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UTA In The News — Thursday, April 9, 2015

Thursday, April 9, 2015

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Surviving childhood cancer

Ryan Peskey, a UT Arlington student, was one of the cancer survivors featured in a KERA story about North Texans who were diagnosed with childhood cancer years or even decades ago. Peskey, who is studying marketing at UT Arlington, said, ‘The fact that I had cancer just kind of put my life in perspective. Amputees are more active than someone with all of their limbs. They have to compensate.” 

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, DailyMe 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, In Compliance Magazine 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.

Trenchless methods

Another area of growth for the trenchless relining market is for rehabilitating culverts that were constructed to divert storm water under newly built roadways, Utility Contractor Online reported. Mohammad Najafi, a UT Arlington civil engineering professor, said like municipal water and sewer systems, these culverts were built in the post-war years as America began to expand rapidly and are in need of repair. Najafi, who also is director of the UT Arlington Center for Underground Infrastructure Research and Education, said culverts represent an area in which trenchless methods are still in the early stages.

Table salt

When UT Arlington researchers tested 88 samples of table salt, they found that half contained less than the FDA-recommended amount of iodine, a necessary nutrient for people, ipick, Canada's Front Page, reported. The story featured five nutrients people aren't getting enough of.

GO Center

Burleson High School counselors are partnering with UT Arlington to provide a secondary resource to college-bound seniors, the Burleson Star reported. The school's "GO Center" opened Monday and will be staffed three days weekly by two UT Arlington students.

Underground Images

An international touring exhibit from the famous School of Visual Arts in Manhattan opened this week at UT Arlington, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported. Underground Images: School of Visual Arts Subway Posters, 1947 to the Present features 62 posters that will be exhibited through April 27 in the architecture building gallery.

Green card system

Shyam Sriram said getting a green card in the United States takes an inordinate amount of time and Congress should fix the system, Gazette.net, a Maryland community newspaper website, reported. Sriram, 35, came to the United States from India to attend graduate school at UT Arlington. He has a master’s degree in electrical engineering and works in the transportation business. He has an H-1B visa which allows him to work. Sriram is vice president of the Maryland Chapter of Immigration Voice, a grass roots organization concerned about the backlog of green card applications.

Campus construction

The Texas House on Wednesday tentatively approved the authorization of a package of bonds worth $3.1 billion to support construction on college campuses, The Texas Tribune reported. The measure would allow UT System to issue $927.6 million worth of bonds.