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UTA In The News — Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

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Space weather

University of Texas at Arlington physicist Ramon Lopez has received a $502,956 NASA grant to study the role of solar wind fluctuations in solar wind-geospace coupling, and Congoo reported. The highly competitive grant is sponsored by NASA's Heliophysics Supporting Research Program, which selected 30 of 221 proposals submitted for consideration.

Carbon and ocean life

A new study led by UT Arlington scientists demonstrates for the first time how elemental carbon became an important construction material of some forms of ocean life after one of the greatest mass extinctions in the history of Earth more than 252 million years ago, Techie News and reported. Merlynd Nestell, professor of earth and environmental sciences in the UT Arlington College of Science, and Andrew Hunt, earth and environmental sciences associate professor at UT Arlington, were co-authors on the study, which is published in the March edition of International Geology Review. 

Hearing help

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

Maverick Speakers Series

Bob Costas, Emmy award winning sports broadcaster, will talk about “Sport in America” at the UT Arlington Maverick Speaker Series Monday, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported. 

Revitalization plan

Mineral Wells officials are considering a plan that would revitalize the Baker Hotel, Hotel Online, the San Francisco Chronicle, the Houston Chronicle, Alabama-based Leger-Enquirer and many other websites reported. The city is also in the planning stages for a downtown redevelopment with UT Arlington's Institute of Urban Studies. The story originally ran in the Fort Worth Star-Telegram

Texas Dream Act

The Republican-controlled Legislature began a push Monday to repeal Texas' 14-year-old law that gives the children of some people living in the United States illegally in-state tuition at public universities, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram and Dallas Morning News reported. Conservatives vowed to move quickly, while Democrats and Hispanic groups promised a long, bitter fight. More than 100 people, many college students who wore ceremonial graduation caps, waited hours to defend the so-called "Texas Dream Act" of 2001 before a Senate subcommittee on border security.