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UTA In The News — Thursday, June 12, 2014

Thursday, June 12, 2014

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In search of safe water

The National Science Foundation has awarded nearly $200,000 to two University of Texas at Arlington researchers teaming with a private company to make an affordable, environmentally friendly field analyzer for arsenic levels in water, Bio-medicine reported. The new technology was invented by Purnendu "Sandy" Dasgupta, UT Arlington's Jenkins Garrett Professor of Chemistry, while working on a previous National Science Foundation grant. Aditya Das, senior research scientist at the UT Arlington Research Institute, and Scott Evans, president and co-founder of Texas-based technology company Chipotle Business Group, will direct the new project along with Dasgupta.

International business

UT Arlington professors say that direct flights will strengthen ties to China, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported. UT Arlington professors have been traveling to China to teach executive MBA classes for more than a decade. David Mack, assistant dean at the UT Arlington College of Business, said China is taking more control of the process. Business Dean Rachel Croson said, “When the students come here, they bring their families. It will make our program more attractive.” She said about 40 Chinese executives come to UT Arlington  to study for a year. To date, UT Arlington has more than 2,000 graduates who have completed its China MBA program. Bloomberg Business Week also published the Star-Telegram story.

New hire

Kay-Yut Chen, a renowned behavioral and experimental researcher from Yahoo! and Hewlett-Packard, will join The University of Texas at Arlington’s College of Business in the Information Systems and Operations Management Department in the fall, the Dallas Business Journal reported in its People on the Move section.

A guiding force

Jack R. Woolf, who served as president of Arlington State College from 1959 to 1968, died on Tuesday at the age of 90, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, The Dallas Morning News and the Dallas Business Journal reported. Arlington State College was the predecessor of The University of Texas at Arlington. Woolf guided the transition to four-year status for the University. He also managed the changeover to the UT System from the Texas A&M System.

Drone trouble

Brian Huff, a UT Arlington associate professor of Industrial & Manufacturing Systems Engineering, said a hobbyist who flew his unmanned aerial vehicle over AT&T Stadium, Six Flags Over Texas and Reunion Arena shouldn’t have been flying that high, over highways or over populated areas, KHOU reported based on a WFAA Channel 8 piece. Huff conducts research on UAVs, teaches courses in UAVs and sponsors the student UAV team.

Nursing excellence

Texas native and Bastrop County resident Sheri Innerarity received the 2014 American Association of Nurse Practitioners’ Nurse Practitioner State Award for Excellence, the Austin American-Statesman reported. Innerarity received her bachelor's and master's of nursing degrees from UT Arlington.

Leading alum

Wrennah Gabbert has been named Angelo State University's chair of the nursing department there, San Angelo Live reported. Gabbert received her bachelor’s and master’s nursing degrees from UT Arlington. She had spent the last six years at the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center. Before that, she was on the nursing faculty at Angelo State.