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Health & the Human Condition

A century ago, the average American lived about 55 years. Today, we are likely to make 80. Unrelenting scientific curiosity and exploration have made this dramatic increase possible and led to life-saving breakthroughs in the diagnosis and treatment of diseases and other ailments. But progress that improves our quality of life extends beyond the physical realm. Examination of the arts and humanities helps us understand the nature of the human condition and the cultural and social fabric that characterizes our existence and contributes to our well-being.

Quick Hits

Ashfaq Adnan

UTA hosted its first International Symposium on Traumatic Brain Injury Mechanisms and Protections in April. The event, which brought researchers and experts from across the globe, was chaired by Associate Professor Ashfaq Adnan.

Debra Woody

Social work Senior Associate Dean Debra Woody won a $1.3 million grant to train addiction recovery specialists. The award is part of the U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration’s Opioid Workforce Expansion Program.

Cara Boutte

Assistant Professor Cara Boutte is creating a comprehensive model of mycobacterial cell wall regulation to better understand how it responds to stress. The project has important implications, as mycobacteria have developed immunity to many antibiotics.

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