UTA In The News — Wednesday, September 8, 2021

Wednesday, Sep 08, 2021 • Media Contact : UT Arlington Media Relations

Paralympian speaks out
Darlene Hunter, a three-time Paralympian and a UT Arlington assistant professor of social work, talked about how Paralympians should be admired for their lives and what they’ve accomplished, not just overcoming adversity, The New York Times reported. Hunter was part of the U.S. women’s basketball team that won the bronze medal at the Tokyo 2020 Paralympics, which ends Sunday.
In-classroom instruction could return
UT Arlington has announced it could return to primarily in-classroom instruction by Sept. 20, KRLD 1080 AM reported. Interim President Teik Lim said UT Arlington officials are encouraged by negative testing, reduced positivity rates and a lack of classroom transmission.
UTA makes Tier One
UT Arlington was recently recognized as a Texas Tier One university and gained access to our state’s over $750-million National Research University Fund (NRUF), a Dallas Morning News op-ed said. This achievement enhances UT Arlington’s ability to offer students a first-class education that families from all walks of life can afford. Dan Branch, former Republican member of the Texas House representing Dallas, wrote the op-ed. Branch was author of House Bill 51, which set up funding and qualifications for the NRUF.
COVID-19 brings conflict
In air travel, COVID-19 has spurred divisions whereas 9/11 brought about unity, The Dallas Morning News reported. Erin Bowen, a UT Arlington aviation psychologist and professor, said the massive changes to public life after 9/11 were met with a united message from political leaders, the business world and the general population. People grumbled, but few lashed out at the new measures. “There wasn’t a single person out there saying we don’t need security,” Bowen said. “And you had a remarkable political alignment.”
COVID-19 treatment explained
Jon Weidanz, UT Arlington associate vice president for research, explained what monoclonal antibody therapy is on KRLD 1080 AM. Also called monoclonal antibody infusion treatment, it is a way of treating COVID-19 that reduces viral loads and lessens symptom severity.
Inaccuracies fuel divisions
Daniel Sledge, UT Arlington associate professor of political science, said that over time people have become more politically divided, Patch.com reported in a story about how inaccuracies have thrived during the pandemic. That matters, Sledge said, because to achieve collective goals like reducing the spread of COVID-19, communities need either high levels of solidarity or a willingness to implement regulations that will help further those goals.
Via could reduce fares
Arlington officials are considering a reduced fare program for Via, Arlington’s transportation service that offers rides throughout the city, to make the program more affordable for riders who participate in low-income programs and other groups, like UTA students, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported.
Student firms compete
Six firms founded by students from The University of Texas at Arlington won $85,000 at the 2021 MavPitch Business Competition grand finale, adding to the more than $1 million in total that the Maverick Entrepreneur Program and Award Fund has awarded since 2018, Education Daily Report reported.
Student’s art featured
The work of Ari Brielle, a UT Arlington graduate student in the MFA Intermedia Studio Program, will be featured during the Texas Biennial exhibit in San Antonio and Houston, the Houston Chronicle reported. The curators behind the exhibit considered the work of more than 850 artists. The Texas Biennial is a geographically led, independent survey of contemporary art in Texas.
Curb appeal adds to value
Curb appeal can add up to 14 percent more to a home’s value, according to a study conducted by UT Arlington and the University of Alabama conducted, Inman.com reported.
Discussion about early labor leader
Kenyon Zimmer, a UT Arlington associate professor of history, said Sigismund Danielewicz, an early U.S. labor leader, was one of the first to consistently oppose anti-Asian, anti-Black and anti-Mexican racism, The Jewish News of Northern California reported in a profile on Danielewicz.
College of Engineering says embrace innovation
UT Arlington College of Engineering officials encourage students to embrace innovation as soon as they arrive on campus, the United Kingdom’s Techregister reported. The College of Engineering works with students who have big ideas and helps them bring those ideas to fruition as a successful company or product.