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

Monday, December 10, 2012

Maeli Melotto

Dr. Maeli Melotto

Biologists unlocking the secrets of plant defenses

Researchers examining how the hormone jasmonate works to protect plants and promote their growth have revealed how a transcriptional repressor of the signaling pathway makes its way into the nucleus of the plant cell.

They hope the recently published discovery eventually will help farmers experience better crop yields with less use of potentially harmful chemicals.

“This is a small piece of a bigger picture, but it is a very important piece,” says Maeli Melotto, an assistant professor of biology.

Dr. Melotto co-authored a paper that advances current understanding of plant defense mechanisms with Sheng Yang He and his team at Michigan State University’s Department of Energy Plant Research Laboratory. The paper “Transcription factor-dependent nuclear import of transcriptional repressor in jasmonate hormone signaling” was published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

Read more about jasmonate signaling.


Holiday reception Wednesday features fun, food, festivities

"Sharing the Spirit of the Holidays" is the theme for the annual Faculty and Staff Holiday Reception 3-5 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 12. The event will be held in College Park Center for the first time.

President James D. Spaniolo is the host and featured speaker, delivering his Maverick interpretation of a traditional holiday reading. Enjoy the festive sounds of the UT Arlington Jazz Orchestra, conducted by Tim Ishii, professor of music.

Holiday refreshments will be served. The reception is sponsored in part by UT Arlington Dining Services.


Commencement ceremonies begin Friday at College Park Center

Fall Commencement ceremonies for graduating students are Friday-Sunday, Dec. 14-16, at College Park Center. For the complete Commencement schedule and detailed information about tickets, attire, parking, formalities, photography, special accommodations, and more, go to

Friday, Dec. 14 - College of Nursing, 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, Dec. 15 - College of Business 10 a.m.; College of Education and Health Professions, 2 p.m.; College of Liberal Arts, 6 p.m.

Sunday, Dec. 16 - School of Urban and Public Affairs, School of Social Work, and University College, noon; College of Science and School of Architecture, 3:30 p.m.; College of Engineering, 7 p.m.

Snow Day

University will monitor weather

Texas weather in December can drop below freezing one night and hit the upper 70s the next day. In severe weather cases, such as ice or snow, will classes continue?

The University closely monitors severe weather forecasts and will notify all students, faculty, and staff should local conditions affect the status of the University, including classes, programs, events, and activities.

There are numerous ways for faculty, staff, and students to access official information about the status of the University. All announcements will be communicated via University email in MavWire EXTRA (faculty and staff) and TrailBlazer EXTRA (students).

Additionally, notices will be posted on the University's home page, recorded information will be available on the University's Emergency Information Hotline at 1-866-258-4913, and announcements will be sent to local media outlets. Information also will be available on the University’s Twitter and Facebook pages.

Alternative spring break

Advisers needed for alternative spring break trips

Staff or faculty advisers are needed for alternative spring break trips March 10-15, 2013, planned by the Alternative Breaks program in the Department of University Events. Alternative spring break allows students to serve as volunteers for issues such as the environment, urban poverty, and homelessness.

Alternative Breaks has planned trips to Moab, Utah, to help in restoration of the Colorado River; to Atlanta, Ga., to serve in inner-city schools and shelters; and to Cincinnati, Ohio, to volunteer with the Greater Cincinnati Coalition for the Homeless.

Advisers would work with groups of eight to 17 students. Advisers must be approved to drive a University vehicle or be willing to participate in the process to do so. All trip fees are waived for advisers. Applications are online and available in the Student Activities office, Room B140 in the E.H. Hereford University Center. The deadline to apply is Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2013.

For more information, see Alternative Breaks, or contact PK Kelly at 2-2963 or

Mav Pic Evening with authors

Author! Author!

Marvin Dulaney, left, associate professor and chair of the Department of History, and Cedrick May, associate professor of English, were among the writers/faculty members at an "An Evening with Authors." The Center for African American Studies hosted the event Wednesday in the University Club. See more photos.


SAC meeting agenda includes security, HR issues, food and toy drives

Hear presentations from Information Security and Human Resources at the monthly general meeting of the Staff Advisory Council at 3 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 11, in the Student Congress chambers on the lower level of the E.H. Hereford University Center. All staff members are welcome to attend.

SAC is collecting non-perishable items and new unwrapped toys for its food and toy drives through Friday, Dec. 14. Drop-off boxes are in Davis Hall, the Central Library, E.H. Hereford University Center, University Hall, the Health Center, the Social Work Complex, Maverick Activities Center, and the Arlington Regional Data Center. The drives benefit the Tarrant Area Food Bank and the Arlington Life Shelter.

For more information about the meeting or the food and toy drives, email

Railroad crossings closed in January

Railroad crossings between Division and Abram streets at Bowen, Davis, Cooper, Center, Mesquite, and Collins will all be closed at the same time Jan. 16-24, 2013.

Available north-south routes within the city limits are Green Oaks, Fielder, West, Stadium, and Texas Highway 360. West Street starts behind the E.H. Hereford University Center and runs north through downtown Arlington, connecting to Division. Fielder is west of campus.

Union Pacific is improving tracks through Arlington. See the track renewal video.

OIT to add new test-grading software

New multiple choice test-grading software will be available at the beginning of the spring semester through the Office of Information Technology.

The same scanning forms will be used, but the information needed on the key sheet will be different. Output reports will be in a different format, and all reports will be sent electronically to the instructor. No paper output will be provided.

More information on how to use the software and what reports will be available will be provided in the near future.

Not the End of the World

Planetarium presents 'Not the End of the World'

Celebrate the end of the Mayan calendar, not the end of the world, at the "Not the End of the World" party 7 p.m.-midnight Friday, Dec. 21, at the Planetarium.

Take part in space-related arts and crafts, enjoy a lecture from astronomy professors, see the latest shows, and warm up with hot chocolate or apple cider. Planetarium shows cover topics on the end of the world, the Mayan civilization, and the winter solstice. Also, enjoy the real sights in the night sky with the telescopes, weather permitting.

Save by purchasing a $15 pass to come to all shows and lectures. Individual tickets for shows are $6 for adults, $4 for children and seniors. Lectures are $2 per person.

Mavs Book Club to see movie, discuss book

The Mavs Book Club will see the movie Life of Pi in 3-D at UA Eastchase Market 9 at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 12, and then discuss the movie and the book, written by Yann Martel, in their monthly meeting at noon Friday, Dec. 14, at Mellow Mushroom.

Everyone is welcome to attend. For more information, contact Evelyn Barker at

University Club closed during winter break

Last chance this fall to enjoy your favorite meal at the University Club in Davis Hall is Wednesday, Dec. 12. The dining area will be closed during the winter break and will reopen Monday, Jan. 14, 2013.

Benefit Yourself
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Festive Holiday Side Dishes

Many traditional side dish recipes are weighed down by less-than-healthy ingredients. Try adding some fun, healthier options to your holiday table with festive side dish recipes. See the December issue of the UT System Health Newsletter.

Winter Break Group Exercise

Classes are available in cycle, group strength, kickboxing, pilates, ultimate conditioning, yoga, and zumba. Participants must have an activated ID. Participation is limited to space and equipment availability. All classes must have a minimum of two participants. Through Friday, Dec. 21, and Wednesday, Jan. 2-Friday, Jan. 11. See the group exercise schedule. Maverick Activities Center, Campus Recreation, 2-3277.

Writing Effective Email

Learn all the basics as well as the dangers of email communication. Free. 2-4 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 12, Room 200, Wetsel Service Center. Human Resources training classes.

Mindful Moments

Take a break from stress with Mindful Moments. Free. 12:15-12:45 p.m., Wednesdays, Room 219, Health Services Center. Health Services.

Employment Information

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

Going Out

Wednesday, Dec. 12

Brandon Edwards

Faculty and Staff Holiday Reception President James D. Spaniolo is the host and featured speaker, delivering his Maverick interpretation of a traditional holiday reading. Enjoy the festive sounds of the UT Arlington Jazz Orchestra, conducted by Tim Ishii, professor of music. Holiday refreshments will be served. 3-5 p.m., College Park Center. Faculty and Staff Holiday Reception.

Thursday, Dec. 13

Men's Basketball Mavericks vs. Houston Baptist. Boys & Girls Club Night. Free Santa hats and candy canes to first 50 fans. 7 p.m. Also, 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 29, vs. New Mexico State; 2 p.m. Monday, Dec. 31, vs. Denver. Tickets $3-$15. College Park Center. Athletics.

Friday-Sunday, Dec. 14-16

Commencement Ceremonies open with the College of Nursing on Friday and conclude with the College of Engineering on Sunday. See schedule. College Park Center.

Coming up

Not the End of the World Party Lectures, planetarium shows, arts and crafts, telescopic observations, and more. $2-$15. 7 p.m.-midnight, Friday, Dec. 21, Planetarium.

Women's Basketball Mavericks vs. Oklahoma State. Blaze's Kids Club Night, all members receive a UT Arlington bag. Free Santa hats and candy canes to first 50 fans. Jet Blaq will perform at halftime. Tickets $6. 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 22, College Park Center. Athletics.


BFA Exhibition Recent work created by 60 graduating seniors of the Department of Art and Art History is showcased in a variety of media including painting, drawing, sculpture, ceramics, glass, printmaking, film/video, photography, and visual communication. Through Saturday, Dec. 15. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays-Fridays, noon-5 p.m. Saturdays, The Gallery at UTA, Fine Arts Building. Art and Art History.

African Art Collection Includes works collected by Jonathan Campbell, professor and chair of the Department of Biology, and his wife, Tanya Dowdey. Free. 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Room 2109, Visual Resources Commons, Fine Arts Building. Through Friday, Dec. 21. African Art Collection.

Planetarium Enjoy the holiday schedule through Sunday, Dec. 30. Holiday shows include Holiday Music Magic and Season of Light. Planetarium.

India Unveiled: The Photography of Robert Arnett A collection of images highlighting the diversity of India and its various regions. Free. 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Mondays, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays, through Jan. 5, 2013, sixth floor parlor, Central Library. Special Collections.

Pearls of the Antilles: Printed Maps of Caribbean Islands A look at maps and how they reflect and shape the history of Caribbean islands. Free. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays-Saturdays, through Feb. 9, 2013, Special Collections, sixth floor, Central Library.

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



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