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UTA In The News — Monday, April 13, 2015

Monday, April 13, 2015

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NASA chooses UT Arlington to study oxygen recovery technology for space travel

News360,, Next Big, AZO and Art of reported that NASA has selected UT Arlington as one of four U.S. institutions to develop improved methods for oxygen recovery and reuse aboard human spacecraft, a technology the agency says is crucial to “enable our human journey to Mars and beyond.” NASA’s Game Changing Development Program awarded $513,356 recently to the UT Arlington team.   

Sports talk radio station pays UTA a visit

KTCK 1310 AM The Ticket broadcast live Monday morning from UT Arlington’s College Park Center. The remote broadcast coincided with station’s “The Musers” visit of North Texas college campuses this week. It also came as UT Arlington prepares to conclude its 2014-15 Maverick Speakers Series season tonight with NBC Sportscaster Bob Costas.

Public art debate

Darryl Lauster, UT Arlington associate professor of sculpture, authored an op-ed piece for The Conversation focused on debate spurred by Ohad Meromi’s “Sunbather,” an abstract figuration embellished in bright pink that has been selected for installation in Long Island City.

UTA research could lead to more efficient energy use

A University of Texas at Arlington engineering researcher will build nanoscale pillars that will lead to more energy-efficient transistors in electronic devices and gadgets, ECN reported. Seong Jin Koh, an associate professor in the Materials Science & Engineering Department, has received a $300,000 National Science Foundation grant that could lead to a tenfold reduction in energy consumption of smart phones, laptops and tablets, which could result in an identical reduction in the frequency of battery charging for those devices. Koh's work also was highlighted in today's ASEE First Bell e-newsletter.

Elemental carbon seen as building block

A new study led by UT Arlington scientists Merlynd Nestell and Andrew Hunt 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, Science World Report, Science 2.0 and PC-Tablet reported.

Trained and ready

KXAS/NBC 5 reported on a disaster preparedness simulation led by the UT Arlington College of Nursing and Health Innovation that included the participation of various Arlington emergency services professionals. The more than 100 senior nursing students who participated will graduate in May.      

Washington Post blog mentions UTA anthropologist's work

A Washington Post WorldViews blog remembering famed Indian cartoonist R. K. Laxman mentioned Ritu Khanduri, a UT Arlington cultural anthropologist, who discussed Laxman’s work and importance with PRI’s The World in January.