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UTA In The News — Monday, October 20, 2014

Monday, October 20, 2014

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A solution for pollution

After seeing an increase in arsenic contamination in developing countries, a researcher at The University of Texas at Arlington created a solution that he hopes will be used in the field someday soon, Albuquerque Journal reported. Chemistry Professor Purnendu Dasgupta, who did a decade of research, has developed an environmentally friendly field analyzer for arsenic levels in water. Thanks to nearly $200,000 from the National Science Foundation, Dasgupta is a step closer to bringing his analyzer to market.

Unwavering commitment

KXAS/NBC5 interviewed Anne Bavier, dean of the UT Arlington College of Nursing, along with three UT Arlington nursing students about their commitment to nursing studies and a health care career amid the Ebola scare that has sickened two Dallas hospital employees.

Breaking ground

The Fort Worth Business Press Newsmakers column noted that Ashley Griffith, UT Arlington assistant professor of earth and environmental sciences, has been awarded a National Science Foundation grant to study how rock structures react to earthquakes, meteor impacts and explosions. The column also noted the promotions of Greg Frazier, Chandra Subramaniam and David A. Mack in the UT Arlington College of Business.

Waste reduction

The Environmental Protection Agency recently recognized The University of Texas at Arlington’s efforts to reduce food waste and prevent tons of refuse from ending up in landfills each year, WFAA/ABC8 reported. 

MOOC begins

Educação Médica published a piece about massive open online courses that mentioned UT Arlington. The story, which originated in The New York Times, said that UT Arlington will unveil its first edX course this week. EdX is a nonprofit provider of MOOCs.

Voting kicks off

The Fort Worth Star-Telegram quoted Allan Saxe, UT Arlington associate professor of political science, in its story about the Texas governor’s race. Early voting begins Monday for the Nov. 4 election.

Bonds on the ballot

UT Arlington was mentioned in a Fort Worth Star-Telegram story about an Arlington bond package that includes nearly $10 million for fire facilities. Fire officials are seeking $5.3 million to replace Fire Station No. 1, which serves many downtown neighborhoods and businesses as well as UT Arlington.

Alum on the move

The Fort Worth Business Press noted that the businessman credited with helping to bring a Hard Rock Hotel and indoor ski resort to Grand Prairie is a UT Arlington alumnus. Levi Davis, co-chairman of The Grand Alps Resort DFW Inc., earned a master’s degree in urban affairs from UT Arlington in 1973.

Pence at the plate

MLB.com reported that San Francisco Giants’ Hunter Pence played college baseball for UT Arlington in a story about Pence’s new role as a fan favorite and clubhouse leader.