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UTA In The News — Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

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Environmental impact

Invasive species of mussels could greatly change the ecology if steps aren't taken quickly enough or if those steps are unsuccessful, The New York Times reported. “It’s an excellent effort,” Robert McMahon, emeritus professor of biology at The University of Texas at Arlington, and an expert on invasive mussels, said of boat searches. But if the mussels evade detection, he added, “in three or four years, they take off and you’ll get massive populations. And they would greatly change the ecology.” McMahan said that the zebra and quagga mussels explosion could cost the national economy at least $1 billion per year.

Unique preparation

Thanks to a new partnership between The University of Texas at Arlington and Arlington-based Texas Health Resources, UTA students will get a taste of what it might be like as physicians, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported. Ashley Purgason, UT Arlington assistant vice president for strategic initiatives, said the program has been “extremely well received.”

Ecology and evolution

Wisconsin Public Radio interviewed Matthew Walsh, a UT Arlington assistant professor of biology, about his National Science Foundation study investigating how organisms respond to natural change and change that is influenced by humans or environmental pollutants in Wisconsin and Alaska.

Mexico visit

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott will have to balance politics and diplomacy in his top-level business trip to Mexico, The Dallas Morning News reported. Christian Zlolniski, director of UT Arlington's Center for Mexican American Studies, said, “Governor Abbott’s visit to Mexico comes at a sensitive time. It’s a litmus test of his willingness to develop a friendly and mutually productive relation with the neighbor south of the border. How he responds to this challenge will shape the relationship of his administration with Mexico in the future.”

Texas women

Stephanie Cole, UT Arlington associate professor of history, will present “Texas Women: Documenting History” at Lone Star College on Sept. 23, the Cypress Creek Mirror reported. Lone Star College CyFair will house a month-long exhibition about women's rights.

Maverick Speakers Series

The Dallas Morning News and Arlington Texas Today published stories about the Maverick Speakers Series, especially the series' first speaker, actress and activist Mia Farrow.

Music education

Brenham Independent School District honored Clifton Evans, a 1991 graduate, who leads the orchestra program at UT Arlington, KWHI 1280 in Brenham reported. Evans spoke about the importance of music education.

Nurse Leader Letter to the Editor

The journal, Nurse Leader (August 2015), published a letter to the editor written by Janet Cover, a nurse practitioner manager and UT Arlington alumna, regarding the article “The Leadership Practice Circle Program: An Evidence-Based Approach to Leadership Development in Healthcare.” Cover's was the ninth letter to be published by students in a class that was taught by Elizabeth Poster, professor and past dean of the UT Arlington College of Nursing and Health Innovation, and Cynthia Plonien, director of the Master’s of Science in Nursing Administration program.