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UTA In The News — Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

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Hearing help

Sungyong Jung, a UT Arlington electrical engineering associate professor, is developing a more efficient, low-power integrated circuit for directional hearing aids that will lead to a better quality of life for hearing impaired people,, Health News, Hearing Aid News, MDT Magazine and many other websites reported. Jung received a grant from the Korean Electrotechnology Research Institute to build an integrated circuit for a tiny microphone that would mimic the auditory system of a parasitic fly known for its exceptionally miniscule ear.

Emails after work

A new Google app for Android devices allows owners to check incoming messages from all their different e-mail accounts in one place, News Factor and Sci-Tech Today reported. The story mentioned a UT Arlington study by Marcus Butts, a management associate professor, that showed employees get irate when receiving after-hours work emails. The article said typical corporate users receive about 122 business emails every day.

TMAC receives $6.7 million

The U.S. Commerce Department’s National Institute of Standards and Technology recently announced the award of new cooperative agreements to 10 nonprofit organizations and universities to manage Hollings Manufacturing Extension Partnership centers, Textiles and Trade reported. UT Arlington's TMAC or Texas Manufacturing Assistance Center received $6.7 million.

Immigration and social justice

A recent UT Arlington forum explored immigration and social justice, Hoy Dallas reported. The forum centered on Dreamers, the young people who were brought by their parents in childhood to the United States without documents. The Center for Mexican American Studies, the Dream Factory and the Latino Center for Leadership Development helped organize the event.

State funding for public universities

The Texas House tentatively approved a $210 billion, two-year budget early Wednesday morning on a 141-5 vote, The Texas Tribune and many other media outlets reported. State Rep. Jonathan Stickland, R-Bedford, withdrew an amendment that would have reduced state funding for a public college or university by the same amount that it was awarded in grants or financial aid to undocumented students. Many other amendments either failed or were shelved.

Debate over guns on campuses

The Texas Senate has already passed a bill allowing handguns on college campuses. Now the House is poised to consider its own measure after the Homeland Security and Public Safety Committee approved such a similar bill, The Texas Tribune reported. University of Texas System Chancellor William McRaven has openly opposed the measure.