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UTA In The News — Monday, June 26, 2017

Monday, June 26, 2017

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UTA researchers have refined and made more cost-efficient the process that converts natural gas to a high-grade diesel or jet fuel, KXAS NBC 5 reported. A ribbon-cutting ceremony today will mark the official opening of the Conrad Greer Lab on the UTA campus, where the gas-to-liquid conversion process takes place.

A UTA research team led by Todd Castoe, assistant professor of biology, has been exploring the genomes of snakes and lizards to answer critical questions, such as how Burmese pythons regenerate their organs, International Business Times in London, HPC Wire and Motherboard - Vice Media reported. 

UTA Mavericks basketball coach Scott Cross will play anybody anywhere. But for the last two years, he's had a hard time filling out the Mavericks' non-conference schedule, Yahoo! Sports and many other media outlets reported. The Mavericks have defeated Power 5 programs on their home courts the past two seasons. The story originally appeared in the Star-Telegram.

Two golfers with links to UTA earned berths in the PGA championship, the Star-Telegram reported. Stuart Deane, UTA’s director of golf, survived an eight-man playoff to land his spot. He will be joined by Greg Gregory, a former UTA golfer who works as an assistant golf professional at Hidden Creek Golf Course in Burleson.

UTA alumnus Last Fermenga, who was born in a small town in Zimbabwe, was featured in a Symmetry article which described how UTA gave him the opportunity to conduct research at the Large Hadron Collider in Switzerland analyzing hundreds of terabytes of data from the Atlas experiment. 

UTA alumnus Chad Trahan was named vice president of clinical services at LifeShare Transplant Donor Services of Oklahoma, NewsOK reported. Trahan earned a Bachelor of Science in nursing from UTA.

UTA alumna Jennifer Sabbe was named Northwest Texas Healthcare System’s Nurse of the Year, Amarillo.com reported. She earned a Bachelor of Science in nursing from UTA.