UTA MavWire
Thursday, February 23, 2023

Personalized medicine

George Alexandrakis, professor of bionengineering, is leading a state-funded project that will try to identify what T-cells are detecting in cancerous cells to better craft a personalized cancer immunotherapy.


Alumnus gives back

A generous gift by Eric Kunz, former UTA student-athlete, will support the University's baseball program.


Antique maps donation

Longtime local meteorologist David Finfrock has donated 150 antique maps and hundreds more stamps and postal covers related to Antarctica to the UTA Libraries Special Collections. The collection can be viewed during normal operating hours.

Take a campus tour

New faculty and staff have the opportunity to join a campus tour on the last Friday of every month. Guided walking tours last approximately 1.5 hours. To attend, arrive at the Dan Dipert University Welcome Center, 580 South Center St., about 15 minutes before start time. The next tour is Friday, Feb. 24, at 3 p.m. Email questions to campustours@uta.edu.

Years of service celebration

Faculty and staff members reaching milestones of 10 years or more of service to UTA should review the 2023 service awards list for accuracy. Email revisions to askhr@uta.edu by Tuesday, Feb. 28.

Employee exit form

Beginning Wednesday, March 1, the Office of Talent, Culture, and Inclusion (TCI) will implement new employee clearance and release processes. Resigning employees will be required to complete the Employee Clearance and Release Request form within two weeks of their separation date. Learn more at TCI's website.

Anthropology in the workplace

Elizabeth Briody, founder and principal of Cultural Keys LLC, will present this year's Ben and Trudy Termini Distinguished Antrhopology Lecture. Briody's career has focused on cultural change efforts in business environments.


Student employee awards

Supervisors are invited to nominate their outstanding student employees to win a student employment award from the Career Development Center. Please submit only one nomination per student by the deadline Monday, March 6, at 12 p.m.

A Conversation with Indra Nooyi

The Maverick Speakers Series presents Indra Nooyi Tuesday, March 21, at 7:30 p.m. Nooyi is an experienced leader in the business world and has held executive positions at major companies all over the globe. She is also a revered role model for women and immigrants and celebrated for her empowering messages on inclusivity.

Seeking sustainability partners

The Office of Sustainability is seeking UTA student organizations, offices, and academic departments that are passionate about finding sustainable solutions to host a table at its annual Earth Day event Wednesday, April 19. Sign up at go.uta.edu/earthdaysignup by Friday, March 31.

Faculty network for sustainability

Faculty who are interested in joining UTA's Faculty Advisory Network in Sustainability can apply online for the 2023 cohort. The two-day program offers multidisciplinary insights into sustainability issues, experiential learning about place, and exercises designed to help faculty develop new modules and courses. This year's cohort will meet May 2-3.

Native landscaping

The Native Plant Society of Texas, in partnership with UTA's Office of Sustainability, is offering an introductory course on native landscapes. All levels of expertise are welcome to attend the Friday, May 19, and Saturday, May 20, lectures. Learn more and register.

Policy updates

BF-PGS-PR-05 Bid Protest Procedures

This procedure was updated as part of a regularly scheduled five-year review. The Texas Government Code allows vendors to protest the award of a contract under an RFP if they believe the award does not apply with state law. Protest procedures were updated to align with current practices and UTS 148 Protest Procedures Related to Procurement of Goods and Services.

GA-LA-PO-08 Reporting Claims or Possible Claims Arising Under the Texas Torts Claims Act Policy

This new policy will replace procedure GA-LA-PR-03 Reporting Claims or Possible Claims Arising Under the Texas Tort Claims Act. This policy outlines the importance of notifying the Office of Legal Affairs about any potential claim that may arise under the Texas Tort Claims Act. The related form, GA-LA-F-01 Preliminary Summary Report of Tort Claims, is also being updated.

IT-PO-03 Information Security Acceptable Use Policy

The Texas Governor’s office recently issued a directive to state agencies regarding prohibited technologies, and the Texas Department of Information Resources (DIR) issued a model policy that each agency, including institutions of higher education, is required to adopt. As a result, UTA added a paragraph on prohibited technologies to this policy to comply with the DIR model policy. The UTA Office of Information Security has published a policy standard with specific details to protect sensitive information and critical infrastructure from technology that poses a threat to the state of Texas.

GA-UA-PR-03 Release, Waiver & Indemnity Agreement Procedure

This procedure was updated as part of a regularly scheduled five-year review. It was placed under the purview of Legal Affairs rather than Business Affairs and explains when to use a waiver or release agreement for campus activities that present unnecessary risk.

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