UT Arlington to offer bachelor's degree in biomedical engineering
UT Arlington has received approval from the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board to begin offering a Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Engineering.
Jean-Pierre Bardet, the new UT Arlington College of Engineering dean, said the program is important for UT Arlington, the region, and the nation.
“Biomedical engineering is all about helping people,” he says. “It’s important for engineering to respond to the needs of the medical profession and people. It’s all about getting people healthier and improving their quality of life.”
The official start date for offering the bachelor’s degree is undecided.
UT Arlington has had a graduate bioengineering program for nearly 38 years, one of the longest-running graduate programs of its kind.
Read more about the bachelor's degree in biomedical engineering.
Veterans Activities Fair set for Thursday
Learn about the programs and services designed to help veterans succeed at UT Arlington at the annual Veterans Activities Fair 11 a.m.–3 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 10, in Room 133 at the Maverick Activities Center.
Lunch is free for student veterans.
The Student Veterans Advisory Council, which sponsors the fair, is conducting a survey to assess the needs of student veterans on campus. Student veterans are encouraged to complete the online survey.
WAC commissioner speaks at Maverick Club today
Meet Karl Benson, commissioner of the Mavericks new home—the Western Athletic Conference—at the Maverick Club luncheon at noon today, Tuesday, Nov. 8, at Spring Creek Barbeque, 3608 S. Cooper.
The meeting is open to the public. Lunch is $5.
UT Arlington begins WAC play in 2012-13, which coincides with the first, full basketball season in UT Arlington’s College Park Center, a 7,000-seat, split-bowl arena designed by Cowboys Stadium architect HKS. The new events center—part of a 20-acre mixed-use development scheduled to open in late summer 2012—promises to be an exciting, high-tech venue for conference games.
The Maverick Club serves as the primary booster organization for UTA Athletics.
Commissioner Nguyen to speak on leadership
Andy Nguyen, Tarrant County Commissioner for Precinct 2, will speak on leadership as part of the Diversity Speaker Series at noon Monday, Nov. 14, at Bowling and Billiards in the E.H. Hereford University Center.
Precinct 2 includes Arlington and southeast Tarrant County.
Nguyen will hold a town hall meeting for faculty, staff, and students.
His appearance is presented by the Division of Student Affairs, Multicultural Affairs, the Leadership Center, the Asian Student Association, the Filipino Student Association, and the Vietnamese Student Association.
LunaFest film festival looks at women's issues by female filmmakers
The Women’s and Gender Studies program will host LunaFest, a national touring film festival dedicated to raising awareness of women’s issues and highlighting female filmmakers.
The festival, sponsored by Luna nutrition bars, features nine short films and opens at 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 11, at the Maverick Activities Center’s Lone Star Auditorium.
After the LunaFest films conclude, Patty Newton, a Master of Fine Arts candidate in film and video, will preview her short film, Pursuit. Newton wrote and directed the lighthearted romantic comedy that poses the question, “What if I never try?”
“We seek to show students that women are relevant in all areas, including film,” says Desiree Henderson, interim director of the Women’s and Gender Studies program.
Tickets are $5 for students, who must show ID at the door, and may be purchased online at www.lunafest.org/arlington. Tickets are $10 for everyone at the door.
Proceeds benefit the nonprofit Breast Cancer Fund and the UT Arlington Women’s and Gender Studies Program.
Get ready for Wacky-lympics at MAC on Saturday; register Thursday
Get the gang together for Wacky-lympics, a fun-filled, outdoor obstacle course that benefits The Big Event day of community service in the spring.
Activities for the five-person teams include top shot sling shot, can tower knock down, sack race, and much more. Hotdogs and drinks will be on sale. All proceeds directly assist the non-profit agencies and volunteers who participate in The Big Event.
Teams should wear T-shirts showing their organizations with a touch of wackiness.
Register by Thursday, Nov. 10, for the fun, which runs 10 a.m.-noon Saturday Nov. 12, behind the Maverick Activities Center.
Cost is $20 per team. Payments can be made at Students Activities B140, lower level of the University Center. Registration on the day of the event is $25.
Learn more about Wacky-lympics and The Big Event by contacting Mandy Boxill, The Big Event coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 817-272-2963.
UT Arlington, TCC partner for geosciences education
UT Arlington and Tarrant County College are partnering to encourage students from underrepresented groups to consider majoring in the geosciences and to establish an easy transfer from TCC to UT Arlington.
Officials from the two institutions have received a $200,000, three-year grant from the National Science Foundation’s Opportunities to Enhance Diversity in the Geosciences program.
“Hispanics, African Americans, and other minorities are underrepresented in the geosciences workforce compared to the general population, especially in Texas,” says John Wickham, professor and chair of UT Arlington’s Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences.
Read more about the geoscience partnership.
Ben and Jerry tickets available for Maverick Speakers Series event Nov. 17
Tickets to see the founders of Ben and Jerry’s Homemade, Inc., in the second installment of the 2011-12 Maverick Speakers Series, are on sale at utatickets.com.
Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield are the men behind one of the most talked about and least conventional success stories in American business. They built a storefront venture into a $300 million ice cream empire by harnessing the power of social responsibility and creative management.
Their presentation "Entrepreneurial Spirit, Social Responsibility, and Radical Business Philosophy" is set for 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 17, at Texas Hall.
Free general admission tickets are available, as well as a $25 preferred package while supplies last. The package includes reserved parking, reserved entrance to avoid long lines, reserved seating near the stage, and front-of-the-line access to book signings (participating speakers only).
For more information, see Maverick Speakers Series.
File and print services unavailable early Sunday
File and print services will be unavailable 2-7 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 13, due to system maintenance, according to the Office of Information Technology.
This will affect network printing, student J: drives, and faculty/staff K: drives as well as MavSpace for all students, faculty, and staff.
Linguistics and TESOL Department moving Wednesday
The Linguistics and TESOL Department's administrative office and related faculty offices on the fourth floor of Hammond Hall are relocating to the first floor Wednesday, Nov. 9.
Adopt an angel for the holiday season
Help a child from infant to 14 years old have a brighter Christmas through the annual Angel Tree drive.
Angels are available at the Leadership Center office in Room B160 of the E.H. Hereford University Center. Interested participants will be given age, gender, size information, and wish list for a child in need.
Bring purchased items to the Leadership Center by Friday, Dec. 2.
Holiday Extravaganza arrives Saturday
Crafts, cookie decorating, and Santa Claus are among the presents at the annual Holiday Extravaganza hosted by Freshmen Leaders On Campus.
Students, faculty, and staff are invited to bring their children to the family-friendly event 10 a.m.-noon Saturday, Nov. 12, in the Palo Duro Lounge of the E.H. Hereford University Center.
Discount offered to students for test prep classes
UT Arlington students receive a 10 percent discount on test preparation courses offered through Continuing Education in the Division for Enterprise Development.
An LSAT Test Prep class begins Friday, Nov. 11. Call 817-272-2581 to receive the student discount.
Upcoming test prep classes include GMAT math and verbal, GRE math and verbal, and TOEFL.
Recycle electronic items at two events
Two electronic recycling events are coming to campus this month.
The University and the city of Arlington host Texas Recycles Day 8 a.m.-noon Saturday, Nov. 12, in Lot 49. Enter the lot from the south on Doug Russell Road. Documents shredding is offered, but will be done at Greenstar Recycling's facility in Fort Worth. Proof of Arlington residency is required.
The Office of Sustainability hosts recycling 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 16, in conjunction with America Recycles Day. A truck will collect items near the southwest corner of Woolf Hall. Departments will be responsible for bringing their items for recycling. Items with a UT Arlington sticker will not be accepted.
Bring computers/CPUs, monitors, computer peripherals, printers, fax machines, keyboards, photocopiers, televisions, VCRs, microwaves, stereos, home and office phones, cellphones, consumer electronics, printer cartridges, and rechargeable alkaline batteries.
To recycle large household appliances, call 817-317-2000.
For more information, contact Becky Valentich at becky @uta.edu or 817-272-0199.
Auditions open for UTA choirs
Auditions for the UTA University Singers and A Cappella Choir are noon-1 p.m. Monday, Nov. 14. Non-music majors are welcome. To schedule an audition, contact Karen Kenaston-French at email@example.com.
For more information, see uta.edu/music/vocalarts.
Physics research image featured on calendar
An image of the remnants of a supernova based on the research of Sangwook Park, assistant professor of physics, will be featured in a 2012 calendar of images from the Chandra X-ray Observatory. Chandra is NASA's flagship mission for X-ray astronomy and is one of the "Great Observatories" similar to the Hubble Telescope.
Dr. Park and graduate student Seth Post are studying the G299.2-2.9 supernova remnant, the remains of Type 1a supernova about 16,000 light years from Earth. Scientists use Type 1a supernovas to judge distances in space. So finding out more about those supernovas and the white dwarf stars that created them can help astrophysicists know more about the expansion of the universe, says Park.
His work on the G299.2-2.9 remnant is funded by a two-year, $157,372 grant from the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory.
Facebook funds engineer to discover energy efficiencies for computer centers
Facebook has made a multi-year commitment to work with a UT Arlington engineer for a National Science Foundation project related to keeping massive data centers more energy efficient.
Dereje Agonafer, professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering, is part of a cooperative research center whose focus will be finding more efficient and greener ways to run giant data centers, such as Facebook.
UT Arlington joins Binghamton and Villanova universities in forming the Industry/University Cooperative Research Center in Energy-Efficient Electronic Systems. Facebook is one of 15 companies who are consortium members.
Read more about the Cooperative Research Center in Energy-Efficient Electronic Systems.
Researchers receive $1.2 million for cancer detection research
The Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas has awarded two UT Arlington bioengineering researchers—Baohong Yuan and Liping Tang—more than $1.2 million to explore better methods of detecting cancer.
Dr. Yuan, an assistant professor who joined UT Arlington in 2010, this week won a $1 million award that he will use to create a better imaging system to detect cancer in deep tissue—tens of millimeters below the surface of the skin.
Dr. Tang, a bioengineering professor whose work has focused on tissue engineering, won $200,000 that he will use to develop what he describes as a “chemical trap” that will mimic bone marrow, which attracts cancer cells.
Read more about Yuan's and Tang's cancer research.
New grants to allow bioengineer to look at how cell proteins act in repairing DNA
A UT Arlington bioengineering researcher has secured two new grants worth $1.13 million to track how cancerous cells damaged by radiation therapy work to repair themselves and apply that system to research focused on better cancer care.
George Alexandrakis, an assistant professor of bioengineering, specializes in sub-cellular imaging and is collaborating on the project with David Chen, director of the Molecular Radiation Biology Division in Department of Radiation Oncology, at The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas.
“Ultimately, we want to kill cancer cells more efficiently and save the good cells,” Dr. Alexandrakis says.
Read more about Alexandrakis' research.
College of Nursing simulation curriculum chosen by industry leaders
Nursing students worldwide can now access the faculty-developed curriculum used at UT Arlington’s Smart Hospital through a new partnership with HealthStream and Laerdal Medical.
Earlier this year the two companies launched SimStore, an Internet-based resource for educational institutions and health care providers that are incorporating patient simulators into their coursework and training.
At the site, educators can purchase downloadable scenarios that teach everything from infant medication administration to advanced life support for hypothermia.
The College of Nursing will receive royalties from the sale of the simulation content at the SimStore. Those funds will be invested into its Smart Hospital, a 13,000-square-foot center with 40 computerized patients in realistic hospital units.
Read more about SimStore.
Fall final exam schedule available
The final exam schedule for the fall term is available online. Finals are scheduled Saturday-Friday, Dec. 10-16.
Open registration starts for winter intersession, spring terms
Open registration has started for the winter intersession and spring terms. Open registration is when all new and returning students will be able to register. Register early. The schedules of classes are online.
To determine if you need adviser clearance, check your portal page at 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.
Tuesday, Nov. 8
Women's Basketball Mavericks vs. Midwestern State in an exhibition game. Free. 6 p.m. Texas Hall. Athletics, 817-272-2261.
Music Honors Recital Features performances by music faculty members and outstanding students in solo and chamber music settings. Free. 7:30 p.m., Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. Music, 817-272-3471.
One Mic Stand Comedy Series Carmen Lynch has performed on Last Comic Standing, Comedy Central's Premium Blend, and in the Aspen Comedy Festival. Free. 7:30 p.m., Rosebud Theatre, E.H. Hereford University Center. EXCEL Campus Activities.
Wednesday, Nov. 9
Mav Swap Still holding on to an old shirt from that "other" university? Trade it in for a free UT Arlington T-shirt. All collected items will be donated. 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Library mall, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Exhibiting Artist Talk In conjunction with Faculty Biennial XIII, Art and Art History Department faculty members discuss their works and creative process. Free. Noon, The Gallery at UTA, Fine Arts Building.
$2 Movie: Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides Jack Sparrow and Barbossa seek the elusive fountain of youth, as do Blackbeard and his daughter. Rated PG-13. 5:30 p.m. Also 5:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 11, and 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 12. Planetarium, 817-272-1183.
Film Screening: Reel Injun An entertaining and insightful look at the portrayal of North American Natives through the history of cinema. Part of Native American Heritage Month. Free. 7 p.m., Room 101, College Hall. Native American Student Association, Multicultural Affairs.
Thursday, Nov. 10
Mavs Book Club Bad Blood: The Tuskegee Syphilis Experiment by James H. Jones is this month's selection. Free and open to everyone. 5 p.m., Starbucks, E.H. Hereford University Center. Mavs Book Club.
Most Awesome Extreme Challenge Take on sumo wrestlers or race your way through an obstacle course in the fourth annual challenge. Part of Asian Heritage Month. 6:30 p.m., Bluebonnet Ballroom, E.H. Hereford University Center. Multicultural Affairs.
Faculty Piano Recital Young-Hyun Cho, right, assistant professor of piano, performs works by Franz Liszt, commemorating the bicentennial of his birth. Free. 7:30 p.m., Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. Music, 817-272-3471.
Friday, Nov. 11
Women's Basketball Mavericks vs. North Texas. Free with student ID. 7 p.m. Texas Hall. Athletics, 817-272-2261.
LunaFest A festival of short films by, for, and about women. Benefiting the Breast Cancer Fund. Tickets $5 with student ID; $10 at door. 7 p.m., Lonestar Auditorium, Maverick Activities Center. Women's and Gender Studies.
Musical Benefit Concert features soloists and small ensembles performing a variety of music. Sponsored by Sigma Alpha Iota service organization. Benefits the Tarrant County Food Bank. Free; donations accepted. 7:30 p.m., Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. Music, 817-272-3471.
Saturday, Nov. 12
Duo Vocal Recital Features David Grogan, assistant professor of voice, and soprano Rebecca Choate-Beasley. Free. 7:30 p.m., Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building, Music, 817-272-3471.
Sunday, Nov. 13
Women's Basketball Mavericks vs. George Washington. Free with student ID. 3 p.m. Texas Hall. Athletics, 817-272-2261.
Monday, Nov. 14
Downtown Arlington Music Mondays A concert featuring UT Arlington music students. Lunch is served after the concert. Free. 12:15-12:45 p.m., sanctuary, First Baptist Church, 300 S. Center. Music, 817-272-3471.
Men's Basketball Mavericks vs. East Texas Baptist. Free with student ID. 7 p.m. Texas Hall. Athletics, 817-272-2261.
Tuesday, Nov. 15
Clavier Series Piano Recital Free. 7:30 p.m., Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. Music, 817-272-3471.
Wednesday, Nov. 16
Commuter Appreciation Breakfast Free. 7:30-9:30 a.m., library mall. Off-Campus Mavericks.
Faculty Biennial XIII A showcase for recent work created by the Department of Art and Art History faculty. Free. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays, noon-5 p.m. Saturdays. Through Nov. 19. The Gallery at UTA, Fine Arts Building.
Searching from Memory Photography exhibit features artists Caleb Dulock and Jessica Fuentes. Free. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays; 2-6 p.m. Wednesdays, Fridays. Through Nov. 30. Gallery 76102, Fort Worth Center.
Life and Death in the Northern Pass Photojournalist Dominic Bracco II ('08 BA) provides a view of drug violence in Ciudad Juarez. Free. Through Jan. 14. Sixth floor parlor, Central Library.
Impressions of the West: Works of Art from Special Collections More than 30 paintings, sculptures, and prints of the southwest and west. Free. 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Mondays, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays, sixth floor, Central Library. Through Jan. 14. UT Arlington Library, 817-272-3393.
Planetarium Nanocam: A Trip into Biodiversity explores life-forms invisible to the human eye that contribute to understanding the world. 6 p.m. Thursdays, 5:30 p.m. Saturdays. Planetarium, 817-272-1183.
(For an expanded list of events, see the UT Arlington Calendar.)
Basketball season opens this week
Get a preview of the women’s basketball team in an exhibition game against Midwestern State at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 8, at Texas Hall.
The women officially open the season at 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 11, when North Texas comes to Texas Hall, and the Mavericks also entertain George Washington University at 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 13.
The men’s team opens the season at 7 p.m. Monday, Nov. 14, against East Texas Baptist at Texas Hall.
Students with ID are admitted free.
Volleyball splits pair of matches
The Maverick volleyball team split a pair of matches last week, winning 3-1 at Southeastern Louisiana before dropping a 3-2 decision at Nicholls State.
Senior Alicia Shaffer broke the school record for career digs, passing the mark set by Ashley Smith, who played from 2003 to 2006.
Matches on the road this week at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi and UT San Antonio close out the regular season. The Southland Conference Tournament is Nov. 18-20 at Conway, Ark.
Intramural poker entries due Wednesday
Entries for the intramural poker tournament are due Wednesday, Nov. 9, at the Maverick Activities Center.
Entries for 3-on-3 wheelchair basketball are due Tuesday, Nov. 15, and table tennis singles and doubles entries are due Wednesday, Nov. 16.