Physicists enjoy their connection with Nobel Prize award
Kaushik De, co-director of the College of Science’s Center of Excellence for High Energy Physics, says the Nobel Prize awarded last Tuesday to physicists Peter Higgs and Francois Englert for their discovery of the Higgs boson particle is indirect recognition of the work of UT Arlington physicists.
“Without our contributions to the ATLAS detector, and especially computing, none of this would have been possible,” Dr. De told the Star-Telegram.
De is director of the U.S. computing centers for the ATLAS experiment, one of the collaborations at the Large Hadron Collider at CERN that helped discover the Higgs boson. UTA is home to the ATLAS Southwest Tier 2 grid computing center that stores more than 2 million gigabytes of data generated from the experiments that confirmed the so-called “God particle.”
University physicists and engineers constructed portions of the massive detector on campus. Beginning in 2000, those pieces were shipped in 135 half-ton boxes to the particle collider in Geneva, Switzerland.
Other faculty members involved in the Higgs boson research are physics professors Andrew White, co-director of the Center of Excellence for High Energy Physics; Andrew Brandt; and Jaehoon Yu; and Associate Professor Amir Farbin.
Maverick Madness strikes Thursday at College Park
Welcome basketball season with a chance at some cash at Maverick Madness on Thursday, Oct. 17, at College Park Center.
Maverick Madness is the official tipoff to the 2013-14 season for the Mavericks' men's and women's basketball programs and the Movin' Mavs wheelchair team.
Doors open at 6:30 p.m. with a full slate of activities, including a number of contests and performances, scheduled to begin at 7 p.m.
Contests for students include a chance to win $5,000 by making a half-court shot and $2,500 by making a series of three shots (layup, free throw, and a 3-pointer) in 20 seconds. Get a raffle ticket for these contests at the event.
Enjoy the high-flying aerial dunk team, AcroDunk, that performs at NBA arenas and has appeared on America’s Got Talent.
The general public can take a chance to win free season tickets, tickets to the men's basketball Homecoming game against Cleveland State, and the opportunity to travel with the team to a select road game.
Admission is free to Maverick Madness. Students with an All-Sports Pass ($25) or who purchase one at Maverick Madness can enjoy free food and beverages while supplies last. Free T-shirts and other items also will be given away.
ESPN co-founder Rasmussen shares secrets in Maverick Speakers Series lecture
From the time ESPN debuted in the late 1970s, sports junkies around the world were destined to get fewer hours of sleep a night as they flocked to the 24-7 network.
Bill Rasmussen, co-founder of the business that bills itself as “The Worldwide Leader in Sports,” shares the secrets of creating a sports network from scratch at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 24, at Texas Hall as part of the Maverick Speakers Series.
Rasmussen and his son founded ESPN in 1978. The fledgling network began broadcasting a year later. For ESPN, Rasmussen pioneered SportsCenter, full coverage of the NCAA basketball regular season and March Madness, and College World Series broadcasting. The paperback version of his well-regarded book, Sports Junkies Rejoice: The Birth of ESPN, was released in 2010.
The evening will feature question-and-answer and autograph sessions.
General admission tickets are free but required. The Premium Seating package is $25 and includes a front-of-house seat and reserved parking near the venue. Tickets are available at utatickets.com.
Explore graduate school options at GradFest
Anyone considering graduate and professional school should check out GradFest, a free one-day event 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Friday, Oct. 18, in the Maverick Activities Center.
GradFest features more than 60 different programs or schools, a roundtable discussion for prospective students, and a free GRE/GMAT prep workshop.
Roundtable discussions about admissions, financial assistance, and career services are 11-11:45 a.m. in the second floor lounge.
Test workshops and practice sessions are 2:30-6 p.m. in the Business Building. "GMAT vs. GRE Workshop: Which Test Is for Me?" is in Room 255, and a GRE practice test and strategy workshop is in Room 349.
Get to know graduate faculty at a mixer 4-6 p.m. at the University Club in Davis Hall.
Shimadzu instrumentation fuels transformative year for research
Students have a new level of experience with the most sophisticated scientific instrumentation this fall with the opening of two new teaching laboratories as part of the Shimadzu Institute for Research Technologies.
The newly opened labs and the Center for Bio-Molecular Imaging, which will open Nov. 15, are part of a $25.2 million investment in research. The institute gives students and faculty six diverse centers of excellence in which to share instrumentation and innovations across disciplines. The wealth of technology also puts UT Arlington in a unique position to support research and development across the U.S. and attract outside investments.
This fall undergraduate enrollment in chemistry and biology classes that include lab components totals more than 4,500.
Read more about the new labs at the Shimadzu Institute for Research Technologies.
Maverick pep rally brings action to Spirit Friday at The Parks
Come out to The Parks at Arlington mall for a UT Arlington takeover for a Spirit Friday pep rally at 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 18. The action will be in the Center Court, downstairs from the food court.
Meet the 2013-14 coaches and athletes of the men's and women's basketball teams, hear from Athletics Director Jim Baker, cheer along with the Maverick spirit squads, have your photo taken with Blaze, and much more.
Dozens of shops in The Parks at Arlington offer discounts to anyone wearing UT Arlington royal blue and orange or logo apparel every Friday through Nov. 15.
International students could win $100 gift card for essay about UTA
What does being an international student at UTA mean to you? Tell your story in a 250-word essay.
Your entry may be paired with a student videographer to develop a three-minute video. Winning authors receive a $100 Visa gift card. Deadline is Friday, Oct. 18.
Read more about the Global Perspectives International Student Contest.
E-cigarettes prohibited in tobacco-free policy
UT Arlington’s tobacco-free campus policy prohibits the use of electronic cigarettes, or e-cigs, along with cigarettes, cigars, pipes, smokeless tobacco, and other tobacco products on campus.
The policy applies to all outside property or grounds of UT Arlington and its affiliated campuses and all campus buildings.
The University began the tobacco-free policy on Aug. 1, 2011, and has been smoke-free in campus facilities since 1991. Read UT Arlington's tobacco-free campus policy, which includes FAQs, smoking cessation resources and support, and other helpful information.
Information Security Office brings security answers to University Center
During National Cyber Security Awareness Month, the Information Security Office (ISO) will answer your cyber security questions 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Wednesdays, Oct. 16 and 23, in the E.H. Hereford University Center.
Learn how to protect your identity, defend your computer against malware, and secure your data. Bookmark the ISO Blog to view the latest security advisories or like ISO on Facebook to receive security tips.
For more information, contact the Information Security Office at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Get in shape for Homecoming 5K
Start training for the Homecoming 5K, set for Saturday, Nov. 16. Training plans for beginners and intermediate runners are on the Homecoming 5K website.
Team and early registration deadline is Friday, Nov. 8.
Mid-term Madness sale today
Warm up to some hot deals at the Mid-term Madness sale at the UTA Bookstore today, Tuesday, Oct. 15.
The one-day sale includes 25 percent off emblematic notebooks and binders, fleece blankets, hooded sweatshirts, and sweatpants. Take another 25 percent off clothing and gift clearance items.
Maverick orientation leader applications available Oct. 22
New Maverick Orientation will soon be accepting applications for the 2014 Maverick Orientation Leader teams.
Students with great leadership qualities, excellent communication skills, and Maverick pride are needed to be freshman and transfer orientation leaders. Applicants must have a minimum 2.5 GPA, be a full-time undergraduate, and be in good standing with the University.
Learn more about becoming a Maverick orientation leader at these information sessions:
• 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 22, Guadalupe Room, E.H. Hereford University Center
• 5 p.m. Monday, Oct. 28, Guadalupe Room, University Center
• 12:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 31, Palo Pinto Room, University Center
Tutors and mentors needed for spring semester
Applications to be a peer educator for the spring semester are available. These tutoring jobs are through the Tutorial and Supplemental Instruction Department, part of University College.
Apply for job #7176 through SNAP Jobs. Forms are available at uta.edu.tutoringjobs.
A faculty member's recommendation is needed. Applicants must have a 3.0 overall GPA and an A or B in each course they would like to tutor or mentor.
Volunteer for Halloween Casino Night
Register to volunteer to be a dealer, banker, decorator, or other helper for the Halloween Casino Night on Thursday, Oct. 24, in the Bluebonnet Ballroom of the E.H. Hereford University Center.
Order Commencement regalia
Place orders for your Commencement regalia during Grad Finale through Thursday, Oct. 17, at the UTA Bookstore. The Grad Finale is 3-7 p.m. today, Tuesday, and 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday.
Bachelor's and master's regalia will be available for purchase. Doctoral candidates must order regalia no later than Friday, Oct. 25.
Flash Photography will take photos in regalia today, Tuesday, Oct. 15, and Wednesday, Oct. 16. The UTA Bookstore will provide regalia for your photos.
Jostens representatives will be on site each day for announcements and fashion ring orders.
Questions? Contact the UTA Bookstore at 817-272-2785.
Flu shots available at Health Services
Flu shots are now available for $20 at the Health Services Center. No appointment is necessary. For more details, call 817-272-2771 or go to the Health Services website.
The vaccine is being administered using a 90 percent smaller needle than traditional injections via intradermal vaccination.
Plan now for Parent and Family Weekend
Invite the family to come to Maverick Country for Parent and Family Weekend, Friday-Sunday, Oct. 25-27.
The weekend features a long list of events that allow students to show their families what it's like to be a Maverick. Activities include faculty spotlights, a fall festival with live music and a petting zoo, glass-blowing demonstrations, a theater production, Movin’ Mavs basketball, and more.
Students and children under 10 are free. All others are $30 per person. Everyone who attends will receive a free T-shirt, breakfast, and dinner, as well as participate in most activities at no extra cost.
Online registration continues through Wednesday, Oct. 23.
Discount tickets available for Six Flags' annual Fright Fest, Holiday in the Park
Discounted tickets are available to the UT Arlington community to two holiday events at Six Flags: Fright Fest, through Oct. 27, and Holiday in the Park, Nov. 23, 2013-Jan. 5, 2014.
Tickets for one adult are $20 for students, faculty, and staff.
For more details, contact the Division of Student Affairs at 817-272-6080 or visit the UTA/Six Flags ticket website.
Progress reports available as soon as entered
Progress reports are available to many undergraduate students through their MyMav Student Center. Progress reports are intended to give realistic feedback from instructors who have been asked to enter a midterm grade by Wednesday, Oct. 16.
You can see the grades as soon as they are entered, so check your MyMav Student Center often.
Six-course-drop alert, check implications before you drop
All students who entered a Texas public college or university in fall 2007 or later are limited to dropping six courses in the span of their undergraduate career.
The last drop day this fall is Wednesday, Oct. 30. You must meet with an academic adviser in your major department to drop or withdraw from classes. You also are encouraged to talk to a financial aid counselor.
Advising for winter intersession and spring 2014 term
Advising for the winter intersession and spring 2014 term has begun. The MyMav portal is your gateway to the schedule of classes and the registration timetable. Priority registration opens Monday, Nov. 4.
Check your Student Center in MyMav to see if you need to meet with your academic adviser before registering. Click here for a list of advising offices. Call to schedule an appointment or check walk-in hours.
Tuesday, Oct. 15
Honors Recital Free. 7:30 p.m., Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. Music.
Save Haven Shelter Drive Donate items needed by residents at Safe Haven in Fort Worth. 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Palo Duro Lounge, E.H. Hereford University Center. Through Wednesday, Oct. 16. Relationship Violence and Sexual Assault Prevention program.
'Sexervations' with Kelly and Becca A sexy, entertaining, and powerful educational tool inspires straight talk and clever discussions about sex, intimacy, relationships, safety, sexuality, and questions to open your mind and challenge your conscience. Free. 6-8 p.m., Lone Star Auditorium, Maverick Activities Center. Relationship Violence and Sexual Assault Prevention program.
McNair Open House Learn about the program and meet scholars and staff. 11 a.m.-1 p.m., Room 202, Ransom Hall. McNair Scholars.
Thursday, Oct. 17
LunaFest: Short Films By, For, About Women A festival of nine short films from across the world. UT student filmmaker Iris Lopez's short film Cielo Lindo included. Tickets $10; $5 with student ID. Cash only at door. 7 p.m., Lone Star Auditorium, Maverick Activities Center. Women's and Gender Studies.
UT Arlington Wind Symphony Concert The "Wet Ink" concert features new works by Stephen Bryant, John Mayrose, and guest composer-in-residence Scott McAllister. Tickets $8, $5 for students/seniors. 7:30 p.m., Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. Music.
Friday, Oct. 18
Opening Reception for Amy Blakemore/Sarah William Exhibit Opening of the Amy Blakemore/Sarah Williams exhibition. Gallery talk 6:30 p.m. Free. 5:30-8 p.m., The Gallery at UTA. The Gallery at UTA.
Friends of the Library J'Nell Pate, author of Arsenal of Defense, talks about the military history of Fort Worth. Book signing follows. Free. 7:30 p.m., sixth floor parlor, Central Library. Friends of the Library.
Monday, Oct. 21
Faculty and Friends Chamber Orchestra Concert Free. 7:30 p.m., Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. Music.
Booksigning A booksigning with alumna Lane Buckman for her new book Tiara Trouble: A Destinee Faith Miller Mystery. 11 a.m.-1 p.m., UTA Bookstore.
Early Voting Cast your ballot for the general election. Photo ID required. 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Wednesday, Oct. 22-23, Maverick Activities Center. Tarrant County Elections Department.
Maverick Speakers Series Bill Rasmussen, founder of ESPN, speaks on "Share the Dream: The ESPN Story." Question-and-answer and autograph sessions. Free general admission but tickets required. Premium Seating package, $25, front-of-house seat, reserved parking. 7:30 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 24, Texas Hall. Also, Anderson Cooper, 7:30 p.m., Monday, Nov. 11, College Park Center. Maverick Speakers Series.
Parent and Family Weekend Parents and families spend a weekend on campus visiting their students’ residence halls and classrooms, listening to faculty presentations, and participating in a variety of fun activities. Schedule. Register online. Friday-Sunday, Oct. 25-27. Parent and Family Center.
Gallery 76102: Sweetie Pie Works made of cast granulated sugar by Janet Morrow examine the notion of sweetness and our ambiguous reactions to it. Gallery hours noon-6 p.m. Wednesdays-Saturdays, Gallery 76102, 1401 Jones St., Fort Worth. Through Thursday, Nov. 7. Fort Worth Center, Gallery 76102.
MavsArt View artwork created by UT Arlington students, staff, and faculty. Free. First floor, Central Library. Through Sunday, Dec. 8. MavsArt.
Special Collections: Howdy, Mr. President! A Fort Worth Perspective of JFK Photos of President John F. Kennedy's visit to Fort Worth in November 1963 are from the historic Fort Worth Star-Telegram Collection in Special Collections. Gallery hours 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Mondays, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays, sixth floor, Central Library. Through Feb. 8, 2014. UT Arlington Library, Special Collections.
The Maverick Lens: Views from the Library This annual photo exhibit reflects the diversity of learning, living, and working at UT Arlington. Right, Shadows by Jeremy Schack. See also "50 Years of Views." 8 a.m.-7 p.m., sixth floor parlor, Central Library. Through March 5, 2014. UT Arlington Library.
Mindful Moments Learn techniques to help deal effectively with stress. Free. 12:15-12:45 p.m., Fridays, Room 310, Ransom Hall. Health Services.
Tail Waggin' Wednesdays Therapy dogs from Paws with Partners available for unconditional love. Free. 10 a.m.-2 p.m., first Wednesday of each month, Central Library.
Planetarium The fall schedule includes Bad Astronomy: Myths and Misconceptions; Pink Floyd; Secret of the Cardboard Rocket; Spacepark 360; and Stars of the Pharaohs. Planetarium.
(For an expanded list of events, see the UT Arlington Calendar.)
Wheelchair tennis team wins No. 2 title
The Movin’ Mavs wheelchair tennis team won the No. 2 spot at the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) National Championships in Tuscaloosa, Ala.
Junior Andy Kraft finished second in the Tier 2 Division, followed by senior Juan Soto in third, graduate student John Watson fourth, and senior Austan Pierce fifth. Sophomore Ricardo Lucien partnered with Arizona's Pedro Roche for third in the doubles competition.
Suleiman named Second Team All-Conference
UT Arlington senior guard Laila Suleiman was named to the College Sports Madness 2013-2014 Sun Belt Preseason All-Conference second team.
Suleiman led the Mavericks in scoring during 2012-13, averaging 9.4 points per game for the season and 10.4 in Western Athletic Conference play. She also averaged 2.4 assists and was the only Maverick to start all 30 games last season.
Athletics releases 2012-13 annual report
The Department of Intercollegiate Athletics has released the 2012-13 Annual Report, an academic, athletic, administrative, and financial record of the 2012-13 academic year.
The report includes information on championships, postseason tournaments, conference honors, student-athletes’ academic success, and new facilities and personnel.
D'Ortona claims singles title at Flushing Meadows
The women's tennis team reached three finals at the 2013 USTA BJK NTC Women's College Invitational at the USTA National Tennis Center in Flushing Meadows, N.Y.
Giada D'Ortona captured the singles title. Angeles de los Rios reached the finals in singles and doubles with Astrid Gehre. D'Ortona and Jessica Birowski advanced to the semifinals.
The women compete Thursday-Monday, Oct. 17-21, in the regional tournament in Fort Worth.
The men’s tennis team heads to the regional tournament Saturday-Sunday, Oct. 19-21, in Waco.
Nolan Ryan headlines First Pitch Banquet
Texas Rangers CEO and baseball legend Nolan Ryan is the featured guest at the First Pitch Banquet on Jan. 17, 2014, at Rangers Ballpark. Watch for ticket information soon.
The evening also includes the presentation of the 2013 Western Athletic Conference championship rings. The Mavericks claimed a share of the WAC regular-season baseball title.
Mavs face South Alabama, Troy this weekend
The volleyball team dropped to 11-9 overall and 4-3 in the Sun Belt Conference after getting swept by a pair of Arkansas teams. The Mavericks fell to UA-Little Rock Friday night and to Arkansas State Saturday night at College Park Center.
The Mavericks host South Alabama at 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 18, and Troy at noon Sunday, Oct. 20, at College Park Center.
Drop-in, fantasy basketball deadlines this week
Upcoming deadlines for intramural sports include drop-in basketball, Tuesday, Oct. 15; fantasy basketball, Friday, Oct. 18; table tennis, Wednesday, Oct. 23, and Halloween Ultimate Disc, Tuesday, Oct. 29.