UT Arlington wins Ford challenge for diabetes project
UT Arlington students from multiple academic disciplines will combine efforts to help educate lower-income, diverse community groups about diabetes prevention and control through a new, $25,000 grant from the Ford Motor Company Fund.
The grant supports university efforts to address an urgent community need through a service-learning project.
“We are honored to receive this award,” says Frank Lamas, vice president for Student Affairs. “This is an opportunity for our students to use the knowledge and skills they are developing at UT Arlington to improve the lives of those in our community who are living with diabetes or at risk for developing the disease.” The Center for Community Service Learning will guide students’ work.
Through the Ford grant, students will create educational videos in Spanish and other languages for public health outreach purposes. Students from art, business, communication, education, engineering, film, nursing, and urban affairs will work with Mission Arlington to reach at-risk groups.
Read more about the Ford College Community Challenge at UT Arlington.
Nanofab joins Shimadzu Institute for Research Technologies
The Nanotechnology Research Center has joined the Shimadzu Institute for Research Technologies in an effort to better support faculty research, lower operating costs, and adapt to user needs.
Formerly named the Nanotechnology Research and Education Center, the new entity reports to the vice president for research. The center joins five other research centers administered through the Shimadzu Institute: the Shimadzu Center for Advanced Analytical Chemistry; the Center for Bio-Molecular Imaging; the Center for Environmental, Forensics and Material Science; the Center for Human Genomics; and the Materials Genome Center.
“This move will encourage collaboration among professors and research teams whose work depends upon the most sophisticated scientific instrumentation,” Vice President for Research Carolyn Cason says. “It further strengthens the Shimadzu Institute’s role as a resource for private and public research that has the power to change the world.”
Equipment and staff members assigned to the former entity will remain in the current location, also known as the Nanofab Center, at 500 S. Cooper St.
Zeynep Celik-Butler, professor of electrical engineering and NanoFab director, will continue as the interim director of the new Nanotechnology Research Center until Dec. 31. Dr. Cason noted that Dr. Celik-Butler elevated the quality of UT Arlington’s nanotechnology program throughout her decade of service as center director.
UT Arlington established the Shimadzu Institute for Research Technologies earlier this year with the support of Shimadzu Scientific Instruments, the U.S. subsidiary of the Shimadzu Corp. The corporation is a global leader in the manufacturing of the most advanced scientific equipment and has worldwide sales of $3 billion annually.
Library remembers JFK at special exhibit of rarely seen photographs
Nearly half a century ago, President John F. Kennedy stretched forth his hand to connect with thousands of people waiting to see and hear from him in a cold, rainy but ebullient Fort Worth.
That awe-inspiring moment, captured in a black-and-white photo, is part of a new exhibit at the UT Arlington Library's Special Collections honoring the memory of President Kennedy 50 years after his assassination in Dallas.
The free exhibit, “Howdy, Mr. President! A Fort Worth Perspective of JFK,” runs through Feb. 8, 2014, in Special Collections on the sixth floor of the Central Library.
“We are truly honored and excited to offer this important retrospective of the Kennedys’ visit to Fort Worth,” library Dean Rebecca Bichel says. “We expect the exhibit will be of great public interest to those who witnessed that day, Nov. 22, 1963, and to younger generations who want to know more about history.”
The photos are from the historic Fort Worth Star-Telegram Collection archived at UT Arlington. The collection also contains photos taken in Dallas following the assassination and images of the funerals of Dallas police officer J.D. Tippit and Lee Harvey Oswald.
Wetlands could be key in revitalizing acid streams
A team of UT Arlington biologists working with the U.S. Geological Survey has found that watershed wetlands can serve as a natural source for the improvement of streams polluted by acid rain.
The group, led by biology Associate Professor Sophia Passy, also contends that recent increases in the level of organic matter in surface waters in regions of North America and Europe—also known as “brownification”—hold benefits for aquatic ecosystems.
The research team’s work appeared in the September issue of the journal Global Change Biology.
“While Clean Air Act regulations have fueled progress, the problem is still not solved,” Dr. Passy says. “We hope that future restoration efforts in acid streams will consider the use of wetlands as a natural source of stream health improvement.”
The study authors believe that as streams acidified by acidic deposition pass through wetlands, they become enriched with organic matter, which binds harmful aluminum and limits its negative effects on stream producers. Organic matter also stimulates microbes that process sulfate and nitrate and thus decreases the inorganic acid content.
Read more about Passy's wetlands research.
UT Arlington researchers, projects showcased Sept. 19
Research projects by UT Arlington faculty members are highlighted at the Texas Medical Research Collaborative Project Showcase Event 1-4:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 19, at Texas Health Resources, 612 E. Lamar Blvd. Admission is free, but registration is required.
TxMRC is a research partnership among universities, health care providers, and corporations that provides grants for research on real-world medical problems and helps develop new technologies.
Grant recipients from 2012 will present updates at the event. Four of the six projects to be presented have UT Arlington researchers as lead principal investigators.
UT Arlington faculty members presenting are: George Alexandrakis, associate professor of bioengineering; Heather Beardsley, research engineer at TMAC; Brian Dennis, associate professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering; Raul Fernandez, professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering; J.-C. Chiao, professor of electrical engineering; Hanli Liu, professor of biomedical engineering; Yuan Bo Peng, associate professor of psychology; and Khosrow Behbehani, professor of bioengineering and dean of the College of Engineering.
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.
Transportation ideas needed for TxDOT College Challenge
Bring your transportation solutions to the Texas Department of Transportation and the TxDOT College Challenge. TxDOT seeks undergraduates to form multi-disciplinary teams to create innovative projects that provide solutions to present and future transportation challenges.
Submit a short, written proposal describing the transportation solution and a three- to five-minute video that explains the concept. Concepts should reflect more than one academic discipline such as, but not limited to, engineering, business, urban planning, marketing or communications, and social sciences.
See the guidelines. Entries are due Friday, Nov. 15. Winning entries will be announced at TxDOT's 9th Annual Texas Transportation Forum on Jan. 6-8, 2014, in San Antonio.
Study Abroad Fair set for Wednesday
Take your education on the road through one of the more than 400 study abroad programs in 62 countries offered through the Study Abroad program.
Discover details at the Study Abroad Fair 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 11, on the University Center mall. Explore how you can pair your academic course load with one of the specially designed programs. Each year the Study Abroad Office awards more than $75,000 in scholarships for students to study abroad.
To learn more about the Study Abroad program, call 817-272-1120 or email email@example.com.
UTA Bookstore offers rebate program
The UTA Bookstore's Stock Up & Cash In program offers rebates through Sunday, Sept. 15.
Spend $100 to receive $10 off your next in-store purchase. Spend $150 for $20 off next time, or $300 to save $50. The program is valid for in-store and online purchases with in-store pickup and excludes previous purchases, computer hardware, software, and gift cards.
The bookstore is open 7:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Mondays-Thursdays, 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Fridays, and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays.
University opens lactation rooms
Nursing moms on campus now have five lactation rooms to use. These rooms are designed to create a safe, quiet, and private place for nursing mothers to express milk during the workday.
The rooms are furnished with a leather recliner, small table or countertop, clock, a door that locks, and a sink in the room or in the connecting women’s restroom. Locations are:
• E.H. Hereford University Center, Room 132 (behind Post Office)
• Fine Arts Building, Room 343A (Art Department section)
• Maverick Activities Center, Room 203A
• Pickard Hall, Room 222A (private lounge inside women’s restroom)
• University Hall, Room 216A (private lounge inside women’s restroom)
Workshops, groups address challenges of college life
Counseling and Psychological Services offers several workshops and groups for students this semester.
MAVS-Talk Series at the MAC are 3:30-4:30 p.m. Thursdays in Room 213 of the Maverick Activities Center. Topics are: Stress: Sept. 12 and Oct. 31; Anger: Sept. 26 and Nov. 7; and Relationships, Oct. 10 and Nov. 21.
MAVS-Talk Series at the UC will be in the Red River Room of the E.H. Hereford University Center. Topics are Test Anxiety. 2-3 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 18; Depression, 2:30-3:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 18; and Grief, 2-3 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 20.
Wellness Clinics are five- to six-week group sessions for coping strategies to navigate college life. The first session is noon-1:30 p.m. Wednesdays starting Sept. 18. Contact Cindy Manzano.
Group programs include:
• Interpersonal Group—3-4 p.m. Mondays, starting Sept. 23. Contact Michael Arnold.
• LGBTQ Group—3-4:30 p.m. Tuesdays, starting Sept 24. Contact Anita Varghese.
• Graduate Student Group—3-4:30 p.m. Thursdays starting Sept. 26. Contact Vickie Goins.
All workshops and groups are free. Contact Counseling and Psychological Services at 817-272-3671 or in Room 305 of Ransom Hall.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com.
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.
Grade exclusion open for requests
The grade exclusion filing website is now open. Grade exclusion requests are accepted only through online submission. Eligible students must be enrolled on the Census Date to be able to file a grade exclusion. All grade exclusion requests submitted during the term must be submitted by the last day to drop a course this term, Wednesday, Oct. 30.
Freshman progress reports online
Freshmen can view their early progress reports in their MyMav Student Center as soon as the grades are entered through Thursday, Sept. 26. Most grades will be available Monday, Sept. 16, or soon afterward. Meet with your academic adviser to discuss your progress and explore campus resources.
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).
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.
Anti-hazing policy available online
Read UT Arlington's anti-hazing policy and section 51.936 of the Texas Education Code. A printed copy of both are available in the Office of Community Standards in Suite B170 of the E.H. Hereford University Center.
For questions related to hazing or to make a report, contact the Office of Community Standards at 817-272-2354 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thursday, Sept. 12
Linton Powell Organ Recital Music Professor Linton Powell performs his 38th annual organ recital. Free. 7:30 p.m., Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. Music.
Friday, Sept. 13
Volleyball Hilton Maverick Classic Mavericks vs. UT San Antonio. Tickets $3. 7 p.m., College Park Center. Also, Saturday, Sept. 14, 1:30 p.m., vs. Mississippi Valley State; 7 p.m., vs. Texas A&M Corpus Christi. See the Hilton Maverick Classic schedule. Athletics.
Friends of the Library: Carmen Goldthwaite Author Carmen Goldthwaite discusses her new book Texas Dames: Sassy and Savvy Women Throughout Lone Star History. Free. 7:30 p.m., sixth floor parlor, Central Library. Friends of the Library.
Volunteer: Fall Job Fair Choose a one-hour shift or more than one shift 7 a.m.-4 p.m. Tasks include set-up, clean up, carrying employer cases, escorting employers to their booths, and staffing the student check-in tables. Register to volunteer by Friday, Sept. 13. Fair, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 18, Maverick Activities Center. Career Center.
Saturday, Sept. 14
Wind Symphony Concert The UT Arlington Wind Symphony, Douglas Stotter conducting, honors the great American composers of the 20th century including Bernstein, Copland, and Ives. Free. 7:30 p.m., Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. Music.
Monday, Sept. 16
Guest Artist Recital: Spirit Wind A trio with Terry Ewell on the bassoon, Doris DeLoach on the oboe, and Laurel Ewell on the flute will perform Vivaldi, Gabaye, and Terry Ewell's "Paradise Lost." Free. 7:30 p.m., Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. Music.
Tuesday, Sept. 17
Honors Recital Free. 7:30 p.m., Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. Music.
Maverick Speakers Series Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and immigration reform advocate Jose Antonio Vargas speaks on "Define American: My Life as an Undocumented Immigrant." 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. Tuesday, Sept. 24, Texas Hall. Maverick Speakers Series.
Carnaval: 7th Annual Dancing with Mavericks Register a team online by noon Friday, Sept. 20. Free. 6:30-9 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 25, University Center mall (rain site Bluebonnet Ballroom, E.H. Hereford University Center). Multicultural Affairs, Hispanic Heritage Month.
Mindful Moments Learn techniques to help deal effectively with stress. New day and location. 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.
The Gallery at UTA: Materials & Identity Photo-based works by Seattle-area artists Garth Amundson and Pierre Gour, along with Dallas artist Paho Mann, address individual and collective identity as reflected in what we consume, discard, and recycle. Gallery hours 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays-Fridays and noon-5 p.m. Saturdays. Through Saturday, Oct. 5. Art and Art History, The Gallery at UTA.
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.
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.)
Cross country to host UTA Season Opener Saturday
The men's and women's cross country teams kick off their seasons this weekend by hosting the UTA Season Opener/Gerald Richey High School Invitational at Lynn Creek Park in Grand Prairie. Admission is free.
The women will run at 8 a.m., followed by the men about 20 minutes later. The men's teams scheduled to run are UALR, Louisiana-Monroe, and North Texas. The women face Baylor, SMU, UALR, Louisiana-Monroe, North Texas, and Midwestern State. High school boys and girls races follow the college contests.
The Maverick men are the favorite to win the Sun Belt Conference in the school's first year in the league, while the women are picked third.
Volleyball hosts Hilton Maverick Classic this weekend
The Mavericks volleyball team returns home to host the Hilton Maverick Classic Friday-Saturday, Sept. 13-14, at College Park Center. The team plays UTSA at 7 p.m. Friday, and Mississippi Valley State 1:30 p.m. and TAMU-Corpus Christi at 7 p.m. on Saturday.
After losing to Mississippi State on Friday, UT Arlington opened the second day of the Baylor Classic with a 3-1 win over the Lady Bears on Saturday morning at the Ferrell Center. The Mavs later fell to Tulsa in a close three sets. Charmaine Whitmore was named All-Defensive Player of the tournament, and Taylor Gross was named to the All-Tournament team.
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.
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 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.
• A rough final round dropped the golf team into a tie for 10th at the Northern Intercollegiate. The Mavericks return to the links Monday, Sept. 23, at the Fighting Irish Gridiron Golf Classic in Sound Bend, Ind.
• An adapted wheelchair sports division is available with advanced request for 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 softball
Entry deadlines for team intramural sports are: softball, Wednesday, Sept. 11; pre-season flag football tournament, Tuesday, Sept. 17; and flag football, Wednesday, Sept. 18. If you don't have a team, sign up as a free agent.
Deadlines for individual/dual intramural sports are: foosball, Tuesday, Sept. 10; racquetball, Friday, Sept. 13; and billiards tournament, Tuesday, Sept. 17.
Food, nutrition topic of two fitness classes
Eating on the Run—Discover the tools to eat well with limited time and with limited effort on your part, plus what the better choices are when eating out instead of at home. $20. 7-8 p.m., Tuesdays, Sept. 17-24, Room 213, Maverick Activities Center.
The Real Scoop on Nutrition—Examine the basics of nutrition so you can make informed choices about what you eat. $40. 7-8 p.m. Wednesdays, Sept. 18-Oct. 9, Room 213, Maverick Activities Center.