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UTA In The News — Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

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Environmental impact

UT Arlington researchers discovered metals and chemical compounds at levels exceeding federal limits in samples of drinking water taken within or near active natural gas wells in the Barnettt Shale, the Texas Standard, the Society of Environmental Journalists and NationOfChange.org reported. Researchers from The University of Texas at Arlington published their findings in the American Chemical Society scientific journal Environmental Science & Technology.

The role of race

KERA 90.1 FM’s noon talk show, Think, will feature Jason Shelton, a UT Arlington associate professor of sociology and anthropology, from noon to 1 p.m. during a conversation today about the role that race plays in our identities in the wake of Rachel Dolezal stepping down as head of the Spokane NAACP. To listen live, visit http://www.kera.org/radio/listen/.

Hemingway’s Cuba through watercolors

The Fort Worth Business Press reported that James Richards, an associate professor of design at the UT Arlington College of Architecture, Planning and Public Affairs, presented the exhibit “La Cuba de Hemingway: en acuarelas,” at Finca Vigía. The museum is the house where Ernest Hemingway lived in Cuba from 1940 until his death, and where he wrote The Old Man and the Sea, among other works, which led him to win the 1954 Nobel Prize for Literature. Richards also recently returned from leading a week-long sketching tour of Cuba.

Infant development

A new questionnaire by Priscila Caçola, UT Arlington assistant professor of kinesiology, can help parents and caregivers see the role of household items in infant motor skill development, Today in OT reported. Toys, appliances and even a sofa and coffee table can affect the way or when a baby first crawls, walks or achieves other growth milestones, but many parents are unaware of the significant roles household items play.

Senior scientist appointment

Bloomberg Business and Reuters reported that Jennifer Seifert has been appointed as Senior Scientist to lead the spinal cord injuries repair program for TissueGen. As a postdoctoral fellow at UT Arlington, Seifert established an animal model of distraction spinal cord injury in collaboration with Texas Scottish Rite Hospital.

Educational advantage

Teachers from Mount Pleasant Independent School District will now be able to further their education at an affordable cost thanks to a partnership between the district and The University of Texas at Arlington, The Daily Tribune in Mt. Pleasant reported. The program offers the option of a master’s degree in curriculum and instruction, special education, bilingual or ESL, school counseling, educational technology leadership and traditional administration. The program also offers a plan for principal certification without a master’s degree.

Alumnus gets new role

The Leader reported that the Lewisville Independent School District has named Buddy Bonner assistant superintendent of human resources and employee engagement, leading LISD’s human resources services; benefits and risk management; federal programs; grants; legal and policy; and leadership development and new employee induction. Bonner earned a composite certification in English/language arts and social studies from The University of Texas at Arlington.