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For the Faculty and Staff of The University of Texas at Arlington

Monday, October 26, 2009

Early voting location available on campus today and tomorrow

Vote

Early voting for the Nov. 3 state constitutional amendment election is available on campus today, Monday, Oct. 26, and tomorrow, Tuesday, Oct. 27, in the Palo Duro Lounge of the E.H. Hereford University Center.

The polling station, sponsored by Student Congress, will be open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Free parking will be available along the 300 block of West First Street.

Voters must be registered in Tarrant County and should present a valid driver's license or voter registration card.

Proposition 4 on the ballot relates to Texas' emerging research universities and their possible Tier One status. If voters approve Proposition 4, the balance of the dormant Higher Education Fund—about $500 million—would be transferred to a new National Research University Fund. Those funds would be available as Texas' seven emerging research universities—including UT Arlington—achieve certain criteria outlined in House Bill 51 and identified by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board. Funds would be available Sept. 1, 2011, to qualifying institutions.

Early voting continues through Oct. 30 at other locations. The closest early voting site to campus is the Tarrant County Sub-Courthouse, 700 E. Abram St., and the closest to the UT Arlington/Fort Worth Center is the Fort Worth Municipal Building, 1000 Throckmorton St., Fort Worth.

Learn more about UT Arlington's progress toward becoming a major national research university at www.uta.edu/president/tierone.

More about the Nov. 3 ballot is available through the Texas Secretary of State office. Local election issues are available online for Tarrant County and Dallas County.

Architect Bryan Trubey to discuss Cowboys Stadium design

Bryan Trubey

Bryan Trubey, vice president of HKS, Inc., the firm that designed Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, will discuss the extraordinary facility as part of the One Book, One Arlington program at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 27, in Room 204 of the Architecture Building.

Trubey was named one of the 20 Most Influential People in Sports Facility Design, Architecture and Development by Sports Business Journal. His résumé includes facilities such as Rangers Ballpark in Arlington, Lone Star Park, American Airlines Center, US Cellular Field and the MLS Pizza Hut Park complex in Frisco. As a principal of the firm with 26 years of experience, he actively participates in all areas of the architectural design process, from programming through all design phases.

School of Architecture Dean Don Gatzke and HKS President H. Ralph Hawkins ('73 BS) will be special guests. HKS is designing the UT Arlington Special Events Center. Presented by the UT Arlington Library, the School of Architecture and the Arlington Public Library, the lecture is free and open to the public.

Columnist, radio host Ed Wallace
highlights Communicators Lecture Series

Ed Wallace

Columnist Ed Wallace will be the keynote speaker at the Communicators Lecture Series Tuesday, Oct. 27, in the Rio Grande Ballroom at the E.H. Hereford University Center.

Wallace, a Business Week columnist and host of "Wheels with Ed Wallace" on local radio station KLIF, will discuss "Back to the Future of Communication: It Is Not What You Think" at 10 a.m.

The program runs from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. Prior to Wallace's lecture, Charla Markham Shaw, chair of the Department of Communication, will deliver opening remarks at 9:30 a.m., followed by a speech by Donald Bobbitt, provost and vice president for academic affairs.

After Wallace's lecture, there will be a series of panel discussions on communication topics moderated by area communication professionals.

The series is free and open to the public. Call the Communication Department at 2-2163 for more information.

Exonerees credit UT Arlington for their freedom

Two Dallas County men who were wrongly convicted and spent the last 12 years in prison credited the UT Arlington Innocence Network for their exoneration as the men were released Friday to a courtroom packed with family and friends.

  MavPic David Gergen

Gergen pinpoints leadership

CNN political analyst David Gergen spoke about his experience as adviser to four U.S. presidents and about the country's leadership as part of the Maverick Speakers Series Thursday night before a crowd of more than 900 at the Bluebonnet Ballroom. He said he was concerned about American politics and whether the country will be left worse for future generations. Gergen said President Obama is a nice guy, very likable and extremely intelligent. But the question going around the halls of power is, "Is he tough enough?" Gergen cited the example of President Reagan, who dealt with the air traffic controller's strike by ordering them to go back to work within 24 hours or be fired, making it clear that it was unacceptable to "mess with the president."

Students in the program have worked on the cases for more than a year. The double exoneration of Wayne Simmons and Christopher Scott also is newsworthy in that DNA evidence was not used to free the wrongly convicted men.

John Stickels, assistant professor of criminology and criminal justice in the College of Liberal Arts, runs the Innocence Network. Students in his class and volunteers work to free people who have been unjustly incarcerated. The Texas Center for Actual Innocence at UT Austin also helped in the cases.

A multitude of television and radio stations and newspapers covered the double exoneration.

Now is your chance to contribute to the State Employee Charitable Campaign

Did you know that if you skip one fast food meal per month, you could use that savings to support someone in need? A $2 minimum donation can feed a starving family in the United States or in a country on the other side of the world. Contribute to the State Employee Charitable Campaign through payroll deduction and you could provide a warm meal and blanket for someone less fortunate. Talk to your department representative by Oct. 31. For more information, see SECC or contact Shawn DuMond at ext 2-5518.

Instructional Support Sessions offered for all faculty

The third Instructional Support Session, "Matching Course Assessments to Learning Outcomes," will be from 1‑4 p.m., Friday, Oct. 30, in Room 101 of Trimble Hall.

Faculty will learn that assessment does not always have to be in the form of a test item. The only requirement is that it should match the course learning outcomes it is designed to measure. Assessment can include products, behaviors, papers, solutions, plans, games, designs, portfolios, rubrics, logs and more. This session will increase the repertoire of assessment strategies for faculty. Both full- and part-time faculty are invited to participate.

This is the third in a series of sessions offered this fall. They are taught by Mary Lynn Crow, professor in the College of Education and Health Professions, member of the UT Arlington Academy of Distinguished Teachers and recipient of the UT System Regents' Outstanding Teaching Award 2009.

Sessions are free, but faculty are asked to register by contacting Delene Remmers at 2-2737 or remmers@uta.edu. Handouts and light refreshments will be provided.

Sign-up deadline for Halloween office decoration is Tuesday

It's that "spooktacular" time of year again. Time to come together as an office and show off your Halloween decorating skills. Awards will be given for Overall Winner, Most SPOOKtacular, Best Pumpkin, Creative Costumes and Best Theme.

Sign-up deadline is 5 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 27. All departments will receive a list of judging times on Wednesday, Oct. 28. Judging will be Friday, Oct. 30.

To register your office, contact Kala Ellison at 2-3277 or kala@uta.edu.

Sustainability Shock Shack provides valuable awareness

"Scary" images resulting from human carelessness and displays of the "good" and "evil" of waste set the tone for the Sustainability Shock Shack, an awareness event planned for 10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 28, at the Central Library mall.

  MavPic Doug Fine

A Fine experience

Doug Fine, author of Farewell My Subaru: An Epic Adventure in Local Living, discussed his move from big-city life in New York to a ranch in New Mexico. His appearance Thursday before an overflow audience in the Rosebud Theatre was part of the OneBook program. He was a reporter for U.S. News & World Report and National Public Radio before deciding to raise goats, grow organic foods and spend time with his dogs.

The event aims to increase awareness of global environmental issues and inform about the University's commitment to sustainability via the efforts of the President's Sustainability Committee. Inside the Sustainability Shock Shack, visitors will find information on environmental action, giveaways, candy, door prizes and how to get involved on campus.

Students Kristine Behrhorst, Brandi Foy, Gina Garza and Fabiola Salinas planned the shack as part of a project in Shelley Wigley's public relations campaigns class.

The Sustainability Shock Shack event is free and open to the public.

HUB Super Bowl III
features local vendors

The Historically Underutilized Business Vendor Fair—aka HUB Super Bowl III—will run from 9-11 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 5, in the Bluebonnet Ballroom of the E.H. Hereford University Center.

The fair offers faculty and staff a great way to preview firms available to do business on campus. Take time to meet 40-plus hometown HUB teams who compete for your department's business.

Have your picture taken with former NFL wide receiver Cedric James, a Kennedale native who graduated from TCU. James played for the Minnesota Vikings and Dallas Cowboys and was a member of the 2005 Super Bowl champion New England Patriots. Get an autograph or try on his Super Bowl ring. There will be door prizes and giveaways.

Contact Jean Carlton at 2-2140 or carlton@uta.edu for more details.

New medical technologies research funding program seeks proposals

Proposals are being sought for research to develop medical technologies in critical health care areas through a new, collaborative effort supported by Texas Instruments, the Texas Health Research and Education Institute, UT Arlington and UT Dallas.

The deadline for proposal submissions is Friday, Nov. 6. Details are posted at Collaborative Research Funding Program in Medical Technologies.

Funding priorities for the medical technologies program include health care information technology, community health and welfare, and oncology. Each proposal must include at least one research investigator from both UT Arlington and UT Dallas.

The maximum award for each project is $100,000 for one year, and successful proposals are expected to be announced in January 2010.

Benefit Yourself

Super Easy Winter Recipes

Connecting Life and Work

You open the front door after a long day at school or work and the wonderful smell of a winter dinner wafts toward you. A savory casserole baking in the oven or a stew with herbs and spices simmering on the stove are some of the best aromas of winter. Learn how to prepare these easy and delicious recipes.

Welcoming Diversity

This workshop is an experiential, interactive program designed to promote awareness and increased sensitivity to the many similarities and differences among individuals and groups in our society. Done in an upbeat, hopeful tone, the program focuses on developing self-pride, examining stereotypes and learning skills in responding to prejudicial jokes, remarks and slurs. Participants will discover how to be more attentive to diversity and racism in the workplace and community. Lunch will be provided. Dress in comfortable/casual attire. 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 27, Room 200, Wetsel Service Center. See the complete list of training classes.

Introduction to Mac OS

This class will teach you some Mac basics and usage information in the University's Windows-dominated environment. Yes, you can survive with your Mac. 2-4 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 27, Room 216, Ransom Hall. Register to attend. See the complete list of OIT training classes.

Employment information

Check out UT Arlington employment opportunities at www.uta.edu/jobs. Have questions? Call Human Resources/Employment Services at 2-3461 or TDD 2-8139 or e-mail employment@uta.edu. The University of Texas at Arlington is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer.

Extra Credit

Monday, Oct. 26 Research, Knowledge and Evidence-Based Design This panel discussion, sponsored by the UT Arlington Design Practice Academy, focuses on an important emerging aspect of design. Free. 6 p.m., Room 204, Architecture Building. Robert Rummel-Hudson, rhudson@uta.edu.

Wednesday, Oct. 28 Nano-Bio Seminar "Electrowetting-on-Dielectric Digital Microfluidics and its Applications" by Hyejin Moon, assistant professor of mechanical engineering. In this seminar, an introduction to digital microfluidics will be presented and a new concept of controlling fluids with electrowetting (EW) and digital microfluidic circuits developed with EW will be discussed. Free. 1 p.m., Room 108, Nedderman Hall. Samir Iqbal, smiqbal@uta.edu.

Wednesday, Oct. 28 Architecture Lecture Series Laurie Hawkinson, professor of architecture at Columbia University and partner at Smith-Miller + Hawkinson Architects in New York, will lecture on "Aesthetics of Crossing." Free. 4 p.m., Room 204, Architecture Building. Robert Rummel-Hudson, rhudson@uta.edu.

Speak up, Generation Next, be heard

Thursday, Oct. 29 Teaching Today's Learners This presentation by Mark Taylor helps faculty better understand students from Generation NeXt to more effectively teach and reach them and other students. Free. Registration required. See Active Learning for more information. Three different sessions. 11 a.m.-5 p.m., sixth floor, Central Library.

Thursday, Oct. 29 Biology Colloquium Series Seminar presentation by Lisa Campbell, professor in the biological section of the Department of Oceanography at Texas A&M University, on "Automated Imaging Flow Cytometry for Early Warning of Harmful Algal Blooms." Free. 4 p.m. Room 124, Life Science Building. Linda Taylor, 2-2872 or lktaylor@uta.edu.

Friday, Oct. 30 Festival of Ideas Anne H. Charity Hudley from the College of William and Mary will lecture on "One Community in Multiple Voices: Engagement Scholarship in Linguistics and Education." This is a Festival of Ideas Global Research Institute event. Presented by the Department of Linguistics and TESOL and the African American Faculty and Staff Association. Free. 2 p.m., Room 200, Trimble Hall. A reception will follow in Room 303, Chemistry and Physics Building. Drew Burks, dburks@uta.edu.

Friday, Oct. 30 Chemistry and Biochemistry Seminar Professor Donald Kurtz of UT San Antonio will speak on "How Microbes Detoxify Diatomic Oxygen and Nitrogen Species." Free. 2:30 p.m., Room 114, Chemistry Research Building.

Friday, Oct. 30 Professional Poster Design So, you've been asked to present a poster session at a conference. Don't know where to start? Learn how to present your research effectively by developing a professional poster using MS PowerPoint 2007. Sign up. Free. 4:30-5:30 p.m., Room B-20, Central Library.

(For an expanded list of events, see the UT Arlington Calendar)

Going Out
  UTA Presents

Get in the Halloween spirit with 'Spooky Skies'

Spooky Skies

The Planetarium will show "Spooky Skies" this week to help put you in the Halloween mood.

Does the night sky of Halloween ever give you chills? Experience ghostly nebulae, vampiric black holes and witchy variable stars in this Halloween show. View the "scary" side of the universe as we compare common Halloween creatures with astronomy. Not intended for children younger than sixth grade due to potentially frightening content.

"Spooky Skies" will replace the regularly scheduled shows at these times:

Monday, Oct. 26

5:30 p.m.

Thursday, Oct. 29

5:30 p.m.

Friday, Oct. 30

2:30 p.m.

Saturday, Oct. 31

1 p.m.

Saturday, Oct. 31

7:30 p.m.

Cost is $3 for faculty and staff with ID. For more information or to reserve tickets, call 2-1183 or e-mail planetarium@uta.edu.

Thursday, Oct. 29 Maverick Club Tipoff Social at Splitsville Tip off the basketball season with this Maverick Club event featuring food, bowling and introductions of the men's and women's basketball and cross country coaches and teams. $5 buffet. 6 p.m., Splitsville Luxury Lanes, Arlington Highlands. www.utamavs.com.

Friday, Oct. 30 Downtown Arlington Farmers Market Fresh fruits, vegetables, herbs, organics and unique food products provided by local vendors. The open-air market runs each Friday (except the day after Thanksgiving) through Dec. 18. Presented by the Downtown Arlington Management Corporation. Sponsored by UT Arlington Dining Services, the City of Arlington, Home Depot and Innovative Sign and Design Group. 9 a.m. to sellout, 215 E. Front Street between Mesquite and Elm streets.

Saturday, Oct. 31 Jazz at Founders Plaza Featuring Adonis Rose and the Fort Worth Jazz Orchestra with UT Arlington and AISD students. Child-friendly games and activities planned. Presented by the Arlington Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration Committee. Free. 3-6 p.m., Levitt Pavilion, Founders Plaza, Downtown Arlington. www.arlingtontx.gov/mlk.

Through Nov. 14 Faculty Biennial X This art exhibition showcases recent work created by Department of Art and Art History faculty. The 2009 exhibition features works of more than 30 faculty members in a variety of media, including painting, sculpture, ceramics, photography, glass, video, digital imaging and visual communication. Examples of recent publications will be on display. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays-Fridays, noon-5 p.m. Saturdays, The Gallery at UT Arlington, Fine Arts Building.

Through Dec. 22 Selected 2D Works Five accomplished artists from the Fort Worth area share their works at Gallery 76102. Featured artists are Marianna Alfaro, Lucille Oppermann, Gloria Sepp, Dolly Valdez and Soon Warren. The exhibition runs through Dec. 22. Free. 11 a.m.-3 p.m., Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays; 2‑6 p.m., Wednesdays, Fridays. Gallery 76102, Fort Worth Center.

Through Dec. 31 Planetarium programs The fall schedule includes new shows IBEX: Search for the Edge of the Solar System; Unseen Universe: The Vision of SOFIA; Microcosm: The Adventure Within; and Two Small Pieces of Glass. Returning favorites are Secret of the Cardboard Rocket, Seven Wonders, Rock Hall of Fame 1 and the $2 movie. 700 Planetarium Place. 2-1183, planetarium@uta.edu, www.utaplanetarium.com.

Through Jan. 9 Everything Is Interrelated Special Collections' fall exhibit features "Alexander von Humboldt and Our Nineteenth-Century German Connections." Free. 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Mondays, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays, sixth floor, Central Library. See Special Collections.

(For an expanded list of events, see the UT Arlington Calendar)

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