MavWire

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

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Jim Bradley

Jim Bradley

UT Arlington names Tulane senior administrator as vice president for information technology

UT Arlington has appointed Jim Bradley, a senior technology administrator at Tulane University in New Orleans, as vice president for information technology and chief information officer.

Bradley is currently Tulane’s assistant vice president for information technology and academic computing and has held a variety of information technology positions, primarily in higher education. He joined Tulane in 2010 after 23 years with the University of Houston. He also previously worked for the Bechtel Energy Corp. in Bay City.

Bradley begins his appointment May 1. He succeeds Maurice Leatherbury, who is retiring after serving as UT Arlington vice president for information technology and chief information officer since 2010.

“I look forward to joining the dynamic leadership team at The University of Texas at Arlington and to collaborating to advance the University’s Tier One mission,” Bradley says. “Effective information technology management can be the strategic differentiator that helps move our institution forward.”

Read more about Bradley's appointment.

Qilian Liang

Dr. Qilian Liang

Electrical engineering prof lands two major grants

Qilian Liang, an electrical engineering professor in the College of Engineering, has received grants from the Office of Naval Research and the National Science Foundation totaling more than $1.2 million.

The five-year, $797,500 ONR grant addresses a signal processing system that provides better information for radar even though it collects less data.

“When the Navy’s radar looks at a specific area, it takes into account everything in that area,” Dr. Liang says. “Much of that data isn’t needed for the system to come to a precise answer on what a radar system says is there. If you take in less data, it takes the system less time to make an informed decision.”

The three-year, $470,000 NSF grant is for developing a system in a cellphone that could automatically locate available space within a bandwidth, reducing or eliminating “dead spots” in coverage.

"In the wireless network industry, bandwidth is everything,” says Liang, who has been at UT Arlington since 2002. “The system I’m developing shows where the room is in a bandwidth.”

Read more about Liang's bandwidth and algorithmic system research.

  Mav Pic Jeff Corwin

Heart to heart

Conservationist Jeff Corwin shared his heart-felt thoughts about climate change and endangered species at the Maverick Speakers Series on Wednesday night at College Park Center. The author of 100 Heartbeats: The Race to Save Earth’s Most Endangered Species, Corwin is the host of the Animal Planet's TV show The Jeff Corwin Experience.

African American students in Texas topic of April 3 campus lecture

Ifeoma Amah presents on her research "African American Students and Public Education in Texas: The K-12 Context" for the Center for African American Studies' last lecture for the academic year. The program is at noon, Wednesday, April 3, in the Guadalupe Room of the E.H. Hereford University Center.

Dr. Amah is a CAAS faculty fellow and an assistant professor of educational leadership and policy studies in the College of Education and Health Professions.

The lecture will examine trends and issues in education, explore dynamic relationships of race and place, and begin a dialogue about bridging the gap between educational equity, student access, and achievement.

Tickets available for UT Arlington Night with the Rangers

Join the gang for UT Arlington Night with the Rangers when the Texas Rangers play the Tampa Bay Rays on Monday, April 8, at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington.

Block seating is available for the UT Arlington community at $10 per ticket at utatickets.com. Print out your receipt and bring it to the College Park Center box office or the Alumni Association Office at 841 W. Mitchell St. to exchange it for actual tickets by noon April 8.

Pre-game festivities start at approximately 6:45 p.m. when a UT Arlington representative throws out the first pitch. Game time is 7:05 p.m. Read more about UT Arlington Night with the Rangers.

Nominate students to be peer educators

The University College Learning Center is looking for motivated students to become peer educators for the fall semester.

Peer educators are students who are successful in their courses, with at least a 3.0 GPA (cumulative), and have completed at least one semester of coursework at UT Arlington. All students must have earned an A or B in the course for which they are applying. Available positions for peer educators include one-on-one tutors, small group tutors/mentors, and Supplemental Instruction leaders.

Learn more at uta.edu/tutoringjobs.

Mav Pic ACES 2013-Jessica Twi Nguyen

Research post

Jessica Twi Nguyen, biochemistry junior, displays her research poster for the Annual Celebration of Excellence by Students (ACES) symposium Wednesday in the E.H. Hereford University Center. ACES showcases the best of students' research and creativity. Undergraduate and graduate students worked with faculty mentors to create abstracts for poster and oral presentations.

 

Nedderman Hall updates affect path

A pathway between Nedderman Hall and the Geo-Science Building is narrower while the roof on Nedderman's atrium and lower-level classrooms receive an update. The southwest entrance to Nedderman Hall is closed during the project.

Volunteer for The Big Event

Sign up soon to nab your pick of good deeds for The Big Event, set for Saturday, April 27.

The Big Event is a day of community service and outreach involving students, faculty, staff, and community members. Numerous community-based and non-profit organizations and agencies benefit from volunteer efforts.

Discover more about how The Big Event impacts North Texas at uta.edu/thebigevent.

Learn how to participate and see a list of project sites.

For questions, call 2-2963 or email thebigevent@uta.edu.

Benefit Yourself

SharePoint User Group meeting

The newly formed UTA SharePoint User Group (SPUG) invites faculty and staff to attend its meeting 10:30 a.m.-noon Friday, March 29, in Room 223 of Pickard Hall.

SPUG was created to help users share ideas about how to use SharePoint to streamline common departmental/committee tasks and processes. During SPUG meetings, users are invited to highlight their sites and solutions or ask how a particular process might be improved using SharePoint. SPUG is also intended as a means of communication with departmental site owners.

Users new to SharePoint are encouraged to log in to learn more about SharePoint and the training opportunities available within lynda.com.

For more details, go to the SPUG website.

Yoga

Restorative Yoga

Gentle yoga to improve your strength, stamina, balance, and flexibility. Bring a yoga mat; blocks and straps provided. Call 2-2581 for faculty and staff rates of $150. 7:30-9 p.m., Thursdays, April 4-May 23. Continuing Education.

Annual performance reviews due Friday

Annual performance reviews for all employees—except faculty, GTAs, and GRAs—must be completed by Friday, March 29. Evaluation forms can be accessed online. For questions, call 2-5554.

Outside Employment Service

In accordance with Regents’ Rules and Regulations (Series 30103), all full-time employees must complete the Outside Board Service and Outside Employment form. Human Resources must have a form on file for each full-time employee whether or not you have any outside board service or outside employment. Complete the form by Monday, April 15. This information must be provided annually. If you have questions, contact the Office of Human Resources at 2-5554.

Mindful Moments

Take a break from stress with Mindful Moments. Free. 12:15-12:45 p.m., Wednesdays, Room 219, Health Services Center. Health Services.

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 email employment@uta.edu. The University of Texas at Arlington is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer.

In Quotes

Exceptions rule in zoning Los Angeles

Trying to understand art can be mysterious

Hispanic elders thrive on faith, optimism

"Zoning is an incredibly blunt instrument. It doesn't really give people what they want, so everyone tries to add conditions or gain a little leeway."

"I think that we return to good and interesting pieces of art because they baffle us. We return to things for the mystery of things."

"There are things to learn from the Mexican lifestyle, and maybe it would be good practice to adopt a bicultural system for new generations of Hispanics."

— Dr. Andrew Whittemore, assistant professor in the School of Urban and Public Affairs, on the zoning code in Los Angeles.
KCET - Burbank, Calif.

— Stephen Lapthisophon, a visiting assistant professor of art and art history, on the Dallas Contemporary's new University lecture series.
Dallas Observer

— Dr. Susan Gonzalez Baker, director of the Center for Mexican American Studies, on the life expectancy of Hispanics.
New America Media

Sports Notes
Jennifer Brown

Winning jump: Jennifer Brown won the women’s long jump and triple jump in the Bobby Lane Invitational at Maverick Stadium on Saturday.

 

Tracksters win 10 events in home meet

The women’s and men’s track teams each won five events in the Bobby Lane Invitational on Saturday at Maverick Stadium.

Women's winners were Jennifer Brown, long jump and triple jump; Julianne Burch, pole vault; Sydney Hampton, 1500-meter run; and the 4x100-meter relay team.

The men's winners included Roland Sales, high jump; Blake White, pole vault; Quentin Butler, long jump; Romain Martin, javelin; and Ryan Tilotta, 5000-meter run.

The Mavericks are participating in the Texas Relays, which continue through Saturday, March 30, in Austin.

Softball goes 2-1 in first WAC series

Taylor Zink banged out four hits and scored three runs as the softball team took two of three from Seattle in the opening Western Athletic Conference series last weekend at Allan Saxe Field.

The Mavericks, 17-13 overall, continue WAC play at Louisiana Tech on Friday-Saturday, March 29-30.

Baseball wins two at UT San Antonio

Matt Shortall drove in seven runs in the series as the baseball team rebounded from a first-game loss to take two of three at UT San Antonio last weekend.

The Mavericks are 2-1 in the Western Athletic Conference and 12-12 overall following a Tuesday night loss at Texas A&M.

They resume WAC play at Louisiana Tech Friday-Sunday, March 29-31, and will face Oklahoma Christian in non-conference games at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 2, at Clay Gould Ballpark and at 3 p.m. Wednesday, April 3, at QuikTrip Park in Grand Prairie.

Men's tennis continues homestand

After splitting a pair of home matches last week, the men’s tennis team entertains Marquette at 2 p.m. today, Thursday, March 28, before hosting Western Athletic Conference matches with UT San Antonio and Idaho.

The men are 0-1 in the WAC and 6-8 overall after a win over UT Dallas and a loss to Columbia last week.

The Mavericks host UT San Antonio at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 30, and Idaho at 2 p.m. Monday, April 1, at the UTA Tennis Center.

Women's tennis on the road for WAC matches

The women’s tennis team downed Utah State last week for its first Western Athletic Conference win and will play three conference matches in San Marcos this week.

Now 1-1 in the WAC and 2-8 overall, the Mavericks play Texas State at 2 p.m. today, Thursday, March 28, before facing Seattle at 10 a.m. Friday, March 29, and San Jose State at 10 a.m. Saturday, March 30.

The women play their final home match against North Texas at 2 p.m. Tuesday, April 2, at the UTA Tennis Center.

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

Going Out

Thursday, March 28

Adventures in Antiquity

Adventures in Antiquity David Hoot of the University of North Carolina Wilmington presents "Divine Health Care: The Healing Process in the Sanctuary of Asclepius at Epidaurus." The winner of the Douglas Britt Carvey Prize for best student essay in Classical Studies will be announced. Free. 3:30 p.m., Room 2102A, Fine Arts Building. Reception follows, Room 303, Carlisle Hall. Classical Studies.

GIS Workshop: Food Deserts A food desert is a district in an urban or rural setting with little or no access to large grocery stores that offer fresh and affordable foods needed to maintain a healthy diet. Explore how Geographic Information Systems (GIS) can identify food deserts. No GIS experience is required. Free. 3-5 p.m., Room B20, Central Library. GIS Workshops.

MyMav II Open Forum: eProcurement Users of DEFINE, HRMS, PointPlus, and UTDirect can prepare for the upcoming switch to PeopleSoft software. 8:30-10 a.m. in the Rosebud Theatre of the E.H. Hereford University Center. Sessions available online following event. Also, Vouchering, Tuesday, April 9. Upcoming open forum sessions. MyMav II Implementation.

Ben and Trudy Termini Distinguished Anthropologist Lecture Wenda Trevathan, professor emerita in the Department of Anthropology at New Mexico State University, presents "Redefining the Normal in Women's Health: The View from Evolutionary Medicine." Free. 7 p.m., Room 204, Architecture Building. Anthropology.

Friday, March 29

Glass Art Show and Sale Intricately crafted works of glass art go on sale to the public. 9 a.m.-5 p.m., silent auction 9 a.m.-1 p.m., Studio Arts Center, 810 S. Davis. Glass Art, Art and Art History.

Saturday, March 30

International Week Soccer Tournament Watch different student organizations from countries around the world compete. Free. 9 a.m.-4 p.m., indoor soccer field, Maverick Activities Center. Campus Recreation, International Education.

Monday, April 1

International Week 2013

International Week Parade of Banners Students begin the Parade of Banners at Nedderman Hall, proceed to the Library mall where the keynote speaker opens International Week, followed by the opening ceremony in the Bluebonnet Ballroom, E.H. Hereford University Center. Free. 11:45 a.m.-1 p.m. International Education.

Alternative Spring Breaks Presentation See what happened during the Alternative Spring Breaks from students who participated in helping others. Free. Noon-2 p.m., sixth floor parlor, Central Library. Alternative Spring Breaks.

Tuesday, April 2

Maverick Speakers Series Aaron Neville and Ellis Marsalis present "A Night with New Orleans Music Legends." Free, but tickets required. Premium reserved seating $25. 7:30 p.m., College Park Center. utatickets.com. Maverick Speakers Series.

International Week Food Fair Try authentic, traditional foods from around the world prepared by international student organizations. Tickets 25 cents each; meal about $5. 11 a.m.-2 p.m., University Center mall. International Education.

Zumbathon

Zumbathon Dance the night away while raising money and awareness for domestic violence. All proceeds benefit Safe Haven of Tarrant County. Zumba-certified instructors lead dances throughout the evening. Giveaways and snacks available. $5 faculty/staff; cash only. Registration 5 p.m.; dance 6-8 p.m., Maverick Activities Center. Campus Recreation, Relationship Violence Sexual Assault Prevention.

Wednesday, April 3

International Week Fashion Show See traditional and modern clothing from around the world modeled by UTA students. Free. 7-10 p.m., Bluebonnet Ballroom, E.H. Hereford University Center. International Education.

Coming up

7th Annual Alumni and Friends Picnic Bring the family for fellowship, a bounce house, food, games, kids’ activities, music, and giveaways. Dress in your best Maverick spirit attire for the Most Spirited Maverick and the Most Spirited Future Maverick (17 and under) competition. Prizes will be awarded. $5 Alumni Association members; $10 non-members; children under 7 free. 11 a.m.-2 p.m., Saturday, April 6, Doug Russell Park. Rain site E.H. Hereford University Center. Register. Alumni Association.

Kansas concert Tickets go on sale Thursday, April 4, for the Kansas concert Saturday, June 1, at College Park Center. utatickets.

UT Arlington Night with the Rangers Texas Rangers vs. Tampa Bay Rays, Monday, April 8, Rangers Ballpark in Arlington. Block seating for the UT Arlington community at $10 per ticket at utatickets.com. Follow directions on website. Pre-game festivities start about 6:45 p.m. Game time is 7:05 p.m. UT Arlington Night with the Rangers.

High School Leadership and Legacy Conference For high school students and UT Arlington legacies—children or grandchildren of UT Arlington graduates or former students. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Friday, April 12, E.H. Hereford University Center. Cost is $25 and includes supplies, meals, and a T-shirt. Register by Friday, April 5. High School Leadership and Legacy Conference, Alumni Association.

Ongoing

Exhibit: Kim Cadmus Owens/Allison V. Smith Dallas-based artists Kim Cadmus Owens and Allison V. Smith portray vividly colored landscapes in paintings, drawings, prints, and photographs. Free. Gallery hours 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays-Fridays and noon-5 p.m. Saturdays. Through Saturday, March 30. The Gallery at UTA, Fine Arts Building.

Self-congratulatory Nonsense A solo installation by Joshua Elliott. Gallery hours 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Saturdays; 4-8 p.m. Thursdays-Fridays. Through Saturday, March 30. Gallery 76102, Fort Worth Center.

Making Mavericks: Expanding Horizons at UT Arlington Explore the growth and development of the University and its relationship with the city. Free. 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Mondays and 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays. Through Saturday, April 27. Sixth floor, Central Library, Special Collections.

Planetarium The Planetarium will be closed Sunday-Wednesday, March 31-April 3. Planetarium.

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

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