UTA In The News — Wednesday, September 20, 2023

Wednesday, Sep 20, 2023 • Media Contact : UT Arlington Media Relations

E-cigarettes dangers

A new study led by Ziyad Ben Taleb, an assistant professor at UT Arlington and director of the Nicotine and Tobacco Research Laboratory, challenges the widely held belief that electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes) are a safer alternative to traditional cigarettes, Knowridge Science Report reported.

Cost analysis book

Mohsen Shahandashti, a UT Arlington civil engineer, and some of his students have written a book about using data analytics to solve chronic problems in the construction industry, such as cost and time overruns and the rising prices of materials, Mirage News reported.

Diversity award

UT Arlington has received the 2023 Higher Education Excellence in Diversity Award from INSIGHT Into Diversity Magazine, TrendRadars reported.


In a world facing environmental challenges unprecedented in human history, it’s no surprise that eco-anxiety—a pervasive worry about the current and future state of our planet—has become an increasingly prevalent mental health issue. Karen Magruder, a UTA assistant professor of social work, offered tipson coping with that worry in a column run in Pennsylvania’s The Express reported in a column Magruder wrote. The column originally appeared in The Conversation.

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, Eos 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.