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UTA In The News — Monday, September 15, 2014

Monday, September 15, 2014

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Enrollment record

Fall enrollment has reached a new record high at UT Arlington, a Fort Worth Star-Telegram editorial said. Nearly 35,000 students are calling themselves Mavericks this autumn, up 4.8 percent from the previous year. The most notable gains this year were in the engineering college, where more than 6,000 students are now enrolled – a 25 percent increase over fall 2013.

Global MOOCs

The University of Texas at Arlington joins the few institutions in the country to participate in a program that gives promising high school students a better chance at excelling in college by offering them introductory-level courses online, for free, IBL Studios Education reported. The edX initiative is an international movement that aims to make Massive Open Online Courses accessible to millions of eager students all over the globe by partnering with other academic institutions.

Saving energy through cooling

A team of researchers has discovered a way to cool electrons to -228 °C without external means and at room temperature, an advancement that could enable electronic devices to function with very little energy, Controlled Environments magazine and Extreme reported. The process involves passing electrons through a quantum well to cool them and keep them from heating. "We are the first to effectively cool electrons at room temperature. Researchers have done electron cooling before, but only when the entire device is immersed into an extremely cold cooling bath,” said Seong Jin Koh, an associate professor in the UT Arlington Materials Science & Engineering Department, who led the research.

New runway

The Lone Star Unmanned Aircraft Systems Center at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi now has an airport and runway in its approved flight ranges, reported. The Federal Aviation Administration recently approved a new range to test and fly unmanned aircraft that includes the Port Mansfield airport. The center, along with the UT Arlington Research Institute, is among six federally designated test sites for unmanned aircraft systems.  

Top honors

The NRI Welfare Society of India has awarded two of its annual honors to a pair of University of Texas at Arlington professors noted for their contributions to the field of chemistry and biochemistry, Silicon reported. In October, Subhrangsu Mandal, associate professor of chemistry and biochemistry, will receive the Mahatma Gandhi Pravasi Samman Award at a NRI Welfare Society conference in London. Then, in January, Krishnan Rajeshwar, distinguished professor of chemistry and biochemistry, will receive the Hind Rattan Award at another conference in India.

FAA rules don't go far enough

KDAF/CW 33 interviewed Andrew Clark, a UT Arlington associate professor of communication, about the increasing use of drones. There are a few simple rules that operators must follow for the recreational use of drones, but Clark says the regulations implemented by the Federal Aviation Administration don’t go far enough to address privacy and public safety matters.

Jazz all star

American noted that Adonis Rose, hailed by New Orleans Magazine as a “Contemporary Jazz All Star,” is one of the most sought after drummers in jazz today. Rose is the Founder of the Fort Worth Jazz Orchestra, in addition to serving as an Artist in Residence at The University of Texas at Arlington.

Volleyball team notches 1,000 win

UT Arlington’s women’s volleyball team made program history on Saturday, claiming the school's 1,000th win in a 3-0 sweep over Houston Baptist on the final day of the Hilton Maverick Invitational, Sun Belt reported. "Getting our 1,000th program win is a big tribute to the former and current coaches and players," said UT Arlington coach Diane Seymour.