UTA In The News — Friday, January 6, 2023

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Comet watching
A bright green comet that has not been seen since the last ice age will be visible in DFW skies later this month, The Dallas Morning News reported. Manfred Cuntz, a UTA physics professor, said the comet, called C/2022 E3 (ZTF), is like “messengers from the super early solar system.” Cuntz recommended looking for the comet during early mornings when the sun is low. He said, “It’s literally speaking, a once in a lifetime chance.”

UTA international enrollment
The University of Texas at Arlington ranks No. 4 in the state in international student enrollment percentage, MSN.com and the Houston Chronicle reported. According to fall 2021 enrollment numbers, 11.8% of students are international, coming from 98 countries, including India, Nepal, Bangladesh, Vietnam and China.

Defense instrument grants
Four faculty members in the Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Department at The University of Texas at Arlington have earned Defense University Research Instrumentation Program grants totaling nearly $3 million from the Office of Naval Research and the Air Force Office of Scientific Research, U.S. Fed News reported. The researchers will use the funding to examine battlefield brain injuries, develop customized instrumentation to replicate microscale manufacturing conditions and increase the power supply to UTA's arc-jet-heated hypersonic wind tunnel, which is used in research on counter-hypersonic laser technology.

Coastal strategies
Scientists from The University of Texas at Arlington, University of Arkansas and the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) Pacific Coastal and Marine Science Center used the USGS Coastal Storm Monitoring System to evaluate the effectiveness of a range of engineered, nature-based and hybrid coastal adaptation strategies in reducing flooding, economic damages,and impacts to the local population in Marina Del Rey and Venice, Calif., USGS.gov and Frontiers in Marine Science reported.