UTA In The News — Monday, March 29, 2021
Innovative ride-share system
The University of Texas at Arlington is partnering with the city of Arlington, May Mobility and Via to launch RAPID, an on-demand transportation service operated by self-driving vehicles, KRLD, U.S. Fed News, and Government Technology reported. During the program’s launch ceremony, UTA Interim President Teik Lim announced the University’s intention to direct intellectual capital to the experimental program by providing research opportunities for UTA students.
COVID-19 vaccination accessibility
Erin Carlson, associate clinical professor and director of graduate public health programs in the College of Nursing and Health Innovation, spoke to The Dallas Morning News about vaccine accessibility for low-income, majority Black or Latino communities in Dallas County.
Texas’ expansion of COVID-19 vaccination eligibility
Erin Carlson, associate clinical professor and director of graduate public health programs in the College of Nursing and Health Innovation, spoke to CBS 11 about Texas’ expansion of COVID-19 vaccination eligibility and the impact of the mandate on vaccine supply and demand.
Historic black communities
A team from the College of Architecture, Planning and Public Affairs is one of two nationwide to win a $40,000 SOM Foundation Research Prize to create a design playbook for Black settlements in North Texas, U.S. Fed News and Targeted News Service reported.
Vice president for diversity, equity and inclusion announced
Bryan Samuel, an experienced leader of diversity and inclusivity in higher education settings, will join The University of Texas at Arlington as its inaugural vice president for diversity, equity and inclusion, U.S. Fed News reported. Samuel’s appointment fulfills the cornerstone goal of the University’s eight initiatives in diversity, equity and inclusion.
Distant earth-like planet
Astrophysicists at The University of Texas at Arlington have predicted that an earth-like planet may exist 16 light years from earth, KOA-AM reported. Their investigation of star-system Gliese 832 shows the possibility of additional exoplanets that reside between the system’s two known worlds.
Adolescent gun ownership
Research by James Kelsay, assistant professor of criminology and criminal justice, suggests adolescent gun carrying, but not gun ownership, is associated with a higher risk of experiencing violent victimization and engaging in violence with a weapon, Health Policy and Law Daily reported.