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West Campus Grand Opening

The west side of campus officially welcomed two of UTA's newest buildings last week as elected officials, University administrators, and student leaders cut the ribbon on West Hall and The Commons. The Commons is a $21 million, two-floor, 39,000-square-foot dining and meeting facility. It’s open to all UTA students, faculty and staff. West Hall is a $46.5 million, 534-bed residence hall, the first to open at UTA since 2012. READ MORE

environmental impact
Hyeok Choi

Hyeok Choi, associate professor of civil engineering, received a grant from the Department of Defense to determine the extent of contaminated soil and groundwater. Choi's research will result in a new system that will allow easier cleanup of contaminated soil. The grant is part of the U.S. Department of Defense's Strategic Environmental Research and Development Program. READ MORE

Community Champions
Champions Festival

Over Labor Day weekend, President Karbhari, Senior Associate Vice President for Outreach Services and Community Engagement Michele Bobadilla, and Froswa Booker Drew ('92) took part in the first Advocare & U.S. Army Festival of Champions. The weekend-long event consisted of a music festival, athletic competitions, and a gala ceremony honoring service men and women, first responders, and those people and programs committed to serving the local community. President Karbhari, Bobadilla, and Drew all received awards for empowering student success and acting as change agents in the community. READ MORE

National Award
Shannon Beston

Shannon Beston, a doctoral student in biology, has received a prestigious award to fund her dissertation project in which she is evaluating the ecological drivers of eye and brain size evolution in a species of fish. The award is a 2018-19 American Association of University Women (AAUW) Fellowship. READ MORE

fighting disease
Brad Pierce

Brad Pierce, associate professor of biochemistry, is leading researchers who are mapping the function of specific enzymes which may facilitate development of new drugs to fight bacterial infection, cancer, and neurodegenerative diseases such as autism, Down syndrome, Parkinson’s disease and Alzheimer’s.

stopping waste
Max Hu

'Max’ Qinhong Hu, associate professor of earth and environmental sciences, was awarded a grant from the Department of Energy’s Nuclear Energy University Program to investigate low-permeable rock formations as potential barrier materials to isolate nuclear waste in long-term repositories.

Maverick Speaker Series
Mark Your Calendar

September 18 | Tuesday

UTA Night at the Rangers | The ever-popular UTA Night at the Rangers is back when the Texas Rangers take on the Tampa Bay Rays at Globe Life Park. The first 1,750 UTA fans to purchase their game ticket through the Rangers website will receive a special UTA-themed Rangers baseball hat. GAME TICKETS or PICNIC TICKETS

October 6 | Saturday

UTA Day at the Zoo | Join the herd of Mavericks exploring the wonders of the animal kingdom at the first ever UTA Day at the Fort Worth Zoo. Your ticket includes entry into the Zoo, parking, and a catered picnic. Bring the family and enjoy a day of fun and friends at one of the country's best zoos. Children 2 and younger are free! REGISTER

October 2 | Tuesday

Fort Worth Alumni Chapter Meeting | Coming off a record season in 2017-2018, the UTA Lady Mavericks basketball team is looking to win big this season behind Coach Krista Gerlich. Hear from Coach Gerlich at the October Fort Worth Chapter meeting at Joe T. Garcia's. Lunch starts at 12 PM. REGISTER

October 21 | Sunday

UTA Day at FC Dallas | Don't miss your chance to tailgate and get on the field at Toyota Stadium with fellow Mavericks as FC Dallas takes on the Seattle Sounders Football Club. Tickets include a pre-game BYOB tailgate featuring Rudy's BBQ. The fun starts at 2:00 PM. GET YOUR TICKETS

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