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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 29, 2021
Closing The Gap On Transportation: Solving ‘Transit Deserts’
Millions of people, especially people of color, are cut off from quality food, jobs, healthcare and education, because they lack access to suitable transportation. School of Architecture Associate Professor and Good Systems Chair Junfeng Jiao coined the term 'transit deserts' to describe these areas. He talks with WBEZ Chicago about possible solutions.
April 28, 2021
A van driving along a road in Houston, Texas is submerged in water during a flood event.
Planning For Extreme Uncertainty
Community and Regional Planning doctoral candidate Deidre Zoll shares about her work examining the climate planning efforts in Houston and San Antonio and whether they amplify existing inequalities.
April 23, 2021
There Is Bipartisan Consensus: U.S. Infrastructure Is In Poor Shape. What Investments, Projects Are Needed Nationwide And In Texas?
Planet Texas 2050 researcher and Jackson School of Geosciences Professor Dev Niyogi joins Texas Public Radio's The Source to talk about U.S. President Biden's infrastructure investment plans and shifts to greener energy.
April 23, 2021
Texas Legislature Advances Energy Reforms That Pit Fossil Fuels Against Renewables, Stalls On Action To Address Climate Crisis
Planet Texas 2050 researcher and LBJ School of Public Affairs environmental policy expert Patrick Bixler joins Texas Public Radio's The Source to talk about energy reform, climate change and environment-related bills the Texas Legislature is taking up this session.
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.
March 31, 2021
Chihuahuan desert
Environments and Borders: A “Not Even Past” Collaboration
Borders today are understood as political demarcations that separate states and nation-states. But, sometimes, we share more in common with the people beyond these arbitrary lines than we think.
March 31, 2021
Environments and Borders: Where Do We Draw the Lines?
Natural environments seldom follow political borders. While sometimes arbitrary lines on a map separate states, natural environments shape the way people live. Mexican American and Latino/a Studies Assistant Professor C.J. Alvarez explores the identities of what he calls “desert dwellers” and how the Chihuahuan shapes and defines them.