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UTA In The News — Monday, December 7, 2015

Monday, December 7, 2015

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Climate change

Arne Winguth, a UTA associate professor of oceanography, earth and environmental sciences, addressed climate change issues live on BBC News with chief correspondent Matthew Price. On fluctuations in the air and the sea, Winguth said, "There are natural variations in the climate – and going back there are even larger fluctuations. The question is, why is the temperature not rising much faster than we would expect for these rises in CO2 concentrations?" The oceans appear to be the answer, he added, "absorbing more than we had expected of the heat that the planet is accumulating."

One-step tumor detection

A team of UTA researchers has demonstrated a novel cancer cell detection method based on real time cell behavior tracking on engineered surfaces, Science Codex, Phenomenica.com and Phys.org reported. A synthetic RNA molecule is coated on chip surface to identify cancer cells. The otherwise calm cells on this surface shows interesting dancing behavior when their membrane receptors are matched to the surface RNA molecules. This phenomenon has the potential to detect cancer in a tabletop setup. The report appears in the December 2015 issue of the journal TECHNOLOGY.

Managed lane efficiency

Research by UTA civil engineering Professor Siamak Ardekani and his doctoral student, Maryam Zabihi, could help transportation agencies determine a toll price that will encourage use of managed lanes without increasing congestion, Phys.org and Toll Road News reported. Mahmut Yasar, a UTA associate professor of economics, will assist with economic analysis of the data.

The science of relationships

A study led by UTA psychology researcher Eric Russell sheds new light on why many heterosexual women develop close friendships with gay men, Health Canal reported. Russell, a graduate teaching assistant in the UTA Department of Psychology, says there has never been an empirical study of the circumstances that drive such relationships until now.

Self presentation

Susan Hekman, UTA political science professor and director of the graduate humanities program, explored whether one true self exists for any person during San Francisco's KALW 97.1 Philosophy Talk

Pipeline explosions

Mohammad Najafi, a UTA civil engineering professor and the director of the Center for Underground Infrastructure Research and Education, reviewed a state report explaining what happened at a DeWitt County pipeline explosion in June 2015, the Victoria Advocate reported. Overall, it appeared the line failed because of installation defects, Najafi said. 

UTA civil engineers elected ASCE Fellows

Two University of Texas at Arlington civil engineers, professor emeritus Syed Qasim and senior lecturer Yvette Pearson Weatherton, have been elected Fellows of the American Society of Civil Engineers, Fort Worth Business reported.

North Texas LEAD

Vistasp Karbhari, president of The University of Texas at Arlington, was elected vice chairman of the North Texas Leaders and Executives Advocating Diversity or LEAD, Fort Worth Business reported.

Talking politics

The U.S. Supreme Court will soon hear a case centered on changing the number of representatives a state receives from total population to the total number of registered voters, KRLD 1080 AM (CBS) reported. Allan Saxe, a UTA associate professor of political science said the debate goes back to an "old, old problem in American representation between urban and rural areas."