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

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Engineering Research Building

Dedicated to research: The dedication ceremony will be in the new Research Quadrangle, an outdoor area that connects the Engineering Research Building, the Engineering Lab Building, and Nedderman Hall. See the video for more about the research.

Harris, Barton to help dedicate Engineering Research Building

State Sen. Chris Harris and U.S. Rep. Joe Barton will be guest speakers at the Engineering Research Building dedication and ribbon cutting at 2 p.m. Friday, March 4, on the Research Quadrangle.

The landmark center is UT Arlington's largest academic facility to date and is shared by College of Engineering and College of Science researchers who are exploring new cancer treatments, working to improve detection of deadly viruses, and developing systems to help older adults live independently longer, among a multitude of projects.

The 234,000-square-foot facility, which opened in January, houses the Departments of Computer Science and Engineering and Bioengineering, but also integrates research teams from biology, biochemistry, genomics, math, neuroscience, and physics to foster new, collaborative initiatives.

Building tours highlighting some of the University’s most promising research collaborations will follow the ceremony. Read more about the Engineering Research Building.

Curtis Marean

Researching early life: Dr. Curtis Marean has evidence from more than 150,000 years ago at his research site in Africa.

Early human life focus of Termini lecture

Curtis Marean presents his research on the evolution of early modern humans and coastal adaptation in South Africa at 7 p.m. today, Thursday, March 3, at the 2011 Ben and Trudy Termini Distinguished Anthropologist Lecture in Room 204 of the Architecture Building.

Dr. Marean is the associate director of the Institute for Human Origins at Arizona State University and has spent more than two decades looking at how early humans evolved in Africa.

“His research is some of the most important work going on in early human evolution research,” says Naomi Cleghorn, assistant professor of anthropology.

Marean will review how Homo sapiens moved from the extremely dry areas of inner Africa toward the coast and established economies that integrated inland and coastal resources.

Through a study of climate, environment, and paleoanthropology, Marean and his team are developing a picture of people who moved to the coast in small groups, for whom the sea became economically and symbolically important.

The lecture is presented by the Department of Sociology and Anthropology.

Women's History Month features speakers, forum

Two programs host events in March for Women’s History Month.

Women’s Studies presents its 25th annual lecture series with “women and war” as the topic. The lectures are in the sixth floor parlor of the Central Library and include:

  • “When Women Fight: Female Soldiers in the U.S. Military and Iraqi Army” by Jean Deakyne, assistant professor of military science, at noon Wednesday, March 9.
  • “Islamic Feminism and the Battle for Gender Equality" by Margot Badran, senior fellow at the Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding, Georgetown University, at noon Wednesday, March 23. The program is co-sponsored by the OneBook program.
  • “Regulating Society by the Whitecap Method: Mob Violence in Nineteenth-Century America” by Helen McClure, lecturer at Southern Methodist University, at 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 29. The lecture is sponsored by the Center for Greater Southwestern Studies and Phi Alpha Theta Honor Society.

Other activities hosted by Multicultural Affairs are:

  • The Go Red For Women Forum on heart health, noon-1 p.m. Wednesday, March 9, Red River Room, E.H. Hereford University Center.
  • Sexversations, discussions on sexual assault prevention and sexual well-being, 6:30 p.m. Thursday, March 10, Lone Star Auditorium, Maverick Activities Center. The program is sponsored by the Relationship and Sexual Violence Prevention program.
Mav Pic Academic advisers

Good advice

Outstanding academic advisers for 2010-11 are, from left, Dr. Paul Krawietz, undergraduate faculty adviser, kinesiology; Sarah Mazur, professional staff adviser, nursing; and Dr. Jianzhong Su, graduate faculty adviser, mathematics. Winners are selected by the Outstanding Academic Advising Awards Committee and supported by the Office of the Provost.

 

Research projects, opportunities highlighted at UT Metroplex Day

Research opportunities spanning UT Arlington, UT Dallas, and UT Southwestern will be highlighted at the sixth annual UT Metroplex Day from 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Friday, March 4, at the UT Southwestern Medical Center.

The goal of the event is to present science conducted at the three UT System institutions and to encourage collaborations. It is open to all faculty, post-doctoral fellows, students, scientific staff, and trainees at the sponsoring universities.

Wei Chen, assistant professor of physics, will speak on "Nanoparticle Self-lighting Photodynamic Therapy for Cancer Treatment." See more information on UT Metroplex Day.

Movin' Mavs host wheelchair b-ball national championship next week

The Movin' Mavs host the 2011 National Wheelchair Basketball Association Intercollegiate National Championships Thursday-Saturday, March 10-12, at Texas Hall.

Seven men's teams and four women's teams are included in the field as the University of Illinois men and the University of Alabama women will be defending titles they won last year.

The Movin' Mavs are the winners of seven intercollegiate national championships, the last coming in 2006.

See the tournament schedule.

Benefits fair

Benefits fair includes vendors, blood drive, lunch

More than 60 vendors will be on hand for the sixth annual Celebrating Maverick Spirit Benefits Fair 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Wednesday, March 16, in the Bluebonnet Ballroom at the E.H. Hereford University Center. The fair is sponsored by the Staff Advisory Council.

The first 500 employees to attend will receive a free UT Arlington T-shirt, with a corn dog and chips lunch for all. Carter BloodCare will be on site for blood donations. Set up a donation appointment time.

To volunteer for the fair, contact Christina Jones-Barnes at cjones@uta.edu or 2-3099.

Upload your Maverick pride photos to Facebook and win gift certificates

Show your Maverick pride by wearing your UT Arlington apparel or just blue, orange, and white, then uploading your photos to the Wear Your Maverick Pride Facebook page. Those with the best shots can win gift certificates to the UTA Bookstore and local Arlington restaurants.

Upload your entry by 4 p.m. Friday each week. Faculty, staff, and students can participate. For details, visit the Maverick Pride website.

Mavericks Go Green

Plots available in new on-campus community garden; volunteers needed for construction

Got a green thumb and nowhere to plant? The Community Garden at UT Arlington has a plot of dirt for you or your organization.

A lottery will decide who can plant in one of the 92 plots in the garden, a combined effort of the Office of Sustainability and the Arlington Parks and Recreation Department.

Volunteers are needed to help with the construction of the Arlington Community Garden from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Thursday-Friday, March 3-4, next to the SWEET Center. To sign up for a plot or to volunteer, contact the Office of Sustainability at 2-9299.

Ribbon cutting for the garden is scheduled for Saturday, March 26.

Friday deadline to apply for Citizen Police Academy

Members of the campus community can better understand the everyday operation of the UT Arlington Police Department through the Citizen Police Academy.

The academy will be 6-9 p.m. Mondays for eight weeks starting Monday, March 7, and includes class lectures, ride-alongs with officers, hands-on demonstrations, and a chance to investigate a mock crime scene.

Registration closes Friday, March 4. Applications are available online, at the police office, 700 S. Davis, or by contacting Nan Rhodes at rhodes@uta.edu.

University Club monthly buffet special today

The University Club’s monthly buffet special today, Thursday, March 3, takes on a St. Patrick's Day theme with corned beef and cabbage, strata, parmesan orzo, potato soup, beer bread, parsley potatoes, chocolate cream pie, and lime gelatin with whipped cream.

Lunch is from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and is $8 per person plus tax. The regular menu will not be available Thursday. Feel free to check out with the host or hostess instead of waiting for the server if you are in a hurry.

Benefit Yourself
Safe Zone

Safe Zone Ally Training

Learn about heterosexual privilege, campus and community resources, and how to be supportive to members of the lesbian-gay-bisexual-transgender community. Space is limited. RSVP to Adria Villarreal at adriav@uta.edu with the training date. Free. 1-4 p.m. Friday, March 4, and 2-5 p.m. Friday, April 15. Room 303, Ransom Hall.

Introduction to Office 2010

Review the differences in Word, Excel, Power Point, and Access in the newest Office version. Download handout. Free. 2-4 p.m. Monday, March 7, Room 123, Hammond Hall. See more information on OIT Training.

Developing Assertive Communication Skills

Learn powerful tools for assertiveness to help you deal with conflict at all levels in an organization, and discover techniques on how to be an assertive communicator. Free. 9-11 a.m. Tuesday, March 8, Room 200, Wetsel Service Center. See a complete listing of HR training classes.

Coaching and Mentoring: Developing Employees and Getting Results

Examine the attitudes and attributes of successful coaches and mentors, and develop your own action plan to help you lead and empower others. Learn a five-step coaching model and the basics of training, listening, and providing feedback. Faculty and staff discount rate $99.50. Must call 2-2581 to receive discount. 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 8, Continuing Education Workforce Building. Continuing Education.

Employment Information

Check out employment opportunities at 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.

Sports Notes
Cordero Gray

High scorer: Cordero Gray led the scoring in the men's division of the Southland Conference Indoor Track and Field Championships last weekend, as he claimed wins in the 60- and 200-meter dash events.

 

Track teams finish second in conference

Cordero Gray and Pamela Vinson led the way as both the men’s and women’s track teams finished second in the Southland Conference Indoor Track and Field Championships last weekend in Norman, Okla.

Gray was the high scorer in the men’s division, winning both the 60- and 200-meter dash events. Vinson tied for high-scoring honors in the women’s division and also won the 60 and 200.

Other winners for the men included Romain Martin, who set a conference record in the heptathlon, and Juan Lewis in the 400-meter run. For the women, Esther Abuto was first in the 800-meter run.

UT San Antonio won the men’s title for the sixth straight year, and Stephen F. Austin captured its third consecutive women’s crown.

Mav men host UTSA in final home game Saturday

Hoping to snap a three-game losing streak, the men’s basketball team plays its final home game, hosting UT San Antonio at 7 p.m. Saturday, March 5, in Texas Hall.

Both men's and women's teams are battling for berths in the Southland Conference Tournament, which begins Tuesday, March 8, in Katy.

Three Movin' Mavs, coach named part of Army WTU national team

Three Movin’ Mavs—Blake McMinn, Anthony Pone, and Juan Soto—will represent the University at the 2011 Army Warrior Transition Unit (WTU) National Championships May 10-14 at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo.

Doug Garner, coach of the Movin’ Mavs wheelchair basketball team, was named coach of the Army WTU national team.

The WTU Games are an annual event put together in cooperation with the Department of Defense and the U.S. Paralympics as a way to help injured service veterans transition back into civilian life through participation in sports and recreation.

The Movin’ Mavs will host a training camp for the Army National Team on April 14-16.

(For more sports news, go to utamavs.com, uta.edu/movinmavs, or uta.edu/campusrec.)

Going Out

Thursday, March 3

Movin' Mavs 3-on-3 Wheelchair Basketball Tournament Faculty, staff, and students are invited to participate in this fun event. Register two people from your department and a Movin' Mavs player will be the third. Part of Diversity Week. Free. 6:30 p.m., Maverick Activities Center. Multicultural Affairs and Office for Students with Disabilities.

The Adding Machine

Band Concert Performances by the Symphonic Winds and Symphonic Band under the direction of Matthew Luttrell, assistant professor of music and associate director of bands. Free. 7:30 p.m. Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. Music, 2-3471.

The Adding Machine A hapless worker, right, who spends 25 years dedicated to his job is replaced by a machine. $7 faculty, staff. 8 p.m. Also 8 p.m. Friday, March 4; Saturday, March 5; and 2:30 p.m. Sunday, March 6. Mainstage Theatre, Fine Arts Building. Theatre Arts, 2-2669.

Friday, March 4

The Hurt Locker and Beyond: Hollywood and War Today Panelists who discuss how Hollywood movies represent wars in Iraq and Afghanistan include Penelope Ingram, professor of English; Rebecca Neilson, director of graduate business services; and Ya'Ke Smith, filmmaker and assistant professor of art and art history. Movies to be discussed are The Hurt Locker (2008), Taking Chance (2009), and Green Zone (2010). Noon, sixth floor parlor, Central Library. One Book, 2-0777.

UT Arlington Calculus Bowl The Department of Mathematics hosts the 11th annual event as more than 200 high school students compete. 2:30-7:30 p.m., Room 110, Pickard Hall. College of Science.

Free Movie: Tron Legacy Father and son embark on a life-or-death journey across a digital universe. Rated PG. 5 and 8 p.m. Lone Star Auditorium, Maverick Activities Center. EXCEL Campus Activities, 2-2963.

$2 Movie: Megamind A supervillain finally conquers his nemesis but finds his life pointless without a hero to fight. Rated PG. 5:30 p.m. Also 2:30 p.m. Saturday, March 5. Planetarium, 2-1183.

UTA Jazz Festival Concert Renowned saxophonist Remy LeBoeuf performs with the UTA Jazz Orchestra. $5. Bluebonnet Ballroom, E.H. Hereford University Center. Music, 2-3471.

Saturday, March 5

FIRST Technical Challenge See the next generation of robotics geniuses in action as high school teams from across North Texas compete in the qualifying championship of the FIRST Technical Challenge. This year's game is Get Over It. Free. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Maverick Activities Center. College of Engineering.

Pow wow

16th Annual Scholarship Pow-wow Features the Fallen Soldier Ceremony, gourd dancing, contests, arts and crafts, and Indian tacos. Part of Diversity Week. Proceeds benefit Native American Student Association scholarships. Free. 2-10 p.m., grand entry 6 p.m., Bluebonnet Ballroom, E.H. Hereford University Center. Native American Student Association and Honors College.

Men's Basketball Mavericks vs. UT San Antonio. $8 tickets. 7 p.m., Texas Hall. Athletics, 2-2261.

Sunday, March 6

Men's Tennis Mavericks vs. UT San Antonio. Free. 11 a.m. UTA Tennis Center. Athletics, 2-2261.

Baseball Mavericks vs. Wichita State. Free with UTA ID. 1 p.m. Clay Gould Ballpark. Athletics, 2-2261.

Monday, March 7

Mozart Requiem UTA A Cappella Choir, University Singers, and the Faculty and Friends Chamber Orchestra perform. Karen Kenaston-French conducts with soloists Soo Hong Kim, soprano; Natalie Arduino, mezzo-soprano; Kwan Kyun Joo, tenor; and David Grogan, baritone. $5. 7:30 p.m., Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. Music, 2-3471.

Ongoing

Gallery 76102 "A Certain Shade of the Aftermath," an exhibit by Timothy Harding, deals with U.S. history, corporate infrastructure, heavy metal music, terrorism, and popular culture. Free. Gallery hours are 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and 2-6 p.m. Wednesdays and Fridays. Through March 31. Gallery 76102, Fort Worth Center.

A Love Supreme

The Gallery at UTA Sedrick Huckaby, assistant professor of art, displays paintings depicting and celebrating African-American quilting tradition. See "A Love Supreme—Spring" at right. Barbra Riley, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi professor of art, provides digital photographs that reference the legacy of 17th century Dutch and Flemish still life paintings. Free. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays, noon-5 p.m. Saturdays. Through April 2. Closed during spring break. The Gallery at UTA, Fine Arts Building.

Six Flags Over Texas Exhibit Celebrate 50 years of an Arlington landmark with the free interactive exhibit "What You Wish the World Could Be: The Early Years of Six Flags Over Texas." 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Mondays, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays. Through May 14. Special Collections, sixth floor, Central Library.

Combat Narratives: Stories and Artifacts from UT Arlington Veterans Artifacts, memorabilia, and gear on loan from UT Arlington military veterans and objects carried, used, or found by U.S. servicemen and women in Iraq and Afghanistan. Free. Through May 21. Sixth floor, Central Library. Library and OneBook.

Exposure: Photos from the Second Battle of Fallujah Photographs from the Second Battle of Fallujah taken by UT Arlington student and Marine Corps veteran Joel Chaverri. Free. Through May 21. Sixth floor, Central Library. Library and OneBook.

Planetarium Enjoy a '60s style laser light show set to the music of Pink Floyd. 7 p.m. Saturdays. See the complete Planetarium schedule, 2-1183.

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

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