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UTA In The News — Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

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Micro-windmill design

Not all design engineering ideas begin as sketches on a restaurant napkin, Wireless Design & Development magazine reported. Some designs start in the labs at the most prestigious engineering schools around the world, such is the story of UT Arlington’s Jung-Chih (J.C.) Chiao and Smitha Rao’s micro-windmill that generates wind energy.

Making longer-lasting roads

Anand Puppala, distinguished teaching professor in the UT Arlington Civil Engineering Department and associate dean for research in the College of Engineering, is leading a team that aims to reduce heaving on roads, Phys.org reported. Puppala's post-doctoral student Aravind Pedarla is leading the field research for the two-year $150,000 Texas Department of Transportation project. Doctoral candidate Ahmed Gaily is assisting in the fieldwork.

Snake venom evolution analyzed

A team of researchers, led by UT Arlington Assistant Professor of Biology Todd Castoe, has developed a new model explaining how snake venom evolved, Design & Trend, French Tribune, Red Orbit and Laboratory Equipment.com 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.

Cutting carbon emissions

Bill Simpkin, an 88-year-old former jet and rocket engine engineer, has developed a concept to cut carbon emissions from the country's aged coal plants, the Miami Herald and Bellingham Herald (Washington) reported. His work attracted UT Arlington Engineering Professor Donald Wilson, who this summer presented Simpkin’s concept to a U.S. Department of Energy team at the Idaho National Laboratory. The story originated in The Dallas Morning News.

KERA Breakthroughs

Dallas NPR station, KERA 90.1 FM, discussed a holiday gift guide developed by researchers with UT Arlington's Southwest Center for Mind, Brain and Education, that promotes science, technology, engineering and math concepts. The story along with the entire gift guide appears on KERA’s blog, Breakthroughs.

Fast shipping leads to impatience

The Washington Post blog, Wonkblog, interviewed Narayan Janakiraman, an assistant marketing professor at UT Arlington, for a story about fast shipping service and how it is making Americans more impatient.

Nursing grad named Woman of the Year

MTV’s website for college students, mtvU.com, named Kaci Hickox its 2014 Woman of the Year, stating that she is an "accomplished nurse with degrees from The University of Texas at Arlington and Johns Hopkins." Hickox spent much of the last year working with Doctors Without Borders in impoverished areas of Burma, Sudan and Nigeria. She traveled to Sierra Leone in 2014 to help fight the spread of a deadly Ebola outbreak that has killed thousands in Africa.