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UTA In The News — Monday, June 2, 2014

Monday, June 2, 2014

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A Fort Worth Star-Telegram editorial lauded a fixed-tuition plan that UT Arlington adopted recently. The editorial said the plan is a good choice for strong students who are attending full time and committed to graduating in four years or less.

Owners of private groundwater wells are invited to participate in a research project with The University of Texas of Arlington and the North Texas Groundwater Conservation District for water quality testing, CBS 11 KTVT and the Denton Record-Chronicle reported. A private environmental firm is working with the university to find volunteers in Denton, Collin and Cooke counties. The testing is free and the results will be made available to landowners. UTA professor Kevin Schug and research associate Zacariah Hildenbrand published a study in 2013 that characterized water quality in private wells near Barnett Shale natural gas extraction sites.

A UT Arlington College of Nursing assistant professor was at an international conference in Boston last week presenting information from a new study that compares online students' stress levels and sense of belonging to their on campus counterparts, according to the websites Immunology Today and Phys.org. Ronda Mintz-Binder surveyed about 60 online and on campus master’s students and will check back with them a year later to find out how they fared.

Evie Malaia, UT Arlington assistant professor, has received a $5,000 grant from Oak Ridge Associated Universities, Oak Ridge Today reported. Malaia was one of 35 faculty members to receive the award nationwide. The annual grants are made through the Ralph E. Powe Junior Faculty Enhancement Awards program that provides funds to enrich the research and professional growth of young faculty.

Personal unmanned aerial vehicles have been grounded by the FAA while the agency plays catch up to technology, KVUE 24 in Austin reported in carrying a WFAA story. Brian Huff, an associate professor in the Industrial Manufacturing & Systems Engineering Department in UT Arlington's College of Engineering, said he believes the FAA is being prudent and safe. Just this year, UT Arlington was granted a Certificate of Authorization from the FAA, which allows the University to fly UAVs at the UT Arlington Research Institute.

The Junior League of Arlington has named Jeannie Deakyne as its 2014-15 president, i-Newswire reported. Deakyne is the first military veteran to lead the organization in its 40-year-history. Deakyne is a manager of Learning and Development for UT Arlington.