UTA In The News — Monday, July 20, 2020

Monday, Jul 20, 2020

Spike could exceed hospital capacity


Erin Carlson, UTA associate clinical professor and director of graduate public health programs in the College of Nursing and Health Innovation, said that another danger of spiking numbers related to COVID-19 is when hospitals exceeding capacity, the Dallas Observer reported. She said a hospital in South Texas recently had to convert a conference room and a closet into part of its ICU unit. Mask mandates and other preventive measures must be heeded in order to keep North Texas’ hospital systems from collapsing, Carlson added.


Shelton to lead committee


Jason Shelton, director for the Center for African American Studies at UT Arlington, will chair an Arlington Unity Council committee, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported in a story about how the city is addressing inequality and disparities challenges in Arlington.


New standard for testing


Shih-ho Chao, UT Arlington civil engineering professor, said a new test for fiber-reinforced concrete will be much more efficient than typical testing now employed, AggregateResearch.com reported. The potential new standard is being proposed by the American Society for Testing and Materials.


Project looks to study energy markets


Shouyi Wang, UT Arlington associate professor of industrial engineering, is using a three-year, $466,068 grant from the National Science Foundation to determine how to meet the demands of an extremely dynamic and uncertain energy market, 7thSpace.com reported. Electrical engineering Professor Wei-Jen Lee and industrial engineering Professors Victoria Chen and Jay Rosenberger are co-principal investigators on the project.


UT System institutions to offer blended instruction


UT System Chancellor James B. Milliken said at a recent UT System Board of Regents meeting that the system’s universities and medical schools are planning a hybrid method of education this fall, the Austin American-Statesman and other media outlets reported. He expected some students to drop out if only an online method of instruction were available. The story references a UT Arlington late-spring survey that found 46% of students were holding off on enrolling because of uncertainties around the coronavirus.