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UTA In The News — Friday, September 26, 2014

Friday, September 26, 2014

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Studying earthquakes

A UT Arlington assistant professor of earth and environmental sciences has been awarded up to $400,000 from the National Science Foundation Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Program to study how rock structures react to events such as earthquakes, meteor impacts and explosions, according to PhysOrg. W. Ashley Griffith also will use the new grant to partner with Teach for America – Dallas - Fort Worth to create the TFA Geocorps, which will involve secondary school teachers in research and provide them with geophysics-based curriculum for their classrooms.

Gambling on law school

A New York Observer story about the risks that prospective law school students face due to the prospect of crippling debt and high unemployment rates, quoted Oliver Bateman, UT Arlington assistant professor of American Legal and Constitutional History. “Law schools need to make sure all prospective students are told up front what school will cost and what sort of job market they’ll be entering,” Bateman said. “If this information can’t be placed on the front page of a law school website, if the school is concealing that information, then they have no reason to be in the legal education business.”

Chance to win lottery outweighs chance to vote in Texas

A San Antonio Express News editorial on efforts to increase the number of registered and participating voters in the state mentioned a 2005 study by School of Urban and Public Affairs at the University of Texas Arlington that found that approximately 51 percent of Texans reported playing a Texas Lottery game within the previous year. The paper said, “Regrettably, a chance to cast a ballot for the people who will set our taxes and impose new laws is not as enticing as a possible cash jackpot.”