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Thursday, October 30, 2014

NAI fellows

Good fellows: National Academy of Inventors fellows include, top from left, Dr. Khosrow Behbehani, dean of the College of Engineering; Dr. Carolyn Cason, vice president for research; Dr. Nai Yuen Chen, distinguished research professor of materials science and engineering; Dr. Ronald Elsenbaumer, provost and vice president for academic affairs; below from left, Dr. Vistasp Karbhari, president of UT Arlington; Dr. George Kondraske, professor of electrical engineering; Dr. Frank Lewis, professor of electrical engineering; and Dr. Robert Magnusson, professor of electrical engineering.

National Academy of Inventors chapter launches today

Dozens of UT Arlington inventors will be inducted into the National Academy of Inventors (NAI) today, Thursday, Oct. 30, at College Park Center.

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

Established in 2010, the NAI recognizes and encourages academic innovation. UT Arlington became a charter member institution in 2012. The academy has 3,000 individual members, 244 fellows, and more than 140 chapters.

The symposium is at 1-4 p.m., and the ceremony is at 4:45 p.m. Both are free. Register online.

See the Innovation Symposium schedule and the NAI chapter launch brochure. Read more about the Innovation Symposium and UTA's NAI fellows.

James Stavridis

Dr. James Stavridis

Tickets still available for Stavridis lecture Tuesday

There's still time to get tickets to see retired Navy Adm. James Stavridis 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.

He is dean of the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University and served as head of the U.S. European Command and NATO's Supreme Allied Commander Europe for 2009-2013. His latest book, The Accidental Admiral: A Soldier Takes Command at NATO, debuted this month.

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

Social Work receives grant to develop assistive robot network

John Bricout, professor and associate dean for research and community outreach in the School of Social Work, has been awarded a National Science Foundation grant to help develop a network that will lead to improvements for people with disabilities who depend on wheelchair-mounted robotic arms. 

Dr. Bricout is the site principal investigator on a three-year, $1 million grant with the University of Central Florida. His portion of the collaborative grant is $119,663.

Researchers plan to create a learning network of wheelchair-mounted assistive robotic arms and human users to help people with spinal cord injuries.

Read more about the robotic arms network.

Dr. Theron Bowman

Dr. Theron Bowman

Bowman to speak at Goolsby Leadership Academy event

Public service and leadership are the topics for a presentation by Theron Bowman, Arlington's deputy city manager and former chief of police, for the Goolsby Leadership Academy's Distinguished Speakers Series.

The free event is 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 5, in the Bluebonnet Ballroom of the E.H. Hereford University Center.

Dr. Bowman began his law enforcement career with the Arlington Police Department, becoming police chief in 1999. He retired from that position and later became deputy city manager.  

At UTA, he earned a bachelor’s degree in biology, a Master of Public Administration degree, and a doctorate in urban and public administration. He is a graduate of the FBI National Academy, the FBI National Executive Institute, and the Senior Management Institute for Police. In 2006, he was named a UTA Distinguished Alumnus.

Bowman also is a professor in the Criminology and Criminal Justice Department in the College of Liberal Arts.

Register by Friday, Oct. 31, for a meal and door prizes.

Questions? Email for details.

  Mav Pic CAD table

Table art

When does a table get a ribbon cutting? When it's the CAD table in the Corrugated Prototype Design and CAD Production Lab, part of the Art and Art History Department. Attending Tuesday's dedication were representatives of the International Corrugated Packaging Foundation, which donated the lab's equipment; faculty and students of the Art and Art History Department; and other University officials. The lab is in Room 155 of the Fine Arts Building. Read more about the lab and how it benefits visual communication students.

Early voting on campus ends today

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. through today, Thursday, Oct. 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.

Livestream increases options for learning about large online courses

A course on “Success with Teaching Large Online Courses” is offered through livestreaming for the next Curriculum and Instruction Lecture Series.

Peggy Semingson, associate professor of curriculum and instruction, leads the session at noon-1 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 5, in Room 112 of Nedderman Hall. Access the live session. A video will be posted after the workshop.

The workshop reviews how to successfully launch and deliver instruction in large online courses. Examples of successful practices and examples of documents and templates will be provided.

For more information, contact Dr. Semingson at or 2-7568.

Walter Echo-Hawk

Walter Echo-Hawk

Native American rights focus of attorney's lectures Nov. 4-5

The attorney instrumental in the passage of the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (1990) and the American Indian Religious Freedom Act Amendments (1994) will speak on campus in November.

For 35 years, Walter Echo-Hawk (Pawnee) served as staff attorney for the Native American Rights Fund. His latest books are In the Courts of the Conqueror: The 10 Worst Indian Law Cases Ever Decided and In the Light of Justice.

Echo-Hawk will speak at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 4, in Room 108 of University Hall. A reception and book signing follow. He also will speak at noon Wednesday, Nov. 5, in Room 100 of College Hall.

The lectures are part of A Festival of Ideas Global Research Institute and are sponsored by the College of Liberal Arts Dean's Office, the Pre-Law Center, the Native American Student Association, the Honors College, and the English Department.

For more details, go to

Info session Wednesday for mediation certificate program

An information session about the Mediation and Dispute Resolution Certificate program is set for 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 5, in Room E200F of the Continuing Education and Workforce Development Building.

The study and use of alternative dispute resolution processes has increased in the past two decades. Courts, business owners, employers, HOAs, realtors, universities, and government agencies are using mediation to help improve working relationships, cut legal costs, and increase productivity. 

Register online.

Mav Pic Parent and Family Weekend

Pumpkins for parents

Pumpkin painting was one of numerous activities during Parent and Family Weekend. See more photos from the annual event.


Science Week includes audience participation

The College of Science brings information and entertainment together for Science Week, Monday-Friday, Nov. 3-7. Events include lectures, presentations, research workshops, and a photo contest.  

Audience participation, questions, and feedback are part of two Open Mic Science events. Graduate and undergraduate students present their research projects using nothing but a white board. The educational fun is set for 4:30-5:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 3, on the far west side of the atrium in the Chemistry and Physics Building lobby and noon-1 p.m., Friday, Nov. 7, in the Palo Duro Lounge of the E.H. Hereford University Center

Physician, entrepreneur, and alumnus Jivesh J. Sharma and Julian Hurdle, assistant professor of biology, discuss scientific innovations in the medical field from different perspectives at 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 5, in the Rosebud Theatre of the E.H. Hereford University Center.

Biology Assistant Professor John “Trey” Fondon discusses genetically modified organisms at noon-2 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 6, on the sixth floor parlor of the Central Library. Meant for a broad audience for all education levels and disciplines, the event includes lunch.

See the Science Week schedule for more events.

  Mav Pic Clothesline project 2014

Hanging out

Catherine Ertel, social work graduate student, hangs another item for the Clothesline Project outside of the E.H. Hereford University Center. The Clothesline Project raises awareness about relationship violence and sexual assault. The shirts were decorated by survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault as a testimony to hope and healing. The exhibit is on display through Friday, Oct. 31, and is sponsored by the Relationship Violence and Sexual Assault Prevention program, where Ertel is a graduate intern.

Parking spots reserved for events

Portions of 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.

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:

  • 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.


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.

Extra Credit

Friday, Oct. 31

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

Materials Science and Engineering Speakers Series Haiying Huang, professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering, discusses "Study of Surface Roughness Evolution During Low-cycle Fatigue of 316L Stainless Steel Using Scanning Whitelight Interferometric Microscopy." Free. 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Room 229, Nedderman Hall. Materials Science and Engineering.

Monday, Nov. 3

Migrant Children and the Immigration Crisis at the U.S.-Mexico Border A panel discussion on Central American children coming to Texas by academics, lawyers, and activists. Free. 2-3:30 p.m., Room 011, University Hall. Center for Mexican American Studies.

Tuesday, Nov. 4

OUT2Lunch Series "LGBTQA and Politics in Perspective." Lunch included. RSVP to Free. Noon-1 p.m., San Saba Room, E.H. Hereford University Center. LGBTQA Program

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., Room 100, Nedderman Hall. Arlington Technology Association.

Food for Thought: Cardiovascular Fitness to Maximize Fat Loss Stephen Newhart, lecturer in kinesiology and a fitness professional, explains how interval training can help maximize cardiovascular training. Free. Noon-1 p.m., Room 101B, Maverick Activities Center. Campus Recreation.

CAAS Power Hour Lecture Jamie Grant, president of JDG Wealth Management Group and chairman of Fort Worth Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce, will discuss how to go from employee to entrepreneur. Light refreshments. Free. Noon-1 p.m., Rio Grande Ballroom, E.H. Hereford University Center. Center for African American Studies.

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.

EMBA Info Session Experience a class session with current EMBA students and network with the class members, faculty, and EMBA alumni. Register online. Free. 5 p.m. Friday, Nov. 14, The Fort Worth Club, 306 W. 7th St., Fort Worth. Fort Worth Center.

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

Sports Notes
  Maverick Madness 2014

Madness move: Senior forward Greg Gainey displayed his dunking style at Maverick Madness on Tuesday at College Park Center. Fans got to meet the men's and women's teams and wheelchair teams as well as the coaches, spirit squads, and Blaze. See more photos.

Cross country teams in poll's top 10

The men’s cross country team rose two spots to fifth and the women’s team remained at ninth in the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association Regional Team Rankings for the South Central Regional.

The defending league men’s champion team and the women’s team are the highest rated teams in the Sun Belt.

The Sun Belt Conference Championships are Sunday, Nov. 2, in Mobile, Ala. The NCAA South Central Regional is Friday, Nov. 14, in Fayetteville, Ark.

Volleyball Mavs 20-5 for season

The volleyball team picked up its 10th straight home win Friday at College Park Center and the program’s first 20-win season since 2006 on the road Sunday.

The Mavericks took down Georgia Southern in four sets on their home court Friday. The team tallied a three-set sweep at Louisiana-Monroe on Sunday. The Mavs are 20-5 for the season with a 10-3 record in Sun Belt Conference play.

The team travels to Atlanta to take on Georgia State at 5 p.m. Friday, Oct. 31.

Movin' Mavs host tourney this weekend

The Movin’ Mavs program hosts a wheelchair basketball tournament Friday-Saturday, Oct. 31-Nov. 1.

On Friday, the Movin’ Mavs and Lady Movin’ Mavs play the University of Alabama at College Park Center. Tip-off for the women’s teams is 1 and 5 p.m., while the men’s teams play at 3 and 7 p.m.

Saturday’s games are at the Physical Education Building and the Maverick Activities Center.

Other competitors include wheelchair teams from Austin, Dallas, Oklahoma City, and the Dallas Mavericks and Lady Mavericks.

Sports shorts

  • The men's golf team's sophomore Zach Galliford tied for ninth at the 2014 Royal Oaks Intercollegiate in Dallas. The Mavericks finished eighth. The team competes at the Barona Collegiate Cup in San Diego starting Feb. 9, 2015.
  • On the men's basketball team, senior guards Lonnie McClanahan and Jamel Outler earned All-Sun Belt honors, while the Mavericks were picked to finish fourth in the conference in the men's preseason poll. McClanahan was named to the preseason first team, and Outler was picked as a third teamer. The Mavs' season begins Nov. 14 against Bradley in Peoria, Ill.
  • The women's basketball team was picked ninth in the Sun Belt Conference Preseason Poll. The team’s season begins Nov. 14 against Missouri Valley College at College Park Center.
  • The women's tennis team competes in the Wild West Shootout in Denton on Friday-Sunday, Oct. 31-Nov. 2. The men are in the Florida Gulf Coast Invitational on Friday-Sunday, Oct. 31-Nov. 2.
  • The Athletics Department and the Follett Higher Education Group have partnered to launch the Mavericks' official online store.
  • Women's wheelchair basketball players Morgan Wood, Josie Aslakson, and Rose Hollermann have been invited to the Team USA Women’s Paralympic Camp in Birmingham, Ala. The camp is part of a selection process for the 2016 Paralympic Games.

Intramural entries due for badminton

Upcoming entry deadlines for intramural sports include badminton, Sunday, Nov. 2; and poker, Monday, Nov. 17.     

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. 30

Faculty Piano Recital Young-Hyun Cho, associate professor of piano, performs Beethoven and Bach. Free. 7:30 p.m., Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. Music.


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 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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