Use caution with computerized concussion tests, kinesiology researcher advises
Newly published research from an international team featuring Jacob Resch, assistant professor of kinesiology and director of the UT Arlington Brain Injury Laboratory, has reaffirmed questions about portions of the popular computerized concussion assessment tool ImPACT.
When administered as it is in a clinical setting, the test possessed strong reliability on some evaluation factors. But, on other factors, it misclassified healthy participants as impaired as much as 46 percent of the time.
Dr. Resch is the lead author on the paper “ImPact Test-Retest Reliability: Reliably Unreliable?” that was published in the May 31 online issue of the Journal of Athletic Training. Authors say the study illustrates the need for multiple types of concussion assessments.
Read more about the concussion research.
President Karbhari finishes first week with reception Friday morning at MAC
President Vistasp Karbhari wraps up his first week as the eighth president of UT Arlington by meeting the campus community.
Dr. Karbhari and his wife, Lisa, will greet faculty, staff, and students at a reception 10 a.m.-noon Friday, June 7, at the Maverick Activities Center.
The former provost and executive vice president for academic affairs at the University of Alabama in Huntsville is a renowned engineer and researcher in composite materials and structural engineering. He succeeds James D. Spaniolo as the University's top Maverick.
“I am humbled by the opportunity to follow in the footsteps of President Spaniolo and others, including President Wendell Nedderman, who built this great institution to where it stands today, poised to take the next step toward Tier One status,” Karbhari says. “UT Arlington is a model for the 21st-century urban university, a shining example in the areas of educational excellence, delivery, access, and translation of research to practice.”
Read more about President Karbhari.
Commuter bus service set to start in August
Campus commuters will have an extra option later this summer with bus service connecting downtown Arlington and the Trinity Railway Express.
The Arlington City Council approved a limited, two-year commuter bus service contract with Dallas Area Rapid Transit and the Fort Worth Transportation Authority at Tuesday's council meeting.
The Metro ArlingtonXpress, or MAX, buses will run between downtown Arlington near the College Park District and the TRE CentrePort Station on Trinity Boulevard off Texas 360.
A $5 fare would include the bus and rail ride. About 300-500 riders are expected each day. The $700,000 yearly contract will be split between the city, the Arlington Chamber of Commerce, and UT Arlington.
Read more about the MAX bus service in the Star-Telegram.
Veteran assistance center opens
UT Arlington’s nearly 2,900 student military veterans have a new location on campus where they can receive tutoring, assistance with applications, warm up a meal, or simply unwind between classes.
The new Veterans Assistance Center is housed inside the former SWEET Center, 406 Summit Ave., just east of the Community Garden.
The Veterans Upward Bound staff will manage the center, which includes a classroom that seats 50 people, a computer lab, a microwave, refrigerator, outdoor seating, and ample parking.
The center is an extension of the Veterans Upward Bound program, which offers instruction, textbooks, advising, supplies, and other services for free to qualifying veterans.
The Veterans Assistance Center is open 8 a.m.-7 p.m. Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays and 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesdays and Fridays. For more information about the center or the Veterans Upward Bound program, call 2-9882 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Read more about the Student Veteran Assistance Center.
Garner honored for service to people with disabilities
Doug Garner, Movin' Mavs coach and assistant director of adaptive sports, received the 2013 Sam Provence award from Helping Restore Ability, a non-profit organization that provides assistance for independent living to individuals with physical and age-related disabilities.
The award recognizes an individual who is a dedicated advocate for people with disabilities and is named for Sam Provence, who founded Helping Restore Ability in 1977 in Arlington. Today, the program serves people with disabilities throughout Texas.
Garner coaches the Movin' Mavs wheelchair basketball team and oversees the University's adapted sports and recreation and Paralympic Sports Arlington programs. He organizes sports camps for youth with disabilities and for the Wounded Warrior program. He has served as coach for the U.S. Army's wheelchair basketball team in the Wounded Warrior Games.
Share library memories for 50th anniversary
Did UT Arlington's libraries make a difference in your life? Were the collections key to making an 'A' on a paper? Did you make a friend or meet your spouse there? What is your favorite place in the library and why?
In 2014 the Central Library building will be 50 years old. A library task force is working to commemorate this milestone by collecting library stories for an anniversary website. Memories of the architecture and science libraries are welcome, too.
To share your UTA Library story, contact Abbi Grant at 2-1405 or email@example.com.
University receives accreditation for laboratory animal care
UT Arlington has earned full accreditation by the Association for Assessment and Accreditation of Laboratory Animal Care International (AAALAC).
The accreditation is a voluntary process that demonstrates high standards and a commitment to animal welfare and the humane treatment of animals in science. To achieve accreditation, the University participated in an independent, expert assessment of its programs, procedures, facilities, and research.
More than 890 companies, universities, hospitals, government agencies, and other research institutions in 37 countries have earned AAALAC accreditation.
More information is available on the Office of Research Administration website.
Women's Home Improvement 101
Why pay hundreds of dollars to have someone else repair your home when you can learn to do-it-yourself. Call 2-2581 for faculty, staff discount fee of $62.50. 6:30-8:30 p.m., Saturdays, June 8-29, Nuts and Bolts Hardware Store. Continuing Education.
Meet deadlines for fiscal year ending forms
The deadlines for submitting the Request to Purchase form to the Office of Procurement for purchases exceeding $5,000 will improve the overall processing for the end of the fiscal year. The deadlines for all departments are:
All Request to Purchase forms received in the Office of Procurement after the close of business July 26 will be processed and encumbered against fiscal year 2013-14 funds.
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.
Friday, June 7
Office for Human Research Protections Community Forum In cooperation with JPS Research Day, a conference about human subject research. Conference schedule. Register. $140; students $35. 7:45 a.m.-5:30 p.m., Worthington Renaissance Fort Worth Hotel, 200 Main St., Fort Worth. Reception 6:30-8 p.m. Thursday, June 6. Research Administration.
Introduction to Statistical Software: SPSS An introduction to the software and related resources, as well as hands-on exercises in descriptive statistics, anova, and regression. Free. Introduction to SPSS, 1:30-4 p.m., Room 04, University Hall. Also, Introduction to SAS, Friday, June 14. OIT Statistical Services, email@example.com.
(For an expanded list of events, see the UT Arlington Calendar.)
Three Mavs compete in NCAA track and field championships this week
Three UT Arlington athletes saw action on the first day of the NCAA Track and Field Championships at Hayward Field in Eugene, Ore., but only one continues toward a championship title.
Romain Martin, a senior, finished Wednesday in fourth place in the decathlon with five more competitions today, Thursday, June 6. He is a two-time All-American in the decathlon, earning 11th place in 2011 and second in 2012.
Ashly Wright ran in the 800 meter. The Beaumont sophomore holds the second-fastest time in school history.
Bozidar Antunovic, who competed in shot put, is a two-time first-team All-American in the event at the University of Arizona. A junior from Indjija, Serbia, he placed fourth in the shot put in the last two seasons prior to transferring to UT Arlington this year.
The championships are broadcast on ESPN3 at 5:50 p.m. today, Thursday, June 6, and on ESPNU at 6:30 p.m. Friday, June 7, and 4 p.m. Saturday, June 8.
Shortall named to Louisville Slugger All-American team
Junior Matt Shortall was named a Louisville Slugger NCAA Division I All-American by Collegiate Baseball newspaper. He is a third-team selection as an outfielder.
Shortall led UT Arlington, which won the Western Athletic Conference regular season championship, in several offensive categories. A designated hitter for much of the season, Shortall hit .362, good for third in the WAC, and had 54 RBIs.
His honors for the past season include College Sports Madness fourth-team All-American, WAC Field Player of the Year, first-team All-WAC, and a semifinalist for the Olson Award.
Seven Mavs named to 50th anniversary Southland Conference roster
The Southland Conference announced its 50th anniversary all-time softball roster Thursday. Four-time All-Southland first-team member Brenda Woodard (1983-86) highlighted the roster for UT Arlington along with six other Mavericks.
Joining Woodard on the 50th anniversary team are Tina Northcutt (1986-87), Katie Jones (1983-86), Debby Day (1988-89), Katy Cox (2001-03), Jeannine Duval (1983-86), and Samantha Chumchal (2007-10).
Softball, sand volleyball, tennis entries due next week
Pick up entry forms at the Services and Information Desk of the Maverick Activities Center. For questions, call 2-3277 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thursday, June 6
Summer Movies Series: Oz the Great and Powerful Bring a chair or a blanket, a picnic, and friends for outdoor movies each Thursday. Free popcorn. Upcoming movies are: Jack the Giant Slayer, June 13; Olympus Has Fallen, June 20; Admission, June 27. Free. 9 p.m., lawn behind the Maverick Activities Center. EXCEL Campus Activities.
Saturday, June 15
SAC Community Service Activity Spend a morning crafting, playing games, and spending time with seniors at Meadow View Assisted Living. RSVP. 9-11 a.m., 2815 Medlin Dr., Arlington. Staff Advisory Council.
Planetarium The summer schedule includes a lineup of family-friendly shows including One World, One Sky: Big Bird's Adventure; Pink Floyd; Secret of the Cardboard Rocket; Spacepark 360; Texas Stargazing; TimeSpace; We Are Astronomers. Planetarium.
(For an expanded list of events, see the UT Arlington Calendar.)