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UTA In The News — Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

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New method to fabricate transparent nanoscintillators

A UT Arlington research 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 NSF Science 360,, R&D Magazine and Science Newsline. In a paper published in Optics Letters, Physics Professor Wei Chen and his co-authors describe a new method to fabricate transparent nanoscintillators by heating nanoparticles composed of lanthanum, yttrium and oxygen until a transparent ceramic is formed. A scintillator refers to a material that glows in response to radiation.

Beaks of birds inspires creation of device to harvest water

Researchers at The University of Texas at Arlington drew inspiration from an unlikely source — the beaks of the plovers, stilts and other shore birds — when they developed a new type of fog-harvesting device that shows early promise in bringing water to the world’s deserts, according to Civil Engineering, the magazine of the American Society of Civil Engineers. The research was led by Cheng Luo, an engineering professor, and also involves Xin Heng, a doctoral candidate at the school. It was published in the American Chemical Society’s journal Applied Materials & Interfaces.

Smart Science Network

UT Arlington is a founding partner in the Smart Science Network, a consortium of science educators led by a company called Smart Sparrow, according Financial Buzz. 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), will lead the research and evaluation component of the project.

Fighting human disease through research collaboration

The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston has been awarded a $5.7 million grant and been named the lead institution for a University of Texas System collaboration to enhance research and biomedical advancements to combat human disease, according to the Bay Area Citizen. UT Arlington is participating in the program, which will focus on proteomics, or the large-scale study of proteins, and will be called the UT System Proteomics Core Facility Network.

Alumna profiled in Hispanic Executive magazine

Hispanic Executive magazine profiled UT Arlington graduate Brianna Hinojosa-Flores, senior manager and patent attorney at BlackBerry. At the Canadian telecom company everything from the look to the feel and functionality of its products must be patent-protected, which falls under Hinojosa-Flores’s scope. She completed her MBA at UT Arlington prior to landing at Research in Motion (now BlackBerry) in 2009.