UTA In The News — Friday, September 11, 2020
STEM careers exhibit
Minerva Cordero, UTA professor of math and senior associate dean of science, spoke to FOX 4 about an initiative to inspire girls to pursue STEM careers. An exhibit of 3D-printed statues of STEM innovators is currently previewing at NorthPark Center in Dallas. The installation is rooted in the idea that when a girl sees a woman successfully pursuing a STEM career, she is more likely to imagine a STEM career for herself.
COVID and Dallas bars
Erin Carlson, UTA associate clinical professor in the College of Nursing and Health Innovation, spoke to The Dallas Morning News about the continued public health practice of staying out of bars right now in Dallas. “If we go back to our pre-COVID ways of no masks and touching… we are going to see a massive spread. We must remain vigilant and consistent,” said Carlson.
UT Arlington has begun planning for the spring 2021 semester, The Dallas Morning News reported. Currently the University is offering in-person, online and hybrid classes, a structure it may continue next semester.
Kalpana Chawla spacecraft
Northrop Grumman has named its next space station resupply ship after Kalpana Chawla, The Weather Channel reported. Chawla, who earned her master's degree in aerospace engineering in 1984 at UT Arlington, made history at NASA as the first female astronaut of Indian descent, but died tragically with six crewmates in 2003, when Space Shuttle Columbia was re-entering Earth's atmosphere.
Student debt and employment
Ariane Froidevaux, assistant professor of management in UTA’s College of Business, published a study stating that debt may hurt students’ chances of securing full-time employment due to added pressure in their job search, Education Daily Report reported.
Using a high-tech vehicle, Arlington will begin mapping streets around downtown and UTA’s campus this week in preparation for the city’s future autonomous vehicle rideshare program, the City of Arlington reported. The one-year public transportation pilot program, called Arlington RAPID (Rideshare, Automation, and Payment Integration Demonstration), is set to launch March 2021 and will integrate fully autonomous electric shuttles into the city’s existing Via on-demand rideshare service. The pilot program will include a wheelchair-accessible autonomous vehicle and free autonomous vehicle rides for UT Arlington students.
Yibing Du, a UT Arlington clinical assistant professor in the Department of Finance and Real Estate, was featured in a WalletHub question-and-answer column about the nation’s top real estate markets.