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Thursday, December 3, 2015


True Blue: Power forward Kevin Hervey was named College Sports Madness' Player of the Week, following teammate Erick Neal who earned the title the week before.

Cheer on the Mavs tonight against UNT at College Park Center

Gather with fellow Mavericks fans tonight before heading to the game against regional rival North Texas.

Stop by the alumni pre-game social 5:30-6:30 p.m. today, Thursday, Dec. 3, at the former Blaze restaurant beside Moritz Plaza in the College Park District. Refreshments will be provided, and a cash bar will be available. Register here.  Alumni can buy tickets for $5 using the promo code UTAalum. The deal is a limited offer. Purchase $5 tickets here.

Tip-off time is 7 p.m. at College Park Center. Thursday's game features Maverick and Texas Trust Credit Union T-shirt giveaways and team autographs after the game.

Single game tickets are $7-20. Take advantage of the Faculty/Staff All-Sports Pass for $99 and catch all home athletic competitions. For these and other ticket options, go to

The Mavs are 5-2 overall after a 80-73 overtime loss to Texas on Tuesday. The team heads to UT El Paso for an 8 p.m. game Saturday, Dec. 5, then plays Bradley at home at 7 p.m. Tuesday Dec. 8.

The Lady Mavs basketball team continues its road trip with a game against Kansas State tonight. The women are 3-3 after a 67-63 win against Stephen F. Austin on Tuesday. They play Western Kentucky at 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 13, at College Park Center.

Follow Maverick athletics at

Ankur Jain

Dr. Ankur Jain

Engineer to build device to capture lost heat energy

Ankur Jain, assistant professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering, is one of the principal investigators on a team that was awarded a highly competitive, $225,000 Early-concept Grant for Exploratory Research, or EAGER, award from the National Science Foundation to advance research to harness heat energy lost from automobiles, buildings, and other devices.

Dr. Jain and his collaborators will try to develop tools that can convert that temperature change to electrical energy.

Read more about Jain's energy research.

Kyungsuk Yum

Dr. Kyungsuk Yum

Researcher to build internal nanotechnology device to simplify blood sugar testing

Kyungsuk Yum, assistant professor of materials science and engineering, is developing an internal, nanoscale device to analyze a diabetic's blood continuously and transmit readings to a hand-held scanner with support from a $100,000 Texas Medical Research Collaborative grant.

Dr. Yum’s innovation depends on an injectable, near-infrared optical biosensor nanotube that would read a person’s blood glucose constantly and an optical glucose scanner that can access the data.

Read more about the optical glucose scanner research.

Eric Russell

New study reveals why and when straight women form close friendships with gay men

A new study led by UTA psychology researchers sheds new light on why many heterosexual women develop close friendships with gay men.

Research by Eric Russell, a doctoral student of psychology, and William Ickes, a UTA Distinguished Professor of Psychology, affirmed that women place more trust in dating advice from a gay male friend than from heterosexual men because gay men have fewer ulterior mating motives. Also, women are more likely to trust and befriend gay men when they are in a highly competitive dating environment, such as a university with more female students than male students, the studies showed.

Read more about straight women-gay men friendships.

Dr. Taylor Johnson and Dr. Christoph Csallner

NSF grant to aid research in cyber-physical systems

Assistant Professor Taylor Johnson and Associate Professor Christoph Csallner, both of computer science and engineering, will investigate how to automate improvement of development environments for cyber-physical systems with a $498,437 grant from the National Science Foundation.

Dr. Johnson is creating a niche in research related to cyber-physical systems. He currently has a $174,634 National Science Foundation grant, a $499,546 Air Force Research Laboratory grant, and a $397,807 Air Force Office of Scientific Research grant all in this area of expertise.

Dr. Csallner was part of a recent $500,000 National Science Foundation grant that helped debug database-centric applications.

Deadline next week for NetIDplus enrollment for VPN access

Faculty and staff using VPN to access UTA resources from off-campus must enroll in NetIDplus by Wednesday, Dec. 9.

Starting Thursday, Dec. 10, faculty and staff will be required to use NetIDplus and the .Employees VPN option when accessing UTA resources from off-campus.

NetIDplus, UTA’s two-factor authentication, is the best defense against password compromise via phishing schemes or malicious software. Use of two-factor authentication is mandated by UT System policy.

You will receive an email from titled NetIDplus Security Enrollment. The enrollment process requires the use of a computer and an authentication device, such as a cell phone, landline, or tablet. Self-enroll at any time using the NetIDplus enrollment site.

Later, NetIDplus will be expanded to UTShare and additional UTA applications.

For more information, visit the NetIDplus website and two-factor authentication site or contact Help Desk for assistance at and 2-2208.

ACES symposium now accepting abstract submissions

At ACES, undergraduate and graduate students work with faculty mentors in their disciplines to write and submit abstracts for the competition.

Submissions deadline is Friday, Feb. 5, 2016. ACES 2016 is Wednesday, March 23, in the E.H. Hereford University Center.

Email questions to

Proposals needed for advising conference

The UT Arlington Advising Association is looking for interactive, innovative, and engaging presentations for its 19th annual advising conference. "Professional Growth in Advising: Dig it!" is set for Tuesday, Feb. 16, 2016.

Abstracts of approved proposals will be included in the conference program and on the conference website. Submissions are due by Monday, Dec. 11.

Generator test planned Friday

Facilities Management will test the emergency electrical generators on some buildings 1-2:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 4.

Buildings to be tested are the Central Library, College Park Center, College Park Central and South parking garages, Life Science Building, Nanofab Building, Science Hall, and The Heights on Pecan Apartments.

There will be a slight “blip” of a half-second as the electrical service transfers to the generator and another as it is transferred back to the normal building service. The test will affect only the electrical services tied to each building’s generator, not the entire building.

For questions, call Toby Buhrkuhl at 972-832-1490 or Jeff Johnson at 817-798-8456.

Secure your mobile devices

The Information Security Office has published Security Standards and Guidelines on how to secure your University-assigned or your personal mobile device.

Score holiday deals at UTA Bookstore

The UTA Bookstore is offering faculty and staff 25 percent off select items through Friday, Dec. 4.

Be part of Involvement Fairs

University departments and registered student organizations are encouraged to host an information table at New Maverick Orientation's Involvement Fairs. The next fair is Saturday, Dec. 5.

These sessions are an opportunity to share information about your programs and services with incoming students. There are a limited number of tables available, so register your group in advance.

Visit the Involvement Fair website for details and to register.

Extra Credit

Thursday, Dec. 3

Linguistics Lecture Pius W. Akumbu of Cameroon, Fulbright Visiting Scholar, "Capturing Input and Output Relations in Babanki" and language of western Cameroon. 11 a.m., Room 303, Chemistry and Physics Building. Linguistics and TESOL.

Friday, Dec. 4

Biology Seminar Andrew Clark, of Cornell University and a member of the National Academy of Sciences, “Evolution of Y Chromosomal Heterochromatin in Drosophila.” Noon,  Room 124, Life Science Building. Biology.

Saturday, Dec. 5

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.

Coming Up

Human Resources Training Register online. Coaching Skills for Supervisors, 10 a.m.-noon, Wednesday, Dec. 9; Professional Telephone Techniques, 10 a.m.-noon, Friday, Dec. 11; Effective Delegation, 9-11 a.m., Tuesday, Dec. 15; Motivating Your Employees, 9-11 a.m., Thursday, Dec. 17. All in Room 200, Wetsel Service Center. Human Resources.

(For an expanded list of events, see the UTA calendar.)

Sports Notes

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

Intramural deadline for 3-on-3 wheelchair basketball

Upcoming intramural sports deadlines are 3-on-3 wheelchair basketball, Tuesday, Dec. 8; college football bowl pick 'em, Sunday, Dec. 13; badminton, Sunday, Dec. 20; billiards, Wednesday, Jan. 6; racquetball, Tuesday, Jan. 12; and table tennis, Thursday, Jan. 14.

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

(For more sports news, go to,, or

Going Out

Thursday, Dec. 3

UTA Choir Concert Tickets $6-9. 7:30 p.m., Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. Music.

Men's Basketball Mavericks vs. North Texas. Tickets $7-20. 7 p.m., College Park Center. Also, vs. Bradley, Tuesday, Dec. 8; vs. Sul Ross State, Holiday Hoops, Monday, Dec. 21; vs. Georgia State, Wednesday, Dec. 30; vs. Georgia Southern, 7:15 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 2. Athletics.

Friday, Dec. 4

Lady Movin' Mavs Tournament Free. All day, Maverick Activities Center, Physical Education Building. Also, Saturday-Sunday, Dec. 5-6. Movin' Mavs.

Friends of the Library Paul Chaplo, Marfa Flights: Aerial Views of Big Bend Country. 7:30 p.m., sixth floor parlor, Central Library. Friends of the Library.

Flute Studio Recital Free. 7:30 p.m., Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. Music.

Saturday, Dec. 5

Holiday Lights Parade Entertainment starts in Founders Plaza at the Levitt Pavilion at 2 p.m., and the parade begins at 6 p.m. at the corner of Main and Center streets in downtown Arlington. Look for UTA floats. Free. Holiday Lights Parade.

Friday, Dec. 11

Maverick Dance Company: Via Dance A collection of progressive dance works by faculty, guest, and student choreographers. Tickets $7 students, faculty, staff, seniors; $10 general public. 8 p.m., Mainstage Theatre, Fine Arts Building. Also, Saturday, Dec. 12. Theatre Arts.

Sunday, Dec. 13

Women's Basketball Mavericks vs. Western Kentucky. Holiday Hoops. Tickets $7-20. 2 p.m., College Park Center. Also, vs. Georgia State, 5 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 30; vs. Georgia Southern, 5 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 2. Athletics.

Thursday-Saturday, Dec. 17-19

Commencement Ceremonies College Park Center. Commencement.


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. 16UTA Libraries Special Collections.

(For an expanded list of events, see the UTA calendar.)


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