UTA In The News — Wednesday, October 28, 2020

Wednesday, Oct 28, 2020

Bird study

Matthew Walsh, UTA associate professor in biology, was quoted as an outside expert in a Science article about how eye size predicts where birds breed and feed. Having large eyes in animals is associated with the need to see in dim conditions, but little research so far has investigated light’s impact on animal behavior.

New degree

UT Arlington will offer a new Bachelor of Science in Business Analytics beginning in January 2021, Fort Worth Business Press reported. The new degree plan will reside in UTA’s College of Business. Radha Mahapatra, chair of the Department of Information Systems and Operations Management, said there are very few universities in the region that offer a bachelor’s degree in this discipline.

2020 Election

Rebecca Deen, chair of UTA’s Political Science Department, spoke with the Dallas Observer about the upcoming presidential election. She echoed the sentiment that many feel this presidential election is the most important one ever.

COVID & voting

Erin Carlson, associate clinical professor in UTA’s College of Nursing and Health Innovation, was featured in Mirage News with tips for staying healthy while voting. She advised everyone to be responsible and take precautions to keep one’s self and others safe while voting in person. 

Music industry

David Arditi, UTA associate professor of sociology, spoke to Music Journalism Insider about his book Getting Signed: Record Contracts, Musicians, and Power in Society. The book details how record contracts exploit musicians and how the dream of an artist getting signed permeates society.

De-icing bridges

Xinbao Yu, associate professor of civil engineering at UT Arlington, will test whether geothermal energy can make Texas bridges and overpasses safer during winter weather, Science X reported. The Texas Department of Transportation provided $100,000 for the project, which is another excellent example of how UTA faculty successfully collaborate with state agencies to provide solutions to infrastructure problems.