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UTA In The News — Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

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Nursing transition programs

Anne Bavier, dean of UTA’s College of Nursing and Health Innovation, wrote an op-ed column in D Healthcare CEO about the need for longer and better structured transition programs for new nurses. Better programs could spur health professionals to do their best work, heighten morale and create a stable healthcare workforce, she explained. 

Specialized Alzheimer's care

Noelle Fields and Ling Xu, assistant professors in UTA's School of Social Work, partnered with The Senior Source to develop a training program for Alzheimer's caregivers that was culturally tailored for the African-American community, KXAS NBC 5 reported. Both family caregivers and volunteer companions worked to address issues such as stigma about the disease and mistrust of health professionals.

New reptiles found

UTA researchers formed part of the team that found two new reptiles discovered in Sumatra, Mongobay reported. The team will ask the International Union for Conservation of Nature to include the two species in its Red List of Threatened Species.

Gas to liquid conversion

UTA researchers have refined and made more cost-efficient the process that converts natural gas to a high-grade diesel or jet fuel, KDAF CW 33, Fort Worth Business, and Public Now reported. A ribbon-cutting ceremony marked the official opening of the Conrad Greer Lab on the UTA campus on Monday. 

Genomes research

The National Science Foundation, Communications of the ACM and Inside HPC published articles about UTA research that explores the genomes of snakes and lizards. Todd Castoe, the UTA assistant professor of biology who is leading the project, said the research could answer critical questions, such as how Burmese pythons regenerate their organs.

Bernard Harris camp

The Dallas Morning News published a photograph of Bernard Harris, the first African-American to walk in space, when he worked with students at the  2017 ExxonMobil Bernard Harris Summer Science Camp on the UTA campus last week. 

Zebra mussels

Robert McMahon, UTA professor emeritus of biology, was cited in a Star-Telegram article about the spread of invasive zebra mussels in North Texas. McMahon has been studying and sampling for the invasive species across Texas.

Panama airspace explored

UTA experts attended a meeting in Panama to discuss the country’s need to modernize its airspace to cope with a 5 percent annual increase in air traffic, Revista Summa, Radio La Primerisima, Aguas Digital and El Siglo, all in Panama City, Panama, reported. 

4th of July Parade

The Arlington 4th of July parade starts at the corner of Mitchell and South West streets on the UTA campus and winds its way through UTA’s College Park and the downtown Arlington area, the Star-Telegram reported. 

Alumnus named principal

UTA alumnus Matthew Brown has been named principal of Donna Shepherd Intermediate School in Mansfield, the Star-Telegram reported. He received his bachelor’s degree in music from UTA.