Biochemistry junior wins EPA fellowship
A UT Arlington junior who found a way to blend a passion for chemistry with ideals of environmental sustainability is getting help from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to further his education and his research.
John Gurak is one of fewer than 40 scholars nationwide to be awarded the EPA National Center for Environmental Research’s two-year fellowship for undergraduate study this year. The fellowship provides $50,000 over two years.
“John Gurak is one of our brightest undergraduates and his involvement in Dr. Foss’ laboratory is a great example of the early, hands-on research experiences that create great scientists,” Rasika Dias, professor of chemistry and biochemistry and department chair, says.
Gurak is working with chemistry and biochemistry Assistant Professor Frank Foss to adapt riboflavin, also known as vitamin B2, for use as a metal-free catalyst in oxidative reactions that create heterocyclic compounds, or heterocycles. Heterocycles have wide-ranging uses and are important to the future of pharmaceutical development and manufacturing of materials such as light-emitting diodes.
Read more about Gurak and the EPA fellowship.
Students to test project in reduced gravity
An engineering lab’s research project will be tested in a reduced-gravity environment when a team of students hitches a ride on a NASA airplane for a series of parabolic flights.
The team will test a Wireless Strain Sensing System in Space Application in four flights Thursday, Sept. 25-Friday, Oct. 4, in Houston.
Monica Hew, aerospace engineering '13, leads the team that includes recent graduate Erica Castillo (aerospace engineering '13); Fernando Leal-Arizpe, psychology graduate student; Austin Mears, mechanical engineering junior; and Jun Yao, electrical engineering graduate student.
The project uses a tiny piece of metallic fiber that attaches to a structure and can detect stress and strain, then send a wireless signal to a remote location, allowing researchers to identify possible trouble spots.
"On metal structures, like a sheet of metal on the Space Shuttle, vibrations on takeoff might cause unseen damage,” Hew says. “This device could help engineers determine if they need to abort a mission or make repairs.”
The principal investigators for the project are Associate Professor Haiying Huang and Assistant Professor Ben Harris of the Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Department.
Read more about the Wireless Strain Sensing System in Space Application test.
UT Arlington takes role in Materials Genome Initiative
UT Arlington engineers are assembling a computer-based “genome” that will aid in the design and development of advanced new materials that are super hard, can resist extreme heat, are highly durable, and are less expensive through a new, $640,000 National Science Foundation grant.
The work is funded through a 2011 White House Materials Genome Initiative intended to cut in half the time it takes to develop novel materials that can fuel advanced manufacturing.
Stathis Meletis, professor and chair of the Department of Materials Science and Engineering, leads the interdisciplinary team that includes Peter Kroll, an associate professor of chemistry and biochemistry, and Jiechao Jiang, a research associate professor in the Materials Science and Engineering Department.
“We will combine methods for designing and attaining these extremely hard and high-temperature resistant materials on computers at first. Eventually, we’ll synthesize these materials in the lab and test them,” Dr. Meletis says. “This could revolutionize future engineering.”
Read more about UT Arlington's role in the Materials Genome Initiative.
Watch Maverick action with All-Sports Pass
With a Maverick All-Sports Pass, students are admitted to intercollegiate games as fast as a Maverick athlete moves on the court or field.
Only $25, the pass includes admission to all home sports events and a T-shirt, too. Without the pass, individual student tickets are $3 each to all athletic events.
Purchase a pass through MyMav's Student Center. To buy in person, drop by Suite 1102 of College Park Center.
Find schedules and news about Maverick sports online at utamavs.com.
Anthropology associate professor named new director of Center for Mexican American Studies
Christian Zlolniski, an associate professor of anthropology and an expert in international migration and economic globalization, has been named director of the Center for Mexican American Studies.
Dr. Zlolniski joined UT Arlington in 2001 and served as a research associate of the center for more than 10 years. The center administers an 18-hour academic minor in Mexican American Studies and awards three scholarships annually.
“We are fortunate to have in Dr. Zlolniski an internationally renowned scholar, a respected teacher, and a valued mentor who unites his efforts in all of these roles on behalf of the wider community," Beth Wright, dean of the College of Liberal Arts, says.
Zlolniski succeeds Susan Gonzalez Baker, who will continue as a member of the sociology and anthropology faculty.
Read more about Dr. Zlolniski and CMAS.
Prepare for Fall Job Fair with helpful career workshops
A great resume and polished interviewing skills don't happen by chance, and that's why Career Month brings workshops to help students and alumni do their best at the fall Job Fair.
Career Month wraps up with the fall Job Fair Wednesday, Sept. 18, at the Maverick Activities Center.
Even if you are pursuing a field that might not be represented at the Job Fair, the experience of speaking with professionals can be invaluable. More than 120 employers are registered.
Find a complete list of employers attending the Job Fair as well as a calendar of events on the Career Center website.
Volunteers are needed for one-hour shifts 7 a.m.-4 p.m. Student groups are encouraged to assist. To volunteer, visit the Career Center in Room 216 of Davis Hall and fill out a form or contact the Career Center at 817-272-2932 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
International Friendship Program seeks students, community partners
International students and faculty members can link up with Arlington community members through The Link’s friendship program, sponsored by the Office of International Education. The purpose is to foster an appreciation for how others live and view the world. This is achieved by matching international students and scholars with families and individuals from the Arlington community.
Friendship partners will meet at least once a month for activities together, such as conversations over coffee, dinner, playing sports, or attending festivals.
Online applications for international students and faculty and for community friends are due by Friday, Sept. 20.
Maverick mentoring is In Reach
Students can receive a helping hand during their college career with the In Reach Maverick Mentor Program.
The program encourages academic excellence, enhances self-awareness, and promotes the personal growth of participating students by providing caring guidance from qualified faculty and staff, tools and opportunities to develop academically, and awareness of the University’s student support services and resources.
First-year students can apply at uta.edu/diversity.
For more information, contact Zeb Strong in the Office of Human Resources at email@example.com.
Library to start Tail-Waggin' Wednesdays this fall
The popularity of Paws for Finals has led to Tail-Waggin' Wednesdays at the Central Library.
Therapy dogs from Paws with Partners will be available for unconditional love 10 a.m.-2 p.m. on the first Wednesday of each month. The dogs range from a toy poodle to a Great Pyrenees mix.
Duke, Max, Winston, Ziva, and other pooches offered the comforting services at Paws for Finals for the end of the fall 2012 and spring 2013 semesters.
Engineering students nab best time in unmanned flight competition
UT Arlington finished 10th of 35 teams at the Student Unmanned Aerial Systems Competition in Maryland.
Engineering students Hakki Erhan Sevil, Onur Daskiran, Jonathan Efringer and Hasintha Amaranayake, along with faculty advisor Brian Huff created an unmanned system capable of conducting air operations including autonomous flight, navigation of a specified course, and use of onboard payload sensors.
The team, which won $700, had one of the quickest completion times and landed its aerial vehicle within six inches of the target.
Deadline Friday for leadership retreat
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.
West campus roads to close two hours Saturday morning
Portions of the west campus will close 8:30-10:30 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 7, for the Zero Prostate 5K Run.
The area involved is from UTA Boulevard south to Fourth Street and from Davis Drive to West Nedderman Drive.
Parking lots along and adjacent to the 5K route will temporarily close, and the opportunity to enter or leave will be limited by barricades.
Lot 33W will be blocked off. Timberbrook Apartment residents who use the area for overflow parking will need to make alternate arrangements.
Civil engineers using recycled plastic pins to shore up highway slopes
Civil engineering Associate Professor Sahadat Hossain has won a $1 million state transportation department grant to install pins made from reclaimed and recycled plastic along some of the region’s busiest highways to shore up clay soils that support the roads.
Dr. Hossain demonstrated the technique as a cost effective and efficient solution to failing soil slopes as part of the project during the last few years. His team first installed the pins along U.S. 287 in Midlothian.
The study also indicates that the cost of slope stabilization and repair can be reduced by more than 50 percent in using these recycled plastic pins when compared to conventional methods. The current phase calls for the pins to be installed along parts of Texas 183 or Texas 360, depending on where they are needed most.
Read more about Hossain's work on recycled plastic on highway slopes.
New law concerns false alarms, reports
Effective Sunday, Sept. 1, Section 42.06(b) of the Texas Penal Code mandates that the penalty for the offense of making a false alarm or report involving a public or private institution of higher education is a state jail felony.
Submit art for MavsArt exhibit
Students can share their artistic sides in the semester-long MavsArt exhibit at the Central Library. Submit your art for the theme "What does UTA mean to you?" by Tuesday, Sept. 24. For more information, go to MavsArt page or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Correct URL, password change can help with 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.
Update your contact information for MavAlert system
The next system-wide test of the MavAlert Emergency Notification System is at 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 4. Update your personal contact information and phone numbers at uta.edu/mymav.
The MavAlert system rapidly notifies students, faculty, and staff in the event of a campus emergency via registered email addresses and text message devices.
To enable MavAlert text messages, add your mobile phone number or other SMS text message device to your UT Arlington personal contact information and label it "mobile phone" via the drop-down menu. Log in to MyMav, then click on the "Sign up for MavAlerts" link in the right column.
During the Wednesday test, faculty, staff, and students will receive the following message via the email addresses and mobile devices designated in their MavAlert profile: “Attention: This is a test of the UT Arlington MavAlert Emergency Notification System. Update your personal contact information at uta.edu/mymav.”
The MavAlert test will coincide with the regular monthly test of the Outdoor Warning System, also at 12:30 p.m. The University’s voice annunciation system will be activated inside campus buildings. The City of Arlington's monthly weather warning test will follow at 1 p.m.
Make sure you're included in the campus directory, if you want to be
Friday, Sept. 13, is the deadline to specify whether you want to be included in the Maverick Connection campus directory and other University publications. Read the procedures for setting your privacy preferences in MyMav, as well as the notification of your rights under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA).
Prepare for fall graduation
Undergraduates must apply for fall graduation by Friday, Sept. 6. Graduate students must apply for graduation by Monday, Sept. 9. A $40 filing fee is billed each semester that you file and is non-refundable and non-transferable. After these deadlines, a $60 late fee will be assessed. Read more about undergraduate graduation procedures.
Schedule changes before Census Date not on transcript
Class drops made on or before Census Date, Monday, Sept. 9, will not be recorded on academic transcripts. Undergraduate students considering dropping one or more classes must meet with an academic adviser, who will process the drop or withdrawal transaction. In some cases, the signature of the faculty teaching the course will be required. Read more about schedule changes.
Print your own enrollment verification
Letters of intent to enroll for the fall semester are available online. Official enrollment verifications will be available after Census Day, Monday, Sept. 9. Both are available through self-service in your MyMav Student Center. To print, log on to MyMav, go to Student Center, and click on Request Enrollment Verification to access the National Student Loan Clearinghouse.
Friday, Sept. 6
Friday Night Movie: Iron Man 3 Rated PG-13. $1 admission. 8 p.m., Rosebud Theatre, E.H. Hereford University Center. EXCEL Campus Activities.
Saturday, Sept. 7
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. 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.
Linton Powell Organ Recital Music Professor Linton Powell performs his 38th annual organ recital. Free. 7:30 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 12, Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. Music.
Planetarium The fall schedule starts Thursday, Sept. 5, with 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.)
Mavericks take crown in Hilton Invitational
The volleyball team opened its season by winning the 2013 UTA Hilton Invitational Friday and Saturday at College Park Center.
The Mavericks won three of five sets against Abilene Christian on Friday night. Saturday's action resulted in five wins over Grambling State and four of five against Louisiana Tech.
Sophomore defensive specialist Caitlyn Cooney was named MVP as well as being named to the all-tournament team. Junior setter Amanda Welsh and junior outside hitter Taylor Gross also earned all-tounament team.
The Mavericks' first road match starts at 7 p.m. today, Tuesday, Sept. 3, against North Texas in Denton. The Mavs will face stiff competition in Mississippi State, Baylor and Tulsa in the Baylor Classic in Waco on Friday-Saturday, Sept. 6-7.
UT Arlington hosts the Hilton Maverick Classic Friday-Saturday, Sept. 13-14, with UTSA, Mississippi Valley State, and Texas A&M-Corpus Christi. Sun Belt Conference play for the Mavs begins against Louisiana-Monroe at 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 27, at College Park Center.
The team was picked to finish sixth in the Sun Belt Preseason Coaches' Poll.
Male practice squad being formed for women's basketball team
The women’s basketball program is hosting tryouts for a male practice squad, as well as walk-ons, for the upcoming 2013-14 season.
The tryouts are 6:30-8 p.m. Monday, Sept. 16, at the College Park Center. Enter through the west entrance. Each player must be a full-time student and bring proof of health insurance and a recent physical exam.
Contact assistant coach Talby Justus at email@example.com before Sept. 16.
Walk-on tryout set for Sept. 4 at Clay Gould Ballpark
Students interested in trying out for the UT Arlington baseball team can do so at 3 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 4, at Clay Gould Ballpark.
Those trying out must be full-time students, have graduated from high school within the last five years, and have health insurance. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
• An adapted wheelchair sports division is available with advanced request for tennis, Monday, Sept. 9; racquetball, Monday, Sept. 16; billiards, Saturday, Sept. 21; badminton, Wednesday, Oct. 2; and table tennis, Saturday, Nov. 16. Contact Dgarner@uta.edu for details.
• For volleyball season tickets go online, call 817-272-9595, or visit the College Park Center Box Office.
Intramural entries due for tennis, 3-on-3 wheelchair basketball
Entry deadlines for team sports are outdoor basketball and 3-on-3 wheelchair basketball,Wednesday, Sept. 4; and softball, Wednesday, Sept. 11. If you don't have a team, sign up as a free agent.
Deadlines for individual/dual intramural sports aretennis, Friday, Sept. 6; foosball, Tuesday, Sept. 10; and racquetball, Friday, Sept. 13.
Sign up for CPR/AED, boot camp, group exercise, fitness class
CPR/AED is a single four-hour class that covers the American Heart Association’s first aid basics, medical emergencies, injury emergencies, environmental emergencies, adult CPR and AED use. $50. 1-5 p.m., Friday, Sept. 6, Room 102A, Maverick Activities Center. Also Oct. 11, Nov. 1, Dec. 6.
Maverick Boot Camp is an intense one-hour workout that gets your heart racing and your muscles burning. $25. 6:30-7:30 a.m. Mondays/Wednesdays, Sept. 9-Oct. 2, west lawn, Maverick Activities Center; Room 133, MAC, rain site. Also Oct. 7-30.