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UTA In The News — Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

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Safety lessons

UT Arlington nursing students Rocky Sonemangkhara, Chandler Tice and Maria Moreno-Quinones said the nurse who recently contracted Ebola has only strengthened their resolve to become nurses, CBS 11/KTVT reported. They said they learn practices in their classes to keep them safe from such illnesses. In another CBS 11/KTVT story, Ceil Flores, UT Arlington student success coordinator in the College of Nursing, said safe care is taught first. Flores, who has been a practicing nurse for more than three decades, said she wouldn't hesitate to care for someone afflicted with an infectious disease.

Dallas VideoFest

Bart Weiss, founder and director of Dallas VideoFest and a UT Arlington associate professor of film and video, was interviewed on ABC 8/WFAA about the festival, which started Oct. 8.

Texas filmmakers

Art & Seek talked to three UT Arlington student filmmakers, whose films will be featured on KERA's Frame of Mind, a program airing at 10 p.m. Thursday. Frame of Mind, which features the thriving Texas filmmaking community, was produced by Bart Weiss, a UT Arlington associate professor of film and video, and KERA. "Phone Ghost” directed by Jean-Patrick Mahoney, “Avocados” directed by Julie Gould and “Helado” directed by Gabriel Duran will be featured. The story interviewed the student filmmakers about what excites them about the craft.

Films having an impact

Dallas VideoFest featured UT Arlington student Christian Vasquez's film, "50 years," last night, D Magazine's Front Burner blog reported. Vasquez is a student of Bart Weiss, founder and director of the festival and a UT Arlington associate professor of film and video. The film looks at the 50 years of civil rights in this country. Ya'Ke Smith's film "Dawn" also was featured. Smith is a UT Arlington assistant professor of film and video.

Political ad under attack

A 30-second TV spot airs only in selected markets in Texas, but just four days after its release, the “wheelchair ad” from the campaign of state Sen. Wendy Davis, the Democratic candidate for governor, has provoked a nationwide debate over its tone and the boundaries of political attack ads, the Alaska Dispatch News reported in running a New York Times story. Allan Saxe, a UT Arlington political science associate professor, said the Davis campaign “wanted some drama, and they got it.” But he predicted that the ad would have little impact at this stage of the campaign.

Hydraulic fracturing concerns

The Krum City Council agreed to sell Vantage Energy more than 36 million gallons of water for its drilling and hydraulic fracturing operations in the unincorporated parts of western Denton County, the Denton Record-Chronicle reported. City Public Works Director Mark Patterson said the city recently participated in a study conducted by scientists at UT Arlington to determine if the city’s water wells have been contaminated by hydraulic fracturing in the area.