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UTA In The News — Friday, October 24, 2014

Friday, October 24, 2014

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Improving sustainability

The National Science Foundation awarded a four-year, $1.2 million grant to D.J. Seo, associate professor of water resources engineering in the Civil Engineering Department at the University of Texas at Arlington, to use data to improve sustainability of large urban areas, the American Planning Association news website reported.

Improving suitability and comfort of the prosthetic limb

The U.S. Department of Defense awarded two researchers at The University of Texas at Arlington a $744,300 grant from its Peer Reviewed Orthopedic Research Program to support the development of an adaptive interface that is used between a patient’s prosthesis and limb in order to improve suitability and comfort of the prosthetic limb, BioNews Texas reported. The device, which is expected to start clinical applications within the next five years, may help soldiers injured in service. The adaptive interface, which will be similar to an inflatable bubble wrap embedded with sensors, is being developed by Haiying Huanga professor in the Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering Department, in collaboration with the principal research scientist at UT Arlington’s Research Institute, Muthu Wijesundara. 

Students win prize for traffic light application

Three University of Texas at Arlington Computer Science and Engineering students have won a $10,000 prize in the NTx Apps Challenge for a smart traffic light network that adjusts traffic light schedules to make traffic flow more efficient, TMCNet.com reported.

Partial solar eclipse

KDFW/Fox 4, KTVT/CBS 11, KXAS/NBC 5 and KUVN/Channel 23 Univision broadcast reports about the partial solar eclipse, which many people viewed from the Planetarium at UT Arlington. 

UT Arlington named among 60 Best Colleges in Texas

College Factual.com ranked The University of Texas at Arlington No. 24 of its 60 Best Colleges in Texas. The rankings are based on SAT scores, freshman retention, graduation rate, number of full-time teachers, student loan default rate and starting career income boosts. Rice University was named the top school in Texas, USA Today reported.

Demonstration expected at Cowboys vs. Redskins game

WFAA/ABC 8 interviewed Stephanie Vielle, president of the UT Arlington Native American Student Association, about a demonstration planned at AT&T Stadium Monday night when the Dallas Cowboys take on the Washington Redskins. “Every time I hear that name come out of someone’s mouth, I let them know that’s not appropriate,” Vielle said. “It’s a word for bounty.” She said the bounty was paid on her ancestors, both men and women. Vielle expects 70 to 100 demonstrators.