UTA In The News — Friday, September 16, 2022

Friday, Sep 16, 2022 • Media Contact : UT Arlington Media Relations

Record-setting class
For the sixth year in a row, The University of Texas at Arlington has enrolled the most first-time-in-college students in University history, surpassing the fall 2021 total by nearly 7%, according to preliminary census numbers, U.S. Fed News reported.

Biden meeting with families
Brian Whitmore, a Russia and Eurasia specialist and adjunct assistant professor at The University of Texas at Arlington, said the planned meetings between President Biden and the families of Brittney Griner and former Marine Paul Whelan are significant, KXAS NBC 5 reported. Whitmore adds that a realistic deal or prisoner swap could be complicated. “We know what the Russians want. They want a man named Viktor Bout,” he said. “This is a bad guy. He’s also a bad guy who is also connected at the highest levels of the Russian government.”

Railroad strike impact
Roger Wehr, a senior lecturer who teaches transportation economics at UTA, said consumers wouldn’t see the consequences of a rail strike immediately, The Fort Worth Report reported in a story about the possible railroad strike that would have happened today. Unions and the railroad companies have reached a tentative agreement, but it remains to be ratified by union members.

CPRIT grant
The Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas awarded $49 million in grants on Wednesday, The Dallas Morning News reported. UT Arlington received $250,000 for ultrasensitive nanosensor-based detection of tumors to enable personalized cancer immunotherapy.

UTA ranks high
The University of Texas at Arlington received a five-star ranking from the recently published Campus Pride Index published recently, the Dallas Voice reported. Campus Pride is the major resource for LGBTQ student leadership development, diversity inclusion and advocacy within higher education.

Hispanic Heritage Month
The Office for Cultural Engagement and Social Change team has helped plan a variety of events as part of Hispanic Heritage Month celebrations at The University of Texas at Arlington, U.S. Fed News reported.

Health informatics conference
The future of the medical world took center stage at The University of Texas at Arlington, where professionals from across Texas shared what the next generation of health care could look like, U.S. Fed News reported. In partnership with UT Health Science Center at Houston and UT Southwestern Medical Center, UTA hosted the second annual Texas Health Informatics Alliance Conference on Sept. 9 at the E.H. Hereford University Center.

Super Service Saturday
Students, faculty and staff from The University of Texas at Arlington spent their Saturday volunteering for community service projects with local organizations across the city, U.S. Fed News reported. This year, more than 240 volunteers and 35 site leaders took part in the annual Super Service Saturday event, held Sept. 10.