Potential well water contaminants highest near natural gas drilling sites
A new study of 100 private water wells in and near the Barnett Shale showed elevated levels of potential contaminants such as arsenic and selenium closest to natural gas extraction sites, according to a research team led by Kevin Schug, Shimadzu Distinguished Professor of Analytical Chemistry and associate professor of chemistry and biochemistry.
The results of the North Texas well study are in the online version of the journal Environmental Science & Technology. The peer-reviewed paper focuses on the presence of metals such as arsenic, barium, selenium, and strontium in water samples. Many of these heavy metals occur naturally at low levels in groundwater, but disturbances from natural gas extraction activities could cause them to occur at elevated levels.
“This study alone can’t conclusively identify the exact causes of elevated levels of contaminants in areas near natural gas drilling, but it does provide a powerful argument for continued research,” says Brian Fontenot, lead author on the paper. He earned a doctorate in quantitative biology from UT Arlington and is a life scientist with the Environmental Protection Agency.
Other co-authors include Qinhong “Max” Hu, associate professor of earth and environmental sciences; Doug D. Carlton Jr., a Ph.D. student in chemistry and biochemistry; Hyppolite Oka, a recent graduate of the environmental and earth sciences master’s program; and Jayme L. Walton, a recent graduate of the biology master’s program.
Read more about the well water contaminant research.
Assistant professor chosen for national scientific review committee
The National Institutes of Health Center for Scientific Review has chosen biology Assistant Professor Julian Hurdle to serve on a prestigious study section, one of the bodies that reviews grant applications, makes recommendations, and surveys the status of research in a particular field.
Dr. Hurdle, a specialist in molecular microbiology and bacterial infectious diseases, will serve on the Drug Discovery and Mechanisms of Antimicrobial Resistance Study Section through June 30, 2017. Study section members are chosen based on their demonstrated competence and achievements in their study area, including research activity and publication in scientific journals.
“Dr. Hurdle is an accomplished researcher who is working hard to build a better understanding of the role bacteria play in disease,” says Pamela Jansma, dean of the College of Science.
Read more about Hurdle's appointment.
Vaccaro to serve on Fulbright Scholar Program screening committee
Mary Vaccaro, professor of art and art history, has been appointed to the Fulbright Scholar Program's national screening committee for U.S. student applications to Italy. An expert on Italian Renaissance art, she is one of three members, representing different disciplines and fields, who will serve on the committee.
“The process of facilitating such experiences for young scholars and strengthening the connection between the United States and Italy is truly exciting,” Dr. Vaccaro says.
She joined UT Arlington in 1994. She earned a bachelor’s degree from Williams College and a master of arts, master of philosophy, and doctoral degree in Italian Renaissance art from Columbia University.
Vaccaro was appointed to the Society of Fellows at the American Academy in Rome in 2000 and is the recipient of Fulbright awards at the graduate, doctoral, and post-doctoral levels.
The Fulbright Scholar Program offers competitive, merit-based grants for international educational exchange in more than 155 countries.
School Counseling Certificate Program hosts first conference
The School Counseling Certificate Program will host its first conference Saturday, Aug. 3, at the Norris Conference Center in Fort Worth.
Author and internationally recognized play therapy expert Garry L. Landreth will lead the free conference workshops for area elementary school counselors and counseling program directors.
In its second year, the School Counseling Certificate Program in the College of Education and Health Professions is a 15-hour graduate program for educators who have already earned a master’s degree. Mary Lynn Crow, professor of curriculum and instruction and a Distinguished Teaching Professor, directs the program.
MyMav maintenance delayed
The MyMav system upgrade scheduled for this weekend has been delayed. There will be no MyMav outage this weekend.
Dan Dipert Welcome Center to host open house and tours Aug. 14
Faculty and staff are invited to an open house 3-5 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 14, at the Dan Dipert University Welcome Center, hosted by the Office of Undergraduate Recruitment. Take an abbreviated tour of the campus, watch the welcome video, visit Vandergriff Hall, and enjoy refreshments. RSVP to Tristan Potter-Strait at firstname.lastname@example.org by Wednesday, Aug. 7.
Parking permits now available
All employees need a 2013-14 permit to park on campus and must have their permits no later than Thursday, Aug. 22.
Order your permit online through MyMav. Log in, click on Self Service and Parking Request, and print the confirmation page. This is the temporary permit valid until the printed expiration date.
Current reserve permit holders can pick up their new reserve permit at the Parking Office, 1225 W. Mitchell, Suite 112, in the J.D. Wetsel Service Center. If you are interested in purchasing a reserve permit, email email@example.com. Reserve permits are not offered online. Reserve permits, upgrades, exchanges, and motorcycle permits are available at the Parking Office.
Employees who work at least 30 hours per week may use payroll deduction, which starts with the Oct. 1 paycheck for eight months. Payroll deduction includes pre-tax or after-tax options. If charging to your University account, pay by the due date.
Call the Parking Office at 2-3907 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more details.
SharePoint User Group meeting
The SharePoint User Group (SPUG) invites faculty and staff to attend its meeting 1–2:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 7, in Room 256 of the Business Building.
SPUG was created to help users share ideas about how to use SharePoint to streamline common departmental or committee tasks and processes. During meetings, users are invited to highlight their sites and solutions or ask how a process might be improved using SharePoint. SPUG also is a means of communication with departmental site owners.
Check out employment opportunities at uta.edu/jobs. Have questions? Call Human Resources/Employment Services at 2-3461 or TDD 2-8139, or email email@example.com. The University of Texas at Arlington is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer.
Wednesday, Aug. 14
RAD Self-defense for Women RAD (Rape Aggression and Defense) training for female faculty, staff, and students. Brown bag lunch. Register by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 2-0102. Free. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 14, sixth floor parlor, Central Library.
(For an expanded list of events, see the UT Arlington Calendar.)
Four Mav tracksters awarded All-Academic accolades
Four members of the track and field teams have earned U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association All-Academic distinctions for the 2013 seasons.
Sophomore Ashley Burris of the women's team joined junior Bozidar Antunovic and seniors Lionel Mungwari and Ivan Storic of the men's squad on the academic team.
Burris owns a 3.30 GPA in nursing. Antunovic sports a 3.31 GPA in Russian studies, while accounting majors Mungwari and Storic boast 3.43 and 3.36 GPAs, respectively.
Hunter Brown named Cleveland Golf/Srixon All-America Scholar
Golfer Hunter Brown, who recently completed his senior season, was named a Cleveland Golf/Srixon All-America Scholar for Division I by the Golf Coaches Association of America.
Brown is the first UT Arlington golfer to be named a Cleveland Golf/Srixon All-America Scholar twice. He also was named to the Division I team after his junior year in 2012.
Battleship entry deadline approaching
Battleship team entries are due Tuesday, Aug. 6. Pick up entry forms at the Services and Information Desk of the Maverick Activities Center. For questions, call 2-3277 or email email@example.com.
Thursday, Aug. 1
Summer Movies Series: 'Iron Man 3' Bring a chair or a blanket, a picnic, and friends for outdoor movies each Thursday. Free popcorn. The last summer movie is Scary Movie V, Aug. 8. Free. 9 p.m., lawn behind the Maverick Activities Center. EXCEL Campus Activities.
Wednesday, Aug. 7
Movie Matinee Getaway: 'In the Mood for Love' In the Mood for Love (China, rated PG) is the last of four international films this summer that include free admission, popcorn, and water. 5:30 p.m., Rosebud Theatre, E.H. Hereford University Center. UT Arlington Library.
The MAX Ribbon Cutting The new commuter bus service Metro Arlington Xpress, or The MAX, begins service Monday, Aug. 19. A ribbon-cutting ceremony is at 9 a.m. at the Trinity Railway Express Centrepoint Station. Learn more at ridethemax.com.
Volunteer: Move-In Event Join President Vistasp Karbhari and Arlington Mayor Robert Cluck in helping more than 2,100 students move into the University's six residence hall communities at the annual Residence Hall Move-In Event set for Monday, Aug. 19. Volunteers, who receive free T-shirts, are needed 8:30 a.m.-2 p.m. and until 4 p.m. for Arlington, Kalpana Chawla, and Vandergriff halls. Volunteer registration. Email Mari Duncan, director of Apartment and Residence Life, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
UT Arlington Day at Six Flags Over Texas Enjoy the rides and thrills Sunday, Aug. 25. Tickets $27.50 for faculty and staff; $30 after Sunday, Aug. 18. Limit 10 tickets per person. Includes admission and parking, plus one ticket to Hurricane Harbor for one weekend only Aug. 31-Sept. 15. Tickets at utatickets.com or the College Park Center Box Office. Box office hours 10 a.m-6 p.m. Mondays-Thursdays and 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Fridays.
Volunteer: Maverick Cookout Grill masters, soda servers, and ticket takers are needed for the Maverick Cookout Featuring the Activities Fair Day 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 28, on the University Center mall. Volunteer registration includes a free Welcome Week T-shirt.
Communities Against Crime 5K Join the UT Arlington Police and other Tarrant County police departments to benefit Child Protective Services of Tarrant County. The race starts at 8 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 7, at River Legacy Park. The event includes a 1-mile fun run/walk, and a 5K run. The $20 registration fee includes a goodie bag and refreshments. Register online. See the event on Facebook.
(For an expanded list of events, see the UT Arlington Calendar.)