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UTA In The News — Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

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Trapping cancer cells

After spending more than a decade working to manufacture human tissue, Liping Tang, interim chair of the University of Texas at Arlington’s Bioengineering Department, discovered that man-made lymph nodes could act as traps for cancer cells, a story on KTVT/CBS 11 reported. Tang has received a half million dollar grant from the U.S. Army to continue his research. “You can get the loads of bad cells in one small, tiny place, and you can kill it,” he said.

Stem cell generation

Severely injured soldiers will be getting a huge boost from work getting underway at the University of Texas at Arlington, according to Orthopedics This Week. Liping Tang, a bioengineering professor and interim chair of the bioengineering department, has received a $1.04 million grant from the U.S. Army to work on the regeneration of cartilage tissue and the reduction of posttraumatic osteoarthritis using a patient’s own stem cells.

Computer security

A University of Texas at Arlington computer scientist is studying smarter route selection and adaptive cover traffic as ways of protecting computer privacy, according to the website PhysOrg. Matthew Wright, associate professor in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering, was awarded a $250,000 National Science Foundation grant to quantify the capabilities of powerful adversaries and develop defenses to overcome them.

Distinguished service

The American Physical Society Texas Section has awarded its 2014 Distinguished Service Award to UT Arlington Physics Professor Suresh Sharma, according to the Dallas Business Journal. The award honors “individuals that have made a significant contribution to the programs of the Texas Section and/or the Texas Physics community.”