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UTA In The News — Monday, July 28, 2014

Monday, July 28, 2014

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Tiny windmill, big idea

J.-C. Chiao, Jenkins Garrett Professor of Electrical Engineering at UT Arlington, appeared on Al Jazeera America’s “Real Money with Ali Velshi” to discuss his research of tiny windmills that can harness wind to power items like cell phones. “We believe in the future that we can either use this device to power up small devices or we can use an array of them to generate enough power to power industries directly,” Chiao said.

Breaking ground

The Army Research Office has awarded a three-year grant of up to $357,330 to a University of Texas at Arlington geophysicist using new technology to better define the energy needed to fracture rock at the surface and below ground, Phys.org reported. W. Ashley Griffith, an assistant professor of earth and environmental sciences, said the new research could give the Army information on how to address hardened and deeply buried targets, but the results could also easily be applied to improving civil engineering methods.

Army ROTC honors

The U.S. Army Cadet Command has named Lt. Col. Lora A. Rimmer, Commander of the Army ROTC at UT Arlington, the nation’s Professor of Military Science of the Year, the Fort Worth Business Press reported. 
Rimmer was selected from among 275 professors at colleges and universities nationwide that offer Army ROTC.

High-impact tool kit

FWTX.com quoted James Campbell Quick, the John and Judy Goolsby-Jacqualyn A. Fouse Endowed Chair in the Goolsby Leadership Academy at UT Arlington, in a piece about psychologist Joel Bennett’s new book. The purpose of “Raw Coping Power: From Stress to Thriving,” is to help people cope with stress in life and business and prosper from it. Quick, a leading expert on stress in the workplace describes Bennett’s book as condensed wisdom wrapped in a high-impact tool kit.

Flow of dough

The Fort Worth Star-Telegram interviewed Allan Saxe, UT Arlington associate professor of political science, about thousands of Tarrant County donations flowing in the governor’s race. Democratic state Sen. Wendy Davis, a former Fort Worth councilwoman, picked up many more local donations than Republican Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott. But his local donations are much larger. “It is natural that Wendy Davis would have more donations from her home county,” Saxe said. It’s also “very natural that Greg Abbott is likely getting donations from conservatives,” he said.

Financing conservation

Meghna Tare, director of sustainability for UT Arlington, wrote a column about financing conservation through Payment for Ecosystem Services for TriplePundit.com. “Because payments are based on the quantity of services provided, PES programs must appropriately measure the ecosystem services, a rather difficult task,” Tare wrote. The post originally appeared on CityMinded.org.

The future of plates

Texans love Dr. Pepper, Texas Motor Speedway and the Fort Worth Zoo. But do we love them enough to pay $55 a year extra for our car plates? According to a Fort Worth Star-Telegram editorial, the 160 different Texas auto license plate designs will be thinned to about 100 next year unless business picks up for some of the slowest sellers at state vendor MyPlates.com. The traditional school plates for UT Arlington, the University of North Texas and Southern Methodist University aren’t at risk, even though they have sold fewer than 200 sets each.