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UTA In The News — Monday, September 29, 2014

Monday, September 29, 2014

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Innovation Nation

The CBS News series Innovation Nation featured UT Arlington’s Smitha Rao, a research associate, and J.-C. Chiao, electrical engineering professor, and their micro-windmill innovation. The team designed a micro-windmill that generates wind energy that could be used for sensors and lights for roads and bridges, and may become a solution to cell phone batteries constantly in need of recharging. Host Mo Rocca called the UT Arlington work “the future of the windmill, sleek, high-tech and able to fit on a grain of rice.”

New director for UTARI

A McClatchy Tribune story focused on Mickey McCabe’s 21-year career at the University of Dayton and his recent announcement that he has taken a job as executive director of the UT Arlington Research Institute. University of Dayton President Daniel J. Curran credits McCabe with working to more than double sponsored research at the university over the course of his career. As vice president for research, McCabe implemented programs to encourage and support faculty research initiatives, he said.

Perturbation analysis

Chengkai Li, an associate professor in the UT Arlington computer science and engineering department, has been awarded a $241,778 National Science Foundation grant for his proposal about “perturbation analysis of database queries,” according to He is teaming with Duke University and Stanford University on the joint grant, which is worth more than $1.2 million. Perturbation analysis studies how tweaks of database query templates and parameters affect query results.

Huang wins NSF grant

A UT Arlington computer and data scientist has won a $250,000 National Science Foundation grant to develop a scalable data-mining framework that will help manufacturers quickly discover desired materials for building their products, according to the Genetics Times. Junzhou Huang, an assistant professor of Computer Science & Engineering with an expertise in big data and statistical learning, will design scalable algorithms and a computational framework that can search unprecedented volumes of data detailing the complete set of genes present in numerous materials.

Digital archiving

UT Arlington just received a $300,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, along with generous contributions from the Amon G. Carter Foundation and other foundations to create a world-class cold storage preservation vault at UT Arlington Central Library, Inside Philanthropy reported in a story that featured Brenda McClurkin, head of special collections at The University of Texas at Arlington. The $800,000 project will create a facility that will house approximately 5 million photographic negatives.

'Gilligan's Island' theme revisited 50 years later

Rick Bogard, chair of the music department at The University of Texas at Arlington, was quoted in a Yahoo! TV story about the significance of the theme song for Gilligan’s Island, the premier of which was 50 years ago Friday. Bogard said: “The catchy theme from Gilligan’s Island is etched in the memories of generations of Americans, including mine."

Wearable computers

A study conducted at the University of Texas at Dallas, with collaboration from UT Arlington scientists, has created technology that could be the first step toward wearable computers with self-contained power sources or a smartphone that doesn't die after a few hours of heavy use, Hispanic Business, The Cutting Edge and eScienceNews. A study published in Nature Communication said the team has developed a new technology that could reduce energy consumption in mobile devices and computers.