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UTA In The News — Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

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Testing before and after

The Dallas Business Journal reported that researchers from The University of Texas at Arlington are testing water wells before and after fracking in the Cline Shale, one of the Permian Basin’s biggest emerging plays. The goal is to determine whether the controversial process contaminates underground water sources. The team of university and private researchers, led by associate professor of chemistry/biochemistry Kevin Schug, recently published the results of a study that found elevated levels of heavy metals in water wells near Barnett Shale drilling sites.

A new UT Arlington study that shows elevated levels of heavy metals such as arsenic in private water wells near gas well drilling sites shows reasons for more scientific investigation, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram said in an editorial. Many people who live on or around the Barnett Shale would like to know how those contaminants got there, it said. News of the study, which was led by chemistry/biochemistry associate professor Kevin Schug, also appeared on numerous websites, such as Today’s Energy Solutions, Environmental Research Web and SNL Financial

Royal watch

An interview with Elisabeth Cawthon, UT Arlington associate professor of history, about the new British royal baby appeared in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. She said the royal family is fascinating to Americans because we can view them as celebrities. “We have the luxury in the U.S. of having thrown off monarchy and yet we can watch them,” she said.

Getting it done

UT Arlington associate professor of political science Allan Saxe was featured in a KXAS/NBC 5 story on the Texas Legislature’s failure to pass transportation funding legislation during a second special session and Gov. Rick Perry’s criticism of them. “From his perspective, you’re not being responsible … This is an important issue, come to Austin, get it done,” Saxe said.

Interim dean honored

Jennifer Gray, interim dean of the UT Arlington’s College of Nursing, has been inducted into the American Academy of Nursing’s 2013 Class of Fellows, D Healthcare Daily reported. The award honors nurses whose careers have “influenced health policies and the health and well-being of all.”

Planning for the future

The City of Pilot Point is finishing an agreement with The University of Texas at Arlington to develop a comprehensive master plan that officials hope will be completed by December, the Denton Record-Chronicle reported. The work will be completed by UT Arlington’s Institute of Urban Studies, which works with clients throughout Texas to help develop solutions to urban and rural challenges like economic development and master planning.

Starting a conversation

Legal professionals will convene in Arlington on Thursday for a community conversation about recent changes to the Voting Rights Act and the Trayvon Martin verdict hosted by the Arlington NAACP, according to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. Yoel Zehaie, UT Arlington NAACP political action chairman, will make comments along with other community leaders.