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Thursday, May 19, 2016


Dr. Roger Walker

Researcher to employ scanning laser to measure microtexture of aggregates in Texas pavement

Roger Walker, professor of computer science and engineering, is leading the two-year, $671,011 project to assess whether scanning lasers can accurately measure microtexture of aggregates, which are used in asphalt and concrete mixtures.

Dr. Walker is working with the Texas A&M Transportation Institute on the project, which is funded through the Texas Department of Transportation. The agency currently uses camera-based systems to assess aggregate characteristics.

The data generated in the study will be crucial for the development of new adhesive systems that make binding asphalt and concrete better and longer lasting.

Read more about the pavement scanning lasers.

Scientists use Planetarium’s advanced software to date poem

Physicists and astronomers at UTA have used advanced astronomical software to accurately date lyric poet Sappho’s Midnight Poem, which describes the night sky over Greece more than 2,500 years ago.

The scientists described their research in the Journal of Astronomical History and Heritage.

Cuntz and co-author and astronomer Levent Gurdemir, director of the Planetarium at UTA, used advanced software called Starry Night version 7.3, to identify the earliest date that the Pleiades would have set at midnight or earlier in local time in 570 B.C. The Planetarium system Digistar 5 also allows creating the night sky of ancient Greece for Sappho’s place and time.

Read more about poem-dating astronomy project.

Left turns allowed from South Nedderman onto Cooper Street

Drivers on South Nedderman Drive can turn left onto Cooper Street, according to the city of Arlington. Nedderman is closed from Cooper Street to Planetarium Place for water and sewer line upgrades.

The closure will affect the exit from Lot F10, south of Life Science.

Use West Street for deliveries to the Central Library and Life Science Building and to visit the Planetarium.

Pedestrians will be redirected from the south student parking lots and Lot F10. There are four crossover locations:

  • Cooper and Nedderman intersection
  • Life Science Building's north /south doors
  • Life Science Building's breezeway
  • Planetarium Place at Nedderman Drive

Participate in emergency response exercise today

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. today, 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.

Mav Tube Video Extra

Commencement replay

Streamers fall on graduates as they move their tassles at last weekend's Commencement ceremonies at College Park Center. Watch the video.


IT maintenance scheduled next month

In June, the Office of Information Technology (OIT) will perform maintenance to ensure continued stability and reliability of Internet, network, telephone, and IT services for the campus community.

This first maintenance is midnight to 6 a.m. Saturday, June 4, and includes equipment critical to all data connectivity both on-campus and off-campus. It will affect Internet, VPN, and inside networks.

The second maintenance is midnight to 4 a.m. Saturday, June 11, for equipment required for outside local and long-distance telephone service. Outside telephone service may be affected.

Service disruption is not anticipated, but if it does happen, go to system status page for updates. For questions, contact the Help Desk at 2-2208 or

New sessions begin for Maverick Service Excellence program

Sign up now for the next round of Maverick Service Excellence: The Total Service Experience, a five-session training program that covers the critical elements of providing excellent service.

Register online now for the first session, Building Customer Rapport and Goodwill with upcoming classes Tuesday, May 24, Wednesday, May 25; Thursday, May 26; and four in June. Check the Human Resources' training calendar for other class times and dates.

Upcoming sessions include How to Communicate With Your Customers, Handling Problems and Complaints, Dealing Effectively With Difficult People, and Projecting a Positive, Professional Image.

Park in reserved spaces for Business Affairs classes

When attending a Business Affairs training and development class or learning lab, faculty and staff with a UTA permit must park in the reserved parking spaces.

The spaces are in Lot 48, east of the Continuing Education building, and Lot F17, south of the building.

Dallas Wings offer exclusive season tickets deal

UTA faculty and staff can see WNBA Dallas Wings 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.

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. Complete the survey. Questions or comments? Email

Summer schedule begins for 'MavWire'

MavWire moves to a summer schedule after this week. Keep up with campus activities throughout the summer on every Thursday. The next Mavwire is May 26. Semi-weekly editions return Aug. 22 for the fall semester.

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Extra Credit

Saturday, May 21

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. Campus Recreation.

Tuesday, May 24

Introduction to Spectral Flow Cytometry Analysis Learn about flow cytometry analysis equipment by Sony Biotechnology. Noon, Room 128, Life Science Building. BiologyGenomic Core Facility.

Wednesday, May 25

Cell Sorter Demonstration Will cell sorting advance your research? Watch cell sorters being demonstrated or make an appointment to test-sort your favorite cell types. Demonstration of Sony SH800, 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m., Room B09, Life Science Building. Also, BD sorter demo in late June. BiologyGenomic Core Facility.

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

Sports Notes

Sports Shorts

  • UTA men's tennis lost 4-0 to No. 11-seed Oklahoma Friday in the first round of the regional NCAA Men's Tennis Tournament in Norman, Okla. Read more.
  • Maverick baseball completed a weekend sweep of Appalachian State with a 7-5 win Sunday. The team plays Texas State Friday-Sunday, May 19-21, at Clay Gould Ballpark before the Sun Belt Conference Championship Wednesday-Sunday, May 24-28, in San Marcos. Read more
  • UTA won four individual titles and one relay crown to close the Sun Belt Conference Outdoor Track and Field Championships Sunday in Lafayette, La. The men's team finished fourth, and the women's team was fifth. Read more.

Intramural deadline for tennis, indoor soccer

Upcoming intramural sport deadlines are tennis and indoor soccer, June 8;  softball, June 15; sand volleyball and racquetball, June 22; billiards, June 30; badminton, July 12; basketball, July 13; poker, July 21; and MavStrong, Aug. 11.

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


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.

Gallery 76102: 'Tree House Divided' Works by artist Jessica Fuentes. 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.

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.

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


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