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UTA In The News — Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

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Blood spot analysis

UTA researchers have demonstrated that electrical conductivity can be an effective means to precisely measure the amount of blood present in dry blood spot analysis, providing a new alternative to the current preferred approach of measuring sodium levels, eScience News,, Science Daily, R&D, Science Newsline, Lab Manager and many other websites reported. Purnendu Dasgupta, the Hamish Small Chair in Ion Analysis and James Garrett Professor in UTA's Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, co-authored the findings in Analytical Chemistry.

Testing composites

Andrew Makeev, a UTA professor of aerospace engineering, received a $181,000 grant from the Office of Naval Research to purchase an ARES-G2 integrated axial-torsional platform that will allow his team to better understand material properties including defect formation in composites as a function of manufacturing process, ScienceMag reported. Such material properties will now be integrated in computational models replacing trial-and-error testing to improve manufacturing processes for aircraft composite parts.

New COE dean named

Peter E. Crouch, dean of engineering for the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa and the former dean of Arizona State University’s Ira A. Fulton School of Engineering, joins The University of Texas at Arlington in August as dean of the nationally ranked College of Engineering and as a professor of electrical engineering, ASEE’s First Bell reported. ASEE is the American Society of Engineering Education.

Screenwriter to watch

Ya’ke Smith, UTA Morgan Woodward Distinguished Professor of Film, was interviewed in MovieMaker as one of the Austin Film Festival’s 25 screenwriters to watch. The festival is in October.

Researcher recruitment

A Star-Telegram editorial said the next batch of heavy-hitter researchers a governor's recruitment fund brings to Texas should be recruited by The University of Texas at Arlington and the University of North Texas. The first batch of researchers were sent to UT Austin, Texas A&M and the University of Houston.

Slogan origination

A Star-Telegram opinion column says the theft of speech lines in the Trump presidential campaign didn't just begin. The slogan "Make America Great Again" was the phrase Ronald Reagan used in his 1980 victory. Trump filed paperwork to own the slogan with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office in 2012. Rebecca Deen, UTA chair and associate professor of political science, said Reagan's appeal revolved around a strong defense, strong trade policies and patriotism.

Best online program

CollegeChoice has ranked the UTA College of Nursing and Health Innovation No. 1 on its list of 50 Best Online RN to BSN Programs for 2016, WTVM ABC 9 in Columbus, Ga., KTVN 2 CBS in Reno, Nevada; WFIE 14 NBC in Evansville, Ind., and many other websites reported.

UTA study used

A 2003 report from the UTA Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice was cited in a Yahoo! Finance report about police departments nationwide now requiring backup to many incidents. The report found, that of 50 Texas police officers surveyed, most would perform the same whether alone or with another officer.

Essay competition begins

The University of Texas at Arlington has announced its annual Webb/Smith Essay Competition and the topic this year is an excellent one: the financial crisis in higher education, the National Review reported.