference aimed at parents seeking information to help their children apply for college.