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UTA In The News — Thursday, May 12, 2016

Thursday, May 12, 2016

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Global warming

A team of scientists led by UTA researchers is examining global warming events that happened millions of years ago in order to gain new insights into present-day climate change, Reporting Climate Science, Public Now and WN.com reported. The National Science Foundation’s Division of Ocean Sciences has awarded a $403,114 grant to Arne Winguth, UTA associate professor of earth and environmental sciences, for the three-year study. 

Guaranteed tuition

UTA and Tarrant County College District are partnering to launch the Early Transfer Identification Program to streamline the UTA application process for participating TCC students, Fort Worth Business reported. First-time-in-college students at TCC will be eligible for a guaranteed tuition plan at UTA, which provides for tuition at UTA to remain at a constant rate for the four years from their start at TCC.

Groundwater quality

Kevin Schug, UTA Shimadzu Distinguished Professor of Analytical Chemistry, published an article in Chromatography Online in which he discussed the difficulty of standing on the middle ground on a charged topic like the potential environmental impact of unconventional oil and gas drilling, or fracking. “Environmental activists just want unconventional drilling to be shut down. Industry representatives preach that there are absolutely no environmental concerns associated with the unconventional drilling process,” Shug wrote.

Overcoming difficulties

CBSDFW.com and KTVT CBS 11 featured UTA student Narimann Elahmad, who is graduating this week with a bachelor’s degree in public relations, and her mentor Shelley Wigley, UTA associate public relations professor, in a story about how Elahmad became a successful college graduate. Once a gang-affiliated, 14-year-old running the streets of Fort Worth at night, Elahmad credits her mentors at the Boys and Girls Clubs of America and UTA with setting her on the right track to a public relations career.

Therapy dogs

Therapy dogs are calming students’ exam jitters at UTA, the Star-Telegram reported. UTA’s Paws for Finals program, sponsored by UTA Libraries, allow students to interact with registered therapy dogs as a means of reducing stress and anxiety. Studies have proved that petting a friendly dog reliably lowers blood pressure and stress-related hormones in the blood, slows the heart rate, regularizes breathing, and releases tension from muscles.

Campus carry

The UT System regents are set to approve rules allowing concealed handguns in college campus classrooms and buildings, the Associated Press reported. KXAS NBC 5 mentioned that the rules affect UTA. 

Special Olympics

Special Olympics Texas’ 47th annual Summer Games will return to UTA and surrounding area venues from Thursday, May 26 – Sunday, May 29, the North Dallas Gazette and Your Houston News reported. The event is SOTX’s largest competition of the year, featuring more than 3,000 athletes from across Texas.

Study the mosasaur

UTA alumnus Nathan Van Vranken hopes to make it his sole mission to study the mosasaur where they resided over 60 million years ago in present day North Dakota, Little Elm Journal reported.