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Nov. 12, 2020
UT Researchers Study Why Certain Groups Don't Trust Public Health Information on COVID
University of Texas at Austin researchers are in the middle of a study looking at where people get their health information, specifically on COVID-19, and if they trust it to be true. Findings show older adults had more accurate, factual information about COVID-19 than the younger adults did — to a significant level.
Nov. 12, 2020
Texas iSchool Joins Social Justice Informatics Collaborative Effort in City of Austin
The School of Information at The University of Texas at Austin is pleased to partner with Good Systems, a UT Grand Challenge, Huston-Tillotson University, and government and community organizations in Austin for the Public Interest Technology University Network Social Justice Informatics Faculty Fellows Program. This city-wide collaborative effort will bring together faculty fellows with diverse expertise in social justice and public interest technology who will partner with local organizations, producing collaborative cross-institutional research teams working toward achieving social justice in Austin.
Nov. 4, 2020
Houston after Hurricane Harvey
Changing The Way We Respond to Disasters
In the future, Texas is expected to face increasing exposure to a wide range of climate-driven natural disasters — most notably deadly catastrophic flooding from hurricanes, storm surges, and extreme rain events.
Nov. 4, 2020
Newsletter: Engaging Communities to Fight A Climate Crisis
The most sophisticated flood maps don't show everything, including the communities most ravaged by climate hazards because of systemic vulnerabilities. Planet Texas 2050 researchers are working to change that, getting a better picture of the problem by working directly with residents in the Dove Springs neighborhood in Southeast Austin, an area ravaged by flooding. Hear more about this and other Planet Texas projects.
Oct. 28, 2020
Heather Houser and Fernanda Leite
New Projects, New Leadership for Planet Texas 2050
A message from Heather Houser, outgoing Chair of Planet Texas 2050.
Oct. 20, 2020
Planet Texas 2050 Shares Support for Austin Climate Equity Plan
The Planet Texas 2050 theme organizing committee shows its support for the City of Austin's Climate Equity Plan. We also request that the UT Austin President’s Sustainability Steering Committee integrate climate equity-related goals and strategies into the university Sustainability Master Plan.
Oct. 6, 2020
Wastewater Treatment
UT Researchers Hunt for COVID-19 in Human Waste
Our dirty, smelly wastewater could hold something very valuable: the key to tracking COVID-19 hot spots in Austin before diagnostic testing is able to identify outbreaks. The novel coronavirus is a fecally shed virus, which means its signature shows up in our waste. Because of this, University of Texas researchers are hoping they can track its spread by studying human feces.
Oct. 2, 2020
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Engaging Communities to Fight a Climate Crisis
In a first-of-its-kind study, UT, the City of Austin, the community organization Go! Austin/Vamos! Austin, and St. Edward’s University, will creatively examine long-standing problems in neighborhoods that have worse outcomes in response to climate-related issues because of inadequate infrastructure and investment.
Sept. 30, 2020
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Forging Ahead While Tackling a Pandemic
The COVID-19 pandemic has introduced obstacles to all aspects of life. Whole Communities–Whole Health it sprinting toward the launch of its 5-year cohort study. However, our teams have met the challenges of our changing world by engaging in research that will directly effect people amid the pandemic. 
Sept. 30, 2020
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U.S. Kids Struggle to Keep Moving
To protect ourselves and others during the COVID-19 pandemic, most of us have had to shift our everyday lives to our homes. This has led to a steep drop in the amount of physical activity our kids are getting.