Video games and violence
The ABC (Australian Broadcasting Corporation) National Radio program, Counterpoint,
interviewed Mike Ward, associate professor of economics at UT
Arlington, about his research into video games and violence. The podcast
may be found at: http://mpegmedia.abc.net.au/rn/podcast/2012/05/cpt_20120507_1605.mp3.
Snakes prevalent in DFW
Jonathan Campbell, professor and chairperson of the Department of Biology at UT Arlington, was quoted in a Fort Worth Star-Telegram
story about the prevalence of venomous snakes in Dallas-Fort Worth this
year. The biggest reason for the resurgence of snakes has been the
weather. "We're coming off a very dry year, and they like rain and humid
conditions," Campbell said. "The rains that we've had recently tend to
be conducive to snake activity."
Texas House District 94 race
The Fort Worth Star-Telegram Editorial
Board recommends Diane Patrick in the Republican primary for Texas
House District 94. She is seeking her fourth term and said her
priorities include securing funding for the nursing school at The
University of Texas at Arlington, where she was a faculty member.
Natural gas wells tax
The Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported
two natural gas well trade organizations filed suit Monday in a
District Court in Tarrant County to prevent Arlington from implementing
what they deem an unnecessary and discriminatory new tax on gas wells.
The story was accompanied by a photograph of
a drilling rig at UT Arlington, where Carrizo Oil and Gas has 22 wells.
The photo caption stated: the drilling rig is no longer there [at UT
Arlington]. The city instituted a safety fee since wells are close to
Ben Agger, sociology professor and director of the Center for Theory at UT Arlington, was quoted in a Christian Science Monitor
story about the new movie, The Avengers, which earned $200.3 million at
theaters this weekend. “The Avengers is doing huge box office [numbers]
because it operates as myth,” Agger said. “A heterogeneous group of
superheroes save the world from an alien other. We want someone larger
than life to make us safe."
Dallas ISD Teacher of the Year
reported that the Dallas Independent School District 2012-2013 Teacher
of the Year is Meshonda Cole, a UT Arlington alumna. Cole teaches sixth
grade math at Kennedy-Curry Middle School.
Steve Korioth, news director for WBRL-TV (Columbus, GA), has been named
director of content for WBTW-TV, Media General’s CBS affiliate in Myrtle
Beach, SC. He will oversee all aspects of WBTW news broadcasts and
content for the station’s website, WRBL.com reported. Korioth is a graduate of UT Arlington.