UTA In The News — Wednesday, June 24, 2020
Dining during COVID-19
Erin Carlson, UTA associate clinical professor and director of graduate public health programs in the College of Nursing and Health Innovation, spoke to The Dallas Morning News about whether people can safely visit a restaurant after one of its workers tested positive for COVID-19. “Restaurant workers developing COVID is not indicative of a lack of measures being taken in the restaurants, necessarily,” she said. “It’s a reflection of what’s happening in our larger community with regard to increased transmission.”
UT System budget cuts
The eight universities in The University of Texas System plan to cut nearly $78 million in spending in response to a request that state agencies slash their budgets ahead of the 2021 legislative session, The Austin American-Statesman and other media outlets reported. The system’s flagship, UT Austin, plans to cut more than $28 million through the end of the 2021 fiscal year, while UT Arlington plans to cut $11.2 million.
Racial inequity study
Arlington City Council members created a task force to examine and address racial inequity in the city, The Fort Worth Star Telegram reported. Members unanimously voted to create a body that will discuss the city’s needs, examine best practices adopted by other cities and make recommendations to the council. Victoria Farrar-Myers, a former UTA professor who represents the entire city as District 7 councilwoman, said the city is able to build on the diversity efforts it has fostered through institutions, including UT Arlington, as well as local initiatives.
Investing during coronavirus
Sanjiv Sabherwal, UTA professor of finance in the College of Business, spoke to InvestorPlace about reopening the economy. Sabherwal said maintaining a balance between opening the economy and controlling the spread of the virus is a key to success.