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Monday, February 16, 2015

Dr. Manfred Huber

Dr. Manfred Huber

Software system to reserve vehicles, send reminders to vets

Manfred Huber, associate professor of computer science and engineering, is designing a reservation/reminder software system as part of a project that eventually will transport veterans on military bases to doctors' appointments using driverless cars.

Dr. Huber is principal investigator on the $100,000 project with Robotic Research LLC, which is leading the driverless vehicle initiative.

The Autonomous Robotics for Installation and Base Operations (ARIBO) project prototype eventually will be installed at Fort Bragg in North Carolina.

“We’re designing the system to be accessible through an android cellphone app or kiosk at a stop along the route,” Huber says. “This system will help veterans who might be suffering from traumatic brain injury or post-traumatic stress disorder. It will hopefully get the veterans where they need to be when they need to be there."

Read more about the ARIBO project.

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Michio Kaku discusses 'Physics of the Future' for Maverick Speakers Series

Theoretical physicist Michio Kaku presents his thoughts on "Physics of the Future" for the Maverick Speakers Series event at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 19, in Texas Hall. An autograph signing will follow the lecture.

Additional standby tickets will be available at the box office beginning at 6:30 p.m. Thursday. Standby ticket holders will be seated, space permitting, 10 minutes before the show starts. Accommodation is anticipated but not guaranteed.

Dr. Kaku is one of the most widely renowned contemporary figures in science. His particular area of specialty is Einstein’s unified field theory, which Kaku is attempting to complete. He is also known for his work in predicting trends that affect business, commerce, and finance.

Instructors needed for fall First-Year Experience course

Help new students transition to college life as an instructor for MAVS 1000, the First-Year Experience course, for the fall semester.

Learn more at informational sessions at 1 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 18, and 10 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 19. Both are in Room B170F of the E.H. Hereford University Center.

Applications are due by Friday, March 6. For more information, visit the FYE website. Send questions to

  Mav Pic volunteer fair

Sharing service

Kiriakis Newman, left, business senior, tells Phuong Anh, electrical engineering sophomore, about The Big Event community service day at Wednesday's Volunteer Fair. UTA Volunteers hosted the event to share volunteer opportunities with the campus community.

CAAS conference looks at race, social justice; Bernice King to speak

Progressive solutions to social problems and strategies that will drive social change are the focus of the Center for African American Studies' third annual conference Friday-Saturday, Feb. 20-21, at the E.H. Hereford University Center.

"Critical Issues in the Black Community: Race and Social Justice" will feature actor and activist David Banner, who hosts an open mic night on Friday.

Saturday includes a community research panel discussion and filmmaker Darius Clark Monroe screening his documentary Evolution of a Criminal, which explores how he became a teenage bank robber.

The Rev. Bernice King, minister, attorney, and daughter of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., will give the closing keynote speech Saturday.

Register by Wednesday, Feb. 18, at

Advising conference set for Tuesday

David Spight, assistant dean for academic advising and career counseling at UT Austin, is the featured speaker for the UT Arlington Advising Association's 18th annual advising conference, "Academic Marvels: Unleashing Your Advising Super Powers."

The conference is Tuesday, Feb. 17, at the E.H. Hereford University Center. See the schedule.

Deadlines this week for student awards

Nominate your outstanding student employee by 5 p.m. today Monday, Feb. 16. For questions, contact the Career Development Center at 2-2932.

Nominate an outstanding student leader by Tuesday, Feb. 17. Read about the awards criteria. For questions, email Kerri Ressl at

Benefits Fair seeks departments, programs for March 11 event

Share your department's or program's benefits at the 10th annual Celebrating Maverick Spirit Benefits Fair on Wednesday, March 11. The event is 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. in the Bluebonnet Ballroom of the E.H. Hereford University Center.

University departments and programs are encouraged to participate. Register online by Wednesday, March 4.

Bring your UTA ID and learn about benefits while enjoying door prizes and free food. The first 300 will receive a spirit item.

The Staff Advisory Council sponsors the fair.

Extra Credit

Monday, Feb. 16

Faculty Peer Review Training Become a certified peer reviewer. Register online. 1-5 p.m., Room 115, Central Library. Also, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Friday, Feb. 20; 1-5 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 25; 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 28; 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Wednesday, March 4; 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Friday, March 20; 1-5 p.m. Friday, March 27; 1-5 p.m. Monday, April 6Center for Teaching and Learning Excellence.

Tuesday, Feb. 17

Managing Across Generations Register online. 9-11 a.m., Room 202, J.D. Wetsel Service Center. Human Resources.

Wednesday, Feb. 18

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LINK Research Lab Speakers Series Matt Crosslin of the Center for Distance Education presents “Planning for a Successful MOOC.” Free. Noon-1 p.m., Room 246, Nedderman Hall. LINK Research Lab.

Faculty Research Incubator Seminar Series Zhiyong Yang, right, associate professor of marketing, discusses his latest research. Free. 2-3:30 p.m., Room 609, Business Building. Business.

Thursday, Feb. 19

Qualitative Research Brown Bag Noon-1 p.m., Room 415, Central Library. Register online to present on any facet of qualitative methodologies. Qualitative Research Networking.

MARK Training: QPR for Suicide Prevention Maverick Advisers Reaching for Knowledge (MARK) program is for academic advisers. Register online. 2-4 p.m., Room 104, Preston Hall. University Advising Center.

CMAS Speaker Series Arturo Arias, the Tomas Rivera Regents Professor in Latin American Literature at UT Austin, presents "Central American-Americans in the Second Decade of the 21st Century." Free. 5:30 p.m., location TBA. Center for Mexican American Studies

Friday, Feb. 20

Dealing Effectively with Conflict and Confrontation Register online. 10 a.m.-noon, Room 202, J.D. Wetsel Service Center. Human Resources.

Tuesday, Feb. 24

MARK Training: Adviser Toolbox Maverick Advisers Reaching for Knowledge (MARK) program. Register online. 2-4 p.m., Room 104, Preston Hall. University Advising Center.

FabLab: 3-D Printer Register online. 5-7 p.m.. UTA FabLab, first floor, Central Library. UT Arlington Libraries.

Wednesday, Feb. 25

Safe Zone Ally Training Learn to create a visible network of support for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, questioning individuals, and their allies. Register online. 1-3 p.m., Neches/Pedernales Rooms, E.H. Hereford University Center. Also, 9 a.m.-noon Tuesday, March 31, Concho Room, University Center; 1-4 p.m. Thursday, April 16, Neches Room, University Center. LGBTQA Program.

Thursday, Feb. 26

Professional Telephone Techniques Register online. 9-11 a.m., Room 202, J.D. Wetsel Service Center. Human Resources.

MARK Training: Tier Two: Adviser Self-Awareness Maverick Advisers Reaching for Knowledge (MARK) program. Register online. 2-4 p.m., Room 104, Preston Hall. University Advising Center.

Coming up

MARK Adviser Training Maverick Advisers Reaching for Knowledge (MARK) program. Register online. Adviser Strengths Part 1, 2-4 p.m. Monday, March 2; Adviser Strengths Part 2, 2:30-4:30 p.m. Thursday, March 5; Pathways to Persistence, 2-4 p.m. Tuesday, March 10. Room 104, Preston Hall. University Advising Center.

FabLab Workshops Register online. Arduino, Saturday, Feb. 28; and Oculus Rift, Monday, March 2. All are 5-7 p.m.. UTA FabLab, first floor, Central Library. UT Arlington Libraries.

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

Going Out
  UTA Presents

Game Night, chess tournament this week

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Video and board games are sure to cure your boredom next week.

UTA Libraries hosts Game Night on the third Thursday of February, March, and April. The fun is 6-9 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 19, in the basement of the Central Library. Video and board games are available, but you can bring your own to share.

Test your strategy at the UTA Chess Tournament starting at 4:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 20, in the Nedderman Hall atrium. A $3 entry fee puts you in the competition for cash prizes and the champion award. To register or join the Maverick Chess Club, email or

Monday, Feb. 16

Voice Division Recital Voice students perform. Noon, Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. Music.

Tuesday, Feb. 17

Art as a Weapon for Social Change Award-winning filmmaker Ya’Ke Smith, assistant professor of film and video, utilizes clips from his nationally acclaimed films to lead a discussion on bringing social justice issues to light and actively processing the emotions that come with them. Free. 7 p.m. Lone Star Auditorium, Maverick Activities Center. Multicultural Affairs, Black History Month.

Clavier Piano Recital Clavier Piano Recital, 7:30 p.m., Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. Music.

Thursday, Feb. 19

Women's Basketball Mavericks vs. Appalachian State. Tickets $7-$50; $3 students. 5 p.m., College Park Center. Also vs. Louisiana-Lafayette, 5 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 21. Athletics.

Men's Basketball Mavericks vs. Appalachian State. Tickets $7-$50; $3 students. 7:15 p.m., College Park Center. Also vs. Louisiana-Lafayette, 7:15 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 21Athletics.

Friday, Feb. 20

Baseball UTA Hilton Invitational. Tickets $5-7; $3 students. Mavericks vs. Southeastern Louisiana, 3 p.m., Clay Gould Ballpark. Also, vs. Michigan State, 3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 21; vs. Houston Baptist, 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 22Athletics.

Softball UT Arlington Invitational. Tickets $5-7; $3 students. Mavericks vs. Prairie View A&M, 11:30 a.m. and vs. Texas Tech, 7 p.m., Allan Saxe Field. Also, vs. Missouri-KC, 10 a.m. and vs. DePaul, 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 21; vs. Missouri-KC, 10 a.m. and vs. Prairie View A&M, noon Sunday, Feb. 22Athletics.

Monday, Feb. 23

'Our Story' Exhibit See the achievements of African-Americans through history. Free. 8 a.m.-8 p.m., University Center Gallery, E.H. Hereford University Center. Through Friday, Feb. 27Multicultural AffairsBlack History Month.

Coming up

'Into the Woods' Everyone’s favorite storybook characters are brought together in this award-winning musical where fantasy worlds collide. Tickets $9 faculty, staff, students, seniors; $12 general public. 8 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday, Feb. 25-28; 2:30 p.m. Sunday, March 1; Mainstage Theatre, Fine Arts Building. Theatre Arts.

Jazz Night Jai Malano, jazz artist and UTA alumnus, performs. Enjoy live music, mocktails, a photo booth, poker, blackjack tables. Free. 6-9 p.m. Friday, Feb. 27, Carlisle Suite, E.H. Hereford University. Multicultural AffairsBlack History Month.

Dr. Seuss' Birthday Celebration Celebrate the beloved children's author, Dr. Seuss, on his birthday. Children can read with UTA students and enjoy Dr. Seuss-themed arts and crafts, face painting, puppet shows, and photo opportunities. Free children's books are available while supplies last. Free. 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 28, Palo Duro Lounge, E.H. Hereford University Center. UTA VolunteersFreshmen Leaders on CampusArlington Public Library.


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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