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UTA In The News — Thursday, November 6, 2014

Thursday, November 6, 2014

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Cancer decoys

A UT Arlington bioengineering professor is using tissue-engineered artificial lymph nodes to attract prostate cancer cells to better target and eradicate the disease, according to the websites and Medical Design Technology. Liping Tang, bioengineering professor and interim chair of the Bioengineering Department, has received a $533,650 U.S. Army grant to build the lymph nodes that attract the cancer cells. “This research tries to stop the cancer before it spreads,” Tang said.

Game-changing technologies

The University of Texas at Arlington was one of four institutions chosen to receive up to $750,000 over 15 months to design a new oxygen recycling system for NASA, according to Solid State Technology. The technology push is intended to set the stage for human deep space forays, including activities in the cis-lunar realm, near-Earth asteroids and Mars.

Ethics questions

George Siemens, a learning-analytics expert who directs the LINK Research Lab at the University of Texas at Arlington, was quoted in a Chronicle of Higher Education story about controversy surrounding a high-tech effort to study classroom attendance at Harvard University using secret photo surveillance. In light of how much data universities already collect on students without obtaining their specific consent, the Harvard controversy struck Siemens as much ado about nothing.

New pollution rules

Melanie Sattler, UT Arlington associate professor of civil engineering, was featured in a KUHF/News 88.7 FM (Houston Public Media) report on new federal regulation that may be coming for oil and gas well pollution, including a change in regulations on methane leaks. “It’s an issue because we’re now drilling in heavily populated areas,” she said.

Physics leader

University of Texas at Arlington Physics Professor Suresh Sharma has been awarded the 2014 Distinguished Service Award by the Texas Section of the American Physical Society, ECN Magazine reported. The award, given at the Texas group's October meeting at Texas A&M University, College Station, honors "individuals that have made a significant contribution to the programs of the Texas Section and/or the Texas Physics community."

Election 2014

In an interview with KTVT/CBS 11, UT Arlington associate political science professor Allan Saxe provided a complete recap of Tuesday’s election results and gave insight into what the nation’s political structure might look like moving forward. “The Republicans put up a firewall and they really did it,” he said.

Great futures

The University of Texas at Arlington is one of the donors that The Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Dallas will thank next Wednesday at its first Great Futures Luncheon, at the Hilton Anatole, The Dallas Morning News reported. The luncheon will also celebrate the launch of the first Center for a New Generation program in Texas.