UTA In The News — Wednesday, July 28, 2021

Wednesday, Jul 28, 2021 • Media Contact : UT Arlington Media Relations

Celebrating diversity and inclusion

UTA My Way is a special event that celebrates the start of a new semester at UT Arlington and highlights the many cultural communities represented on campus, the city of Arlington reported. The University’s offices of Admissions and Multicultural Affairs created the program as a way to introduce students to the uniqueness of UTA. This year, separate events in the series focused on different groups of students—such as African American and Black students, Latinx students and LGBTQ+ students—and celebrated how they contributed to UTA’s campus through engagement, faculty involvement and student leadership.

City council freshman

Junior Ezeonu, an alumnus of UT Arlington’s Department of Political Science, has been elected to Grand Prairie’s city council, Targeted News Service and Mirage News reported. At 22 years old, Ezeonu is the city’s youngest-ever council member.

Mental health after suicide attempts

A new study co-authored by Philip Baiden, UT Arlington assistant professor of social work, published in the Archives of Suicide Research found that 28.4% of respondents with a history of suicide attempts reached a state of complete mental health, Global Health Newswire, Neuroscience NewsCalifornia News Times Today and Eurasia Review reported. Baiden noted that social support is a key factor to mental health success for patients with previous suicide attempts.

Caribbean lizard diversity

A biologist at The University of Texas at Arlington is studying the diversity of anole lizard species in the Caribbean islands to gain insight into why some species are common, while others are rare and possibly at risk for extinction, U.S. Fed News and Targeted News Service reported. Luke Frishkoff, who was awarded a $1.1 million grant from the National Science Foundation, said this research will help scientists conserve species at risk of extinction.

Detecting tiny breast tumors

Baohong Yuan, UT Arlington professor of bioengineering, is developing a technique to diagnose tiny breast tumors that could reduce the anxiety, uncertainty and high costs often faced by patients, Health & Medicine Business Daily reported. The National Institutes of Health recently awarded Baohong Yuan a three-year grant worth more than $440,000 to develop a method to use high-resolution imaging with super-sensitive temperature probes to determine if these tiny tumors are active and potentially harmful and, if so, to what degree.