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UTA In The News — Thursday, July 17, 2014

Thursday, July 17, 2014

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Urgent care vs. primary care

A number of free-standing emergency rooms and urgent care clinics have popped up in Mansfield, the Mansfield News-Mirror reported. However, some health professionals say it may not be so healthy to rely on urgent care clinics as one’s sole source of medical attention. Primary care doctors have a history and familiarity with their patients that can lead to a better diagnosis, said Maureen R. Courtney, associate professor at UT Arlington’s College of Nursing and active nurse practitioner. “Primary care is a much broader scope of care that is designed to keep you healthy, whereas the other ones are just to take care of that one problem,” she said.

Improving lives with robots

WOAI News 4 in San Antonio reported that Michael Crawford, a 23-year-old Army specialist, discovered Wednesday that he is getting a brand new, free smart home from HEB grocery store. Robotics specialists at UT Arlington are helping with the design of the smart home.

Preparing for casting calls

Broadway veterans and musical theater faculty are gathering next month for the College Audition Prep Weekend at Dallas' Music Hall in Fair Park, Ask Miss A reported. Anne Healy, a UT Arlington assistant professor of theater arts, is one of the instructors at the workshop, aimed at preparing high school and college students in the fine arts for auditions.

Fixing water scarcity

Water scarcity is a global problem and should be addressed on technological and conservation fronts, Meghna Tare wrote in an opinion piece in TriplePundit.com. Tare is UT Arlington's sustainability director. She said that efforts should focus on the agriculture industry. Use of innovation and technology like drip irrigation, education in water saving techniques and better pricing structure can provide rational incentives.

Favorite Texan films

Ya'Ke Smith, UT Arlington assistant professor of film and a filmmaker, offered his favorite Texas films in a DFW.com article. Smith included Jason's Lyric, Go Down, Death!, No Country for Old Men and The Legend of Billie Jean as his choices.