MavWire 2014 Archive » MavWire — Monday, October 27, 2014


For Faculty and Staff of The University of Texas at Arlington

Monday, October 27, 2014

Dr. Jingguo Wang

Insider risk: Dr. Jingguo Wang, associate professor of information systems and operations management, will study insider threats to financial institutions as part of his National Science Foundation grant.

NSF grant to help assess, protect against financial insider risk

Jingguo Wang, associate professor of information systems and operations management in the College of Business, has been awarded a National Science Foundation grant to identify insider risk and develop proper protection strategies for information systems within a financial institution.

Dr. Wang received a three-year, $157,481 grant that is part of a larger $499,766 NSF grant with the University of Buffalo.

“We use criminology theories and extend those to the domain of insider threats," he says. "Plus, the behavior they display on information systems can give us insight for designing better protections for data security within that financial institution.”

Read more about the financial insider risk research.

Zedd Shmais, James Staud, and Nhat Tran

Traffic apps: Zedd Shmais, James Staud, and Nhat Tran, all computer science and engineering seniors, won an NTx Apps Challenge contest and the $10,000 prize for building a program that eases traffic congestion.

Computer science students win challenge for real-time traffic app

Three computer science and engineering students won a $10,000 prize in the NTx Apps Challenge for a smart traffic light network that adjusts traffic light schedules to make traffic flow more efficient.

GridLock was developed by seniors Zedd Shmais, James Staud, and Nhat Tran. The team created a real-time monitoring system that analyzes traffic conditions and enables better vehicular flow.

The NTx Apps Challenge was a 10-week innovation competition to develop Web and mobile apps that solve regional challenges in four major subject areas: water conservation, waste reduction, energy efficiency, and transportation. 

Read more about the real-time traffic app.

James Stavridis

Cybersecurity topic of next Maverick Speakers Series lecture

Retired Navy Adm. James Stavridis will examine cybersecurity for the United States and the world in the next Maverick Speakers Series event.

Dr. Stavridis will present "Sailing the Cyber Sea: The New Realities of 21st Century Security" at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 4, at Texas Hall. An autograph signing follows the lecture.

As the 12th dean of the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University, Stavridis has maintained a strategic emphasis on topics such as the role of women in international relations, synthetic biology and its impact on foreign affairs, and the function of online media and social networks in public diplomacy. He served as head of the U.S. European Command and NATO's Supreme Allied Commander Europe for 2009-2013.

He is the author of Partnership for the Americas: Western Hemisphere Strategy and U.S. Southern Command. His latest book, The Accidental Admiral: A Soldier Takes Command at NATO, debuted this month.

Season and preferred packages and general admission tickets are available at For VIP tickets, contact Mark LaVelle at or 2-5235.

Maverick Madness

Meet the teams, mingle with players at Maverick Madness; Tip-Off Reception planned

Maverick Madness, the official tip-off of the basketball season, starts at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 28, at College Park Center.

Meet the UT Arlington men's and women's intercollegiate basketball teams, as well as the men's and women's Movin' Mavs wheelchair teams. 

The evening features contests, free food and T-shirts, promotions, and performances by the cheer and dance squads and the Wranglers.

An exclusive one-hour Maverick Club Tip-Off Reception is at 5:30 p.m. in the Hospitality Suite of College Park Center. Admission is $10 for Maverick Club members and season ticket holders and $20 for guests. Admission includes a light meal. Head coaches Scott Cross and Krista Gerlich will preview their teams. Photo opportunities with players are available. RSVP for Tip-Off Reception.

Hispanic higher ed organization, UTA host Latino STEM summit

UT Arlington has partnered with the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities to host experts in the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics fields at the Latino STEM Summit on Friday, Oct. 31, at the E.H. Hereford University Center.

The summit features networking opportunities with faculty and corporate recruiters seeking a diverse workforce.

College sophomores, juniors, and seniors majoring in STEM fields with a minimum 3.0 GPA can register online. Lunch will be provided.

Read more about the Latino STEM Summit.

National Academy of Inventors logo

Register to attend Innovation Symposium, NAI chapter launch

See some of the inventions by UT Arlington faculty members at the Innovation Symposium 1-4 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 30, at College Park Center.

At 4:45 p.m., the UTA chapter of the National Academy of Inventors becomes official with an induction ceremony and reception.

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

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

Who's Who nominations due today

Nominations are needed for the 2014-15 Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges.

Read about qualifications and nomination procedures. Nominations are due by 5 p.m. today, Monday, Oct. 27.

For questions, call 2-9220 or email Loretta Pequeño-Griffin at

Vote lapel button

Early voting on campus this week

UT Arlington is a polling place for early voting for the November general election. The polling site 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.

Parking spots reserved for events

Some of the parking spaces in Lot S33 north of the Maverick Activities Center will be reserved Wednesday, Oct. 29, for a special event at the MAC. 

Portions of the parking spaces in the Park Central Garage north of College Park Center will be reserved Thursday, Oct. 30, for a special event at the E.H. Hereford University Center. 

Contact Parking and Transportation Services at or 2-3907.

  Mav Pic Vistasp Karbhari and Diane Patrick

Special thanks

President Vistasp Karbhari presented a gift to Texas Rep. Diane Patrick last week for her support of education at her eighth annual Education Summit. Patrick has represented District 94, which includes UT Arlington, since 2006.

Free flu vaccinations offered

Avoid influenza season by getting the flu vaccine for free from Health Services

Bring a copy of your insurance card and employee ID card to receive the vaccination at one of these outreach clinics:

  • 5-8 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 28, Maverick Activities Center
  • 4-7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 29, Vandergriff Hall
  • 4-7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 30, Arlington Hall
  • 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Monday, Nov. 3, Palo Duro Lounge, University Center
  • 4-7 p.m. Monday, Nov. 3, Kalpana Chawla Hall 

No flu vaccines will be given at the Health Services Center.

Bring old electronics to recycling event

The Office of Sustainability hosts an electronic recycling event 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 5, near the southwest corner of Woolf Hall on the University Center mall.

Departments are responsible for bringing their items for recycling. Items with a UT Arlington sticker will not be accepted.

Bring computers/CPUs, monitors, computer peripherals, printers, fax machines, keyboards, photocopiers, televisions, VCRs, microwaves, stereos, home and office phones, cellphones, consumer electronics, printer cartridges, and rechargeable alkaline batteries.

For more information, contact Becky Valentich at or 2-0199.

Download Firefox version that works best with UT Share

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

Engaging Students Conference scheduled for Nov. 7

Nancy J. White, an expert in online learning and facilitation, leads the annual Engaging Students Conference for faculty members 1-4 p.m. Friday, Nov. 7.

This year's conference is in partnership with the LINK Lab and will be limited to 50 participants. Check your UTA email for more information in the next week.

Mav Pic Betsy Price

Price is right

Betsy Price, Fort Worth mayor and a UTA Distinguished Alumna, spoke with communication students at the sixth annual Comm Day on Wednesday.


Procedure changed for hiring officers

The procedure has changed for employing off-duty police and public safety officers to staff special events as outlined in UTA Procedure 6-6.

Students needed for UT System Regents, Coordinating Board nominations

Encourage outstanding students to apply to be student candidates to the UT System Board of Regents and to the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board and Coordinating Board Advisory Committee. These positions provide a valuable student voice to education policy decisions affecting the UT System and the state’s higher education system.

Students can apply online or at the Student Congress offices in Suite B150 of the E.H. Hereford University Center by 5 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 12.

Questions? Email

Chili weather will be here soon with Homecoming competition

Warm up to Homecoming 2014 with a tasty tradition—the Chili Cook-Off.

Chili chefs will serve up hot stuff noon-1 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 19, on the University Center mall. Register online by Friday, Nov. 14.

Call Student Affairs for details at 2-6080.

Extra Credit

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.

Wednesday, Oct. 29

Screening: '(A)Sexual' This documentary shows people who experience no sexual attraction facing a sex-obsessed culture, a mountain of stereotypes and misconceptions, and a lack of social or scientific research. Free. 6-8 p.m., sixth floor parlor, Central Library. LGBTQA Program.

Friday, Oct. 31

Time Management: Keys to Everyday Office Success Register online. Free. 9-11 a.m., J.D. Wetsel Service Center. Human Resources.

Wednesday, Nov. 5

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.

Coming up

Human Resources Training 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


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: Stars 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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