UTA In The News — Monday, September 14, 2020

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Football could bring spike

The Dallas Cowboys home game opener could lead to a surge in coronavirus cases, warned Erin Carlson, UT Arlington associate clinical professor in the College of Nursing and Health Innovation, in a Dallas Observer article. “Simply limiting fan capacity in stadiums is not enough,” Carlson said. “It pains me to say these things because I love sports … but it’s not worth risking the lives of our community members.”

Bars bring risk

Erin Carlson, UT Arlington 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 in Dallas. The News article also ran in Al Dia.

Customer behavior could lead to spike

According to state and city records, agents from the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission and the Dallas Department of Code Compliance visited Dallas nightclub Bottled Blonde multiple times in the past few weeks and found no violations, The Dallas Morning News reported. Erin Carlson, associate clinical professor and director of graduate public health programs at UT Arlington’s College of Nursing and Health Innovation, said as bars continue to reopen, customers' behavior could lead to the spread of COVID-19. “And unfortunately, gathering is not something that is safe right now, during COVID,” she said.

Southeast Arlington residents more at risk

Erin Carlson, UT Arlington associate clinical professor in the College of Nursing and Health Innovation, said people in the southeast part of Arlington are more likely to contract coronavirus and not seek medical care, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported. She said those residents are more likely to work in service industry jobs and live in multi-generational housing, two contributing factors.

UT Arlington delivering education choices

Lisa Nagy, UT Arlington vice president of student affairs, said that the University is offering students three different ways to receive education—in person, online and a hybrid of the two—in a KXAS NBC 5 story. The NBC 5 story said UT Arlington has had just over three dozen cases since March, while other universities’ COVID numbers have been much higher.

Trump, Abbott messages different

Rebecca Deen, chair and associate professor of UT Arlington’s Political Science Department, said President Trump’s law-and-order mantra and Texas Gov. Greg Abbott’s more tempered “Back the Blue in Texas” ideology are different messages, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported in a story on state house elections.

Fixing highway slopes

Sahadat Hossain, a UT Arlington civil engineering professor, has received a two-year, $987,140 contract from the Texas Department of Transportation to investigate the use of recycled plastic pins to repair deep-seated failures on embankments and the areas around highway bridges, Mirage News reported.

Autonomous vehicles coming

The city of Arlington will begin mapping streets around downtown and UT Arlington’s campus this week in preparation for its future autonomous vehicle rideshare program, Patch.com reported. Under the program, UT Arlington students will receive a number of free autonomous vehicle rides.

Next space station resupply ship named after Chawla

Northrop Grumman has named its next space station resupply ship after Kalpana Chawla, Indian Link 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.

Bobadilla part of panel

The city of Dallas Welcoming Communities and Immigrant Affairs Office will host a virtual panel at 1 p.m. Tuesday at the George Bush Presidential Center to support Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals recipients in higher education and work, NBCDFW.com reported. UT Arlington’s Michele Bobadilla is the assistant provost for Hispanic student success and senior associate vice president for outreach services and community engagement, is part of the panel.