UTA In The News — Friday, January 7, 2022

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Lim appointed NJIT president

UT Arlington Interim President Teik C. Lim has been appointed the next leader of the New Jersey Institute of Technology, The Dallas Morning News, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Diverse: Issues In Higher Education, KRLD 1080 AM, New Jersey Business Magazine and a number of other media outlets reported.

UTA announces 2022 spring semester changes

UT Arlington announced Thursday that the 2022 spring semester classes will be online due to the current COVID-19 omicron variant surge, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, KTVT CBS 11, KRLD 1080 AM, KDFW Fox 4 and KXAS NBC 5 reported.

Nurse burnout

Nearly one out of five health care workers have quit their jobs since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, The Dallas Morning News reported. The last 23 months have been the hardest of Gabriela Whitener’s 27-year career. Whitener, who also is a UT Arlington clinical assistant professor, said, “Have you ever watched those movies of when the army is in the trenches, and they pray before the fight? We as a unit, as nurses, we always pray before the shift starts.”

Omicron spread pushes Parkland

Parkland Health & Hospital System has filled its additional COVID-19 wards less than a week after they were opened as the highly contagious omicron variant continues to spread through North Texas, The Dallas Morning News reported. Omicron’s rapid spread could also allow for new variants to develop, said Erin Carlson, associate clinical professor and director of graduate public health programs at The University of Texas at Arlington.


Chemists honored

Armstrong, Purnendu "Sandy" Dasgupta and Kevin Schug, all UT Arlington chemistry professors, have been named among the top 100 scientists in the world by The Analytical Scientist magazine, Mirage News and ArlingtonTX.gov reported.


Need diversity in process

At least a few faculty members hope that at least one of the finalists for the next UT Arlington president will be Hispanic, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported.


COVID test requirement

UT Arlington is requiring students, faculty and staff provide a negative COVID test by Feb. 4, KDFW FOX 4 reported in a story highlighting what college campuses are doing to kick off the spring semester.

Design lab donation

The UTA Alumni Association, Architecture Chapter, helped celebrate the opening of the College of Architecture, Planning and Public Affairs' new Community Design Lab with a generous $25,000 gift to support student-led projects, Targeted News Service reported.

Resolution help

Jared Kenworthy, a UT Arlington professor of psychology and author of Health Behavior Change: Theories, Methods and Interventions, offered tips in a Fort Worth Star-Telegram article about how to make and keep New Year’s resolutions.

Latino voting insight offered

A task force narrowed the number of proposed Fort Worth City Council maps from 26 to seven on Thursday, The Fort Worth Report reported. Xavier Medina Vidal, a UT Arlington associate professor of political science, offered the task force some insight into Latino voting behavior.