Engineering receives grant for global health and development
Two mechanical and aerospace engineering faculty members will use a Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation grant to update an ancient method of evaporation to cool vaccines and medicine that must be shipped to remote parts of the world without ready access to electricity.
Professor Seung Mun You and Assistant Professor Hyejin Moon are using aluminum and nanopore technology to update an evaporative process known as “zeer cooling.” They will pursue an innovative global health and development research project titled "High Performance Portable Evaporative Refrigeration for Vaccine Delivery."
“We have an entire population that isn’t getting the proper medicine and vaccines because of where they are located,” Dr. You says. “We will use nanotechnology to circulate water that will keep the vaccine cargo cool through evaporation.”
Read more about the Grand Challenges Explorations grant.
Don't take risks during flu season; get vaccinated
Avoid influenza this winter by receiving a flu vaccination from a health care provider, pharmacy, or public health clinic.
Reports of influenza and other respiratory illnesses are widespread throughout Texas, according to the Texas Department of Health.
Flu shots and nasal flu mist are covered 100 percent under the UT Select medical plan when services are received from a participating Blue Cross Blue Shield provider. To find a network physician, call 1-866-882-2034 or go to bcbstx.com/ut/ to find a list of providers.
BCBS will reimburse the cost of flu shots received at participating Express Scripts pharmacies. To find a retail pharmacy where you can get the vaccine, call Express Scripts, which purchased Medco in 2012, at 1-800-818-0155 or visit express-scripts.com. Preset your UT Select/Express Scripts prescription card for coverage. If you present your UT Select/BCBS medical ID card, the pharmacy will require payment and you can submit a reimbursement claim form.
Tarrant County Public Health offers flu shots for $20 and accepts checks, and debit and credit cards. Arlington Public Health Center is open 8 a.m.-noon and 2-4 p.m. Mondays-Fridays at 536 W. Randol Mill Road. For more information, call 817-548-3900.
Influenza is a serious illness that can lead to bacterial pneumonia and other life-threatening conditions for people in high-risk categories. Flu symptoms usually start abruptly and include fever, body aches, chills, a dry cough, sore throat, runny nose, and extreme fatigue and can last a week or longer.
Seek alternate routes during closing of railroad crossings
Plan for railroad crossing closures while Union Pacific improves tracks through Arlington.
Railroad crossings between Division and Abram streets at Bowen Road, Davis Drive, Cooper Street, Center Street, Mesquite Street, Collins Street, and Stadium Drive will be closed Wednesday, Jan. 16-Thursday, Jan. 24. A public meeting will be held at 6 p.m. today, Monday, Jan. 14, in the Arlington City Council chambers.
Starting Jan. 16, crossings beginning at Bowen and moving east will close. Davis is expected to close Jan. 17, with Cooper, Center, and Mesquite closing Jan. 18, at which point five railroad crossings will be closed at one time. As the project continues to move east, Union Pacific plans to open Bowen before closing Collins and open Davis before closing Stadium.
Available north-south routes within the city limits are Green Oaks Boulevard, Forest Edge Drive, Fielder Road, West Street, and State Highway 360. West Street starts behind the E.H. Hereford University Center and runs north through downtown Arlington, connecting to Division. Fielder, Forest Edge, and Green Oaks are west of campus. Forest Edge and West Street have narrower underpasses and are expected to have heavy traffic, according to Arlington Police.
The city of Arlington also suggests that drivers use routes outside the city limits, including State Highway 161 and Fort Worth's Loop 820.
Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration includes events on campus this weekend
Several events are planned on campus to remember the contributions of slain civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr.
Khalil Muhammad, director of New York’s Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, will deliver the message “What Would Dr. King Do?” at noon Friday, Jan. 18, in Room 108 of University Hall. The lecture is free and open to the public.
The University co-hosts the annual Sharing the Dream awards and scholarship banquet at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 18, in the Bluebonnet Ballroom at the E.H. Hereford University Center.
This year’s theme, “Speak Out. Be Heard. Change the World,” features unique perspectives from community voices including Marvin Dulaney, associate professor and chair of the Department of History; Marc Marchand, library services manager at the Arlington Public Library; Anthony Douglas, poet and co-founder of the Fort Worth National Poetry Slams; and Tillie Burgin, executive director of Mission Arlington. Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc. is a host of the banquet. Tickets are $40 and are available at utatickets.com.
Poetry enthusiasts will enjoy “An Evening of Spoken Word Slam Poetry” at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 19, also at the Bluebonnet Ballroom. Admission is $15. Tickets may be purchased at utatickets.com.
Read more about the Arlington Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration.
ACES symposium accepting abstracts
Faculty are asked to remind students that abstracts are being accepted for the Annual Celebration of Excellence by Students, or ACES. Submission deadline is 5 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 6.
The ACES symposium is a university-wide, daylong event that showcases the best of student research and creativity with cash prizes for winning oral presentations and posters. Undergraduate and graduate students work with faculty mentors in their disciplines to write and submit abstracts for the competition.
ACES 2013 is Wednesday, March 27, in the E.H. Hereford University Center. For details, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 2-2315.
Academic advising conference set for Feb. 11
“Advising Tune-Up: Becoming Mechanics for Student Success” is the theme for the 16th annual UT Arlington Academic Advising Association conference Monday, Feb. 11, in the E.H. Hereford University Center.
Keynote speaker is Jennifer Joslin, director of the Office of Academic Advising at the University of Oregon and a member of the National Academic Advising Association board of directors. She is co-author of Academic Advising Administration: Essential Knowledge and Skills for the 21st Century.
Conference and registration information is online. Registration and payment deadline is Friday, Feb. 1.
Requirements for emeritus titles revised in handbook
See revisions regarding requirements for emeritus titles in section 6-201 of the Handbook of Operating Procedures.
For more information, contact David Silva, vice provost for academic affairs, at email@example.com.
'Moose' Johnston to appear at campus deli today
Former Dallas Cowboy turned Fox sports analyst Daryl "Moose" Johnston will be available for a meet-and-greet session at Smiling Moose Deli as part of the campus restaurant's Welcome Back/Grand Opening celebration 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. today, Monday, Jan. 14.
Smiling Moose Deli joins other College Park District restaurants, such as Pie Five Pizza, Coolberry Frozen Yogurt, Digg's Tacos, and Pho Xpress.
Professionalism in the Workplace
Identify and develop skills for projecting and maintaining professional work relationships, a winning attitude, and confidence in the workplace. Free. 9-11 a.m., Wednesday, Jan. 23, Room 200, Wetsel Service Center. See a list of HR training classes.
Spring Group Exercises
Group exercise classes are free to Campus Recreation members Jan. 14-20. Find a class that fits your needs from the more than 30 classes offered weekly. Maverick Activities Center. Campus Recreation, 2-3277.
Ballroom dancing is a sport and not merely a social activity. Learn Latin ballroom dances, including the rumba, cha-cha, jive, and samba. $40 for Campus Rec members. 7:30-9 p.m., Mondays and Thursdays, Jan. 28-March 7, Room 102A, Maverick Activities Center. Campus Recreation, 2-3277.
French: A Traveler's Guide
Learn the basics while focusing on examples and vocabulary geared toward travelers' needs. Call 2-2581 for faculty, staff discount fee of $64.50. 6:30-8:30 p.m., Wednesdays, Jan. 23-March 13, Room E200F, Continuing Education Workforce Building. Continuing Education.
Investing for Beginners
Discover how to recognize and develop a good investment and examine what to look for in a good stock, bond, or mutual fund. Call 2-2581 for faculty, staff discount fee of $50. 6-9 p.m., Wednesdays, Jan. 23-30, Room C100D, Continuing Education Workforce Building. Continuing Education.
Take a break from stress with Mindful Moments. Free. 12:15-12:45 p.m., Wednesdays, Room 219, Health Services Center. Health Services.
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.
Wednesday, Jan. 16
Second Life Workshop Gary Keast of the Mayo Clinic discusses "The Impact of Meaningful Use on Health Care." See how the use of electronic health records contributes to improvements in patient care. 5-6 p.m., Second Life. Nursing.
Friday, Jan. 18
Mavs Book Club "American Stories" is the theme for this month's meeting. Books are selected from the Muslim Journeys Bookshelf. Open to the UT Arlington community. Free. Noon, Connection Café, E.H. Hereford University Center. Mavs Book Club.
Wednesday, Jan. 23
Focus on Faculty Daniel W. Armstrong, right, the Robert A. Welch Chair in Chemistry, is the guest speaker. Light refreshments are served. Free. Noon, sixth floor parlor, Central Library.
Friday, Jan. 25
The Hot Seat in Arlington State Rep. Diane Patrick, R-Arlington, and state Sen. Kelly Hancock, R-Fort Worth, are featured in this in-depth conversation about the 83rd Legislative Session. The moderator is Evan Smith, chief executive officer and editor-in-chief of The Texas Tribune. A light lunch will be provided. RSVP. Free. 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., College Park Center. The Texas Tribune.
(For an expanded list of events, see the UT Arlington Calendar.)
Thursday, Jan. 17
Friday, Jan. 18
Wheelchair Basketball Movin' Mavs vs. Alabama at 3 p.m. and Illinois at 7 p.m. Free. College Park Center. Also Movin' Mavs vs. Dallas Wheelchair Mavericks, 1 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 19, Physical Education Building. Movin' Mavs.
Athletics Hall of Honor Pete Carlon, Clay Gould, and Mishael Berger join the Athletics Hall of Honor along with the 1990 and 1992 Southland Conference champion baseball teams. $50. Reception 6:30 p.m. followed by buffet dinner and induction ceremony. Grand Ballroom, Arlington Hilton, 2401 E. Lamar. Athletics.
Thursday, Jan. 24
Friday, Jan. 25
Friday Night Film: The Perks of Being a Wallflower Free popcorn; other concessions available. $1 cash, $1.50 with credit card. 8 p.m., Rosebud Theatre, E.H. Hereford University Center. EXCEL Campus Activities.
Saturday, Jan. 26
First Pitch Banquet Hunter Pence, a member of the World Series champion San Francisco Giants and former Maverick standout, is the featured speaker. Tickets $40-$100. 7 p.m., Diamond Club, Rangers Ballpark in Arlington. Athletics.
Pearls of the Antilles: Printed Maps of Caribbean Islands A look at maps and how they reflect and shape the history of Caribbean islands. Free. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays-Saturdays, through Saturday, Feb. 9. Special Collections, sixth floor, Central Library.
Frank Lloyd Wright's Samara: A Mid-Century Dream Home Experience the process of building and living in a home designed by one of America’s greatest architects, Frank Lloyd Wright. $8. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays, 1-5 p.m. Sundays, Arlington Museum of Art, 201 W. Main St., downtown Arlington. Through Sunday, Feb. 17. Architecture.
Planetarium See what effect space has on the human body in Astronaut. 6 p.m. Thursdays, 5:30 p.m. Saturdays, 1:30 p.m. Sundays. Planetarium.
(For an expanded list of events, see the UT Arlington Calendar.)