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UTA In The News — Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

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CLEAR-Apache renewal

UTA’s Collaborative Laboratories for Environmental Analysis and Remediation, or CLEAR Lab, and Apache Corp. have extended their partnership to study surface and groundwater quality in the Alpine High region of West Texas, The Houston Chronicle reported. This environmental research also was mentioned in a New Yorker article on the oil sector in Texas. 

PTSD research

Ashfaq Adnan, an associate professor in UTA's Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Department, recently was awarded a three-year, $613,079 grant from the Office of Naval Research to show the potential link between blast-like trauma and neurological disorders such as post-traumatic stress disorder, Alzheimer's disease and Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy, or CTE, Techsite,, and reported.

Quick interviewed

James C. Quick, Distinguished University Professor and John and Judy Goolsby–Jacqualyn A. Fouse Endowed Chair in the Goolsby Leadership Academy,was cited in a Providence Journal article about sexual harassment in Rhode Island. Age differences between men and women and an increase in the number of women in a workplace can threaten some men’s image of themselves, Quick said. “It may appear aggressive,” he added, “but it’s really defensive behavior.”

Groundwater studies

Three new UTA research studies have found harmful pathogenic bacteria in groundwater near unconventional natural gas extraction sites in Texas, Environmental Monitor reported. Kevin Schug, associate dean of UTA’s College of Science and director of UTA’s Collaborative Laboratories for Environmental Analysis and Remediation, or CLEAR, led the research studies.

Surrogacy center

Heather Jacobson, associate professor of sociology in UTA’s College of Liberal Arts and author of “Labor of Love: Gestational Surrogacy and the Work of Making Babies,” was mentioned in a D Healthcare Daily article on how Dallas has become a major center for the surrogacy business. 

New laws analyzed

Allan Saxe, UTA associate professor of political science, discussed the two dozen new laws going into effect on Jan. 1 in Texas with and the Star-Telegram. “Most people are very busy with their lives, trying to make a living and trying to escape from the daily grind of life, [and] laws and the Legislature are boring and often hard to understand,” Saxe said. 

MLK III featured

Martin Luther King III is the keynote speaker at the MLK Advancing the Dream Awards Banquet at 6 p.m. Jan. 12, the Star-Telegram reported about the region’s three-day celebration of the civil rights leader. Tickets for this event, at the UTA’s University Center’s Bluebonnet Ballroom, cost $55 and can be bought at

RISE a capella performs

UTA’s RISE a capella student singing group was featured on WFAA ABC 8 before the winter break, provided holiday music during multiple newscasts. RISE appeared on Patti LaBelle’s holiday album. Dan Cavanagh, director of UTA’s music industry studies program and associate professor of music, arranged some of the songs on the LaBelle album while Jamar Jones, lecturer of music industry studies, produced it.

Bit coin detailed

John Podolanko, a UTA computer science graduate student, recently visited KERA 90.1 FM to detail the intricacies of bit coin and cryptocurrency during the program All Things Considered.

Alumnus named

UTA alumnus Kelcy Warren was named the 15th wealthiest Texan and 367th globally, East Texas Matters reported.