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UTA In The News — Monday, April 6, 2015

Monday, April 6, 2015

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Better understanding

A new study led by UT Arlington scientists demonstrates for the first time how elemental carbon became an important construction material of some forms of ocean life after one of the greatest mass extinctions in the history of Earth more than 252 million years ago, Science Daily, AstroBiology, Science Codex, GeologyPage.com and many other websites reported. Merlynd Nestell, professor of earth and environmental sciences in the UT Arlington College of Science, and Andrew Hunt, earth and environmental sciences associate professor at UT Arlington, were co-authors on the study, which is published in the March edition of International Geology Review. 

Revitalization plan

Mineral Wells officials are considering a plan that would revitalize the Baker Hotel, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported. The city is also in the planning stages for a downtown redevelopment with UT Arlington's Institute of Urban Studies.

Education op-ed

Richard Greene, UT Arlington School of Urban and Public Affairs adjunct associate professor and former Arlington mayor, wrote a Fort Worth Star-Telegram opinion column lauding those education stalwarts who the school district named schools after at a recent meeting. Former UT Arlington education professor Diane Patrick, a former state representative, state education school board member and AISD school board member, was one of those honored.

Nursing specialties

UT Arlington nursing graduate Amanda McCormick was quoted in a Houston Chronicle story about nursing specialties including neonatal intensive care.

Show of support

Supporters of the Texas Dream Act are expected to descend on the state capitol in Austin on Monday in support of the embattled law, WFAA Channel 8 reported. Legislation to end in-state college tuition for high school graduates without legal status is scheduled to be brought up in a Senate committee. Lissette Moreno, a UT Arlington graduate who witnessed the creation of the Texas Dream Act firsthand, it's hard to watch support for the law that changed her life erode in Austin. Critics say the Texas Dream Act provides a reward and incentive for illegal immigration and burdens legal residents who have to pay out-of-state tuition.

Go Red

The American Heart Association’s Go Red For Women and Macy’s are once again set to award 16 scholarships of $2,500 each to help increase the number of diverse healthcare professionals, in an effort to help improve culturally sensitive, patient-centered care, Black Collegian Online reported. Olivia Morris, a future UT Arlington nursing student, was one of those scholarship recipients.

Texas Tomorrow

The state House budget starves Texas of much-needed investments like failing to address the Texas Tomorrow pre-paid college tuition contracts, which face a $594 million unfunded liability, a Houston Chronicle editorial said.