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UTA In The News — Monday, April 27, 2015

Monday, April 27, 2015

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Discovering new materials

A UT Arlington electrical engineer is discovering new materials and processes to provide better imaging, faster computing and more communications security, Phys.org, Congoo News and SG Online News reported. Weidong Zhou, the UTA electrical engineer who specializes in nanophotonics, has been awarded a $120,000 National Science Foundation grant to develop manmade nanostructured photonic materials to accomplish those stated goals and eventually help in the nano-manufacturing process.

Adaptive learning

The University of Texas at Arlington's Learning Innovation and Networked Knowledge Research Lab has received funding to support two postdoctoral students from Intel Corporation, Military Technologies and Congoo News reported. The $130,000 annual award is based on work already under way in the LINK Lab, particularly around personalized and adaptive learning, which is a growing subset of learning analytics.

Texas women

Three historians at three North Texas universities are responsible for organizing Texas Women: Their Histories, Their Lives, The Dallas Morning News reported. Editors Stephanie Cole, UT Arlington associate professor of history, Elizabeth Hayes of the University of North Texas and Rebecca Sharpless of Texas Christian University organized the compilation. The review said Texas Women is written as a clear, concise narrative, starting in colonial times with American Indian women and proceeding through history to include Texas women of the late 19th and early 20th century.

Sign of the times

A state lawmaker is determined to pull this state into the 21st Century, to join the many Texans who use social media nearly 24/7 to stay up to date on all the things in which they are interested, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported. State Rep. Kenneth Sheets, R-Dallas, has proposed three official hashtags for the state: #Texas, #txlege and #TexasToDo. Maybe the hashtags are a sign of the times, said Allan Saxe, a UT Arlington associate professor of political science. The “Texas Legislature [is] merely trying to be very modern and responsive and transparent,” he said. “[It may be] perhaps a bit overdone, but no harm done with their actions. 

Proposed regulation of e-cigarettes

Regulation Magazine published an article coauthored by Roger Meiners, UT Arlington’s economics department chair, about the proposed regulation of e-cigarettes, which the authors say should not be restricted. Instead, they say such innovation should be encouraged. A George Will column in The Washington Post referenced the Regulation Magazine article.

After-hour work emails

A recent study of 341 working adults found that reading work-related emails perceived to be negative in tone could lead to frustrated, angry moods that interfere with life outside of work, reported NWITimes.com in northwest Indiana. But dashing off an email after-hours, when you or the receiver may be drained, could result in a message that’s either poorly worded or mistakenly viewed negatively, adds Marcus Butts, a UT Arlington associate professor of management and one of the study authors.

Racing machines

Texas horse-racing tracks are hoping the Legislature approves using racing machines that look very much like slot machines, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported. Tracks are hoping to increase their handle. “I am surprised that casino gambling has not had a bigger push, but our good economic situation has actually hurt casinos’ chances,” said Allan Saxe, a UT Arlington associate professor of political science.

North Texas Nepalis seek ways to help quake victims

North Texas Nepalis brainstormed about ways to help earthquake victims in their homeland, The Dallas Morning News reported. Anshuk Thapa, a student at The University of Texas at Arlington, said one of his former neighbors from Nepal texted him early Saturday to tell him about the quake. “My initial reaction was, it’s a small earthquake,” said Thapa, 19. “But when he told me Dharhara, the main attraction of Kathmandu, had collapsed, I realized this is a pretty big deal."

UTA alumnus joins billionaire ranks

Geng Diangen, chairman of Beijing Sinnet Technology, has joined the ranks of the world’s billionaires following gains in the share price of the Shenzhen-listed Internet service provider, Forbes reported. Geng holds a graduate degree from The University of Texas at Arlington.

Avoiding drunken driving

Using a combination of the fun and the sobering, advocates for safe driving worked Friday and Saturday to persuade UT Arlington students not only to avoid drunken driving but also to persuade their peers to avoid it, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported. Many UT Arlington students were interviewed for the piece.