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UTA In The News — Thursday, March 5, 2015

Thursday, March 5, 2015

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Winter weather closing

Wintry weather closed UT Arlington, and many schools and businesses today, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram and many other media outlets reported.

Foundation work

A UT Arlington researcher's project will show whether California bridge foundations are safe and up to standards that the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials has set, Phys.org and Congoo News reported. Xinbao Yu, an assistant professor in the Department of Civil Engineering, has been awarded a two-year, $220,000 California Department of Transportation or Caltrans research project that will analyze and evaluate whether its bridge foundations are in accordance with the federal AASHTO standards.

Email anger

People who receive electronic correspondence from work after hours become angry more often than not, a new study from Marcus Butts, a UT Arlington management associate professor, shows, Esquire, ABC News Radio, Popular Mechanics, The Awl and KTIC Radio in Nebraska through the Rural Radio Network reported. Butts is the lead author on a study recently published in the Academy of Management Journal that says these after-hour emails and texts interfere with peoples’ personal lives also.

Boiler sensor research

Haiying Huang, UT Arlington mechanical and aerospace engineering professor, received a $399,311 Department of Energy grant that will make coal-fired boilers safer and more efficient, The Dallas Morning News reported.

Helping businesses

UT Arlington's TMAC received $6.7 million as part of a nationwide federal award, Today’s Medical Developments reported. The U.S. Commerce Department's National Institute of Standards and Technology announced the overall $26 million award of new cooperative agreements to 10 nonprofit organizations and universities to manage Hollings Manufacturing Extension Partnership centers.

STEM help

The Hispanic Heritage Foundation, the U.S. Army, UT Arlington and the Maverick Battalion ROTC have teamed up to promote and strengthen local academic curriculum in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics area, El Hispano News reported. The group of organizations sponsored Latinos on the Fast Track, a seminar for more than 200 Hispanic students.

Building funding request

An Edinburg lawmaker has filed a bill in Austin that funds a $50 million interdisciplinary engineering and Academic Studies Building for the UT Rio Grande Valley campus, Your Valley Voice reported. The story also mentioned a statewide funding bill that would pay for campus additions and improvements, including $310 million in requests from UT Arlington.

Metal presence

A 2013 UT Arlington study that showed increased level of heavy metals in groundwater near natural gas fracking sites was mentioned in a Greenpeace blog story about whether the oil and gas industry has torpedoed EPA's effort to study fracking.

Ebola symposium

OSHA and several health service providers will participate in a free symposium March 12 at UT Arlington on Ebola protection for hospital workers and first responders, Safety and Health Magazine reported.