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UTA In The News — Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

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Linguistic analysis

In a Huffington Post article, UTA psychology doctoral student Vivian Ta linguistically analyzed a sample of major speeches from the 2016 presidential campaign to determine how inclusive Hillary Clinton is of Asian Americans. Ta found that Clinton’s references to Asian Americans were not related to reaching out to Asian Americans voters at all, but were unanimously about China.

Fracking for gas

A UTA study that demonstrated that groundwater quality changed when unconventional oil and gas drilling practices started nearby was mentioned in a The Daily Caller article about Germany’s decision to ban fracking for shale gas. Some environmental groups think the ban doesn’t go far enough.

Genetic risk factor

Daily Me, Medical News Today and Psych Central reported that UTA researchers have found that low attention control in early adolescence is related to a genetic risk factor for four different anxiety disorders.

A cappella

The UTA A Cappella Choir will perform “Distant Worlds: Music from Final Fantasy” with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra at the Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center on September 2-3, Dallas GuideLive reported. Final Fantasy is a widely popular video game franchise.

Alumnus named principal

The Denton Record-Caller reported UTA alumna Charlene Parham has been named principal at Crownover Middle School in Denton. Parham earned her bachelor’s degree from UTA.

Alumnus promotion

The Austin Independent School District website reported that UTA alumnus Fernando Medina has been selected as the new chief human capital officer for the Austin ISD. Medina earned a master's degree in education from UTA.