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UTA In The News — Monday, May 11, 2015

Monday, May 11, 2015

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Reducing risks

A collaboration that UT Arlington’s College of Nursing and Health Innovation and College of Engineering have with Christian Care Senior Living Communities has yielded a “smart” apartment that could change the face of healthcare, ASEE First Bell, D Magazine and the Dallas Sun reported. Inside the new “smart care” apartment at the company’s Lakewood Village Senior Living Community in east Fort Worth, tiny sensors embedded under the tile send information about the walker’s overall activity, as well as changes in balance, gait and weight, wirelessly to a bay of computers in an adjacent room. Other technological amenities are aimed at keeping people being more independent longer.

Mayor-elect's new vision

Arlington Mayor-elect Jeff Williams said he would establish a volunteer task force and tap resources at The University of Texas at Arlington to identify and pursue prime business opportunities, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported. The city’s economic development office is too small and isn’t being used to its full potential, he has said. Williams also mentioned UT Arlington in a WFAA/Channel 8 interview.

Wright remembered

Radio stations WBAP/ 820 AM and KLIF/ 570 AM interviewed Allan Saxe, UT Arlington associate professor of political science, about former House Speaker Jim Wright, who died Wednesday in Fort Worth after a brief illness. He was 92. He served in Congress for more than three decades. Saxe said Wright was a bigger than life individual. “Like Sam Rayburn or even before that John Nance Garner or Lyndon B. Johnson. These are individuals that came from Texas, and boy, they brought back everything to this state,” Saxe said. Wright is probably best known as author of the 1979 amendment named for him that prevented direct out of state flights from Dallas Love Field. 

Mining disaster documented

An oral history documentary and training video is currently under way that will recapture the 1984 mine fire at the Wilberg operation in Utah, which the creators hope can help others to become more aware of fire hazards as well as recognize overall dangers while on the job, Coal Age reported. The video, a collaborative project between the University of Texas at Arlington's Division for Enterprise Development, the Art+Art History Department, and Safety Solutions International, is being funded by a grant from the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health along with The University of Texas at Arlington.