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

Monday, May 3, 2010

Maverick Celebration

Fireworks, bands add to fun for grads at Maverick Celebration at Levitt Pavilion

Join the fun as UT Arlington recognizes the Class of 2010 and its achievements during Maverick Celebration, the end-of-year bash formerly called Graduation Celebration, at 8 p.m. Friday, May 7. The event will be held for the first time at Levitt Pavilion in downtown Arlington.

The celebration serves as a prelude to the May 13-17 Commencement, in which separate ceremonies are held for each college and school. "Maverick Celebration gives us the opportunity to bring our entire University community together for one spectacular evening," President James D. Spaniolo says.

The festivities will be highlighted by a fireworks display. Faculty, staff, students, friends, and family are invited to stay and dance under the stars with Texas alt-country band Micky and the Motorcars, the UT Arlington Festival Band, and others. No tickets are needed for this free event, which includes free food and drinks, at the pavilion, 100 W. Abram St. In case of inclement weather, the event will move to Texas Hall.

Dallas Morning News columnist William McKenzie ('79 MA), a 2010 Pulitzer Prize winner for editorial writing, will deliver the keynote address. Speakers include President Spaniolo and student Wendy Okolo, who will graduate with a degree in aerospace engineering.

Kalpana Chawla

Kalpana Chawla

Kalpana Chawla display dedication today

A display honoring former astronaut Kalpana Chawla ('84 MS) will be dedicated at noon today, Monday, May 3, in the Nedderman Hall atrium. Chawla, one of the University's most celebrated graduates, died aboard the Space Shuttle Columbia when it broke apart during re-entry in February 2003.

The display will include one of Chawla's flight suits, several photographs, and historical and biographical information about her and the space program. Also included in the display is a flag flown over Johnson Space Center during the memorial for the fallen astronauts from the Columbia disaster.

Jean-Pierre Harrison, Chawla's husband, donated all of the display items. Astronauts Janet Kavandi and Dominic Gorie, both colleagues of Chawla, are scheduled to speak, as are Harrison, President James D. Spaniolo, and Engineering Dean Bill Carroll.

David Peters

Space race historian: Washington University Professor David A. Peters will discuss how the space race has affected technology and engineering.

See how boomers, bloomers, and zoomers relate to space race at engineering lecture

"Boomers, Bloomers, and Zoomers: A Personal Perspective on the Space Race" is the topic for David A. Peters in the Engineering Lecture Series on Wednesday, May 5, in Nedderman Hall. A reception begins at 5 p.m. in Room 601 followed by the lecture in Room 100.

Dr. Peters, McDonnell Douglas Professor of Engineering at Washington University in St. Louis, presents the story of how the people of the United States, the U.S. aerospace industry, and American universities forged a partnership that began in 19th-century agricultural America and ended in the placement of a man on the moon.

It is the story of how the space race molded the culture of an entire generation of Americans in terms of how they were educated, where they worked, and how they viewed technology and engineering.

The lecture, presented by the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, is free, but attendees are asked to register online.

Ticketing fee for University travel is thing of the past

As of today, Monday, May 3, UT Arlington employees and departments will no longer be charged a $25 ticketing fee for travel.

The good news is thanks to a negotiated deal with the two UT System-approved travel agencies. The agencies will bill the Business Office directly each quarter, and the Business Office will absorb the cost.

If you have questions about booking travel through these agencies, contact Dan Risik, assistant vice president of procurement services, at or 2-2608.

  Mav Pic Green team reception

Honoring green offices

Don Lange, associate director for Facilities Management and co-chair of the University Sustainability Committee, speaks Thursday at a reception in the University Club to members of nine offices that received Gold Level status in the Maverick Office Green Team campus-wide initiative. The offices honored were Career Services, Facilities Management, Fort Worth Center, Graduate Studies, Office of the President, Undergraduate Recruitment, Small Business Development Center, School of Urban and Public Affairs, and University Center/Apartment and Residence Life.

Scientists uncover transfer of genetic material between insects and mammals

Researchers at UT Arlington have found the first solid evidence of horizontal DNA transfer, the movement of genetic material among non-mating species, between parasitic invertebrates and some of their vertebrate hosts. The findings are published in the April 28 issue of Nature, one of the world's foremost scientific journals.

Genome biologist Cédric Feschotte and postdoctoral researchers Clément Gilbert and Sarah Schaack found evidence of horizontal transfer of transposons from a South American blood-sucking bug and a pond snail to their hosts. A transposon is a segment of DNA that can replicate itself and move around to different positions within the genome. Transposons can cause mutations, change the amount of DNA in the cell, and dramatically influence the structure and function of the genomes where they reside.

"Since these bugs frequently feed on humans, it is conceivable that bugs and humans may have exchanged DNA through the mechanism we uncovered," says Dr. Feschotte, associate professor of biology in the College of Science. "Detecting recent transfers to humans would require examining people that have been exposed to the bugs for thousands of years, such as native South American populations."

Data on the insect and the snail provide strong evidence for the previously hypothesized role of host-parasite interactions in facilitating horizontal transfer of genetic material. Additionally, the large amount of DNA generated by the horizontally transferred transposons supports the idea that the exchange of genetic material between hosts and parasites influences their genomic evolution.

For more information, see the news release.

Save the date for MavsMeet Convocation in August

Celebrate the beginning of the 2010-11 academic year with the annual MavsMeet Convocation and faculty/staff reception. The convocation will take place at 4 p.m. Wednesday, August 25, in Texas Hall, and a faculty/staff reception with refreshments and live music will follow immediately in the University Club.

This year's speakers include President James D. Spaniolo, Provost Donald R. Bobbitt, School of Architecture Dean Donald F. Gatzke, and Vice President for Student Affairs Frank R. Lamas. Guest faculty speaker is physics Professor Kaushik De.

The kick-off ceremony also includes a spirited performance by the UT Arlington Marching Band and a musical offering from the Adonis Rose Quartet. For more information, see or call 2-6080.

Mav Pic Luminant check presentation

Checking in on education

Luminant recently donated $28,000 to UT Arlington to support the 2010 Energy, Economics, and the Environment Science Education Summer Institute on June 13-18. Through classroom and field workshops, kindergarten through high school teachers will learn the relationship between energy, mining, and the environment at Luminant's Big Brown Power Plant and Mine in Fairfield. Pictured from left are state Rep. Diane Patrick; Dr. Ann Cavallo, workshop coordinator and associate dean of teacher and professional education; Robert Gentry, Luminant Academy curriculum manager; Jim Lewis, vice president for development; Mance Zachary, Luminant government relations director; Dr. Jeanne Gerlach, dean of the College of Education and Health Professions; and Keely Appleton, representative from state Sen. Chris Harris' office.


Strut your stuff for New Maverick Orientation activities fair

Departments, groups, and organizations are invited to provide information for the 2010 New Maverick Orientation activities fair, which is on the first day of each two-day orientation program this summer. The fair is a great way for incoming freshmen to learn more about the resources and involvement opportunities available to them.

Activities fair dates are June 10, 14, 17, 24, and 28; July 8, 12, 19, 22, and 29; and Aug. 2 and 5. Groups must be present at all dates. Set-up time begins at 1 p.m. The fairs are 1:30-2:30 p.m. in the Bluebonnet Ballroom at the E.H. Hereford University Center.

The deadline to sign up for the activities fair is Wednesday, May 12. Space is limited and allocated on a first-come, first-served basis. Space may fill up prior to the deadline. After May 12, space will be allocated only if available.

See more information and register online.

Tree dedication May 14 will honor the memory of University colleagues

Faculty and staff are invited to a dedication of trees in memory of colleagues Mick Anderson, Mark Mortensen, and June James at 4 p.m. Friday, May 14, in the courtyard of Hammond and Trimble halls.

Hosting the event are the dean and faculty of the College of Education and Health Professions. RSVP by Friday, May 7, to Beverly Dillard Williams at 2-2842 or

Close software programs to ensure proper network file backup

The Office of Information Technology needs your help to make sure your network files are backed up regularly. Examples of network files include data on your J:drive (personal drive), K:drive (departmental drive), etc.

Backups cannot be completed for any network file that is kept open overnight. To ensure that your network files are preserved through nightly backups, make sure you exit from all applications that access these files.

If you shut down your computer at night, there is no need to change anything. If you leave your computer running at night (not recommended) and want your network files copied and saved, you must close the application (Microsoft Office, Outlook, etc.) to ensure that successful backups occur.

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

Mexican buffet is University Club monthly special Thursday

Mexican food prevails at the monthly buffet special at the University Club Thursday, May 6.

Executive Chef Steve Vincent will prepare arroz con pollo, taco salad in a tortilla shell, vegan fajitas, cumin green beans, Mexican chili soup, cumin lime vegetable salad, chimichurri, roasted garlic potatoes, and sopapillas.

Cost is $8 per person. The University Club hours are 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Check for future specials and the regular menu at

Student wins iPad in League of Philanthropy contest

Criminal justice senior Christa Gipson was the iPad winner in the League of Philanthropy contest. You can still "Be a Maverick Hero" and make a difference by being a donor at UT Arlington. Visit or contact Kerri Ressl in the Office of Development at or 2-1075 to make a gift or donate through payroll deduction.

Benefit Yourself

Food for Thought: Finding and Maintaining the Motivation to Exercise

Do you have a hard time finding a reason to exercise? Are you waiting for the right day or time to start? Is your motivation waning or lacking? Don't let the answers to these questions keep you from achieving your health and fitness goals. Come learn techniques to motivate yourself to exercise and start living the healthy lifestyle that you deserve. Bring a sack lunch and a notepad. Noon-1 p.m., Wednesday, May 5, Room 101B, Maverick Activities Center. See the complete list of HR training classes.


TechnoScholar: Introduction to Adobe Dreamweaver

Explore the tools necessary to use Adobe's powerful Web editing software. Learn the basics of what HTML is and how it works. Choose a layout, create tables, upload photographs, and insert hyperlinks that allow you to create your space for the Web. Register online. Free. 2-4 p.m., Thursday, May 6, Room B29, Central Library. TechnoScholar workshops.

Women's Home Improvement/Repair 101

This home improvement course is geared toward women who want to save money by repairing and renovating their homes on their own. Learn simple steps to repair most plumbing, electrical, wall, and drywall problems. Not only will you learn how to repair your home, but also which tools to use. Although this class is geared toward women, anyone is welcome. Register online. $125. 10 a.m.-noon. Saturdays, May 8-29, Nuts and Bolts Hardware, 2320 S. Collins, Arlington. Continuing Education.

Employment information

See 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, May 3

Faculty/Staff Fitness Happy Hour Start the evening off right with Happy Hour by joining colleagues and coworkers for this one-of-a-kind group exercise class. The format varies each week. This week's session is on Latin fusion. Free for faculty/staff MAC members. 5:30-6:20 p.m., Room 102B, Maverick Activities Center., 2-3277.

Tuesday, May 4

Proposal Submission at UT Arlington The first in a series of Lunch and Learn presentations from Grant and Contract Services is geared toward administrative faculty and staff. Highlights include an introduction to the Office of Research Administration; preparing your proposal at UT Arlington, internal forms, and process; and a brief overview of National Institutes of Health submission through in preparation for the June NIH deadline. Bring a brown bag lunch. Cookies and beverages provided. Register online. Free. 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., Room 223, Pickard Hall.

Fiber-optic Quantum Communications and Information Processing Prem Kumar, director of the Center for Photonic Communication and Computing at Northwestern University, describes recent experiments that demonstrate the generation and distribution of quantum entanglement in wavelength-division-multiplexed optical fiber systems. He also presents some recent results on utilizing such entanglement for quantum communications and information processing tasks. Presented by the Department of Electrical Engineering and the Fort Worth chapter of the IEEE Photonics Society. 3:30 p.m., Room 601, Nedderman Hall. 2-1224.

Wednesday, May 5

Engineers Week 2010

Domestic Challenges in 21st Century Engineering Education Jonathan Bredow, professor and chair of electrical engineering, provides an overview of challenges faced by educators and domestic educational institutions in student preparedness, pressures on the curriculum, demands of employers, and the societal status associated with engineering degrees. Light breakfast provided. Free to members of the Arlington Technology Association, students, and first-time guests. $5 for others. Reservations. 7 a.m., Room 601, Nedderman Hall. 2-3682.

Engineering Lecture Series - Boomers, Bloomers and Zoomers David A. Peters, McDonnell Douglas Professor of Engineering at Washington University in St. Louis, speaks on "Boomers, Bloomers and Zoomers: A personal perspective on the space race." Reservations online. Nedderman Hall. Reception 5 p.m. in Room 601 followed by lecture 6 p.m. in Room 100. 2-0074.

Monday, May 10

MyMav Training for Undergraduate Advisers The training is for academic advisers and staffers who need access to the MyMav adviser security role. Register at MyMav Training. 9 a.m.-noon, Room E200D, Continuing Education Building. 2-3140.

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

Going Out
  UTA Presents

Underexposed VIII screens 50 flicks by students

Underexposed Poster

Watch more than 50 films by UT Arlington students next week at the spring film festival "Underexposed VIII."

The flicks are on the screen at 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 12, at the Studio Movie Grill in Arlington, 225 Merchants Row in the Highlands, and 7 p.m. Thursday, May 13, at the Magnolia at the Modern in Fort Worth, 3200 Darnell St. in the arts district.

Tickets are $7 for one night or $12 for two. Tickets are available 11 a.m.-7 p.m. in Room 157 of the Fine Arts Building or at the door.

The Student Film Video Organization sponsors a screening in the fall and a judged film festival each spring.

Monday, May 3

All-Sports Banquet Awards presented to student-athletes from all Maverick athletic teams. $15 faculty, staff. Bluebonnet Ballroom, E.H. Hereford University Center., 2-2047.

Tuesday, May 4

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

Wednesday, May 5

Softball North Texas. $2 faculty, staff. 6 p.m., Allan Saxe Field., 2-2261.

Friday, May 7

Maverick Celebration Dallas Morning News columnist William McKenzie, a 2010 Pulitzer Prize winner for editorial writing, will deliver the keynote address. Faculty, staff, students, friends, and family are invited to stay and dance under the stars, with Texas alt-country band Micky and the Motorcars, the UT Arlington Festival Band, and others. Free admission, free food and drinks. 8 p.m. Levitt Pavilion, 100 W. Abram St.

Friday-Sunday, May 7-9

Baseball Stephen F. Austin. $2 faculty, staff. 6:30 Friday, 2 p.m. Saturday, 1 p.m. Sunday. Clay Gould Ballpark., 2-2261.

Through May 15

Bachelor of Fine Arts Exhibition BFA graduating students show their works. Reception 5-7 p.m. Friday, May 7. Gallery hours 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays-Fridays, noon-5 p.m. Saturdays, The Gallery at UTA, Fine Arts Building. 2-5658,

Through May 31

Timpani: New Works Artists Carol Benson, Susan Harrington, and Chris Powell use disparate media in this art exhibit. Free. Gallery 76102, Fort Worth Center. 2-5988.


Downtown Farmers Market Arlington's downtown farmers market features locally grown produce and locally made baked goods, arts, and crafts. Co-sponsored by UT Arlington Dining Services. 8 a.m.-1 p.m., Fridays-Saturdays, 215 E. Front St.

Planetarium Shows this week include the $2 Movie: Princess and the Frog plus One World, One Sky: Big Bird's Adventure. See the complete Planetarium schedule. $4 faculty, staff., 2-1183.

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



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