Archive for February, 2017

Irving’s Tudor Lane Redevelopment Nabs National Accolade

Posted by Kerry Curry

Once a high crime area, Irving’s Tudor Lane now stands as an example of how public-private partnerships can collaborate to transform neighborhoods.

The National Community Development Association recently awarded the 2017 Audrey Nelson Community Development Award to the city of Irving for the redevelopment of Tudor Lane, whose transformation was initiated in 2009 when several city departments began looking at how they could turn the neighborhood around.…

Dallas Startup Aggregates Electronic Reviews in One Place

Posted by Nicholas Sakelaris

Much like Trivago and Kayak revolutionized the travel industry, Yogi Patel wants to create a one-stop shop for reviews of electronics. 

He founded iuzeit, a Dallas-based website that aggregates product reviews from customers, experts, and friends and puts them in one place, Nibletz reported. …

‘Smart Pills’ Help Monitor Children’s Health Patients

Posted by Lance Murray

Children’s Health of Dallas is the first pediatric system in the nation to use tiny pills to help pediatric transplant patients stay on track with their treatments.

The so-called “smart pill” technology, once ingested, transmits a signal to a patch that the patient wears on their body.…

WeWork Bringing its Coworking Concept to Plano

Posted by Heather Noel

WeWork will open another coworking space this summer in Plano. 

It will be the third Dallas-Fort Worth area space for the New York-based coworking company. Other locations include one in Uptown and a soon-to-be opened office in downtown Dallas’ Thanksgiving Tower. …

Cedar Hill Students Invent
‘Robot Seeing-Eye Dog’ Cane

Posted by Julia Falcon

Four students from Bessie Coleman Middle School’s robotics club invented a robot cane for the visually impaired that buzzes and vibrates when it comes close to an obstacle.

The students at the Cedar Hill Independent School District campus were told by their teacher to come up with a solution for a real-world problem, and the cane is what they came up with. …

SMU Students Create Solar
Charging Station for Wikiblock

Posted by Jana J. Pruet

Seventeen students from Southern Methodist University took on the week-long Immersive Design Challenge over winter break to design a flat-pack (an assemble-it-yourself type item) solar charging station for its sponsoring partners at Better Block Foundation and Good Faith Energy.

And the students accomplished their mission with ModPod.…

Global Charity Brings Fight Against Hunger to South Dallas

Posted by Julia Batlle

A global charity is fighting for the food insecure residents of South Dallas to end hunger. The organization, “Feeding Children Everywhere,” delivers healthy meals daily to families all over the world.

This month, the charity opened its 10,000 sq. ft. Dallas satellite office on N.…

Meet the 10 Women Named Dallas’ ‘Hidden Figures’

Posted by Heather Noel

The change in the room is palpable.

As mathematician Katherine Johnson — played by Taraji P. Henson — steps into a high-level NASA briefing, the table of men falls silent and shifts their focus to the black woman entering.

It’s a turning point scene in the Academy Award-nominated film, Hidden Figures, where Johnson is permitted into a meeting not usually open to women.…

Fort Worth, RCS Agree to EV Charging Station Pilot Program

Posted by Julia Falcon

Fort Worth City Council has voted to enter into an agreement with a Fort Worth company to install a new electric vehicle charging station at Guinn School Complex at 1150 S. Freeway.

The company, Revitalize Charging Solutions Inc., is a startup environmental company that has agreed to an extended pilot program for the station for 12 months.…

City, DAWG Project Partnership Seeks Dog ‘Foster Families’

Posted by Lance Murray

Have dogs, need foster families. A new program teaming the city of Dallas and the DAWG Project is looking for human “foster families” who will foster a dog at Dallas Animal Services.

Thursday afternoon, Dallas police officers helped launch the program by selecting a dog to foster themselves.…

Addison Airport Improvements Aimed at Aviation Boon

Posted by Nicholas Sakelaris

Demand for private jet travel will only increase in North Dallas and Collin County with the influx of new corporate headquarters and campuses.

And Addison Airport wants to be ready.

For now, rows of old metal airplane hangars offer a stark contrast to the upscale Addison Circle shops, restaurants and apartments just across the street.

Addison Airport | Site Plan

Posted by Dallas Innovates | Staff Report

UTA’s New Construction Management Degree Builds for the Future

Posted by Lance Murray

The North Texas construction industry has gotten a boost from a local university — a new bachelor’s degree program in construction management at the University of Texas at Arlington.

The degree is intended to meet the increasing demands in the area for construction workforce.…

Austin Ranch Adds Food Truck Experience — Without Trucks

Posted by Nicholas Sakelaris

The Austin Ranch development in Plano wants to mimic the success of food truck parks with something a little more permanent.

Instead of trucks, developer Billingsley Co. will build six small restaurants that it calls shacks, the Dallas Morning News reports.…

UTD Team Creates Tiny, More Affordable Atomic Force Microscope

Posted by Nicholas Sakelaris

Atomic force microscopes that can detail materials at the molecular level are often bulky, large, and impractical.

But engineers at The University of Texas at Dallas have shrunk the device to the size of a dime, or about 1 square centimeter, according to the university.…

Radio Station Working to Go On the Air in Arts District

Posted by Heather Noel

The Dallas Arts District could have its very own radio station by 2018.

The FCC has given its stamp of approval on the station’s call letters, KKAD 95.7-FM, GuideLive reported. There are still many other details to be worked out including its physical location, but the Dallas Arts District Foundation knows it wants to use recycled materials, vintage equipment, and maybe even solar power in the station design. …

On Tap: Buildathon, Engage Dallas, & Teen Book Festival

Posted by Jana J. Pruet

North Texas is a big place, with plenty to do, see, hear, and watch. Browse our curated selection of events to plan your next two weeks — and beyond.  


5 p.m. – 10 p.m.
Magnolia Hotel Park Cities, 6070 N.

United Way CEO Shares Her Tips for Community Building

Posted by Nicholas Sakelaris

Businesses need to have a strong sense of community if they want to succeed in today’s world.

To get insight into corporate responsibility, Inc. reached out to United Way of Metropolitan Dallas CEO Jennifer Sampson.

The United Way provides programs to help low-income families with education, health, and income in Dallas.…

SMU Researchers Discover Rare Milky Way Star

Posted by Julia Falcon

A group of Southern Methodist University astronomers has discovered a pulsating variable star — one that changes brightness — located 7,000 light years away from Earth in the constellation Pegasus.

The Milky Way has more than 100 billion stars in it, with 400,900 stars categorized as variable stars.…

Dallas Teen Launches Natural Skincare Company

Posted by Nicholas Sakelaris

A Dallas teenager has created her own skincare company to help people with sensitive skin.

Sophia Stener, 16, launched Mali Mali so she can sell her Soothing All-Over Moisturizer product, CultureMap Dallas reported.

She invented the skincare product after having sensitive skin herself and not being able to find an all-natural product.…