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UTSA Researchers Making COVID-19 News

May 28, 2020

UTSA Researchers Making COVID-19 News

Chicago Latinos see higher rates of COVID-19 infections

Associated Press, May 22, 2020
“Many Latinos are at high risk of infection because they are in essential roles that put them at an increased risk for contracting the virus. Those include jobs at meatpacking plants, as well as factories and warehouses.”
—Rogelio Saenz, a professor of demography

Artificial intelligence: why students need to learn digital skills to compete

The Guardian, May 21, 2020
“Having used Adobe Creative Cloud, students are. More creative, approach problems from different perspectives, and can communicate more confidently in new and more powerful ways.”
—Melissa Vito, interim vice provost for academic innovation

Coronavirus may have caused hundreds of additional deaths in Florida

Tampa Bay Times, May 20, 2020
“The coronavirus epidemic is far larger in scale than Hurricane Maria and a fundamentally different kind of event. But, both will produce excessive deaths.”
—Jeffrey Howard, assistant professor of education, human development and kinesiology

San Antonio’s population growth ranked second largest in nation

San Antonio Express-News, May 20, 2020
“The city is showing strong growth in both its suburban ring and urban core and that probably is an indication of the kinds of jobs that are being created here — and that young professionals are finding San Antonio to be an attractive place to live, to work in,”
—Lloyd Potter, State Demographer and professor of demography

7 ways the workforce might change after the coronavirus pandemic

Rivard Report, May 20, 2020
“Sporting venues, concerts, and theaters are businesses likely to be significantly impacted by the economic downturn. UTSA does offer free courses that help train people on customer service, effective communication, and small business marketing.”
—Thomas Tunstall, the director of research at UTSA’s Institute for Economic Development

The nonhuman touch: pandemic hastens push for AI, Robotics

Rivard Report, May 20, 2020
“Because adopting robotics and AI takes considerable financial, human, and technological resources to implement, a company’s decision to adopt these technologies is usually a part of its long-term strategic plan. But the current health crisis has sped up the timeline.”
—Mark Leung, associate professor of management science and statistics

The post-coronavirus pandemic home will have more walls, more porches, more flex rooms and dedicated office areas, plus tiny houses for mom and dad

San Antonio Express-News, May 18, 2020
“Multifamily apartments will pose their own challenges to post-pandemic architecture. You have between 300 and 500 people living in the kind of developments that have been going up in San Antonio over the past 10 years or so. Social distancing is much harder here, especially in the public spaces.”
—Rick Lewis, assistant professor in architecture

Ibera Puebla forum questions health systems before COVID-19, May 15, 2020
“The health sector in the country is expensive and lucrative, but not efficient . This is reflected in New York, the new epicenter of the pandemic and indicated in vulnerable communities largely made up of Latinos and African Americans, who represent an important part of the workforce that is considered essential, and that has not stopped work in the quarantine.”
—Rogelio Saenz, professor of demography

We’re talking about a huge impact, Mother Nature’s reaping the benefits of people staying home

KENS-TV, May 14, 2020
“We’re talking about 03 which is not a good ozone to have at ground level. It impacts lung function which of course right now is incredibly important.”
—Greg Griffin, Ph.D., an urban planning professor

Understand: The battle over mail-in ballots in Texas

KSAT-TV, May 14, 2020
“There are all sorts of stipulations that come into play. It’s not an easy task to do absentee balloting in this state.”
—Dr. Jon Taylor, the political science department chair

Professor behind acclaimed COVID-19 math model says relief may be in sight

WOAI-TV, May 11, 2020
“Yes, I am optimistic, as long as we keep doing what we are doing. Under current conditions, it is quite possible that we will be back in business in the fall. The next month will determine what happens.”
—Dr. Juan Gutierrez, chair of mathematics department

Study: Even animals may resort to physical distancing to prevent microbes

This Week (India), May 11, 2020
“Social microbial transmission among monkeys can help inform us about how diseases spread.”
—Eva Wikberg, assistant professor of biological anthropology

San Antonio, Texas sees surge in telehealth demand

Government Technology, May 8, 2020
“Government-mandated social distancing requirements, necessary to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, had also temporarily prevented some clients at the Autism Treatment Center in San Antonio from getting needed care. We had to consider the ethics of not continuing these services.”
—Leslie Neely, educational psychology professor

Unemployment total hits more than 95,000 in Bexar County

San Antonio Express-News, May 7, 2020
“Even by the end of this year, it’s hard to imagine things would be humming along the way they were almost for the last ten years, since the last recession.”
—Dr. Thomas Tunstall, Director for the Institute for Economic Development

Coronavirus questions complicate San Antonio schools’ fall plan

The Rivard Report, May 7, 2020
“If I have one recommendation to my fellow parents, it is be adaptive – adapt to the new circumstances, be flexible. It’s going to take awhile to ramp up a vaccine when it eventually gets created, but in the meantime, we all need to figure out how to move forward together.”
—Dr. Michael Villarreal, Director of the Urban Education Institute

Screening reality

Psychology Today, May 5, 2020
“Humans have become adept at engineering dams that allow us to capture and use water for our agricultural, commercial, and personal needs. In the age of COVID-19, we are engaged in a worldwide effort to contain a non-sentient enemy that isn’t visible to the human eye. And, much like water, it finds ways to seep around the protective layers of gloves, masks, and sanitizers we lay down. However, the threat is not only biological; it is psychological as well.”
— - Dr. Mary McNaughton-Cassill, professor of clinical psychology

The phone call makes a comeback in the time of coronavirus with volumes doubling typical Mother’s Day traffic

San Antonio Express-News, May 4, 2020
“Social distancing required to deal with the COVID-19 would certainly lead people to use technology to stay connected with others, so it’s not surprising that people want to hear the voice of their friends and loved ones to make them feel more connected.”
— James Bray, a UTSA clinical psychologist

What Do We Know About COVID-19 Infections and Deaths among Latinos?

Latino Rebels, May 4, 2020
“Of the 29 states that provide data on COVID-19 deaths for Latinos, only one (the state of New York excluding New York City) has greater Latino fatalities compared to their relative presence in the population.”
— Rogelio Sáenz, a sociologist, demographer, and professor in the Department of Demography

Back to school, back to normal in just one way

San Antonio Express-News, May 2, 2020
“So, a school that had 600 students at any one time will now have 100 students, and they will enter the buildings through designated doors, so they don’t clump up.”
— Michael Villarreal, director of the Urban Education Institute

A Texas-Size Reopening Has Many Wondering: Too Much or Not Enough?

The New York Times, May 1, 2020
“If Texas were to keep its stay-at-home orders in place, it would have about 1,800 coronavirus cases by Aug. 27, according to models by Juan B. Gutiérrez, a mathematical biologist at the University of Texas at San Antonio. If social distancing is reduced, the models suggest, the city could see 7,400 cases.”
— Juan Gutierrez, chair of mathematics

UTSA-Led Research Team Seeks to Adapt Vaccine for Coronavirus

The Rivard Report, May 1, 2020
“We are using the platform created to treat tularemia and engineering bacterium to make the spike protein from coronavirus and seeing if injecting it as a vaccine will make antibodies that prevent the virus from getting into cells.”
— Karl Klose, microbiology professor and director of the South Texas Center for Emerging Infectious Diseases

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