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UTA In The News — Thursday, October 16, 2014

Thursday, October 16, 2014

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Mapping the U.S.

KERA/90.1 FM’s Think noon talk show featured a conversation with UT Arlington Special Collections curator Ben Huseman, Gerald Saxon, associate professor of history, and Imre Demhardt, professor of cartographic history, about what antique maps reveal about how much America has changed. The three will take part in this week’s Virginia Garrett Lectures on the History of Cartography and the accompanying Map Fair of the West.

Dallas VideoFest

Bart Weiss, founder and director of Dallas VideoFest and a UT Arlington associate professor of film and video, was interviewed on WFAA/ABC 8 about the festival, which runs through Sunday, Oct. 19. See videofest.org for more information.

Neuron growth and the human body

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, Scicasts.com 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.

Urban water sustainability

Dong-Jun Seo, a UT Arlington environmental engineer, has been selected to participate in a $12.5 million National Science Foundation program aimed at creating a more sustainable society, the NSF website, TMCnet, Tech News and several other media websites reported. The multi-grant effort is funded through the Cyber-Innovation for Sustainability Science and Engineering (CyberSEES) program.

Proposed routes unveiled

James Richards and Taner Özdil, UT Arlington associate professors of landscape architecture, presented proposed routes for a new 11-mile trail from Waxahachie to Midlothian at a public hearing Monday night, the Waxahachie Daily Light reported. Richards and Özdil worked with the cities, the North Central Texas Council of Governments and other interested parties in constructing the plan.

"Off" the campaign trail

KTSA/550 AM in San Antonio interviewed Allan Saxe, UT Arlington associate professor of political science, about Democratic political candidates avoiding campaign help from President Obama. “They’re just doing it because they want to get re-elected or elected,” Saxe said. “They know that the President is very unpopular and they want to step aside from him.”

Two professors honored

Two professors at UT Arlington have been honored by the NRI Welfare Society for their contributions to the field of chemistry and biochemistry, The Dallas Morning News reported. Subhrangsu Mandal, associate professor of chemistry and biochemistry, has received the Mahatma Gandhi Pravasi Samman Award at a society conference in London. In January, Krishnan Rajeshwar, distinguished professor of chemistry and biochemistry, will receive the Hind Rattan Award at another conference in India. The NRI Welfare Society is an international organization based in India that connects non-resident Indians, or NRIs, with the country.