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Monday, October 19, 2015

Dr. Kaushik De

Dr. Kaushik De

Kaushik De elected fellow of American Physical Society

Physics Professor Kaushik De has been elected a fellow of the American Physical Society for his work in developing cloud computing architectures that enabled global collaboration and big data analysis on the ATLAS experiment at CERN.

Dr. De’s peers awarded the fellowship based on an extensive review of his contributions through three levels of review. Fellows are limited to not more than one-half percent of the total APS membership.

The honor also recognizes De’s other research exploring physics beyond the current “theory of everything” known as the standard model.

Read more about De's honor.


Plan now for Homecoming

It’s Homecoming time in Maverick Country. Join the fun Nov. 7-14.

During the week, you can participate in a golf tournament, a 5K run, and a home run contest, or attend the Distinguished Alumni Awards dinner and take a road trip to see the women's basketball team play Baylor.

Saturday's events include the Class of 1965 50th Reunion Brunch and numerous other alumni reunions. A street festival and the Party on the Plaza reception are followed by the Homecoming parade with big lighted floats, marching bands, special guests, and UTA's traditional display of decorated and lighted golf carts. It all winds up with a pep rally in front of College Park Center, where the men's basketball team plays Fordham.

Sign up now to compete in the Chili Cook-Off and register to enter the Homecoming Parade by Wednesday, Nov. 4.

See the schedule and buy tickets for events at

Dr. Barbara Shipman

Dr. Barbara Shipman

Focus on Faculty looks at connection of language, mathematics

Barbara Shipman, associate professor of mathematics, will discuss the "Subtleties of Meaning in Mathematical Versus Common Use of Language" at the Focus on Faculty lecture at noon Wednesday, Oct. 21, in the sixth floor parlor of the Central Library. 

Dr. Shipman will explain how intuitive nuances of language aid mathematicians in giving form to concepts such as infinity, bending of surfaces, behavior of functions, and the nature of numbers.

Focus on Faculty provides a forum for outstanding faculty to share their research and achievements with the UTA community. Shipman's talk will be followed by a reception. The event is free and open to all.

UTA Innovation Day to focus on research, advanced technologies, entrepreneurship, commercialization

UTA will showcase a range of technologies including a student-designed, scale-sized Formula car, a social interaction research robot, and a rehabilitation glove at the second annual InnovationDay@UTA 9 a.m.-6:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 22, at College Park Center.

Attendees can enjoy a student innovation competition for high school and collegiate teams, faculty and student poster presentations, and an afternoon session with guest panelists discussing innovation, entrepreneurship, and how to attract angel investors.

UTA alumnus Fadi Bishara, founder and CEO of Blackbox, a global start-up accelerator in Silicon Valley, gives a keynote speech at 2:15 p.m. See for the full agenda.

The event is free, but registration is required. For questions or details, contact Marie Peterson, manager of conference and event management, at 2-2581 or

Don't fall for latest phishing emails

Last week, a phishing email asked receivers to click on a link to update their UTA account. The subject line looked as if it were from UTA's Office of Information Technology, but did not originate from the University. Never click on any links in such emails that did not originate from the University.

Remember these tips from the Office of Information Security:

  • Do not provide a 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 asking you to send personal information.
  • Do not respond to emails threatening to close your account if you do not provide personal information.

For more information about phishing, go to

If you have responded to a spam/phishing scheme by submitting information about your UTA password, you should immediately go to and change your password. If you are unable to change your password, contact the OIT Help Desk at 2-2208 as soon as possible.

For specific concerns, email

Research Integrity Symposium set for Friday

Register now for the first Research Integrity Symposium focusing on responsible authorship. The event is 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 23, in the second floor lounge of the Maverick Activities Center.

President Vistasp Karbhari will give the welcome address. Sessions cover plagiarism, responsible authorship, institutional practices and legal implications, and tools for detecting and preventing plagiarism.

Faculty, staff, and students are encouraged to attend. Lunch is available for registered participants. Register online.

Attendance at the symposium will count toward credit for Responsible Conduct of Research certification.

Mav ScholarShop connects students, scholarships

Students have a new tool to help them find scholarships: Mav ScholarShop.

The one-stop-shop online scholarship management system, which syncs with students’ MyMav accounts, automatically matches students with scholarships for which they are eligible. The prospective scholarships roll in after students complete a general application.

Scholarship deadlines vary, so students should log in often to see if they qualify for additional scholarships or check the status of pending scholarships.

Learn more about scholarships at

Partner lecture series looks at interdisciplinary research

The new Partners for Community Impact series takes an interdisciplinary approach to topics being researched at UTA. UT Arlington Libraries sponsors the series.

The first event will explore the impact and implications of sustainable urban communities. “Sustainable Urban Communities: How They Relate to Extended Families” is 4-6 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 21, in the sixth floor parlor of the Central Library.

Panelists are Douglas Klahr, associate professor of architecture; Courtney Cronley, assistant professor of social work; Stephen Mattingly, associate professor of civil engineering; and Margarita Trevino, clinical associate professor of nursing and director of the Center for Hispanic Studies in Nursing and Health.

Entrepreneur Daymond John next for Maverick Speakers Series

Tickets to see entrepreneur Daymond John for the Maverick Speakers Series are available online.

John will speak on "Shark Tank Entrepreneurship" at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 10, at College Park Center. An audience question-and-answer session and book signing will follow the lecture.

An entrepreneur in every sense of the word, John is the CEO and founder of FUBU, a global lifestyle brand, and a pioneer in the fashion industry with over $6 billion in product sales. He joined the cast of Shark Tank in 2009. John has received more than 35 awards, including the Brandweek Marketer of the Year, and he was named Presidential Ambassador for Global Entrepreneurship by the White House in 2015.

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.

Fall into step with Wellness Fun Walk

Take the first steps toward fitness with a Fun Walk sponsored by the UTA Wellness Committee. Registration for the 1½-2 mile walk starts at 11:30 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 22, in Room 133 of the Maverick Activities Center. After the exercise, join the committee for lunch. Sign the release agreement.

Learn more about the University's wellness programs and events.

Register now for free flu shot

UT Arlington has partnered with Catapult Health to provide free, quick, and confidential preventive health checkups and annual flu vaccines on campus.

These checkups and flu shots are available to all employees covered under the UT Select Medical Plan at no charge. You must make an appointment to take advantage of this benefit. The clinics will be held Thursday-Friday, Nov. 5-6.

For more information and to make your appointment, visit the Office of Human Resources website and click on the link Flu Shots.

Does your cellphone, home computer need a change for email access?

Mobile or Mac device users may need to make a change to take advantage of upgrades to the University’s email.

On Oct. 9, the Office of Information Technology upgraded the Outlook Web App (OWA) application, which provides mobile and web-based access to your UTA email.

Some iOS and Android mobile devices have required users to remove and re-add their email accounts.

Some Mac users needed to update their Mail configuration to prefix their username with UTA\ .

Personal email can be accessed at, and departmental/group resource email can be accessed at

For questions, contact the Help Desk at 2-2208 or

Windows 10 still undergoing tests

Don't upgrade your desktop to Windows 10 until testing is complete and privacy concerns are evaluated by the UT System.

The Office of Information Technology is still testing the new operating system with UTA's encryption program, SecureDoc, to ensure it functions properly.

OIT will notify you when Windows 10 is available for installation on University-owned devices.

See the Windows 10 website for more details.

State Employee Charitable Campaign runs through October

Give to the charity of your choice and make a difference in North Texas and around the world through the State Employee Charitable Campaign. UT Arlington's goal is $60,000 for the campaign, which runs through Oct. 31.

Payroll deduction through online giving is the easiest way to donate. Go to UTA's SECC page to see the guidebook with a list of charities. Click on the red banner to give.

For questions, contact your department representative, Amber Campbell at, or Colin Sanor at

Glass pumpkins

Hand-blown glass pumpkins available at annual sale Oct. 24

Add a little glass art to your fall decorations with hand-blown glass pumpkins of all shapes and sizes designed by UTA students and faculty.

The delicate gourds are on sale starting at 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 24, at the Studio Arts Center. A raffle begins at 4 p.m. Live glassblowing demonstrations are planned throughout the day.

Proceeds go to the visiting artist fund of the Department of Art and Art History. The fund allows art students to invite world-renowned artists to lead workshops and share their professional experiences.

Be part of Maverick Experience Preview Day

The Office of University Recruitment invites your academic department or student organization to participate at the Academic Fair or Student Life Fair at the Maverick Experience Preview Day on Saturday, Oct. 31.

Register online. Questions? Contact Alicia Graves at

Extra Credit

Tuesday, Oct. 20

Requisitions Register online. 2-4:30 p.m., Room E200C, Continuing Education Building. Business Affairs.

Wednesday, Oct. 21

Powerful Presentation Skills Register online. 9-11 a.m., Room 200, J.D. Wetsel Service Center. Human Resources.

Thursday, Oct. 22

Question, Persuade, Refer: Suicide Prevention Training Learn the warning signs and clues of people who may be considering suicide and how to intervene with at-risk individuals. Register online. 2-4 p.m., Room 104, Preston Hall. Also, Nov. 30. Counseling and Psychological Services.

Earth and Environmental Sciences Lectures Bob Gregory of Southern Methodist University, 4 p.m., Room 100, Geoscience Building. Also, Bastian Georg of Trent University, Oct. 29. Earth and Environmental Sciences.

Payment Vouchers Register online. 1:30-3:30 p.m., Room E200C, Continuing Education Building. Business Affairs.      

Friday, Oct. 23

Psychology Speakers Series Jerry Jellison of University of Southern California on "Making Change Happen: Overcoming Resistance." Noon, Room 10, University Hall. Psychology.

Hermanns Lecture Series The literature of life writing including diaries, letters, memoirs, social media, and comic books. Schedule. 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m., sixth floor parlor, Central Library. English.

Dealing Effectively with Conflict and Confrontation Register online. 10 a.m.-noon, Room 200, J.D. Wetsel Service Center. Human Resources.

Tuesday, Oct. 27

Financial Statements and the Reconciliation Process Register online. 8:30-10:30 a.m., Room E200C, Continuing Education Building. Business Affairs.

Thursday, Oct. 29

Position and Workforce Management Register online. 1:30-3:30 p.m., Room E200C, Continuing Education Building. Business 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., sixth floor, Central Library. Women’s and Gender Studies.

Biology Colloquium Series Bryan Carstens of Ohio State University. 4 p.m., Room 124, Life Sciences. Biology.

Friday, Oct. 30

UTARI Lunch and Learn Fan Gao of UT Southwestern Medical Center. Register onlineShuttle available. Lunch provided. Noon, UTARI, 7300 Jack Newell Blvd. S., Fort Worth. UT Arlington Research Institute.

Qualitative Research Brown-bag Meetups Priscila Caçola of kinesiology, "Mixed Methods and Working on Research as an Interdisciplinary Team." Noon-1 p.m., Room 414, Central Library. Also, 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.

Coming up

Arlington Technology Association Xinbao Yu, associate professor of civil engineering, discusses "Using Geothermal Energy to Remove Ice and Snow from Roads and Bridges." Light breakfast provided. RSVP. Free. 7-8 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 4, Room 100, Nedderman Hall. Arlington Technology Association.

Mathematics Colloquium Series Patrick Shipman of Colorado State University. 3 p.m., Nov. 6, Room 311, Pickard Hall. Mathematics.

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

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

Going Out

Tuesday, Oct. 20

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

Friday, Oct. 23

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 online. Also, Saturday-Sunday, Oct. 24-25Parent and Family Center.

Friday Night Film: 'Inside Out' Rated PG. Free popcorn. Concessions for sale. $1, $1.50 with credit card. 8 p.m., Rosebud Theatre, E.H. Hereford University Center. EXCEL Campus Activities.

Saturday, Oct. 24

Astronomy Day Scientists, engineers, and visionaries from astronomy and the space industry share their experiences to inspire students and stargazers. Free parking in Lot F10. $4 shows; free lectures and events. 10 a.m.-8 p.m., Planetarium. Planetarium.

Thursday, Oct. 29

Lunafest 2015 Short films produced and directed by and for women. $5. 7-9 p.m., Lone Star Auditorium, Maverick Activities Center. Women’s and Gender Studies.

Friday, Oct. 30

Volleyball Mavericks vs. Troy. Tickets $5. 6:30 p.m., College Park Center. Also, vs. Louisiana-Monroe, Oct. 31; vs. South Alabama, Nov. 15. Athletics.


Ornament and Adornment: The Decoration and Application Techniques of African Masks 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays-Fridays, Visual Resources Commons, Room 2109, Fine Arts Building. Through Dec. 9. Art and Art History.

University Center Gallery: Digital Photography Student Exhibit 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 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Mondays, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays, sixth floor, Central Library. Through Jan. 16UT Arlington Libraries Special Collections.

Planetarium Fall shows SOFIA 3-D, Cosmic Origins Spectrograph, From the Earth to the Universe, AstronautPink Floyd, and Spacepark 360: Infinity. Planetarium.

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


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Vice President for University Communications: Lynne T. Waters

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