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Thursday, October 9, 2014

UTA FabLab

Absolutely fabulous: Manar Kawasmi, left, biochemistry junior, learns about 3-D printing from Amaraja Dalvi, industrial engineering graduate student, at the UTA FabLab in the Central Library. The fabrication laboratory opened Wednesday.

State-of-the-art FabLab now open at Central Library

The UTA FabLab, a state-of-the-art fabrication laboratory featuring cutting-edge technology for research in digital fabrication and data visualization, opened Wednesday at the Central Library.

Faculty, staff, students, and community members will have access to nine 3-D printers, a laser cutter, vinyl cutter, 3-D scanners, and digital media software and hardware in a robust learning laboratory.

Two library staff members and a team of students will help FabLab users bring their concepts to life, using 3-D software and hardware, as well as other cutting-edge fabrication tools.

Read more about the UTA FabLab.

Mav Pic Fall Meeting of Faculty and Associates

Honored educators

New professors emeriti were honored at the Fall Meeting of the Faculty and Associates. From left are, seated, Dr. Doreen Elliott, social work; Dr. Mary Lou Bond, nursing; standing, Edward Baum, architecture; and Dr. Jill Clark, political science. Others named professors emeriti were Dr. Philip Cohen, English; David Keens, art and art history; and Dr. Stanley Palmer, history. See the brochure, which includes new faculty and associates of the faculty.


October is Cyber Security Awareness Month

The Information Security Office hosts instructional programs and a destruction event during Cyber Security Awareness Month.

Lunch-and-learn programs for faculty and staff are 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. in Room 241 of the Business Building. Register; seating and meals are limited. Events are:

Wednesday, Oct. 15—Encryption vs. Direct Memory Access
 with Daniel Spicer, senior information security analyst in the Information Security Office

Wednesday, Oct. 22—Protecting Yourself from Cyber Crimes with Chris Copeland, senior lecturer, Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice

Campus web application developers, architects, or IT practitioners with software experience can learn about secure coding and software development Thursday, Oct. 23, via the Division of Enterprise Development. The free hands-on training is 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. in Room 118 of the Technical Training Center, 106 W. 6th St. 

Secure Electronic Media Destruction Week—Monday-Friday, Oct. 27-31—offers free and secure destruction of University-owned hard drives and media. Departments must follow University procedures for submitting computing devices and electronic media for surplus or destruction.

Bookmark the ISO Blog to view the latest security advisories or like ISO on Facebook to receive security tips.

  Mav Pic National Night Out 2014

Cool down

Stenila Simon, left, aerospace engineering freshman, learns how to use a fire extinguisher from Bruce O'Keefe at the National Night Out event Tuesday evening. O'Keefe is fire and safety coordinator for the Office of Environmental Health and Safety.

Graduate School Expo set for Oct. 15

The Graduate School Expo, formerly known as GradFest, brings advanced degree information to anyone considering graduate or professional school. The event is Wednesday, Oct. 15, in the E.H. Hereford University Center.

Meet with representatives from UT Arlington's graduate programs and other Texas colleges and universities at the graduate and professional school fair 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

Two presentations on the UTA graduate admission process and funding graduate school at UT Arlington are at noon and 1 p.m.

A free GRE and GMAT Practice Test and Strategy Workshop is 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 18. Register with Kaplan at the Graduate School Expo.

Register online to attend the Graduate School Expo.

McNair Scholars accepting applicants

The McNair Scholars Program is recruiting new applicants through Nov. 7.

The program works with qualified undergraduates to better prepare them for graduate study leading to the Ph.D.

Benefits include a mentored summer research with stipend, GRE review course, conference travel, and guidance with the graduate school application process.

For more information, call 2-3715 or stop by Room 202 of Ransom Hall.

Firefox versions affect UT Share searches, attachments

Due to a recent software security update, Mozilla Firefox users with version 30, 31, or 32 are experiencing problems with searches and attachments in UT Share.

When using Firefox to access UT Share, download the extended release version for both Macintosh and Windows computers.

Do not upgrade your browsers automatically if you use UT Share because the software does not always work with new browser software. OIT will publish instructions for when it is safe to upgrade.

If you use a browser such as Firefox to access UT Share, OIT recommends you use a different browser for general Internet use and keep that browser up to date.

Contact the OIT Help Desk at 2-2208 or

Mav Pic Samir Iqbal

Nano detective

Dr. Samir Iqbal, associate professor of electrical engineering, explained his research on diagnosing cancer using silicon chip-based nanotechnology at Wednesday's Focus on Faculty lecture. UT Arlington Libraries hosts the monthly program. Dr. Anne Healy, assistant professor of theatre arts, will discuss the new bachelor's degree in musical theatre at the Nov. 12 event. 


Nominations needed for student leaders, Homecoming king and queen

Encourage your students to run in student elections. Open positions include Homecoming king and queen, Student Congress senators, and UTA Ambassadors.

Individuals must file by 5 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 16, in the Student Organizations Office, Suite B120, E.H. Hereford University Center.

To nominate a student for any of the open positions, email Jennifer Fox at with the student’s name and email address.

Voting is Monday-Tuesday, Nov. 3-4, in the University Center. For more information, call 2-2293 or visit

Attend SECC Charity Fair to learn more about annual campaign

Learn about organizations that need your help through the State Employee Charitable Campaign, which runs through Oct. 31. UT Arlington's goal is $80,000.

The SECC Charity Fair is 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 16, in the Bluebonnet Ballroom South of the E.H. Hereford University Center. 

Look for a pledge form from your department representative soon. A listing of agencies and organizations will show which groups benefit from your gift. Fill out that form and return it to your SECC representative.

Or pledge online at by clicking Pledge Online, then select University of Texas Arlington, register, and create your pledge.

Make a one-time gift or pledge monthly. Donations may be made to one or more organizations.

UTA Bookstore hosts Grad Finale

Visit the UTA Bookstore to obtain your regalia and other items for fall Commencement. Grad Finale is Monday-Thursday, Oct. 13-16, at the UTA Bookstore.

Jostens will take orders for rings and invitations. Flash Photography will be available Tuesday and Wednesday only.

Hours are 3-7 p.m. Monday-Tuesday and 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Wednesday-Thursday.

Benefit Yourself

Confirm your annual enrollment elections

Take time to review the benefits section on your Oct. 1 pay stub or earnings statement to ensure that your Annual Enrollment elections are accurate.

If the coverages listed on your earnings or billing statement do not reflect the elections that you made during Annual Enrollment, contact Benefits Services at 2-5554 or

Requests for changes must be submitted, along with the relevant evidence, to Benefits Services by Friday, Oct. 31.

living well

Additional preventive care benefits available

The UT SELECT Medical plan offers preventive care benefits, including 100 percent coverage for preventive colonoscopies and no-cost immunizations for children under 6 years of age.

With the implementation of health care reform, certain additional preventive care and services became available with no out-of-pocket costs as long as you see a network provider and meet certain screening eligibility requirements. Read more about preventive care benefits.

Employment information

Check out employment opportunities at Have questions? Call Human Resources/Employment Services at 2-3461 or TDD 2-8139, or email The University of Texas at Arlington is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer.

Extra Credit

Thursday, Oct. 9

Earth and Environmental Sciences Speaker Series Dilhan Ilk of DeGolyer and MacNaughton is guest speaker. Free. 4 p.m., Room 100, Geoscience Building. Also, Thursday, Oct. 16, Shaffiq A. Jaffer, TOTAL Corporate scientific representative. Earth and Environmental Sciences.

Friday, Oct. 10

Materials Science and Engineering Seminar Series James C. Williams of the University of North Texas discusses "Additive Manufacturing: Potential, Reality, and Challenges." Free. 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Room 228, Engineering Research Building. Materials Science and Engineering.

Chemistry/Biochemistry Speakers Series Onofrio Annunziata of Texas Christian University presents "Migration of Macromolecules Induced by Salt-Concentration Gradients in Water." Free. 3 p.m., Room, 114, W. A. Baker Chemistry Research Building. Also, Friday, Oct. 17, "Polypropylene Based Oligomers as Synthetic Scaffolds Toward Supported Catalysts.”  Chemistry/Biochemistry.

Qualitative Researchers' Meet-Up Kathryn Pole of the College of Education's Literacy Studies Program will demonstrate her use of NVivo. Noon-1 p.m., Room B-17, Davis Hall. Qualitative Research.

Faculty Mentoring Brown Bag Series Robin Dickey, Regulatory Services manager, discusses practical tips and examples of challenging research protocols to help campus researchers learn about the IRB review process. RSVP. Free. Noon-1 p.m., upstairs lounge, Maverick Activities Center. Faculty Affairs.

Monday, Oct. 13

University Leadership Seminar Series Explore barriers within the faculty search process that prevent the fair evaluation of underrepresented candidates. Register. Lunch provided. Free. 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., University Club, Davis Hall.

Tuesday, Oct. 14

LINK Research Lab Lectures Dragan Gasevic, co-founder of the Society for Learning Analytics Research, discusses "Learning Analytics Are About Learning." Free. 12:30-1:30 p.m., Room 601, Nedderman Hall. LINK Research Lab.

MARK Adviser Training: Adviser Self-Awareness Tier Two: Adviser Self-Awareness. Register online. 2-4 p.m., Room 104, Preston Hall. Also Adviser Strengths Part 1, Friday, Oct. 17; Adviser Strengths Part 2, Thursday, Oct. 23; Pathways to Persistence, Thursday, Oct. 30Academic Advising Center.

Wednesday, Oct. 15

Skills for Supervisors and Managers Register online. Free. 9-11 a.m., J.D. Wetsel Service Center. Human Resources.

LaunchCode Information Session LaunchCode is a volunteer-run organization that helps people get jobs in the IT field. The program includes a free online Harvard training class and a two- to three-month apprenticeship. Register. Free. 6:30 p.m., Bluebonnet Ballroom, E.H. Hereford University Center. LaunchCodeDivision for Enterprise Development.

Thursday, Oct. 16

Dealing Effectively with Conflict and Confrontation Register online. Free. 9-11 a.m., J.D. Wetsel Service Center. Human Resources.

Engineering Speaker Series Chris Singer, director of the Engineering Directorate at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center, speaks on "Engine of Possibility: Exploration." Free. 5-7 p.m., Room 601, Nedderman Hall. Engineering.

Thursday-Friday, Oct. 16-17

Ninth Biennial Virginia Garrett Lectures on the History of Cartography "The Price of Manifest Destiny: War and American Expansion, 1800-1865." See scheduleRegister online. Central Library. UT Arlington Libraries Special Collections.

Coming up

Professional Development: Creating Community in a Diverse Environment Lee Mun Wah, award-winning filmmaker and diversity trainer, is guest speaker. Free. 1-4 p.m. Friday, Oct. 17, Bluebonnet Ballroom, E.H. Hereford University Center. Multicultural Affairs.

First Aid/CPR/AED Workshop Cover the American Red Cross first aid basics, medical emergencies, injury emergencies, environmental emergencies, adult CPR and AED use. Register at the MAC Services and Information Desk. $50. Noon-5 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 18, Room 213, Maverick Activities Center. Campus Recreation.

Innovation Symposium and National Academy of Inventors Chapter Launch A TED-style symposium highlights research by UTA nominees of National Academy of Inventors Fellows. A poster session features research of faculty inventors. Afterward, a ceremony inducting UTA's inaugural class of the National Academy of Inventors. Register. Free; open to public. Innovation Symposium, 1-4 p.m.; NAI chapter launch, 4:45-8 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 30, College Park Center. Innovation Symposium.

Human Resources Training Your Professional Image, Tuesday, Oct. 21; Leadership Skills for Supervisors, Thursday, Oct. 23; Team Building for Supervisors, Tuesday, Oct. 28; Time Management: Keys to Everyday Office Success, Friday, Oct. 31Register online. Free. 9-11 a.m., J.D. Wetsel Service Center. Human Resources.

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

Sports Notes
Caitlyn Cooney

Sweeping up: Junior Caitlyn Cooney adds her touch to Wednesday night's three-set sweep against Texas State with support from the crowd for the Dig Pink Match, which benefited breast cancer research.


Volleyball sweeps Texas State

The volleyball team claimed a three-set sweep of Texas State for the Dig Pink Match on Wednesday night at College Park Center. The win improves the Mavs' record to 14-5 on the season and 4-3 in Sun Belt Conference play.

UT Arlington fell 3-1 to Arkansas-Little Rock last Friday and 3-1 to Arkansas State on Sunday afternoon.

The Mavs head to Mobile to play South Alabama on Friday, Oct. 10. The team faces Appalachian State at noon Sunday, Oct. 12, and Arkansas State at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 17, both at College Park Center.

Women's tennis makes finals, semis at Billie Jean King Invitational

The women's tennis team had a great showing at the Billie Jean King Invitational at Flushing Meadows, N.Y.

Sophomore Astrid Gehre was a finalist in the B-division, while fellow teammates Elizabeth Thoms, Christine Foote, and Jessica Birowski all made it to the semis in their singles division.

In doubles, Gehre and Augustina Serio made it to the finals of their division. In the B-division, Birowski and Ekaterina Tugarinova made it to the semifinals.

The Mavericks are back in action Oct. 16-20 for the ITA Texas Regionals in Waco.

Sports shorts

• The Movin’ Mavs host the USTA/ITA Wheelchair Tennis Nationals through Monday, Oct. 13, at the UTA Tennis Center.

• The men's golf team tied for fifth and Jake Argento and Cash Wilkerson tied for 11th at the Utah Ogio Invitational in Salt Lake City. Boise State, Utah, and Arkansas-Little Rock also tied for fifth.

The men's and women's basketball doubleheader against Arkansas-Little Rock on Feb. 28, 2015, will be carried on ESPN3. 

 The cross country team runs in the Pre-National Invitational on Saturday, Oct. 18, in Terra Haute, Ind.

 The men's tennis team competes in the ITA Texas Regionals on Saturday-Monday, Oct. 18-20, in College Station.

 Single game basketball tickets are on sale along with premium and season options.

Intramural entries due for drop-in basketball

Upcoming entry deadlines for intramural sports include drop-in basketball, Tuesday, Oct. 14; fantasy basketball, Friday, Oct. 17; and table tennis, Wednesday, Oct. 22.      

See the intramural sports schedule. Pick up entry forms at the Services and Information Desk of the Maverick Activities Center. For questions, call 2-3277 or email

(For more sports news, go to,, or

Going Out

Thursday, Oct. 9

bed races

34th Annual Bed Races Bed Races features beds on wheels with five students—four pushing and one riding on the bed—competing in three categories. Free admission. 7 p.m., Maverick Stadium. Campus RecreationEXCEL Campus Activities.

Friday, Oct. 10

Friends of the Library Andrew Hall discusses his book, Civil War Blockade Running on the Texas Coast. Free. 7:30 p.m., sixth floor, Central Library. Friends of the Library.

Faculty Vocal Recital Performance by Soo-Hong Kim, assistant professor and lyric soprano. Free. 7:30 p.m., Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. Music.

Pride Week Drag Show Free. 7-9:30 p.m., Bluebonnet Ballroom, E.H. Hereford University Center. LGBTQA Program.

Sunday, Oct. 12

UT Arlington Symphonic Winds and Symphonic Band Concert John Zastoupil conducts the UT Arlington Symphonic Winds and Symphonic Band in their first concert of the season. Free. 3-4:30 p.m., Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. Music.

Monday, Oct. 13

Film: 'Vital Signs: Crip Culture Talks Back' Explore the politics of disability through the performances, debates, and late-night conversations of activists at a national conference on disability and the arts. Open-captioned. Real-time caption for discussion. For disability-related accommodations, contact Sarah Rose at or 2-2861. Free admission and lunch. Noon-1:30 p.m., sixth floor parlor, Central Library. Disability Studies MinorOffice for Students with Disabilities.

Tuesday, Oct. 14

Music Honors Recital Performances by outstanding music students and faculty. Free. 7:30 p.m., Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. Music.

Afternoon Variety Showcase Free. 11 a.m., Palo Duro Lounge, E.H. Hereford University Center. EXCEL Campus Activities.

Wednesday, Oct. 15

Comic Potential A romantic comedy that raises questions about the nature and purpose of comedy, the necessity of love, and what it means to be truly human. Tickets. 8 p.m., Mainstage Theatre, Fine Arts Building. Also, 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, Oct. 16-18, 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 19, Mainstage Theatre, Fine Arts Building. Theatre Arts.

Ballet Folklorico Mexico 2000 Ballet Folklorico performs. Free. 7-9 p.m., Rosebud Theatre, E.H. Hereford University Center. Multicultural Affairs, Hispanic Heritage Month.

Friday, Oct. 17

UT Arlington Wind Symphony Concert The UT Arlington Wind Symphony, conducted by Douglas Stotter, presents a concert of band classics. Tickets $6 students, $9 others. 7:30 p.m., Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. Music.

Coming up

james carville and mary matalin

Maverick Speakers Series Husband-and-wife political commentators James Carville and Mary Matalin, right, present "All’s Fair: Love, War, and Politics." Autograph session follows. Tickets. 7:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 20, Texas Hall. Also, James Stavridis, Nov. 4; Michio Kaku, Feb. 19; Henry Cisneros, March 26; Bob Costas, TBD. Maverick Speakers Series.


Special Collections: The Price of Manifest Destiny Discover how maps and war interlock in the 19th century in a new exhibit. In conjunction with the Ninth Biennial Virginia Garrett Lectures on the History of CartographyThursday-Friday, Oct. 16-17. Hours 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Mondays, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays. UT Arlington Libraries Special Collections.

Visual Resource Commons and Gallery The African Art Collection is a multi-dimensional collection of 11th-20th century art and artifacts. Free. 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays-Fridays, Suite 2109, Fine Arts Building. Art and Art History.

Planetarium The fall schedule includes AstronautOne World, One Sky: Big Bird's AdventurePink FloydSpacepark 360 InfinityTwo Small Pieces of Glass; and We Are AstronomersPlanetarium.

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


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