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Friday, July 29, 2016


Campus carry law in effect Monday; map shows exclusions

The law known as “campus carry” takes effect Monday, Aug. 1, and allows individuals with a license to carry a handgun the ability to carry a concealed handgun onto public university campuses except where prohibited.

UTA’s campus carry website has extensive information on implementation of the law. Please consult the site for the most updated information, including the UTA Campus Carry policy and guidelines.

If you cannot find the information you are seeking there, please contact the Campus Carry Committee through the online comment form, and someone will respond as soon as possible.

See the map of exclusionary areas for places where concealed handguns may not be carried.

Dr. Andrew Makeev

Office of Naval Research grant fuels efforts to improve safety, reduce manufacturing costs of aircraft composite parts

Andrew Makeev, professor of aerospace engineering, will use a $181,000 grant from the Office of Naval Research (ONR) to purchase an ARES-G2 integrated axial-torsional platform that will allow his team to better understand material properties including defect formation in composites as a function of the manufacturing process.

The ONR grant is part of the Defense University Research Instrumentation Program.

Read more.

Dr. Mingwu Jin

UTA, UT Southwestern partner to improve accuracy of cancer radiation therapy delivery

Researchers at UTA and UT Southwestern Medical Center are collaborating on two projects to improve the accuracy of the delivery of cancer radiation therapies and minimize the exposure of healthy tissues.

For one project, Mingwu Jin, assistant professor of physics, is working with Xun Jia and Yiping Shao of UT Southwestern’s Department of Radiation Oncology to simulate the effect of heavy ion cancer therapies in the body.

Read more.

Dr. Yi 'Leaf' Zhang

UTA education researcher named Greater Texas Foundation Faculty Fellow

Yi “Leaf” Zhang, assistant professor of educational leadership and policy studies, is one of four fellows chosen to help students obtain baccalaureate degrees in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics as a member of the 2016 Class of Greater Texas Foundation Faculty Fellows.

The program is designed to help build the research and teaching capacity of tenure-track faculty at Texas colleges working in areas related to student success.

Read more.

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Pokemon safety

Members of the UTA Police Department prevent our beloved mascot from taking a tumble while playing "Pokemon Go." Have fun when you play on the UTA campus, but please be smart and stay safe. Watch the video.


Dining discount on Fridays

At the request of the Staff Advisory Council, UTA Dining Services will begin a Faculty/Staff Friday special at the Connection Café in the E.H. Hereford University Center. The $6 lunches start Friday, July 29, and continue every Friday thereafter.

Airgas USA named exclusive supplier for industrial, specialty gases

An expanded partnership with Airgas USA, LLC, is effective immediately as the University’s exclusive supplier for industrial and specialty gases and related products, excluding bulk liquid nitrogen tanks.

Meet Airgas representatives and review products and services at 2-4 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 2, in the first floor conference room of the Finance and Administration Annex, 219 W. Main St. Read more.

Vote for your SAC representative

The Staff Advisory Council election runs through Wednesday, Aug. 3. Eligible voters in this election cycle are staff members below assistant director who do not report directly to a dean or vice president. Go to the SAC website and log in using your NetID and password. Click on Nominate. Select the name from the listing to nominate your district’s SAC representatives.

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Mav Milestones

Officer Jeff George, right, of the UTA Police Department was awarded the UT System Medal of Valor by UT System Police Director Michael Heidingsfield. Read the latest comments by President Vistasp Karbhari in Mav Milestones on George's honor.

Register now for second section of Maverick Service Excellence

Registration is open for the second section of Maverick Service Excellence: The Total Service Experience. Classes start Wednesday, Aug. 10, for "How to Communicate with Your Customers," the second of the five-part University-wide initiative on customer service.

The first session, "Building Customer Rapport and Good Will," has one class left at 10 a.m.-noon Thursday, Aug. 4. "Manager Overview" is 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday, Aug. 8.

Check the Human Resources training calendar for class sessions.

UTA Flow training sessions cover non-tenure track forms

Training sessions for new non-tenure track HR form in UTA Flow begin next week. The form goes into effect Monday, Aug. 8. Sessions are:

Tuesday, Aug. 2

  • College of Liberal Arts, 10:30-11:30 a.m., Room 455, University Hall

Wednesday, Aug. 3

  • College of Business, 10:30-11:30 a.m., Room 609, Business Building

Friday, Aug. 5

  • College of Engineering, 9-10 a.m., Room 132, Engineering Research Building
  • College of Science, 10:30-11:30 a.m., Room 210, Life Science Building
  • College of Nursing and Health Innovation, 2-3 p.m., Room 211, Pickard Hall
  • College of Architecture, Planning and Public Affairs, 3:30-4:30 p.m. Room 405, CAPPA Building

Contact Business Affairs Training and Development at

For questions, contact Ana Millan at or Maria Martinez-Cosio at or 2-3302.

Emergency generator test on Friday

Facilities Management will test the emergency electrical generators on some buildings 1-2 p.m. Friday, July 29. Buildings to be tested are the Business Building, College Park Center, Davis Hall, Fine Arts Building, Kalpana Chawla Hall, Maverick Activities Center, The Heights on Pecan Apartments, University Center, and University Hall. Questions? Call Toby Buhrkuhl at 972-832-1490 or Jeff Johnson at 817-798-8456.

Law enforcement competition to include real-life scenarios

More than 600 participants, judges, and law enforcement officers from around Texas will be on campus Thursday-Sunday, July 28-31. The Texas Law Enforcement Explorer Advisors Association's State Explorer Competition features teams of youth and adults competing in “real-life” law enforcement scenarios in various campus locations including parking lots, classroom buildings, the University Center, and residence halls. Questions? Contact the UTA Police Department at 2-3381.

Benefit Yourself

Sunday deadline for updating benefits

Annual enrollment is your opportunity to enroll or make changes to your current insurance coverage without a family status change. The enrollment period runs through Sunday, July 31. Changes in benefit programs will be effective Sept. 1.

Read more about the 2016-17 benefits. For more information, see Employee Benefits Services, call 2-5554, or email

Employment information

Check out employment opportunities at Have questions? Call Human Resources/Employment Services at 2-3461 or TDD 2-8139, or email The University of Texas at Arlington is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer.

Extra Credit

Coming Up

UTARI Seminar The staff of the UTARI Biomedical Division discuss current projects. Register onlineShuttle available. Lunch provided. Noon today, Thursday, July 28, UTARI, 7300 Jack Newell Blvd. S., Fort Worth. UTA Research Institute.

Open House: Veterans Business Outreach Center Learn about the Veterans Business Outreach Center program, which is designed to provide entrepreneurial development services such as business training, counseling, and mentoring, and referrals for eligible veterans owning or considering starting small businesses. RSVP to 11 a.m.-7 p.m., formal presentations 11:30 a.m. and 6 p.m. today, Thursday, July 28, Room 635, Business Building. Business.

Human Resources Training Register online. Dealing with Difficult Employees and People, 9-11 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 2; Effective Delegation, 2-4 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 9; and Coaching Skills for Supervisors, 2-4 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 10. All in Room 200, Wetsel Service Center. Human Resources.

Arlington Technology Association UTA engineering alumnus Saty Satyamurti describes his plan for a bus transit system for Arlington, including issues such as population forecasts, bus terminals, routes, fares, and more. RSVP. Free. 7-8 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 3, Room 100, Nedderman Hall. Arlington Technology Association.

(For an expanded list of events, see the Events Calendar.)

Sports Notes

Intramural deadline for MavStrong

Upcoming intramural sport deadline for MavStrong is Thursday, 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

Coming up

Free Outdoor Movie Bring a chair or a blanket, a picnic, and friends for outdoor movies each Thursday. Free popcorn. The next movie is The Jungle Book (PG), today, Thursday, July 28. Free. 9 p.m., lawn behind the Maverick Activities Center. EXCEL Campus Activities.

Dallas Wings Women's professional basketball. Tickets $25-50. College Park Center. Upcoming games are vs. Chicago Sky, 3:30 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 28; vs. Los Angeles Sparks, 7:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 2; vs. Washington Mystics, 3:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 4; and vs. New York Liberty, 3:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 11. Dallas Wings.


Visual Resources Gallery: 'Ritual and Animism: Visual Investigations of the Soul and Supernatural in African Art and Artifacts' See artwork and artifacts from the Campbell-Dowdey and Brodie African Art collections. Gallery hours 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays-Fridays. Through Aug. 26. Visual Resources Gallery, Suite 2109, Fine Arts Building. Art and Art History.

Planetarium The summer schedule includes Dynamic Earth; One World, One Sky: Big Bird's Adventure; Pink Floyd; Secret of the Cardboard Rocket; Spacepark 360: Infinity; Texas Stargazing; and We Are Astronomers. Through Aug. 28. Planetarium.

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 became a model accessible campus for students with disabilities. Sixth floor parlor, Central Library. Through Sept. 16UTA Libraries, History, College of Liberal Arts’ Festival of Ideas, Office for Students with Disabilities.

(For an expanded list of events, see the Events Calendar.)


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