UTA In The News — Wednesday, October 13, 2021
False claims that windmills create an energy deficit, requiring more energy to build than they are able to generate, have gone viral in recent months, the Austin American-Statesman reported. Seeking to disprove the claims, the publication cited a study by researchers at The University of Texas at Arlington that concluded that turbines could reach a full energy payback in less than six years.
Majie Fan, UTA associate professor of earth and environmental sciences, received a grant from the National Science Foundation to study the origin of loess, a sediment formed by the accumulation of wind-blown dust, in the western United States, Scienmag reported. Fan theorizes that global climate cooling and/or elevation change of the earth’s surface in the region 34 million years ago worked together to produce the climate circumstances for the loess accumulation.
Energy-saving synthetic materials
Robin Macaluso, UTA associate professor of chemistry and biochemistry, recently received a two-year, $250,000 grant from the National Science Foundation to research new synthetic materials that can improve on inorganic metal oxides for use in a variety of energy-saving applications, Scienmag and Technology reported. The goal of Macaluso’s research is to develop new materials that can make a positive impact in solar energy technology and ultimately help address society’s ever-increasing need for reliable sources of alternative energy.
New generation of Latino scholars
A consortium of colleges and universities that includes The University of Texas at Arlington has been awarded $5 million from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to expand Latino humanities studies and prepare researchers and scholars for faculty positions, the Targeted News Service reported. The new consortium includes all 16 U.S. Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSIs) with R1 designation—top-tier doctoral universities with very high research activity—in the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education.
COVID-19 vaccine supply chain
A new study by Erick C. Jones, professor of industrial, manufacturing and systems engineering, highlights the vaccine-shortage crisis experienced by underserved populations during the COVID-19 pandemic, NewsRx reported. The study, published in Frontiers in Future Transportation, offers efficient transportation strategies to the health care supply chain to ensure timely delivery of vaccines and supplies that could curb the impact of COVID-19 in vulnerable communities.