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UTA In The News — Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

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Improving water quality

A team of University of Texas at Arlington biologists working with the U.S. Geological Survey in the Black and Oswegatchie river basins in the Adirondack region of New York has found that watershed wetlands can serve as a natural source for the improvement of streams polluted by acid rain, the website Adirondack Almanack reported. The group, led by associate professor of biology Sophia Passy, also contends that recent increases in the level of organic matter in surface waters in regions of North America and Europe – also known as “brownification” – holds benefits for aquatic ecosystems.

Rarely seen photos displayed

KUVN/Univision 23 reported on a newly opened exhibit by the UT Arlington Libraries Special Collections that focuses on the 50th anniversary of President John F. Kennedy's trip to Fort Worth just before his assassination. The exhibit is open through Feb. 8 and contains many rarely seen photos from the Fort Worth Star-Telegram archives.

Growing service learning

Ford Motor Company Fund awarded $225,000 in challenge grants to UT Arlington and eight other universities to support and grow service learning on campus, the websites Education Technology and Green Technology World reported. UT Arlington will use its grant to create videos for differing educational levels and language translations for use in combating diabetes among diverse populations. The UT Arlington Center for Community Service Learning, which is a division of Student Affairs, will guide students’ work.

Connecting on the web

UT Arlington is one of several institutions around the United States signed up to participate in to CollegeWeekLive Latin American Students day, a complimentary web event to be held live online on Thursday, the websites of the Houston Chronicle, Digital Producer Magazine and several others reported. Students and their families can learn about college admissions, financial aid, test prep and chat live with 80 colleges that they might not normally get a chance to visit in person.