UTA In The News — Monday, October 4, 2021

Monday, Oct 04, 2021 • Media Contact : UT Arlington Media Relations

COVID-19 antiviral pill

Merck, a multinational pharmaceutical company, announced that its experimental COVID-19 pill reduced hospitalizations and deaths by half in people recently infected with the coronavirus, The Dallas Morning News and Denton Record-Chronicle reported. Erin Carlson, UTA associate professor and director of graduate public health programs, said she’s hopeful that by reducing the severity of illness, Merck’s pill could reduce the recovery time for patients and the level of disability that a person incurs from having had COVID.

FAFSA application

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid opened Oct. 1 for the 2022-2023 school year, Univision 23 reported. Ethel Munoz, a student financial aid officer at The University of Texas at Arlington, offered advice to students about how to complete the application.

Public health expertise

Erin Carlson, UTA associate clinical professor and director of graduate public health programs, has been named “Best Public Health Expert” in Dallas Observer’s annual Best of Dallas issue. The outlet credits Carlson for helping journalists deliver reliable and accurate information about the novel coronavirus.

The impact of sustainable products

Christian Zlolniski, UTA professor of anthropology, received a $255,000 grant from the National Science Foundation to study the labor and environmental implications of natural resources being marketed as sustainability sourced products, Targeted News Service reported. His study focuses on Mexican beach pebbles, which are sold in the U.S. for landscaping, landscape architecture and beautification projects.

Mujeres Legendarias Award

Denise Hernandez, a UTA public health adjunct professor in the College of Nursing and Health Innovation, is one of four North Texas recipients of the 2021 Mujeres Legendarias Award presented by the Ford Motor Company, Targeted News Service reported. Hernandez’s research focuses on how Community Health Workers (CHW) can bridge the gap between patients and health care systems, and on CHW workforce development.