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UTA In The News — Monday, July 14, 2014

Monday, July 14, 2014

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Revved up learning

NBC 5/KXAS and CBS 11/KTVT reported on UT Arlington's formula racing program, which is ranked No. 1 in the country and No. 5 in the world. The team hosted its 14th annual Texas Autocross Weekend Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Schools from across North America attended.

Creating an urban farm

UT Arlington Architecture Dean Don Gatzke's vision for an inner-city farm would transform a 2.5-acre plot of land in West Dallas into the La Bajada Urban Youth Farm, The Dallas Morning News reported. Cheryl Hall, a DMN business columnist, featured Gatzke's idea in a Saturday column. “You can have a small residential community that thrives next to a higher-density, hipster environment,” Gatzke says. “That’s the great opportunity of the Trinity Groves area. It’s the most eclectic landscape that I know of in Dallas. That should be built upon, not obscured.”

UAVs and the FAA

Brian Huff, an associate professor of engineering at the University of Texas at Arlington, said the FAA’s criteria on recent rules should be based on whether hobbyists are keeping unmanned aerial vehicles safe, the Houston Chronicle, the Pendleton (Ind.) Times-Post,, the Washington Times, McClatchey DC and several other media outlets reported. The story first appeared in the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.

Using lasers in cancer fight

A UT Arlington group led by physics assistant professor Samarendra Mohanty has used low-power, near-infrared lasers and crystalline magnetic carbon nanoparticles to perform photothermal delivery of impermeable dyes and plasmids into live human prostate cancer, Biophotonics reported.

Tiny windmills for the future

Micro-windmills could supply one of the answers to mobile energy in the future, Ever Widening Circles reported. The article mentioned the work of UT Arlington electrical engineering professor J.-C. Chiao and research assistant Smitha Rao, who have created the micro-windmills, which are 1.8 millimeters wide at their widest point.

Run to fitness

Running is one of the best cardio workouts you can get, lifehacker and Computer Tips and Tricks reported. Ben Agger, director of the UT Arlington Center for Theory and author of Body Problems: Running and Living Long in a Fast-Food Society, said, “Wearing technology while running intrudes on the mind's attempt to give itself over to the body."

Alum becomes college leader

University Herald News reported UT Arlington graduate Barry Creamer was named as Criswell College's new president. Creamer holds a Doctor of Philosophy in Humanities from the UT Arlington.

Leading architect

Jimmy Castellanos, a San Antonio architect, was featured in a compilation of influential Latino leaders, Latino Leaders reported. Castellanos is a UT Arlington graduate. He now works for RVK-Architects.