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May 23, 2022
Sepehr Bastami builds device to collect environmental data
Interdisciplinary Research Opportunity Leads to Former Student’s Role at NASA
UT Austin alumnus Sepehr Bastami is an aerospace research engineer at NASA's Langley Research Center. Bastami's participation in interdisciplinary research, specifically the Whole Communities--Whole Health research grand challenge, led to his current role at NASA.
Jan. 5, 2022
Waste water testing
UT Austin Resumes COVID-19 Wastewater Testing After Funding Pause
With renewed funding, UT researchers are resuming testing for COVID-19 in Austin's wastewater. Cockrell School of Engineering Professor and Whole Communities–Whole Health Mary Jo Kirisits talked to KXAN News about their findings so far.
Dec. 2, 2021
A woman sits at her desktop computer in her brightly-lit office designing a mobile application.
Whole Communities–Whole Health Study Goes Mobile
One of the key parts of the Whole Communities–Whole Health study is its commitment to providing actionable data to participants so they and other community organizations can make changes that support better overall health.
Nov. 1, 2021
Whole Communities–Whole Health research study coordinator Sarah Smith hands a sample collection kit to one of the study participants to provide cheek swabs and dust samples from the home
We Talk a lot About Cohort Studies, but What Are They?
Whole Communities–Whole Health is a 5-year cohort study that looks at the different variables that affect childhood health. But what is a cohort study exactly? Psychology Professor David Schnyer explains.
Aug. 9, 2021
man holding cell phone
Ensuring Privacy, One Data Point at a Time
The information apps collect is extremely powerful because it enables technology to help make our lives better, safer, healthier, and — especially in times like we’ve experienced over the past year — more socially connected. For instance, apps have helped contact tracers with COVID-19 response.
July 8, 2021
stressed nurse
Public Health Nurses Once Again Asking, “What Are They Thinking?”
Nursing associate professor Karen Johnson and assistant professor Whitney Thurman explain why they think the CDC was too quick to lift masking requirements post-vaccine.
April 29, 2021
UT Austin researcher drives an SUV equipped with a state-of-the-art air sampling device through a park in eastern Travis County.
What’s That Smell?
UT researchers took the state-of-the-art Vocus "Sniffer" on the road across Central Texas to find out whether some people are at greater risk than others of breathing in polluted air.
April 22, 2021
UT Nursing Associate Professor Karen Johnson is outside at a COVID-19 drive-through clinic in March 2021. She wears a face mask and holds a vaccine syringe and is standing next to a colleague also wearing a face mask.
‘The Most Meaningful Thing I’ve Done in My Career:’ A Vaccine Story
Karen Johnson, an associate professor in the School of Nursing and Whole Communities–Whole Health researcher, shares her experience administering COVID-19 vaccinations.
April 19, 2021
A Public Health Nurse Gets Her Chance to Step Up to the Front Line
Karen Johnson, who is a public health nurse, an associate professor in the School of Nursing and a Whole Communities–Whole Health researcher, says she felt powerless to do anything to help amid the pandemic as patients were overflowing critical care units. So when she got the email about the vaccine, she was the first to sign up to volunteer.
April 19, 2021
UT School of Nursing Launches Vaccine Programs for Underserved Austin Communities
The School of Nursing launched two vaccination delivery programs in March that provide vaccines to underserved Austin communities. The two programs, Vaccine Administration Mobile Operations (VAMOS), which is co-sponsored by Whole Communities–Whole Health, and Vaccinate, No Waste (VaxNow), were created by people working in vaccine operations after they realized some Austin communities could not access UT’s mass vaccination hub.