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UTA In The News — Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

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Digitally fluent

According to the Texas Education Agency, more than 300,000 Generation Z students are entering Texas high schools this year, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported. These teenagers are facing pressures this fall to figure out their futures, and fast. New state education rules require incoming freshmen to start the school year with specific plans of coursework already geared to their eventual careers. Melanie McGee, director for corporate relations for UT Arlington's College of Business, said people often resemble their times more than their parents. McGee studies generational differences and says understanding them helps in the workplace, where various generations come together every day.

LINK Research Lab presents fall schedule on digital learning

UT Arlington’s recently inaugurated Learning Innovation and Networked Knowledge (LINK) Research Lab presented its schedule of fall events, which will begin with a conversation on digital learning and include the participation of experts from around the globe, Bio News Texas reported. The first free, public fall colloquium, which also will be streamed online, is titled: “Cultivating the Seeds of Mentorship: Students as Resources for Creating a Conducive Online Learning Environment.” Carolyn Rosé, an associate professor of language technologies and human-computer interaction in the School of Computer Science at Carnegie Mellon University, will present the colloquium.

Online education costs

State leaders have hailed online education as the elixir for mushrooming college costs, but online courses have proven to be more expensive for most students than traditional classrooms in Texas, an analysis by The Dallas Morning News shows. Tuition for online classes can be more than 20 percent higher than regular classes at some universities, once extra fees or additional costs per credit hour are included, according to the News analysis.

UTA teams with APD to research UAVs

UT Arlington and the Arlington Police Department are working together to research unmanned aerial vehicles for use in the public during search and rescue missions, NBC 5 KXAS reported. UT Arlington also has started a UAV certification program for students.

Arsenic in water wells research

A UT Arlington study published in 2013 showed an increased level of arsenic in water wells near natural gas drilling sites, the Denton Record-Chronicle reported.

Reconstructing a language

Two Louisianans are starting to reconstruct Chan-Chuba, a Houma, La., language that hasn’t been spoken for more than a century, the New Orleans Advocate and Native Times reported. One of the Louisianans attended CoLang, the UT Arlington Institute for Collaborative Language Research, this summer where she learned how to reconstruct a language.

Sasley quoted in Political Vel Craft

A recent ceasefire in Gaza doesn't really amount to much unless it's implemented and substantial talks are the result of it, Brent Sasley, a UT Arlington associate professor of political science, said in a Political Vel Craft story.

Schug writes column on choosing a search engine for scientific literature

Picking the right search engine for scientific literature can yield fruitful benefits, wrote Kevin Schug, associate professor and Shimadzu Distinguished Professor of Analytical Chemistry, in a column for Chromatography Online.

Tracking radio waves in the search for exomoons

UT Arlington physicists have published a paper showing how they believe tracking radio waves can determine where exomoons are located in the universe, CultureMap Austin and CultureMap Houston reported. Zdzislaw Musielak, UT Arlington professor of physics in the College of Science, and Joaquin Noyola, a Ph.D. graduate student in Musielak’s research group, teamed up on the paper.

Big possibilities of tiny windmills

A team of researchers from UT Arlington announced recently that they had developed a prototype of a wind turbine that might deliver electricity in tiny bursts to devices like smartphones, the Star Tribune and the News of the Weird reported. The windmills are less than half the size of a grain of rice.

Saxe discusses new state laws

Many Texans likely won’t feel or see much difference from new laws that took effect Sept. 1, since the biggest one — the last provision of the comprehensive abortion law known as HB 2, which required abortion clinics to meet the same standards as ambulatory surgical centers or close their doors — has been overturned, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported. Allan Saxe, a UT Arlington associate political science professor, said “The laws that take effect Sept. 1 pertain mostly to obtuse legal issues not of great concern to [the] broader public, except abortion.”

Virtual currency

Bitcoins can be used to pay for UT Arlington Entrepreneur Society dues, WFAA Channel 8 and DeepDotWeb reported in a story about the virtual currency. Justin Hendrix, vice president of the organization, said, "To me, the end game would be for students to be able to pay their tuition in Bitcoin."