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Monday, December 21, 2015


Dr. Duane Dimos, Dr. David Nygren, and Dr. Kenneth Reifsnider

National Academy of Inventors names UTA trio as Fellows

Three more leading UTA faculty have been named Fellows of the National Academy of Inventors, bringing the total number of UTA Fellows to 13, the highest number for a Texas university and the second-highest number in the nation.

Within Texas, the only other institutions to receive three new Fellows were Rice University and The University of Texas at Austin.

The 2015 class will include Duane Dimos, vice president for research; David Nygren, Presidential Distinguished Professor of Physics; and Kenneth Reifsnider, Presidential Distinguished Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering. The new Fellows will be inducted April 15 as part of the academy’s fifth annual conference in Washington, D.C.

Read more about the NAI Fellows class of 2015.

Dr. Priscila Caçola

Dr. Priscila Caçola

Toys do more than entertain, research study shows

Priscila Caçola, assistant professor of kinesiology, has published research showing how specific toys and items in the home can help children develop motor skills.

Her research was published in the journal Physical Therapy on how different types of toys affect an infant’s motor skills, as well as how to best arrange the house for a baby to play in.

Listen to Dr. Caçola's interview about toys on KERA News.

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Graduation Day

Pomp and circumstance were on full display Thursday-Saturday as several thousand UTA graduates participated in seven commencement ceremonies in College Park Center. See more photos.

Holiday, winter hours announced

The UTA campus transitions to holiday and winter hours for the next few weeks.

The Central Library is closed Thursday-Friday, Dec. 24-25, and Friday, Jan. 1Check the hours for the Central Library, Architecture and Fine Arts Library, Science and Engineering Library, Special Collections, and the UTA FabLab.

The Maverick Activities Center, indoor swimming pool, and climbing wall have winter break schedules online.

The Help Desk is available 7 a.m.-6 p.m. with walk-in assistance starting at 9 a.m. Monday-Wednesday, Dec. 21-23, and 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Thursday, Dec. 28-31, and closed Thursday-Friday, Dec. 24-25, and Friday, Jan. 1.

The P.O.D. Market in the E.H. Hereford University Center is open 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Monday-Wednesday, Dec. 21-23. The market is closed Thursday, Dec. 24-Sunday, Jan. 3. Hours are 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Mondays-Fridays, Jan. 5-15, and closed Saturday-Sunday, Jan. 9-10, and Saturday-Monday, Jan. 16-18

The E.H. Hereford University Center is open 7 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Monday-Wednesday, Dec. 21-23. Winter break closure is Thursday, Dec. 24-Sunday, Jan. 3. Hours are 7 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday, Jan. 4-Thursday, Jan. 14; 7 a.m.-11 p.m. Friday-Sunday, Jan. 15-17; and closed Monday, Jan. 18.

NetIDplus required for off-campus access to UTShare starting Jan. 10

UT System will require the use of NetIDplus for every UTShare login off campus. This requirement is a continuation of the UT System two-factor authentication mandate and is tentatively scheduled for Sunday, Jan. 10.

Help sessions will be 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Tuesday, Jan. 11-12, in Room 123 of Hammond Hall.

Enroll in NetIDplus early if you regularly access UT Share from off campus. NetIDplus is now required for all VPN off-campus access.

On the NetIDplus website, user guides are available for how to enroll, managing devices, and more. The enrollment process requires the use of a computer and an authentication device, such as a cell phone, landline, or tablet.

For more information, visit the NetIDplus website or contact the Help Desk at and 2-2208.

Upgrades at MAC, PEB underway

Upgrades have started at the Maverick Activities Center and Physical Education Building.

All basketball courts in the MAC and PEB are closed at alternate times for floor resurfacing and refinishing through Jan. 10. Players can find open space for basketball at all times, rotating between buildings as they are completed. There may be a brief time when all courts are closed. It will be safe to be in the facilities, but there will be a strong odor from the refinishing materials.

The controlled access turnstiles to the MAC are having a major repair. To enter the MAC for exercise or recreation or to visit the Department of Kinesiology, use the temporary north or south entrances that will be clearly marked. To access the Campus Recreation office, New Maverick Orientation/Off Campus Mavericks space, or the MAC computer lab, use the regular building entrance.

Stay connected with Campus Recreation via the websiteTwitter, and Facebook for updates.

Power energy savings by turning off electrical devices

A few actions on your part can help conserve energy on campus during the winter break. The Office of Facilities Management suggests these steps to realize maximum energy savings:

• Turn off and unplug electrical devices. Many devices remain in a standby mode or use power even when turned off, including computers, monitors, scanners, printers, copiers, chargers, power supplies, appliances, and other electrical devices. If items are plugged into power strips, simply turn off the power strips.

• Lower the heating temperature and turn off air conditioning. Areas controlled directly by an occupant should have the air conditioning and fans turned off. Heating and air conditioning in many campus buildings are controlled by a computerized energy management system that will set these areas to maximize energy conservation during the break.

• Turn off all lights when you leave. Parking lot lighting schedules have been adjusted where feasible, taking campus safety and security into consideration.

Clean up now to prevent post-holiday surprises

The Office of Facilities Management suggests cleaning break rooms before the winter break.

• Wipe down and clean out break rooms or common areas of any food items or candy to keep from attracting insects.

• Empty the refrigerator and turn off the ice maker.

• Remove all perishable items from the refrigerator and freezer. Check all expiration dates and dispose if expired.

• Clean the inside of the refrigerator. Wipe down the drawers, shelves, sides, and floor of the fridge. Dry thoroughly.

• Place baking soda, a bowl of dried oats, or a shallow bowl of dry, fresh coffee grounds and crumbled newspaper inside the refrigerator to combat mildew, mold, and bad odor. When you return, remove newspapers and oats/coffee grounds and wipe down the drawers and sides.

ARDC upgrade set for Dec. 28

Scheduled electrical maintenance to add additional generators and power feeds for Arlington Regional Data Center (ARDC) is planned for 7 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday, Dec. 28.

The upgrade will ensure the stability to UTA services in the event of a power disruption.

Service may be temporarily interrupted during the upgrade. If service is lost, visit the Office of Information Technology’s system status page for the latest update.

Renew your locker at MAC

Renew your locker at the Maverick Activities Center by Friday, Jan. 7, to save the space for the spring semester. If you choose not to renew, please clean out the locker by that date.

Available lockers will be ready to rent on Tuesday, Jan. 19.

For details, email Blair Schuyler or call 2-0207. Visit the Campus Recreation website for MAC programs and services.

MavWire will return in January

Today's MavWire is the last issue until after the winter break. The next issue is Thursday, Jan. 7.

Send your stories or photos for MavWire to to be considered for publication.

Find previous issues in the MavWire archives.

Extra Credit

Wednesday, Jan. 6

Arlington Technology Association UTA Police Captain Mike McCord describes some emerging technological trends related to law enforcement operations, with an emphasis on real-world applications at the UTA Police Department. Light breakfast provided. RSVP. Free. 7-8 a.m, Room 100, Nedderman Hall. Arlington Technology Association.

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

Sports Notes

Double the games: The perfect stocking stuffer has arrived with the Sun Belt Fun Pack. For just $50, UTA fans can grab a seat for every home Sun Belt Conference game for men's and women's basketball. The 20-game Sun Belt schedule begins with a men's and women's doubleheader on Wednesday, Dec. 30, against Georgia State. The conference season ends against Troy on March 5. Fans can select seats from sections 104-107. To purchase the Sun Belt Fun Pack, visit or contact the box office at 2-9595.

Holiday treats at men's game tonight

Be among the first 200 fans to nab a UTA stocking for Santa to fill with goodies when the Maverick men's team takes on Sul Ross State at 7 p.m. Monday, Dec. 21. The game includes a Maverick basketball T-shirt toss.

Single game tickets are $7-20 for the general public and $3 for students. 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

Intramural deadline for billiards

Upcoming intramural sports deadlines are 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

Coming Up

Basketball Double Headers Maverick women's game followed by men's competition. Tickets $7-20 general public, $3 students. Mavs vs. Georgia State, Wednesday, Dec. 30; vs. Georgia Southern, Saturday, Jan. 2; vs. Arkansas State, Thursday, Jan. 21; vs. Arkansas-Little Rock, Saturday, Jan. 23. Women's 5 p.m., men's 7:15 p.m., College Park Center. Athletics.

Maverick Speakers Series Ron Paul, Feb. 2; Donna Brazile, Feb. 25; and Jane Goodall, March 31. Free general admission, but tickets required. Premium, season, and VIP ticket packages include reserved seats, parking, and more. Tickets available at 7:30 p.m., College Park Center. Maverick Speakers Series.


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.

Planetarium Holiday season  includes four programs using a full-color, 360-degree laser projector: Laser Country, Laser Holidays, Laser Pink Floyd, and Laser Zeppelin. Also, Holiday Music Magic and Season of Light as well as One World/One Sky, Cosmic Colors, Spacepark 360: Infinity, and Secret of the Cardboard Rocket. See the schedule. Closed Fridays, Dec. 24 and 30. Planetarium at UTA.

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


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