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UTA In The News — Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

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A new way to protect

A UT Arlington team says recently identified radiation detection properties of a light-emitting nanostructure built in their lab could open doors for homeland security and medical advances, according to HealthCanal, The Tech Journal, Bio-Medicine and Nanotechnology Now. In a paper to be published in the Oct. 1 issue of Optics Letters, Physics Professor Wei Chen and his co-authors describe their new method. Chen is co-director of UT Arlington’s Security Advances Via Applied Nanotechnology, or SAVANT, Center. SAVANT co-director and Physics Professor Andrew Brandt is a co-author on the paper, as well as Alex Weiss, chair of the physics department, and Rasool Kenarangui, senior lecturer in the College of Engineering’s Department of Electrical Engineering.

Next generation courses

UT Arlington is a founding partner in the Smart Science Network, a consortium of science educators led by a company called Smart Sparrow that is dedicated to rethinking science education and deepening students' learning and engagement in high-enrollment, introductory science courses, according to Bloomberg BusinessWeek, Digital Journal and Reuters. The effort was recently selected to be part of a $20 million investment called the Next Generation Courseware Challenge, which is funded by The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. George Siemens, executive director of UT Arlington’s Learning Innovation and Networked Knowledge Lab (LINK), leads UT Arlington's involvement.

Wearing your computer

Researchers from The University of Texas at Dallas have created technology that could be the first step toward wearable computers with self-contained power sources or, more immediately, a smartphone that doesn’t die after a few hours of heavy use, according to R&D News, EIN Newsdesk and Electric Component News. The research included contributions from UT Arlington scientists and taps into the power of a single electron to control energy consumption inside transistors. It was published online in Nature Communications.

Lady Movin' Mavs debut

UT Arlington is fielding a women’s wheelchair basketball team this year, adding to its impressive history in the men’s sport, according to KXAS/NBC 5. The Lady Movin’ Mavs include former Paralympics players.

Problem pipes

Jean-Pierre Bardet, UT Arlington professor of engineering and director of the Urban Water Institute, was interviewed on CBS Radio KNXAM in Los Angeles about aging cast iron water pipes and a rash of recent water main breaks in the area. He said steps must be taken to make the system more resilient while balancing costs. “It’s expensive to replace so many miles of pipe and usually it’s a better strategy to prioritize the weakest link,” he said.