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UTA In The News — Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

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Exomoons discovery method

Physicists from The University of Texas at Arlington believe following a trail of radio wave emissions may lead to the discovery of exomoons, or moons outside our solar system, Astrobiology Magazine, Yahoo! News, ScienceDaily, Nanowerk and other websites reported. Zdzislaw Musielak, professor of physics in the UT Arlington College of Science, is co-author of a new paper along with Ph.D. students Joaquin Noyola and Suman Satyal. “This is a new way of looking at these things,” Musielak said.

Nursing simulation

A real-time video feed, a laptop and a computerized manikin baby are key components for a new simulation training initiative that allows UT Arlington College of Nursing educators to put Neonatal Nurse Practitioners (NNPs) and physicians through the paces of an emergency scenario from hundreds of miles away, the website TMCnet reported. The "remote-controlled distance simulation" project is a collaboration of the College of Nursing, Pediatrix and Laerdal Medical. 

Veterans program

UT Arlington was referenced in an Inside Higher Ed story on a University of Pittsburgh program for veterans returning from war and pursuing a STEM degree. Pittsburgh’s 10-week summer program is called called ELeVATE (Experiential Learning for Veterans in Assistive Technology and Engineering) and has been going on since 2011. The story said UT Arlington recently replicated it.

Maker spaces becoming popular

Maker spaces, which make available such things as laser cutters, 3D printers and other electronics and materials, are growing in community awareness and popularity across the nation and around the world, according to a Fort Worth Star-Telegram and McClatchy wire service story that mentioned UT Arlington. UT Arlington will have a maker space in the fall of 2015, called CXI Space, a 24-hour lab on the first floor of the campus library. 

UTA/AISD partnerships

Fort Worth Star-Telegram story about the Arlington school district’s yearly state of the district address mentioned a partnership last fall with UT Arlington on the Bound for Success program, which grants automatic admission to high school juniors in the top 20 percent of their class. The story noted the district also joined UT Arlington recently for an announcement of a new STEM Academy for the sciences. 

Rating roommates

UT Arlington was mentioned in a Fort Worth Star-Telegram story on Roompact, which was launched this summer by a Chicago-based company and allows students to rate their roommate relationships by texting or emailing resident assistants through a secure virtual portal. UT Arlington uses a software matching program called StarRez, which is a comprehensive student housing application.

Cool vault

The UT Arlington Central Library will break ground this week on a $1 million restructuring of the library basement to create a 680-square-foot vault cooled to 38 degrees in perpetuity, according to the Arlington Citizen-Journal. The vault will house the collections’ current holdings of 5 million negatives and leave room “for more than minimal growth,” said Brenda McClurkin, now head of special collections.