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Thursday, March 24, 2016


Dr. Shima Hamidi

Researcher shows affordable housing affected when transportation costs soar

Shima Hamidi, assistant professor of urban planning, published a study in Housing Policy Debate journal that assesses the affordability of U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development rental assistance properties from the perspective of transportation costs.

Dr. Hamidi is director of the Institute of Urban Studies in the College of Architecture, Planning and Public Affairs. Established by the Texas Legislature in 1967, the Institute has strengthened local economies and enhanced community planning for Texas cities, governments, and public agencies by providing customized planning and management services while giving students relevant, real-world experience.

Read more about the affordable housing and transportation study.

Meet candidates for parking director at forum Friday

Faculty and staff can meet candidates for director of Parking and Transportation Services at upcoming forums. The next meeting is 7:30-8:30 a.m. Friday, March 25, in Room 609 of the Business Building. Additional forums will be Monday, April 11, and Thursday, April 14.

Info sessions cover compliance with public access mandates for grant applications

UTA researchers can learn more about complying with public access mandates at noon-1 p.m. Friday, March 25, and Friday, April 1, in the sixth floor parlor of the Central Library.

The Office of Research, Office of the Provost, and UTA Libraries have developed a set of resources for faculty members.

Sponsoring agencies are increasingly including public access mandates in their award terms and conditions. Under public access mandates, grant recipients whose research results are published in peer-reviewed journals are required to submit the final accepted manuscript to the federal granting agency or a designated repository, usually within one year of publication. Compliance to this sponsor requirement is the responsibility of the faculty grant recipient.

Celebration of Faculty Creative Works set for April 12

See the accomplishments of UTA faculty at the annual Celebration of Faculty Creative Works at 4 p.m. Tuesday, April 12, on the sixth floor of Central Library. The event is sponsored by the UTA Libraries.

The annual reception honors faculty and staff for their creative accomplishments in 2015. Works include books, articles, artwork, music, plays, patents, and more.

Interim Provost Linda Johnsrud will offer remarks at 4:30 p.m., followed by a toast from President Vistasp Karbhari.

RSVP online by Tuesday, April 5. For more information, contact Jody Bailey at

Represent your department at next Orientation Involvement Fair, Block Party

University departments and student organizations can share info on programs and services at the Orientation Involvement Fair and the annual Block Party.

The next involvement fair is at the New Maverick Orientation for transfer students Thursday, April 14. Visit to register and for details.

The Block Party is set for 6-10 p.m. Thursday, April 28, on Spaniolo Drive by College Park Center. Register for a booth by Friday, April 8. Also, register to volunteer.

Maverick Service Excellence program includes manager session

Learn the key points of the Maverick Service Excellence: The Total Service Experience program, a strategic, University-wide initiative of President Vistasp Karbhari.

Manager Overview will include an interactive environment where you can ask questions and provide feedback. The session is 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Wednesday, April 13.

Register online. Seating is limited.

Emergency generator test on Friday

Facilities Management will test the emergency electrical generators on some buildings 1-2:30 p.m. Friday, March 25.

Buildings to be tested are the Business Building, Davis Hall, Hammond Hall, the Health Center, Kalpana Chawla Hall, Pickard Hall, Trimble Hall, and University Hall.

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.

Email upgrade an ongoing process

A new and improved email experience has arrived at UTA. The Office of Information Technology has begun migrating employee and department mailboxes to the new Microsoft Exchange 2013.

The migration will continue until all employees and departments have been moved. After their mailboxes have been moved, employees may receive pop-up notifications and will be required to restart Outlook.

The first three weeks of the Exchange Migration schedule are available online. At the end of each week, the Office of Information Technology will update the Exchange website to include additional departments until the completion of the project. Visit the website on a frequent basis to see when your department is scheduled for this new email upgrade.

For the latest updates, detailed instructions, recommendations, and information on what to expect, visit

If you have any questions or require additional assistance, contact the Help Desk at or 2-2208, option 3.

Complete conflict of interest form by Friday

All full-time employees must complete the UTS180: Conflicts of Interest, Conflicts of Commitment, and Outside Activities form for the 2015 calendar year by Friday, 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

Performance reviews due April 4

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

Writing Effective Performance Reviews is offered at 9-11:30 a.m. Tuesday, March 29, 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.

Extra Credit

Friday, March 25

UTARI Lunch and Learn Ken Reifsnider, right, Presidential Distinguished Professor and director of the UTARI Institute for Predictive Performance Methodology, Foundations for Predictive Modeling: The Heterogeneous Materials Characterization Laboratories at IPPM / UTARI. Register onlineShuttle available. Lunch provided. Noon, UTARI, 7300 Jack Newell Blvd. S., Fort Worth. Also, Frank Lewis, professor of electrical engineering and Moncrief-O'Donnell Endowed Chair at UTARI, Friday, April 29. UTA Research Institute.

Materials Science and Engineering Seminar Krishnan Rajeshwar, Distinguished University Professor and director of the Center for Renewable Energy Science and Technology, In a Solid-State Materials Wonderland: A 40-Year Odyssey. 11 a.m., Room 105, Nedderman Hall. Materials Science and Engineering.

Saturday, March 26

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

Monday, March 28

Digital Presence for Academic Productivity and Student Engagement A roundtable with faculty and staff discussing digital tools for collaboration, promotion, and student learning. Register online. 1-3 p.m., Room 246, Nedderman Hall. LINK Research Lab, Center for Teaching and Learning Excellence, UTA Libraries.

Introduction to TracDat Register online. 10:45-11:30 a.m., Room E200E, Workforce Development Building. Also, 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. Institutional Effectiveness and Reporting.

Unit Effectiveness Process Refresher Register online. 10-10:45 a.m., Room E200E, Workforce Development Building. Also, 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. Institutional Effectiveness and Reporting.

Tuesday, March 29

GIS Workshop Explore the geographic information system (GIS) and its applications in research and teaching and the most commonly used GIS software including ArcGIS, Google Earth, and AutoCAD MAP 3-D. Learn how to obtain some GIS software free under an educational license. Free. 11 a.m.-1 p.m., sixth floor parlor, Central Library. UTA Libraries.

K-12 Focused Technology Series Explore online learning in K-12 and higher education. Jim Holland, Google Classroom, Canvas, and anything related to LMS/CMS. Noon-1 p.m., Room 111, Trimble Hall. Education.

Wednesday, March 30

Women's History Month Lectures Frances Smith Foster, Emory University, Kitchens, Attics, and Autobiography. Noon-1 p.m., sixth floor parlor, Central Library. Women's and Gender Studies.

Anderson Sports Performance Lecture Fred Williams, head coach, WNBA Dallas Wings, Quick Tips and Drills. Noon, Lone Star Auditorium, Maverick Activities Center. Kinesiology.

Thursday, March 31

Technology StartUp Lunch-n-Learn George Kondraske, right, professor of electrical engineering and chair of the Research Conflict of Interest Committee, on how to identify a potential research conflict of interest, why it is necessary to manage conflicts of interest, and what should be in a COI management plan. For faculty and graduate students. Lunch provided. RSVP to or 2-1140. 11:45 a.m., StartUp Lounge, Campus Center, by the Nanotech Building. Office of Technology Management.

Coming Up

Technology Startup Seminar Silicon Valley investment group Artiman Ventures brainstorms with faculty, students, and local entrepreneurs on how to help move new technologies to the marketplace. Thursday-Friday, April 7-8. The fundamentals of a startup and what it takes to succeed, 2-5 p.m. Thursday, Lone Star Auditorium, Maverick Activities Center. Networking session follows. Small group meetings and follow-up sessions Friday, StartUp Lounge. Read more. Research Administration.

Arlington Technology Association Arlington Mayor Jeff Williams describes areas he believes are prime collaborative opportunities that would be beneficial to both the city and UTA. RSVP. Free. 7-8 a.m. Wednesday, April 6, Room 100, Nedderman Hall. Arlington Technology Association.

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.

Art Lecture Mohamed Keshavjee of the Institute of Ismaili 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. Art and Art History.

Social Work Colloquium Joanne Sobeck, associate dean and director of the Center for Social Work Research, “Building Research Capacity.” RSVP to 1-2 p.m. Wednesday, April 27, Room B107, Social Work Complex B. Research and Professional DevelopmentSocial Work.

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

Sports Notes

Air time: Watch ESPN3 and listen to KHVN 970 AM tonight when Drew Charles, left, Kaelon Wilson, and the rest of the Maverick men's basketball team take on New Jersey Institute of Technology in the quarterfinals of the Tournament.

Men's basketball play in CIT quarterfinals tonight

UTA claimed the first postseason victory in program history with a 75-59 victory over Savannah State in the first round of the Tournament.

The men's basketball team received a bye through the second round and advanced to the CIT quarterfinals. The Mavs face New Jersey Institute of Technology at 6 p.m. today, Thursday, March 24, in Newark, N.J. The game will be broadcast on ESPN3 and KHVN 970 AM.

Sport Shorts

  • Alexus Henry was the star for the Mavericks at the TCU Invitational, winning the high jump with a mark of 5 feet, 10 inches. UTA hosts the Bobby Lane Invitational for the first time in three years on Saturday, March 26.
  • Maverick baseball hosts Incarnate Word in a three-game series beginning today, Thursday, March 24, at Clay Gould Ballpark. The Mavs beat Baylor 6-3 Tuesday.
  • Softball Lady Mavs claimed a 3-1 victory over No. 5 Louisiana on Sunday. The team opens a three-game series against Georgia Southern at 4 p.m. on Friday, March 25.
  • The men's tennis team battled to its second consecutive win after sweeping Marquette 4-0 Monday at the UTA Tennis Center. UTA continues its three-match homestand on Wednesday, March 30, against No. 44 SMU.
  • UTA's men's golf team capped the Bob Sitton Invitational to finish sixth in Las Colinas Thursday. The team travels to West Point, Miss., for the Old Waverly Collegiate Championship beginning Monday, April 4.

Intramural deadline for NCAA Sweet 16 bracket challenge, fantasy baseball

Upcoming intramural sports deadlines are NCAA Sweet 16 bracket challenge and fantasy baseball, Thursday, March 24; sand volleyball, Friday, March 25; badminton doubles, Friday, April 1; table tennis, Thursday, April 21; wheelchair football, Monday, April 25; battleship, Monday, May 2; FIFA video game, Wednesday, May 4; and poker tournament, Thursday, May 5.

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, March 24

University Singers Concert Free. 7:30 p.m., Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. Music.

Game Night Enjoy video games or board games and fresh, hot popcorn. Free. 6-9 p.m., basement, Central Library. UTA Libraries.

Friday, March 25

Friday Night Film: 'The Hateful Eight' Rated R. Free popcorn. Concessions for sale. $2, $2.50 with credit card. 8 p.m., Rosebud Theatre, E.H. Hereford University Center. EXCEL Campus Activities.

Saturday, March 26

Track and Field: Bobby Lane and UTA/Bowie Invitational See the schedules. Maverick Stadium. Athletics.

Monday, March 28

Spirit Week A spirit competition for student organizations. Social Media Challenge, all week; “Get the Scoop” about the UTA Ambassadors, Monday, March 28; tailgate and baseball game, Tuesday, March 29; Mavs Take Over: Grease Monkey and Trivia Night, Wednesday, March 30; canned food drive, Thursday March 31; pep rally, Friday, April 1UTA Ambassadors.

Faculty Vocal Recital with David Grogan Free. 7:30 p.m., Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. Music.

Tuesday, March 29

Clavier Piano Recital Free. 7:30 p.m., Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. Music.

Film Screening: 'The Head of Joaquin Murrieta' Filmmaker John Valadez goes on a quest for the remains of Joaquin Murrieta, a legendary Mexican outlaw who was killed by bounty hunters in 1853 and had his head placed in a jar for public display across California. Free. 3 p.m., Room 148, Fine Arts Building. Center for Mexican American Studies.

Wednesday, March 30

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

Thursday, March 31

Faculty Double Bass Recital with Jack Unzicker Free. 7:30 p.m., Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. Music.

Maverick Speakers Series "Gombe and Beyond: An Evening with Dr. Jane Goodall." SOLD OUT. 7:30 p.m., College Park Center. Maverick Speakers Series.

Coming Up

Glass Art Sale and Show Vases, paperweights, platters, and other glass art by art students and faculty. 8 a.m.-5 p.m., silent auction 2 p.m. Saturday, April 2, Studio Arts Center, 810 S. Davis St. Art and Art History.

International Week Soccer tournaments, Saturday, April 2; Parade of Banners, Monday, April 4; International Food Fair, Tuesday, April 5; fashion show, Wednesday, April 6; Global Extravaganza, Friday, April 8. Office of International Education.

Earth Day 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Tuesday, April 12, University Center mall. Institute of Sustainability and Global Impact.

Maverick Film Festival The competition features four-minute films by students. 7 p.m. Friday, April 22, Rosebud Theatre, E.H. Hereford University Center. Art and Art History.

Administrative Professionals Day A luncheon for UTA's administrative professionals. 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Monday, April 25, Bluebonnet Ballroom, E.H. Hereford University Center. Human Resources.


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.

Gallery 76102 'The More I Build You' Within paintings and drawings, artist Layla Luna constructs and deconstructs spaces and architectural structures. Artist talk, 6-8 p.m. today, Thursday, March 24. Gallery hours noon-6 p.m. Wednesdays-Saturdays, Fort Worth Center, 1401 Jones St., Fort Worth. Through March 31. Gallery 76102.

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.

Planetarium Explore the secrets of the universe in the new show Dark. The spring schedule includes AstronautCosmic ColorsFrom the Earth to the UniversePink Floyd, and SpacePark 360: Infinity. Through May 29UTA Planetarium.

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


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