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UTA In The News — Friday, June 5, 2015

Friday, June 5, 2015

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Water experts

Water experts from North Texas cities, agencies, federal groups and universities met at UT Arlington yesterday and today to identify challenges and develop solutions to flooding problems the region experienced in May, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, KXAS NBC 5, WFAA Channel 8 and KTVT CBS 11 reported. D.J. Seo, a UT Arlington associate professor of civil engineering, organized the workshop. Seo's work using a new radar system and crowdsourcing helps answer urban  flooding problems.

Motor skill development measurement

A new measurement co-developed by Priscila Caçola, an assistant professor of kinesiology in the UT Arlington College of Nursing and Health Innovation, shows that household objects and toys can help in an infant’s motor skill development,, Business Standard, Science Newsline and Health, Medical and Science Updates reported. Her study about the “Affordances in the Home Environment for Motor Development-Infant Scale (AHEMD-IS)" recently appeared in the journal Physical Therapy.

Perry rap song

A Fort Worth Star-Telegram column on former Texas Gov. Rick Perry's announcement for president quoted Rebecca Deen, chair of the UT Arlington Department of Political Science, as saying that Perry's use of a custom rap song in his introduction “fits Perry 2.0... strong, patriotic, salt-of-the-earth, no-nonsense, Second Amendment-loyal.”

Looking for VP post

A WBAP 820 AM radio story interviewed UT Arlington's Allan Saxe, an associate professor of political science, on former Gov. Rick Perry's announcement that he would run for president. Saxe said Perry stands little chance of being elected but knows he may get a vice president bid from the Republican that does secure the presidential nod.

Flexible manufacturing

UT Arlington researchers — with help from Wal-Mart — are developing a flexible manufacturing system that assembles parts slightly larger than a thimble, Congoo reported. The theory is that the system could be adapted to different products of different sizes, reducing the manufacturing costs and allowing goods built overseas to be made in the United States. The story originally ran in The Dallas Morning News.

Singing with the Stones

UT Arlington's A Cappella Choir will perform with the Rolling Stones Saturday at Arlington's AT&T Stadium, WFAA Channel 8 and CultureMap Dallas reported.

Equipment grant

UT Arlington researchers have been awarded a $744,300 grant from the Department of Defense Peer Reviewed Orthapaedic Research Program to create an adaptive interface that fits between a prosthetic and a patient’s limb, The Art of Service reported in listing a number of research projects that deal with amputees.

Better identification through lasers

Compact ultraviolet lasers could identify dangerous substances from a distance, NASA Tech Briefs reported. UT Arlington is a partner in the project, which is being led by the University of Wisconsin.

EPA fracking study

The EPA released its draft report on hydraulic fracturing's impact on drinking water, the Daily Kos reported. The article mentioned a UT Arlington study that found elevated levels of arsenic and other heavy metals in private gas wells in the Barnett Shale formation.