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UTA In The News — Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

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Detecting bladder cancer

The National Science Foundation has presented a team of researchers with a $480,000 grant to build a device that uses nanotechnology, combined with a urine test to detect tiny amounts of bladder cancer cells, In Compliance Magazine and Tau Beta Pi's HQ Blog reported. Samir Iqbal, a UT Arlington associate professor of electrical engineering, is the principal investigator on the project. The device would allow for much earlier detection of bladder cancer.

Communicating better

A recently designed simulation game developed by researchers at the UT Arlington College of Nursing, Baylor Scott & White Health and The University of Texas at Dallas aims to teach doctors and nurses how to work more collaboratively and avoid conflicts in order to prevent dangerous or sometimes fatal miscommunications, Fierce Health IT.com reported. The simulation teaches doctors and nurses to work together, helping them avert tense situations in the real world by playing them out in the game.

Succeeding online

UT Arlington was named as one of the best universities to acquire an online postgraduate degree, College Education Online reported.

Photonics technologies

The IEEE Photonics Society's Summer Topicals Meeting series covers emerging topics in photonics science, technology and applications, Laser Focus World reported. "The 2014 Summer Topicals Meeting Series spans a broad range of five emerging photonics technologies and research areas," says conference general chair Weidong Zhou of the Nanophotonics Lab at UT Arlington. "These topics include novel materials and devices, integrated photonics, and systems related to the conference theme of Functional Material Integration & Optical Systems."

Driving forward

The Metro Arlington Xpress has exceeded ridership projections in its first year of operation, NBC 5/KXAS reported. The bus service takes riders between UT Arlington and the Trinity Railway Express station at CentrePort near DFW Airport. UTA, the city of Arlington and a few Arlington businesses are partners in the two-year pilot program.

Telling her story

Heba Said, the opinion editor for the Shorthorn, told Washington Post readers in a guest column about her negative experience trying to cover the Republican State Convention recently and hateful comments made about her since her story has become national news.

Poverty areas

The Census released new statistics Monday that show the number of U.S. residents living in “poverty areas” has jumped significantly since 2000, the Christian Science Monitor reported. Ben Agger, director of the UT Arlington Center for Theory, said poor neighborhoods lack decent housing, schools, health care and food. "Most important, they lack jobs," Agger said. "This effect makes it difficult for the unemployed person and/or single-parent householder to subsist, let alone strive."

More than football

The Native All-Star Classic is bigger than a football game, The Dallas Morning News reported. It will be played Saturday at UT Arlington's Maverick Stadium. One of the organizers and benefactors of the event, Steve Cardwell, has a daughter, Tristen, who attends UT Arlington and is a member of the school's Native American Student Association. Like last year, the players will stay in University residence halls, paid for by Cardwell at a university-reduced rate. Les Riding-In, NASA’s student adviser and a UT Arlington assistant dean and director of graduate studies for the College of Liberal Arts, said these students are at a critical point of their lives in decision-making. “Higher education is an option for them... The opportunities are there."