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

Monday, February 28, 2011

Engineering Research Building

Structural marvel: Designed to achieve LEED Silver standards, the Engineering Research Building incorporates several energy-saving features, including green and light-reflecting roofs, and rain and condensate capture systems.

Engineering Research Building dedication set for Friday

Hailed as an innovative facility that will define the next generation of research at UT Arlington, the Engineering Research Building debuts with a dedication and ribbon cutting at 2 p.m. Friday, March 4.

The landmark center is UT Arlington's largest academic facility to date and is shared by College of Engineering and College of Science researchers who are exploring new cancer treatments, working to improve detection of deadly viruses, and developing systems to help older adults live independently longer, among a multitude of projects.

The dedication ceremony will be in the new Research Quadrangle, which anchors the 234,000-square-foot Engineering Research Building that borders the Engineering Lab Building and Nedderman Hall.

The new facility houses the Departments of Computer Science and Engineering and Bioengineering, but also integrates research teams from biology, biochemistry, genomics, math, neuroscience, and physics to foster new, collaborative initiatives.

“This building is an incredible resource that will fuel our research and allow us to take advantage of resources across disciplines,” President James D. Spaniolo says. “Already we are seeing new, promising collaborations—research designed to make a difference in the lives of people and to solve real problems.”

Building tours highlighting some of the University’s most promising research collaborations will follow the ceremony. Read more about the Engineering Research Building.

Diversity Week

Diversity Week includes perspectives on religion, relationships, myths

Celebrate what makes us different and what we have in common during Diversity Week, Monday-Saturday, Feb. 28-March 5, hosted by the offices of Multicultural Affairs and Students with Disabilities.

The week starts with a program on religious diversity on Monday and another on "The 10 Myths of Social Justice" on Tuesday. Wednesday offers MAVfest, featuring the Movin' Mavs obstacle course, while an advocacy forum features local disability rights activists. A discussion on race and ethnicity is set for Thursday, "Disability is Part of Diversity" is discussed Friday, and the 16th Annual Pow-Wow is Saturday.

Throughout the week an interactive exhibit on interracial relationships is on display at the University Center Gallery. Friends, colleagues, or sweethearts can take their photo and add it to the exhibit.

For complete details, go to

Bill Nye

Science guy: Bill Nye will make a second appearance March 23 as part of the ACES Roundtable.

Bill Nye tickets available Wednesday

Tickets to a second Bill Nye "the Science Guy" appearance are available beginning at 8 a.m. Wednesday, March 2.

The Annual Celebration of Excellence by Students (ACES) Roundtable will feature Nye, along with members of the UT Arlington faculty, in a moderated discussion about the current state of science. This event is part of the ACES 2011 schedule and will be open only to UT Arlington faculty, staff, students, and members of the Alumni Association.

The roundtable discussion begins at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 23, in Texas Hall. Tickets are free but required. Doors open at 3 p.m., and seating is first-come, first-served. Nye’s Maverick Speakers Series lecture later that evening is sold out.

Because the ACES event is exclusively for the UT Arlington community, tickets must be claimed using a UT Arlington log-in. To reserve your free tickets for the ACES Roundtable, visit There is a limit of two tickets per person.

Citizen Police Academy

Training now available for Citizen Police Academy

Members of the campus community can better understand the everyday operation of the UT Arlington Police Department through the Citizen Police Academy.

The academy will be 6-9 p.m. Mondays for eight weeks starting Monday, March 7, and includes class lectures, ride-alongs with officers, hands-on demonstrations, and a chance to investigate a mock crime scene.

Registration closes Friday, March 4. Applications are available at the police office, 700 S. Davis, or by contacting Nan Rhodes at

Learn to relax, screen for anxiety, and more at Mind/Emotion Wellness Day

Mav Talk: Mind/Emotion Wellness Day lets faculty, staff, and students take part in activities to support their emotional health and wellness. The free event is 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesday, March 1, in the Palo Duro Lounge of the E.H. Hereford University Center.

Participate in a relaxation exercise, create your own stress ball, and learn about campus and community resources. Complete anonymous screenings for stress, anxiety, depression, ADHD, alcohol, relationship concerns, and eating and sleeping problems.

Counseling Services and Mental Health Services host the event.

  Mav Pic Golf Cart parade

Mavericks on the move

Athletics student development specialist Matt Carrillo drives in the homecoming golf cart parade Friday as basketball players Sabreena DeNure and Jordan Reves ride along. The parade through campus has become a popular part of homecoming festivities after debuting three years ago.

Big Event signup begins Tuesday

Registration starts Tuesday, March 1, for the big day of community services, The Big Event on Saturday, April 16.

Faculty, staff, students, and community members can choose from The Big Event project list for a variety of indoor and outdoor tasks, including a few that are both.

Site leaders are needed. Applications are due by Friday, March 11, and should be returned to Bonnie Rodriguez in the Student Activities Office in the E.H. Hereford University Center.

UTA Volunteers coordinates the annual day of community services.

Surveys seek feedback on dining, library, information tech services

Take the Dining Services survey to share your thoughts on dining preferences and satisfaction. At the end, you can choose to participate in a drawing for one of four prizes: a $150 MasterCard gift card grand prize or one of three $50 MasterCard gift cards.

Faculty and staff can participate in LibQual+, a standardized survey of library service quality. This survey should take five minutes to complete and includes a text box for comments. The survey runs through Friday, March 11.

Give your feedback on the Office of Information Technology's services through its survey at

Routine warning system test Wednesday

UT Arlington conducts the monthly test of its Outdoor Warning System at 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 2. The test, held the first Wednesday of every month, will not be conducted in the event of bad weather.

Heard campus-wide through strategically placed loudspeakers, the test includes electronic chimes and is followed by the test announcement. At the conclusion of the test, an announcement will be broadcast to resume normal operations.

The City of Arlington's outdoor weather warning system has 51 sirens that alert people who are outdoors to seek shelter. Weather permitting, the city's system is tested on the first Wednesday of every month at 1 p.m.

Mavericks Go Green

Volunteers needed for Community Garden

Volunteers are needed to help with the construction of the Arlington Community Garden from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Thursday-Friday, March 3-4, next to the SWEET Center.

A combined effort of the Office of Sustainability and the Arlington Parks and Recreation Department, the garden will have 92 plots. A lottery will be held to award the plots.

If you can volunteer, contact the Office of Sustainability at 2-9299. Ribbon cutting for the garden is scheduled for Saturday, March 26.

Correction: Distance Ed Training changes e-mail address

The new e-mail address of listed in Thursday's MavWire should be used only for Center for Distance Education Training, not for CDE as a whole.

Benefit Yourself

Blackboard Essentials

Getting Started Workshop - Ideal for those who are familiar with other versions of Blackboard or other course management systems. Register online. Free. 10 a.m.-noon Monday, Feb. 28, Room E200D, Continuing Education Workforce Building. See more about Blackboard 9.1.

Using Blackboard to Communicate with Students Workshop - Learn the communications tools within Blackboard: discussion boards, chat, blogs, etc. Register online. Free. 10 a.m.-noon Wednesday, March 2, Room E200D, Continuing Education Workforce Building. See more Blackboard Workshops.

Introduction to Adobe InDesign

Explore the basics of Adobe's desktop publishing software. Learn how to work with images, text, and document formats to create exciting custom page layouts. 2-4 p.m. Thursday, March 3, Room B29, Central Library. See more information on OIT Training.

Americans with Disabilities Act in the Workplace

Discover proven principles and common sense ideas on how to best support and work with disabled individuals. 2-4 p.m. Tuesday, March 8, Room 200, Wetsel Service Center. See a complete listing of HR training classes.

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

Wednesday, March 2

Doris Buss

Women's History Month Lecture Series Doris Buss, right, associate professor of law at Carleton University, speaks on “Prosecuting Rape as a Weapon of War: The Limits of the Law.” Dr. Buss is studying international war crimes tribunals and how international war crimes prosecutions produce legal knowledge about large-scale violence, racial and ethnic identity, and the impact of sexual violence crimes. Noon. Sixth floor parlor, Central Library. Women's Studies.

Architecture Lecture Series Architect Chris Cooper of New York talks about his studio's recent works on the Israel/Jordan border and in Malaysia. 4 p.m. Room 204, Architecture Building. School of Architecture, 2-2314.

Thursday, March 3

Establishing Common Ground in Sustainability James Welch, assistant professor in the School of Urban and Public Affairs, discusses how interdisciplinary strategies can help organize and manage sustainability and environmental issues by integrating them as a holistic system. 9:30-10:30 a.m. Room 115, Trimble Hall. Environmental and Sustainability Studies Lecture Series, 2-5119.

Biology Colloquium Series Robert McMahon, professor emeritus of biology, speaks on "Invasive Biology of Zebra and Quagga Mussels in North America: Will Texas be Next?" 4 p.m., Room 124, Life Science Building. Biology Colloquium Series, 2-2872.

Ben and Trudy Termini Distinguished Anthropologist Lecture Curtis Marean, professor of human evolution and social change at Arizona State University, speaks on "Co-evolution of Early Modern Humans and the Coastal Adaptation in South Africa." 7 p.m. Room 204, Architecture Building. Anthropology, 2-2661.

Friday, March 4

The Hurt Locker and Beyond: Hollywood and War Today Panelists who discuss how Hollywood movies represent wars in Iraq and Afghanistan include Penelope Ingram, professor of English; Rebecca Neilson, director of graduate business services; and Ya'Ke Smith, filmmaker and assistant professor of art and art history. Movies to be discussed are The Hurt Locker (2008), Taking Chance (2009), and Green Zone (2010). Noon, sixth floor parlor, Central Library. One Book, 2-0777.

Thursday, March 10

Making the Metroplex: Fort Worth John Robinson of the Amon G. Carter Foundation explains how Fort Worth has emerged as a city of influence in culture and planning, yet still retains and promotes its Western heritage. Part of the Institute of Urban Studies Speaker Series. 6 p.m., Room 204, Architecture Building. School of Urban and Public Affairs, 2-3301.

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

Going Out

Monday, Feb. 28

Platanos and Collard Greens An off-Broadway romantic comedy play about an African-American man and a Latino woman who confront and overcome cultural and racial prejudices while defending their bond. Part of Black History Month. Free. 7 p.m., Rosebud Theatre, E.H. Hereford University Center. Multicultural Affairs, 2-2099.

Bassoon Week Recital Senior Cristina Meza performs. Free. 7:30 p.m., Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. Music, 2-3471.

Tuesday, March 1

Baseball Mavericks vs. Oklahoma. Free with UTA ID. 3 p.m., Clay Gould Ballpark. Athletics, 2-2261.

Softball Mavericks vs. Texas State, doubleheader. Free with UTA ID. 4 and 6 p.m., Allan Saxe Field. Athletics, 2-2261.

Bassoon Week Recital Senior Amber Wyman performs. Free. 7:30 p.m., Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. Music, 2-3471.

Wednesday, March 2

Softball Mavericks vs. Texas State. Free with UTA ID. 2 p.m., Allan Saxe Field. Athletics, 2-2261.

$2 Movie: Megamind A supervillain finally conquers his nemesis but finds his life pointless without a hero to fight. Rated PG. 5:30 p.m. Also 5:30 p.m. Friday, March 4, and 2:30 p.m. Saturday, March 5. Planetarium, 2-1183.

Scott Pool

Women's Basketball Mavericks vs. Texas A&M-Corpus Christi. $8 tickets. 7 p.m., Texas Hall. Athletics, 2-2261.

Bassoon Week Recital Scott Pool, right, assistant professor of music, performs. Free. 7:30 p.m., Fine Arts Building. Music, 2-3471.

Thursday, March 3

Band Concert Features the Symphonic Winds and Symphonic Band under the direction of Matthew Luttrell, assistant professor of music and associate director of bands. Free. 7:30 p.m. Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. Music, 2-3471.

The Adding Machine A hapless worker who spends 25 years dedicated to his job is replaced by a machine. $7 faculty, staff. 8 p.m. Also 8 p.m. Friday, March 4; Saturday, March 5; and 2:30 p.m. Sunday, March 6. Mainstage Theatre, Fine Arts Building. Theatre Arts, 2-2669.

Friday, March 4

Free Movie: Tron Legacy Father and son embark on a life-or-death journey across a digital universe. Rated PG. 5 and 8 p.m. Lone Star Auditorium, Maverick Activities Center. EXCEL Campus Activities, 2-2963.

Saturday, March 5

16th Annual NASA Scholarship Pow-wow Features the Fallen Soldier Ceremony, gourd dancing, contests, arts and crafts, and Indian tacos. Part of Diversity Week. Proceeds benefit NASA scholarships. Free. 2-10 p.m., grand entry 6 p.m., Bluebonnet Ballroom, E.H. Hereford University Center. Native American Student Association, Honors College.

Men's Basketball Mavericks vs. UT San Antonio. $8 tickets. 7 p.m., Texas Hall. Athletics, 2-2261.


Magnificient Sun

Planetarium Discover the Magnificient Sun in this UT Arlington original show. 6 p.m. Thursdays and 5:30 p.m. Saturdays. See the complete Planetarium schedule, 2-1183.

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.

The Gallery at UTA Sedrick Huckaby, assistant professor of art, and Barbra Riley, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi professor of art, display paintings depicting and celebrating African-American quilting tradition, and digital photographs that reference the legacy of 17th century Dutch and Flemish still life paintings. Free. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays, noon-5 p.m. Saturdays. Through April 2. Closed during spring break. The Gallery at UTA, Fine Arts Building.

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.

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



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