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UTA In The News — Monday, August 4, 2014

Monday, August 4, 2014

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Danger detection

Hyeok Choi, a UT Arlington assistant professor of environmental engineering, is working on creating a sensor that can detect toxins at very low levels in freshwater bodies of water, Environmental Health Perspectives, a National Institutes of Health magazine, reported. Choi received a grant to detect harmful algae blooms. The article outlined several projects trying to cope with the harmful algae blooms.

Israel of the future

The end of the Gaza operation gives Israel a chance to invest in long-term peace, but first it, and especially the right, must abandon the mindset of Israel versus the world, wrote Brent Sasley, associate professor of political history at UT Arlington, in a Ynet News.com opinion piece.

Overcoming pain

Cynthia Trowbridge, UT Arlington associate professor of kinesiology, was quoted extensively in a Seattle Times piece on cramping while exercising or playing sports, which is especially prevalent in summer. “We don’t know entirely what causes them for each individual, so there can’t be one magic bullet,” she said. The piece originated in The Dallas Morning News.

Windmills of tomorrow

Commercial wind turbines stand more than a hundred feet tall, with blades nearly as long, Texas Public Radio reported in republishing a KERA Breakthrough series. The wind turbines developed by engineers at UT Arlington are a bit smaller. As part of the series, Lauren Silverman reports on micro windmills, which are tinier than an ant.

A staunch ally

Bob McFarland, Arlington's first state representative and the city's first lobbyist, died last week, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported. McFarland also served as a state senator and was one of UT Arlington's staunchest allies. In 1986, when the Select Committee on Higher Education left UT Arlington off the list of institutions like University of North Texas to be known as “emerging national universities” with research emphases, state Sen. McFarland said the committee’s recommendation would be accepted “over my dead body.” By February of 1987 the committee had changed its language about the Arlington school.