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UTA In The News — Monday, October 13, 2014

Monday, October 13, 2014

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In Practice

Judy LeFlore, associate dean of the UT Arlington College of Nursing, explained how emergency situations for infants are handled on NPR’s Sound Medicine. LeFlore operates the remote-controlled simulation from an office while students are treating baby manikins. The segment aired on more than 30 PBS radio stations across the country, including WFYI in Indianapolis, KUAF in Fayetteville, Ark., KRCC in Colorado Springs, Colo., and many other cities.

Silver lining after the storm

UT Arlington students Magen Isaacs and Timothy Brown were featured in a CBS 11/KTVT story about how recent storms displaced some students. In great news for the engaged couple, UT Arlington asbestos personnel were able to clean and save Isaacs' wedding dress following the storm.

FabLab launches

Suzanne Byke, UT Arlington associate university librarian, talked about the library's recent FabLab opening for an NBC 5/KXAS story. The FabLab offers students, faculty, staff and community members 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.

Configuring a good fit

UT Arlington researchers Haiying Huang and Muthu Wijesundara have been awarded a $744,300 grant from the Department of Defense Peer Reviewed Orthopaedic Research Program to create an adaptive interface that fits between a prosthetic and a patient's limb so that the fit and comfort of the prosthetic are improved, Orthotics and Prosthetics, Healio and The Edge reported.

Lamster profile

Atlantic Magazine’s CityLab profiled Mark Lamster, a UT Arlington architecture professor in practice and architecture critic for The Dallas Morning News. The University and the DMN jointly hired Lamster, whose first assignment at the News was reviewing the George W. Bush Presidential Center. He pulled no punches in that first report. The article also previewed the David Dillon Symposium held this past weekend. The theme of the symposium was "Building the Just City."

Virtual learning laboratories

An Arizona State professor is working to design adaptive or personalized, virtual learning laboratories for college coursework, Inside Higher Ed reported. Ariel Anbar sees the system as an educator's tool, not his or her competition. UT Arlington is a partner in the project.

Latin American ambassadors attend exhibit

Four Latin America ambassadors stopped by the Irving Arts Center for the opening reception of a new exhibit called “Peruvian Gold: Ancient Treasures Unearthed,” The Dallas Morning News reported. The ambassadors — Harold Forsyth of Peru, Eduardo Medina of Mexico, Juan Gabriel Valdés of Chile and Luis Carlos Villegas of Colombia — were in town for a Pacific Alliance Business Forum at UT Arlington.

Different perspective

Jaehoon Yu, a UT Arlington physics professor, was quoted in a story about Albert Einstein’s famous equation of E=mc2 on The Wire, an Oncor website. Yu, who is involved in particle accelerator experiments made possible by Einstein’s famous equation, said the equation led to a different line of thinking. “It led us into a totally different concept of generating energy, and it will eventually help us harness energy much more efficiently.”

Cooling electrons

A UT Arlington researcher has succeeded in cooling electrons without using external sources, Electronics Cooling reported. Using a nanoscale structure, electrons were passed through a quantum well, which keeps the electrons from heating up. This process allowed the electrons to be cooled to -228 degrees Celsius at room temperature. Because the electrons are cold, this results in lower energy consumption amongst electronic devices. Researchers speculate a 10 percent increase in battery life due to less energy consumption. Seong Jin Koh, associate professor of Materials Science & Engineering at UT Arlington, said usually an entire device has to be immersed into an extremely cold cooling bath for this to take place.

Hitting a high note

Adonis Rose, UT Arlington artist in residence, was interviewed extensively in 360 West about his career and collaborations in jazz.

Preparing teachers

Ann Cavallo, UT Arlington professor of curriculum and instruction and associate dean research and graduate studies in the College of Education and co-director of UTeach Arlington, has been awarded an $800,000 Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship Program grant from the National Science Foundation, the Fort Worth Business Press reported.

Campus sex assaults

The TCU student acquitted of sexual assault is further fueling the campus rape debate, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported. Some officials were astounded that the student was acquitted. UT Arlington sexual offense statistics were mentioned in the story.

Leary about long ballots

Allan Saxe, UT Arlington associate professor of political science, said ballots like the one featured this November typically overwhelm voters because of the length, the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal reported in a story highlighting the ballot. A different Fort Worth Star-Telegram story about political contributions this election cycle quoted Saxe about the state House District 94 race.

Property debate

Owners of a controversial Fort Worth funeral home are confident they can re-lease the property after the business was closed down for not properly taking care of deceased bodies, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported. Michael Buckley, a professor in the UT Arlington School of Architecture, said it is possible to reposition properties from a previous use. In some cases, he said, the property "can be much better when it's redone." Bloomberg Businessweek also carried the Star-Telegram story.