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UTA In The News — Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

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Political science professor comments on WFAA judicial campaign story

In a WFAA Channel 8 story about campaign fliers in a Parker County judicial race, Tom Marshall, a UT Arlington political science professor, said recent Supreme Court rulings allow judges to make political statements, but any comments on an on-going case would be questionable. He said the landowners in this particular case could pursue complaints with the state or appeals.

UT Arlington looks to improve LGBT community programs

The University of Texas at Arlington will further its efforts this summer to bring informative, educational and recreational programs and activities to the college’s LGBT community, the Dallas Voice reported. An LGBTQA and gender identity task force was created in February and began assessing the school’s current programs, and looking at possible ways to improve the campus atmosphere for the community and its allies, said Frank Lamas, UT Arlington’s vice president for student affairs.

UT Arlington reptile experts say spring is time for snakes

Spring has North Texas snakes slithering through city parks, suburban backyards and forested trails in greater numbers — with the region’s venomous creatures among the crowd, The Dallas Morning News reported. Jonathan Campbell, professor and chair of the biology department at the University of Texas at Arlington, said, “If people knew how common they were, it’d make them a little more nervous." Carl Franklin, biological curator of UT Arlington’s Amphibian and Reptile Diversity Research Center, said, North Texas is a place where copperheads are superabundant. “There are places in Dallas and Fort Worth where I can go any day and find copperheads. There’s a locality in southeast Dallas County where I can drive the country roads and get a half-dozen to a dozen copperheads a night."