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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. 9, 2021
Monica Brickley said she looked at dozens of homes for a ground floor ADU for her mother (pictured), before deciding to build one from scratch. (Photo: …
City leaders vote to expand ‘granny flats’ for affordability, but research indicates it could backfire
AUSTIN (KXAN) — Austin City Council members took a step Thursday to loosen the restrictions on Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs) and make them more affordable.
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. 26, 2021
Snow, ice and widespread power outages gripped Austin and much of Texas during February's deadly winter storm.
Opinion: We All Must Rise to the Challenge of Climate Change
Civil, Architectural, and Environmental Engineering Associate Professor Fernanda Leite argue for reductions in emissions and a statewide climate adaptation plan in an opinion piece for the Austin American-Statesman.
Nov. 8, 2021
flood recovery effort
What Does it Mean to Make Texas More Resilient?
Since its founding, Planet Texas 2050 has used as its tagline: making Texas more resilient. But what do we mean by resilient? Architecture Assistant Professor Katherine Lieberknecht explains.
Nov. 8, 2021
Three men stand around a robot on wheels in a robotic labs on the University of Texas at Austin campus.
Bringing Robots into the Real World: Q&A with Peter Stone and Elliott Hauser
Computer Science Professor Peter Stone and School of Information Assistant Professor Elliott Hauser share about their new Good Systems project "Living and Working with Robots" and why it's important to design robotic technology in the real world.
Nov. 7, 2021
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Opinion: City is missing a big opportunity to provide low-cost housing
The situation is dire for potential homeowners in Austin making less than the $80,000 annual median household income. Rapid population growth coupled with massive migration into the city have caused the demand for homes to soar — and along with it, prices.
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.
Nov. 1, 2021
Designing AI for Racial Equity: Translating Ethics into Practice
Among the principles for ethical and responsible AI none is more prominent than the “fairness and non-discrimination” principle, that is, the idea that data-based systems like AI/ML should avoid unjust impacts on people, especially those from historically marginalized populations.
Oct. 28, 2021
Ambulance in snowy parking lot
An Algorithm for EMS Response
Good Systems researchers from the Department of Mathematics and the Cockrell School of Engineering have developed an algorithm that will improve Austin-Travis County EMS ambulance response by 88 seconds.