MavWire 2014 Archive » MavWire — Monday, October 20, 2014


For Faculty and Staff of The University of Texas at Arlington

Monday, October 20, 2014

Robert Magnusson

Good fellows: Dr. Robert Magnusson, a National Academy of Inventors fellow, will make a presentation at the launch of UT Arlington's NAI chapter and induction of new fellows Oct. 30. Magnusson is the Texas Instruments Distinguished University Chair in Nanoelectronics and electrical engineering professor.

National Academy of Inventors presents research, chapter launch

Dozens of UT Arlington inventors will be inducted at a National Academy of Inventors ceremony and reception at 4:45 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 30, at College Park Center.

About 100 UT Arlington professors possess patents on various devices, processes, or technologies. Six professors are being nominated to be fellows of the academy. Eight educators already have been named NAI fellows.

From 1-4 p.m. a few of those inventors will present their research to attendees of an innovation symposium.

“Any time we can display our research, we have the opportunity to showcase how that research can change the world,” Ron Elsenbaumer, provost and vice president for academic affairs, says. “The large number of faculty who are patent holders provide more proof of our top-level research status.” 

The ceremony, reception, and symposium are free. Register online.

Read more about the Innovation Symposium and UTA's NAI fellows.

Mary Matalin and James Carville

Mary Matalin and James Carville

Political opposites attract tonight; standby tickets only for Maverick Speakers Series event

Husband-and-wife political commentators James Carville and Mary Matalin are one example of how opposites attract at the Maverick Speakers Series.

The duo will present "All’s Fair: Love, War, and Politics" at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 20, at Texas Hall. An autograph signing follows the lecture.

James Carville, a prominent figure in the Democratic Party, and Mary Matalin, a consultant for the Republican Party, are known for their stimulating, candid, and entertaining take on politics from both sides of the political aisle. They are co-authors of Love & War: Twenty Years, Three Presidents, Two Daughters and One Louisiana Home.

Only standby tickets remain. Go to and print your ticket. Standby tickets holders will be seated, space permitting, 10 minutes before the show starts. Accommodation is anticipated but not guaranteed.

Candidates for founding dean to visit campus

Candidates for founding dean of the new College of Architecture and Urban and Public Affairs will meet with administrators, faculty, staff, and students next week.

The first candidate is Niraj Verma, who will meet with faculty and staff 10:30-11:30 a.m. today, Monday, Oct. 20, in Room 401 of the Architecture Building. Dr. Verma is dean of the L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Va. 

The name of each candidate will be released 24 hours in advance of his or her campus visit.

Other sessions with faculty and staff are:

  • 11 a.m.-noon, Tuesday, Oct. 21, in Room 204 of the Architecture Building; and
  • 10:30-11:30 a.m., Friday, Oct. 24, in Room 204 of the Architecture Building.

The new college integrates the existing School of Architecture and the School of Urban and Public Affairs. The college is expected to become a center for excellence in collaborative research and learning in the built environment, with particular focus on issues of metropolitan growth and change.

Visit the Senior Leadership Searches webpage to learn more about the dean search for the College of Architecture and Urban and Public Affairs and submit your comments.

Haiying Huang and Stathis Meletis

Haiying Huang, left, and Stathis Meletis

Project to detect damages in aircraft parts early in process

UT Arlington engineering professors have received a $451,781 Air Force Office of Scientific Research grant to examine the material surface at the micro- and nano-scale level that will provide clues for predicting fatigue in aircraft parts.

Haiying Huang, professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering, says the new technology and process would be better and more efficient than taking X-rays of an aircraft’s wing. Stathis Meletis, professor and chair of the Materials Science and Engineering Department, is helping on the project. 

“We’ll be able to determine metal fatigue at very early stages when we look at it on this scale,” Dr. Huang says. “Certain patterns of surface roughness changes will tell us how the material will behave when put under the fatigue of flying.”

Read more about the aircraft fatigue research.

Ebola virus information session scheduled for noon Wednesday

UT Arlington continues to closely monitor information from federal, state, and regional public health authorities related to the recent cases of Ebola Virus Disease in Dallas. There have been no known incidents of Ebola-related illness within the University community.

A general information session about the illness, prevention, symptoms, and public health protocols is scheduled noon-1 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 22, in the Rosebud Theatre at the E.H. Hereford University Center.

Scheduled speakers include Tim Quinnan, vice president for student affairs; Anne Bavier, dean of the College of Nursing; and Cynthia Simmons, medical director of the Public Health Authority of the City of Arlington.

Information about Ebola Virus Disease, symptoms, prevention, and treatment is published online by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and by the Texas Department of Health Services.

Regional information is available through Tarrant County Public Health and Dallas County Health & Human Services.

Continue to monitor the University’s home page——for the most current UT Arlington information on the issue.

Mav Pic Graduate School Expo 2014

Expo sure

Amy Austin, left, assistant professor of Spanish, discusses graduate programs with Jasmine Schmidt, political science senior, at the Graduate School Expo last Wednesday. Formerly known as GradFest, the event drew representatives from more than 70 universities, colleges, and professional schools to tout the benefits of advanced studies.


Attend the Fall Festival during Parent and Family Weekend

Faculty and staff are encouraged to bring their families to the Fall Festival from 7-9 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 25, on the University Center mall. 

The annual festival is during Parent and Family Weekend and will feature live music, carnival style games and events, magic, and other fun activities.

Check the Parent and Family Weekend schedule for more events, including the American Jazz Composers Orchestra Concert and the National Alternative Fuel Day Odyssey, both on Saturday.

International Education Week features food, reasons for world travel

Taste global goodies or test your worldly wisdom during International Education Week, set for Monday-Thursday, Oct. 20-23.

Visit the 11th annual Study Abroad Photo Contest or partake in the International Food Fair on Tuesday, Oct. 21. Hear world traveler Andy Stoll talk about "How (and Why) to Travel Around the World) on Wednesday, Oct. 22, and compete in the World Trivia Contest on Thursday, Oct. 23.

Check the schedule for more events. The Office of International Education hosts the week's activities.

Trinity South spaces reserved for Maverick Speakers Series event

The Trinity South parking lot will be reserved Monday, Oct. 20, for the James Carville and Mary Matalin appearance for the Maverick Speakers Series.

The parking lot will remain open until 5 p.m. after which the lot will be closed for event guests.  

Parking options include permit spaces in the surrounding parking lots. Contact Parking and Transportation Services at or 2-3907.

homecoming 2014

Sign up now for Homecoming chili competition, parade entry

Claim your spot in two Homecoming traditions—the Chili Cook-Off and the Homecoming parade.

Chili chefs will serve up hot stuff at noon-1 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 19, on the University Center mall. Call Student Affairs for details at 2-6080.

The Homecoming parade starts at 5:45 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 22, on Spaniolo Drive outside College Park Center. 

Register online for both events. Deadlines are Wednesday Nov. 12, for the parade and Friday, Nov. 14, for the Chili Cook-Off.

College Park garages, surrounding parking lots used for Saturday concert

The College Park District parking garages and the surrounding area surface lots will be used for the Casting Crowns concert at College Park Center beginning at 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 25.

Parking staff will collect a parking fee at each garage and during this time. Traffic in the area will be heavily impacted, so make alternate arrangements for parking during this time.

Contact Parking and Transportation Services at or 2-3907.

Mav Pic Marcus Epps and Arvind Isaac

Rising in rank

Marcus Epps and Arvind Isaac were promoted recently by the UT Arlington Police Department. Epps is now a lieutenant on the evening shift. He joined UTA Police in 2008. Isaac, now a sergeant on the midnight shift, started his career in 1995 at UT Medical Branch at Galveston and joined UTA in May of this year.


Early voting scheduled on campus

UT Arlington is a polling place for early voting for the November general election. The polling place is open 7 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday-Thursday, Oct. 27-30, at the Maverick Activities Center.

Photo ID is now required to cast your ballot. Acceptable forms of photo ID are Texas driver's license, Texas Election Identification Certificate, Texas personal identification card, Texas concealed handgun license, military identification card, U.S. citizenship certificate or naturalization certificate, and passport.

For more information regarding elections and voter registration, go to the Tarrant County Elections Department and Texas Secretary of State websites.

Nominate a Maverick of the Month

Do you know a student or faculty/staff member who exemplifies The Maverick Way? Nominate him or her to receive the Maverick of the Month distinction.

Nominations for October are due by Wednesday, Oct. 22. Contact Jennifer Fox at for more information.

Extra Credit

Tuesday, Oct. 21

Your Professional Image Register online. Free. 9-11 a.m., J.D. Wetsel Service Center. Human Resources.

Wednesday, Oct. 22

Chris Copeland

Protecting Yourself from Cyber Crimes Chris Copeland, right, senior lecturer of criminology and criminal justice
, discusses cyber crimes. Register. Free. 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., Room 241, Business Building. Information Security Office.

Brown Bag: Green Office, Ride Share Programs Hear about the new Maverick Green Office Program (formerly Maverick Office Green Team) and a new ride share program. Light snacks available. RSVP to; include your home zip code. Free. 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., Carlisle Suite, E.H. Hereford University Center. Sustainability.

Thursday, Oct. 23

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

Secure Coding and Software Development A free hands-on training for campus web application developers, architects, or IT practitioners with software experience. 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m., DED Technical Training Center, Room 118, 106 W. Sixth St. Information Security Office

Faculty Research Enhancement, Development Leave Info Session Learn about grants of up to $10,000 through the Research Enhancement Program and the faculty development leave program. 2-3 p.m., Room 303, Chemistry and Physics Building. Faculty Affairs.

MARK Adviser Training: Adviser Strengths Part 2 Register online. 2-4 p.m., Room 200, Trimble Hall. Also, Pathways to Persistence, Thursday, Oct. 30Academic Advising Center.

Monday, Oct. 27

Secure Electronic Media Destruction Week The Information Security Office covers the costs of secure destruction of University-owned hard drives and media. Through Friday, Oct. 31Information Security

Tuesday, Oct. 28

Team Building for Supervisors Register online. Free. 9-11 a.m., J.D. Wetsel Service Center. Human Resources.

Coming up

James Stavridis

Maverick Speakers Series James Stavridis, right, retired Navy admiral, presents "Sailing the Cyber Sea: The New Realities of 21st Century Security." Autograph signing follows. Tickets; for VIP tickets, contact Mark LaVelle at or 2-5235. 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 4, Texas Hall. Maverick Speakers Series.

Improving Brain-injury Rehabilitation Through Infrared Imaging Georgios Alexandrakis, professor of bioengineering, describes using near-infrared light imaging to monitor traumatic brain injury as well as guide the treatment-mediated brain rewiring in children with cerebral palsy and adult stroke patients. Light breakfast provided. RSVP. Free. 7-8 a.m., Wednesday, Nov. 5, Room 100, Nedderman Hall. Arlington Technology Association.

Human Resources Training Time Management: Keys to Everyday Office Success, 9-11 a.m. Friday, Oct. 31; Powerful Presentation Skills, 10 a.m.-noon Friday, Nov. 7; Developing Assertive Communication Skills, 9-11 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 11; Customer Service 101, 9-11 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 12; Time Management: Keys to Everyday Office Success, 9-11 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 19; and Welcoming Diversity, 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 21Register online. Free. J.D. Wetsel Service Center. Human Resources.

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

Going Out

Monday, Oct. 20

National Day on Writing Create an eight-word story that starts "I am UTA because …” and add it to the story wall. 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Library mall. UT Arlington LibrariesWriting CenterEnglish.

Tuesday, Oct. 21

International Food Fair Taste fare from around the world for International Education Week. 11 a.m.-2 p.m., University Center mall. International Education.

Wednesday, Oct. 22

Ross Mathews

The Big Event Fundraiser UTA's annual community service program receives 25 percent of proceeds. 5-9 p.m., Potbelly’s Sandwich Shop, 1301 S. Cooper St. The Big Event.

Thursday, Oct. 23

One Mic Stand Comedy: Ross Matthews Ross Mathews, right, presents "Straight Talk: LOL's and Advice from Your Gay BFF." Tickets $7 students, limit two; $15 others. 7:30 p.m., Bluebonnet Ballroom, E.H. Hereford University Center. EXCEL Campus Activities.

Friday, Oct. 24

Friday Night Film: 'How to Train Your Dragon 2' Rated PG. Free fresh-popped popcorn while supplies last; other concessions for sale. Tickets $1, $1.50 with credit card. 8 p.m., Rosebud Theatre, E.H. Hereford University Center. EXCEL Campus Activities.

Volleyball Mavericks vs. Georgia Southern. Tickets $5. 6:30 p.m. College Park Center. Athletics.

Saturday, Oct. 25

American Jazz Composers Orchestra Concert Hear the music of The Rolling Stones performed by Dallas/Fort Worth's top jazz musicians. Dan Cavanagh, associate director of jazz studies and associate professor of music, serves as artistic director. $10; call Box Office at 2-2669. 8 p.m., MainStage Theatre, Fine Arts Building North. Theatre Arts.


The Gallery at UTA: Philip Van Keuren and Liz Ward Philip Van Keuren presents atmospheric black and white photogravures. Liz Ward's work includes colorful watercolors and meticulous silverpoint drawings. Gallery hours 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays-Fridays, noon-5 p.m. Saturdays,The Gallery at UTA, Fine Arts Building North. Through Nov. 15The Gallery at UTA.

Gallery 76102: Above & Beyond Kalee Appleton's series is inspired by time and time’s tendency to both transform and preserve. Gallery hours noon-6 p.m. Wednesdays-Saturdays, Gallery 76102, 1401 Jones St., Fort Worth. Through Nov. 30Fort Worth CenterGallery 76102.

MavsArt The semi-annual UTA community art show features 67 works by 25 artists who are UTA students, faculty, and staff. Through Dec. 3. UT Arlington Libraries, MavsArt.

Special Collections: The Price of Manifest Destiny Discover how maps and war interlock in the 19th century in a new exhibit. Hours 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Mondays, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays, sixth floor, Central Library. Through Feb. 7, 2015UT 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 Open House Night free shows each Tuesday: TimeSpace, Oct. 21Stars of the Pharaohs, Oct. 28. 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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