UTA In The News — Friday, June 11, 2021

Friday, Jun 11, 2021 • Media Contact : UT Arlington Media Relations

Building trust

David Brooks’ New York Times column about how to build trust mentioned UT Arlington Psychology Professor William Ickes’ research that says people are not great at understanding what’s going on in other people’s minds.

People helping people

Mutual aid has proliferated during the pandemic with the help of social media and platforms like GoFundMe, The Dallas Morning News reported. “The pandemic has shown us that a lot of our institutions aren’t able to get to those people who are hardest hit, so hardest hit folks are taking care of themselves,” said Hannah Lebovits, a UT Arlington public affairs professor in the College of Architecture, Planning and Public Affairs. “They’re doing it through mutual aid, as opposed to further interacting with established institutions.”

Venice Biennale exhibit

An exhibit about watershed urbanism, featuring work by faculty and students from UT Arlington, opened May 22 as part of the European Cultural Center’s (ECC) 2021 Venice Architecture Biennale, Education Daily Report reported.

How to maintain your flow

Cesar Torres, a UT Arlington assistant professor in the Computer Science and Engineering Department, has recently received a grant of approximately $175,000 from the National Science Foundation to use machine learning and artificial intelligence techniques to identify when a person is falling out of flow and introduce an intervention to regain flow, Targeted News Service reported.

Poverty growing

Hannah Lebovits, a UT Arlington assistant professor in public affairs and planning, said poverty is growing in urban and suburban settings, which hurts peoples’ ability to find adequate housing, KRLD 1080 AM reported.

Flood response system

Nick Fang, a UT Arlington civil engineer, is helping develop statewide guidance for an early warning system for floods, as well as a flood information and response system for the city of Houston, NewsRX Science Daily reported.

New partnership

The EdTech marketplace and PaaS startup will expand its headquarters with a grant from the McKinney Economic Development Corporation's Innovation Fund, Dallas Innovates reported. The startup connects learning resource buyers and sellers in 7,000 languages and dialects. In addition, the startup has partnered with UT Arlington for three years to provide an International business internship program, the company says.

Camps Cat Coalition
UT Arlington student Maria Luisa Cardenas, president of Campus Cat Coalition, said there are more than 100 feral cats on campus, Texas Public Radio reported in a story about feral cats’ impact on society.