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UTA In The News — Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

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Biodiversity research

Matthew Fujita, a UT Arlington assistant professor of biology, will use a National Science Foundation grant to study and identify the processes that have generated the high species diversity in West and Central Africa. GenomeWeb, Phys.org and many other websites reported. The $670,797 grant will address outstanding questions in biodiversity research and accelerate the pace of biodiversity discovery of the amphibian and reptile wildlife that inhabit the West and Central African regions.

Emails after work

A UT Arlington study led by Marcus Butts, an associate professor in the Department of Management, showed that employees got angry when receiving after-hours, work-related emails, PayScale.com reported.

School to be named for former state representative

The Arlington school district board named a new elementary school after Diane Patrick, a former state representative, state education board member and AISD school board member, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported. Patrick also is a former UT Arlington professor. The school on Timber Oaks Lane will open in fall 2015.

Marketing 101

Heather Buen, an instructor at UT Arlington's Division for Enterprise Development, wrote a CollectiveBias.com column about how to write an effective marketing plan.

Alumnai in the news

Whitnye Raquel, who is opening for acts like the Bellamy Brothers and John Anderson, got her start playing in a dorm at UT Arlington, Fort Worth Weekly reported in a profile about the singer-songwriter. Raquel attended school at UT Arlington.

Academic WorldQuest

More than 250 high school teams attended the Academic WorldQuest competition at UT Arlington recently, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported. Team members answered questions about Russia, social unrest, food and water supplies, Asia and Africa, and human trafficking.

Funding for higher education

Lawmakers are expected to battle over several amendments today on a $209.8 billion, two-year state budget that parks more than $19 billion in rainy day money on the sidelines, The Dallas Morning News reported. The proposed budget increases formula funding for higher education by $224 million. However, it doesn't address the skyrocketing cost of a veterans’ break on state university tuition and an insolvent savings plan for parents on college tuition. The proposal also gives universities $250 million in bond-repayment money, which lets them issue more than $2.8 billion in tuition revenue bonds to build academic buildings. The Texas Tribune ran a similar story on the budget, saying that state representatives have filed some 354 amendments to the proposal.

Concerns about Greek organizations

State Rep. Trey Martinez Fischer, D-San Antonio, has filed an amendment to the House budget that would place Texas fraternities and sororities under additional state scrutiny in the wake of reports of hazing and racial discrimination, The Texas Tribune reported.