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

Monday, February 20, 2012

Soledad O'Brien

CNN's Soledad O'Brien here Friday

Tickets are still available to see Soledad O'Brien, CNN anchor and special correspondent, as she discusses "Diversity in America" as part of the Maverick Speakers Series at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 24, at Texas Hall. A book signing will follow the presentation.

Tickets are free, but required, and are available at Preferred seating can be purchased for $25.

Since joining CNN in 2003, O’Brien has reported breaking news from around the globe and has produced award-winning and critically acclaimed documentaries. She is also part of CNN’s “Best Political Team on Television.”

In 2010 O’Brien released her memoir, The Next Big Story: My Journey Through the Land of Possibilities. Recognition for her work includes awards such as Journalist of the Year and the Edward R. Murrow Award.

Other Maverick Speakers Series presentations during the spring semester include oceanographer Robert Ballard on Tuesday, March 6, at Texas Hall, and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush on Friday, March 23, at College Park Center.


Fueling innovation: Materials science and engineering Assistant Professor Fuqiang Liu's work to build a better electric automobile with alkaline polymer fuel cells is just one example of research highlighted in the 2011 President's Report.

Discover 2011 President's Report online

With “discovery” as its theme, the 2011 President’s Report details the many achievements of UT Arlington as it advances toward becoming one of America’s next great research institutions.

Highlights include unprecedented increases in research activity that are fostering breakthroughs in biotechnology, medical diagnostics, and renewable energy, as well as award-winning academic initiatives that are preparing students to thrive in the global marketplace.

You’ll also read about growing philanthropic support and how the opening of the Engineering Research Building and the emergence of the College Park District are creating partnerships that enhance the quality of life locally, nationally, and worldwide. In the student arena, you’ll find coverage of the University’s record enrollment, robust campus life, and commitment to community engagement.

“UT Arlington has been dedicated to a mission of self-discovery and transformation for the past few years,” writes President James D. Spaniolo in the report’s opening message. “Each passion pursued, each accomplishment earned, each dream fulfilled demonstrates the enormous impact and the unlimited potential the University embodies.”

Read the 2011 President's Report online.

Priscila Cacola

Dr. Priscila Cacola

Research examines causes of limited motor skills

Priscila Cacola, clinical assistant professor of kinesiology, is beginning a new research study to examine the cognitive links to low motor skills in children and to develop ways to address the problem.

Researchers estimate that about 6 percent of children suffer from coordination difficulties. While these difficulties once might have been written off as clumsiness or awkwardness, Dr. Cacola says studies have shown that these children may instead have deficiencies in the way their brains process movement.

“Our studies look at how their brains imagine action beforehand," says Cacola, who heads the Developmental Motor Cognition Lab in the College of Education and Health Professions. "These kids have issues not with the action but with the involuntary planning of the action. These are the children who are left aside during physical education classes. They have a hard time, and some are bullied just because they’re different.”

Mav Pic College Park Center basketball

Mavericks mashup

Catch the Maverick hoopsters in their final games of the 2011-12 season at College Park Center. The men's team is ranked 18th in the latest Mid-Major Top 25 poll with a 20-6 record. The Mavericks rolled up a school-record 16-game winning streak before having it halted by 17th-ranked Weber State 72-70 in a BracketBusters game Saturday at Ogden, Utah. Tickets are free for the women's game Wednesday, Feb. 22 (vs. McNeese State) and the men's games Saturday, Feb. 25 (vs. Northwestern State) and Wednesday, Feb. 29 (vs. Texas A&M-Corpus Christi). Games start at 7 p.m. Print free tickets online or get them at the box office.


Engineers Week begins today

Join in the celebration of Engineers Week, Monday-Friday, Feb. 20-24, which includes a showcase of achievements and activities by faculty and students.

The crowning of Mr. and Ms. Engineer gets the festivities started at noon today in the Nedderman Hall atrium.

The Glow-in-the-Dark Ping Pong Pallooza at 9 p.m. Tuesday in the atrium is a special feature. Registration is $10 per person and includes a glow-in-the-dark T-shirt.

Other highlights during the week include a career fair, a puzzle challenge, displays, industry tours, lectures, and a movie. For fun, pie-the-professor and pie-eating contests and a carnival are scheduled Friday.

See more Engineers Week events.

Black History Month programs continue with seminar, film today

Take part in entertaining and educational programs as Black History Month continues this week.

A seminar for faculty and staff on the "State of the Black College Student" led by Darryl Scriven is set for 2-4 p.m. today, Monday, Feb. 20, in the Lone Star Auditorium of the Maverick Activities Center. Then watch Dr. Scriven's film and stay for a question-and-answer session starting at 6:30 p.m. in the Lone Star Auditorium.

“The Roots of Our History” displays images of prominent African-American leaders at the University Center Gallery Monday-Friday, Feb. 20-24. A reception at noon Wednesday, Feb. 22, includes readings of poetry and speech excerpts from notable African Americans.

Take a look at a popular music genre’s footprint with the "Evolution of Hip Hop" at 7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 27, in the Palo Duro Lounge of the E.H. Hereford University Center.

For more on Black History Month, go to the Multicultural Affairs website.

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Nominations due today for Outstanding Student Leaders

Nomination forms and award descriptions for Outstanding Student Leader awards are on the Leadership Center home page.

Deadline to submit nominations for student leaders is today, Monday, Feb. 20.

  Mav Pic Outstanding Advisers

Excellent advice

Outstanding academic advisers for 2011-12 are, from left, Dr. Zhen Xue Han, undergraduate faculty adviser, Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering; Teaira Little, professional staff adviser, College of Education and Health Professions; and Dennis Veit, graduate faculty adviser, College of Business. Winners are selected by the Outstanding Academic Advising Awards Committee and supported by the Office of the Provost.

Job Fair Wednesday at MAC

The Spring 2012 Job Fair is 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 22, in the Maverick Activities Center.

The fair, presented by the Career Center, is open to UT Arlington alumni and current students. Faculty and staff are invited to attend. See a list of attending employers.

Donate to Worldwide Book Drive

Golden Key International Honour Society is working with Worldwide Book Drive to promote literacy by donating books to organizations and individuals, both locally and globally.

The society is collecting all types of books in any condition, and textbooks are greatly needed. Marked boxes are in the E.H. Hereford University Center, University Hall, Life Science Building, and College Hall.

Sign up for SAC's Slimdown

Need motivation to help you meet those exercise goals and get ready for spring? Join the Staff Advisory Council’s Slimdown.

You and your coworkers can form a team to get fit and win this year's SAC Slimdown Challenge. Winners will be recognized for most weight lost, overall fitness, and team creativity.

Registration ends Tuesday, Feb. 28.

Reed finalist for player of the year honor

Senior guard LaMarcus Reed has been named one of 25 finalists for the Lou Henson Player of the Year Award, presented annually to the top Mid-Major player in Division I men's college basketball.

Reed was the only Southland Conference player to make the list of finalists. Fan voting counts for 33 percent of the balloting. The winner will be announced March 30 in New Orleans at the men's NCAA Final Four.

Benefit Yourself

Performance Management Forms and Procedures

An overview of the new forms and procedures for Performance Management. Free. 2-3 p.m., Friday, Feb. 24, Room 200, Wetsel Service Center. See a complete list of HR training classes.

Mindful Moments

Mindful Moments will not meet Wednesday, Feb. 22. Sessions resume Wednesday, Feb. 29, in Room 236 of the 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 email The University of Texas at Arlington is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer.

Extra Credit

Monday, Feb. 20-Friday, Feb. 24

The Roots of Our History Features portraits of Harriet Tubman, Jackie Robinson, and other African-American trailblazers. Part of Black History Month. Free. University Center Gallery, E.H. Hereford University Center. Multicultural Affairs.

Wednesday, Feb. 22

Sarah Davis-Secord

History Brownbag Series Professor Sarah Davis-Secord, right, speaks on "Creating a Permeable Boundary: The Norman Conquest of Sicily, 1061-1091." Free. Noon-1 p.m., Room 321, University Hall. History.

Ethics and the Future of Public Health Three experts in biomedical ethics, research ethics, and the history of medicine discuss the moral and political issues surrounding the future of health care, the role of human subjects in medical research, and the very concept of health. Free. Noon-1 p.m., sixth floor parlor, Central Library. OneBook, Philosophy and Humanities.

University Sustainability Meeting Speakers include Susan Doerfler of the Department of Environmental Health and Safety at Lockheed Martin; David Hopman, associate professor of architecture; Wanda Dye, assistant professor of architecture; Bill Poole, assistant vice president for Facilities Management; and Nick Schroeder, facilities engineer. Free. 3 p.m., Carlisle Suite, E.H. Hereford University Center. Sustainability.

Physics Colloquium Series Greg Fiete, assistant professor of physics at UT Austin, is guest speaker. Free. 4 p.m., Room 101, Science Hall. Physics.

Thursday, Feb. 23

Research Presentation and Lecture Ye Kang Ko, a lecturer in landscape architecture and environmental planning at UC Berkeley, discusses "Energy Planning for the 21st Century" in two separate presentations. Free. "Assessing Optimal Urban Forms Toward Energy Self-Sufficient Cities," 11 a.m., Room 560, University Hall, and "Shifting Ground: New Challenges of Environmental Planning in the Era of Climate Change," 2 p.m., Room 521, University Hall. School of Urban and Public Affairs.

Friday, Feb. 24

Psychology Colloquium Series Francesca Filbey, assistant professor in the School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences at UT Dallas, discusses "Underlying brain mechanisms of addictive behaviors." Free. 1:30 p.m., Room 124, Life Science Building. Psychology.

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

Going Out
  UTA Presents

'The Seduction and Deception of Mozart' opens

Mozart cast

The departments of Music and Theatre Arts join together for a journey of mistaken identities, surprise revelations, and unlikely interventions in The Seduction and Deception of Mozart. The show opens at 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 24, in the Mainstage Theatre of the Fine Arts Building.

Interactions with some of Mozart's most famous operas and characters offer a unique perspective on the composer and his music, complete with dancing, sword fighting, and shenanigans.

An ensemble cast includes, from left, Freddie O'Lenick, music sophomore; Wesley Farnsworth, theatre arts junior; Laura Herrera, music senior; and Christopher Leach, music senior. Anne Healy, lecturer of theatre arts, directs the stage action, while Soo Hong Kim, professor of music, directs the music.

Performances are at 8 p.m. Friday-Saturday, Feb. 24-25, and Thursday-Saturday, March 1-3; and at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, March 4.

Tickets are $9 for faculty, staff, students, and senior citizens; and $12 for the general public. For tickets and other information, contact the Theatre Arts box office at 2-2669.

Monday, Feb. 20

State of the Black College Student A seminar for faculty and staff led by Darryl Scriven, professor of philosophy at Tuskegee University. Free. 2-4 p.m., Lone Star Auditorium, Maverick Activities Center. Film and Q&A session 6:30 p.m., Lone Star Auditorium. Part of Black History Month. Multicultural Affairs.

Monday, Feb. 20- Wednesday, Feb. 22

Bassoon Week continues See the week's schedule. Free. Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. Music, 2-3471.

Tuesday, Feb. 21

Mardi Gras Madness Enjoy Fat Tuesday fun. Live music by the Zydeco Stingrays. 7 p.m., Bowling and Billiards, E.H. Hereford University Center. EXCEL Campus Activities, 2-2963.

Glow-in-the-Dark Ping Pong Pallooza A black-light party with ping pong in the dark. Fee includes glow-in-the-dark T-shirt. Register online. Open to all faculty, staff, and students. Part of Engineers Week. $10. 9 p.m., atrium, Nedderman Hall. Engineering.

Wednesday, Feb. 22

$2 Movie: I Don't Know How She Does It A finance executive is the breadwinner for her husband and two kids. Rated PG-13. 5:30 p.m.; also 5:30 p.m., Friday, Feb. 24, and 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 25. Planetarium, 2-1183.

Women's Basketball Mavericks vs. McNeese State. Final home game for the women's team. Free. Tickets. 7 p.m., College Park Center. Athletics, 2-2261.

Polar Bear Plunge A cold-weather tradition that's hot in Texas. T-shirt and hot chocolate. Register at MAC info desk. Free. 9 p.m., Maverick Activities Center's outdoor pool. Campus Recreation.

Friday, Feb. 24


Opening reception at The Gallery at UTA A two-person show features works by Kana Harada and Ruben Nieto. Harada's site-specific installation of suspended organic forms made out of black-and-white foam and wood creates a tranquil, mystical experience that reflects the artist's awe of nature. Nieto deconstructs comic books and reformats the imagery and colors to create high-energy, expressionistic paintings, one of which is shown at right. 6-8:30 p.m., The Gallery at UTA, Fine Arts Building.

Saturday, Feb. 25

Men's Basketball Mavericks vs. Northwestern State. Free. Tickets. 7 p.m., College Park Center. Athletics, 2-2261.


There's No Sun Shining Through Exhibit by graduate student Corey Gossett ('06 BFA), whose works explore personal disappointment, fear, dread, and despair. Free. 11 a.m.-3 p.m., Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays; 2-6 p.m., Wednesdays, Fridays. Through March 31. Gallery 76102, Fort Worth Center.

Impressions of the West: Works of Art from Special Collections The American West comes alive in more than 30 paintings, sculptures, and prints. Includes bronze sculptures by Frederic Remington and Charles M. Russell. Free. 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Mondays, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays. Through April 28. Special Collections, sixth floor, Central Library, 2-3393.

India Unveiled A collection of 35 images by photographer and author Robert Arnett. Free. 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Mondays, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays. Through May 26. Special Collections, sixth floor parlor, Central Library, 2-3393.

Planetarium We Are Astronomers reveals the global collaboration, technology, and dedication required to answer the unresolved questions of the universe. 6 p.m. Thursdays, 5:30 p.m., Saturdays. Planetarium, 2-1183.

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



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