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UTA In The News — Thursday, January 15, 2015

Thursday, January 15, 2015

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Corporate MOOCs

George Siemens, UT Arlington executive director of the Learning Innovation and Networked Knowledge Research Lab, co-wrote a Wired article that said the best corporate use of Massive Open Online Courses would be one that blends traditional teaching with social learning. The best-in-class corporate education creates a place where colleagues can connect, form networks and share ideas, the article said.

Hearing protection program

A Healthy article noted a hearing protection awareness program provided in the UT Arlington Department of Music. The goal of the program is to preserve hearing and prevent injury in music students, faculty and staff.  

Landscape architect featured

James Richards, UT Arlington associate professor of landscape architecture, was profiled in Arlington Today magazine. Richards teaches design thinking, design drawing and urban design in the School of Architecture. Richards worked on the Three Bridges project, the downtown Center Street gateway and the Center Street pedestrian way, and several other major ventures. His latest work includes sketches of everyday life in Cuba.

Mico-windmills development marks collaboration

Two UT Arlington researchers collaborated with a Taiwanese fabrication firm to design, develop and manufacture micro-windmills that someday could recharge cell phones or provide temporary electricity for emergency actions, Product, Design & Development reported. Electrical Engineering Professor J.-C. Chiao and Research Associate Smitha Rao developed the micro-windmills.

New Artpace executive director

Sue Graze, an arts administrator with 30 years experience, was named interim executive director of Artpace in San Antonio, the San Antonio Express-News and reported. Graze has held spots at the Miami Art Museum, the Dallas Museum of Art and the University of Texas at Arlington.

Concussion warnings

Cindy Trowbridge, UT Arlington kinesiology associate professor, talked about what parents need to understand about concussions in youth sports in an article on the Good Men Project website. Trowbridge also is a clinical education coordinator in the Athletic Training Education Program at UT Arlington. She said recent research has shown that parents have misconceptions regarding the definition, symptoms and treatment about concussions.

Cooling electrons

A UT Arlington team of researchers has discovered a way to cool electrons to -228 °C without external means and at room temperature, an advancement that could enable electronic devices to function with very little energy, the Interesting Things blog reported. Seong Jin Koh, an associate professor at UT Arlington in the Materials Science & Engineering Department, led the research.

Higher Education News and Trends

Construction funds sought

A number of universities across Texas are seeking funding for multi-million construction and renovation projects in the coming legislative session, adding up to approximately $3 billion in funding requests, School Construction News reported in publishing a Dallas Morning News story. UT Arlington plans to request $190 million for the construction of the Science and Engineering Innovation Research Building, as well as an additional $99 million to establish a new College of Nursing and Allied Health Professions Academic and Research Building.