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UTA In The News — Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

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Cartilage regeneration

Liping Tang, a bioengineering professor and interim chair of the bioengineering department at The University of Texas at Arlington, is making progress on research that uses hyaluronic acid to rescue cells, Orthopedic This Week reported. Tang was awarded a $1.04 million grant from the U.S. Army. “We are using biomolecules to recruit patients’ stem cells to the injured cartilage to promote its healing process. At this time we are making hyaluronic acid particles to deliver biomolecules that will trigger a stem cell response.” Hyaluronic acid is a biological hydrogel.

National Teacher of the Year

Shanna Peeples, an educator from Palo Duro High School in Amarillo, Texas, and UT Arlington graduate, was named the 65th National Teacher of the Year, the San Antonio Express-News, the San Francisco Chronicle, the Houston Chronicle and many other media websites reported. Peeples was recognized by President Barack Obama in a White House ceremony yesterday.

Longer lasting flowers

The American Floral Endowment has approved $24,900 grant to Rasika Das, chair of the UT Arlington Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, for studying ways to improve cut flowers' longevity, American Nurseryman reported. The project represents more than $310,000 in AFE scientific research project funding for 2015-2016.

Great Minds in STEM

Great Minds in STEM announced a partnership with the STEM Community Council of Arlington in a citywide celebration of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math this week, WLNE ABC 6 in Providence, R.I., WOWK 13 in Charleston, W. Va., WLTZ in Columbus, Ga., ABC 33/40 in Birmingham, Ala., and many other websites reported. Local STEM college students from UT Arlington and other colleges will serve as college mentors, guiding student teams through various challenges posed to them throughout an engineering and science design process.

Professor honored for distance learning excellence

The United States Distance Learning Association presented a bronze award to UT Arlington's Szu-Yen "Neal" Liang for his effort to promote the development and application of international distance technology, Mil-Tech reported. The honor marked a record seven times that a university has received an award from the USDLA, the world’s most prestigious distance learning honors presented for excellence in distance learning.

Scholar-athletes honored

UT Arlington Athletic Director Jim Baker said he was proud of the 3.0 GPA that student-athletes possess at the UTA All Sports Banquet last night in College Park Center, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported. With just baseball, softball and track left to be decided for the Bubas Cup — the Sun Belt’s all-sports trophy — UTA is in first place despite not having a football or soccer program. As school president Vistasp Karbhari summed up, “when a lot of programs are struggling and cutting support, we’re expanding.”

New name for Titans training facility

The Tennessee Titans honored longtime scout C.O. Brocato by naming the draft room at their Nashville training facility after him, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported. Brocato has resided in Arlington since he served as an assistant coach at UT Arlington from 1971-74.