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UTA In The News — Friday, August 30, 2013

Friday, August 30, 2013

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Early risers

WBAP/820 AM morning anchors participated in a live drive-time broadcast Friday morning at UT Arlington’s College Park Center. One segment featured an interview with UT Arlington President Vistasp Karbhari and Arlington Mayor Robert Cluck discussing the partnership between the university and the city, research and college sports. Other segments, part 1 and part 2, featured an interview with UT Arlington men’s basketball coach Scott Cross.

Economics of health

During their live broadcast from UT Arlington's College Park Center, WBAP/820 AM anchors also interviewed Josh Price, UT Arlington assistant professor of economics and co-author on a study, which found that financial incentives can be a very effective tool in encouraging employees to lose weight at companies that offer their workers those types of programs. Price also discussed the issue of soft drink sales bans in some schools.

New addition for research

The Dallas Business Journal Executive People on the Move reported that Ashley Purgason, a UT Arlington graduate who served as student regent on the UT System Board of Regents during 2012-2013, has joined the UT Arlington College of Science as an assistant dean. She will focus on increasing undergraduate research opportunities and fostering innovative learning, including community and industry connections.

Undergraduate's big honor

BioNews Texas and reported that John Gurak, a University of Texas at Arlington junior, is one of less than 40 scholars nationwide to be awarded the EPA National Center for Environmental Research's two-year fellowship for his ‘Green Chemistry’ work.

Pollution study gets notice

In an op-ed in The Fayetteville Observer, David McGowan III, executive director of the North Carolina Petroleum Council, cited a study by UT Arlington researchers that found elevated levels of arsenic and other heavy metals in groundwater near natural gas fracking sites in Texas’s Barnett Shale.

Starting class with iPads

The Alaska Dispatch carried a Christian Science Monitor story in which UT Arlington Sociology Professor Ben Agger was interviewed about America’s second largest school district, the Los Angeles Unified School District, giving all its students iPads. It’s a $1 billion high-tech investment that some are questioning.