UTA In The News — Monday, November 16, 2020

Monday, Nov 16, 2020

Concerning upward trend

UT Arlington’s Erin Carlson, director of graduate public health programs in the College of Nursing and Health Innovation, said the recent upward trend in COVID-19 cases is more concerning than the summer upward trend, The Dallas Morning News and the Los Angeles Times reported. More than 1 million Texans have now tested positive for COVID-19.

COVID challenges remain

Erin Carlson, UT Arlington associate clinical professor in the College of Nursing and Health Innovation, said drug giant Pfizer’s announcement of an effective COVID-19 vaccine is one thing but distributing it and determining how long it will last are challenges that must be overcome as well, the Dallas Observer reported.

Panic purchasing explored

Traci Freling, a UT Arlington associate professor in marketing, said people make irrational decisions when panic purchasing during the recent COVID-19 surge, KTVT CBS 11 reported. Freling studied the phenomenon of panic buying near the start of the pandemic. She found people more often listen to friends over facts when their emotions take over.

Student knew she belonged in medicine

Alyssa Tijerina, a UT Arlington nursing and psychology junior, always knew she would one day pursue a career in medicine, U.S. Fed News reported. Tijerina's interest in both oncology and mental health led her to an internship at the Texas Center for Proton Therapy, which uses an advanced, precise form of radiation that employs protons to destroy cancer cells while minimizing damage to the surrounding tissue.

New ASCE fellow

Ali Abolmaali, professor and chair of the UT Arlington Civil Engineering Department, was named a fellow of the American Society of Civil Engineers, U.S. Fed News reported. Abolmaali is the sixth UTA engineering awarded this status.

Environmental justice

Kate Hyun, a UT Arlington assistant professor of civil engineering, will use a U.S. Department of Transportation grant to incorporate environmental justice as an additional factor to determine where resources get dispersed during a natural disaster, U.S. Fed News reported.