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UTA In The News — Monday, May 9, 2016

Monday, May 9, 2016

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Academic success

UTA announced Friday that it will guarantee its tuition rates for TCC transfer students pursuing four-year degrees, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram and MyArlingtonTX reported. The financial incentive is part of the Early Transfer Identification Program, an agreement between UTA and TCC that aims to establish academic relationships with students early in their college careers to help guide them on a degree course at UTA.

Retirees and savings

Roger Meiners, John and Judy Goolsby and E.M. Rosenthal Chair in Economics and Law in UTA’s College of Business and chairman of the Economics Department, was featured in a KDFW Fox 4 story about potential cuts in retirees benefits from insolvent pension funds. “A lot of people don't think about saving for their old age until they're already in their old age. Too late then," Meiners said. 

Water quality

The Tyee reported on research led by Kevin Schug, UTA Shimadzu Distinguished Professor of Analytical Chemistry, that demonstrates that groundwater quality changes alongside the expansion of horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing but also suggests that some potentially hazardous effects may dissipate over time.

Native Americans and STEM

Colleen Fitzgerald, UTA professor of linguistics and TESOL and program director for the Documenting Endangered Languages initiative at the National Science Foundation, was featured in a Diversity in Action article about building science, technology, engineering and mathematics skills among Native Americans through the National Science Foundation’s Tribal Colleges and Universities program. 

Intraparty politics

Allan Saxe, UTA associate political science professor, was interviewed on WREC 600 AM (Memphis, Tenn.) about Paul Ryan’s announcement that he could not support Donald Trump. “This is an intraparty thing,” Saxe said. “Donald Trump response was, ‘I don’t need their support.’”

Vaping dangers

Diane Snow, a UTA retired clinical professor of nursing, was featured in Science Daily and many other publications for her participation in a study on the need to screen and inform teenagers about the dangers of vaping. The review, "Teen Use of Electronic Cigarettes," was published in the Journal of Addictions Nursing.

Perry painting

UTA alumnus and artist James Tennison was featured in a Star-Telegram article about his new painting of former Texas Gov. Rick Perry. He graduated from UTA in 1977 and became well known after painting a portrait of former Texas Gov. Ann Richards. 

In the running

UTA alumnus Craig Crawford is a candidate for the Helena Public Schools interim superintendent position, the Independent Record reported. Crawford earned his bachelor’s degree from UTA. 

Survivor's story

UTA alumna Kellie Whitton has survived two strokes at the age of 27 and has gone on to become a nurse at Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Fort Worth and is a mother of two children, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported. Whitton earned her nursing degree from UTA. 

Strategic human resources management

UTA alumna Marcia Moore wrote an article for the Houston Chronicle on the importance of a Balanced Scorecard for strategic human resources management. Moore holds a Master of Science in social work from UTA.