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

Monday, February 14, 2011

Mario Romero-Ortega

Dr. Mario Romero-Ortega

Research brings prosthetic closer to the real limb

Mario Romero-Ortega, an associate professor of bioengineering, and his research team have obtained a $2.2 million grant from DARPA, the research and development office for the U.S. Department of Defense, to further the development of technology that will allow amputees to naturally control and feel bionic limbs.

Dr. Romero-Ortega has built a neural interface that he thinks will lead to a better prosthetic arm that will allow more movement—and eventually sensation—for military veterans who desperately need them.

“What makes our research different is that we’re putting the neural interface in the limb itself,” says Romero-Ortega, speaking of the tiny interfaces that allow the arm to interpret what the brain is telling it to do, and for the brain to interpret what the arm is doing.

Read more about the prosthetic limb research.

Cal Ripken Jr.

Cal Ripken Jr.

Tickets sold out for Cal Ripken Jr. appearance

Cal Ripken Jr.'s appearance for the Maverick Speakers Series is sold out, but non-ticketed patrons will be seated as space permits. Ripken will speak on "The Keys to Perseverance" at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 17, in Texas Hall.

Ripken played 21 seasons with the Baltimore Orioles. His Hall-of-Fame career includes being one of only eight players to have 400 home runs and 3,000 hits. In 1995 he broke Lou Gehrig’s record for consecutive games played (2,130), and he voluntarily ended the streak in 1998 after playing 2,632 consecutive games.

Bill Nye—scientist, educator, engineer, comedian, author, and TV host—is the next guest in the speakers series. "A Night with the Science Guy" is at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 23, at Texas Hall. Tickets will be available at later this month.

Don Asher

Motivated adviser: Author Don Asher will focus on the role of advisers as motivators at the Advising Association conference Tuesday.

Motivation, retention hot topics at academic advising conference

Don Asher, a nationally known speaker and writer on careers and higher education, delivers the keynote address at the 14th annual UT Arlington Advising Association conference Tuesday, Feb. 15. Asher's talk on "Motivation and Retention: The Practitioner's Role" is at 8:45 a.m. at the Rosebud Theatre in the E.H. Hereford University Center.

Asher—known as “America’s Job Search Guru”—is the author of 12 books, including The Overnight Resume, How to Get Any Job, Who Gets Promoted, and the recently released Cracking the Hidden Job Market.

He also will speak at sessions throughout the day, along with other lecturers. See the UTAAA conference program.

Maresca lectures on 'Education for the World of Tomorrow'

Diplomat and humanitarian John J. Maresca shares his thoughts on "Education for the World of Tomorrow" at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 15, in the Lone Star Auditorium of the Maverick Activities Center.

Maresca is rector of the University for Peace, a United Nations-mandated institution based in San Jose, Costa Rica. He previously served as president of the Business Humanitarian Forum, a worldwide nonprofit association based in Geneva that encourages private sector support for humanitarian work in post-conflict and very poor countries of Asia, Africa, and southeastern Europe.

The lecture is free and open to the public. Maresca will visit classes prior to the lecture.

Living Well

Wellness workshop provides financial planning help

A wellness workshop on retirement and financial planning for women is 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 16, in the Rosebud Theatre at the E.H. Hereford University Center.

The program includes web-based education, recurring live seminars/workshops, and one-on-one onsite financial coaching to accommodate varied financial issues, learning styles, and levels of employee commitment. Additional program details and resources can be found on the Wellness Program webpage.

Register online for the workshop.

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Talk of the Town

Dr. Jae Yu, an associate professor of physics, poses a question during a Town Hall meeting Friday in Nedderman Hall. The 82nd Texas Legislature, the budget, and campus growth were the main topics as President James D. Spaniolo and Provost Donald R. Bobbitt addressed faculty and staff in a question-and-answer session. The two encouraged everyone to share ideas on issues to present to state lawmakers as they consider the budget for the 2012-13 biennium. Comments can be sent via e-mail to President Spaniolo at or Provost Bobbitt at Another Town Hall meeting is being planned for March.


Milestone employees should check recognition list for their names

Employees who have completed 10, 15, 20, 25, 30, 35, 40, or 45 years of service should make sure their names are on the list of 2011 Service Award Honorees on the Office of Human Resources website. Review the list and report any missing names by Thursday, Feb. 24, to Lara Ellison at 2‑5554, 2‑5118, or

Faculty, staff invited to nominate outstanding student leaders

The Leadership Recognition Program honors the University's outstanding student leaders who have made significant contributions to their organizations or the University.

All faculty and staff can nominate deserving students for the four awards by Friday, Feb. 18. Read the Outstanding Student Leader award descriptions and the nomination form and letter online.

The awards are sponsored by the Office of the President, Student Affairs, and Alumni Association.

Sample, vote on University Club proposed menu items Thursday

Try some new food items from Executive Chef Steve Vincent at the University Club in Davis Hall, and vote on which to add to the spring menu. Taste a variety of entrees 12:30-1:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 17.

The sampling is free for guests who purchase lunch that day. For those who wish to attend the event only, the cost will be $2.50, tax included.

RSVP online by Tuesday, Feb. 15, with your name and department. The first 20 to RSVP receive vouchers for a free dessert.

Benefit Yourself
Safe Zone

Safe Zone Ally Training

Learn about heterosexual privilege, campus and community resources, and how to be supportive to members of the LGBT community. After completion of the training, participants will receive a Safe Zone decal and will be equipped with the tools necessary to respond in an appropriate, affirming, and supportive manner to LGBT individuals; know resources and where to find them; and examine their own attitudes, behaviors, and values. Space is limited. RSVP online with the training date. Free. 1-4 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 16; 1-4 p.m. Friday, March 4; and 2-5 p.m. Friday, April 15. Room 303, Ransom Hall.

Fresh Start from Tobacco

Health Services offers free tobacco cessation education classes as UT Arlington moves toward becoming a tobacco-free campus in August. The Fresh Start from Tobacco program consists of four one-hour classes designed to educate and assist individuals who are ready to make a fresh start from tobacco use. These seminars cover steps to understanding addiction, quitting and coping strategies, and receiving help. It is important to attend all four sessions. Free. See class schedule for times. Tuesday, Feb. 15, and Wednesday, Feb. 16. Room B03, Health Services Center. See a complete listing of HR training classes.

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Learn to create brochures, flyers, and newsletters. Free. 2-4 p.m., Monday, Feb. 21, Room 123, Hammond Hall. See more information on OIT training.

Mindful Moments

Take a break from stress with Mindful Moments. Mindfulness draws on one's internal resources to cultivate awareness and to practice being present in each moment of our lives. 12:15-12:45 p.m. Wednesdays, Room 235, Business Building. Health Services, Marie Bannister, 2-2771.

Employment Information

Check out 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, Feb. 14

Safer Sex in the City: GYT Consent is Sexy Learn about consent through questions and role-playing, as well as tests for sexually transmitted diseases. Continues with Thursday's Sex Monologues. 11 a.m.-1 p.m., Palo Duo Lounge, E.H. Hereford University Center. Health Services, 2-2771.

Thursday, Feb. 17

Traffic pollution

Stuck in Traffic: Find DFW Road Segments with the Highest Pollution Levels Learn how Geographic Information Systems can be used to statistically estimate pollution levels within the Metroplex and to identify the streets with the highest levels. This hands-on workshop requires no GIS or scientific experience. Free. No registration required. 3-5 p.m., Room B20, Central Library. TechnoScholar Workshops, 2-0923.

Sex Monologues Performances, role-playing, and information on what constitutes sexual consent. A continuation of Monday's Safer Sex in the City. 7-9 p.m. Palo Duro Lounge, E.H. Hereford University Center. Health Services, 2-2771.

Friday, Feb. 18

RefWorks I: Save Time See how easy it is to use RefWorks to create a list of references for your bibliography, formatted according to your choice of styles such as APA, MLA, or many others. Register online. Free. 3-4 p.m., Room 339, Business Building. TechnoScholar Workshops, 2-0923.

Saturday, Feb. 19

R.A.D. Women's Self-Defense Learn the 10 basic principles of self-defense, risk avoidance, and more. Free for female faculty, staff, and students. Register online. 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Room 135, Maverick Activities Center. UT Arlington Police,

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

Going Out

Tuesday, Feb. 15

War Child This award-winning documentary follows an inspiring musician rescued from life as a Sudanese child soldier. Part of the Freshmen Leaders on Campus Remembrance project. Free, but donations accepted. 7 p.m., Room 101, College Hall. Freshmen Leaders on Campus, 2-2293.

Easy A

Clavier Piano Recital Piano students perform. Free. 7:30 p.m., Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. Music, 2-3471.

Wednesday, Feb. 16

$2 Movie: Easy A A clean-cut high school student relies on the school's rumor mill to advance her social and financial standing. Rated PG. 5:30 p.m. Also 5:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 18, and 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 19. Planetarium, 2-1183.

Men's Basketball Mavericks vs. Stephen F. Austin. Blue Out. Blue shirts and hats for the first 250, sponsored by the Student Alumni Association. All fans are encouraged to wear blue Maverick gear and pack Texas Hall. $8 tickets. 7 p.m., Texas Hall. Athletics, 2-2261.

Thursday, Feb. 17

Evolution of Hip-Hop Discover the ever-changing hip-hop world through a fashion show, rap battle, and a presentation of different hip-hop elements, and old school and new school hip-hop beats. Part of Black History Month. 7 p.m., Rio Grande Ballroom, E.H. Hereford University Center. Multicultural Affairs, 2-2099.

Wind Symphony Concert The UT Arlington Wind Symphony presents three iconic works for winds. $3 students, seniors; $5 general public. 7:30 p.m., Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. Music, 2-3471.

Friday, Feb. 18

Free Movie: Due Date Things go awry for an expectant first-time father as he tries to get home in time for the birth. Rated R. Free. 5 p.m. and 8 p.m., Lone Star Auditorium, Maverick Activities Center. EXCEL Campus Activities, 2-2963.

Guest Strings Recital The Aspen Trio with David Perry, violin; Victoria Chiang, viola; and Michael Mermagen, cello, perform Beethoven, Schubert, and Mozart. Free. 7:30 p.m., Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. Music, 2-3471.

Saturday, Feb. 19

Women's Basketball Mavericks vs. Texas State. $8 tickets. 2 p.m., Texas Hall. Athletics, 2-2261.

The Trouble Begins at 8 Dennis Maher, associate professor of theatre arts, brings Mark Twain to life through the author's writings and speeches. $7 faculty, staff. 8 p.m. Also 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 20. Studio Theatre, Fine Arts Building, Department of Theatre Arts. 2-2669.


Gallery 76102 "A Certain Shade of the Aftermath," an exhibit by Timothy Harding, deals with U.S. history, corporate infrastructure, heavy metal music, terrorism, and popular culture. Free. Gallery hours are 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and 2-6 p.m. Wednesdays and Fridays. Through March 31. Gallery 76102, Fort Worth Center.

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Six Flags Over Texas Exhibit Celebrate 50 years of an Arlington landmark with the free interactive exhibit "What You Wish the World Could Be: The Early Years of Six Flags Over Texas." 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Mondays, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays. Through May 14. Special Collections, sixth floor, Central Library.

Combat Narratives: Stories and Artifacts from UT Arlington Veterans Artifacts, memorabilia, and gear on loan from UT Arlington military veterans and objects carried, used, or found by U.S. servicemen and women in Iraq and Afghanistan. Free. Through May 21. Sixth floor, Central Library. Library and OneBook.

Exposure: Photos from the Second Battle of Fallujah Photographs from the Second Battle of Fallujah taken by UT Arlington student and Marine Corps veteran Joel Chaverri. Free. Through May 21. Sixth floor, Central Library. Library and OneBook.

Planetarium Enjoy a '60s style laser light show set to the music of Pink Floyd. See the complete Planetarium schedule, 2-1183.

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



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