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Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Engineering Research Building

ERB nearing completion: The quadrangle of the Engineering Research Complex opens next Monday, and the Engineering Research Building will open in January.

Engineering Research Complex quadrangle to open Monday

Construction fences around the Engineering Research Complex will be adjusted so that students, faculty, and staff can enter the quadrangle area Monday, Nov. 29.

A lighted walkway safely ushers pedestrians across UTA Boulevard as they walk from parking lot 36 on the north and into the paved area, which was formerly Yates Street. Pass through the Engineering Research Building’s stone arch, cross over the creek bed—fed by the LEED rainwater harvesting system—to the tree-lined mall, and sit under the 80-year-old oak tree.

Pedestrians are asked to remain on the walkways to protect the new sod and landscape.

The Engineering Research Building will remain closed to the public while furniture and lab equipment are installed during the next six weeks. Occupancy is scheduled for January, and a formal ribbon-cutting ceremony is planned for March.

Lisa Ling

Lisa Ling

Lisa Ling shares a positive message tonight

International journalist and TV show host Lisa Ling brings her message of social change to the Maverick Speakers Series lecture today, Tuesday, Nov. 23, at Texas Hall. The lecture begins at 7:30 p.m., followed by a book signing.

Ling will discusses "Open Heart, Open Mind" and timely topics she's covered around the world as a host for the National Geographic Explorer series. The former co-host of The View is the co-author of Mother, Daughter, Sister, Bride: Rituals of Womanhood, and Somewhere Inside.

Since joining the National Geographic Explorer series as host in December 2002, she has covered the looting of antiquities in war-torn Iraq, investigated the increasingly deadly drug war in Colombia, and examined the complex issues surrounding China’s one-child policy.

Tickets are free and required. Download tickets from utatickets.com.

Energy Bulb

University shows savings by reducing energy usage through renovations, upgrades

UT Arlington has saved nearly $3 million in energy and maintenance costs through a recently completed program aimed at upgrading equipment to make the campus more environmentally friendly. Other changes are expected to net another million dollars annually when completed next year.

UT System officials recently announced that the 15-institution system has cut energy use by 16 percent since 2001, resulting in a savings of $196 million and surpassing a goal to reduce energy consumption by 15 percent by fiscal year 2011. UT Arlington has played a significant role in those efforts.

“The University takes seriously its commitment to reducing energy use on campus,” says John Hall, vice president for administration and campus operations. “Most recently, energy performance contracts with Siemens Building Technologies and TDIndustries will allow the University to further enhance operational efficiencies and create a better living, working, and sustainable environment for students, faculty, and staff.”

Savings over the past year-and-a-half come primarily from improvements made as part of an energy conservation project UT Arlington initiated with Siemens Industry Inc. The project was funded through an $18 million loan from the UT System.

See more on reducing energy on campus.

  Fresh Pix Deck the Mall 2010

Jolly holiday

Freshmen, from left, Elia Maria Madrid, theatre; Hannah Still, biology; and Tina Ko, art, share a laugh at Deck the Mall on Thursday on the Central Library mall. The annual event featured carolers, karaoke, hot chocolate, and other treats for the lighting of the mall for the holidays.

Student choose representatives, Homecoming court

About 1,000 students voted in person and 10 by remote voting for last week's student elections for Student Congress senators, UTA Ambassadors, and Homecoming king and queen.

The top three candidates for the Homecoming court will be presented and the winners named at Homecoming in the spring.

Student Congress senators

  • Architecture: Maria Garcia

  • Business: Tommy Abey and Austin Williams

  • Education: Nicole Azuogu

  • Engineering: Tony Carrillo, Benjamin Howison, Ayomide Longe, and Alex Whitaker

  • Honors College: Ayomide Longe

  • Liberal Arts: Jacob Becker, Hameed Bello, Jerry Ferguson, Rebekah Karth, and Jesse Marroquin

  • Nursing: Amber Magistrado and Caitlin Wright

  • Science: Rana Elkassih and Brian Ravkind

  • Social Work: Maggie Garza

  • SUPA Todd Lockman and Valorie McKinney

Homecoming king: Edwin Baldelomar, Ricky Irving, and Omar Rosales

Homecoming queen: Emily Boren, Tierra Chatmon, and Miriam Zehaie

Ambassadors: Brittni Allen, Hameed Bello, Tierra Chatmon, Allan Cobham, Michael Coleman, LaQruishia Gill, Valerie Hernandez, Judith Huni, Zack Minter, Nick Phillips, Britney Roberts, and Jeremy Smith.

Fresh Pix Relay for Life mini-walk 2010

Words of motivation

Austan Pierce, undeclared freshman who lost his leg to cancer, tells his story to participants in the Relay for Life mini-walk Thursday. The walk was in conjunction with the Great American Smokeout and benefited the American Cancer Society. Information on tobacco-cessation programs and the Relay for Life in April are available from Health Services.

 

Learn how to overcome test anxiety

Does the idea of final exams make you sweat? Do Scantrons make you nervous? Vicky Goins of Counseling Services offers tips on understanding and managing test anxiety at noon Wednesday, Dec. 1, in Room 303 of Ransom Hall.

The program is offered through Student Support Services. Register for the class by e-mailing sss_uta@uta.edu or calling 817-272-3486.

Check MyMav accounts regularly to review charges, make payments

Owe a fee or a fine? Students should check their MyMav accounts regularly to see if they have any charges that need to be paid.

Charges shown on your MyMav account include library fines, parking citations, ID card replacement fees, or Health Center charges.

Log in to MyMav at uta.edu/mymav to see charges, which are shown in the upper right. If you have a charge, go to View My Account and Make A Payment.

For more information and a training tutorial, see MyMav Training.

Angel Tree gifts should be returned by Dec. 2 to Student Activities office

Be an angel to a child in need for the Salvation Army Angel Tree project. To choose a child to sponsor, go to the Student Activities office in the lower level of the University Center.

Gifts should be returned on Thursday, Dec. 2, to the UTA Volunteers office in Student Activities.

It's not too late for a flu shot

Influenza immunizations are still available at Health Services. Cost is $15 for students, faculty, and staff. Hours are 8:30 a.m.-noon and 1-4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday at the Health Services Center. Walk-ins are welcome.

For more information, contact Health Services online or at 817-272-2771.

  Fresh Pix International food fair fall 2010

International delight

Ping Lu, mathematics doctoral student, prepares a grilled delicacy at the Chinese Student Association table during the International Food Fair on Thursday. The fair featured tasty treats from different countries along the E.H. Hereford University Center mall and was part of International Education Week.

Biology prof receives NSF grant to study disease in Caribbean coral

Biology Assistant Professor Laura Mydlarz received a $409,537 grant from the Organism-Environment Interactions Program of the National Science Foundation to study disease in corals, particularly disease caused by environmental stress.

The study, “Assessing the Effect of Environmental Stressors on Invertebrate Innate Immunity using a Coral Pathosystem,” is a collaboration among Dr. Mydlarz, Ernesto Weil of the University of Puerto Rico at Mayaguez, and John Bruno of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

“We are working to describe the basic innate immune responses of reef-building corals,” Mydlarz says. “Specifically, we are characterizing how environmental stressors such as temperature affect the corals' ability to fight pathogens.”

Their research will focus on corals in the Caribbean that are affected by many bacterial and fungal diseases. One particularly destructive disease is known as yellow-band disease, which attacks colonies of coral at a time when the coral is stressed by pollution, overfishing, and climate change. It is characterized by large blotches or patches of bleached, yellowed tissue on Caribbean scleractinian corals, also called stony corals.

The study will examine the effects of environmental stressors on the Montastraea coral, one of the more important species of reef-building coral in the Caribbean. Specifically, the work will look at how coral immune and self-defense mechanisms are affected by temperature, nutrient, and pathogen stress.

Read more about the coral study.

MyMav upgrade postponed until Dec. 3

The MyMav system upgrade, scheduled for today, Tuesday, Nov. 23, has been postponed until Friday, Dec. 3. The system will be unavailable from 5 p.m. Dec. 3 until 8 a.m. Monday, Dec. 6.

Fresh Pix Awesome Challenge 2010

Balancing act

Tesia Pham, nursing sophomore, keeps her balance as Vu Pham, nursing freshman, crashes into her during the Most Awesome Extreme Challenge, a wacky mix of events inspired by Japanese game shows. The event marked the end of Asian Heritage Month on Wednesday at the Bluebonnet Ballroom in the E.H. Hereford University Center.

 

Civil engineering professor wins two NSF grants to study expansive soils

The National Science Foundation has awarded a civil engineering professor two grants that could change the way expansive soils are tested, leading to better construction practices.

Anand Puppala, a UT Arlington Distinguished Teaching Professor in civil engineering, says the three-year grant for $257,000 uses the Soil Water Characteristic Curve to test those soils.

Dr. Puppala is teaming with researchers from Arizona State University in the study. The Soil Water Characteristic Curve method is a long-term study of the soil in extreme conditions.

Puppala also has won a four-year, $400,023 NSF Major Research Instrumentation grant to develop a triaxial testing device that would measure soil behaviors under different moisture conditions. NSF has funded only 15 percent of those grant proposals in the current year.

The device is unique, Puppala says, and should lead to better evaluations of soil characteristics that would lead to better and safer design of civil infrastructure.

See more about Puppala's soil research.

SAC of Joy needs toys for Cook Children's Medical Center

The SAC of Joy toy drive Nov. 30-Dec. 17 needs help providing toys for children confined to hospital rooms at Cook Children's Medical Center. The drive is sponsored by the Staff Advisory Council’s Outreach Committee.

See the list of donation sites and the Cook Children’s Medical Center wish list at uta.edu/sac or contact Linda Olson at lolson@uta.edu.

  Fresh Pix One Night Without A Home 2010

A night out

Cardboard boxes, sleeping bags, and students filled the Central Library mall for One Night Without A Home last Tuesday night. The firsthand experience was combined with educational programs to heighten awareness of homelessness. UTA Volunteers sponsored the event.

Nursing associate dean gains national attention with defibrillation research

Beth Mancini, associate dean in the College of Nursing, is part of a research team that raises questions about the effectiveness of in-hospital use of automated external defibrillators, or AEDs.

The researchers found that while AEDs improve survival for out-of-hospital cardiac arrest, similar use in a hospital setting does not lead to an improved rate of survival. The work is published in the Nov. 17 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association and is available online.

While the use of AEDs in community settings has been demonstrated to increase survival, researchers wanted to determine whether using AEDs in a hospital setting yielded better outcomes than not using the devices. The finding that AED use did not translate into increased or even the same survival rates surprised researchers, says Dr. Mancini, who oversees UT Arlington’s undergraduate nursing programs and serves as chair of the Science Advisory Board for the National Registry of Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation.

Read more on the defibrillation research.

Wednesday is deadline to apply for UT System student regent position

The University of Texas System is seeking applicants for the student regent position on the UT System Board of Regents. The term for the position runs from June 1, 2011, to May 31, 2012.

The nonvoting student regent is an ex-officio member on each board committee. The student regent will participate in approximately a dozen official board meetings and frequently visit with student leaders, administrators, faculty, and staff at the 15 UT System institutions across the state.

Submit applications by Wednesday, Nov. 24, to the Office of Student Governance in the lower level of the E.H. Hereford University Center. Call 817-272-2293 for more details.

Student regent application forms and details are available online.

Campus takes a holiday

There are no classes and campus offices are closed Thursday-Friday, Nov. 25-26, for the Thanksgiving holiday. Classes resume Monday, Nov. 29.

Fresh Pix Dana Canedy

OneBook for Jordan

Dana Canedy, author of A Journal for Jordan, this year's OneBook selection, lectured Monday, Nov. 15, at the Bluebonnet Ballroom. She spoke about the story behind her book, which involved combining her late husband's journal and her memories for their son, Jordan.

 

Outstanding Maverick Awards seek nominations of top employees

Students can nominate a great UT Arlington employee or team of employees for the Outstanding Maverick Awards, formerly known as the Outstanding Employee Awards.

Awards are based on criteria representative of the University’s mission and reflect characteristics of outstanding service and performance by individuals and teams.

Regular full-time and part-time employees who have been employed for a minimum of two years are eligible for nomination. Each Outstanding Maverick selected will receive $1,000 and a plaque at a dinner honoring the recipients.

More information, frequently asked questions, nomination criteria, and a nomination form are on the Outstanding Maverick Awards website.

Deadline for nominations is Monday, Dec. 6. The form may be submitted electronically, mailed to Box 19176, or faxed to 817-272-3361.

For questions or comments, call Ligia Munoz in Human Resources at 817-272-7091 or e-mail askhr@uta.edu.

Thanksgiving holiday schedule

Wednesday
Nov. 24
Thursday  
Nov. 25
Friday
Nov. 26
Saturday
Nov. 27
Dining       
     Connection Cafe Close at 7 p.m. Closed
Closed Closed
     The Plaza Close at 3 p.m. Closed Closed Closed
     Einstein Bros. Bagels Close at 3 p.m. Closed Closed Closed
     Maverick Market Close at 5 p.m. Closed Closed Closed
     Market at the MAC Close at 3 p.m. Closed Closed Closed
     Starbucks Close at 5 p.m. Closed Closed Closed
     We Proudly Brew Close at 3 p.m. Closed Closed Closed
Campus Recreation
     Maverick Activities Center 6 a.m.-6 p.m. Closed Closed
Noon-8 p.m.
     Climbing Wall Closed Closed Closed Closed
     Group Exercise Classes No classes No classes   
No classes No classes
     Field Complex Closed Closed Closed Closed
     Pool Closed Closed Closed Closed
Libraries
     Central Library Close at midnight Closed 9 a.m.-8 p.m. 9 a.m.-8 p.m.
     Digital Media Studio 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Closed Closed Closed
     Architecture / Fine Arts 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Closed 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Regular
     Science / Engineering 8 a.m.-8 p.m. Closed 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Regular
Planetarium Regular Closed Closed Regular
E.H. Hereford University Center Close at 8 p.m. Closed Closed Closed
Check List

 

November 24

Final date to hold master's exam/dissertation defense

Final date to submit copy of thesis/dissertation to Graduate School for first mechanical check

November 25-28

Thanksgiving holiday

December 6

Final date to submit approved thesis/dissertation to Graduate School

Final date to submit report of final master's examination/dissertation defense

Open registration continues

Open registration continues for the winter intersession and spring term for all new and returning students. Register early. The schedules of classes are online.

To determine if you need adviser clearance, check your portal page at uta.edu/mymav and click on Student Center, then Holds and Details. If your academic department requires advising, you will see an academic department services indicator, or hold. Check the list of academic advising offices.

Going Out
  UTA Presents

Take note of five days of concerts

Bassoon

Music can soothe the soul before final exams with five days of concerts, most free, at Irons Recital Hall in the Fine Arts Building.

Trombone Choir Concert: Free. 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 1.

UTA Wind Symphony and Symphonic Band Concert: $3 student/senior; $5 general public. 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 2.

Bassoon Studio Recital: Free. 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 3.

UTA Symphony Orchestra Concert: $3 student/senior; $5 general public. 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 4.

Choir Concert: $3 student/senior; $5 general public. 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 5.

Holiday Benefit Concert: Music service organizations perform to benefit Mission Arlington. Admission is a canned good, gently used clothing, or other donation. 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 5.

To learn more about the performances, contact the Music Department at music@uta.edu or 817-272-3471.

Wednesday, Nov. 24

$2 Movie: Toy Story 3 Woody, Buzz, and the gang prepare for a day-care adventure. Rated G. 5:30 p.m., Planetarium. 817-272-1183.

Women's Basketball Mavericks vs. Arkansas State. Free with student ID. 7 p.m. Texas Hall. Athletics, 817-272-2261.

Saturday, Nov. 27

Women's Basketball Mavericks vs. Southeast Missouri State. Free with student ID. 5 p.m. Texas Hall. Athletics, 817-272-2261.

Men's Basketball Mavericks vs. St. Edward's. Free with student ID. 7:30 p.m. Texas Hall. Athletics, 817-272-2261.

Wednesday, Dec. 1

Women's Basketball Mavericks vs. Arkansas. Free with student ID. 7:30 p.m. Texas Hall. Athletics, 817-272-2261.

Trombone Choir Concert Features trombone students. Free. 7:30 p.m. Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. Music, 817-272-3471.

Thursday, Dec. 2

Wind Symphony and Symphonic Band Concert The Wind Symphony and Symphonic Bands present their final concert of the semester featuring the music of Philip Sparke, Alfred Reed, David Stanhope, and Jean Francaix. $3 students, seniors; $5 adults. Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. Music, 817-272-3471.

Ongoing

Gallery 76102: flats and rounds Artist Nicholas Wood works in hybrid forms of painting, drawing, and sculpture. Through Nov. 30. Gallery hours 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays; 2-6 p.m. Wednesdays, Fridays. Gallery 76102, Fort Worth Center, 1401 Jones St., Fort Worth.

Spacepark 360

Charting Chartered Companies The exhibition Concessions to Companies as Mirrored in Maps, 1600-1900 focuses on maps and how they shaped the histories of chartered companies. Through Jan. 8. Free. 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Mondays-Saturdays, Special Collections, sixth floor, Central Library. 817-272-2179.

Planetarium programs See the newest show, Spacepark 360, the most thrilling amusement park rides in the solar system. Planetarium, 817-272-1183.

Downtown Farmers Market Arlington's downtown farmers market features locally grown produce and locally made baked goods, arts, and crafts. Co-sponsored by UT Arlington Dining Services. 8 a.m.-1 p.m., Fridays-Saturdays, 215 E. Front St.

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

Learn More

 

Wednesday, Nov. 24

MAE Brown Bag Series Hakki Erhan Sevil and Wendy Okolo are guest speakers. Free. Noon, Room 402, Woolf Hall. Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, info@mae.uta.edu, 817-272-2561.

Monday, Nov. 29

Middle Level Research Conference Session themes include behavioral interventions, digital pedagogies, and family and community outreach. Sponsored by Middle Level Education, Department of Curriculum and Instruction, College of Education and Health Professions. Free. 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m., E.H. Hereford University Center. Middle Level Research Conference, Kim Ruebel, kruebel@uta.edu.

Design Practice Academy "The Architect as Professional: The Purpose and Value of Professional Organizations" is presented by AIA Dallas, Urban Land Institute, and the Construction Specifications Institute. Free. 7 p.m., Room 204, Architecture Building. School of Architecture, 817-272-2801.

Wednesday, Dec. 1

Seismic Hazards and Commercial Nuclear Power Christie Denissen, a reactor inspector with the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, describes how nuclear facilities are protected against seismic activities and the technologies employed to ensure a safe shutdown. Hosted by the College of Engineering and the Arlington Technology Association. Light breakfast provided. Free to ATA members and first-time guests. Reservations. 7-8 a.m., Room 601, Nedderman Hall. Roger Tuttle, 817-272-3682.

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

Sports Notes
  Amanda Aguilera

Killer performance: Amanda Aguilera was named to the All-Southland Conference first team in volleyball as she led the Mavericks in kills and ranked fifth in the league.

Aguilera first team All-SLC as volleyball ends season

Junior Amanda Aguilera was named to the All-Southland Conference volleyball first team while senior Bianca Sauls and junior Alicia Shaffer were selected to the second team.

UT Arlington downed Sam Houston State 3-1 in the first round of the SLC tournament last weekend in Huntsville. But the fourth-seeded Mavericks were eliminated in the semifinals by top-seeded Central Arkansas 3-0.

The loss ended an eight-match UT Arlington winning streak as the Mavericks closed the season with a 17-15 record. Second-seeded UT San Antonio downed Central Arkansas 3-2 in the championship match.

Mav men win third straight, host St. Edward's

Junior Bo Ingram scored 19 points as the men’s basketball team topped Hardin-Simmons 88-71 on Monday to notch its third straight win.

The Mavericks defeated UT Tyler 96-56 and Houston Baptist 74-65 last week. Junior LaMarcus Reed leads the UT Arlington scoring with 15.2 points per game.

Coach Scott Cross’ squad faces St. Edward's at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 27, at Texas Hall, in their last home appearance until Jan. 5. The Mavericks travel to Denton to play North Texas on Tuesday, Nov. 30.

Women's team faces Arkansas State in home opener

Following a tough road trip that saw them lose three of four, the women’s basketball opens the home season against Arkansas State at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 24, at Texas Hall.

The Mavericks downed Missouri-Kansas City 75-68 on Saturday, but dropped an 82-52 decision to Oklahoma State on Monday. Senior Tamara Simmons tallied 30 against OSU and leads the scoring with 21 points per game.

UT Arlington will also be at home Saturday, Nov. 27, for a 5 p.m. game against Southeast Missouri, and the Mavericks will host Arkansas at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 1.

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

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