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UTA In The News — Monday, November 3, 2014

Monday, November 3, 2014

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Stem cell generation

Liping Tang, a UT Arlington bioengineering professor and interim chair of the bioengineering department, has received a $1.04 million grant from the U.S. Army that aims to regenerate cartilage tissue and reduce osteoarthritis using a patient's own stem cells, Nanowerk.com, Bio-Medicine and BioNews Texas reported. Tang will use microscaffolding injections made of biodegradable polymers to spur the use of the patient’s own stem cells.

Metal fatigue

UT Arlington engineering professors Haiying Huang and Stathis Meletis have received a $451,781 Air Force Office of Scientific Research grant to examine the material surface at the micro- and nano-scale level to provide clues for predicting fatigue in aircraft parts, NASA Tech Briefs reported. The two professors also received a $348,385 grant from the Defense University Research Instrumentation Program of the Air Force Office of Scientific Research to purchase two pieces of equipment that will help gauge the wear on these aircraft parts.

2014 Election

Republicans appear poised to maintain their grip on every statewide office in Texas for a 16th straight year, yet Tuesday’s election results will yield information beyond winners and losers, The Texas Tribune reported. Allan Saxe, a UT Arlington associate professor of political science, said South Texas is most important for Democrats in the gubernatorial race. He said the party must capture that piece of Texas to offset Republican strongholds elsewhere.

Quarantine controversy involves UTA alumna

A Maine judge gave nurse Kaci Hickox the OK to go wherever she pleases, handing state officials a defeat Friday in their bid to restrict her movements as a precaution against Ebola, WTVM 9 in Columbus, Ga., WGGB ABC 40 in Springfield, Mass., WATE 6 ABC in Knoxville, Tenn., and a host of other websites and media outlets reported. Hickox got her nursing degree from UT Arlington. In another story, the Portland (Maine) Press Herald reported Maine officials would seek a court order if Hickox did not comply with a quarantine. The Portland Press Herald also talked to Hickox about her last days in Sierra Leone where she volunteered as a nurse helping people afflicted with Ebola. Hickox, who has shown no symptoms of infection and has tested negative for the virus, has defied attempts by Maine Gov. Paul LePage to keep her quarantined at home during the illness’s 21-day incubation period, which for her ends Nov. 10.

Judicial judgment

Judges Dale Tillery and Craig Smith wrote in a Dallas Morning News op-ed column that the Kaci Hickox quarantine conundrum won't be the last time a public health emergency strains judicial judgment. In such situations, it’s far too easy to let personal liberty fall by the wayside. This is especially true when elected politicians foster public anxiety for their own perceived benefit. It’s critical that we step back and recognize that we’ve already discovered a cure for irrationality and panic-based judgments. It’s called the judicial process.

Salt study cited

A Mother Nature Network article about the facts behind sea salt mentioned a UT Arlington study published by the American Chemical Society that found varying degrees of actual iodine in iodized salt, with many of the samples having much less iodine than the amount listed or recommended.

AJCO recognized

The American Jazz Composers Orchestra was recognized for its outstanding performance at UT Arlington, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported in its Cheers & Jeers section of the editorial page. Dan Cavanagh, Tim Ishii and Ken Edwards, all in the UT Arlington Department of Music, lead the AJCO.

Global partnerships

Twelve Northeast Tarrant County cities along with area banks, hospitals, and energy and telecom companies are among the sponsors of this year’s Heart of North Texas Business Conference on Friday, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram's Social Eyes column reported. Jay Horn, UT Arlington's executive director of International Education, and Jay Terrell, a UT Arlington graduate and vice president for commercial development at DFW Airport, are two of the panelists discussing global partnerships. Terrell also is the current city of Southlake mayor,

Distinguished architect

The Tilt-Up Concrete Association named Jeffrey Brown as its Irving Gill Distinguished Architect, Tilt-Up Today reported. Brown is founder of Powers Brown Architecture and was an adjunct professor in UT Arlington's School of Architecture.