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UTA In The News — Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

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Snake venom evolution

A team of researchers, led by UT Arlington Assistant Professor of Biology Todd Castoe, has developed a new model explaining how snake venom evolved, Science Codex, Herp Nation, Digital Journal, eScience News, Science Daily and Nature World News reported. The study, published in the journal Molecular Biology and Evolution, is based on a detailed analysis of groups of related genes, or what the researchers call “gene families” in tissues from different parts of the Burmese python.

New methods to analyze social network data

A UT Arlington computer science and engineering professor has won a $450,000 Army Research Office grant to develop efficient analytic techniques for combining and understanding the data stored in online social networks, Phys.org reported. Gautam Das, professor of Computer Science and Engineering in the College of Engineering, said the grant is to find "implicit edges" in the uses of social networks.

Fog-produced water

A simple device, invented by UT Arlington researchers and inspired by the beaks of shorebirds, can harvest drops of water from fog and dew, according to The Verge. Its developers say it could help drought-prone communities around the world meet their need for drinkable water. Engineering professor Cheng Luo and his doctoral student Xin Heng published their research in the American Chemical Society journal ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces.

Professor named IEEE Fellow

Purnendu “Sandy” Dasgupta, UT Arlington’s Jenkins Garrett Professor of Chemistry, has been named a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, the highest membership distinction in the international organization of 430,000 engineers, scientists and other professionals, the Dallas Business Journal’s People on the Move column noted.

Professor named OSA Fellow

The Optical Society Board of Directors has elected Michael Vasilyev, associate professor in UT Arlington’s Department of Electrical Engineering, along with 75 OSA members as the newest class of OSA Fellow Members, FreshNews.com and IT Briefing.net reported. Individual OSA Members were elected for their significant contributions to the advancement of optics and photonics.

Research investigates elderly falls

Sirius XM Radio station, Doctor Radio, interviewed Christopher Ray, associate professor of kinesiology at UT Arlington, about his research into falls, prevention and recovery in the elderly population. Doctor Radio is programmed by the New York University Langone Medical Center. Listen to part 1, part 2 and part 3 of the interview.