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For Students of The University of Texas at Arlington

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Kevin Schug

Digging deep: Kevin Schug, Shimadzu Distinguished Professor of Analytical Chemistry and associate professor of chemistry and biochemistry, led the research team analyzing samples from 100 private water wells near natural gas drilling sites.

Potential well water contaminants highest near natural gas drilling sites

A new study of 100 private water wells in and near the Barnett Shale showed elevated levels of potential contaminants such as arsenic and selenium closest to natural gas extraction sites, according to a research team led by Kevin Schug, Shimadzu Distinguished Professor of Analytical Chemistry and associate professor of chemistry and biochemistry.

The results of the North Texas well study are in the online version of the journal Environmental Science & Technology. The peer-reviewed paper focuses on the presence of metals such as arsenic, barium, selenium, and strontium in water samples. Many of these heavy metals occur naturally at low levels in groundwater, but disturbances from natural gas extraction activities could cause them to occur at elevated levels.

“This study alone can’t conclusively identify the exact causes of elevated levels of contaminants in areas near natural gas drilling, but it does provide a powerful argument for continued research,” says Brian Fontenot, lead author on the paper. He earned a doctorate in quantitative biology from UT Arlington and is a life scientist with the Environmental Protection Agency.

Other co-authors include Qinhong “Max” Hu, associate professor of earth and environmental sciences; Doug D. Carlton Jr., a Ph.D. student in chemistry and biochemistry; Hyppolite Oka, a recent graduate of the environmental and earth sciences master’s program; and Jayme L. Walton, a recent graduate of the biology master’s program.

Read more about the well water contaminant research.

Julian Hurdle

Battling bacteria: Assistant Professor Julian Hurdle will serve on a study section for the National Institutes of Health Center for Scientific Review.

Assistant professor chosen for national scientific review committee

The National Institutes of Health Center for Scientific Review has chosen biology Assistant Professor Julian Hurdle to serve on a prestigious study section, one of the bodies that reviews grant applications, makes recommendations, and surveys the status of research in a particular field.

Dr. Hurdle, a specialist in molecular microbiology and bacterial infectious diseases, will serve on the Drug Discovery and Mechanisms of Antimicrobial Resistance Study Section through June 30, 2017. Study section members are chosen based on their demonstrated competence and achievements in their study area, including research activity and publication in scientific journals.

“Dr. Hurdle is an accomplished researcher who is working hard to build a better understanding of the role bacteria play in disease,” says Pamela Jansma, dean of the College of Science.

Read more about Hurdle's appointment.

Mary Vaccaro

Renaissance woman: Art history Professor Mary Vaccaro was named to a screening committee for the Fulbright Scholar Program.

Vaccaro to serve on Fulbright Scholar Program screening committee

Mary Vaccaro, professor of art and art history, has been appointed to the Fulbright Scholar Program's national screening committee for U.S. student applications to Italy. An expert on Italian Renaissance art, she is one of three members, representing different disciplines and fields, who will serve on the committee.

“The process of facilitating such experiences for young scholars and strengthening the connection between the United States and Italy is truly exciting,” Dr. Vaccaro says.

She joined UT Arlington in 1994. She earned a bachelor’s degree from Williams College and a master of arts, master of philosophy, and doctoral degree in Italian Renaissance art from Columbia University.

Vaccaro was appointed to the Society of Fellows at the American Academy in Rome in 2000 and is the recipient of Fulbright awards at the graduate, doctoral, and post-doctoral levels.

The Fulbright Scholar Program offers competitive, merit-based grants for international educational exchange in more than 155 countries.

Sanjiv Sabherwal

Sanjiv Sabherwal

CEOs who are overconfident can practice risky business, study indicates

A study by Sanjiv Sabherwal, associate professor of finance and real estate, and two other researchers found that when it comes to CEOs and mergers and acquisitions, confidence can be too much of a good thing.

“CEO Overconfidence and International Merger and Acquisition Activity” was featured recently in the Washington Post and Inc. Magazine. The study was published in the Journal of Financial and Quantitative Analysis earlier this year. It showed CEOs need to demonstrate strong leadership and good decision-making skills, but CEOs with overconfidence can involve their companies in riskier ventures and put investors’ funds at risk,

Co-authors were Stephen Ferris of the University of Missouri and Narayanan Jayaraman of Georgia Tech University.

Dr. Sabherwal was inducted into the Academy of Distinguished Teachers in 2012. He joined UT Arlington in 2004, received the Billy W. Turner Memorial Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching in 2006-07, and earned the Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching Award in 2007-08.

McNair Scholars give research presentation

Dog behavior, warring teens, genomes, oil spills, and fourth-grade English come together for the McNair Scholars Program research presentations Thursday, Aug. 8, in Room 101 of College Hall. See the presentation schedule, which also lists the students' faculty mentors.

Eighteen students—including a visiting scholar from Clarkson University, Zachary Rodriguez—participated in the summer research program.

The McNair Scholars Program prepares qualified UT Arlington undergraduates for graduate study culminating in the Ph.D. The program helps students become more competitive in the graduate school application process, leading to their admission to top-ranked programs and facilitating a smooth integration into graduate-level work.

The Ronald E. McNair Post-Baccalaureate Achievement Program was created by the U.S. Congress in 1986 to pay tribute to Dr. Ronald McNair, an astronaut and scientist who died aboard the space shuttle Challenger. The goal of the McNair program is to assist promising students from low-income/first-generation or under-represented backgrounds to enter the professoriate.

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Correct URL, password change help email issues

If you are having trouble accessing your MavMail student email account, make sure you are using the correct URL.

Go to outlook.com/mavs.uta.edu, and enter your full email address including the @mavs.uta.edu and your NetID password. This is the same password you are using to access MyMav. Your NetID password now can be used for accessing MyMav, Blackboard, and your student MavMail account.

If you get the message We don't recognize this user ID or password, go to the website uta.edu/password to change your NetID password. Allow 20 minutes for the password to “sync.” You then should be able to log in to your student email account.

For any additional assistance, contact the Help Desk. You also can learn more about MavMail at uta.edu/email.

Fresh Pix Charging stations

Power house

Libraries on campus offer new charging stations with a variety of cords that can power up cellphones, tablets, and other electronic devices. Find the charging stations in the Central Library (basement to third floor), the Science and Engineering Library, and the Architecture and Fine Arts Library.

 

Parking permits now available

Plan for parking during the 2013-14 academic year by ordering your permit online at MyMav. All students need a permit to park on campus and must have their permits no later than the first day of classes Thursday, Aug. 22.

Log in to MyMav, click on Self Service and Parking Request, and print the confirmation page. This is the temporary permit valid until the printed expiration date. Pay by the due date on your MyMav account.

Reduced pricing on remote parking in Lots 25 and 26 is available for day students.

Call the parking office at 817-272-3907 or email dtate@uta.edu for more details.

Improvements, upgrades planned for IT Help Self-Service site

The IT Help Self-Service portal for reporting email, software, or desktop issues and placing service requests is being updated by the Office of Information Technology.

Users will be required to select incident or request when submitting on the site. The services, categories, and subcategories will more accurately represent IT services.

Learn more about requesting IT assistance.

Try alternative for wireless network connection on campus

An issue with the web login for the UT Arlington wireless network has been identified by the Office of Information Technology. For an alternative method of connecting to the network, use AutoLogin.

If you continue to have difficulties connecting to the UT Arlington wireless network, contact the Help Desk at helpdesk@uta.edu or 817-272-2208.

  Fresh Pix Volleyball Special Olympics clinic

Student teachers

Maverick volleyball middle blocker Ashley Bennett observes Raymee Haas' technique during a free clinic the team hosted for the Dallas-Fort Worth Special Olympics. Members of the men's basketball, softball, and tennis teams assisted at the July 27 workshop at College Park Center. Bennett is a communications junior.

Health Services Center closed for weekend starting Friday

Health Services Center will be closed Friday, Aug. 9, for building construction. The center will reopen at 8 a.m. Monday, Aug. 12.

Counseling and Psychological Services will remain open Friday in Ransom Hall.

Fall retreat for future campus leaders

Discover how to become a successful student leader at the Fall Leadership Retreat set for Friday-Sunday, Sept. 20-22.

Students will be exposed to leadership topics including ethical leadership, empowerment of others, diversity, global leadership, and effective communication. Troy Stende will lead the retreat with his "Break on Through" leadership development program.

Registration is open through Friday, Sept. 6. The retreat is sponsored by The Leadership Center and the Division of Student Affairs.

UT Arlington, Fort Worth CVB team up to host international conference

UT Arlington and Fort Worth have been chosen to host the 2017 International Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium, an event that will bring about 3,000 attendees from around the world.

The University and the Fort Worth Convention and Visitors Bureau teamed up to successfully pitch Fort Worth as a conference site.

The Geoscience and Remote Sensing Society, which hosts the annual international symposium, is one of 38 technical societies of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers. The Electrical Engineering Department in the College of Engineering will organize the 2017 event.

Check List

 

Thursday, Aug. 8

Last day of classes for summer II and 11-week terms

Monday, Aug. 12

Final exams for summer II and 11-week terms

Last day to submit your approved thesis/dissertation to Graduate Studies and to submit a report of your final master’s exam/dissertation defense

Tuesday, Aug. 13

Final exams for summer 11-week term

Friday, Aug. 16

Grades designated official for summer II and 11-week terms

Wednesday, Aug 21

Deadline to submit evidence of meningitis vaccination for fall semester

Thursday, Aug. 22

Classes begin for fall term

Order your transcript and avoid end-of-term lines

Order your end-of-summer transcripts online. You can order transcripts online and request to hold for grades or for your degree posting if you are graduating this summer.

Summer grades will be posted Friday, Aug. 16.

Meningitis vaccination documentation required

Incoming Texas college students and students returning after an absence of at least one fall or spring semester who are under 30 years old must submit documentation of meningitis vaccination. Returning students who were not enrolled in the spring 2013 session and are returning for fall classes must submit meningitis documentation as well.

You must have received the vaccine within the past five years at the start of your first session at UT Arlington. UT Arlington students who do not submit the proper vaccination documentation will be dropped before the first class day of the session and will not be able to register.

UT Arlington has contracted with Magnus Health SMR to collect student vaccination records, verify the documents, and maintain the records in compliance with federal privacy laws. You will receive your Magnus Health SMR username and password via your UT Arlington email address. When you log in to your Magnus Health SMR account, you will be able to submit your proof of vaccination. Details for submitting proof of vaccination will be emailed to your UT Arlington email address by Magnus.

To be able to register, send vaccination documentation to Magnus at service@magnushealthportal.com or call 1-877-461-6831.

For more information on submitting meningitis documentation for the fall term, go to uta.edu/meningitis.

Registration continues for fall classes

Regular registration for the fall term continues through Aug. 21. Late registration is Aug. 22-28. Registration timetables are online.

To determine if you need adviser clearance, check your portal page at MyMav and click on Student Center. You will see a section on the right titled Holds. Click the details link for specific hold information. If your academic department requires advising, you will see an academic department service indicator (hold).

A list of advising offices and the schedule of classes are online.

Going Out
  UTA Presents

Welcome Week starts fall semester

Maverick Stampede 2013

Maverick Country issues a big Texas welcome to new and returning students starting Monday, Aug. 19.

Welcome Week begins with the Residence Hall Move-in Event on Monday, with the official welcome at the MavsMeet Convocation at 4 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 20, at College Park Center.

Keynote speaker Krystal Beamon, assistant professor of sociology, will be joined by President Vistasp Karbhari, Provost Ronald Elsenbaumer, Student Congress President Varun Mallipaddi, and Frank Lamas, vice president for Student Affairs. The UT Arlington Marching Band adds a spirited performance.

A lively afterparty begins at 5 p.m. on The Green at College Park, just south of College Park Center. Spend time with your friends, meet new ones, and mingle with faculty while enjoying games, food, fun, refreshments, crafts, live music, prizes, giveaways, and much more.

The rest of Welcome Week includes traditional gatherings and events such as MavSwap, Waffleopolis, Pajama Jam, the Maverick Cookout, and more. Read about what else is happening on the events schedule.

Thursday, Aug. 8

Summer Movies Series: 'Scary Movie V' Bring a chair or a blanket, a picnic, and friends for outdoor movies each Thursday. Free popcorn. Free. 9 p.m., lawn behind the Maverick Activities Center. EXCEL Campus Activities.

Coming up

The MAX Ribbon Cutting The new commuter bus service Metro Arlington Xpress, or The MAX, begins service Monday, Aug. 19. A ribbon-cutting ceremony is at 9 a.m. at the Trinity Railway Express Centrepoint Station. Learn more at ridethemax.com.

UT Arlington Day at Six Flags Over Texas Enjoy the rides and thrills Sunday, Aug. 25. Tickets $27.50 for faculty and staff; $30 after Sunday, Aug. 18. Limit 10 tickets per person. Includes admission and parking, plus one ticket to Hurricane Harbor for one weekend only Aug. 31-Sept. 15. Tickets at utatickets.com or the College Park Center Box Office. Box office hours 10 a.m-6 p.m. Mondays-Thursdays and 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Fridays.

Communities Against Crime 5K Join the UT Arlington Police and other Tarrant County police departments to benefit Child Protective Services of Tarrant County. The race starts at 8 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 7, at River Legacy Park. The event includes a 1-mile fun run/walk, and a 5K run. The $20 registration fee includes a goodie bag and refreshments. Register online. See the event on Facebook.

Ongoing

Planetarium The summer schedule features a lineup of family-friendly shows. The fall schedule starts Sunday, Aug. 25. Planetarium.

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

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Wednesday, Aug. 14

RAD Self-defense for Women RAD (Rape Aggression and Defense) training for female faculty, staff, and students. Brown bag lunch. Register by emailing nadine@uta.edu or calling 817-272-0102. Free. 9 a.m.-4 p.m., sixth floor parlor, Central Library.

Tuesday-Wednesday, Aug. 20-21

Fresh Start from Tobacco A four-part tobacco cessation program. Free. 11:30 a.m-12:30 p.m. and 3-4 p.m. Tuesday; 10:30-11:30 a.m. and 3-4 p.m. Wednesday, Room 219, Health Services Center. Health Services.

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

Sports Notes
  academic honorees

Academic honorees: Athletes honored for their academic prowess by coaches associations include, from left, track and field team members Ashley Burris, Bozidar Antunovic, Lionel Mungwari, and Ivan Storic, and golfer Hunter Brown.

Four Mav tracksters awarded All-Academic accolades

Four members of the track and field teams have earned U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association All-Academic distinctions for the 2013 seasons.

Sophomore Ashley Burris of the women's team joined junior Bozidar Antunovic and seniors Lionel Mungwari and Ivan Storic of the men's squad on the academic team.

Burris owns a 3.30 GPA in nursing. Antunovic sports a 3.31 GPA in Russian studies, while accounting majors Mungwari and Storic boast 3.43 and 3.36 GPAs, respectively.

Hunter Brown named Cleveland Golf/Srixon All-America Scholar

Golfer Hunter Brown, who recently completed his senior season, was named a Cleveland Golf/Srixon All-America Scholar for Division I by the Golf Coaches Association of America.

Brown is the first UT Arlington golfer to be named a Cleveland Golf/Srixon All-America Scholar twice. He also was named to the Division I team after his junior year in 2012.

Intramural Battleship entries due today

Life Size Battleship team entries are due Tuesday, Aug. 6. Pick up entry forms at the Services and Information Desk of the Maverick Activities Center. For questions, call 817-272-3277 or email imsports@uta.edu.

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

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