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UTA In The News — Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

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Testing the water

StateImpact.org reported on research by Kevin Schug, a UT Arlington associate professor of chemistry and biochemistry, that aims to determine if oil and gas drilling and gas and waste disposal generated by the work is contaminating groundwater. “We can stand in a neutral case and look at this very objectively using analytical techniques that can say whether there is or is not an impact,” Schug said. StateImpact is a reporting project of National Public Radio member stations.

Competition to watch

“Dawn,” a new film by Ya’Ke Smith, the Morgan Woodward Distinguished Professor of Film at UT Arlington, will be screened during the 17th Annual HBO Short Film Award competition Friday, June 20, the FutonCritic.com reported. The winner will receive a cash prize and have their film shown on HBO. The prestigious award is part of the American Black Film Festival program.

Student films

The Dallas Observer blog, Mixmaster, mentioned the UT Arlington Student Film Festival in a story about the Oak Cliff Film Fest, which opens Thursday, June 19.

Award-winning poetry

Ignacio Ruiz-Pérez, a UT Arlington associate professor of Spanish, recently received the Ninth Annual Luis Cardoza y Aragón Poetry Prize, an international award open to poets from Mexico and Central America, the UT System blog, UT Matters, reported. Ruiz-Pérez received the prestigious honor for his work Notas manuscritas llenas de incógnitas (Manuscript Notes Full of Questions). The award is sponsored by the Mexican Embassy in Guatemala, the Guatemalan Ministry of Culture, and Fondo de Cultura Económica, a major Mexican publishing house. 

Examining the MOOC revolution

An Educause.edu story about the value of massive open online courses at early adopter universities noted research presented at the MOOC Research Conference held at UT Arlington in December. 

Historical photo collection

The Fox Business News program, Imus in the Morning, featured a segment with Clint Hill, a former Secret Service agent who was assigned to help protect President John F. Kennedy and his wife Jacqueline during their visit to Dallas in 1963. Hill’s new book, Five Days in November, includes various photos from that fateful day. He noted that some are from the UT Arlington Library's Special Collections.