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UTA In The News — Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

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Well water study gets attention

The Texas Tribune, KERA/90.1 FM, D Healthcare Daily, KLIF/570 AM, Medical News Today and Newsroom America featured stories on a study of private well water samples from the Barnett Shale natural gas drilling area that was led by UT Arlington associate professor of chemistry/biochemistry Kevin Schug. The study found elevated levels of heavy metals such as arsenic close to drilling sites. A Fort Worth Star-Telegram piece about the study was also featured in several newspapers around the country, including the Miami Herald, Idaho Statesman and The Sacramento Bee

The Dallas Observer’s Unfair Park blog interviewed UT Arlington associate professor of chemistry/biochemistry Kevin Schug about a recently published study that linked elevated levels of potential water contaminants in private well water to proximity to natural gas drilling. Schug is quick to point out that the research team hasn't singled out a mechanism for what could be causing the contamination. "I think our biggest conclusion is that more work needs to be done," Schug says. A post about the study also appeared on the front page of

No presents, please

UT Arlington associate professor of history Elisabeth Cawthon was featured in a question-and-answer column with the Austin American-Statesman on the birth of a new son for Britain’s Prince William and his wife, Kate. Don’t worry about a present, Cawthon said. “People that have billion-dollar inheritances really don’t need baby gifts. They don’t even need a card,” she said.

Business advice

Peer-to-peer marketing, like what is done on Facebook and Twitter, and consumer empowerment, such as how Mountain Dew let customers vote on new colors and flavors, may not be compatible, according to a new study by Mehdi Mourali of the University of Calgary and Zhiyong Yang of the University of Texas at Arlington, Business News Daily reported. "Empowered consumers resist social influence by either discounting the opinions of others or deliberately expressing opinions that diverge from those of other consumers," the authors wrote in the study.

Violent video games discussed

A WJBF/ABC 6 (Augusta, Ga.) story on a Georgia Regents University study on violent video games also mentioned a UT Arlington study on the same topic. The UT Arlington study, co-authored by economics professor Michael Ward, found a small decrease in violent crime associated with increases in violent video game sales.