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UTA In The News — Friday, November 21, 2014

Friday, November 21, 2014

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Innovation in Space

KERA's All Things Considered interviewed UT Arlington's Daniel Armstrong, the Robert A. Welch chair in chemistry, about his invention, which analyzes molecules in space as part of the Rosetta mission. His device separates special molecules, known as the molecules of life. The device is on a comet nicknamed 67P and has gone dark. Armstrong and others are hopeful that the device "wakes up" again in April, May or June when it comes closer to the sun and warms up so it can complete its mission.

Norman Hackerman awards

The University of Texas at Arlington has received two highly competitive Norman Hackerman Advanced Research Program awards from the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, Congoo reported. Baohong Yuan, an associate professor in the Department of Bioengineering, received a $100,000 grant to better monitor cancer metastasis in deep tissue. Hyeok Choi, an assistant professor of environmental engineering in the Department of Civil Engineering, received $80,000 to study solar-driven photocatalytic decomposition of lethal algal toxins in Texas water resources.

Music and memory

A peek inside the brains of professional musicians has given UT Arlington psychology researchers what may be the first links between music expertise and advantages in long-term memory, Huffington Post reported. Heekyeong Park, assistant professor of psychology, and graduate student James Schaeffer used electroencephalography (EEG) technology to measure electrical activity of neurons in the brains of 14 musicians and 15 non-musicians. The team presented initial results of their new research Tuesday at Neuroscience 2014, the international meeting of the Society for Neuroscience, in Washington, D.C.

Towering above crime

Randall Butler, a police officer and UT Arlington criminal justice instructor, said the towers law enforcement agencies employ in parking lots do work, NBC 5 KXAS reported. But he said the main purpose of the towers should be to prevent crime and not for public relations.

Water distribution management

J.P. Bardet, UT Arlington civil engineering professor, said Singapore is ahead of the game in managing water distribution in using a network of sensors that detect changes in water pressure, TransHumanTech and New Scientist reported. Much of the world can't readily have a water system with the same efficiencies as Singapore's because their infrastructure isn’t ready for it, Bardet said. 

Great Women of Texas

The 2014 Great Women of Texas were honored at a recent event, reported the Fort Worth Business Press, which sponsors the awards. Susanna Khavul, a UT Arlington College of Business management associate professor; and Lt. Col. Lora Rimmer, commander of the Army ROTC “Maverick Battalion” at UT Arlington and a military science professor, were honored.

Immigration plan

North Texas immigrant advocates are hopeful that President Obama's plan to protect some immigrants is the first step in a process long overdue, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported. Jessica Amador, a UT Arlington student and a member of the campus immigrant advocacy group, DREAM Factory, said many parents with children on the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program will still be included in Obama’s plan because they are also the parents of U.S.-born children.

UTA helps reduce food waste

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency urges people and organizations to join its Food Recovery Challenge that aims to reduce food waste, Newsroom America reported. The article said UT Arlington is one of six organizations in the EPA Dallas Region to participate in the program.

Alumnus hired as Argyle's new manager

Paul Frederiksen was hired to be the town manager of Argyle, The Dallas Morning News, the Cross Timbers Gazette and Congoo reported. Frederiksen, who had been vice president of operations for the Las Colinas Association, earned his master’s degrees in both public administration and city/regional planning from UT Arlington.