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March 23, 2021
Data Show How the Pandemic Changed Day-to-Day Life
Using publicly available data, researchers in the Cockrell School of Engineering and Whole Communities–Whole Health have quantified the many ways day-to-day activity has changed since the pandemic began, including real estate activity, traffic, retail spending and job postings.
March 22, 2021
UT Releases Study Showing How Pandemic Has Changed Day-to-Day Life in Austin
This week, UT researchers, including experts from Whole Communities–Whole Health, released a new online dashboard measuring all the ways the COVID-19 pandemic has changed life in Austin, including transportation, small business revenue and the housing market.
March 16, 2021
In the Wake of the Great Winter Storm, How Can Texas Create a More Resilient Power Grid?
Researchers at UT Austin have been working on a project using advanced modeling to predict when certain electrical substations will be thrown offline during an extreme weather event. The goal is to help design a better, more resilient system by assisting energy companies, policymakers and state agencies in planning infrastructure investments during the next decade. The team has been focused on flooding from major hurricanes, but now, they are considering how the model could be tweaked to improve the state’s power grid in the face of a winter storm
March 16, 2021
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Introducing Planet Texas 2050: A “Not Even Past” Collaboration
As part of the Institute for Historical Studies' "Climate in Context" events, Planet Texas 2050 has teamed up with the digital magazine "Not Even Past" to produce a series of articles outlining why history and archaeology are important to our understanding and mitigation of the effects of climate change. This article introduces our grand challenge.
March 16, 2021
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Can We Leave It All Behind?: A “Not Even Past” Collaboration
As part of the Institute for Historical Studies' "Climate in Context" events, Planet Texas 2050 has teamed up with the digital magazine "Not Even Past" to produce a series of articles outlining why history and archaeology are important to our understanding and mitigation of the effects of climate change. This article by Classics Associate Professor Adam Rabinowitz details his work exploring the ancient past to help plan for the future.
Feb. 26, 2021
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Surveillance Perspectives: Who’s Watching Us?
Surveillance is happening all around us all the time. Businesses, governments, and nonstate actors are gathering information — whether it’s to sell us something on social media or screen us when we apply for a home loan. University of Texas at Austin and New York University researchers participated in a Good Systems panel last month where they discussed various types of surveillance and how this practice is sometimes obvious but also elusive.
Feb. 26, 2021
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Ethics Belongs in Industry — Here’s How We Ensure it’s a Priority
Ethical concerns regarding modern technology seem to show up everywhere. These issues give rise to questions about whether industry is ready to face the challenges associated with AI and how ethical considerations can be implemented in the day-to-day workflow at technology companies.
Feb. 23, 2021
Texas Leaders Failed to Heed Warnings that Left the State's Power Grid Vulnerable to Winter Extremes, Experts Say
Texas officials knew winter storms could leave the state’s power grid vulnerable, but they left the choice to prepare for harsh weather up to the power companies — many of which opted against the costly upgrades. Dev Niyogi, a geosciences professor at the University of Texas at Austin and Planet Texas researcher, said climate scientists want infrastructure design to consider a “much larger spectrum of possibilities” rather than treating these storms as a rarity, or a so-called “100-year event.”
Feb. 23, 2021
Introducing Planet Texas 2050
As part of the Institute for Historical Studies' Climate in Context events, Planet Texas 2050 has collaborated with digital magazine "Not Even Past" on a series of posts and articles highlighting how history and archaeology are key to our work. This article introduces our grand challenge.
Feb. 23, 2021
How to Plan and Prepare for the Next Weather Event
Experts say planning for the next weather event should involve looking back and looking ahead. Professor Dev Niyogi with the University of Texas Jackson School of Geosciences and Cockrell School of Engineering explains.