UTA In The News — Friday, September 15, 2023
UAW strike impact
Ashish Sedai, a UT Arlington assistant professor of economics, said a strike at the Arlington GM plant could have short-term and long-term effects on the North Texas, state and national economies, The Dallas Morning News, KXAS NBC 5 and KRLD 1080 AM reported. United Auto Workers went on strike at midnight, but the local plant workers are not part of the picketers yet. Sedai said a union fund could pay members for 11 weeks without health insurance if the strike endures. The KXAS NBC 5 story also ran on the 5 p.m. broadcast and on KAVU ABC 25 in Victoria, Texas; KVEO NBC 23 in Brownsville, Texas; KSBY NBC 6 in San Luis Obispo, Calif.; KPRC NBC 2 in Houston; and KRIS 6 in Corpus Christi.
Bike, scooter ordinance
An Arlington city ordinance change may clear the way for UT Arlington to launch a bike and scooter rental program that connects riders to campus and downtown, KERA 90.1 FM reported. UT Arlington has launched multiple bike rental programs over the past several years. However, UTA has steered clear of programs that include scooters, according to Greg Hladik, UTA executive director for auxiliary services.
Brian Whitmore, UT Arlington assistant professor of practice and expert in Russian affairs, wrote an Atlantic Council website column on what a Putin-Kim get-together means for Russia’s war with Ukraine and North Korea’s technological capabilities.
Impact on floodplains
Adnan Rajib, a UT Arlington hydrologist, and doctoral student Qianjin Zheng published a study in the Nature journal Scientific Data to provide the first-ever global estimate of human destruction of natural floodplains, Terra Daily reported. The study can help guide future development in a way that can restore and conserve vital floodplain habitats that are critical to wildlife, water quality and reducing flood risk for people.