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UTA In The News — Friday, February 19, 2016

Friday, February 19, 2016

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Summer science camp

The ExxonMobil Bernard Harris Summer Science Camp announced Thursday that it has opened its application process for students to participate in summer sessions on college campuses around the country, CNBC.com, WAFB 9 in Baton Rouge, La., InvestorPoint, Yahoo! Finance and several other websites reported. For more than 10 years, the program has attracted rising and current middle-school students who want to experience college life while learning about science, technology, engineering and math. UTA is one of the 10 college campuses on which the camp is held.

Unaffordable housing

More than two-thirds of supposed affordable housing units in the Dallas area aren’t really that low-cost once transportation expenses are figured in, according to a new study co-authored by a University of Texas at Arlington professor, The Dallas Morning News reported. “In reality, we are not helping low income people,” said Shima Hamidi, the co-author and an assistant professor of planning at UTA’s College of Architecture, Planning and Public Affairs.

The digital university

The Flexibility Enables Learning website published a digest of reports authored by George Siemens, executive director of UTA's Learning Innovation and Networked Knowledge Research Lab, about preparing for the digital university and massive open online courses.

Boost in power

UTA chemists have developed new high-performing materials for cells that harness sunlight to split carbon dioxide and water into useable fuels like methanol and hydrogen gas, FuelCellsWorks.com, American Bazaar and Solar Daily reported. These "green fuels" can be used to power cars, home appliances or even to store energy in batteries, said Krishnan Rajeshwar, UTA distinguished professor of chemistry and biochemistry and co-founder of the University's Center of Renewable Energy, Science and Technology.

CAREER milestone

Yi Hong, a UTA assistant professor of bioengineering, has won a five-year, $500,000 National Science Foundation Early Career Development, or CAREER, Program grant to create conductive, single-component and biodegradable elastomers, MDT.com reported. Hong's technology is an advancement over conventional conductive polymers that are very stiff, hard to be processed and non-degradable. The newly built scaffold should have several biomedical applications such as tissue repair.

Cancer cell detection tool

Samir Iqbal, a University of Texas at Arlington electrical engineer, has developed a novel cancer cell detection method that will improve early diagnosis through a tool that tracks cellular behavior in real time using nanotextured walls that mimic layers of body tissue, One News Page and BioNews Texas reported.