UT Dallas Joins Fight Against COVID-19

At The University of Texas at Dallas, faculty, staff, students, alumni and researchers are doing their part to meet the challenges of a global pandemic.

From donating personal protective equipment to health care workers on the front lines, to helping students find the resources they need for academic success, and sharing their expertise with media to help educate the public, Comets are stepping up to make an impact in the fight against COVID-19.

The following highlight the efforts taking place at the University.

Helping Students

Team Shares University’s World-Class Appeal with Prospective International Students »

Faculty and staff are helping to ease the worries of prospective international students by showcasing the benefits of UTD and the Dallas area in webinars. (6/22/2020)

Online, In-Person or Hybrid Classes? At UT Dallas, It’s the Student’s Choice for Fall 2020 »

UT Dallas will provide flexibility in class options for students this fall semester, beginning Aug. 17. (6/11/2020)

University Adapts to Needs of New Comets with Virtual Orientations »

With on-campus activities still suspended this summer, UT Dallas is helping new students become acclimated to University life through its first virtual orientations. (6/11/2020)

Student Success Center Shifts Services Online To Help Comets Make the Grade Remotely »

The Student Success Center moved its services online this spring and logged more than 6,250 virtual visits between tutors and fellow students. (5/28/2020)

Alumnus Helps Create Emergency Fund for University’s International Students »

Sanjeeb Samanta BS’94, MS’95 understands the challenges international students face. So he worked with the University to set up an emergency fund to help them during the COVID-19 pandemic. (5/21/2020)

Telehealth Adds Needed Touch to Callier Center’s Care, Clinical Training »

When the COVID-19 pandemic forced most campus offices to close, the Callier Center for Communication Disorders still was able to treat patients and give students the experience they needed to graduate. (5/18/2020)

PhD Students Present Final Defenses with Little Degree of Online Difficulty »

More than half of this spring’s record number of 100 dissertations were defended online thanks to the help of the Office of Graduate Education. (5/4/2020)

Mental Health Class Transformed from Theory to Real Life »

Dr. Denise Paquette Boots is using her mental health class to check in on her students’ well-being and anxiety levels during the global pandemic. (5/4/2020)

McDermott Library’s Resources Remain Just a Click Away During Campus Closure »

It’s National Library Week, and users can still find scholarly journals, brush up on computer software skills and connect with library staff members remotely. (4/23/2020)

Educational Technology Team Eases Transition to ELearning »

A collaborative effort ensured that faculty had everything they needed, while some professors went beyond the essentials of online learning to keep students engaged. (4/20/2020)

Comet Cupboard Helps Students in Need During COVID-19 Pandemic »

The campus food pantry has continued to provide relief to students in need these past few weeks. (04/09/20)

University Keeps Students Connected with Computer Loans »

When the decision was made to move classes online, staff and faculty developed a strategy to find computers on campus and loan them to students who needed the equipment at home. (04/09/20)

UT Dallas Emergency Fund Created »

In response to the emergent needs of campus, the UT Dallas Student Emergency Fund was created. Contributions will assist students dealing with housing and food insecurity, elimination of jobs or reduced incomes, medical care, needs associated with remote learning and other unplanned expenses. (03/27/20)

Assisting the Medical Community

Software Project Aims To Keep Patient Data Protected in COVID-19 Research »

Dr. Murat Kantarcioglu will help create an open-source software tool to help guide policymakers and health care providers after receiving a grant through the National Science Foundation’s Rapid Response Research program. (06/08/20)

Terry Scholars Cook Up Way To Help Restaurants, Feed Hospital Workers »

Two students at UT Dallas have established a nonprofit organization with the mission to purchase meals from local restaurants and donate and deliver them to hospital personnel in cities most impacted by COVID-19. (06/01/20)

Lab’s Projects Add New Dimension To Help COVID-19 Fight »

Researchers designed and 3D-printed a critical ventilator part and are working to manufacture testing swabs and personal protective equipment in a campus lab mobilized to address potential supply shortages due to the pandemic. (05/11/20)

Alumni Step Up To Protect Workers on COVID-19 Front Lines »

James Griffin BS’18 and Dr. Peter Baek MS’15 designed and manufactured an N95 filter attachment that can convert a snorkel mask into safety gear for health care workers. (4/13/2020)

Coronavirus in Texas: UT Dallas Makes 3rd Donation of Personal Protective Gear to Area Hospital Opens in a new tab.

UT Dallas made a third donation of personal protective gear to help those on the front lines dealing with the coronavirus pandemic. (4/3/2020)

UT Dallas Donates Protective Medical Gear to Parkland in COVID-19 »

UT Dallas responded to the shortage of personal protective equipment for area health care workers by delivering gloves, face masks, gowns and more to Parkland Health & Hospital System. (3/30/20)

Lending a Helping Hand

Summer Coding Camps Move to New Platform with Same Fun for Computer Fundamentals »

Coding camps at UT Dallas are helping area school children sharpen their computer literacy and skills through interactive online classes this summer. (6/15/2020)

Researchers Chart Vital Territory with COVID-19 Data Dashboards »

Researchers from four University schools developed dashboards so that government entities and the public can access the same data about the pandemic. (5/26/2020)

UTeach Students Go Extra Mile Online for Future Employers »

Three University of Texas at Dallas seniors in the UTeach Dallas program took the initiative to help their mentor teachers in area school districts transition to online learning. Now each has been hired at the same school where they performed their student teaching. (5/26/2020)

Campus Community’s Mask Project Ensures Fellow Comets Are Covered »

More than 1,200 cloth face coverings have been distributed to employees working on campus to maintain essential functions. (5/21/2020)

Students Develop Recipe To Help North Texas Food Bank During COVID-19 Outbreak »

Students in a new sustainability service learning class have put their knowledge to work with a virtual fundraising and donation campaign to support the North Texas Food Bank during the COVID-19 outbreak. (4/30/2020)

Volunteers Needed: UT Dallas Community Invited To ‘Make a Mask’ »

UT Dallas volunteers across campus have launched the “Make a Mask” project to supply cloth face coverings to fellow Comets on campus. (04/09/20)

Appearing in the Media

¿Qué Condados Requieren el Uso de Cubrebocas en el Norte de Texas? Opens in a new tab.

Dr. Harold Clarke, Ashbel Smith Professor in the School of Economic, Political and Policy Sciences, tells Al Día the use of mask covers in the pandemic has taken on a strong political connotation. (07/1/20)

Lab-Confirmed COVID-19 Hospitalizations up 36% from Last Week Opens in a new tab.

Dr. Tim Bray, director of the Institute for Urban Policy Research, joins KDFW-TV’s Good Day for an update on hospital data. (07/2/20)

Local Model Predicts Additional Surge in COVID-19 Cases Opens in a new tab.

Dr. Britt Berrett, clinical professor and director for the Center of Healthcare Leadership and Management in the Naveen Jindal School of Management, discusses the latest data from North Texas. (06/22/20)

UT Dallas Historian Explains Why Floyd Killing Was a Turning Point in the Fight to End Police Brutality Opens in a new tab.

Dr. Anne Gray Fischer, an assistant professor of history in the School of Arts and Humanities, specializes in policing and political movements. (06/12/20)

Richardson Experts Explain Rise of Telemedicine, Question Future of Service in Light of Uncertain Reimbursement Opens in a new tab.

By the end of this year, telehealth appointments are projected to surge to at least 1 billion. Alex Edsel, senior lecturer in the Naveen Jindal School of Management, talks with Community Impact-Richardson. (06/03/20)

Service Delivery Robots Helping People Social Distance in Frisco Opens in a new tab.

Dr. Yonas Tadesse, associate professor of mechanical engineering in the Erik Jonsson School of Engineering and Computer Science, tells KXAS-TV the pandemic has called attention to the need for this type of contactless technology. (05/27/20)

UT Dallas Expert Says Primary Care Industry Poised for Seismic Shift Post-Coronavirus Opens in a new tab.

Dr. Britt Berrett, clinical professor and director for the Center of Healthcare Leadership and Management in the Naveen Jindal School of Management, discusses the future of the primary care industry with Community Impact-Richardson. (05/26/20)

Hand Sanitizer Left in Hot Vehicles Can Explode, Experts Warn Opens in a new tab.

There’s a hidden risk with keeping hand sanitizer in your car, especially during the hot summer months. Dr. Mihaela C. Stefan, Eugene McDermott Professor of chemistry and biochemistry, shares her expertise with KTVT-TV. (05/21/20)

UT Dallas Provides Overview of North Texas COVID-19 Cases Opens in a new tab.

The Institute for Urban Policy Research at UT Dallas is trying to help North Texans get a clearer picture of local COVID-19 cases. Dr. Tim Bray talks with KDFW-TV’s Good Day about how researchers are providing a 12-county overview of the number of active cases, recoveries and deaths. (05/20/20)

Telemedicine Soars Amid COVID-19: Will Virtual Health Care Be the New Normal? Opens in a new tab.

Virtual health care visits have increased during the coronavirus pandemic, kicking off a trend that will extend past the crisis. Alex Edsel, senior lecturer in the Naveen Jindal School of Management, weighs in. (05/19/20)

UT Dallas Professor Holds Shoe Box Graduation Ceremony for Seniors Opens in a new tab.

Graduates from a UT Dallas psychology class got a home-spun ceremony courtesy of their professor. Dr. Salena Brody talked to KDFW-TV’s Good Day about the small show she put on for her seniors. (05/15/20)

Family Violence Rose 12.5% During Shelter-at-Home Orders, UT Dallas Study Finds Opens in a new tab.

Dr. Alex Piquero, Ashbel Smith Professor of Criminology and director of social impact research, talks with The Dallas Morning News about his new study, which found reported incidents of domestic violence spiked in the beginning of shelter-at-home order. (05/19/20)

Study: Economic Inequality Can Help Predict COVID-19 Deaths Opens in a new tab.

Dr. Harold Clarke, Ashbel Smith Professor in the School of Economic, Political and Policy Sciences, talks with KRLD-AM about his recent research that analyzes the relationship between COVID-19 and economic, social and demographic factors. (05/15/20)

UT Dallas Uses 3D Printer to Make Ventilator Valves, Testing Swabs, Protective Equipment Opens in a new tab.

Dr. Walter Voit BS’05, MS’06, associate professor in the Erik Jonsson School of Engineering and Computer Science, talks with KXAS-TV about how his team is 3D printing key medical components that they hope will help take care of COVID patients and others. (05/14/20)

Coronavirus Anxiety Is Placing Huge Demands on Our Brains Opens in a new tab.

Dr. Sandra Bond Chapman, founder and chief director of the Center for BrainHealth, wrote this column for The Dallas Morning News. (05/10/20)

How To Keep Your Brain Healthy During This Time of Extraordinary Stress Opens in a new tab.

Dr. Sandra Bond Chapman, founder and chief director of the Center for BrainHealth, wrote this column for The Dallas Morning News. (05/10/20)

Amid a Global Health Crisis, Why Has Dallas Been Enthralled by Hair? It’s Complicated Opens in a new tab.

Dr. Matthew J. Brown, associate professor of philosophy and director of the Center for Values in Medicine, Science, and Technology, talks with The Dallas Morning News about how the pandemic shows people’s inability to separate individual good and the collective good. (05/08/20)

Dallas ISD Zoom Call Hacked with Child Porn Images Opens in a new tab.

Video conferencing has allowed some people to keep doing their jobs and not be in the office, but it may lead to new dangers. Dr. Murat Kantarcioglu, professor of computer science and director of the Data Security and Privacy Lab, tells WFAA-TV hacking cases have risen substantially. (05/07/20)

Could Smart Watches Track the Coronavirus Opens in a new tab.

Alex Edsel, director of the MS in Marketing program and senior lecturer in the Naveen Jindal School of Management, discusses the technology with KDFW-TV’s Good Day. (5/4/2020)

UTD Creates New COVID-19 Dashboard and Modeling Websites Opens in a new tab.

Dr. Tim Bray, director of the Institute for Urban Policy Research, joins KDFW-TV’s Good Day to talk about three new interactive websites. (5/2/2020)

UT Dallas Professor Calls Reopening Texas a ‘Smart Start’ Opens in a new tab.

Dr. Britt Berrett, clinical professor and director for the Center of Healthcare Leadership and Management in the Naveen Jindal School of Management, discusses North Texas’ first cautious steps out of Texas’ coronavirus shutdown with KRLD-AM. (4/30/2020)

Trackables & COVID-19 Opens in a new tab.

Alex Edsel, director of the MS in Marketing program and senior lecturer in the Naveen Jindal School of Management, talks with WFAA-TV’s Good Morning Texas about wearables and COVID-19. (4/29/2020)

UT Dallas Researchers Say They’re In Final Stages of Creating Rapid Tests for Respiratory Viruses Like COVID-19 Opens in a new tab.

Bringing the technology to the market would make getting test results fast, easy and cheaper than current methods, explains Dr. Zhenpeng Qin, an assistant professor of mechanical engineering in the Erik Jonsson School of Engineering and Computer Science. (4/29/2020)

COVID-19 Social Media Tips Opens in a new tab.

Dr. Janet Johnson, lecturer in the School of Arts and Humanities, talks with WFAA-TV’s Good Morning Texas about COVID-19 rumors and how to tell what you should and shouldn’t share on social media. (4/23/2020)

Dallas Empire Stars Share Optimism About Updated Call of Duty League Servers After Initial Worry Opens in a new tab.

Call of Duty League teams faced online play for the first time since live events were canceled due to the outbreak of COVID-19. UT Dallas esports coach Greg Adler weighs in on concerns about competitive disadvantages during online league play in The Dallas Morning News. (4/23/2020)

Elective Surgeries Resume in North Texas, But Many Are Taking ‘Baby Steps’ Opens in a new tab.

Dr. Britt Barrett PhD’09, clinical professor and director for the Center of Healthcare Leadership and Management in the Naveen Jindal School of Management, weighs in on health care providers moving forward with elective surgeries. (4/22/2020)

COVID-19 Is Changing Business – and That Could Mean New Work-from-Home Efforts When Offices Reopen Opens in a new tab.

Dr. Doug Kiel, professor of public and nonprofit management in the School of Economic, Political and Policy Sciences, says it is hard to say if companies will embrace working from home, and it’s likely to depend on how long the shelter-in-place rules apply. (4/21/2020)

Clinical Professor at UT Dallas Discusses Preparedness for the Reopening of Texas Economy Opens in a new tab.

Dr. Britt Barrett PhD’09, clinical professor and director for the Center of Healthcare Leadership and Management in the Naveen Jindal School of Management, speaks with KRLD-AM about health care considerations during the reopening of the Texas economy. (04/20/20)

Richardson Businesses Find Ways To Survive Under COVID-19 Restrictions Opens in a new tab.

Paul Nichols, executive director of the Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, tells Community Impact-Richardson that the survival of small businesses is essential to the nation’s ability to regain footing once this crisis is over. (04/20/20)

Brain Breaks and Deep Breaths to Help Ease the Stress Opens in a new tab.

Jennifer Zientz, head of clinical services at the Center for BrainHealth, addresses multitasking while working from home on KXAS-TV. (04/20/20)

Two UT Dallas Alumni Create a New and Free Tool Against the Coronavirus Opens in a new tab.

James Griffin BS’18 owns the health care software company called Invene. He along with anesthesiologist Dr. Peter Baek MS’15 came up with the idea for a new mask against the coronavirus. Griffin tells KRLD-AM they created a 3D adapter that turns a snorkel mask into a reusable n95 mask. (04/13/20)

Coronavirus Could Change the Future of Health Care Opens in a new tab.

The next generation of hospital leaders are watching and learning from the coronavirus pandemic. Dr. Britt Barrett PhD’09, clinical professor and director for the Center of Healthcare Leadership and Management in the Naveen Jindal School of Management, talks to KDFW-TV’s Good Day about what his students are learning. (04/13/20)

UT Dallas Custodian in Running for National Award Opens in a new tab.

Bron Clayton, building services supervisor for Facilities Management, says custodians are putting others first to keep spaces disinfected during the COVID-19 crisis. Clayton has been named a finalist for a nationwide Custodian of the Year contest sponsored by Cintas Corporation. (04/13/20)

3 Things To Consider Before You Let Your Child Play Chess Online Opens in a new tab.

Dr. Alexey Root, a lecturer in the School of Interdisciplinary Studies and advisor for Chess Online, offers tips for parents and caregivers of children who are interested in playing chess online after school closures forced by COVID-19 have parents and students searching for ways to spend time indoors. (04/09/20)

Local Expert Says Social Distancing Especially Crucial for One Segment of Population Opens in a new tab.

Dr. Britt Berrett, clinical professor and director for the Center of Healthcare Leadership and Management in the Naveen Jindal School of Management, speaks with KRLD-AM about social distancing and the at-risk population. (04/07/20)

What To Do with College Students Who Are Home Early Opens in a new tab.

Dr. Aisha J. Evans, psychologist at the Student Counseling Center, talks with WFAA-TV’s Good Morning Texas about tips for parents adjusting to their college students unexpectedly being back home. (04/04/20)

COVID-19 Pandemic Highlights Shortage of Nurses and Respiratory Therapists Looming Over Texas Opens in a new tab.

Dr. Britt Berrett, clinical professor and director for the Center of Healthcare Leadership and Management in the Naveen Jindal School of Management, talks with The Dallas Morning News about hospital staff shortages. (03/27/20)

Some Local Tech Companies Insulated, Seeing Sturdy Demand So Far in COVID-19 Environment Opens in a new tab.

Dr. Donald Hicks, professor of public policy and political economy, talks with the Dallas Business Journal about the outlook for the technology industry . (03/23/20)

Cook Children’s Sees Spike in Child Abuse Cases Likely from COVID-19 Stress Opens in a new tab.

Dr. Alex Piquero, Ashbel Smith Professor of Criminology, comments to KDFW-TV about a recent spike in child abuse cases and whether the increase is connected to coronavirus-related stress. (03/23/20)

CVS Health Announces Zero Co-Pay for Coronavirus Concerns Opens in a new tab.

Dr. Britt Berrett, clinical professor and director for the Center of Healthcare Leadership and Management in the Naveen Jindal School of Management, weighs in on how telemedicine can help diminish the spread of COVID-19. (03/06/20)

UTD Student-Athlete 1 of 4 Selected To Advise Panel on Coronavirus Guidelines for College Sports Opens in a new tab.

Isaiah Swann, a senior UT Dallas baseball player, is one of four student athletes in the country selected for an NCAA panel on COVID-19. (03/04/20)

Comets Discuss

The Comets Discuss podcast offers conversations with UT Dallas faculty and staff about current events and issues.

Episode 9: The Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on the Gig Economy and Small Businesses, with Paul Nichols, executive director of the Institute for Innovation & Entrepreneurship and faculty member in the Naveen Jindal School of Management. (05/29/20)

Episode 8: The Challenges LGBTQ+ Students Face During the COVID-19 Pandemic, with Matt Winser-Johns, assistant director of LGBTQ+ programs in the Galerstein Gender Center at UT Dallas. (05/27/20)

Episode 7: Staying Physically and Emotionally Healthy During a Pandemic, with Taylor Tran, a registered dietitian and employee wellness program manager at UT Dallas. (05/15/20)

Episode 6: UT Dallas Alumna Talks Teaching During COVID-19, with Samantha Serio BS’18, a UTeach Dallas alumna who has found new ways to teach mathematics to her high school students during the COVID-19 pandemic. (05/07/20)

Episode 5: The Good and the Bad of Social Media During COVID-19, with Dr. Janet Johnson, lecturer in the School of Arts and Humanities. (04/30/20)

Episode 4: Adapting to Working from Home During the COVID-19 Pandemic, with Dr. Doug Kiel, professor of public and nonprofit management in the School of Economic, Political and Policy Sciences. (04/22/20)

Episode 3: The Tools and Tech That Teachers Are Turning to During COVID-19, with Katie Donaldson, master teacher and assistant director of UTeach Dallas. (04/20/20)

Episode 2: Maintaining Mental Wellness During the COVID-19 Pandemic, with Dr. Kimberly Burdine, licensed psychologist and assistant director of the UT Dallas Student Counseling Center. (04/15/20)

Episode 1: The Lessons Hospitals Are Learning from the COVID-19 Pandemic, with Dr. Britt Berrett PhD’09, director of the Center for Healthcare Leadership and Management. (04/07/20)