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UTA In The News — Friday, October 9, 2015

Friday, October 9, 2015

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Cell phone browsing

A University of Texas at Arlington researcher is partnering with colleagues at Qatar University and George Washington University to make browsing on a cell phone easier, ECN mag.com reported. Browsing the Internet on a cell phone can be a daunting task if the sites visited are not mobile-friendly. UT Arlington researcher Gautam Das and his collaborators will automatically and seamlessly create a mobile-friendly website where one does not exist.

Improving health care

UT Arlington and University of Washington researchers are developing a glove that delivers needed medicine to an injured hand and speeds up healing so that rehabilitation can start sooner, Phys.org, e! Science News and Medical Design Technology online reported.

Impact on nursing education

The University of Texas at Arlington College of Nursing and Health Innovation has released new findings that demonstrate the impact the institution has on nursing education in Texas, particularly for RN-to-BSN programs, Bloomberg Business, KUSI.com (Denver, Colo.), Hawaii News Now, WMBF News.com (Myrtle Beach, S.C.), WXIX/Fox 19.com (Cincinnati, OH), InvestorPoint, Sys-Con Media, MoneyShow.com and many other news organizations reported.

Smart technology

A story in the HIT Consultant that examined the future of the “Connected Home for Health” noted research by The University of Texas at Arlington and the University of Southern California Center for Body Computing. UTA recently announced a “Smart Care” apartment that uses smart technology to reduce the risks of independent aging in place. They are building sensors directly into the floors, walls, and mirrors. USC has announced a Virtual Care Clinic in which virtual care physicians make hologram house calls.

Evaluating natural resources

The Tarrant Regional Water District is spending $1 million to have a team from The University of Texas at Arlington study if recent earthquakes have had any impact on the dam at Eagle Mountain Lake and the ground around it, KHOU.com (Houston) reported. Anand Puppala, professor of civil engineering and associate dean for research in UTA’s College of Engineering, will be leading a team of graduate students. He says the group will look at three factors: liquefaction, dynamic slope stability, and lateral spreading. Each can impact a dam's stability over time.

Robot research

UTA researchers were noted in a story about the upcoming SPIE Defense and Commercial Sensing meeting, reported by Photonics Online and other media. Topics at the robotics portion of the conference will include direct contact and pressure sensors, with applications such as in robot “skin,” said Dan Popa, UTA associate professor of electrical engineering. Popa and Muthu Wijesundara, principal research scientist at the UT Arlington Research Institute, will co-chair the event.

The future of education

Inside Higher Ed quoted George Siemens, executive director of the UT Arlington LINK Lab, in its story about MIT’s plan to offer half of its master’s of engineering in logistics degree through face-to-face classes and half through massive open online courses, potentially saving students tens of thousands of dollars in tuition. The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign has used a similar model for its iMBA program. Siemens said the new models suggest the institutions are showing a willingness to remake themselves.

Sea stars sickness

A unique student research project that includes UT Arlington biology doctoral student Lauren Fuess may help solve the mystery of a massive sea star die-off along the West Coast, Alaska Native News, Bright Surf and the Summit County Citizens Voice (Colo.) reported.

Equipping parents to educate children

El Hispano News reported on the conference “Education with Love and Logic,” that was hosted in Dallas recently by Padres Un Paso Adelante (Parents Step Ahead) in collaboration with UT Arlington. The program’s goal was to recognize, educate, enable and empower parents to take a proactive role in the educational and personal development of their children. UTA Admissions Counselor Tony Talamantes spoke at the event and emphasized the importance of studying in college.

Alumnus in the spotlight

Benchmark Hospitality International, a leading U.S.-based hospitality management company, has announced the appointment of Calvin J. Banks as director of training and development, Hotel Interactive.com and Hotel News Resource reported. Banks is a graduate of UT Arlington, where he earned his bachelor’s degree in kinesiology.

Alumna in the spotlight

Dallas County Sheriff and UTA alumna Lupe Valdez will be the featured speaker at the monthly Rockwall County Democrat Party meeting Oct. 17, My Rockwall News.com reported. Valdez, one of eight children born to migrant farm workers, earned a master’s degree in criminology and criminal justice from UTA.

Maverick Speakers Series

WFAA.com and Do 214.com reported Thursday that actress and humanitarian Mia Farrow would be the first speaker in the 2015-16 UTA Maverick Speakers Series season that kicked off last night at Texas Hall.