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UTA In The News — Monday, July 7, 2014

Monday, July 7, 2014

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New regulation

Bob McMahon, UT Arlington professor emeritus of biology, was quoted in an Associated Press story on a requirement that all boaters leaving or approaching public water in Texas must drain all water from their vessels and on-board receptacles, rinse them and dry them. State regulators are hoping to prevent the spread of invasive zebra mussels, which McMahon said are “economic and ecological pests” that could cost millions. Several television station websites as well as the Houston Chronicle, the Austin American-Statesman and Brownsville Herald also carried the story.

Hazard mitigation

A three-year, $250,000 National Science Foundation grant will match six undergraduate students with a Spanish technical institute so they can learn how to prepare civil infrastructure for natural, manmade and accidental disasters and how to recover quickly from such events, according to PhysOrg. The grant will allow UT Arlington to collaborate with AIDICO, Technological Institute of Construction, Valencia, Spain, on projects aligned with the multi-disciplinary Disaster Mitigation Group at UT Arlington, which Civil Engineering Professor Nur Yazdani leads.

UT Arlington nanoparticles could provide easier route for cell therapy

The National Science Foundation website featured work by UT Arlington physicists who may have developed a way to use laser technology to deliver drug and gene therapy at the cellular level without damaging surrounding tissue. In a study published recently, Ali Koymen, Samarendra Mohanty and Ling Gu paired crystalline magnetic carbon nanoparticles and continuous wave near-infrared laser beams for what is called photothermal delivery.

New rules could shape city landfill

Researchers at The University of Texas at Arlington are helping to increase the power-generating capacity of gas capture efforts at the Denton landfill by studying how to add water to the pile to better control decomposition and the production of gas, according to the Denton Record-Chronicle. New landfills will be required to capture two-thirds of their methane and landfill gas by 2023, about 13 percent more than is required under current rules.

Meiners: EPA rules will stifle U.S. economy

The Austin American-Statesman featured a column by Roger Meiners, UT Arlington professor of economics, about the ways that increased environmental regulation can hurt the U.S. economy. He said: “The administration talks a lot about climate change but does little to help produce the technology that can solve the problem.”

Debate over Pluto

Levent Gurdemir, director of The Planetarium at UT Arlington, was featured in a KDFW/FOX4 FOX 4Ward report on the controversy over whether Pluto should be considered a planet, instead of a dwarf planet. He said dwarf planet is “an appropriate classification for a solar system object.”

Architecture essay

An essay by UT Arlington architiecture professor in practice and Dallas Morning News architecture critic Mark Lamster took readers on a journey through the campus of Dallas Baptist University. He said the “bizarre architectural theme park … is something of a microcosm of Dallas, a city that is continually reproducing the architecture of yesteryear even as it seeks to position itself as a paradigm of modernity.”

UT Arlington students excel at robotics conference in Hong Kong

Two UT Arlington student engineering teams took home first-place honors at a flagship academic conference for robotics in Hong Kong, the 2014 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation, according to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. The team, composed of doctoral student Isura Ranatunga and master’s students Sandesh Gowda and Shweta Hardas, won $1,000 for disarming “land mines” in Portugal in a simulation environment.

Research Learning Center

The Fort Worth Star-Telegram featured a story on the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History’s Research and Learning Center that UT Arlington created with the museum in January. The University of North Texas, which applied to use the center to gather data for investigations that touch on the brain and learning, currently has five research projects underway that require museum data collection.

Professor emeritus featured symposium speaker

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 Nevada State Museum’s John C. Fremont symposium later this month, the Nevada Appeal reported.