For the Faculty and Staff of The University of Texas at Arlington

Monday, March 22, 2010

Jeffrey Toobin

Jeffrey Toobin, faculty to share ideas at roundtable Wednesday in prelude to Maverick Speakers Series

Faculty can join in a roundtable discussion with CNN legal analyst and The New Yorker staff writer Jeffrey Toobin at 3 p.m. Wednesday, March 24, in Room 100 of Nedderman Hall.

At 8 p.m., Toobin will discuss "Current Issues Facing the Courts" before a sold-out crowd at the Maverick Speakers Series in the Lone Star Auditorium of the Maverick Activities Center, with a book signing afterward in the second floor lounge.

Toobin's most recent book, The Nine: Inside the Secret World of the Supreme Court, draws on exclusive interviews with the Supreme Court justices and other insiders to give a behind-the-scenes look at the powerful, often secretive world of the Supreme Court. The book offers profiles of each justice and how their individual styles affect the way they wield their power and discusses how the court operates and its influence on American life.

Toobin's lecture is part of the Annual Celebration of Excellence by Students.

For more details on the faculty roundtable discussion, contact Joslyn Krismer at or 2-2688.

Mavericks Go Green

Faculty, grad students share discussion on sustainability, research at symposium

The Sustainability Across the Curriculum Symposium will feature faculty members and graduate students discussing what sustainability means for their discipline and their own research. The symposium is set for 9 a.m.-noon Thursday, March 25, in the Bluebonnet Ballroom of the E.H. Hereford University Center.

The symposium extends this year's OneBook discussions on the theme of sustainability by providing a range of topics, perspectives, and research projects. It is hosted by the Annual Celebration of Excellence by Students and the Curriculum, Research, and Community Engagement Work Group of the University Sustainability Committee.

Read the schedule of events online.

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Finishing the 'Long March'

More than 40 cadets in UT Arlington's ROTC program enter the north gate at Fort Hood, near Gatesville, on Wednesday to complete the 126-mile march commemorating the 50th anniversary of a similar journey in 1960. Cadets started Saturday, March 13, from Maverick Stadium, marching 25-mile legs each day. In 1960 a handful of cadets marched to Fort Hood from what was then Arlington State College in a show of support for the school, which was evolving from a two-year institution to a full-fledged, four-year university. The journey is known as the "Long March."

Saturday's Picnic in the Park features games, music, freebies

The fourth annual Picnic in the Park brings alumni and former students together 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, March 27, at Doug Russell Park, located on the northwest corner of Cooper and Mitchell streets. The event is sponsored by the Alumni Association.

Faculty, staff, alumni, and friends are invited to join in games, children's activities, music, and giveaways. Plenty of food will be provided. The University mascot, Blaze, will be there noon-1 p.m.

Cost is $5 for adults, and children under 12 will be admitted free. The picnic will be held under the big tent in case of rain. Parking will be available in the surrounding business lots on Mitchell Street.

To register or purchase a sponsorship, visit the Alumni Association website. For more information, contact Stephanie Thompson at 2-2594 or

Recycling training available March 30

Recycling training by the Office of Sustainability will be available from 1:30-3 p.m. Tuesday, March 30, in the San Saba Room of the E.H. Hereford University Center.

UT Arlington is an award-winning leader in recycling and composting. The University's broad commitment to recycling accommodates paper, cardboard, plastic, aluminum, and many other items.

For more information, go to the Sustainability website.

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Benefiting from the fair

Gina Wilson, left, and Connie Quintana of the School of Social Work fill out information forms at the ING Group table during the Fifth Annual Celebrating Maverick Spirit Employee Benefits Fair on Wednesday in the Bluebonnet Ballroom of the E.H. Hereford University Center. More than 500 staff and faculty members attended the fair, sponsored by the Staff Advisory Council. The fair featured more than 75 vendors and organizations that provide a service or discount to the UT Arlington community.


World class glass sale offers beautiful objects, bargain prices, silent auction

Paperweights, vases, and other functional items priced at $25 or less, along with dazzling display creations priced at hundreds of dollars, will be available Friday, April 2, at the annual glass art sale at the Studio Arts Center, 810 S. Davis. The sale runs 9 a.m.-4 p.m. as shoppers will have the opportunity to buy professional pieces for a fraction of what they would pay in galleries.

Shoppers can bid on works in a silent auction 9 a.m.-1 p.m. The silent auction includes works by program director David Keens, a recipient of the Texas State Artist Award. Keens' work has appeared in major museums and galleries throughout the United States, Europe, and Asia. One of his larger installations, "Blooms of Enlightenment," is at the Euless Public Library. View some of Keens' recent works online.

The UT Arlington glass art program is widely acknowledged to be one of the premier programs in the nation, attracting top students from across the country. The annual sale has been a major factor in the program's development. For student work, half the proceeds go to the students.

The remainder of the sales proceeds benefits the glass art program and will be used to buy materials and equipment. Faculty and staff build all of the program's state-of-the art equipment.

Sign up now for The Big Event projects

Faculty and staff are invited to join students for a day of community service for The Big Event on Saturday, April 24. UT Arlington joins the Arlington Alliance for Youth in volunteer projects for Global Youth Day.

Sign up begins today, Monday, March 22. Options include 16 indoor projects, 24 outdoor, and seven with indoor and outdoor tasks. The Big Event project list is online, and volunteers can sign up there. The annual day of community service and outreach is sponsored by EXCEL Campus Activities, UTA Volunteers, Student Activities, and the Division of Student Affairs.

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Showcasing technology

Lee-Chun Su, a bioengineering doctoral student, describes a project poster to Jian Yang, assistant professor of bioengineering, at the World's Best Technology Showcase 2010 at the Arlington Convention Center Tuesday night. Su is researching a vascular '"scaffold" that attracts the patient's stem cells, which will reinforce vascular walls. UT Arlington is one of the sponsors of the WBT Showcase, which highlights a large collection of companies, universities, and think-tanks that feature cutting-edge technologies. The event offers a chance to match those technologies with venture capital and investment companies.

Does your sensitive data provide a security risk to the University?

Assessing the risk of information resources on campus based on the data they contain helps the University identify the appropriate level of protections required to secure those resources. The UT System-mandated security risk assessment process will gather measurable information to help assess such risk and manage it appropriately.

There are two key components in beginning a security risk assessment: identifying who has data and determining if the data needs to be classified. Think about the data that you and your department handle on a daily basis, regardless of where the data is stored. Now answer the following questions to determine if that data is sensitive.

  • Would there be damage as a result of this data being leaked to the public, inappropriately accessed, modified, and/or deleted?
  • Does the data need more than normal security measures in place to protect it?
  • Does the data need to be restricted to only individuals with a need to access it?
  • Is the data required to be backed up in accordance with a retention policy?

If you answered "yes" to any of these questions, then the data is sensitive and must be classified.

Since UT System Policy UTS165 requires that owners of information resources classify all data that is sensitive, it must be determine who the data owner is. This can be easily accomplished by determining if the maintained data is the official version or a copy. If you maintain the official version of the data, then you are considered to be the owner of that data and must classify it. You are not responsible for classifying data if you only use a copy of the official data.

All members of the University community are required to participate in the data classification process if they are the owner of any data that is considered sensitive according to the UT System definition. If you are an owner of sensitive digital data, go online to complete the data classification process. The data classification must be completed by Thursday, April 15.

If you need any assistance or more information, review UT Arlington's data classification standard or see the extended list of Category-I data classification examples for specifics. As soon as all the data has been gathered, reports for each area will be available to the responsible parties. These reports will provide actionable information and enable informed decisions about the risk of information resources in your department.

Dial-in service to be retired May 31

Dial-in modems to the campus network will be retired as of May 31, according to the Office of Information Technology.

Consistent usage decline over the past five years no longer justifies the cost of the modem pool. Both dial-up and higher speed Internet connections are available from other service providers.

For more information, go to or contact the Help Desk at or 2-2208.

Benefit Yourself

Excel 2007

Learn to generate and modify charts, sort techniques, as well as basic functions and formulas with this spreadsheet software. 2‑4 p.m., Wednesday, March 24, Room 319, Architecture Building. See the complete list of OIT training classes.

Conducting Effective Meetings

Meetings are a necessary part of team and organizational management. Explore the basic keys to conducting effective meetings that will help your team get the right information and then get the job done. Participants will learn how to plan and prepare for meetings and uncover the elements that make a meeting a success. This course also presents insight and tools for virtual meetings. 2-4 p.m., Thursday, March 25, Room 200, Wetsel Service Center. See the complete list of HR training classes.


PowerPoint 2007

Create presentations based on Word outlines, import slides from other presentations, design customized shows with this multi-media presentation software. The course includes presentation tips and techniques. Register online. 2-4 p.m., Monday, March 29, Room 324, Architecture Building.

Harassment Issues in Higher Education

The term harassment covers many areas and can occur in many different situations. The person doing the harassing can be a coworker, supervisor, professor, advisor, or student. It also can be a sub-contractor, a customer or visitor to the University. This presentation of Real Issues/Real Talk covers the various forms of harassment and the appropriate steps for resolving the situation. Space is limited. Register online. Lunch included. Noon-1 p.m., Tuesday, April 6, Carlisle Suite, E.H. Hereford University Center., 2-5100.

Take a break with Mindful Moments

Health Services offers a break from stress with Mindful Moments at 12:15 p.m. each Wednesday in Room 235 of the Business Building. The program is free.

Employment information

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

Extra Credit

Monday, March 22

Starting an Open Access Peer-Reviewed Journal Librarian Eric Frierson describes the process of developing an online peer-review journal using free, open-source software called the Open Journal System. Participants will be able to develop an action plan for starting their own peer-reviewed journals and learn why open-access journaling systems present a valuable opportunity to contribute to academic society. Brown bag event for faculty and staff. Noon, Room 315A, Central Library. Eric Frierson, 2-7517.

Architecture Lecture Series "Out of Practice" is the topic for Gregg Pasquarelli in the School of Architecture Spring Lecture Series. 4 p.m., Room 204, Architecture Building. Robert Rummel-Hudson, 2‑2314.

Tuesday, March 23

Nanoscale Self-Assembly and Its Applications in Sensing Electrical engineering professors from the University of Missouri describe a one-step synthesis procedure to obtain ultra-high surface area, porous nanoparticle-based films. Their spin-on approach is fast, resulting in optically smooth films in less than 10 minutes and requiring no sophisticated equipment. 11 a.m., Room 601, Nedderman Hall. 2-0228.

Three Gorges Power Station and and Its Stability Enhancement Professors from the Huazong University of Science and Technology describe elements of the Three Gorges Dam, the largest hydropower station and dam in the world, and a novel method to improve the stability of the large-scale hydropower station and the ultra-high voltage transmission systems in China. 2:30 p.m., Room 100, Nedderman Hall. 2-3472.

Wednesday, March 24

Phillis Wheatley's Life and Poetry During the Revolutionary Period America's first published black female poet was a slave for a Boston family. Her poetry made her popular with the new country's elite, including George Washington and Thomas Jefferson. Noon, Room 211, Preston Hall. 2-1329.

Thursday, March 25

Biology Colloquium Series David J. Hoeinghaus of the University of North Texas discusses "Responses of Aquatic Communities and Ecosystem Function to Environmental Change." 4 p.m., Room 124, Life Science Building. 2-2872.

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

Going Out
  UTA Presents

Folk art highlighted in 'Outside Influences'

Reluctant King

"Outside Influences" features works by two well-known American artists, Michael Noland and Fred Stonehouse, along with pieces from their outsider/folk art collections. Their exhibit begins today, Monday, March 22, and continues through Saturday, April 24, at The Gallery at UTA.

Noland, from Chicago, has an affinity for heightened states. He brings fierceness (his Reluctant King shown), a density of thinking and seeing, a strong desire to impose on the ambiguous and fascinating chaos of the world a kind of procedure and discipline that can offer order and structure where it might not really reside.

Stonehouse is a Wisconsin painter being discovered by art dealers on the coasts for his riveting, unique style. His prints incorporate haunting portrait heads with antique motifs. His portraits are "transmuted self-portraits," often with strange characteristics, such as an alligator-like snout or a worm-like body.

In conjunction with their exhibition, the artists will discuss their work at 12:30 p.m. Thursday, March 25, in Room 148 of the Fine Arts Building. An opening reception will be held at 6 p.m. Friday, March 26, in the gallery.

The Gallery at UTA is located in the Fine Arts Building. Gallery hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Friday, and noon-5 p.m. Saturday.

Monday, March 22

Dan Cavanagh Trio Jazz Recital Performances by music faculty members Dan Cavanagh, piano; Jaime Reyes, drums; and Brian Mulholland, bass. Free. 7:30 p.m. Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. 2‑3471.

Tuesday, March 23

Women of Excellence Fashion Show Female student leaders represent their organizations in the official closing gala of Women's History Month. 6:30 p.m. Rio Grande Ballroom, E.H. Hereford University Center. 2‑2099.

Baseball Louisiana-Monroe. $2 faculty, staff. 6:30 p.m. Clay Gould Ballpark. 2-2261.

Music Honors Recital Music faculty members and outstanding students perform solo and chamber music. Free. 7:30 p.m. Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. 2-3471.

Thursday, March 25

Movie Night: Juarez: The City Where Women are Disposable Juarez is a feature length documentary that shows the theories as to why the Mexican government has not thoroughly investigated the brutal murders of more than 450 women in Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua. Part of Women's History Month. Free. 7 p.m., Lone Star Auditorium, Maverick Activities Center. 2-2099.

Friday, March 26

Friends of the Library Journalist and author Bob Ray Sanders discusses his book Calvin Littlejohn: Portrait of a Community in Black and White. A book signing and reception follows the lecture. Free and open to the public. 7:30 p.m., sixth floor parlor, Central Library. 2-7421.

Friday-Saturday, March 26-27

Downtown Farmers Market Fruits, vegetables, baked goods, spices, dip mixes, olive oil, fresh pasta, beef, chicken, pork, relishes, salsa, tamales, eggs, soaps, and arts and crafts. Fridays and Saturdays all year. Co-sponsored by UT Arlington Dining Services. 8 a.m.-1 p.m. 215 E. Front St. 817-633-2332.

Saturday, March 27

Bobby Lane UT Arlington Invitational Track and field events feature the UT Arlington men's and women's track teams competing against other universities. $2 faculty, staff. 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Maverick Stadium. 2‑2261.

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



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