Skip to content. Skip to main navigation.

NEWS CENTER

UTA In The News — Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Bookmark and Share

New energy source

A UTA researching team has developed a one-step process to convert carbon dioxide and water to liquid hydrocarbons like gasoline, jet fuel and diesel, the Star-Telegram reported. The work of Frederick MacDonnell, a professor and chair of the UTA Department of Chemistry; and Brian Dennis, a professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering, has put them at the head of the global race for the holy grail of a green economy: an affordable and efficient process to make fuel out of the primary greenhouse gas, carbon dioxide.

Shock wave research

Navy researchers have entered a partnership with Michael Cho, who chairs the UTA Bioengineering Department, to study the popping of tiny bubbles called microcavitations caused by shock waves, the Providence Journal's Veterans Journal reported. Cho believes that these events can damage blood vessels in the brain, leading to memory loss, headaches and possibly post-traumatic stress disorder.

Tiger vocalization

The Milwaukee Zoo is studying tiger language and how tiger vocalizations can be used to identify certain animals, The Milwaukee Journal reported. Courtney Dunn, who was recently accepted into a PhD program in quantitative biology at The University of Texas at Arlington, plans to travel to Sumatra soon to set up recorders in the wild. Dunn is helping lead the study.

New reading method

The Medak District and Telangana state of India are instituting a new reading method based on cognitive science, the Huffington Post reported. Officials hope the new method stems the downward slide of literacy in that country. Helen Abadzi, a cognitive psychologist and UTA alum, said this cognitive method capitalizes on up-front visual recognition.