UTA In The News — Wednesday, June 15, 2022

Wednesday, Jun 15, 2022 • Media Contact : UT Arlington Media Relations

Vaccination rates among Latinos

Erin Carlson, associate professor and director of graduate public health programs in the College of Nursing and Health Innovation, spoke to Al Día Dallas about the increase in COVID-19 vaccination rates among Latinos in North Texas. “We have seen something in relation to the Hispanic community that is rare and exciting. In public health, we rarely see what we call “reversal” of health disparities,” Carlson said.

Health care staffing shortage

In a Dallas Morning News story about the national shortage of health care workers, Cynthia Koomey, UT Arlington College of Nursing and Health Innovation clinical assistant professor, said there’s no shortage of students interested in and qualified for nursing school. In their final semester of the two-year program, UT Arlington nursing students complete more than 100 hours of training at a health care facility working one-on-one with an experienced nurse.

Bidding war

Aerospace manufacturers are competing for U.S. Army contracts to build two models of future helicopters, the Fort Worth Report wrote. Dudley Smith, a UT Arlington professor of practice in mechanical engineering, said losing the bids could be devastating for the companies. “Once you get into the production of one of these things, it’s going to last for a long period of time, and there’s not going to be another competition,” Smith said. “So what could happen is, if one company was … pushed to the side by completely losing any access to this contract … they might not survive.”

Maverick engineer joins dad on the job

Delaney Rainford, a civil engineering student at UT Arlington, is interning this summer at The Beck Group with her dad, Clyde Rainford, Fox 4 reported. The Beck Group is a construction and architecture company based in Dallas, and Clyde has worked there for more than two decades. As a child, Delaney would tag along with him at the project sites.