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UTA In The News — Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

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Environmental debate

The Dallas Morning News analyzed the debate around possible groundwater contamination linked to fracking, taking as a point of departure UTA chemistry professor Kevin Schug’s recent study that demonstrated that groundwater quality changed when unconventional oil and gas drilling practices started nearby. 

Business and accounting accreditations

AACSB International, the longest serving global accrediting body for business schools that offer undergraduate, masters and doctorate degrees in business and accounting, has extended UTA’s accreditation in both areas, KLTV ABC 7 and other outlets reported. AACSB Accreditation has been earned by less than five percent of the world's business schools. 

College Choice

College Choice has ranked UTA’s online master's programs in nursing No. 24 in the nation. The College Choice Rankings take into account academic ranking, quality of faculty, technology and support, online engagement, cost of out-of-state and part-time tuition, and average pay for graduates.

Learning Arabic

Helen Abadzi, a research faculty member at UTA’s College of Education, wrote an opinion piece about the varying effectiveness of innovations in the teaching of Arabic for Al-Farnar media, a news site about academic life in the Arab world. She suggests that “back to basics may be the best innovation.”

Venomous snakes

The Celina Record cited herpetologists from UTA as experts on the venomous snakes in the region, which are the copperhead, cottonmouth, western diamondback rattlesnake, timber rattlesnake, massasagua, pigmy rattlesnake and the Texas coral snake. 

Short films

UTA student Jeremy Rovny is presenting his short film "The Odds" at the fifth annual Trinity Film Festival, a showcase of short films made by college students from around the country, Hartford Courant reported. Cash prizes will be awarded.

Library director

UTA alumna and newly appointed director of the Arlington Public Library Yoko Matsumoto was described as a “rising star for the city” in the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. She received a bachelor’s degree in history from UTA.

Leading architect

UTA alumnus Enrique Mendez has joined HNTB Corp. as aviation project director–architecture and associate vice president, Aviation Pros reported. He earned a Bachelor of Science in architecture from UTA.

Loan trading

UTA alumnus Manuel Lima has joined Mid America Mortgage as managing director of its Whole Loan Trading division, The Daily Herald, The Digital Journal, Florida Newswire, Send2Press, Biospace and TIPPNews Daily reported. Lima holds a Master of Business Administration degree in Finance from UTA.


UTA alumnus Bob Stephan has been named director of acquisitions of Tarantino Properties, reported. He earned a Master of Business Administration degree in Finance from UTA in 1992.