A new collaboration between The University of Texas at Arlington  and the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History will allow scientists to interact with the public they study. The Research and Learning Center , which opens Jan. 14, will be led by UT Arlington’s Southwest Center for Mind, Brain and Education.
"What usually unfolds in a university setting will now take place in a public setting with museum-goers as the potential subjects. Out of that interaction we hope to see unpredicted but great ideas," said Jeanne Gerlach, UT Arlington’s dean of the College of Education and Health Professions.
The Research and Learning Center will invite museum visitors to participate in short research interactions lasting no more than 15 minutes. The work will take place in a 1,200 square foot area that contains movable furnishings.
The Jan. 14 opening will feature Dan Popa, a UT Arlington associate professor of electrical engineering, who is researching the use of robotic technology in the treatment of children with autism .