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UTA In The News — Monday, July 29, 2013

Monday, July 29, 2013

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Well study in the spotlight

An Associated Press story on a recently published study co-authored by Kevin Schug, UT Arlington associate professor of chemistry/biochemistry, was carried on websites nationally and regionally, including Bloomberg Businessweek, Yahoo! Finance, The Street, HuffPost Green blog, the Houston Chronicle, KENS/CBS5 (San Antonio) and the Wichita Eagle. The study, which also included UT Arlington graduate Brian Fontenot and associate professor of earth and environmental sciences Qinhong “Max” Hu as co-authors, found elevated levels of arsenic and other heavy metals close to natural gas extraction sites in the Barnett Shale area of North Texas.

Local outlets such as the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, the Fort Worth Business Press as well as websites like Upstream Online and Health Canal, also reported on the findings from the North Texas water well study published by the journal Environmental Science & Technology. Kevin Schug, UT Arlington’s Shimadzu Distinguished Professor of Analytical Chemistry, was a co-author and a leader of the research team. A story from The Charleston Gazette highlighted the fact that chemicals typical of hydraulic fracturing fluids weren’t detected.

Business practice could backfire

Companies that empower consumers by involving them in important processes such as product development should consider their move as these attempts could backfire, according to a new study published by Mehdi Mourali, of the University of Calgary, and Zhiyong Yang, an associate professor of marking at The University of Texas at Arlington, the websites Yahoo! Finance Canada, RedOrbit, Science Newsline and Social Media Today reported. The authors found that some empowered consumers deliberately expressed opposing views and rebelled against attempts to influence them.

Talking about the Middle East

An article in The Australian quoted UT Arlington associate professor of political science Brent Sasley on the choice of Martin Indyk, a former ambassador to Israel, to head the U.S. delegation during a new round of Middle East peace talks.

Leader in Fort Worth

David Mack Henderson, a UT Arlington alum who has been associated with the organization Fairness Fort Worth since its inception, was named the group’s new president on Thursday, the Dallas Voice reported. Henderson has a bachelor’s degree in music and business from UT Arlington, where he founded the school’s first LGBT student organization in 1980.

Understanding a court martial

Lisa Marie Windsor, a 22-year veteran of the Judge Advocate General Corps and retired Army colonel, was featured in a Dallas Morning News question-and-answer column in advance of the upcoming court-martial of Nidal Hasan in connection with mass shooting at Fort Hood. Windsor is a graduate of UT Arlington and has tried more than 75 courts-martial on both sides. She explained the main differences between military and civilian trials.

Working on the fundamentals

About 100 athletes from DFW’s Special Olympics brushed up on their volleyball skills Saturday at a free clinic at UT Arlington’s College Park Center, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported. Through drills, athletes worked on the fundamentals and UT Arlington volleyball players and coaches helped lead the sessions and offer encouragement and advice.