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For Faculty and Staff of The University of Texas at Arlington

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Dr. Duane Dimos

Dr. Duane Dimos

Dimos named vice president for research

UT Arlington has appointment of Duane B. Dimos of Sandia National Laboratories in Albuquerque, N.M., as vice president for research.

Dr. Dimos officially joins UT Arlington on April 1. He succeeds Carolyn Cason, a professor and former associate dean of nursing, who was named interim vice president for research in fall 2011 and has held the position permanently since fall 2012. 

During his 25 years at Sandia, Dimos has served in a wide variety of leadership and management positions, including as acting vice president of the science and technology division.

Sandia is the nation's premier science and engineering laboratory for national security and technology innovation. The company is a contractor for the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration.

“We are thrilled to welcome Duane Dimos to UT Arlington," President Vistasp Karbhari says. "We know that his international reputation as a scientist, his lifelong commitment to research and innovation and success in cultivating partnerships among government, industry and educational institutions will inject our research endeavors with added momentum.”

Read more about Dimos' appointment.


Keep posted on campus weather closings

The University closely monitors severe weather forecasts and will notify all faculty, staff, and students should local conditions affect the status of the University, including classes, programs, events, and activities.

There are numerous ways to access official information about the status of the University. All announcements will be communicated via University email in MavWire EXTRA (faculty and staff) and TrailBlazer EXTRA (students).

Additionally, notices will be posted on the University's home page, recorded information will be available on the University's Emergency Information Hotline at 1-866-258-4913, and announcements will be sent to local media outlets. Information also will be available on the University’s Twitter and Facebook pages.

Travel reimbursement raise increases

The standard mileage reimbursement rate for travel after Jan. 1, 2015, has increased to 57.5 cents per mile, up from 56. The rate of reimbursement is affected by the travel date, not the reimbursement date.

For assistance with mileage reimbursement or any other travel-related questions, call Travel Services at 2-2194.


Events to celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day

UT Arlington will pay tribute this month to Martin Luther King Jr. and celebrate those who have shared the late civil rights leader’s dream of equality and justice.

The annual Advancing the Dream Awards Banquet begins at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 16, in the Bluebonnet Ballroom of the E.H. Hereford University Center. The banquet honors recipients of the first MLK Living Legend Awards and presents scholarships. Banquet tickets are $45 at

An Evening of Spoken Word Poetry Slam is set for 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 17, in the Bluebonnet Ballroom. Admission is $15 at The winner receives $1,000.

"Make it a Day On, Not A Day Off" is the theme for the annual MLK day of service Monday, Jan. 19. Gather at 9 a.m. at the Maverick Activities Center for breakfast and assignments. The first 150 volunteers will receive T-shirts. For details, call 817-472-7963.

See more MLK Day events at

Sign up for a table at Activity Fair Day

University departments, programs, and student organizations are encouraged to host an information table at the spring Activity Fair Day on Wednesday, Jan. 28, in the E.H. Hereford University Center. Register online.

Social planned for first Men and Masculinities Week

Male-identifying faculty, staff, and students are invited to participate in the inaugural Men and Masculinities Week, hosted by Multicultural Affairs. The social networking event is 12:30-2 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 29, in the Carlisle Suite of the E.H. Hereford University Center.

RSVP by 5 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 22, to

Recruit for your program at transfer New Maverick Orientation

University departments and registered student organizations can tell transfer students about their programs at Involvement Fairs. Upcoming sessions are Monday, Jan. 12, and Wednesday, Jan. 14Learn more and register online.

Extra Credit

Saturday, Jan. 10

2014-15 Health Insurance Marketplace Enrollment Information sessions and enrollment assistance for the 2014-15 Affordable Care Act Insurance Marketplace. Deadline to enroll is Feb. 15. Patient navigators who speak English, Spanish, and Vietnamese available. Co-sponsors are the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid and the United Way of Tarrant County. Free. 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Maverick Activities Center. Nursing and Health InnovationRural Health Outreach Program.

Tuesday, Jan. 13

Effective Delegation Register online. 9-11 a.m., Room 200, J.D. Wetsel Service Center. Human Resources.

Thursday, Jan. 15

Faculty Peer Observation of Teaching Info Sessions Information sessions for faculty and academic administrators. 2-3:30 p.m., Room 601, Nedderman Hall. Also, 10-11:30 a.m. Friday, Jan. 16, Room 601, Nedderman Hall. Center for Teaching and Learning ExcellenceFaculty Affairs.

Wednesday, Jan. 21

Managing Projects and Making Decisions Register online. 9-11 a.m., Room 200, J.D. Wetsel Service Center. Human Resources.

Tuesday, Jan. 27

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Writing/Designing NSF Proposals Workshop A one-day comprehensive workshop on how to submit winning research proposals to the National Science Foundation with interactive exercises, writing examples, lectures, and discussions. Space limited. Register online. $375. Houston Marriott Medical Center, Houston. Details, call 866-704-7268.

Dealing with Difficult Employees and People Register online. 9-11 a.m., Room 200, J.D. Wetsel Service Center. Human Resources.

Friday, Jan. 30

Motivating Your Employees Register online. 10 a.m.-noon, Room 200, J.D. Wetsel Service Center. Human Resources.

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

Going Out
  UTA Presents

Jessie J tickets available now

jessie j

Tickets are available to see singer and songwriter Jessie J at the Spring Concert, set for at 8 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 10, at Texas Hall.

The artist is recognized for an unconventional musical and performance style, mixing soul vocals with contemporary R&B, pop, electropop, and hip-hop beats. Her hits include Price TagDominoWho You AreNobody's Perfect, and her latest release, Bang Bang.

For tickets, visit

Thursday, Jan. 8

Women's Basketball Mavericks vs. Louisiana-Monroe. Tickets $7. 5 p.m., College Park Center. Also, vs. Arkansas State, 5 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 10,  and vs. Texas State, 5 p.m. Monday, Jan. 19 Athletics.

Men's Basketball Mavericks vs. Louisiana-Monroe. Tickets $7. 7:15 p.m., College Park Center. Also, vs. Arkansas State, 7:15 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 10,  and vs. Texas State, 7:15 p.m. Monday, Jan. 19 Athletics.

Friday, Jan. 9

Blood Drive 1-4 p.m., Center for Innovation, 202 E. Border St. TMACCarter Blood Care.

Friends of the Library Tour the Fabrication Laboratory—FabLab—with cutting-edge technology for research in digital and data visualization, including nine 3-D printers, laser cutter, vinyl cutter, 3-D scanners, and digital media software and hardware. Free. 7:30 p.m., first floor, Central Library. Friends of the Library.

Coming up

Music Concerts and Recitals Free. Faculty Flute Recital with Terry Sanchez, Friday, Jan. 16; Tessitura Trio, 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 17; Guest Flute Recital with Christina Jennings, 5 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 17; Faculty Bass Recital with Jack Unzicker, Thursday, Jan. 22; and Guest Violin Recital with Alessandra Jennings Flanagan, Monday, Jan. 26. Unless indicated, all are 7:30 p.m., Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. Music.


Special Collections: The Price of Manifest Destiny Discover how maps and war interlocked in the 19th century. Hours 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Mondays, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays, sixth floor, Central Library. Through Feb. 7UT Arlington Libraries Special Collections.

Visual Resource Commons and Gallery The African Art Collection is a multi-dimensional collection of 11th- to 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 spring schedule features Black Holes, Dynamic Earth, Pink Floyd, Secret of the Cardboard Rocket, and Spacepark 360: InfinityPlanetarium.

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


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