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Monday, March 7, 2016


Dr. Jeff Campbell

Jeff Campbell named director of Shimadzu Institute for Research Technologies

UTA has named technologist and business development expert Jeff Campbell as director of the Shimadzu Institute for Research Technologies.

Dr. Campbell brings more than 20 years of proven leadership success in product design and development, engineering, and operations management, as well as business development and sales. His areas of expertise include semiconductors and optoelectronics, sensors and controls, and networking and wireless communications. He was director of the electronics, optics, and materials focus area within the UT Dallas Applied Research Center.

At UTA, Campbell will report to Duane Dimos, vice president for research.

Read more about Campbell's appointment.

Downtown roads closed for 101 Center Street development

Plan for delays and detours in downtown Arlington starting today, Monday, March 7, during construction of the 101 Center Street development project.

Road closures through April are:

  • Main Street between Center and Mesquite streets,
  • one lane and sidewalk on Center Street between Main and Abram streets, and
  • two lanes and one sidewalk on Mesquite Street between Front and Abram streets.

All tickets claimed for Jane Goodall appearance

Tickets to see primatologist and conservationist Jane Goodall for the Maverick Speakers Series are sold out.

"Gombe and Beyond: An Evening with Dr. Jane Goodall" begins at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 31, at College Park Center. A student question-and-answer session follows the event.

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Top cop

Det. Bill Zimmerman is the UT System featured officer of the month for March. After a long career with the Arlington Police Department, he joined the UTA Police Department in 2013. He's also an alumnus with a degree in criminal justice. Read more about Det. Zimmerman.


Performance reviews due April 4; training for supervisors offered

Annual performance reviews for employees must be completed by Monday, April 4. The reviews do not include faculty members and graduate assistants.

Understanding Performance Reviews Forms and Procedures for supervisors is offered 2-3 p.m. Thursday, March 10; and 9-10 a.m. Thursday, March 24. If you are unable to attend a training session on the dates provided, a training session for your department can be planned.

Another class for supervisors is Writing Effective Performance Reviews at 9-11:30 a.m. Wednesday, March 16, and Tuesday, March 29.

All sessions are in in Room 200 of the J.D. Wetsel Service Center.

Employees are encouraged to complete a self-evaluation for the performance review process.

Evaluation forms are online. For questions, email or call 2-5554.

Complete conflict of interest form by March 25

Go to the Outside Activity Portal to disclose potential conflicts such as service on a board or uncompensated activity outside of UTA, significant interest in a business, or gifts received. Approval is not required for immediate family members, but disclosure may be required.

Log into the portal and click on the Make New Disclosure tab to complete the form.

If you did not participate in any outside activity, click on the Report No Activity tab.

To request approval for outside activities, use the Request Approval tab.

If you have any questions, contact Jennifer Chapman in University Compliance Services and Legal Affairs at 2-2080 or

Steps to Retirement class Thursday

Learn more about Retirement eligibility, retiree insurance, and how UT Select and Medicare coordinate at a Steps to Retirement class. The session is 10 a.m.-noon Thursday, March 10, in Room 205R of the Wetsel Service Center.

For details, call 2-5554 or contact Yvette Rodriguez at email

Institute for Sustainability and Global Impact

Input needed on proposed certificate in sustainability

Take a survey to help UTA develop a certificate in sustainability. Complete the survey.

The program will use a multidisciplinary approach to integrate business, society, and sustainability into a coherent program of study and engagement. The certificate would offer working professionals an opportunity to learn how to integrate the principles and values of sustainable practices.

See the new website for UTA's Institute for Sustainability and Global Impact.

Buy tickets for UTA Night at the Rangers to reserve unique cap

A UTA-themed Texas Rangers cap is waiting for you when you buy tickets now for the game Friday, Aug. 26, when the Rangers take on the Cleveland Indians.

Get your ticket before Tuesday, March 15, to guarantee your one-of-a-kind cap.

Buy tickets online for the promotion. Claim your cap on game day at Globe Life Park.

More caps will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis for fans purchasing after March 15.

SAC Benefits Fair includes blood drive, health screenings

Bring your Mav ID and join the Staff Advisory Council at the ninth annual Celebrating Maverick Spirit Benefits Fair 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 16, in the Bluebonnet Ballroom of the E.H. Hereford University Center.

Meet with vendors and organizations that provide services or discounts for the UTA community.

Giveaways, door prizes, and free food—first come, first serve—await all employees.

Register online for food allergy testing and a cardiovascular screening with 100 percent coverage by insurance.

Bring your insurance and ID cards. Sign up for the Carter BloodCare blood drive.

Register a booth for your department.

You can help with transition to new email system

Volunteer to be part of the Office of Information Technology's email service upgrade. If you would like to have your email and calendar moved early to the new system, fill out the Request to Move Early form on the Exchange upgrade website.

On Monday, March 21, the Office of Information Technology will begin migrating email and calendars to the new system.

Prepare your mailbox for the switch by organizing your current mailbox.

Delete—Quickly review your inbox and determine which messages you do not need to keep. This may include calendar invites, email chains, or random subscription-based advertisements.

File—Organize files in folders or use flags to indicate the importance of the emails.

Archive—Archive files in a location on your computer or inbox.

For updates, detailed instructions, recommendations, and more information, visit the Exchange upgrade website. For specific questions, contact the Help Desk at or 2-2208.

Extra Credit

Monday, March 7

Exercise Science Seminar Tiffany Ryan, director of therapeutic services at Advanced Arm Dynamics and UTA alumna, “Upper Limb Prosthetics: Current and Emerging Technology and the Importance of Skilled Clinical Interventions.” Kinesiology.

Tuesday, March 8

K-12 Focused Technology Series Explore online learning in K-12 and higher education. Makerspaces and UTA FabLab, noon-1 p.m., Room 111, Trimble Hall. Also, Jim Holland, Google Classroom, Canvas, and anything related to LMS/CMS, March 22 and 29Education.

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

Women's History Lecture Amy Richards, activist and author, “Enough: The Good Enough Woman.” 7 p.m., sixth floor atrium, Central Library. Women's and Gender Studies.

Wednesday, March 9

Walter Prescott Webb Memorial Lectures en Espanol Pablo Yankolovich, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de Méxicom, "Entranjeros Indeseables, Leyes Y Practicas Sociales En Mexico Revoluvionario." 2 p.m., San Saba Room, E.H. Hereford University Center. History, Center for Mexican American Studies.

Thursday, March 10

Walter Prescott Webb Memorial Lectures The 51st annual program presents lectures on the topic "Deportations in the Americas: Histories of Exclusions."
See the schedule. 9:30 a.m.-9 p.m., E.H. Hereford University Center. History, Center for Mexican American Studies.

Film Screening: 'Age of Champions' A screening of an award-winning and inspiring documentary following five older adults who sprint, leap, and swim for gold at the National Senior Olympics. A discussion follows with panelist Chris Ray, associate dean for research for the College of Nursing and Health Innovation; Clay Krames, a gold medal Senior Olympian; Chelsea Couch of the Texas Department of Disability and Aging Services; and Sydney Farrier, a social worker. 5-8 p.m., Room 109, Social Work Building A. Social Work.

Friday, March 11

Materials Science and Engineering Seminar Series Csaba Janaky, of University of Szeged-Hugarian Academy of Sciences, “Hybrid nanoscale Architectures of Semiconductors and Carbon Nanomaterials: Synthetic Aspects and Photoelectrochemical Applications.” 10 a.m., Room 601, Nedderman Hall. Materials Science and Engineering.

Coming Up

Introduction to TracDat Register online. 4-5 p.m. Friday, March 11; 1:45-2:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 22; 10:45-11:30 a.m. Monday, March 28; 2:45-3:30 p.m. Thursday, March 31; 9:45-10:30 a.m. Tuesday, April 5; 4:15-5 p.m. Wednesday, May 4; all in Room E200E, Workforce Development Building. Institutional Effectiveness and Reporting.

Unit Effectiveness Process Refresher Register online. 11 a.m.-noon, fourth floor conference room, Wade Building. Also, 1-1:45 p.m. Tuesday, March 22; 10-10:45 a.m. Monday, March 28; 2-2:45 p.m. Thursday, March 31; 9-9:45 a.m. Tuesday, April 5; 3:30-4:15 p.m. Wednesday, May 4; all in Room E200E, Workforce Development Building. Institutional Effectiveness and Reporting.

Annual Celebration of Excellence by Students The University-wide symposium highlighting the best in student research and creativity. Wednesday, March 23, E.H. Hereford University Center. Annual Celebration of Excellence by Students (ACES).

RAD Self Defense Class Self-defense course for female faculty, staff, and students. Register online. Free. 9 a.m.-6 p.m., March 26, April 9, Room 102-B, Maverick Activities Center. UTA Police.

CPR/AED/First Aid Class A single, five-hour class covering the American Red Cross first aid basics, medical and environmental emergencies, adult CPR, and AED use. Registration at MAC Services and Information desk. $50. 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Room 223, Maverick Activities Center. Also, Saturdays, April 9 and May 21. Campus Recreation.

Architecture Lecture Mohamed Keshavjee of the Insitute of Ismali Studies in London, author of Into That Heaven of Freedom: The Impact of Apartheid on an Indian Family’s Diasporic History. 5 p.m. Monday, April 18, auditorium, Architecture Building.

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

Going Out
  UTA Presents

Planetarium celebrates 10th birthday, Museum Day

The Planetarium at UTA celebrates its 10th anniversary this month and offers free admission to shows Saturday, March 12, for Museum Day Live!, an annual event hosted by the Smithsonian Institution.

Opened on March 4, 2006, in the Chemistry and Physics Building, the Planetarium today has state-of-the-art projectors and software, a stage for live performances, and active stereo hardware to present selected shows in 3-D. In 2015, more than 36,000 K-12 students and more than 13,000 members of the public attended programs at the Planetarium.

Levent Gurdemir is director of the Planetarium. Amy Barraclough is the program coordinator, and Trevor Henry is the planetarium coordinator.

For Museum Day on Saturday, enjoy free shows and demonstrations, talks, and handouts on science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.

Free Planetarium shows for Museum Day include 1 p.m., Cosmic Colors; 2:30 p.m., From Earth to the Universe; 5:30 p.m., Dark; and 7 p.m., Pink Floyd: Dark Side of the Moon.

Two lectures are planned. Nila Veerabithina, senior lecturer of physics, speaks on "Women in Astronomy: Past, Present and Future" at 3:30 p.m., and Sonja Godeken, lecturer of mathematics, talks at 4:15 p.m.

Demonstrations are at 1-5 p.m., solar observing (weather permitting) with the Fort Worth Astronomical Society, and 2-5 p.m., chemistry experiments with the UTA Science Ambassadors.

Exhibitors include the National Space Society of North Texas, Fort Worth Astronomical Society, UTA Libraries, and LEGO Kids and Teens University

More shows are added to the lineup for Spring Break, March 14-18. Tickets for Planetarium shows are $3 for UTA students; $6 for adults, $4 for seniors, students, and children; and free for ages 0-2 years.

See the Planetarium schedule for more details.

Monday, March 7

Honors Recital Free. Noon, Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. Music.

Jazz Bass Guest Artist Concert Performances by the Eddie Gomez Trio with Stefan Karlsson and Ed Soph. Tickets $10. 7:30 p.m., Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. Music.

Tuesday, March 8

Faculty Percussion Recital Andrew Eldridge, senior lecturer of music, performs. Free. 7:30 p.m., Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. Music.

Wednesday, March 9

Wind Symphony Concert Tickets $9 general public, $6 students, seniors. 7:30 p.m., Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. Music.

Film Screening: 'He Named Me Malala' The story of the youngest winner of the Nobel Peace Prize, Malala Yousafzai. After being shot by the Taliban for sticking up for women's educational rights in Pakistan, Malala has become a champion for the 60 million girls worldwide who are deprived of an education. Gift basket raffles to benefit the Malala Fund. Free admission, popcorn, and drinks. 6-8 p.m., Lone Star Auditorium, Maverick Activities Center. MalalaMavs.


The Gallery at UTA: 'Whew…That’s a Relief! The Madcap World of John Hernandez' A retrospective exhibition by San Antonio artist John Hernandez that spans four decades. Gallery hours 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays-Fridays and noon-5 p.m. Saturdays. Through March 30The Gallery at UTA.

UTA Libraries: 'Score' Using Special Collections photos, the exhibit showcases the early days of baseball, basketball, and track; the end of Maverick football; and Olympians and Paralympians from UTA. Through April 30. Also, Academic Evolution: The University of Texas at Arlington runs through Aug. 31. Sixth floor, Central Library. UTA Libraries.

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


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