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Monday, October 5, 2015


Hot study: Post-doctoral fellow Stefano Gulli, left, and David Campbell, center, aerospace engineering graduate student, are part of the hypersonic-testing facility for thermal protection systems team headed by Dr. Luca Maddalena, associate professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering.

UT Arlington wins grant to build first university-based, arc-heated, hypersonic-testing facility

A UT Arlington aerospace engineering team will build the country’s only university-based, arc-heated, hypersonic-testing facility for thermal protection systems through a new $1.01 million Defense University Research Instrumentation Program grant.

Luca Maddalena, associate professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering, is the principal investigator for the grant. He will lead development of a large-scale, arc-heated wind tunnel at the existing Aerodynamics Research Center at the southeast corner of UTA's main campus.

The facility will allow researchers to create flows with temperatures higher than 4,000 degrees Fahrenheit that use more than 1.6 megawatts of electrical power. Researchers will study and test new heat shield materials that will improve the safety and performance of hypersonic cruise and glide vehicles to withstand the intense heat generated by the interaction with the surrounding atmosphere at those speeds. The facility also will study and test spacecraft material that will simulate re-entering the Earth’s atmosphere or entering the atmosphere of other planets.

Read more about the thermal protection system research.

Dr. Anand Puppala

Dr. Anand Puppala

Researcher developing framework to detect damage from seismic activity

Anand Puppala, professor of civil engineering and associate dean for research for the College of Engineering, is developing a comprehensive, reliability-based framework to analyze North Texas dams and detect damage from seismic activity.

Dr. Puppala is overseeing a three-year, $1 million project from the Tarrant Regional Water District to analyze data taken at the Eagle Mountain Lake dam, which he will then use to create a framework that future investigators can use to determine if a dam has sustained damage from earthquakes.

He and his team will look for three key indicators of damage caused by earthquakes: liquefaction, dynamic slope stability, and lateral spreading.

Read more about the dam and earthquake research.

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Mia Farrow

Activist, actress Mia Farrow appears Thursday for Maverick Speakers Series

Tickets to see actress and activist Mia Farrow for the Maverick Speakers Series are still available online.

Farrow will speak on "What Falls Away: One Woman’s Journey to Fulfillment" at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 8, at Texas Hall. An audience question-and-answer session will follow the lecture.

She is perhaps best known for her role as Rosemary in Rosemary’s Baby and has appeared in more than 50 films, winning numerous awards since her career began in 1964. Her most recent film is 2011’s Dark Horse.

Farrow has worked extensively as a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador and is involved in humanitarian activities in Africa. In 2008, Time magazine named her one of the most influential people in the world.

General admission is free, but tickets are required. Season and preferred ticket packages are available and include reserved seating, parking, and more. For all these ticket options, go to

For VIP packages, contact Mark LaVelle at or 2-5235.

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Parking permit enforcement begins today

Monitoring and enforcement of parking permits with MAVPark, the University’s new decal-free permit system, begin today. Owners of unauthorized vehicles are subject to a citation and a $50 fine.

Read more about the MAVPark system and parking permits at

Fall Faculty and Associates Meeting set for Wednesday

The Fall Faculty and Associates Meeting is set for 4 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 7, in the Rio Grande Ballroom of the E.H. Hereford University Center. The program includes recognition of 11 professor emeriti and new faculty members.

Pharos Mobileprint is new on-the-go printing format

The Office of Information Technology offers Pharos Mobileprint, an easy and convenient way for faculty, staff, and students to print documents, images, and emails while on the go, whether you’re using a tablet, smartphone, or laptop.

Send your documents to a print-release station while you’re on your way to your next class, meeting, or presentation. Simply send an email to Mobileprint or log into your Pharos Print Center, upload your document, and release the print job from any one of the eight OIT print-release stations throughout campus.

View the Mobileprint user guide.

National Night Out

Join UTA PD for National Night Out

Join the UTA Police Department for the annual National Night Out event Tuesday, Oct. 6.

Meet police officers and staff as well as campus leaders while learning crime prevention tips and emergency management and watching fire safety demonstrations. Enjoy free food, games, prizes, and more.

The event is 5:30-7:30 p.m. on the University Center mall.

Candidates for AVP for research visit campus

Candidates for associate vice president for research will meet with administrators, faculty, staff, and students.

Jon Weidanz of Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center is the third candidate. His public session is 3-4 p.m. today, Monday, Oct. 5, in Room 601 of Nedderman Hall. He is a professor of immunotherapeutics at TTU HSC's School of Pharmacy.

The last candidate is Gautam Pillay, associate vice president for Research and Sponsored Programs at West Chester University. His session is 3-4 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 6, in Room 601 of Nedderman Hall. Candidates visiting previously include Kurt Zinn and Steve West.

Each candidate will speak and then answer questions.

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Homecoming games include one road trip; get your tickets now

Homecoming 2015 includes two exciting Maverick basketball games, with one in Waco and the other at College Park Center.

Make plans to cheer on the women's basketball team when they face the Baylor Bears on Friday, Nov. 13, at the Ferrell Center in Waco.

Tickets are $30 for faculty, staff, and alumni and $15 for students. Price includes the game ticket, food, a T-shirt, and transportation to and from the game.

Participate in the pre-game tipoff with food and activities 1:30-3 p.m. at Moritz Plaza at College Park Center. Buses leave for the game at 3 p.m. The game starts at 6 p.m.

Tickets will be available soon at along with other details about Homecoming 2015. Purchase your ticket by Monday, Nov. 2.

The Homecoming men’s game against Fordham tips off at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 14, at College Park Center. Tickets are $7-$20 for faculty and staff at

Questions? Student Affairs has answers at 2-6080.

All-Sports Pass a bargain for faculty, staff at only $99

The Faculty/Staff All-Sports Pass gives you access to more than 100 on-campus Maverick athletic events.

For only $99, you can watch the action for volleyball and basketball at College Park Center, baseball at Clay Gould Ballpark, and softball at Allan Saxe Field. Individual tickets for these games are $5-$7 each.

To purchase the Faculty/Staff All-Sports Pass, go to

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Career connection

Zach Allen, left, from Arlington-based Alterity, Inc. talks with Eva Counts, information systems senior, at the All-Majors Job Fair on Tuesday at the Maverick Activities Center. The event draws close to 2,000 students and alumni who connect with hiring companies such as American Airlines, Amazon, and Sabre Corporation.

Town hall meetings on campus carry continue this week

Town hall meetings continue this week to gather ideas, suggestions, and feedback from the campus community about the implementation of Senate Bill 11 (SB 11), better known as “Campus Carry,” at UTA.

During the 84th Legislative Session, lawmakers passed SB 11, which allows a license holder to carry a concealed handgun on the campus.

Upcoming meetings are:

  • 7 p.m. today, Monday, Oct. 5, Rio Grande A, University Center
  • Faculty Senate, 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 7, Student Congress Chambers, University Center
  • 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 13, Bluebonnet Ballroom, University Center
  • Staff Advisory Council, 3 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 13, Student Congress Chambers, University Center

For more information, go to for meeting dates and locations, frequently asked questions, information on the legislation, and a survey to complete if you are not able to attend one of the meetings.

Campus Security and Fire Report available

UT Arlington's 2015 Annual Campus Security and Fire Report is available online and in hard copy.

The report contains information regarding campus security and personal safety such as crime prevention, fire safety, UTA Police law enforcement authority, crime reporting policies, disciplinary procedures, and other matters of importance related to security and safety on campus.

The report also contains crime statistics for the three previous calendar years (2012-2014) concerning reported crimes that occurred on campus, in off-campus buildings or property owned or controlled by UT Arlington, and on public property within or immediately adjacent to and accessible from the campus.

Required by law, the report is provided by the UT Arlington Police Department. For a hard copy of the 2015 Annual Campus Security and Fire Report, email

Program Assistance Fund available for student organizations

Faculty and staff advisers for student organizations can apply for the Program Assistance Fund, which offers supplemental funding for student organization activities and travel.

Applications are available in the Student Congress offices in Suite B150 of the E.H. Hereford University Center. For more information, visit or email

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Upgrades planned to fix Outlook OWA service interruptions

Due to the rapid growth in the use of smartphones, tablets, and Apple devices, there has been a significant increase in demand on the Outlook Web App (OWA) for email.

You may experience brief, intermittent delays or receive a gray outage screen when trying to send or receive emails. During this interruption, inbound emails will be queued until the connection is restored.

The Office of Information Technology is working on a permanent solution that includes upgrades to the Outlook servers. Look for updates about the upgrades in MavWire. For more details, go to the OIT website.


Beware of phishing email asking for UTA password

Some UT Arlington faculty and staff have received email messages with the subject line "Dear E-mail User, The University of Texas at Arlington Webmail update."

This is a malicious email—known as "phishing"—and was sent by someone not affiliated with the University to steal personal information through a legitimate-looking email message.

UT Arlington staff will never request that you submit your username (NetID) and/or passwords via email.

The Information Security Office offers these tips on how to avoid falling victim to phishing schemes:

  • Do not provide your NetID and password in email.
  • Do not respond to emails that require you to enter personal or financial information directly into the email.
  • Do not reply to emails that ask you to send personal information.
  • Do not respond to emails threatening to close your account if you do not provide personal information.
  • Contact the OIT Helpdesk at 2-2208 if you are unsure about an email asking for personal information.
  • Send a copy of the message to the Information Security Office (
  • If the message comes from someone familiar but looks odd, contact that person directly via phone to verify the contents.

If you responded to a phishing email with your UTA password, go to and change your password immediately. If you are unable to change your password, contact the OIT Helpdesk at 2-2208 as soon as possible.

Check out UT Arlington’s anti-phishing website for guidance on how to recognize a phishing message and what to do if you’ve received a suspicious message or if you’ve fallen victim to one. For more information, visit

Extra Credit

Tuesday, Oct. 6

Breast Cancer Awareness Day 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Palo Duro Lounge, E.H. Hereford University Center. Health Services.

MARK Training: Relational/Referrals and Resources The Maverick Advisers Reaching for Knowledge program is for academic advisers. Register online. 2-4 p.m., Room 104, Preston Hall. University Advising Center.

Managing Department Funds Register online. 1:30-3:30 p.m., Room E200C, Continuing Education Building. Business Affairs.

Wednesday, Oct. 7

Arlington Technology Association UT Arlington President Vistasp Karbhari discusses the future of engineering professions and the roles engineers will play in designing and guiding the world’s mechanisms. Light breakfast provided. RSVP. Free. 7-8 a.m,, Room 100, Nedderman Hall. Arlington Technology Association.

Food for Thought: Motivation Becky Garner, clinical assistant professor of kinesiology, presents an interactive program about motivation to fit your exercise program with your lifestyle. Noon-1 p.m., Room 213, Maverick Activities Center. Campus Recreation.

Architecture Lecture Signe and Jason Smith discuss “Love + Architecture.” Free. 4 p.m., Room 204, Architecture Building. Architecture.

CAAS Lecture "Backing Black & the Blue" addresses the topic of police encounters with persons of color and provides students and community members with information to be more comfortable when interacting with law enforcement personnel. 5:30 p.m., Bluebonnet Ballroom, E.H. Hereford University Center. Center for African American Studies.

Thursday, Oct. 8

Women's and Gender Studies Lecture Kathryne Beebe, assistant professor of history, and Anna Noga of the University of New Mexico discuss “Transported in Spirit: Visionary Travel in the Old World and the New." Free. 12:30-2 p.m., sixth floor, Central Library. Women’s and Gender Studies, Center for Southwestern Studies.

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

Timekeeper Register online. 9:30-11:30 a.m., Room E200C, Continuing Education Building.  Business Affairs.

M.S. in Health Care Administration Info Session Learn more about the accelerated, cohort-based program designed for professionals in the health care industry. Register online. 6 p.m., Fort Worth Center. Business.

Earth and Environmental Sciences Lectures Julia Morgan of Rice University is guest speaker. 4 p.m., Room 100, Geoscience Building. Also, Thomas Darrah of Ohio State University, Oct. 15; Bob Gregory of Southern Methodist University, Oct. 22; and Bastian Georg of Trent University, Oct. 29. Earth and Environmental Sciences.

Friday, Oct. 9

Peer Observation of Teaching Training Learn about this powerful tool for professional growth, documenting great teaching, and sharing new ideas. Register online. 9 a.m.-noon, Room 415, Central Library. Center for Teaching and Learning ExcellenceFaculty Affairs.

Saturday, Oct. 10

New Teacher Webinar Series Join the webinar live or watch the video later on YouTube and Slideshare. Also, Nov. 7, Dec. 5, Jan. 30, Feb. 27, March 26, and April 16. New Teacher Webinar Series, Curriculum and Instruction.

Graduate Business Forum Learn about graduate degree programs in the College of Business. Register online. 9:30 a.m.-noon, Room 147, Business Building. Business.

Monday, Oct. 12

LINK Lab Lecture Series Dragan Gasevic is guest speaker. Noon-1 p.m., Room 246, Nedderman Hall. LINK Lab.

Tuesday, Oct. 13

ProCard Register online. 9:30-11:30 a.m., Room E200C, Continuing Education Building. Business Affairs.

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

Team Building for Supervisors Register online. 9-11 a.m., Room 200, J.D. Wetsel Service Center. Human Resources.

Wednesday, Oct. 14

Americans with Disabilities Act in the Workplace Register online. 9-11 a.m., Room 200, J.D. Wetsel Service Center. Human Resources.

Thursday, Oct. 15

Qualitative Research Brown-bag Meetups Shima Hamidi, assistant professor of planning and landscape architecture, is guest speaker. Noon-1 p.m., Room 414, Central Library. Also, Priscila Caçola of kinesiology, "Mixed Methods and Working on Research as an Interdisciplinary Team," Oct. 30; and Yekang Ko and Ann Foss of planning and landscape architecture, "Measuring Climate Literacy: Using Survey Data for Interdisciplinary Environmental Education," Nov. 12. Qualitative Research Meetup.

MARK Training: EAB Student Success Collaborative The Maverick Advisers Reaching for Knowledge program is for academic advisers. Register online. 2-4 p.m., Room 104, Preston Hall. University Advising Center.

Travel and Expenses Register online. 1:30-4:30 p.m., Room E200C, Continuing Education Building. Business Affairs.

Coming up

Mathematics Colloquium Series Weiqiang Wang of the University of Virginia is guest speaker. 3 p.m. Oct. 16, Room 311, Pickard Hall. Also, Patrick Shipman of Colorado State University, Nov. 6. Mathematics.

RADS Self-Defense for Women Self-defense course for female faculty, staff, and students. Register online. Free. 9 a.m.-6 p.m., Oct. 17 and Nov. 7, Room 102-B, Maverick Activities Center. UT Arlington Police.

Human Resources Training Register online. Powerful Presentation Skills, Oct. 21; Dealing Effectively with Conflict and Confrontation, Oct. 23; Your Professional Image, Oct. 27; Time Management: Keys to Everyday Office Success, Oct. 29. Human Resources.

Hermanns Lecture Series Guest speakers address the literature of life writing including diaries, letters, memoirs, social media, and comic books. See the schedule. 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday, Oct. 23, sixth floor parlor, Central Library. English.

Business Affairs Training Register online. Requisitions, Oct. 20; Payment Vouchers, Oct. 22; Financial Statements and the Reconciliation Process, Oct. 27; Position and Workforce Management, Oct. 29Business Affairs.

Women's and Gender Studies Symposium Speakers include Whitney Peoples, Provost Post-doctoral Fellow in Women's and Gender Studies, and Ana Louise Keating of Texas Woman's University addressing the theme "Minding the Field: Exploring and Expanding Women's and Gender Studies in North Texas.” 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 29, sixth floor, Central Library. Women’s and Gender Studies.

Lunafest 2015 Watch short films produced and directed by and for women. Free. 7-9 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 29, Lone Star Auditorium, Maverick Activity Center. Women’s and Gender Studies.

UTARI Lunch and Learn Register onlineShuttle available. Lunch provided. Noon Friday, Oct. 30, UTARI, 7300 Jack Newell Blvd. S., Fort Worth. UT Arlington Research Institute.

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

Going Out
  UTA Presents

Day of the Dead exhibit looks at history, rituals

day of the dead

Explore the popular tradition known as the Day of the Dead and its rich cultural history in many Hispanic-Latino communities with a unique exhibit that runs through Friday, Oct. 16, in the University Center Gallery of the E.H. Hereford University Center.

The "Día de los Muertos/Day of the Dead" exhibit aims to increase knowledge and awareness of the true meaning behind this annual holiday.

Gallery hours are 8 a.m.-8 p.m. Mondays-Fridays. Admission is free and open to the public.

Wednesday, Oct. 7

Tail-Waggin' Wednesday Students, faculty, and staff can take a break filled with unconditional love. Free. 10 a.m.-2 p.m., sixth floor, Central Library. UT Arlington Libraries.

'The Theory of Relativity' The Maverick Theatre Company presents a new musical that explores the interconnectedness of our personal orbits as we stand on a little rock hurtling through space. Tickets $9 faculty, staff, students, seniors; $12 general public; 2-2669. 8 p.m., Mainstage Theater, Fine Arts Building. Also, 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, Oct. 8-10, and 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 11. Theatre Arts.

35th Annual Bed Races The Bed Races feature beds on wheels with five students—four pushing and one riding on the bed—competing in three categories. Free admission. 7 p.m., Maverick Stadium. Campus RecreationEXCEL Campus Activities.

Thursday, Oct. 8

Guest Piano Recital A performance by Kent Lyman of Meredith College. Free. 7:30-8:30 p.m., Room 105, Fine Arts Building. Music.

Thursday, Oct. 15

Volleyball Mavericks vs. Texas State. Dig Pink Game, Pink Shirt Handout, National Medical Professional Night, New Maverick Employee Night, Maverick Club Pre-Game Reception. Tickets $5; $3 with student ID. 6:30 p.m., College Park Center. Athletics.

Coming up

Interactive Wellness Expo 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 20, Palo Duro Lounge, E.H Hereford University Center. Health Services.

Parent and Family Weekend Parents and families spend a weekend on campus visiting their students’ residence halls and classrooms, listening to faculty presentations, and participating in a variety of fun activities. ScheduleRegister onlineFriday-Sunday, Oct. 23-25Parent and Family Center.

Maverick Speakers Series Daymond John speaks on "Shark Tank Entrepreneurship." Free general admission, but tickets required. Premium, season, and VIP ticket packages include reserved seats, parking, and more. Tickets available Tuesday, Oct. 6, at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 10, College Park Center. Also, Ron Paul, Feb. 2; Donna Brazile, Feb. 25; and Jane Goodall, March 31. Maverick Speakers Series.


Gallery 76102: Tshuchigama/Earthen Kiln Tshuchigama 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.

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. Through Dec. 9. Visual Resources Commons, Room 2109, Fine Arts Building. Art and Art History.

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.

Special Collections: Ringside: Memories of WCC Wrestling Photos by Cirrus Bonneau of World Class Championship Wrestling at the Will Rogers Coliseum in Fort Worth in 1982-83. Gallery hours 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Mondays, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays. Free. Sixth floor, Central Library. Through Jan. 16UT Arlington Libraries Special Collections.

Planetarium Three new shows—SOFIA 3-D, 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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