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UTA In The News — Monday, July 13, 2015

Monday, July 13, 2015

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Storing solar energy at night

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, One News Page and Manufacturing Business Technology reported. The innovation is advancement over the most common solar energy systems that rely on using sunlight immediately as a power source. 

UTA helped in big data tool

Science Springs reported that the PanDA (for Production and Distributed Analysis) workload management system, developed at Brookhaven Lab and The University of Texas at Arlington, has been integrated on the Titan supercomputer at the Oak Ridge Leadership Computing Facility to tackle the Large Hadron Collider’s big-data challenge. With the successful restart of the LHC, 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.

New shunt flow monitoring system

BioNews Texas 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.

UTA study cited in fracking article

A Vindy.com (Youngstown, Ohio) story about a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency report on fracking noted that since its publication, UT Arlington has released a peer-reviewed scientific study independent of the gas and oil industry. It tested 550 private and public supply water sources. The study showed evidence of high levels of ethanol and methanol as well as heavy metals linked to many health problems including cancer.  

Conversation about the Confederacy

Marvin Dulaney, associate professor and chair of the UT Arlington Department of History, was quoted in an op-ed in The Dallas Morning News about Confederate monuments in Texas. Dulaney told John Fullinwider, the column’s author and president of the Dallas Peace Center, that the builders of hundreds of monuments across the South meant to rewrite the cause of the Civil War. “They labeled these monuments with high-sounding phrases about ‘honor,’ ‘courage,’ and ‘bravery,’ and ignored the fact that these soldiers were fighting to defend slavery and secession,” Dulaney said.

Nursing alumna promoted

D Magazine’s D Healthcare Daily 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.

Schools experience record enrollment growth

A Houston Chronicle story about the University of North Texas and TCU’s plans for a medical school in Tarrant County noted that area universities, including UT Arlington, experienced record enrollment growth in the past 10 years.