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UTA In The News — Monday, September 22, 2014

Monday, September 22, 2014

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National spotlight

A new CBS News series called Innovation Nation will feature UT Arlington’s Smitha Rao, a research associate, and J.-C. Chiao, electrical engineering professor. The team designed a micro-windmill that generates wind energy and may become an innovative solution to cell phone batteries constantly in need of recharging and home energy generation where large windmills are not preferred. Their interview with the show is set to air at 10 a.m. Saturday.

Harvesting water

A simple device, invented by UT Arlington researchers and inspired by the beaks of shorebirds, can harvest drops of water from fog and dew, according to Inland News Today and Faithful News. Its developers say it could help drought-prone communities around the world meet their need for drinkable water. Engineering professor Cheng Luo and his doctoral student Xin Heng published their research in the American Chemical Society journal ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces.

Gubernatorial debate

UT Arlington Department of Political Science Chair Rebecca Deen was quoted in a Fort Worth Star-Telegram column about the debate Friday night between candidates in the race for Texas governor Wendy Davis and Greg Abbott. Abbott “made use of every opportunity” to link Davis’ name to Obama’s, Deen wrote in an email. “Clearly, to the extent there are any swing voters in Texas … the Obama name hurts her,” Deen said.

Indigenous language challenge

Colleen M. Fitzgerald, professor of linguistics and director of the Native American Language Lab at UT Arlington, wrote a blog post for the Huffington Post about “The Indigenous Language Challenge,” a social media challenge being undertaken by Native American language activists, learners, or teachers to promote indigenous language. Those taking the challenge post a 10 to 15 minute video of themselves speaking their language.  

National leader

The Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities has named The University of Texas at Arlington its 2014 Outstanding HACU-Member Institution for the school’s contributions to Hispanic higher education, according to My Arlington TX, the city’s news and information website. The award recognizes excellence in support of the HACU’s mission, which includes improving access to and the quality of post-secondary educational opportunities for Hispanic students.

Getting muddy for a good reason

KDAF/CW33 featured a story on UT Arlington’s Oozeball event Friday. The mud volleyball tournament is a messy one but it’s all for a good cause, the report said, noting that proceeds go toward scholarships.