UTA In The News — Friday, July 29, 2022
Speeding up AI
Qilian Liang, professor of electrical engineering, will use a National Science Foundation grant to make the technology used with artificial intelligence faster and more energy efficient so it can be used in real time, U.S. Fed News reported.
Luca Maddalena, UTA aerospace engineering professor and director of the Aerodynamics Research Center, and his team received a three-year, $811,000 Office of Naval Research grant to study the effects of hypersonic flow with turbulence on those materials, Targeted News Service reported. Hypersonic speed is generally considered to be above Mach 5, or about 3,700 miles per hour.
A group of students and recent graduates of The University of Texas at Arlington's College of Nursing and Health Innovation showcased its research to the Texas public health community as part of the UTHealth School of Public Health Research Beyond Boundaries Conference, U.S. Fed News reported.
ASLA climate plan
The American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) has developed its first Climate Action Plan for the U.S. landscape architecture community, State News Service reported. The ambitious plan seeks to transform the practice of landscape architecture by 2040 through actions taken by ASLA and its members focused on climate mitigation and adaptation, ecological restoration, biodiversity, equity and economic development. The plan will be released at the ASLA Conference on Landscape Architecture, Nov. 11-14, 2022, in San Francisco. Diane Jones Allen, UTA director of landscape architecture, served on the task force that designed the plan.
Snake venom study
A new study by a team that includes biologists from The University of Texas at Arlington describes how rattlesnakes diversify their venom to maintain an advantage in the ongoing “arms race” with evolving prey resistance, Ecology Daily News reported.
Smaller school districts contemplate changes
The switch to four-day school weeks is popular among smaller school districts that don’t always have the finances to attract or retain teachers with pay increases, the Texas Standard, the Prosper Press, WNTZ Fox 48 in Natchez, Miss., and NewsNation reported. Dan Robinson, associate dean of research in the UTA College of Education, said he fears for the low-income students in these districts because they may get lunch for free or low cost at their schools, so a four-day week would mean one less meal. The Texas Tribune originally published the story.
Foster children not unwanted
In the post-Roe world, the debate on social media is filled with calls to adopt and foster “unwanted” children in our foster care system, The Hill reported in an opinion piece co-written by Catherine LaBrenz, a UTA assistant professor in the School of Social. This narrative reflects a grave misunderstanding of the child welfare system that impedes the progress needed to shift our focus from saving children to saving families. Children in foster care are rarely if ever “unwanted,” and it is insulting to refer to them as such. Most children enter foster care not because of abandonment, but because a state (or county) child welfare agency determines through an investigation that the parents cannot provide safe care. Washington’s Bellingham Herald also ran the op-ed.
The Texas A&M Engineering Experiment Station and The University of Texas at Arlington have signed a memorandum of understanding to establish a framework for increasing collaboration to expand the aerospace defense manufacturing community in Texas, TenLinks reported.