Testing before and after
The Dallas Business Journal
reported that researchers from The University of Texas at Arlington are
testing water wells before and after fracking in the Cline Shale, one
of the Permian Basin’s biggest emerging plays. The goal is to determine
whether the controversial process contaminates underground water
sources. The team of university and private researchers, led by
associate professor of chemistry/biochemistry Kevin Schug, recently
published the results of a study that found elevated levels of heavy
metals in water wells near Barnett Shale drilling sites.
A new UT Arlington study that shows elevated levels of heavy metals
such as arsenic in private water wells near gas well drilling sites
shows reasons for more scientific investigation, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram said
in an editorial. Many people who live on or around the Barnett Shale
would like to know how those contaminants got there, it said. News of
the study, which was led by chemistry/biochemistry associate professor
Kevin Schug, also appeared on numerous websites, such as Today’s Energy Solutions, Environmental Research Web and SNL Financial.
An interview with Elisabeth Cawthon, UT Arlington associate professor of history, about the new British royal baby appeared in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
She said the royal family is fascinating to Americans because we can
view them as celebrities. “We have the luxury in the U.S. of having
thrown off monarchy and yet we can watch them,” she said.
Getting it done
UT Arlington associate professor of political science Allan Saxe was featured in a KXAS/NBC 5
story on the Texas Legislature’s failure to pass transportation funding
legislation during a second special session and Gov. Rick Perry’s
criticism of them. “From his perspective, you’re not being responsible …
This is an important issue, come to Austin, get it done,” Saxe said.
Interim dean honored
Jennifer Gray, interim dean of the UT Arlington’s College of Nursing,
has been inducted into the American Academy of Nursing’s 2013 Class of
Fellows, D Healthcare Daily reported. The award honors nurses whose careers have “influenced health policies and the health and well-being of all.”
Planning for the future
The City of Pilot Point is finishing an agreement with The University
of Texas at Arlington to develop a comprehensive master plan that
officials hope will be completed by December, the Denton Record-Chronicle
reported. The work will be completed by UT Arlington’s Institute of
Urban Studies, which works with clients throughout Texas to help develop
solutions to urban and rural challenges like economic development and
Starting a conversation
Legal professionals will convene in Arlington on Thursday for a
community conversation about recent changes to the Voting Rights Act and
the Trayvon Martin verdict hosted by the Arlington NAACP, according to
the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. Yoel Zehaie, UT Arlington NAACP political action chairman, will make comments along with other community leaders.