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UTA In The News — Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

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Professor's study goes international

Kevin Schug, UT Arlington’s Shimadzu Distinguished Professor of Analytical Chemistry, was interviewed in a piece in the Columbian newspaper El Spectador, explaining the results of a 2013 study in which he and colleagues examined 100 private water wells for effects of natural gas drilling. Colombia will soon begin allowing hydraulic fracturing for unconventional oil and gas exploration and the story focused on potential consequences.

Bound for Success

KXAS/NBC5 reported on a major expansion of Bound for Success, the UT Arlington pre-admission initiative aimed at encouraging more high school students to earn their college degrees. Through the program, UT Arlington partners with area school districts to identify students early, provide them admissions and financial aid counseling and guide them toward earning their degree.

Incumbent uses NRA endorsement

Thomas Marshall, professor of political science at UT Arlington, was featured in a Dallas Morning News story about Rep. Ralph Hall touting the National Rifle Association’s endorsement and chiding his GOP runoff challenger for not being a member of the group. Marshall said the NRA’s support could nab Hall 2 percentage points of the vote and its endorsements have a stronger influence than most.

Lawsuits part of EPA history

Richard Greene, former Environmental Protection Agency regional administrator in Dallas and a current adjunct faculty member at UT Arlington, was quoted in a Dallas Morning News article about the EPA and its involvement with litigation. Recently, the Sierra Club sued the agency to force a clampdown on urban North Texas’ air pollution. “Lawsuits against the EPA are an integral part of its history,” said Greene.

Dancers compete

A story on KDAF/CW33 featured students from several North Texas schools who participated in the Colors of the Rainbow team dance competition at UT Arlington’s Texas Hall last week. The Dancing Classrooms North Texas show is an annual event on campus.

Special Olympics athletes compete

More than 2,900 Special Olympics Texas athletes were expected to compete in the 2014 Summer Games at the University of Texas at Arlington and surrounding community venues, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, KDFW/FOX4 and other outlets reported. Friday’s opening ceremony at Maverick Stadium featured the parade of athletes, the reciting of the Athlete Oath and the lighting of the cauldron.