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UTA In The News — Thursday, August 27, 2015

Thursday, August 27, 2015

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Advanced degrees

Statistically, fewer underprivileged and minority students at universities nationwide pursue advanced degrees in health care fields. UT Arlington has joined a consortium of universities that hopes to expose undergraduate students to research early in their academic careers and increase their chances of continuing their education beyond a bachelor's degree, News-Medical.net reported.  

Dasgupta earns $1 million NASA grant

A University of Texas at Arlington researcher will develop a platform that could help scientists move one step closer to answering whether life may have existed "out there" or if we are really alone in the universe, Phys.org and eScience News reported. Purnendu "Sandy" Dasgupta, Hamish Small Chair in Ion Analysis of Chemistry and Biochemistry in the UT Arlington College of Science, has been awarded almost $1 million from NASA to further the search for amino acids, the so-called building blocks of life.

Turning trash into treasure

The Texas Standard, which airs on NPR affiliates across Texas, broadcast a report about work to boost methane production in landfills, which is helping to convert trash into energy at the city of Denton landfill. The research, led by Sahadat Hossain and Melanie Sattler of the UT Arlington Department of Civil Engineering, initially aired on KERA 90.1 FM (Dallas).

Reducing test planning and design costs

Lockheed Martin, a global security and aerospace company, estimates that widely used software testing methods developed at the National Institute of Standards and Technology can trim test planning and design costs by up to 20 percent, while greatly improving the thoroughness of product and system testing during development, Designfax reported. Developed with collaborators from The University of Texas at Arlington, NIST’s Advanced Combinatorial Testing System “uses proven mathematical techniques to greatly reduce the number of tests a company needs to perform to ensure the quality of a product or process,” explained NIST computer scientist Richard Kuhn.

STEM Academy

MyArlingtonTX, the city of Arlington news portal, reported on the new STEM Academy at Arlington’s Martin High School that is the result of a partnership between UT Arlington and the Arlington Independent School District.

Eye on the future

WaxahachieTX.com, the Waxahachie Daily Light website, mentioned UT Arlington in a story about a $35,000 Project Lead the Way grant that will allow the Red Oak Independent School District to expand its science, technology, engineering and math curriculum opportunities. The article said Red Oak ISD officials also are looking to expand the district's partnership with The University of Texas at Arlington and hope Project Lead the Way can help get the conversation started.

Dangerous employees

KDFW/Fox 4 interviewed James Campbell Quick, a distinguished professor of leadership and organizational behavior in the UT Arlington College of Business, about the shooting of two Virginia television journalists by their former colleague.

Realities of television news

KTVT/CBS 11 interviewed UT Arlington journalism students and Julian Rodriguez, a Department of Communication lecturer, about the attack on two Virginia television journalists and the conversation that the tragedy is sparking about the unpredictable dangers of working in television news.

Monsanto patent expires

Natural News.com quoted Michael Ward, a professor of economics at UT Arlington, in a story about patents expiring for Monsanto’s genetically modified Roundup Ready soybean and the impact to drug makers and farmers. Experts believe generic, cheaper versions of the same drug will rush in to fill the void of soybean seed. “If you see TV ads for drugs, they don’t say much about the medication. They’re just happy people dancing and doing fun things,” Ward said. “Those types of ads are probably not going [to] sway farmers. Seeds are core to farmers’ business.”

Questionable treatment by Trump

Univision Dallas/KUVN 23 interviewed Julian Rodriguez, a lecturer in the UT Arlington Department of Communication and head of UTA News en Español, about the news conference in which presidential candidate Donald Trump ordered Univision anchor Jorge Ramos to “go back to Univision.”