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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thanksgiving holiday schedule
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.
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.
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.
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.)
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.