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UTA In The News — Monday, July 18, 2016

Monday, July 18, 2016

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Nationally recognized cancer researcher to join UTA

Zui Pan, an Ohio State University College of Medicine esophageal cancer researcher who has earned national recognition for her work toward discovering biomarkers for the disease, will join the UTA's College of Nursing and Health Innovation in August as an associate professor of nursing, Fort Worth Business reported.

Zebra mussels in Tarrant County

Robert McMahon, UTA biology professor emeritus, has been studying zebra mussels for years, and he isn’t sure what will happen now that the invasive species has been spotted in Tarrant County, the Star-Telegram reported. “You can’t make a prediction right now. The population is in the very early stages of infestation. The question is whether they’re going to have explosive growth like Ray Roberts and Texoma.” The zebra mussels can litter beaches, clog pipes and attach to boats.

Morris offers insight into history

Christopher Morris, a UTA history professor, was interviewed extensively about Trials of the Earth: The True Story of a Pioneer Woman, a new book by Mary Mann Hamilton, on WBUR 90.9's On Point program. Morris' part of the interview starts on the NPR Boston, Mass., station about the 30:25 mark. The book is about the bold, gritty women pioneers who muscled their way into other unsettled regions during the late 1800s.

Technology helps drive home the lesson

Stephanie Cole, a UTA associate professor of history, said she uses technology to enhance students' classroom experience, The Cite blog reported. In a story originally reported in Campus Technology, Cole said using technology makes her craft lectures so that she can apply information and created questions and quizzes. The Cite is a blog on course materials, innovation and technology in education.

Cheers for space camp at UTA

Retired NASA astronaut Dr. Bernard Harris, who conducts a space camp at UTA every summer, received accolades from a reader in the Cheers and Jeers section of the Star-Telegram opinion page. Harris helps spur interest in science, technology, engineering and math learning. Harris was the first African-American to walk in space.

Helping children

Jerry Haag, president of Florida Baptist Children's Homes, says his organization continues to live by the overriding philosophy or helping one more child, Lakeland's The Ledger and Winter Haven's NewsChief reported. Haag, who earned his doctorate from UTA, was profiled in the Florida newspapers.