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UTA In The News — Monday, May 19, 2014

Monday, May 19, 2014

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Particle physics team awarded $2.5 million grant

Physicists from UT Arlington who have traveled the world to support new scientific discoveries, including the widely publicized Higgs boson, have been awarded a $2.5 million, three-year Department of Energy grant to further their work, according to Bloomberg Businessweek, Digital Journal, Reuters and numerous television websites in the U.S. The funding, which begins this month, represents a 25 percent increase from previous Energy Department base award grants to the College of Science's Center of Excellence for High Energy Physics.

New way to treat cancer

UT Arlington physicist Wei Chen was working to create a light-emitting nanoparticle for use in security-related radiation detection when his team found a copper-cysteamine complex that can be used to damage cancer cells in photodynamic therapy, the website Mining.com reported. A paper from Chen’s lab is scheduled to appear in the August edition of the Journal of Biomedical Nanotechnology, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram also reported.

Fracking debate

A Buffalo News story on hydraulic fracturing mentioned research by UT Arlington chemistry professor Kevin Schug, who studied 100 groundwater wells in the gas-rich Barnett Shale and found elevated levels of arsenic and other naturally occurring heavy metals that scientists believe may have been stirred up by the fracking process.

Prominent faculty addition

The Chronicle of Higher Education’s People page reported that David Nygren, a physicist who has worked at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory since 1973, will join the University of Texas at Arlington College of Science as a professor this fall.

Women in business

Rachel Croson, dean of the UT Arlington College of Business, will be one of two guests during a live web chat on the Dallas Morning News website today. The online event follows up on a Sunday story on why so few women have made it to the very top rungs of American business.

Sensing technology and applications

Jeongsik Shin, a senior research scientist at the UT Arlington Research Institute, was one of the featured speakers at a recent symposium on Sensing Technology and Applications, according to Virtual-Strategy Magazine and several other outlets. Shin outlined early results on research into electrohydrodynamic ink-jet printing in sensor fabrication for flexible robotic skins.

Future in doubt for Dallas building that turned 'girl next door into cosmopolitan beauty'

Dallas Morning News architecture critic Mark Lamster wrote about the history the five-story white building at the foot of the Dallas North Tollway that used to be Braniff Hostess College, a dormitory and training school for the Dallas-based airline. Lamster is also a member of the faculty in the UT Arlington School of Architecture.

Mentoring power

Dozens of college-bound high school students came to UT Arlington this weekend for the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute College Readiness Program, KTVT/CBS 11 reported.