UTA In The News — Monday, March 23, 2020
Math Shows How COVID-19 spreads
Christopher Kribs, UTA mathematics professor who studies the spread of viruses through math models, explained how exponential growth in infections happens through contacts, KTVT CBS 11 reported. Kribs said that tapering off could take a while as people isolate and minimize contacts, but ultimately it’s better than overwhelming the health care system now.
Room & board refunds
Coronavirus could force North Texas colleges to refund over $120M in room and board, the Dallas Business Journal reported. “UTA is working on the details and processes to address pro-rated refunds for housing and dining charges to students moving from the residence halls”, said university spokesperson Jeff Carlton.
Hardship & Abuse
A group of researchers at The University of Texas at Arlington is examining the link between economic abuse—a type of intimate partner violence—and economic hardship, Dallas Innovates reported. The study, led by Rachel Voth Schrag, an assistant professor in the School of Social Work, found that economic abuse can be linked to employment and housing instability and increased economic dependence on public assistance or abusive partners for financial stability.
The Movin’ Mavs, UTA’s men’s wheelchair basketball team, went 14-0 for a perfect season, WFAA reported. They won their games by an average of 31 points per game.
Lifting spirits in hard times
To spread joy and encouragement, Eric and Emily Baker, UTA music education alums, are posting videos of them singing with their daughters on Facebook everyday, Big 2 News KMID in Odessa reported. Their first post now has over 1,000 shares with almost 60,000 views in just a week.