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UTA In The News — Friday, September 2, 2016

Friday, September 2, 2016

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Schug study

The Dallas Morning News interviewed UTA Chemistry Professor Kevin Schug about his study on air contamination in and around fracking sites for a feature on drilling-related smog and risk of asthma. KUHF 88.7 FM (Houston,) KUT 90.5 FM (Austin), KERA 90.1 FM (local PBS affiliate), The Bakken Magazine, Industrial Safety and Security Source and The Heartland Institute also featured the research, which suggests that air contamination from fracking is preventable.

Op-ed on fracking

Forbes published a second op-ed piece analyzing the initial coverage of Schug’s study to discuss other misleading reporting in the oil and gas sector. The Star-Telegram published a letter from Steve Everley, spokesman for North Texans for Nautral Gas, in which he complained that that the newspaper should have included Shug’s research in an article on health risks related to methane emissions from fracking. He also appeared yesterday on radio stations like KERA citing Schug’s study to defend the fracking sector. Fort Worth Business published a previous Texas Tribune article on emissions and health risks that quoted Schug and his study.

Maverick Speakers Series

KERA 90.1 FM reported that Reza Aslan, New York Times bestselling author and religious scholar, will kick off this year’s Maverick Speakers Series on at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 13, at Texas Hall.

Industrial molecule production

Rasika Dias, UTA Distinguished Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry, is developing novel ways to use metal ions to activate simple, inexpensive hydrocarbons present in natural gas or petroleum products to produce industrial molecules,, ScienMag and (e) Science News reported.

Better cancer therapy

Medical Physics web featured UTA’s project with UT Southwestern Medical Center and MD Anderson Cancer Center to integrate imaging and photo-induced cancer therapy in a single, portable device in their September roundup of relevant research. The project is led by Mingwu Jin, UTA assistant professor of physics. 

Interdisciplinary grants awarded

UTA has awarded four seed grants to interdisciplinary research projects that address growing problems such as loneliness among the elderly, the need for sustainable green education spaces, the health crisis among urban American Indians and the mechanisms behind heart failure among the elderly, ScienMag reported. 

Physics professor wins award

Ramon Lopez, UTA physics professor, has been named the winner of the 2016 Richard Carrington Education and Public Outreach Award by the Space and Aeronomy section of the American Geophysical Union, ScienMag reported. The AGU’s Carrington Award is presented in recognition of significant impact on students’ and the public’s understanding of science through education and/or outreach activities.

New bioinks

Kyungsuk Yum, assistant professor in the Materials Science and Engineering Department of UTA’s College of Engineering, has received a $100,000 grant from the National Science Foundation to develop nano-composite hydrogel bioinks that can be used in printing human tissues and organs, Dallas Innovates reported. 

Rescuing Cuban history

David LaFevor, a UTA assistant professor of Latin American History and Digital Humanities, was cited in Cuba Holidays for his project to rescue Cuban historical records contained in Catholic Church archives. The article was previously published in the Huffington Post. 

Patrick on TCC board

Diane Patrick, UTA’s superintendent certificate program director, joined the TCC board Aug. 18, The Collegian reported. Among serving on educational committees for elementary, secondary and higher education, she also is also full-time educational leadership faculty in UTA’s College of Education. Patrick also is a former Texas state representative.

UTA paralympian

KERA News cited UTA graduate student Darlene Hunter as a wheelchair basketball competitor in the Paralympic games. Hunter says that the United States doesn’t give the same attention to Paralympians and the games as other countries do. 

Winning spirit horse

UTA graduate student Gabree Torres was interviewed in the Fort Worth Star-Telegram about her winning Spirit Horse project entry, unveiled last week during Maverick Stampede. 

UTA criminology professor quoted

Seokjin Jeong, a UTA associate professor of criminology and criminal justice, was quoted in an article in the Texas Tribune about police shooting incidents, in which he said that with each shooting, “we need to consider all situational factors.”  

UTA alumna named city manager

UTA alumna Elaine Hart has been named Austin’s interim city manager, KXAN TV Channel 36 (Austin) reported. Hart received her bachelor’s degree in accounting from UTA.