MavWire 2015 Archive » MavWire — Thursday, June 25, 2015


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Thursday, June 25, 2015

UT Regents awards

Regents' choice: UT Arlington faculty members honored with the UT System Regents Outstanding Teaching Awards are, from left at top, Dr. Shih-Ho “Simon” Chao, Dr. Raymond Elliott, Deborah Hughes; at bottom, Dr. Judy LeFlore, Dr. Sanjiv Sabherwal, and Dr. Jeffrey Witzel.

Six faculty members honored with UT System Regents Outstanding Teaching Awards

Six UTA faculty members are among University of Texas System educators honored with 2015 Regents Outstanding Teaching Awards for excellence in the classroom. The UT System professors will share $1.9 million in awards and will be honored during a special ceremony in August by the Board of Regents.

The UT Arlington honorees are:

  • Shih-Ho “Simon” Chao, associate professor, Department of Civil Engineering, College of Engineering
  • Raymond Elliott, associate professor, Department of Modern Languages, College of Liberal Arts
  • Deborah Hughes, clinical instructor, College of Nursing and Health Innovation
  • Judy LeFlore, professor and associate dean for simulation and technology, College of Nursing and Health Innovation
  • Sanjiv Sabherwal, associate professor, Department of Finance and Real Estate, College of Business
  • Jeffrey Witzel, assistant professor, Department of Linguistics and TESOL, College of Liberal Arts

Read more about the Regents Outstanding Teaching Awards.

Dr. Mark Haykowsky

Dr. Mark Haykowsky

Rehabilitation medicine expert named Moritz Chair of Geriatric Nursing Research

The College of Nursing and Health Innovation has appointed Mark Haykowsky as the Moritz Chair of Geriatric Nursing Research. He joins UT Arlington on Aug. 1.

Dr. Haykowsky is a nurse and an internationally renowned researcher in exercise physiology and rehabilitation medicine at the University of Alberta, Canada. He is a professor of physical therapy in Alberta’s Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine, one of the world’s preeminent rehabilitation medicine programs, and an adjunct professor in the university’s Faculty of Medicine in the Division of Cardiology. He also is the exercise physiology team lead for Alberta Heart and the Multidisciplinary Team Intervention in Cardio-oncology.

The endowed chair was established through a gift from the Moritz family, founders of Moritz Dealerships in automotive sales. The 2011 gift was made in honor of the college’s achievements and will enable the University to advance research in the field of elder care.

Read more about  appointment.

Dr. Pranesh Aswath

Dr. Pranesh Aswath

Materials science researcher honored as fellow by ASM International

Pranesh Aswath, associate dean for graduate studies in the College of Engineering and professor in the Materials Science and Engineering Department, has been named a fellow of ASM International, the world's largest association of metals-centric materials scientists and engineers.

He will receive his award at the Materials Science & Technology conference in Columbus, Ohio, in October.

Dr. Aswath was recognized “for significant contributions in the synthesis, processing, phase equilibria, defect structure, and characterization of functional ceramic films for electrical, magnetic, optical, and energy applications.” His work now focuses on biological applications for ceramics in orthopedic regeneration.

Read more about Aswath's honor.

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UT Share website updated

The UT Share website has been updated with information on the latest system enhancements and upcoming activities.

Learn about the retro redistribution process, salary encumbrances, job summary access, and more.

Read about the latest system enhancements in the Announcements section. Keep up to date on team activities, upcoming features, and work in progress. Find out about training opportunities and register for classes.

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Cool move

Yahoo! Labs delivered 480 computer servers in its signature purple truck Wednesday. Mechanical engineering Professor Dereje Agonafer will use the computers in the Electronics, MEMS, and Nanoelectronics Systems Packaging Center, which focuses on how to effectively cool data centers. The research is part of an Industry/University Cooperative Research Center in Energy-Efficient Electronic Systems whose members include UT Arlington, Binghamton University, Villanova University, and Georgia Institute of Technology. On hand were, from left, Larry Ocana of Yahoo!; Khosrow Behbehani, dean of the College of Engineering; Chris Stringer of Yahoo!; Dr. Agonafer; Don McGillen, head of Academic Relations for Yahoo! Labs; Donald Sanchez of Yahoo!; and Erian Armanios, chair of the Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Department.

Summer faculty development series begins July 8

UT Arlington Libraries and the Division of Faculty Affairs will host a series of workshops to assist faculty with grants, publishing, impact analysis, and curriculum building. Workshops will be at 2 p.m. Wednesdays in July in Room 315A of the Central Library.

Programs are "Tools of the Trade," July 8; "Course Texts: Build It, Borrow It, OER," July 15; "Author's Rights," July 22; and "Copyright and Blackboard," July 29.

For more information, contact Gretchen Trkay at

Summer reading suggested by Liberal Arts faculty, staff

Need some suggestions for your summer reading? An informal poll of College of Liberal Arts faculty and staff resulted in several fiction and nonfiction selections.

See the summer reading list with titles favored by faculty members Stacy Alaimo and Bruce Krajewski of English; Elisabeth Cawthon and Marvin Dulaney of history; Chris Conway of modern languages; Rebecca Deen, Brent Sasley, and Allan Saxe of political science; Laurel Stvan of linguistics and TESOL; and COLA staff members James Dunning and Ami Keller.

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Maverick style

The UT Arlington Marching Band will have a fresh look this fall after 13 years. The new uniforms feature navy pants and white jackets with orange accents and the UTA logo prominently displayed. “These new uniforms look like UTA,” says John Zastoupil, marching band director. “When we go to shows in the fall, it will be obvious we are from UTA. It’s a recruiting tool and it’s important the branding piece is in place.” The uniforms will debut Oct. 6 during Dean Corey Night, an Arlington ISD event at Maverick Stadium. Read more about the UTA Marching Band, the new uniforms, and fall performances.


Digital audio studio planned for fall

Amigos Library Services has awarded UT Arlington Libraries $6,000 to create a digital audio studio opening this fall.

The Digital Audio Experience Studio will provide performing arts technologies for recording and mixing music and audio to all students, regardless of major or classification. 

Proposed equipment includes musical keyboards, microphones, vocal headphone microphones, and computers.

Emergency generator test Friday

Facilities Management will test the emergency electrical generators 1-2:30 p.m. Friday, June 26.

Buildings involved are the Amphibian and Reptile Diversity Research Center, Fine Arts Building, Hammond Hall, Maverick Activities Center, Nanofab Building, E.H. Hereford University Center, and the University Police Building.

The test will only affect the electrical services tied to each building’s generator, not the entire building. There will be a slight “blip” lasting a half-second as the electrical service transfers to the generator and another as it is transferred back to the normal building service. Keep computer work in progress saved during this time to prevent any possible data loss.

Questions? Call Toby Buhrkuhl at 972-832-1490 or Jeff Johnson at 817-798-8456.

MAX service renewed by city

The city of Arlington has renewed the contract for the Metro Arlington Xpress (The MAX) bus service for one year.

The MAX offers bus service 5:30 a.m.-11:30 p.m. Monday-Friday from three stops in Arlington to the CentrePoint Station of the Trinity Railway Express. The bus stop by UTA is at Center and Border streets by the College Park Center garages. Tickets are $5 per day with discounts for UTA students.

Service is provided by the Fort Worth Transportation Authority and the Dallas Area Rapid Transit.

Read more about The MAX at

Extra Credit

Thursday, June 25

Advanced Supervisory Skills Register online. 9-11:30 a.m., Room 200, J.D. Wetsel Service Center. Human Resources.

Friday, June 26

UTARI Seminar Ann Majewicz of UT Southwestern Medical Center discusses “Designing Human-in-the-Loop Systems for Surgical Training and Intervention.” Free. Noon, UTARI, 7300 Jack Newell Blvd. S., Fort Worth. UT Arlington Research Institute.

Wednesday, July 1

Arlington Technology Association Shih-Ho "Simon" Chao, civil engineering associate professor, provides a brief history of concrete, describes factors contributing to its strengths and weaknesses, and reviews recent developments in improved concrete composites. Light breakfast provided. RSVP. Free. 7-8 a.m., Room 100, Nedderman Hall. Arlington Technology Association.

Coming up

Human Resources Training Register online. Dealing with Difficult Employees and People, 9-11 a.m. Wednesday, July 8; Writing Effective Email, 9-11 a.m. Thursday, July 16; Dealing Effectively with Conflict and Confrontation, 9-11 a.m. Thursday, July 23; and Coaching Skills for Supervisors, 9-11 a.m. Tuesday, July 28. All in Room 200, J.D. Wetsel Service Center. Human Resources.

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

Sports Notes

Deane wins E-Z-Go Eastern Championship

Golf coach Stuart Deane captured the E-Z-Go Eastern Championship last week at the Dallas Athletic Club.

Deane fired a 2-under-par 70 in the second round to solidify his victory, stringing together four consecutive birdies on the back nine. He finished 8-under in the two-round event.

Cole promoted to associate head coach

Women’s basketball head coach Krista Gerlich has promoted Kristin Cole to associate head coach.

Cole has been with the Mavericks for two seasons and helped in the team’s resurgence. UTA won 17 games in the 2014-15 campaign for the largest increase in program history and the best turnaround in NCAA Division I last season.

Mavericks draw Baylor in Preseason WNIT

The women’s basketball team will tip off its 2015-16 season against two-time NCAA national champion Baylor in the first round of the Preseason WNIT.

In matchups announced last week, the Mavericks and Bears will play Friday, Nov. 13, in Waco. Baylor leads the all-time series 17-3 with UTA’s last win coming in 1988.

Movin' Mavs win titles in wheelchair tennis, second in U.S. Paralympics 100m

Movin' Mavs athletes recorded wins this past weekend at two competitions.

Ricardo Lucien won the B singles title at the Air Capital Wheelchair Tennis invitational in Wichita, Kan. In the C division, Austan Pierce and John Watson claimed the doubles title while Watson took home second place in singles.

Daniel Velasquez brought home a silver medal in the 100-meter mixed class division at the U.S. Paralympic National Championships in Minneapolis, Minn.

Summer intramural sports available

The deadlines for individual sports are billiards, June 25; badminton, July 14; poker, July 23; and MavStrong competition, Aug. 6.

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

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Going Out

Thursday, June 25

Free Outdoor Movie: 'Jurassic Park' Bring a chair or a blanket, a picnic, and friends for outdoor movies each Thursday. Free popcorn. Upcoming movies are Furious Seven (2015), July 9; and The Breakfast Club (1985), July 16. Free. 9 p.m., lawn behind the Maverick Activities Center. EXCEL Campus Activities.

Discount Rangers Tickets Texas Rangers vs. Oakland Athletics. Visit, click on University of Texas at Arlington, and use the password GOMAVS to get your discounted tickets. Various times, Globe Life Park. Upcoming games are Los Angeles Angels, July 3-5; Arizona Diamondbacks, July 7-8; San Diego Padres, July 10-12; and New York Yankees, July 27-30.


Special Collections: !Viva Mexico! A Comic Book History of Mexico A rare look inside the rise of comic books in 20th century Mexico, their literary, cultural, and entertainment value, and influence by the Mexican government. Hours 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Mondays, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays, sixth floor, Central Library. Through Aug. 8UT Arlington Libraries Special Collections.

Juneteenth in Texas: 150 Years of Freedom More than 60 photographs explore issues of Texas African-Americans from Emancipation to the Civil Rights era. Hours 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Through Aug. 9. Sixth floor, Central Library. Center for Greater Southwestern Studies.

Planetarium The summer schedule includes Texas Stargazing; Stars of the Pharaohs; One World, One Sky; Cosmic Color; Dynamic Earth; Pink Floyd; Secret of the Cardboard Rocket; and Spacepark 360: Infinity. Planetarium.

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


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