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UTA In The News — Monday, February 16, 2015

Monday, February 16, 2015

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Helping veterans

A University of Texas at Arlington computer scientist is designing a reservation/reminder software system as part of a project that will eventually lead to veterans on military bases being driven to doctor appointments via driverless cars, KRLD/1080 AM (CBS Radio) and ECN reported. Manfred Huber, associate professor in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering, is principal investigator on the $100,000 project with Robotic Research LLC, which is leading the entire driverless vehicle project.

Protein interaction identified

A University of Texas at Arlington bio-analytical chemist exploring proteins, their structures and functions by using cutting-edge analytical instrumentation called mass spectrometry has received an Academic Research Enhancement Award from the National Institutes of Health,, EIN News and Science Newsline reported. The $354,749 in funding will help in identifying host-defense protein interactions networks caused by environmental and external agents.

Supernova explosions investigated

UT Arlington's Seth Post and Sangwook Park from the Physics Department authored a work with others explaining what happened in the Chandra data, which suggests that a very lopsided explosion may have produced this Type 1a supernova,  Exploring Space reported. Their findings were detailed in a Sept. 1, 2014, issue of The Astrophysical Journal. A recent NASA news release highlighted the work, showing astronomers just how varied such beautiful cosmic flowers can be.

Social sciences matter

University World noted research by Robert Gatchel, a Distinguished Professor of Psychology and Director of Excellence for the Study of Health and Chronic Illnesses at UT Arlington, in a story that examined why social sciences matter. The article said that the research draws on the practice of preventive health management on established learning principles, on behavioral and social sciences and on emerging positive practices.

More educational institutions needed

Downtown Fort Worth Inc.’s downtown master plan has called for more educational institutions downtown, the Fort Worth Business Press reported. Aside from the new high school offerings, downtown includes three higher education institutions – Tarrant County College, University of Texas at Arlington and Texas A&M School of Law.

New UD leader named

The Dallas Morning News reported that the University of Dallas named Charles Eaker its new provost and chief academic officer. Under Eaker’s tenure as dean of the university’s undergraduate college, the university added cooperative degree programs with Texas Woman’s University in nursing and with The University of Texas at Arlington in engineering.