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UTA In The News — Thursday, December 4, 2014

Thursday, December 4, 2014

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Privacy problems

While illegal cyber activity grows more high tech, a UT Arlington computer scientist is studying an anonymity system to develop stronger ways computer privacy can be secured, reported. With the aid of a $250,000 National Science Foundation grant, Matthew Wright, computer science and engineering associate professor, is studying Tor, an anonymity system made by the U.S. Navy to pass information along to the military, to accomplish this goal.

Tiny energy source

Your next iPhone could employ tiny gas thrusters, Slash reported. Seem like utter madness? Don't forget about the micro-windmill charging units revealed by Smitha Rao and J.-C. Chiao of UT Arlington earlier this year. Micro-windmills, gears, indicators, pop-up switches, grippers, and all.

Valuable partners

BioNews Texas reported on the inaugural executive roundtable event held Nov. 20 by BioNorthTX, a new biotech/life sciences non-profit trade association that partners with UT Arlington and nearly 30 other university and research centers.

Foreign affairs explained

Foreign Affairs published a commentary by Brent Sasley, UT Arlington associate professor of political science, about Israel’s tangled democracy. Sasley was also quoted in a World Politics Review piece regarding the Jordan-Israel gas deal and problems in the relationship.

Tops in accounting

Accounting Degree Review ranked UT Arlington among the top U.S. universities with the most affordable undergraduate accounting programs for 2014-2015, Digital Journal and several other media organizations reported.

Safer sports

The San Antonio Express-News and several other media organizations reported on the January College Gridiron Showcase that will mandate the use of helmets with brain sentry head impact sensors. The new college All-Star game will be held at UT Arlington’s Maverick Stadium and televised via Comcast Sportsnet.

Fall prevention

Trinidad and Tobago’s Guardian published a report on preventing broken hips that quoted Christopher Ray, associate professor of kinesiology at UT Arlington. Ray said studies show that improving balance can prevent falls in the elderly population and intervention for seniors who have already fallen is key. The piece was produced by Dallas NPR affiliate KERA and appeared on NPR’s health blog, Shots.

Showing solidarity

The Huffington Post noted a display in front of the UT Arlington Central Library that showed the photos of 43 missing students in Mexico. Vigils and protests were held Wednesday in a nationwide campaign to show solidarity for the students who disappeared Sept. 26 and were reportedly delivered to members of a drug cartel.

Changes downtown

Bloomberg Businessweek reported that construction is set to start early next summer on a $43 million five-story mixed-use development where downtown Arlington's Central Library has stood for four decades. Besides restaurants and shops, the developers plan to offer storefront office spaces for small businesses as well as research and development lab space to support UT Arlington. This story originated in the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.