President, provost host Tuesday's town hall meeting
Faculty and staff are invited to attend a town hall meeting hosted by President James D. Spaniolo and Provost Ronald L. Elsenbaumer noon-1 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 15, in the second floor lounge of the Maverick Activities Center.
The forum will be dedicated to an open question-and-answer session.
Grants totaling $1.13 million allow bioengineer to look at how cell proteins act in repairing DNA
George Alexandrakis, an assistant professor of bioengineering, has secured two new grants worth $1.13 million to track how cancerous cells damaged by radiation therapy work to repair themselves and apply that system to research focused on better cancer care.
Dr. Alexandrakis specializes in sub-cellular imaging and is collaborating on the project with David Chen, director of the Molecular Radiation Biology Division in the Department of Radiation Oncology at The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas.
The first grant, a $342,000 National Institutes of Health award, charges Alexandrakis with creating a system to measure how fast certain proteins come and go in a cell’s nucleus as they are trying to repair DNA.
A second, $789,000 grant from the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas enables him to apply the technique he develops for imaging repair activity within a cell to work conducted by other members of the research team.
Read more about Alexandrakis' research.
Genomics researcher receives grant to continue study of changes in reproductive functions
The National Institutes of Health has awarded biology Associate Professor Esther Betran nearly $670,000 to continue examining the genomic structure of male fruit flies for clues about the way reproductive functions evolve.
Dr. Betran has proposed a scientific model in which gene duplication rapidly changes the function and characteristics of the testes tissue of the Drosophila, or fruit fly, while leaving the genomic structure of other tissues unchanged.
The new grant will help Betran test her theory that duplicate genes become fixed in the genome as long as they perform new and beneficial functions for male reproduction. She’ll also explore how quickly these changes occur and how the genes manage to express only in testes by examining the evidence left behind in the genome of current species.
Read more about Betran's research.
Ben and Jerry chill out Thursday; first 1,000 receive free ice cream
Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield, founders of Ben and Jerry's Homemade, Inc., discuss "Entrepreneurial Spirit, Social Responsibility, and Radical Business Philosophy" as part of the Maverick Speakers Series at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 17, in Texas Hall.
The first 1,000 attendees receive free ice cream. A question-and-answer session follows the presentation. Tickets are available at utatickets.com.
Cohen and Greenfield are the men behind one of the most talked about and least conventional success stories in American business. They built a storefront venture into a $300 million ice cream empire by harnessing the power of social responsibility and creative management.
Free general admission tickets are available, as well as a $25 preferred package while supplies last. The package includes reserved parking, special entrance to avoid long lines, and reserved seating near the stage.
For more information, see Maverick Speakers Series.
International Education Week begins today
Discover the benefits of international education and exchange during International Education Week Nov. 14-18.
Established by the U.S. departments of State and Education, the week encourages the advancement of programs that prepare American students to live and work in an international community.
View photos taken by UT Arlington study abroad students and vote for your favorites all week in the University Center Gallery in the E.H. Hereford University Center.
Examine how you can serve the world by visiting the Peace Corps information table 10-2 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 17, in the University Center.
Visit with international students and faculty and enjoy free chai, coffee, tea, and cultural snacks 4-5:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 17, in the Palo Duro Lounge of the University Center.
Learn more about study abroad opportunities on the Office of International Education website.
For more information, contact Ariella Chi, international programs coordinator, at 2-2355 or email@example.com.
Recycle electronic items Wednesday on campus
Recycle those old electronic items 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 16, near the southwest corner of Woolf Hall for America Recycles Day. The Office of Sustainability hosts the event.
Departments will be responsible for bringing their items for recycling. Items with a UT Arlington sticker will not be accepted.
Bring computers/CPUs, monitors, computer peripherals, printers, fax machines, keyboards, photocopiers, televisions, VCRs, microwaves, stereos, home and office phones, cellphones, consumer electronics, printer cartridges, and rechargeable alkaline batteries.
For more information, contact Becky Valentich at firstname.lastname@example.org or 2-0199.
Start the holidays with Deck the Mall and Angel Tree
Get an early start on the holiday season with Deck the Mall and Angel Tree activities.
Deck the Mall lights the way at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 15, on the Central Library mall.
Enjoy arts and crafts and light refreshments as Allan Saxe, associate professor of political science, turns on the lights decorating the tree and the mall. EXCEL Campus Activities sponsors the event.
Help a child from infant to 14 years old have a brighter Christmas through the annual Angel Tree drive.
Angels are available at the Leadership Center office in Room B160 of the E.H. Hereford University Center. Interested participants will be given age, gender, size information, and wish list for a child in need.
Enjoy GIS Day activities Wednesday
See geographic information systems research in action at GIS Day 2011 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 16, in the sixth floor parlor of the Central Library.
GIS Day is a global event to educate millions of people about the variety of GIS uses.
Andrew Milson, professor of curriculum and instruction and geography, will speak noon-1 p.m. on using GIS in secondary education. Participate in an ArchGIS hands-on workshop at 2:30 p.m., or try your hand at geocaching at 4 p.m. on the Central Library mall. See examples of spatial analysis and maps, and enjoy prizes, food, and a giant GIS Day cake 1-2:15 p.m.
Get healthy with Nurse Practitioners Day and Great American Smoke Out
Health Services sponsors two events this week in the Palo Duro Lounge of the E.H. Hereford University Center.
Stop by and meet the nurse practitioners from Health Services on Nurse Practitioners Day 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 16. Educational information and snacks will be provided.
Learn tips to quit smoking and the latest tobacco facts at the Great American Smoke Out 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 17. Turkey sandwiches will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. Take part in the free dental oral screenings, massages, games, and more.
In conjunction with the Great American Smoke Out, walk in a mini Relay for Life event on campus 2-3 p.m. Friday, Nov. 18. Sign up by Wednesday, Nov. 16, by contacting Donielle Smith at email@example.com.
For more information, contact Latoya Odunyi in Health Services at 2-2771.
Act now to complete compliance training; deadline is Nov. 23
If you have not completed your compliance training online, you have until the end of the day Wednesday, Nov. 23. Note that you must complete all of the training modules listed in order to receive credit. After the deadline, the names of faculty and staff who have not completed their training will be forwarded to their immediate supervisors.
Access the University's training website and insert your Net ID and password. Your training curriculum will appear after you log in. If you have questions or need assistance, contact the compliance help line at 2-5100 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Volunteer for Reading with Mavericks
Help Arlington elementary and middle school students experience the wonder of stepping onto a college campus at the Reading with Mavericks on Saturday, Dec. 3, in the Bluebonnet Ballroom of the E.H. Hereford University Center.
Volunteers will interact and read with children while encouraging lifelong reading and academic achievement. Shifts are 8-11:30 a.m. Register at uta.edu/leadership.
The event is sponsored by the Office of the President, the Leadership Center, UTA Volunteers, and Score a Goal in the Classroom School Incentive Program. For more information, contact the Leadership Center at 2-9220 or email email@example.com.
Encourage students to become Maverick Orientation Leaders
Do you know a student with great communication skills and a passion for UT Arlington? New Maverick Orientation is accepting applications for the 2012 Maverick Orientation Leader positions.
Maverick Orientation Leaders are the first to welcome new students and parents during the summer orientation program in June, July, and August. They develop valuable leadership skills, including public speaking, problem solving, and conflict management.
Applicants must be full-time undergraduate students, have at least a 2.5 GPA, and be in good standing with the University. Direct qualified students to uta.edu/orientation for applications and information.
Real Issues/Real Talk: Disability
Take a break with Mindful Moments, which will meet Nov. 16, but will not meet Nov. 23. Free. 12:15-12:45 p.m., Wednesdays, Room 236, Business Building. Health Services, Marie Bannister, 2-2771.
Check out employment opportunities at uta.edu/jobs. Have questions? Call Human Resources/Employment Services at 2-3461 or TDD 2-8139, or email firstname.lastname@example.org. The University of Texas at Arlington is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer.
Monday, Nov. 14
Journalism and Social Media Rebecca Aguilar, a seven-time Emmy Award-winning multimedia reporter, speaks on journalism and social media. RSVP. Free. Noon-1 p.m., Room 258, Fine Arts Building. Society of Professional Journalists.
Diversity Speaker Series Andy Nguyen, right, Tarrant County Commissioner for Precinct 2, presents "A Conversation on Community Involvement" for faculty, staff, and students. Free. Noon-1 p.m., Bowling and Billiards, E.H. Hereford University Center. Multicultural Affairs.
American College of Sports Medicine Lecture Series Paul Fadel, associate professor in the Department of Medical Pharmacology and Physiology at the University of Missouri, discusses “Insulin: An Important Regulator of the Sympathetic Nervous System in Humans.” Free. Noon-1 p.m., Lone Star Auditorium, Maverick Activities Center. Kinesiology.
Tuesday, Nov. 15
Nanofab Distinguished Speakers Series Ali Khademhosseini, associate professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School Brigham and Women's Hospital, discusses "Microengineered Hydrogels for Stem Cell Bioengineering and Tissue Regeneration." Free. 3:30 p.m., Room 105, Nedderman Hall. email@example.com, 2-1536.
Asia: Thoughts of Now and Then Hear different viewpoints on Asian traditions and identity from a panel of UT Arlington professors and students. Discussion topics include culture, dating, education, family values, stereotypes, and politics. Part of Asian Heritage Month. Free. 6 p.m., Lone Star Auditorium, Maverick Activities Center. Multicultural Affairs.
Wednesday, Nov. 16
Screening of 'Katrina's Son' A University screening of Katrina's Son, a film by Ya'Ke Smith, right, assistant professor of art and art history. The film sheds light on the ongoing aftermath of Hurricane Katrina and its lingering social issues. Free. Noon-1 p.m., Lone Star Auditorium, Maverick Activities Center. UTA Volunteers, Division of Student Affairs, 2-2963.
Architecture Fall Lecture Series Antoine Predock of Albuquerque, N.M., is the featured speaker. Among his designs are Austin City Hall, the Fine Arts Center at Arizona State University, and Petco Park, home of the San Diego Padres. Free. 4 p.m., Room 204, Architecture Building. Architecture.
American Indian Mascots Elder Peggy Larney leads a discussion on American Indian images as mascots as part of Native American Heritage Month. Free. 7 p.m., Room 101, College Hall. Native American Student Association.
Thursday, Nov. 17
One Night Without a Home Participants spend the night outside to learn about homelessness and to promote advocacy and education. Activities open to the public include speakers from Arlington Life Shelter, a vigil walk around campus, and information tables. Part of the National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week. Free. 7 p.m.-7 a.m., Central Library mall. Leadership Center, UTA Volunteers, 2-2963.
Monday, Nov. 21
Sports Medicine Lecture Series Scott Galloway, head athletic trainer at DeSoto High School, discusses "The Care and Management of Athletes with Sickle Cell Trait." Free. Noon-1 p.m., Lone Star Auditorium, Maverick Activities Center. Athletic Training Education Program, Kinesiology.
(For an expanded list of events, see the UT Arlington Calendar.)
Monday, Nov. 14
Downtown Arlington Music Mondays A concert featuring UT Arlington music students. Lunch is served after the concert. Free. 12:15-12:45 p.m., sanctuary, First Baptist Church, 300 S. Center. Music, 2-3471.
Tuesday, Nov. 15
Clavier Series Piano Recital Features UT Arlington piano students. Free. 7:30 p.m., Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. Music, 2-3471.
Thursday, Nov. 17
The School for Scandal This classic comedy-of-manners gets a modern day update. $7 faculty, staff, students with ID, and seniors; $10 general public. 8 p.m.; 8 p.m. Friday-Saturday, Nov. 18-19, and 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 20; Mainstage Theatre, Fine Arts Building. Theatre Arts, 2-2669.
Friday, Nov. 18
Friends of the Library Featured speaker is David Stokes, author of The Shooting Salvationist: J. Frank Norris and the Murder Trial that Captivated America. McNair Scholarship Awards will also be presented. Free. 7:30 p.m., sixth floor parlor, Central Library. Tommie Wingfield, 2-2658.
Saturday, Nov. 19
Faculty Biennial XIII A showcase for recent work created by the Department of Art and Art History faculty. Free. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays, noon-5 p.m. Saturdays. Through Saturday, Nov. 19. The Gallery at UTA, Fine Arts Building.
Searching from Memory Photography exhibit features artists Caleb Dulock and Jessica Fuentes. Free. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays; 2-6 p.m. Wednesdays, Fridays. Through Wednesday, Nov. 30. Gallery 76102, Fort Worth Center.
Planetarium We Are Astronomers reveals the global collaboration, technology, and dedication required to answer the unresolved questions of the universe. 6 p.m. Tuesdays, 1:30 p.m. Sundays. The holiday schedule begins Tuesday, Nov. 29. Planetarium, 2-1183.
Life and Death in the Northern Pass Photojournalist Dominic Bracco II ('08 BA) provides a view of drug violence in Ciudad Juarez. Free. Through Jan. 14. Sixth floor parlor, Central Library.
Impressions of the West: Works of Art from Special Collections The American West comes alive in more than 30 paintings, sculptures, and prints. Free. 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Mondays, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays. Through Jan. 14. Special Collections, sixth floor, Central Library, 2-3393.
(For an expanded list of events, see the UT Arlington Calendar.)