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UTA In The News — Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

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Health care workers & Ebola

Colleges and hospitals stress safe practices in training the next generation of nurses, The Dallas Morning News and Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported in a story about patient protocol for Ebola patients. UT Arlington, which has the largest nursing program in the state, requires students to take a course in nursing fundamentals, said Judy LeFlore, an associate dean at its College of Nursing. They practice safe precautions while working in UT Arlington’s “Smart Hospital,” a simulated hospital on campus.

Can mechanical force Influence neuron growth?

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, Med Device Online reported. 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.

Wearable interface to make prosthetics more comfortable

UT Arlington researchers have been awarded a $744,300 grant from the Department of Defense Peer Reviewed Orthapaedic 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, and News-line reported. Haiying Huang, professor in the Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering Department, and Muthu Wijesundara, principal research scientist at UT Arlington's Research Institute, are collaborating on the project. The interface will resemble an inflatable bubble wrap that will be embedded with sensors.

An ad with a wheelchair shakes up the Texas governor’s race

A 30-second TV spot airs only in selected markets in Texas, but just four days after its release, the “wheelchair ad” from the campaign of state Sen. Wendy Davis, the Democratic candidate for governor, has provoked a nationwide debate over its tone and the boundaries of political attack ads, The New York Times reported. Allan Saxe, a UT Arlington political science associate professor, said the Davis campaign “wanted some drama, and they got it.” But he predicted that the ad would have little impact at this stage of the campaign.

Creative force

Artist Stephen Lapthisophon, a UT Arlington visiting assistant professor of Art + Art History, was featured as one of the most creative people in Dallas, the Dallas Observer reported. In October of 2013, he presented his first major solo exhibition, entitled "coffee, seasonal fruit, root vegetables and 'Selected Poems'" at the Dallas Museum of Art.

FabLab opens at UT Arlington Central Library

The University of Texas at Arlington opened the Fab Lab, a state-of-the-art Fabrication Laboratory featuring cutting-edge technology for research in digital fabrication and data visualization recently, 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.

HBO's reality

With so much information hurled against the TV screen in short bursts, viewers may be developing a yen for what Ben Agger, a sociology professor and director of the UT Arlington Center for Theory who studies media culture, calls "slow journalism," Variety and the Orlando Sentinel reported in a story asking whether HBO would start a news division.

NASA selects advanced oxygen recovery proposals for spacecraft missions

NASA has selected four partners, which includes 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, Aerospace Manufacturing and Design reported. These oxygen recovery and recycling technologies will drive exploration and enable our human journey to Mars and beyond. UT Arlington’s project is titled: Microfluidic Electrochemical Reactor for Oxygen Recovery via Carbon Dioxide Electrolysis.

Arts academies planned

The Arlington Independent School District is collaborating with industry experts – including UT Arlington officials – to help develop the programming and facilities for the dual language/fine arts academies included in its 2014 bond program, the Fort Worth Business Press reported.

Tracking what graduates earn

Representatives of the University of Texas System came to Washington D.C. last week, touting seekUT, an online data tool, that shows the salaries of the universities’ graduates, The Chronicle of Higher Education reported. It wasn’t just the associations of peer institutions that got a look. The officials also met with federal lawmakers to register their support for a "unit record" system to track individual students during college and after they graduate.