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UTA In The News — Friday, April 8, 2016

Friday, April 8, 2016

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Lab dedicated to gas-to-liquids technology

UMED Holdings Inc., through its wholly owned subsidiary Greenway Innovative Energy Inc., has committed $750,000 to establish the F. Conrad Greer Lab at The University of Texas at Arlington where a small-scale version of its gas-to-liquids conversion unit will be constructed, Yahoo! Finance and other media organizations reported.  

Shockwave impact

Aviation Week reported that a research team that includes UTA, Old Dominion University and Purdue University will study unforeseen brain trauma that accompanies bomb blasts. The U.S. Office of Naval Research wants to expand understanding of how shockwaves’ impact affect the brain.

Water well concerns

A WFAA-TV/News 8 (ABC) investigation about well water concerns in Chisholm Springs, located in the heart of the Barnett Shale, noted a UTA report by respected scientists. Their study showed that hundreds of private water wells in the Barnett Shale are contaminated with fracking-related chemicals. Residents said in the past few months, they’ve experienced dizzying smells, discoloration in their water, burning skin, and rashes that they believe are due to water impacted by gas drilling-related contamination. State officials are investigating and say they hope to have some answers soon. The story also appears online at

Data journalism

A Columbia Journalism Review article about data journalism noted that Dustin Harp, a UTA assistant professor of communication with tenure, is an example of an educator with increased interest in developing data journalism instruction. No one asked her to take on the extra work to create a data journalism class. “But I follow the field,” Harp said. “I’m aware that data journalism is a tool our students need to be more competitive to get jobs.”

Heroes of the Dorm previewed the Heroes of the Dorm collegiate videogame semifinal between UTA and the University of Tennessee. The teams are playing for scholarship money and other prizes. The competition’s grand finals will be shown on ESPN2 and can be streamed online.