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UTA In The News — Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

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Changing directions

A UT Arlington team exploring how neuron growth can be controlled in the lab and, possibly, in the human body has published a new paper in Nature Scientific Reports on how fluid flow could play a significant role, Science360.com, the National Science Foundation's website, reported. AZoNANO,com and R&D Magazine also reported on the research. In a new study co-authored by Samarendra Mohanty, leader of the Biophysics and Physiology Lab in the College of Science, the researchers were able to use microfluidic stimulations to change the path of an axon at an angle of up to 90 degrees. Such knowledge could be essential for advances in understanding and treating spinal cord injuries.

Fueling space exploration

NASA has selected four partners, including UT Arlington, to develop game-changing technologies with the potential to increase the oxygen recovery rate aboard human spacecraft to at least 75 percent while achieving high reliability, PR Newswire, The Street, Investor Biospace, Reuters and many other websites reported. These oxygen recovery and recycling technologies will drive exploration and enable our human journey to Mars and beyond. UT Arlington’s project, run by faculty from the Colleges of Engineering and Science, is titled "Microfluidic Electrochemical Reactor for Oxygen Recovery via Carbon Dioxide Electrolysis."

Talk of treasures

Kate Holliday, associate professor in the UT Arlington School of Architecture, was featured on Treasures of New York, a show on WNET 13, the New York PBS station. The show looked at the life of Ralph Walker, the Architect of the Century, as deemed by The New York Times in 1957. Holliday, an architectural historian, wrote a biography about the famous architect, "Ralph Walker: Architect of the Century," in 2012.

A plan for health

A UT Arlington multi-disciplinary team is optimizing and integrating volumes of data in a National Science Foundation research project to help physicians make better, more informed decisions about treating patients' pain, Health Canal.com reported. Jay Rosenberger, an associate professor in the Industrial, Manufacturing and Systems Engineering Department, is leading the team, which will work for three years on the $374,998 NSF grant titled: "Statistics-based Optimization Methods for Adaptive Interdisciplinary Pain Management."

The world on film

We live in an observed world of video, Bart Weiss, a UT Arlington associate professor of film, wrote in a Dallas Morning News guest column. The most important kind of video, though, is one that takes time to help people understand complex ideas, Weiss said. These are the films and videos that will be presented at the Dallas VideoFest, which starts tonight and runs through Oct. 19. Weiss is founder and director of the festival.

Fab Lab debut

The University of Texas at Arlington opens the Fab Lab, a state-of-the-art Fabrication Laboratory featuring cutting-edge technology for research in digital fabrication and data visualization, on Wednesday, Oct. 8, at the Central Library, TMCNet.com and Tech News reported. Students, faculty, staff and community members will have access to nine 3-D printers, a laser cutter, vinyl cutter, 3-D scanners, and digital media software and hardware in a robust learning laboratory.

Campus warning

UT Arlington police are warning students after a woman who is not a student alleged that she was kidnapped last week from the bus stop on campus, The Dallas Morning News, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram and other media outlets reported. The woman told police she was sitting at the Metro ArlingtonXpress bus stop on Center Street about 9 p.m. Thursday when a man approached her, grabbed by her arm and threatened her with a pocketknife. She later appeared disoriented at an off-campus location, and police were contacted.

Fixed tuition figures

University of Texas System and campus officials estimated that 5,545 to 7,715 students would take advantage of the state's new guaranteed or fixed tuition program, which promises incoming freshman and transfer students 12 semesters of flat rates, the Houston Chronicle reported. But only 1,640 had signed up across the six participating campuses this fall, according to numbers provided by the University of Texas System staff. UT Arlington's estimates were the furthest off. Officials thought 3,300 to 4,400 would opt in when only 539 signed up.