UTA In The News — Friday, January 8, 2021

Friday, Jan 08, 2021 • Media Contact : UT Arlington Media Relations

U.S. institutions survive

Thomas Marshall, a UT Arlington political science professor, said the rioting in Washington, D.C., was distressing but the U.S. institutions and processes have survived the melee and, in the end, Congress did its job, KXAS NBC 5 and Spectrum News reported. In a Fort Worth Star-Telegram article, Marshall said the North Texas lawmakers who objected to electoral votes in certain states won’t suffer politically because of their stance.


New COVID variant

Erin Carlson, a UT Arlington associate clinical professor in the College of Nursing and Health Innovation, said there isn’t an increased risk of death or more severe illness because of the recent strain of COVID, WFAA ABC 8 reported. However, she added that the variant of COVID is more transmittable.


Consequences from COVID

Erin Carlson, a UT Arlington associate clinical professor in the College of Nursing and Health Innovation, said hospitals that are full because of COVID patients could endanger care for non-COVID patients, the Dallas Observer reported. On top of that, she said many providers are exhausted, which could mean that despite best efforts, they’re more prone to making errors.


Free music lessons

UT Arlington and the Levitt Pavilion in Arlington have partnered to bring musical discussion and lessons to virtual audiences with a new event series that started Thursday, The Dallas Morning News reported. Martha Walvoord, UT Arlington interim music department chair and an associate professor, said she and her UT Arlington colleagues were more than happy to participate in the educational series.


Eisenhower fellowships

Ten UT Arlington students have received coveted Dwight David Eisenhower Transportation Fellowships from the U.S. Department of Transportation, Bioengineer.org reported.


EXCEL keeping students engaged

EXCEL Campus Activities—the official student-led programming board at The University of Texas at Arlington—has adapted to the challenges of keeping students engaged during the COVID-19 pandemic, U.S. Fed News reported.


Cooper Street plan
After months of public input, analysis and consultation with experts, Arlington leaders have drafted a preliminary to-do list to overhaul much of Cooper Street, from UTA Boulevard to Bardin Road, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported. The plan calls for making the stretch safer for pedestrians, developing cohesive design standards along the road, encouraging environmentally friendly developments through zoning and fee incentives, and improving transportation through the different sections.