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Cultural appropriation rising | March 22, 2021

According to Google Trends, words such as “astrology chart” and “rising sign” have peaked in early 2021, and many professional astrologers report that business has boomed in the past few months. With the current uptick in astrology and spirituality consuming social media, it is necessary to understand their cultural significance before advertising or promoting these […]

Women’s volleyball begins season with eight undefeated games, soccer gets underway | March 22, 2021

With regular season play delayed from the fall due to the pandemic, the soccer and volleyball teams all returned to games on Feb. 26. The women’s soccer team opened the ASC competition with a win over Ozarks. They have six more games scheduled before a three-game ASC conference championship beginning on April 1, said head […]

What does on-campus isolation look like? | March 22, 2021

While isolating on campus may not be the preferred option for Comets, UTD is attempting to make the process as seamless as possible for students who either cannot or chose not to spend their quarantine period at home. Associate Vice President for Student Affairs Matt Grief said there is a systematic process for getting students […]

Assessing sepsis successfully | March 22, 2021

A UTD Ph.D. candidate is working on a project that helps doctors assess patients for sepsis, an immune system reaction to infections. According to the World Health Organization, sepsis affected around 49 million people and resulted in almost 11 million deaths globally in 2017 alone. Ambalika Tanak – a biomedical engineering Ph.D. candidate – said […]

Students develop ultrasound probe holder | March 22, 2021

The COVID-19 pandemic has required the efforts of many healthcare professionals, often overworking nurses and physicians. In response, one UTDesign team found a way to reduce the number of nurses needed to conduct an ultrasound. The team – including Madeline Powers, Eric Busch, Carlos Ramirez, Minh Nguyen, Shahrzad Shahabi and Rebecca Finney – added a […]

Software over hardware: researchers develop more accessible hearing aid | March 22, 2021

UTD researchers have developed an application to help with hearing loss, allowing anyone with a smartphone to access hearing aids for only a few dollars. UTD electrical engineering professor Issa Panahi and his research team received a five-year grant of $1.86 million from the National Institute of Health to create smartphone-accessible applications to help people […]

Alumnus held in federal custody now released under certain conditions | March 22, 2021

UTD alumnus Chris Grider recently attended a hearing to revoke detention charges due to his participation in the Capitol riots. As decided by U.S. Magistrate Susan Hightower, Grider is held under custody at Limestone Detention Center due to strong evidence depicting his role as an active participant in the Capitol riots. Evidence suggests that Grider […]

Denied from grad school? Here’s what you can do. | March 22, 2021

As graduate school decisions are released, appealing and reapplying for future cycles are the options available to students who are unsatisfied with denials. Dean of Graduate Education Juan Gonzálezsaid UTD has a decentralized graduate appeals system like other universities without a graduate school. This means that graduate appeals go directly to departments and programs instead […]

Beyond the CARES Act | March 22, 2021

The successor to the CARES Act – the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act – is available this semester for students financially impacted by COVID-19. Senior Director of Financial Aid Beth Tolan said that the CRRSA Act was enacted on Dec. 27,2020, as a federally funded need-based emergency award fund. Unlike the CARES Act, […]

COVID demographics: who’s getting sick on campus? | March 22, 2021

Since lockdowns began – and as of March 6, 2021 – there have been a total of 676 reported cases of COVID-19 and one virus-related death among UTD-affiliated individuals. Now, with on-campus cases currently in decline, the university continues to focus on testing and keeping track of vaccinated Comets. Of the nearly 700 people who […]

Match-tastrophe? | March 22, 2021

In anticipation of possibly connecting with someone new, hundreds of students anxiously refreshed their emails awaiting the results of their UTD Match questionnaire. The emails were sent out on Feb. 23, and matches were split into various categories including relationships, friends and mentors and mentees. Applicants received a WebEx link through email inviting them to […]

Studying abroad…in Richardson | March 22, 2021

The Education Abroad exchange student program is regaining momentum as university proceedings begin returning to normal, with 21 new foreign exchange students choosing to attend UTD for the spring semester. While, according to the Education Abroad office, the program usually entertains almost 40 exchange students each spring, the current amount is still significant compared to […]