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UTA In The News — Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

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Early Transfer Identification Program

The Star-Telegram featured the Early Transfer Identification Program, an agreement between the UTA and TCC that aims to establish academic relationships with students early in their college careers to help guide them on a degree course at UTA, on its editorial page. “The two schools have created an efficient way to get a freshman at TCC to become a graduating UTA senior. They want to make the transfer as simple as possible while providing four-year-degree-plan advising from the start,” wrote the Editorial Board. 

Testing fitness trackers

UTA kinesiology professor Mark Ricard and kinesiology assistant clinical professor Brad Heddins helped KTVT CBS 11 test the accuracy of three different fitness trackers. The story was also featured on

Early inspirations

Ashanti Johnson, UTA assistant vice provost for Faculty Recruitment and associate professor of earth and environmental sciences, was featured on the Dallas ZooHoo Blog as a scientist inspired by her early experiences at the Children’s Aquarium at Fair Park. “[My family] would spend a lot of time walking through the different museums on the weekend,” Johnson said. “Going to Fair Park was the closest they could get me to marine science.”

Twitter fueds

Allan Saxe, UTA associate professor of political science, was interviewed on WREC 640 AM (Atlanta, Ga.) about Republic frontrunner Donald Trump’s Twitter feud with Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass. “This is a small sideshow,” Saxe said. “He needs to focus on the big issues – he is a major public figure now.” Saxe was also interviewed by KOGO 600 AM (San Diego, Ca.) about whether Donald Trump needs to secure the support of House Speaker Paul Ryan to win the presidential election.

Groundwater quality

Peak Oil News reported on research led by Kevin Schug, UTA Shimadzu Distinguished Professor of Analytical Chemistry, which demonstrates that groundwater quality changes alongside the expansion of horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing but also suggests that some potentially hazardous effects may dissipate over time.

Jazz Trio

UTA’s Jazz Trio participated in the Inaugural Art of Music Gala Synesthesia on Thursday, May 5 at Hotel ZaZa’s Art House, Dallas Uptown Bubble Life reported. 

Former football coach dies

Former UTA football coach Chuck Curtis passed away Monday at the age of 80, the Star-Telegram, the Cleburne Times-Review, Texas Hunt Fish and Bearcat Insider reported. Curtis was inducted into the Texas High School Football Hall of Fame in 2007, during which he was recognized for his 30 years of high school and college coaching.

Distinguished alumnus

UTA alumnus Dr. John Ogletree Jr. is among 21 educators who will be recognized by the College of Education and Human Development at Texas A&M University at the 2016 Dean’s Roundtable on May 6, Cy-Fair Magazine reported.