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UTA In The News — Thursday, July 2, 2015

Thursday, July 2, 2015

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Solar energy storage

A University of Texas at Arlington materials science and engineering team has developed a new energy cell that can store large-scale solar energy even when dark, Solar Thermal Magazine, World Industrial Reporter and eScience News reported. The innovation is an advancement over the most common solar energy systems that rely on using sunlight immediately as a power source.

Highlights from a history alum

Jeremy Spracklen, a recent graduate from UT Arlington, was interviewed for KERA/90.1 FM’s The Big Screen segment. Spracklen discussed some of what he learned from his thesis on the history of movie exhibition in North Texas.

Fracking study

A UT Arlington study on contaminants found in well-water near drilling sites was mentioned in a National Wildlife Foundation guest blog post about fracking in North Texas. The peer-reviewed study, “A Comprehensive Analysis of Groundwater Quality in the Barnett Shale Region,” was published in the American Chemical Society journal Environmental Science & Technology.

Same-sex marriage benefits

KTVT/CBS 11 reported on the UT System’s decision to extend medical and insurance benefits to spouses of its gay employees. Some, including UT Arlington Multicultural Affairs director Leticia Martinez, think that without state laws protecting gay employees, they could face discrimination.

New appointment for alumna

Mary Goosens has been appointed the new chief financial officer and chief operating officer for the Diocese of Fort Worth, NorthTexasCatholic.org reported. Goosens earned her Bachelor of Business Administration in accounting from the University of Texas at Arlington.