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UTA In The News — Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

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Vapor analysis

The National Science Foundation recently awarded Yuze Alice Sun, a UT Arlington assistant professor of electrical engineering, a $400,369 grant for the three-year development of a handheld device that is designed to examine patients’ breath in order to identify the presence of dangerous gases, BioNews Texas reported. Even though the device aims to improve prevention of respiratory diseases, it may also have environmental and security-related uses as well.

Students win app contest

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, ECN Mag.com and Informed Infrastructure reported.

Planned protest

KTVT/CBS 11 interviewed Stephanie Vielle, a political science major and president of the Native American Students Association at UT Arlington, about a planned protest at AT&T Stadium ahead of the Dallas Cowboys game against the Washington Redskins Monday night. The group considers Washington’s mascot name offensive and derogatory and thinks it should be changed. “I spent a lot of time protecting this nation and defending the Constitution,” said Vielle, a former U.S. Marine who served in Afghanistan and Iraq. “I come home and the Constitution doesn’t defend my people.”

Ebola drama hits New Jersey

The Dallas Morning News reported that the Ebola quarantine controversy has become a chaotic brawl involving politics, science and the law. Much of the Ebola drama is in New Jersey. That’s where Kaci Hickox, a nurse and former student at The University of Texas at Arlington, had been kept under a mandatory quarantine in a tent at a hospital. She was released Monday by order of Republican Gov. Chris Christie. He defiantly declared that his aggressive treatment of the nurse, who does not have Ebola, will become the national norm. Now in Maine, health officials announced that Hickox will be quarantined at home for 21 days after the last possible exposure to the disease under the state's health protocols, PeoplePC.com reported.

Youngest tenured at Harvard has UTA tie

The nationally syndicated radio program, the Tom Joyner Morning Show, mentioned UT Arlington in its daily Black history segment. Tuesday’s report featured Roland G. Fryer, Jr., who at age 30 in 2002, became the youngest African American to gain tenure at Harvard University. The economics professor earned his bachelor’s degree from UT Arlington.