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UTA In The News — Thursday, July 9, 2015

Thursday, July 9, 2015

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Data management tool

E Science News and Phys.org reported that with the successful restart of the Large Hadron Collider now operating at nearly twice its former collision energy, comes an enormous increase in the volume of data physicists must sift through to search for new discoveries. Fortunately, a remarkable data-management tool developed by physicists at Brookhaven National Laboratory and The University of Texas at Arlington is evolving to meet the big-data challenge.

New shunt flow monitoring system

Congoo reported that scientists from The University of Texas at Arlington and the University of North Texas Health Science Center are building a prototype for an implantable in-line shunt flow monitoring system that would deliver both on-demand and continuous readings of hydrocephalus.

New solar power cell

UT System blog, UT Matters, reported that a University of Texas at Arlington materials science and engineering team has developed a new energy cell that can store large-scale solar energy even when it’s dark. “This research has a chance to rewrite how we store and use solar power,” said Fuqiang Liu, an assistant professor in the Materials Science and Engineering Department who led the research team.

Water sampling

Laboratory Equipment.com reported that Kevin Schug, professor of analytical chemistry at The University of Texas at Arlington, and his team tested 550 water samples collected from public and private water wells in the Barnett Shale region in the past three years. The researchers not only found elevated levels of 10 different metals, but also detected the presence of 19 different chemical compounds, including so-called BTEX compounds associated with hydraulic fracturing. The study also found elevated levels of methanol and ethanol.

Bringing back manufacturing

The Business Journals.com, InvestorPoint and other media sites mentioned UT Arlington in a story about grant money awarded by the U.S. Conference of Mayors and the Walmart Foundation for domestic manufacturing research being developed by nonprofit organizations and public universities. The Second Awards Cycle launched yesterday. UT Arlington received a grant during the First Awards Cycle, which focused on textile production, small motor manufacturing, and injection molding.

No-interest college loan repeal

The San Antonio Express-News reported that the repeal of a no-interest college loan program will have hundreds of incoming students looking for other ways to pay for higher education this year. The article quoted state Rep. Chris Turner, D-Grand Prairie, whose district includes UT Arlington. He noted that many UT Arlington students work their way through college.

Construction bonds

The Legislature finally funded long-overdue Tuition Revenue Bonds for public universities, including $70 million for UT Arlington for a science and education innovation and research building, reported the website for state Rep. Chris Turner, D-Grand Prairie. The facility is essential as the school continues to establish itself as a leading urban research university.

UTA grad named chief nursing officer

The Weatherford Democrat reported that Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Azle has named Tonya Sosebee as its new assistant chief nursing officer. In her new role, she will oversee patient satisfaction measures, process improvements and serve as a role model and mentor for nursing staff. Sosebee earned her bachelor of science in nursing degree from UT Arlington.

Student Hero Award

Your Houston News.com profiled Katherine Dodgen, a Klein Oak ISD graduate, who has been awarded the Student Hero Award from the State Board of Education. The inaugural award recognizes students in Texas who do kind acts that benefit their classmates or other students in their district. Dodgen plans to attend UT Arlington to pursue a degree in music education.

Arlington bus route to continue

KXAS/NBC 5 reported that following a successful two-year test run, Arlington city officials have approved a contract to keep the Metro Arlington Xpress bus service going for another full year. Half of the riders are UT Arlington students. The MAX currently runs between UT Arlington and Centreport, with a stop along North Collins Street.