UTA In The News — Monday, July 19, 2021

Monday, Jul 19, 2021 • Media Contact : UT Arlington Media Relations

Voting bills update
Thomas Marshall, a UT Arlington political science professor, said the Texas voting rights bills are predominantly reactions to voting measures in Harris County and may ultimately affect only a relatively small percentage of people, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported in a story about those bills in the Texas Legislature. “It mildly makes voting less easy,” Marshall said. “But only in the places like Harris County where they pushed the envelope in the last election.”
Racial injustice/equity award
Aiming to address racial injustice and inequity through university-city partnerships, the Coalition of Urban Serving Universities today named The University of Texas at Arlington as its inaugural Racial Justice and Equity Program Award Winner, U.S. Fed News and Targeted News Service reported. UT Arlington will focus on improving health literacy to address inequities as part of its efforts to create a thriving community.
Coastal flooding
Michelle Hummel, a UT Arlington assistant professor of civil engineering, was lead author of a report showing that fixing some coastal flooding problems could make flooding worse for nearby communities, Down to Earth reported. The report was published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
Photodynamic therapy
An international team led by physics researchers at The University of Texas at Arlington has published a paper in Bioactive Materials that describes a breakthrough method of photodynamic therapy, an emerging cancer treatment, California News Times reported. Nil Kanatha Pandey, a doctoral student in physics Professor Wei Chen's lab, is the first author in the study.
Arts pay off
In downtown Arlington, arts—including music, theater arts and dance at The University of Texas at Arlington—pump more than $118 million a year into the economy and support more than 1,200 jobs, KERA 90.1 FM and KERA’s Arts & Seek reported. The Downtown Arlington Management Corp. commissioned its first economic impact study to focus on the city’s downtown arts and culture. Community leaders say the study shows the strength and potential of the city’s arts and culture.