Unmanned vehicle systems certificate aims to fill growing need
UT Arlington has announced a new unmanned vehicle systems undergraduate certificate, a collaboration between the College of Engineering and the UT Arlington Research Institute.
Engineering Dean Khosrow Behbehani says the certificate will help meet business demand for highly educated employees in the rapidly developing field of unmanned ground, air, and water systems. The certificate will be available to degree-seeking students beginning in fall 2014.
“Our faculty members and student teams already are designing these systems, building them, and programming them to perform tasks to aid humankind,” Dr. Behbehani says. “Whether these systems are used for aerial photography, security, transportation, product delivery, or outer space exploration, unmanned vehicle systems will be integral to the future of engineering.”
UTARI received Federal Aviation Administration approval early this year for unmanned aircraft system test flights at the institute’s Fort Worth campus.
Four engineering departments—electrical, computer science, industrial and manufacturing systems, and mechanical and aerospace—will collaborate on the 15-hour certification.
Read more about the unmanned vehicle systems certification program.
Researchers look to create new bone tissue generation technique
UT Arlington and Texas Health Arlington Memorial Hospital are investigating whether bone grown from the body’s own stem cells can replace traditional types of bone grafting.
The process, which has been successful in previous lab experiments, uses biodegradable polymer scaffolding material and bone morphogenetic protein, or BMP, which was inserted into the abdomen of mice to attract stem cells that in turn produced bone. BMPs are proteins known to promote bone growth.
The research has been published in PLoS One, an online science journal.
Liping Tang, bioengineering chair and professor, and Joseph Borrelli, chair of orthopedics for Texas Health Arlington Memorial, co-authored the paper and are lead investigators of the research project.
Dr. Tang says the process would allow bone tissue to generate inside the patient within days instead of weeks or months in a lab.
Read more about the tissue engineering bone research.
Frontier symposium reviews facts, fiction around two Texas legends
Cynthia Ann Parker, a Comanche captive for 24 years, and her son, Quanah Parker, the last Comanche chief, are the subject of Frontier Odyssey history symposium Thursday-Friday, April 17-18, in the sixth floor parlor of the Central Library.
At 12:30 p.m. Thursday, F. Todd Smith of the University of North Texas and Joaquín Rivaya-Martínez of Texas State University will examine the lives of the Parkers and 19th century Comanche-Anglo relations.
Randi Tanglen of Austin College and Dustin Tahmahkera of Southwestern University speak at 1 p.m. Friday on how popular culture has portrayed the captivity narrative in American literature and film.
A screening of The Searchers starts at 5 p.m. Friday. The 1956 film about a Civil War veteran rescuing his niece from an Indian tribe stars John Wayne and Natalie Wood.
Pulitzer Prize-winner Glenn Frankel, chair of the School of Journalism at UT Austin, will speak at 7:30 p.m. Friday about his recent bestseller, “The Searchers: The Making of an American Legend. The book is a history of the Parker Raid in 1836 and its development into the western film.
A collection of 45 photographs makes up “The Story of Cynthia Ann and Quanah Parker,” an exhibit on display through May in the sixth floor parlor. The photos are on loan from the Texas Heritage Trails Program, part of the Texas Historical Commission.
Creative Faculty Works reception April 21
Celebrate the creativity and hard work of faculty members at the annual Creative Faculty Works reception 4-6 p.m. Monday, April 21, in the sixth floor atrium of the Central Library.
On display will be publications and other examples of UTA's faculty excellence.
Be on hand at 5 p.m. for comments from Rebecca Bichel, dean of the library, and David Silva, vice provost for faculty affairs, and a champagne toast by Ronald Elsenbaumer, provost and vice president for academic affairs
RSVP by Wednesday, April 16 to Jeff Downing at firstname.lastname@example.org or 2-9505.
Act fast for discount tickets to UT Arlington Night with the Rangers
Discount tickets are available for tonight's UT Arlington Night with the Rangers. Order tickets online and use the password GOMAVS.
Block seating is sold out, but you can see the pre-game festivities at 6:45 p.m. when a UT Arlington representative throws out the first pitch. The Texas Rangers play the Seattle Mariners at 7:05 p.m.
Block seating receipts must be exchanged for actual tickets by noon today, Monday, April 14, at the College Park Center box office.
Apply by Tuesday for sustainability faculty fellowships
Apply for faculty fellowships on sustainability in the curriculum by Tuesday, April 15. The University Sustainability Committee offers $2,000 to $5,000 fellowships to develop modules on sustainability.
Nedderman Society Cookout honors employees on May 2
The Nedderman Society Cookout will serve up burgers and information 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Friday, May 2, on the Central Library mall.
The society, founded to recognize faculty, staff, and retirees who contribute financially to UT Arlington, is named for President Emeritus Wendell Nedderman and his wife, Betty. During Dr. Nedderman's 19-year tenure as president, the University added 21 baccalaureate, 27 master's, and 17 doctoral degree programs, and enrollment increased by more than 10,000 students.
The Nedderman Society exists in the same spirit of progress and improvement that the Neddermans exhibited. Faculty and staff who contribute to any area of the University are automatically members. If you'd like to become a Nedderman Society member, learn more about giving options.
In case of rain, the cookout will be held in the Palo Duro Lounge of the E.H. Hereford University Center. The Nedderman Society Cookout is presented by the Office of Development.
Celebrate Earth Day, recycle electronics Wednesday on UC mall
Celebrating People and Planet, UTA's Earth Day event, is set for 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Wednesday, April 16, on the University Center mall.
Local environmental vendors will be on hand to pass along their messages.
Grab a herb plant and reusable water bottle while they last. The popular Earth Day T-shirts are $10 for the new shirts and $5 for previous years' shirts. Good Karma Kitchen food truck will serve up vegan, vegetarian, and gluten-free food.
Bring your electronic waste from home for Techway Services, an electronic recycling service, to collect for recycling. No UTA-controlled assets will be accepted.
Share programs with new Mavericks at upcoming involvement fair
University departments, programs, and student organizations are encouraged to host an information table at New Maverick Orientation's Involvement Fair on Thursday, April 17. The fair is 10:45-11:45 a.m. in the Bluebonnet Ballroom of the E.H. Hereford University Center.
The fair is an opportunity to meet incoming students and recruit for your organization or share information about your programs and services. Tables are available on a first-come, first-served basis.
Student feedback surveys open April 17
Students in lectures, seminars, practicums, and labs will soon receive invitations to complete the online Student Feedback Survey. Learn about the survey process, including how to boost your response rates, by visiting uta.edu/sfs and clicking on Faculty.
Surveys for all 15-week spring courses are open Thursday, April 17-Friday, May 2, before the final exam period begins.
Transition to UT Share begins, training classes continue
The transition to UT Share starts this month with a go-live date of Monday, May 5, for finance and human resources transactions.
To convert data from DEFINE into UT Share, certain monthly due dates are being amended and a temporary hold on some operations will be enacted.
Read more about the cutover plan and blackout dates. The link includes department contacts for your questions about deadlines or your role in the cutover process.
Register for training on the new software application.
Performance reviews due April 28
Annual performance reviews for employees must be completed by Monday, April 28. Training on conducting the performance reviews and evaluation forms are online. For questions, email email@example.com or call 2-5554.
Monday, April 14
Safe Zone Ally Training Learn how to be supportive to members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning (LGBTQ) community. Register online. Free. 1-4 p.m., Red River Room, E.H. Hereford University Center. LGBTQA Program.
Tuesday, April 15
Managing Across Generations Understand the needs and expectations of different generations and how to relate to other generations without giving up your own generational identity. Register online. Free. 9-11 a.m., Room 200, J.D. Wetsel Service Center. Human Resources.
Wednesday, April 16
Documentary: 'The Big Picture: Rethinking Dyslexia' A screening and discussion of The Big Picture: Rethinking Dyslexia. Free. 3-4:30 p.m., Room 108, University Hall. Curriculum and Instruction, Disability Studies.
Business Research Incubator Seminar Series John Adams, assistant professor of finance , speaks on “Outlier Bias in Finance Research.” Free. 2-3:30 p.m., Room 609, Business Building. Business.
Exercise Science Seminar Tiffany Ryan, national director of therapeutic services for Advanced Arm Dynamics, presents "Upper Limb Prosthetics: Current and Future Technologies." Free. Noon, Lone Star Auditorium, Maverick Activities Center. Kinesiology.
CMAS Distinguished Lecture Antonio Flores, president of the National Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities, discusses “Changing Demographics in Higher Education: The Challenge and the Promise of Hispanic Success.” Free. 6:30 p.m., Room 303, Chemistry and Physics Building. Center for Mexican American Studies.
Thursday, April 17
English Department Speakers Series Robert Grunst of the College of St. Catherine discusses his essays focusing on the language, culture, and history of Great Lakes commercial fishing people. A book signing follows. Free. 7 p.m., Room 100, Nedderman Hall. English.
Friday, April 18
Business Speakers Series Yasemin Kor of the University of South Carolina presents "Positive and Negative Synergies Between the CEO's and the Corporate Board's Human and Social Capital: A Study of Biotechnology Firms." Free. 2 p.m., Room 153, Business Building. Business.
Criminology/Criminal Justice Lecture Tara O’Conner Shelley of Colorado State University talks about prescription drug abuse and law enforcement response. Free. 12:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 22, Red River Room, E.H. Hereford University Center. Criminology and Criminal Justice.
CMAS Speaker Series Filmmaker Miguel Alvarez discusses “Explorations of Loss: Three Short Films.” Free. 2 p.m. Wednesday, April 23, Room 121, University Hall. Center for Mexican American Studies.
Biology Colloquium Series Virginia Weis of Oregon State University speaks on “The Regulation of Coral-dinoflagellate Symbioses: The Role of Innate Immunity.” Free. 4 p.m. Thursday, April 24, Room 124, Life Science Building. Biology.
Take Back the Night This international campaign seeks to end all forms of relationship and sexual violence and to create safe communities. Free. 6-8 p.m. Thursday, April 24, Library mall. RVSP.
CPR/AED Training Hands-on skills training prepares participants to respond to breathing and cardiac emergencies and the safe use of an automated external defibrillator (AED). $50. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, April 26, Room 213, Maverick Activities Center. Campus Recreation.
Human Resources Training Customer Service 101, Tuesday, April 22; and Dealing with Difficult Employees and People, Wednesday, April 23. Register online. Free. 9-11 a.m., J.D. Wetsel Service Center. Human Resources.
(For an expanded list of events, see the UT Arlington Calendar.)
Monday, April 14
Downtown Arlington Music Monday Lunchtime concert featuring Music Department faculty and students. Lunch is served after the concert. Free. 12:15-12:45 p.m., First Baptist Church, 300 S. Center, Arlington. Music.
UTA Symphony Orchestra and A Cappella Choir A fundraising event featuring music faculty members soprano Soo Hong Kim, baritone David Grogan, and pianist John Solomons. Tickets $10. 7:30 p.m., Dallas City Performance Hall, 2520 Flora St., Dallas. Music.
Tuesday, April 15
CAAS Night at Globe Life Park Join the Center for African American Studies to watch the Texas Rangers play the Seattle Mariners. Order tickets by Friday, April 11. Game 7 p.m., Globe Life Park. Center for African American Studies.
Spotlight Entertainment Series: Matthew Broussard Matthew Broussard is a stand-up comedian and author of Monday Punday. Free. 7:30 p.m., Rosebud Theatre, E.H. Hereford University Center. EXCEL Campus Activities.
Wednesday, April 16
Spring on the Green For kids ages 5 and younger, face painting, bunny-themed crafts, games, and light refreshments. Register online. Easter egg hunt 10:30 a.m., The Green at College Park. College Park District, Downtown Arlington Texas.
Thursday, April 17
Spring Jazz Concert Hear the UTA Jazz Ensemble and Jazz Orchestra, conducted by Tim Ishii, associate professor of music, and Ken Edwards. Tickets $9 general admission, $6 students, youth, seniors. 7:30 p.m., Texas Hall. Music.
Special Collections: The U.S.-Mexico War, 1846-1848 Attention on the “forgotten” U.S.-Mexico War through letters, diaries, daguerreotypes, sketches, maps, and other materials. Gallery hours 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Mondays, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays, sixth floor, Central Library. Through Aug. 30. UT Arlington Libraries, Special Collections.
MavsArt Enjoy a variety of artistic media by faculty, staff, and students. First floor, Central Library. UTA Libraries.
Mindful Moments Learn mindfulness techniques to help deal effectively with stress. Free. 12:15-12:45 p.m., Mondays, Room 310, Ransom Hall. Health Services.
Visual Resource Commons and Gallery The Jonathan A. Campbell and Tanya G. Dowdey African Art Collection is a multi-dimensional collection of 11th-20th century art and artifacts. Free. 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays-Fridays, Suite 2109, Fine Arts Building. Art and Art History.
Planetarium The spring schedule includes new shows Back to the Moon for Good, Exoplanets, and Molecularium, plus returning favorites Pink Floyd and Spacepark 360. Planetarium.
(For an expanded list of events, see the UT Arlington Calendar.)