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UTA In The News — Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

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Making new fuels

Before it’s News and New Energy and Fuel and reported that UTA chemists are the first to prove that inexpensive semiconducting organic polymers can harvest sunlight to split carbon dioxide into alcohol fuels. 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.

Turtle tracking

KUT 90.5 FM (NPR Austin) quoted UTA herpetologist Carl Franklin in a story about scientists in the Austin area who are on a mission to tag and microchip as many turtles as possible so they can track the local population.

Environmental impact

UTA English Professor and Distinguished Professor of teaching Stacy Alaimo’s article on minimizing environmental impact was published in Sustainability, an Arizona State University online publication.

Landfill mining

Al Jazeera English published a story about Denton’s sustainable landfill that employs UTA Civil Engineering Professor Sahadat Hossain’s latest technology of landfill mining and high-tech sensors that can encourage decomposition to produce methane gas.

Sewer robot

MyArlingtonTX reported that the American Society of Civil Engineers has recognized a new Arlington project to examine sanitary sewer lines with the help of a multi-sensor robot as one of 15 Infrastructure Game Changers, a designation that highlights trend-setting projects nationwide that address pressing infrastructure needs. The robot evaluations are made possible by a partnership between UTA and Arlington Water Utilities.

Post debate analysis

UTA Associate Professor of Political Science Allan Saxe was interviewed on WBAP 820 AM, KTRH 740 AM and KLIF 570 AM about the first presidential debate between Donald Trump and Hillary Rodham Clinton. He predicts there will be fewer fireworks during the vice-presidential debate because the two running mates do not have a history of personal animosity.