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UTA In The News — Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

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Shimadzu Institute for Research Technologies searches for research partners

The UT Arlington Shimadzu Institute for Research Technologies has been reaching out to several companies to serve as research partners – including many smaller startups and entrepreneurial ventures, the Fort Worth Business Press reported. The laboratory was established in 2012 through the support of Shimadzu Scientific Instruments and UT Arlington. The mass spectrometry and analytical chemistry research center includes a large number of mass spectrometers, as well as state-of-the-art supporting peripheries and other spectroscopy instrumentation. The institute was renamed Shimadzu in February to honor a $7.5 million gift from Shimadzu Scientific Instruments.

UTA researchers help NTX Groundwater Conservation District test water quality

A private firm that works with UT Arlington to examine water quality is looking for landowners with private wells to volunteer for water testing, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported. The North Texas Groundwater Conservation District, which includes Denton, Collin and Cooke counties, is teaming up with UT Arlington researchers to test at least 100 samples from private wells.

Testing for performance enhancing drugs

A UT Arlington lab has developed a new way of testing for performance enhancing drugs that is 1,000 times more sensitive than current methods, Medical Automation reported in publishing a Science Daily article. Daniel W. Armstrong, who holds the UT Arlington Robert A. Welch Chair in Chemistry, and Hongyue Guo, a graduate student in Armstrong’s lab, presented the research recently at the 247th National Meeting & Exposition of the American Chemical Society in Dallas.

Clark discusses BBG's impact on worldwide audiences

The Broadcasting Board of Governors’ recent budget request for funding U.S. international media outreach has renewed scrutiny of its operations by political leaders, some of whom find services outdated and inflexible, Radio World reported. Andrew Clark, an associate professor in the UT Arlington department of communication, was quoted in the article as saying that the BBG’s impact on worldwide audiences has been limited by “managerial dysfunction." Clark said:  "International broadcasting is not defunct. It has a crucial role to play around the world. I believe the BBG needs some restructuring. Right now it is a convoluted setup.” The BBG is the federal entity that sets funding and gives direction to Voice of America, Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, Office of Cuba Broadcasting (Radio/TV Martí), the Middle East Broadcast Networks and Radio Free Asia.

UTA professor emeritus to speak at John C. Fremont symposium

Richard Francaviglia, professor emeritus at The University of Texas at Arlington, and author of “Go East Young Man: Imagining the American West as the Orient” will be a featured speaker at the John C. Fremont symposium July 25-26 in Carson City, Nevada, the Nevada Appeal reported. The presentations examine how the famed explorer mapped the west, including Nevada, California and Oregon, the tools he used and the topographical and political lessons learned along the way.