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UTA In The News — Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

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UTA still growing

The University of Texas at Arlington is on track to become the largest UT System campus, a Star-Telegram editorial said. UTA’s global reputation continues to attract students both on campus and online.

Blood pressure control

UTA researchers are developing a new method and device for controlling blood pressure levels in cardiac care environments that use targeted electrical stimulation rather than drugs, Medical Xpress reported. The National Institutes of Health has awarded Associate Professor Young-Tae Kim and Professor Khosrow Behbehani, both from the UTA Department of Bioengineering, and Muthu Wijesundara, division head for the biomedical division at the UTA Research Institute, a $440,670 grant for the research.

Chemists create fuel

UTA chemists are the first to prove that inexpensive semiconducting organic polymers can harvest sunlight to split carbon dioxide into alcohol fuels, Science Daily, Phys.org and Greenstyle in Italy reported. The prestigious Royal Society of Chemistry journal ChemComm published the UTA team’s findings. Principal researcher Krishnan Rajeshwar, UTA distinguished professor of chemistry and biochemistry and co-director of UTA’s Center for Renewable Energy, Science & Technology, led the study.

Embracing Challenge award

Kytai Nguyen, UTA bioengineering professor, has won the inaugural Materials Today Embracing Challenge Award, Elsevier Connect reported. Nguyen will receive her award Nov. 29 in Boston at the Materials Research Society’s fall meeting. Elsevier is a world-leading provider of information solutions and publisher of more than 2,500 journals and 33,000 book titles.

Language researcher

Jodi Tommerdahl, UTA associate professor in the College of Education, was interviewed in a FWinc. magazine story in which she explored her research on learning languages.

Money puts Arlington first

Money magazine has named Arlington the “Best Big City” in the South, the Star-Telegram reported. The article mentioned UTA as one of the attributes Arlington has that attracts people.

Deen analyzes Trump

Rebecca Deen, UTA chair and associate professor of political science, said Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump has some work to do to claim the spot but gained traction last week because of a number of Hillary Clinton missteps, Pulso, a Chilean newspaper, reported.

Paralympian earns gold

Aaron Gouge, a UTA graduate and former Movin’ Mavs wheelchair basketball player, was featured in a story about earning a gold medal at the Rio de Janeiro Paralympics in basketball, NBC WMC 5 in Memphis, Tenn., reported.

UTA grad to perform

Rav Sitaula, a Nepal native who recently graduated from UTA with a filmmaking degree, says that music is what steals his heart, The Dallas Morning News reported. His band, Skinny Green, will perform at noon Sept. 28 at UTA's Texas Hall, 701 S. Nedderman Drive.

Architectural historian offers lecture

Kate Holliday, director of the David Dillon Center for Texas Architecture and UTA associate professor in the College of Architecture, Planning and Public Affairs, will deliver the Samuel Benton Cantey III Lecture, “Flying Saucers, Catwalks, and Craters: A History of the Future in Fort Worth,” Historic Fort Worth’s Facebook page said.

UTA alum promoted

Willy Vargas has been promoted to director for sales in Latin America and the Caribbean for FlightSafety International, Aviation Pros reported. Vargas received his bachelor’s degree in business administration from UTA.