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UTA In The News — Thursday, January 22, 2015

Thursday, January 22, 2015

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The fight that keeps flowing

The Dallas Morning News columnist Steve Blow interviewed UT Arlington History Professor Robert Fairbanks for a piece about the annual Dallas history conference that will be held Jan. 31. The theme this year is “Conflicts That Shaped Dallas.”  The first topic of the day will be the Trinity River drainage debate that roiled the city in the early 1930s. “The controversy ended longtime friendships, resulted in vicious attacks on prominent civic leaders, brought about several lawsuits and destroyed one of the city’s key planning organizations,” Fairbanks said.

New UT System Chancellor McRaven visits UT Arlington

Dr. Frank Alexander, the recently-appointed Chair of the University of Texas Chancellor's Committee for the 2014-15 academic year, will welcome his colleagues on the University of Texas Chancellor's Council Executive Committee to the UT Arlington campus for their winter Business Meeting, reported. The meeting will mark new Chancellor William McRaven’s first official visit to UT Arlington and “we are eager to show him and the rest of the council the exciting innovations in research that are happening here," Alexander said. 

High Yield

U.S. News & World Report ranked UT Arlington among its top group of private colleges, religious universities and public schools where the most accepted students enroll. Colleges typically aim high for yield, the percentage of accepted students who elect to attend. The average yield among the 261 ranked national universities reporting data to U.S. News was 34.1 percent in fall 2013. UT Arlington’s yield was 42.4 percent. UT Austin and Texas A&M University both reported a 47 percent yield.

Breast cancer research and BPA

Rural TV noted research from UT Arlington biochemists that comes one step closer to explaining the role of bisphenol-A in promoting breast cancer growth. Researchers found that BPA activates a gene called RNA HOTAIR, which suppresses other genes that help fight breast cancer. BPA is widely used in plastics such as food storage containers and plastic water bottles.

Tiny windmill, big potential noted UT Arlington engineering research in an editorial about alternative ways to charge a cell phone. Electrical Engineering Professor J.C. Chiao and Research Associate Smitha Rao envision embedding micro-windmills into the sleeves of cell phones so they are available when the battery is low. Then, all the user has to do is simply wave the phone in the air, hold it out the window of a moving car or hold it in front of a fan in order to charge it, the editorial noted.