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UTA In The News — Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

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Examining well water

UT Arlington researchers have collected hundreds of water samples from private water wells in North Texas’ Barnett Shale to follow up on an earlier study about the effect of natural gas exploration, KRLD/1080AM reported.

Winning team

A multi-disciplinary team of UT Arlington engineering, UT Southwestern Medical Center and UT Dallas management students won first place and the Participants’ Choice Award at this year’s International Emory Global Health Case Competition, BioNews Texas reported. The winning proposal suggests reforming the World Health Organization donor processes and expanding that agency's executive board to include non-governmental organizations, national public health institutes and faith-based organizations.

Talking about language

Some of the world’s leading experts in language research and documentation will gather to discuss Native American languages and indigenous communities at CoLang 2014: Institute on Collaborative Language Research June 16-27 at The University of Texas at Arlington, Native American Times reported.

Guiding lights

The June issue of Optics & Photonics News featured work by Samar Mohanty, assistant professor of physics at UT Arlington. Mohanty and graduate student Bryan Black have discovered a way to use low-power, near-IR lasers to guide axons, the long fiber that carries connections for each neuron.

Tiny windmill power

Researchers at UT Arlington have designed a miniscule windmill with a micro-generator that can be used to recharge mobile devices, CIO reported. Smitha Rao, a university research associate, and J.-C. Chiao, an electrical engineering professor, designed the micro-windmills. The two have filed for a patent for the devices, which are about 1.8 mm at their widest point.

Headed to campus

Twin brothers, James and Matthew Madison, received the highest recognition from James Madison High School Monday night as they graduated as valedictorian and salutatorian, KXAS/NBC 5 and The Dallas Morning News reported. Matthew wants to major in software engineering at The University of Texas at Arlington, where he attended an engineering camp and developed good relationships.