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UTA In The News — Friday, August 15, 2014

Friday, August 15, 2014

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Innovation Fund grant

Seven leading research and development institutions – including UT Arlington - were awarded a total of $4 million in grants this week by the Walmart U.S. Manufacturing Innovation Fund for projects focused on new processes, ideas and job creation that will foster America's growing manufacturing footprint, Reuters, The Street,  Financial Buzz, MSN Money, the Fort Worth Business Press and several other websites reported. The Innovation Fund is a project of Walmart, the Walmart Foundation and the U.S. Conference of Mayors (USCM). With its $229,214 award, UT Arlington will develop a novel manufacturing system that will autonomously prepare small motor sub-systems and assemble the motor components. Aditya Das, senior research scientist at the UT Arlington Research Institute, will lead for the project. 

Mental illness early detection

A novel genetic computer network inference model developed at UT Arlington could someday help clinicians predict if someone will develop mental illness, the website Bio-News Texas reported. The new technology is the result of a project led by Jean Gao, a computer science and engineering associate researcher at UT Arlington, and Dong-Chul Kim, Gao’s former doctoral graduate student, who recently earned his doctorate in computer science and engineering from UT Arlington.

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, according to the website PhysOrg. The concept and its initial success are described in a paper published in the August issue of Clinical Simulation in Nursing and co-authored by Judy LeFlore, associate dean of the UT Arlington College of Nursing; Carolyn Cason, vice president for research at UT Arlington; Mindi Anderson, nursing assistant professor; and Patricia Thomas, nursing clinical assistant professor.

Donations means viability

Victoria Farrar-Myers, UT Arlington professor of political science, and Allan Saxe, associate professor of political science, were featured in a Fort Worth Star-Telegram story on continuing donations to Texas candidates for U.S. Congress. “Money provides a signal that this candidate is viable,” said Farrar-Myers, adding that “all these races come down to who can win the ground game and turn out the most voters.”

Gun violence column

The book review site Sir Read A Lot featured a lengthy column on “Gun Violence and Public Life,” which was co-edited by Ben Agger, UT Arlington professor of sociology and director of the Center for Theory. It said the book “is distinctive because it examines sociological correlates and civic consequences of gun violence in the culture and society at large instead of dwelling on single horrific incidents such as Columbine.”