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Thursday, May 5, 2016


Dr. Matthew Fujita and Dr. Corey Roelke

UTA biologists study imperiled lizard to develop conservation plan

UTA biologists Matthew Fujita and Corey Roelke are studying a species of lizard found in parts of Texas and northeastern Mexico to find out why the reptile’s numbers have been dwindling dramatically.

Dr. Fujita, assistant professor of biology, and Dr. Roelke, senior lecturer of biology, are conducting fieldwork and genome sequencing to learn as much as possible about the spot-tailed earless lizard Holbrookia lacerata, which has experienced a steady decline in population in Central and South Texas. The work is being supported by a two-year grant from the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department.

Read more about the spot-tailed earless lizard genome project.

Maverick Parking Garage sets $10 daily cap

The Maverick Parking Garage now has a $10 cap for daily fees. Rates are $3 per hour with a $10 maximum per day.

Use the new parking meters or the MobileNOW! app on your smartphone with location code 3708.

Preferred and reserved parking permits also will be available to purchase after garage refurbishing is completed this summer. Permits purchased for this garage are not valid in any UTA parking lot.

Check for updates on the Parking and Transportation Services website.

Participate in emergency response exercise May 19

Faculty, staff, and students are invited to attend the Office of Emergency Management's annual Clery Act tabletop exercise 3:30-4:30 p.m. Thursday, May 19, in the Rio Grande Room of the E.H. Hereford University Center.

The exercise will focus on a discussion about emergency notification, the shelter-in-place process, and evacuation on a campus-wide scale. Key officials, internal and external, will participate in the discussion.

Dallas Wings play Sunday, offer exclusive UTA package

The Dallas Wings play a preseason game this weekend and offer an exclusive season deal for UTA faculty and staff.

The WNBA basketball team plays the Connecticut Sun at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, May 8, at College Park Center. Use the College Park garages. Moritz Plaza will be closed for the game.

UTA faculty and staff can see WNBA action all season with the Breakaway Pass. The deal gives faculty and staff members two season passes for the Dallas Wings season—18 games— for $99. Buy the Breakaway Pass at through Sunday, May 29. Use promo code WINGSUTA.

Upcoming games at College Park Center are against the San Antonio Stars at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, May 21; the Atlanta Dream at 7:30 p.m. Friday, May 27; and the Chicago Sky at 3:30 p.m. Sunday, May 29.

Unit Effectiveness Process reports due now

All Unit Effectiveness Process Improvement Reports need to be completed and submitted as UTA prepares for reaccreditation by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges.

Reports that need to be submited as soon as possible are the 2013-14 Improvement Report, the 2014-15 Improvement Report, the 2014-15 Assessment Results, and the 2016-17 Assessment Plans.

UTA Flow updates will enhance usability

UTA Flow (ServiceNow) will be upgraded on Monday, May 16, in order to enhance the usability and overall presentation of the system.

The home page, print option, and user preferences buttons will now be located under the cogwheel in the top right corner. All other functionality and usability should remain the same

Questions? Contact Help Desk by email or call 2-2208.

Get in shape for Blazing Race on May 18

Team up for the 2016 Blazing Race at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, May 18. The race begins at College Park Center. The Wellness Committee hosts the free event.

Participants can walk or run either a low- or high-impact campus adventure course. Find details and registration information online or email

Steam service outage planned

The Thermal Energy Plant has planned its annual outage of campus steam service to complete inspection and repair requirements of the system components. The outage is scheduled to begin at 1 a.m. Monday, May 16, until midnight Wednesday, May 18.

During the time designated, the buildings served by the Thermal Energy Plant will be without hot water and steam. Electrical power, air conditioning, and chilled water services will still be available.

For questions on buildings or equipment impacted by the outage, contact Santiago Pink at or 2-2564.

Demonstrations of cell sorting, flow cytometry planned

Will cell sorting advance your research? Watch cell sorters being demonstrated or make an appointment to test-sort your favorite cell types, courtesy of the Genomic Core Facility.

Cell sorters demonstrations are the Bio Rad S3e, 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Wednesday, May 11; the Sony SH800, 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Wednesday, May 25; and the BD sorter in late June. All will be in Room B09 of the Life Science Building.

Also, learn about cell analysis at "Introduction to Spectral Flow Cytometry Analysis" by Sony Biotechnology at noon Tuesday, May 24, in Room 128 of the Life Science Building.

For details, email

Prepare proposals for HUB Spot Bid Fair

Small and historically under-utilized businesses (HUBs) can bid "on the spot" at the Spot Bid Fair hosted by state Sen. Royce West on Monday-Tuesday, May 9-10, at the Irving Convention Center.

The fair is in conjunction with the Statewide HUB Program’s 2016 Procurement Connection Seminar and EXPO (PCSE) and the Dallas/Fort Worth Minority Supplier Development Council’s Business EXPO. Read more details about Spot Bid Fair bid opportunities.

Questions? Contact Laurie Thompson, HUB coordinator, at

Plan now for South Nedderman closure

To allow for an upgrade of the water and sewer lines, Facilities Management will close South Nedderman Drive from Cooper Street to Planetarium Place to all traffic at noon on Friday, May 13, for an indefinite time period.

The closure includes the exit from Lot F-10.

Deliveries to the Central Library and Life Science Building will need to be made from West Street. Visitors to the Planetarium also will need to use West Street.

Pedestrians will be redirected from the south student parking lots and Parking Lot F-10.

Questions? Contact Jeff L. Johnson at or 817-798-8456.

Get Texas Rangers discount tickets

To claim discounted tickets for select Texas Rangers' home games, visit, click on the University of Texas at Arlington, and use the password GOMAVS.

Campus police want your feedback

The UTA Police Department seeks your opinion regarding its performance in serving the community.

Take a moment to say what you think via the survey link. Your input will help enhance UTA PD's professionalism and the services provided to faculty, staff, students, and visitors.

UTA Libraries need your input

Share your opinions with UTA Libraries in a simple, anonymous, and confidential survey. In exchange for your ideas and opinions about the Libraries' products and services, you have chance at winning one of five $100 prizes when you opt in to the grand prize giveaway.

Complete the survey. Questions or comments? Email

Extra Credit

Friday, May 6

Grant Writers Workshop for the Humanities Discover the principles and fundamentals of grant writing for humanities and arts with interactive presentations and hands-on practices. RSVP online. $75. 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Room 100, Geoscience Building. Research Administration.

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

Sports Notes

Maverick love: Daniel Armengol prepares to hit the ball at the Sun Belt Conference championship men's tennis match, which the Mavericks won. The team will play No. 11 Oklahoma in the first round of NCAA championship play. The date has yet to be determined.

Sports Shorts

  • UTA men's tennis faces No. 11-seed Oklahoma on either Friday, May 13, or Saturday, 14 in the first round of the regional NCAA Men's Tennis Tournament in Norman, Okla. The winner of each regional site advances to the Case Tennis Center in Tulsa, Okla., where the 16 teams will compete for the national championship Saturday-Tuesday, May 20-24. See the bracket.
  • The Mavs baseball team travels for a three-game series against Arkansas-Little Rock beginning Friday, May 6. Dallas Baptist won 7-3 Tuesday at Clay Gould Ballpark. The Mavs are 23-23 for the season and 9-12 in the Sun Belt Conference.
  • The softball team won Sunday's game against Troy 13-12 on Sunday after two defeats on Saturday. The Mavs are 29-16 overall and 8-13 in Sun Belt play. The team closes the regular season with a three-game series at Texas State starting Friday, May 6.
  • A select group of Maverick track and field athletes will compete Saturday, May 7, at the Longhorn Invitational. The Sun Belt Conference Championships are Friday-Sunday, May 13-15, in Lafayette, La.
  • Men's golf finished fifth last week at the 2016 Sun Belt Conference Men's Golf Championship in Miramar Beach, Fla.

Intramural deadline for poker tournament

The intramural sport deadline for poker tournament is today, 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

Friday, May 6

Via Dance A collection of dance works by UTA faculty, student choreographers, and guests that includes includes contemporary ballet, modern, musical theatre, and tap. Tickets $7 faculty, staff, students, seniors; $10 general public. 8 p.m. Mainstage Theatre, Fine Arts Building. Also, 8 p.m. Saturday, May 7, and 2:30 p.m. Sunday, May 8. Theatre Arts.

Saturday, March 7

Salute to Community Bands Eight of the nearly 40 community bands in North Texas perform, folk songs, and contemporary pieces. Free. 11 a.m.-9 p.m., Texas Hall. See the schedule. Music.

Thursday-Saturday, May 12-14

Commencement Ceremonies The Class of 2016 graduates. Tickets required. Thursday, May 12, 7 p.m., College of Nursing and Health Innovation. Friday, May 13, 11 a.m., College of Architecture, Planning and Public Affairs/School of Social Work/University College; 3 p.m., College of Science; 7 p.m., College of Liberal Arts. Saturday, May 14, 11 a.m., College of Business; 3 p.m., College of Engineering; 7 p.m., College of Education. All at College Park Center. Commencement.

Friday, May 13

Friends of the Library Debra Winegarten, author of Oveta Culp Hobby: Colonel, Cabinet Member, Philanthropist. 7:30 p.m., sixth floor parlor, Central Library. UTA Libraries.


MavsArt Enjoy the art of UTA faculty, staff, and students. See the online gallery. Free. second floor, Central Library. Through May 13. UTA Libraries.

The Gallery at UTA: Bachelor of Fine Arts Exhibition Works by 44 graduating art students, including drawing, sculpture, glass, printmaking, film/video, photography/digital imaging, and visual communication design. 5-7 p.m., The Gallery at UTA, Fine Arts Building. Through May 14. Art and Art History.

UTA Libraries: 'Building a Barrier-Free Campus' Explore how UTA began to become a model accessible campus for students with disabilities. Sixth floor parlor, Central Library. Through Sept. 16UTA Libraries, History, College of Liberal Arts’ Festival of Global Ideas, Office for Students with Disabilities.

Gallery 76102: 'Tree House Divided' Works by artist Jessica Fuentes. Gallery hours noon-6 p.m. Wednesdays-Saturdays. Through May 31. Free. Gallery 76102, Fort Worth Center.

UTA Libraries: 'Academic Evolution: The University of Texas at Arlington' An exhibition of UTA's academic history. 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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