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Monday, August 31, 2015

Maveric Speakers Series 2015-16

Mia Farrow, Daymond John open 2015-16 UTA Maverick Speakers Series

Award-winning actress and humanitarian Mia Farrow opens UT Arlington’s 2015-16 Maverick Speakers Series on Oct. 8 for a season that also includes entrepreneur and investor Daymond John, political leaders, and a famed animal behavior researcher.

Former Congressman and leading Libertarian Ron Paul, political strategist and commentator Donna Brazile, and primatologist Jane Goodall complete the lineup. Now in its eighth season, the Maverick Speaker Series features diverse voices leading thought-provoking conversations for the University community.

A season ticket package of two tickets to each of the five Maverick Speaker Series events is $250. The deadline to purchase season tickets at is Wednesday, Sept. 30. VIP and preferred packages also are available.

All lectures are free, but tickets are required. Reserve free general admission ticket at General admission tickets are limited to two per person.

Tickets for the Farrow event will be available starting Tuesday, Sept. 8.

Read more about the 2015-16 Maverick Speakers Series.

Dr. Purnendu 'Sandy' Dasgupta

Dr. Purnendu 'Sandy' Dasgupta

Chemist to develop platform for detecting amino acids with NASA grant

Purnendu “Sandy” Dasgupta will develop a platform that could help scientists move one step closer to determining if we are really alone in the universe.

Dr. Dasgupta, Hamish Small Chair in Ion Analysis of Chemistry and Biochemistry, has been awarded almost $1 million from NASA to further the search for amino acids, the so-called building blocks of life.

He will do that by extending a platform that he developed to detect and separate ions called an open-tubular capillary chromatography platform. The method uses very small volumes of samples that are injected into tubes extremely small in diameter, between 10 to 25 microns.

Read more about Dasgupta's NASA grant.


Register your vehicle before Tuesday to avoid a ticket

Beginning Tuesday, Sept. 1, e-citations may be issued for unpermitted vehicles parked on campus. The person to whom the vehicle is registered with the state will be notified by email or by mail.

UT Arlington’s virtual parking management system, MAVPark, is an online service that increases efficiency for customers and eliminates the need for parking decals and paper citations. MAVPark uses vehicle-mounted license plate readers to identify license plate numbers of parked vehicles for comparison against the virtual database of permitted vehicles.

To purchase a parking permit, visit and click on Obtain a Permit under the big blue P.

Read more about MAVPark.

University Center offers online view of room availability

University departments and student organizations can now view room availability for the E.H. Hereford University Center and Central Library before submitting paperwork to book the room.

Visit the University Center Plan your event here link and navigate to the Log In to View Room Availability. Enter your NetID and password to go to the Virtual Event Management System page, then click on Browse in the upper left to see space availability by date, room type, or setup type.

For questions, email


Update your contact information for MavAlert system

The next system-wide test of the MavAlert Emergency Notification System is at 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 2. Verify your contact information at

The MavAlert system rapidly notifies faculty, staff, and students in the event of a campus emergency via registered email addresses and text message devices.

To enable MavAlert text messages, add your mobile phone number or other SMS text message device to your UT Arlington contact information and label it "mobile phone" via the drop-down menu. Log in to MyMav, then click on the Sign up for MavAlerts link in the right column.

During the Wednesday test, faculty, staff, and students will receive the following message via the email addresses and mobile devices designated in their MavAlert profile: “Attention: This is a test of the UT Arlington MavAlert Emergency Notification System. Update your emergency contact information at

The MavAlert test will coincide with the regular monthly test of the Outdoor Warning System, also at 12:30 p.m. The University’s voice annunciation system will be activated inside campus buildings. The City of Arlington's monthly weather warning test will follow at 1 p.m.

Friends of the Library announces fall schedule

The Friends of the Library hosts four authors this fall. Meetings begin at 7:30 p.m. Fridays in the sixth floor parlor of the Central Library.

Authors and their books are:

  • Sept. 11—Russell Gold, The Boom: How Fracking Ignited the American Energy Revolution and Changed the World
  • Oct. 16—Ken Aldridge, In Murder's Shadow: A Crime Novel
  • Nov. 13—Julie Kibler, Calling Me Home: A Novel Paperback
  • Dec. 4—Paul V. Chaplo, Marfa Flights: Aerial Views of Big Bend Country

For more information, email

Mav Tube MavsMeet videoVideo Extra

MavsMeet rewind

Take another look at last week's MavsMeet Convocation, and listen to advice from Student Congress President Emmalie Moe and keynote speaker Shayla Rivera.


Hungry? Look for old favs, new hours

Some old favorites have returned at the University Club, a result of a recent survey. Back are the turkey avocado sandwich, chicken salad croissant, and ranch chicken salad. Lunch is 11 a.m.-2 p.m. in Davis Hall.

On campus late and need a bite to eat? Stop by the P.O.D. Market for a snack or a new JambaGo smoothie, now open until 11 p.m. Mondays–Thursdays. Both are in the E.H. Hereford University Center.

The Plaza Food Court is now open until 5 p.m. Choose from Chick-fill-A, Moe’s Southwest Grill, Panda Express, Subway, and Sushic.

Read more about on-campus dining locations and hours.

Summit Avenue to close for repaving

Summit Avenue is closed for resurfacing and will reopen by Monday, Sept. 21, weather permitting.

Summit Avenue will be closed from Fourth Street to Greek Row Drive and from Greek Row to UTA Boulevard. Greek Row will remain open. 

Parking for the Swift Center, the Veterans Assistance Center, and Summit Avenue parking will be relocated to the Meadow Run lot, accessed from Greek Row, and the YWCA Child Care Center overflow lot at Summit and UTA Boulevard.

Entrance to the Greek houses parking lot will be temporarily relocated to the Davis Drive side.

Facilities Management has asked University Parking Enforcement to not write tickets during the resurfacing. Vehicles parked on Summit during this time will be towed by the city.

Campus closed for Labor Day holiday

The UT Arlington campus will be closed Monday, Sept. 7, for the Labor Day holiday.

Benefit Yourself

Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act Notification

UT Arlington seeks to provide its faculty, staff, and students with a drug-free environment. In accordance with the Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act, the University is required to notify faculty, staff, and students each semester about:

Health risks associated with drug and alcohol abuse

University policies related to the illegal possession, use, or distribution of drugs or alcohol

Availability of treatment for drug or alcohol problems

Employees - Employee Assistance Program (EAP) is provided through UT Arlington’s Office of Human Resources at 1-800-343-3822 or visit

Students - Drug and alcohol counseling and referral services are available through UT Arlington Health Services at 2-2771 or visit

Internal sanctions and federal, state, and local legal penalties that may result from the illegal sale, possession, consumption, or distribution of drugs or alcohol.

For more information, contact UT Arlington's Health Services at 2-2771 or visit

Employment Information

Check out employment opportunities at Have questions? Call Human Resources/Employment Services at 2-3461 or TDD 2-8139, or email The University of Texas at Arlington is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer.

Extra Credit

Wednesday, Sept. 2

Michael McCabe

Arlington Technology Association Michael McCabe, right, executive director of the UT Arlington Research Institute, describes how its interdisciplinary team of engineers links discovery, development, and commercialization to achieve new products, new companies, and economic impact for our region, state, and nation. Light breakfast provided. RSVP. Free. 7-8 a.m., Room 100, Nedderman Hall. Arlington Technology Association.

Thursday, Sept. 3

Qualitative Research Brown-Bag Series Debbie Cockerham of the Fort Worth Science Museum is guest speaker. Noon-1 p.m., Room 415, Central Library. Qualitative Research Networking.

Wednesday, Sept. 9

Conducting Effective Meetings Register online. 9-11 a.m., Room 200, Wetsel Service Center. Human Resources.

Food for Thought Rodney Caffey, a USA Olympic sports performance coach and a personal trainer, discusses “Exercise Frequency and Intensity: Is the Bro-science Really Science?” Free. Noon-1 p.m., Room 213, Maverick Activities Center. Campus Recreation.

Friday, Sept. 11

Peer Observation of Teaching Training Learn about this powerful tool for professional growth, documenting great teaching, and sharing new ideas. Register online. 1-4 p.m., Room 415, Central Library. Also, 9 a.m.-noon Oct. 9; 1-4 p.m. Nov. 20; 9 a.m.-noon Dec. 11Center for Teaching and Learning ExcellenceFaculty Affairs.

Coming up

Human Resources Training Register online. Fundamental Skills for Supervisors and Managers, 9-11 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 16; Partnering with Your Boss, 10 a.m.-noon Friday, Sept. 18; Leadership Skills for Supervisors, 9-11 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 22; Managing Stress in the Workplace, 9-11 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 24; Developing Assertive Communication Skills, 9-11 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 29; and Advanced Supervisory Skills, 9-11:30 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 30. All in Room 200, Wetsel Service Center. Human Resources.

UT Arlington Photonics Symposium For the International Year of Light, this daylong symposium includes presentations by faculty, a poster session, panel discussion, and a final reception. 7:30 a.m. Monday, Sept. 14, Bluebonnet Ballroom, E.H. Hereford University Center. Engineering

Engineering Speaker Series Mary "Missy” Cummings of Duke University discusses the state of automation and autonomy in our everyday lives. Free. 5-7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 16, Room 100, Nedderman Hall. Engineering.

Architecture Lecture Joshua Nimmo presents “Someplace Else.” Free. 4 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 23, Room 204, Architecture Building. Architecture.

women in americas

Second Annual Women in the Americas Series Lori Celaya of the University of Idaho is guest lecturer for the topic "Human Trafficking at the U.S.-Mexico Border and the Role of the Commercial Sex Trade Client." Free. Noon-1 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 23, Neches/Pedernales Rooms, E.H. Hereford University Center. Free and open to the public. Women’s and Gender Studies, Center for Mexican American Studies, Department of Modern Languages.

Focus on Faculty: Ritu Khanduri Ritu Khanduri, assistant professor of anthropology, is guest speaker. Free. Noon-1:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 30, sixth floor, Central Library. UT Arlington Libraries

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

Going Out

Monday, Aug. 31

Blood Drive Give the gift of life with a blood donation. Donate in August for a chance to win FOX Sports Southwest tickets. Register to donate. 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m., through Friday, Sept. 4, Library mall; today, Monday, Aug. 31Thursday-Friday-Sept. 3-4, University Center mall. University Events.

University Center Gallery: Digital Photography Student Exhibit Student artwork showcased. Gallery hours 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays-Fridays. University Center Gallery, E.H. Hereford University Center. Through Dec. 12EXCEL Campus Activities.

Tuesday, Sept. 1

Faculty Jazz Recital Jazz artist-in-residence Stefan Karlsson, piano, joins jazz faculty members Ken Edwards, trumpet; Tim Ishii, saxophone; Mike Drake, drums; and Brian Mulholland, bass. Free. 7:30 p.m., Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. Music

Wednesday, Sept. 2

Tail-Waggin' Wednesday Faculty, staff, and students can take a break filled with unconditional love from therapy dogs. Free. 10 a.m.-2 p.m., second floor, Central Library. UT Arlington Libraries

Maverick Cookout Featuring the Activity Fair Day Enjoy a $3 hamburger lunch, with a vegetarian option, and learn about campus organizations, clubs, and departments. 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m., University Center mall. Campus RecreationStudent Activities and Organizations.

Anna Karenina Book Club A new book club to share ideas and impressions about humanity expressed in Leo Tolstoy’s classic novel Anna Karenina. Noon, Wednesdays in September. RSVP to for location, details. Modern Languages, English.

Volleyball Mavericks vs. North Texas. Wear your Maverick gear for the Blue Out game. Tickets $5. Faculty-Staff All-Season Ticket $99, all 2015-16 sports. 7 p.m., College Park Center. Also, vs. Abilene Christian. 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 8, luau-Mav 1000 tailgate. Athletics.

Friday, Sept. 4

Friday Night Film Film to be determined. Free popcorn. $1; $1.50 with credit card. 8 p.m., Rosebud Theatre, E.H. Hereford University Center. EXCEL Campus Activities

Tuesday, Sept. 8

Music Honors Recital Music faculty and students perform. Free. 7:30 p.m., Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. Music.

Thursday, Sept. 10

Linton Powell

40th Linton Powell Organ Recital Linton Powell, right, retired professor of music, performs his 40th recital for organ and harpsicord. Free. 7:30 p.m., Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. Music.

Coming up

Free Music Recitals and Concerts Guest Double Bass Recital with Milton Masciadri of the University of Georgia, Monday, Sept. 14; Clavier Recital with UTA piano students, Tuesday, Sept. 15; Faculty Bassoon Recital with Scott Pool, Thursday, Sept. 17; Voice Division Recital with UTA vocal students, noon-1 p.m., Monday, Sept. 21. All free, at 7:30 p.m. Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. Music.


Volleyball Tickets $5 per game. Faculty-Staff All-Season Ticket $99, all 2015-16 sports. Mavericks vs. Louisiana-Lafayette, 6:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 18, Fiesta Friday, Hispanic Heritage Night, Los Mavericks shirt giveaway; vs. Georgia State, 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 19, volleyball alumni reunion, Camper Reunion Day, Boys and Girls Club Night, post-game autographs; vs. Georgia Southern, 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 1, tailgate, OctoberFest/beer tasting, Pink Night, Greek Out; vs. Arkansas-Little Rock, 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 3, Jersey Day, Blaze's Kids Club, Youth Day, International Frugal Fun Day, post-game autographs. All at College Park Center. Athletics.

Discount Rangers Tickets Discount tickets are available. Upcoming games are Oakland Athletics, Sept. 11-13; Houston Astros, Sept. 14-17; Seattle Mariners, Sept. 18-20; Detroit Tigers, Sept. 28-30; and Los Angeles Angels, Oct. 1-4. Visit, click on UT Arlington, and use the password GOMAVS to get your discounted tickets.

Oozeball This mud volleyball tournament is a long-standing campus tradition. 1-6:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 18, Fourth Street at Summit Avenue. Campus Recreation

UTA Symphony Orchestra Concert The UTA Symphony Orchestra performs, conducted by Clifton Evans. Tickets $9 general admission, $6 students and seniors, 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 24, Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. Music.

UT Arlington at the Levitt UTA Wind Symphony performs Saturday, Sept. 26, and UTA Jazz Orchestra with jazz master Stefan Karlsson and Swedish jazz trumpeter Magnus Broo on Sunday, Sept. 27. Free. 8 p.m., Levitt Pavilion, 100 W. Abram St. Levitt Pavilion.


Ornament and Adornment: The Decoration and Application Techniques of African Masks Examine the design and style of decorations on African masks from the Dowdey-Campbell and Brodie African Art Collections. Gallery hours 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays-Fridays. Visual Resources Commons, Room 2109, Fine Arts Building. Through Aug. 31Art and Art History.

Gallery 76102: Tshuchigama/Earthen Kiln Tsuchigama or “dirt kiln” is recognized by scholars as Japan's earliest high-fire kiln type. Free. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Saturdays; 4-8 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays, Gallery 76102. Through Oct. 10. Fort Worth Center.

Planetarium Two new shows—Cosmic Origins Spectrograph and From the Earth to the Universe—are part of the fall schedule. Also showing are AstronautPink Floyd, and Spacepark 360: Infinity. Planetarium.

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


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