Math Department receives NSF grant for student scholarships
A new $623,608 National Science Foundation S-STEM grant to the Mathematics Department will help undergraduates with up to $10,000 in tuition and fees as they pursue their future in teaching, research, or other math-based professions.
S-STEM stands for Scholarships in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics. The recommended funding—which will be spread over four years—is the second S–STEM grant the Math Department has received; the first came in 2008.
“Mathematics is a key to real-life problems everywhere, from science and engineering to business, sports, or music. By supporting students’ interest in a math major, we are training graduates ready to lead tomorrow’s technological advances,” says Jianzhong Su, professor and chair of the Mathematics Department.
UT Arlington’s S-STEM program is called SURGE, or Scholarships for Undergraduates to Reach Goals in Education. To be considered for the SURGE scholarship, students must have demonstrated academic excellence and financial need and be pursuing a math degree. Scholarship recipients also receive tutoring and peer, faculty, and industry mentoring with UTA math alumni in Dallas-Fort Worth.
Read more about the Mathematics Department and the SURGE program.
Nursing prof recognized for work with veterans
Daisha Cipher, associate director of the Center for Nursing Research, has been honored nationally for her work on a study of ways to support injured veterans in the workforce.
Dr. Cipher, clinical associate professor of nursing, was part of a research team that recently received the American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine’s Elizabeth and Sidney Licht Award for Excellence in Scientific Writing in Rehabilitation Medicine.
In the five-year study at six U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs medical centers, the researchers found that vocational rehabilitation programs with individual attention from a multidisciplinary team could improve employment outcomes for veterans with spinal cord injuries. The journal Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation published the paper describing the team’s findings in 2012. Lisa Ottomanelli, a psychologist with the Department of Veteran’s Affairs, was lead author.
Read more about Cipher's award and research.
Lauster at Focus on Faculty
Darryl Lauster will discuss the inspiration for his sculpture Reach at the Focus on Faculty program at noon Wednesday, Oct. 23, on the sixth floor of the Central Library.
His speech, “A 520-year conversation,” will tell how Leonardo da Vinci influenced Reach, UT Arlington's first commissioned public outdoor sculpture, located on the Janet and Michael Greene Research Quadrangle in front of the Engineering Research Building.
The 20-foot-tall sculpture is Lauster's interpretation of Helical Aerial Screw, da Vinci's 15th-century sketch for a gyroscopic flying machine. He developed the concept to celebrate the significant growth and change that has occurred at UT Arlington.
Lauster is an assistant professor of intermedia and sculpture in the Department of Art and Art History. He is the recipient of the President's Award for Excellence in Teaching and founder of the Samuel Gray Society, an institute dedicated to 18th-century American history. Lauster's work is based in the research of American history and mythology and uses digital media, printmaking, sculpture, and installation.
ESPN co-founder Rasmussen shares secrets in Maverick Speakers Series lecture
From the time ESPN debuted in the late 1970s, sports junkies around the world were destined to get fewer hours of sleep a night as they flocked to the 24-7 network.
Bill Rasmussen, co-founder of the business that bills itself as “The Worldwide Leader in Sports,” shares the secrets of creating a sports network from scratch at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 24, at Texas Hall as part of the Maverick Speakers Series.
Rasmussen and his son founded ESPN in 1978. The fledgling network began broadcasting a year later. For ESPN, Rasmussen pioneered SportsCenter, full coverage of the NCAA basketball regular season and March Madness, and College World Series broadcasting. The paperback version of his well-regarded book, Sports Junkies Rejoice: The Birth of ESPN, was released in 2010.
The evening will feature question-and-answer and autograph sessions.
General admission tickets are free but required. The Premium Seating package is $25 and includes a front-of-house seat and reserved parking near the venue. Tickets are available at utatickets.com.
Maverick Madness tonight
Take a shot at free season tickets at Maverick Madness on Thursday, Oct. 17, at College Park Center.
Maverick Madness is the official tipoff to the 2013-14 season for the Mavericks' men's and women's basketball programs and the Movin' Mavs wheelchair team. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. with a full slate of activities beginning at 7 p.m.
Faculty, staff, and community members can take a chance to win free season tickets, tickets to the men's basketball Homecoming game against Cleveland State, and the opportunity to travel with the team to a select road game.
Contests for students include a chance to win $5,000 by making a half-court shot and $2,500 by making a series of three shots (layup, free throw, and a 3-pointer) in 20 seconds.
Enjoy the high-flying aerial dunk team, AcroDunk, that performs at NBA arenas and has appeared on America’s Got Talent.
Admission is free to Maverick Madness. Free T-shirts and other items will be given away.
In memoriam: Dr. Asok Ray, Mako
Asok Ray, professor of physics, died Friday, Oct. 11, at age 65 after a lengthy illness. A memorial service on campus is being planned.
Dr. Ray earned graduate degrees in physics and mathematics from Texas Tech and Oklahoma State University. He earned two bachelor's degrees from Calcutta University. Ray came to UT Arlington in 1982 as a visiting professor and joined the faculty in 1984. He received the UT Arlington Award for Distinguished Record of Research or Creative Activity in 2011. He served on several department and University committees. He was a member of the Theoretical Condensed Matter Physics group and helped procure research funding for the Physics Department.
Mako, 44, passed away Oct. 12, after a long battle with cancer. She worked as the library mailroom supervisor from 2004 until her death. She is survived by her parents and a twin sister. See the online memorial.
Help available for finding alternatives to government information
A library guide has been created that gives information about the causes of the shutdown and lists alternatives to unavailable resources.
The government shutdown has repercussions for libraries and researchers who depend on government sources of information such as the Census, Library of Congress, MEDLINE, and NASA.
Register for Engaging Students 2013
A few seats remain for this fall’s Engaging Students 2013 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Friday, Nov. 1, in the Carlisle Suite of the E.H. Hereford University Center.
Anne Braseby of the Center for Teaching and Learning at UT Austin will provide an interactive introduction to the principles of team-based learning. Other speakers are Krystal Beamon, assistant professor of sociology; Martha Mann, associate professor of psychology; Peggy Semingson, assistant professor of curriculum and instruction; Pete Smith, vice provost for digital teaching and learning; and Shirley Theriot, director of the Center for Community Service Learning.
The Office of the Provost hosts Engaging Students 2013, which is free and open to faculty, staff, students, and community members. Register online. Space is limited.
Grant aids Mavericks in Math program to encourage girls to study math
More than 80 fifth- and sixth-grade girls from local elementary schools will attend Mavericks in Math thanks to a grant from the Mathematical Association of America's Tensor Foundation.
Workshops and activities Saturday, Oct. 19, provide young women—especially minorities and those from low-income families—an enriching environment and positive attitudes toward math. More than 40 undergraduate and graduate mathematics students provide positive role models during the program.
Mavericks in Math is sponsored by the Department of Mathematics and the College of Science.
Maverick pep rally brings action to Spirit Friday at The Parks
Come out to The Parks at Arlington mall for a UT Arlington takeover for a Spirit Friday pep rally at 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 18. The action will be in the Center Court, downstairs from the food court.
Meet the 2013-14 coaches and athletes of the men's and women's basketball teams, hear from Athletics Director Jim Baker, cheer along with the Maverick spirit squads, have your photo taken with Blaze, and much more.
Dozens of shops in The Parks at Arlington offer discounts to anyone wearing UT Arlington royal blue and orange or logo apparel every Friday through Nov. 15.
Early voting Tuesday-Wednesday
UT Arlington is a polling place for early voting for the November general election. The polling place is open 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Wednesday, Oct. 22-23, at the Maverick Activities Center.
Photo ID is now required to cast your ballot. Acceptable forms of photo ID are Texas driver's license, Texas Election Identification Certificate, Texas personal identification card, Texas concealed handgun license, military identification card, U.S. citizenship certificate or naturalization certificate, and passport.
International students could win $100 gift card for essay about UTA
Encourage your international students to enter a 250-word essay for a chance to win a $100 Visa gift card. Winning entries will be used in a three-minute video. Deadline is Friday, Oct. 18.
Read more about the Global Perspectives International Student Contest.
New NHARP requirements include restrictions
The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board announced a new Request for Application (RFA) for the Norman Hackerman Advanced Research Program (NHARP).
New requirements for 2013 impose several important restrictions that may limit the total number of pre-proposals UT Arlington would be eligible to submit.
Read more about the new NHARP requirements.
Taste of Arlington offers discount to UTA community
Discount tickets to Taste of Arlington are available to the UT Arlington community. The event is 5:30-9:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 22, at the Arlington Convention Center.
The annual Taste of Arlington features food and beverage sampling from Arlington’s many distinctive restaurants as well as music, entertainment, and an auction. Stop by the College Town UTA booth and cheer on the Maverick marching band, Blaze, and spirit squads as they perform until 8 p.m.
Discount tickets are $30 for faculty, staff, and students. General admission is $45. Purchase discount tickets by 5 p.m. Monday, Oct. 21, at Theatre Arlington or the Arlington YMCA locations. Proceeds benefit Theatre Arlington and the YMCA.
Discount tickets available for Six Flags' annual Fright Fest, Holiday in the Park
Discounted tickets are available to the UT Arlington community to two holiday events at Six Flags: Fright Fest, through Oct. 27, and Holiday in the Park, Nov. 23, 2013-Jan. 5, 2014.
Tickets for one adult are $20 for students, faculty, and staff.
For more details, contact the Division of Student Affairs at 2-6080 or visit the UTA/Six Flags ticket website.
New antivirus software available
Look for new antivirus software to be automatically installed on your OIT-managed Macintosh starting Monday, Oct. 21.
For non-managed computers, visit the OIT software website for McAfee antivirus for Mac computers and the Microsoft System Center Endpoint Protection for Windows computers.
Questions? Contact Tom McElwee, OIT director of customer services, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 2-5239.
Kaushik De is the director of the Center of Excellence for High Energy Physics. He was misidentified in a story in Monday's MavWire.
Thursday, Oct. 17
Welcoming Diversity This interactive program promotes awareness and increases sensitivity to the similarities and differences among individuals and groups. The program focuses on developing self-pride, examining stereotypes, and learning skills to respond to prejudicial jokes, remarks, and slurs. Free. 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Room 228, Engineering Research Building. Human Resources.
Exhibiting Artist Talk by Sarah Williams Artist Sarah Williams will discuss her work and creative process. Free. 12:30-1:30 p.m., The Gallery at UTA, Fine Arts Building. The Gallery at UTA.
Enabling Disability: Disability Studies at UT Arlington This half-day conference explores the new field of disability studies. Scholars from history, kinesiology, art, management, and interior design will offer brief presentations. An open discussion is planned on ways to strengthen the new undergraduate minor. Free. 12:30-5 p.m., second floor lounge, Maverick Activities Center. Disability Studies, Festival of Ideas Global Research Institute.
Biology Colloquium Series Gill Rosenthal of Texas A&M speaks on “Mate-choice mechanism and the evolutionary process.” Free. 4 p.m., Room 119, Life Science Building. Biology.
Friday, Oct. 18
GradFest Graduate and Professional School Fair For anyone considering graduate or professional school. Exhibitors from a variety of colleges, universities, and academic/professional programs. Free, but registration encouraged. 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Maverick Activities Center. Graduate Studies.
Chemistry/Biochemistry Lecture Series Richard Eisenberg of the University of Rochester speaks on "Fuel from Water: The Light-Driven Generation of Hydrogen." Free. 3-4 p.m., Room 114, Chemistry Research Building. Chemistry and Biochemistry.
Tuesday, Oct. 22
Spirituality and the LGBTQA Community Free. 7:30-9 p.m., Rio Grande Ballroom, E.H. Hereford University Center. LGBTQA Program.
Writing Effective Email Explore the keys to effective emails as well as proper cyber manners and how to avoid email overload. Register online. Free. 9-11 a.m., J.D. Wetsel Service Center. Human Resources.
Wednesday, Oct. 23
Focus on Faculty: Darryl Lauster Darryl Lauster, assistant professor of art, discusses "A 520-Year Conversation." Free. Noon-1:30 p.m., sixth floor parlor, Central Library. UT Arlington Library.
Partnering with Your Boss Learn about goal setting, prioritizing, planning, decision making, relationship building, and listening. Register online. Free. 9-11 a.m., J.D. Wetsel Service Center. Human Resources.
Human Resources Training Classes Managing Across Generations, Thursday, Oct. 24; The Art of Listening, Tuesday, Oct. 29; and Managing Stress in the Workplace, Wednesday, Oct. 30. Register online. Free. 9-11 a.m., J.D. Wetsel Service Center. Human Resources.
GIS Workshop: How Did Your Neighbors Vote? Analyzing 2012 Local Presidential Election Results Learn how to extract election data from the ICPSR and Texas state agencies and analyze the data in Excel and ArcGIS. No data or GIS experience required. Free. 3-5 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 24, Room B20, Central Library. UT Arlington Library.
West Management Seminar Wendy Boswell, the Jerry and Kay Cox Professor of Management at Texas A&M University, discusses her research on work-non-work boundaries. Free. 10-11:45 a.m. Friday, Oct. 25, Room 609, Business Building. Business.
International Graduate Student Conference on Transatlantic History Jorge Canizares-Esguerra of UT Austin is the keynote speaker for the 14th annual conference. Free. Friday-Saturday, Oct. 25-26, Central Library and other campus locations. History, Transatlantic History.
(For an expanded list of events, see the UT Arlington Calendar.)
Athletics releases 2012-13 annual report
The Department of Intercollegiate Athletics has released the 2012-13 Annual Report, an academic, athletic, administrative, and financial record of the 2012-13 academic year.
The report includes information on championships, postseason tournaments, conference honors, student-athletes’ academic success, and new facilities and personnel.
Wheelchair tennis team wins No. 2 title
The Movin’ Mavs wheelchair tennis team won the No. 2 spot at the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) National Championships in Tuscaloosa, Ala.
Junior Andy Kraft finished second in the Tier 2 Division, followed by senior Juan Soto in third, graduate student John Watson fourth, and senior Austan Pierce fifth. Sophomore Ricardo Lucien partnered with Arizona's Pedro Roche for third in the doubles competition.
Suleiman named Second Team All-Conference
UT Arlington senior guard Laila Suleiman was named to the College Sports Madness 2013-2014 Sun Belt Preseason All-Conference second team.
Suleiman led the Mavericks in scoring during 2012-13, averaging 9.4 points per game for the season and 10.4 in Western Athletic Conference play. She also averaged 2.4 assists and was the only Maverick to start all 30 games last season.
D'Ortona claims singles title at Flushing Meadows
The women's tennis team reached three finals at the 2013 USTA BJK NTC Women's College Invitational at the USTA National Tennis Center in Flushing Meadows, N.Y.
Giada D'Ortona captured the singles title. Angeles de los Rios reached the finals in singles and doubles with Astrid Gehre. D'Ortona and Jessica Birowski advanced to the semifinals.
The women compete Thursday-Monday, Oct. 17-21, in the regional tournament in Fort Worth.
The men’s tennis team heads to the regional tournament Saturday-Sunday, Oct. 19-21, in Waco.
Nolan Ryan headlines First Pitch Banquet
Texas Rangers CEO and baseball legend Nolan Ryan is the featured guest at the First Pitch Banquet on Jan. 17, 2014, at Rangers Ballpark. Watch for ticket information soon.
The evening also includes the presentation of the 2013 Western Athletic Conference championship rings. The Mavericks claimed a share of the WAC regular-season baseball title.
Mavs face South Alabama, Troy this weekend
The volleyball team dropped to 11-9 overall and 4-3 in the Sun Belt Conference after getting swept by a pair of Arkansas teams. The Mavericks fell to UA-Little Rock Friday night and to Arkansas State Saturday night at College Park Center.
The Mavericks host South Alabama at 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 18, and Troy at noon Sunday, Oct. 20, at College Park Center.
Fantasy basketball deadline this week
Upcoming deadlines for intramural sports include fantasy basketball, Friday, Oct. 18; table tennis, Wednesday, Oct. 23, and Halloween Ultimate Disc, Tuesday, Oct. 29.
Thursday, Oct. 17
LunaFest: Short Films By, For, About Women A festival of nine short films from across the world. UT student filmmaker Iris Lopez's short film “Cielo Lindo” included. Tickets $10; $5 with student ID. Cash only at door. 7 p.m., Lone Star Auditorium, Maverick Activities Center. Women's and Gender Studies.
UT Arlington Wind Symphony Concert The "Wet Ink" concert features new works by Stephen Bryant, John Mayrose, and guest composer-in-residence Scott McAllister. Tickets $8, $5 for students/seniors. 7:30 p.m., Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. Music.
Friday, Oct. 18
Opening Reception for Amy Blakemore/Sarah Williams Exhibit Opening of the Amy Blakemore/Sarah Williams exhibition. Gallery talk 6:30 p.m. Free. 5:30-8 p.m., The Gallery at UTA. The Gallery at UTA.
Friends of the Library J'Nell Pate, author of Arsenal of Defense, talks about the military history of Fort Worth. Book signing follows. Free. 7:30 p.m., sixth floor parlor, Central Library. Friends of the Library.
Monday, Oct. 21
Faculty and Friends Chamber Orchestra Concert/ English Lecture Series Music Associate Professor Dan Cavanagh performs one of his compositions in response to works by three poets. Two of the poets, Katharine Rauk and Timothy Young, will be in the audience to produce poems based on his performance. Free. 7:30 p.m., Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. Music, English.
Booksigning A booksigning with alumna Lane Buckman for her new book Tiara Trouble: A Destinee Faith Miller Mystery. 11 a.m.-1 p.m., UTA Bookstore.
Tuesday, Oct. 22
Taste of Arlington: Taste University Food and specialty beverage sampling from Arlington restaurants, music, entertainment. Tickets $30 for faculty, staff, and students with UTA ID, $45 general admission. Purchase discount tickets by 5 p.m. Monday, Oct. 21, at Theatre Arlington or the Arlington YMCA's north, central, or south locations. 5:30-9:30 p.m., Arlington Convention Center. Taste of Arlington.
Tuesday-Wednesday, Oct. 22-23
Early Voting Cast your ballot for the general election. Photo ID required. 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Maverick Activities Center. Tarrant County Elections Department.
Maverick Speakers Series Bill Rasmussen, founder of ESPN, speaks on "Share the Dream: The ESPN Story." Question-and-answer and autograph sessions. Free general admission but tickets required. Premium Seating package, $25, front-of-house seat, reserved parking. 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 24, Texas Hall. Also, Anderson Cooper, 7:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 11, College Park Center. Maverick Speakers Series.
Parent and Family Weekend Parents and families spend a weekend on campus visiting their students’ residence halls and classrooms, listening to faculty presentations, and participating in a variety of fun activities. Schedule. Register online. Friday-Sunday, Oct. 25-27. Parent and Family Center.
Gallery 76102: Sweetie Pie Works made of cast granulated sugar by Janet Morrow examine the notion of sweetness and our ambiguous reactions to it. Gallery hours noon-6 p.m. Wednesdays-Saturdays, Gallery 76102, 1401 Jones St., Fort Worth. Through Thursday, Nov. 7. Fort Worth Center, Gallery 76102.
MavsArt View artwork created by UT Arlington students, staff, and faculty. Right, Loose Change by Brandon T.L. Nelson. Free. First floor, Central Library. Through Sunday, Dec. 8. MavsArt.
Special Collections: Howdy, Mr. President! A Fort Worth Perspective of JFK Photos of President John F. Kennedy's visit to Fort Worth in November 1963 are from the historic Fort Worth Star-Telegram Collection in Special Collections. Gallery hours 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Mondays, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays, sixth floor, Central Library. Through Feb. 8, 2014. UT Arlington Library, Special Collections.
The Maverick Lens: Views from the Library This annual photo exhibit reflects the diversity of learning, living, and working at UT Arlington. See also "50 Years of Views." 8 a.m.-7 p.m., sixth floor parlor, Central Library. Through March 5, 2014. UT Arlington Library.
Mindful Moments Learn techniques to help deal effectively with stress. New day and location. Free. 12:15-12:45 p.m., Fridays, Room 310, Ransom Hall. Health Services.
Tail Waggin' Wednesday Therapy dogs from Paws with Partners available for unconditional love. Free. 10 a.m.-2 p.m., first Wednesday of each month, Central Library. UT Arlington Library.
Planetarium The fall schedule includes Bad Astronomy: Myths and Misconceptions, Pink Floyd, Secret of the Cardboard Rocket, Spacepark 360, and Stars of the Pharaohs. Planetarium.
(For an expanded list of events, see the UT Arlington Calendar.)