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

Thursday, January 12, 2012


Far, far away: An artist's depiction of the "Tatooine" planet Kepler-16b accompanied an article this week in the National Geographic Daily News.

Scientists searching for Earth-type planets consider two-star system

A group of UT Arlington astrophysicists expanded the discussion about a newly discovered planet orbiting two stars by presenting a study suggesting where an Earth-type planet could exist in the system.

The Kepler-16 System made headlines in September when researchers at NASA’s Kepler space telescope mission revealed the discovery of Kepler-16b, a cold, gaseous planet that orbits two stars like Star Wars’ fictional Tatooine.

The UT Arlington team, using data from the Kepler and previous research, has concluded that an Earth-type planet could exist in the system’s “habitable zone” as an exomoon orbiting Kepler-16b.

Billy Quarles, a doctoral student in the College of Science, presented the findings at the annual meeting of the American Astronomical Society this week in Austin. Co-authors are physics Professor Zdzislaw Musielak and Associate Professor Manfred Cuntz.

Read more about the Kepler-16b research.

W-2 forms available online; note security restrictions

The 2011 W-2 forms are now available on UTDirect.

The Information Security Office reminds all faculty and staff that email should not be used to transmit sensitive data. Do not email your W-2 or other sensitive information as email can be read by anyone between you and the destination.

To claim and print your W-2 at UT Direct, logon, select the claim tab, review instructions, scroll down and click "Yes! I claim my W-2!", choose the download tab at the top, and click "Download My Tax Form" to print.

If you have not upgraded your UT EID security level, go to one of the departments listed below and show your driver's license or passport. If you have forgotten your password, email one of the departments from your UT Arlington email address.

  • Payroll Services, Wetsel Service Center, 1225 W. Mitchell, Room 207, 2-5426,
  • DEFINE Education, Accounting and Business Services, 219 W. Main, 2-2138,
  • Employment and Staff Development, Continuing Education Workforce Building, 140 W. Mitchell, Room B200, 2-3461,
  • Human Resources, Wetsel Service Center, 1225 W. Mitchell, Room 212, 2-5554,

If you do not claim your 2011 W-2 form on UTDirect by Friday, Jan. 27, Payroll Services will print and mail a copy to your home address.


New book examines impact of 'oversharing'

Millions of people text, tweet, pin, or post to Facebook and other popular websites. They view social media as an integral part of their daily lives.

There's a downside to all the connectedness though, argues Ben Agger, professor of sociology, who says people divulge more of their inner feelings, opinions, and sexuality than they would in person or over the phone.

Dr. Agger, director of the Center for Theory, examines the impact of “oversharing” in his new book, Oversharing: Presentations of Self in the Internet Age, due out Feb. 20 from Routledge USA. He says it's OK to turn off the electronic connections from time to time.

“If we are always oversharing, we tend to lose some of ourselves, our basic identities,” he says. “Oversharing becomes a source of stress in its own right.”

Movin' Mavs Coach Doug Garner

Program boost: Movin' Mavs coach Doug Garner and his staff will receive funds from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs for enhanced sport programming.

Grant to aid sport programming for disabled vets, service members

The U.S. Olympic Committee has announced that UT Arlington will receive $17,500 for enhanced sport programming for disabled veterans and disabled members of the armed forces.

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs awarded $4.4 million to 95 community-based organizations in support of Paralympic sport and physical activity programs.

This is the third year UT Arlington has received a U.S. Paralympic Olympic Opportunity Fund Grant.

The University hosts an official Paralympics Sports Club
 through the Movin’ Mavs adaptive sports program. The club provides adaptive sports clinics and camps for the public and in cooperation with the Veterans Affairs’ Warrior Transition Programs. UT Arlington staff members serve as coaches for the Army Warrior Transition Command Wheelchair Basketball developmental program and the Army National Wheelchair Basketball Team that won the gold medal at the 2011 Warrior Games and are training for the 2012 Warrior Games.

“It is an honor for us to be able to work with U.S. Paralympics and the Department of Veterans Affairs to provide sport and recreation programming for our veterans with disabilities,” says Doug Garner, Movin’ Mavs coach and assistant director of adaptive sports in the Campus Recreation Department of Student Affairs.

“The value of sports and recreation programming to help these men and women transition back into everyday life has been proven to be a key in maintaining mental and physical health for this population,” he adds.

MLK Celebration begins Friday with banquet

The annual Arlington Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration begins with the Sharing the Dream Banquet at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 13, at the Bluebonnet Ballroom in the E.H. Hereford University Center.

Tickets to the banquet and "An Evening of Spoken Word Slam Poetry" are available at The slam is at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 14, in the Bluebonnet Ballroom.

The MLK Celebration events continue through Monday, Jan. 16.


Green Teams can compete in RecycleMania

Green Teams are invited to participate in RecycleMania again this year.

RecycleMania is a competition among universities around the country Jan. 22-March 31. UT Arlington residence halls and apartments compete, and Green Teams can join in the friendly—and Earth-friendly—contest.

Green Teams will aim to collect the most recyclables (paper, plastic, and aluminum) during the 10-week competition. If your office is not a Green Team member, sign up at Green Event Planning.

The Office of Sustainability will provide the necessary resources, including containers and scales. There's a prize for the winning team and a celebration at the end of the semester.

Email Becky Valentich at by Friday, Jan. 13, with your Green Team department name and a contact person.

  Mav Pic Health Services

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Health Services celebrated its recent accreditation with the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care with a small gathering Wednesday. Admiring the framed certificate are, from left, Yvonne Medrano, communications assistant; Stephanie Johnson, director of nurse practitioners; Liz Smelley, nursing supervisor; Robert Blum, director of Health Services; and John Hall, vice president for administration and campus operations. Health Services is one of only nine accredited student health centers in Texas.

UT Metroplex Day entries due Sunday

The deadline for abstract submission and registration for UT Metroplex Day is Sunday, Jan. 15.

UT Arlington hosts the annual event, which highlights research opportunities at UT Arlington, UT Dallas, and UT Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas.

The goal of this one-day event Friday, Feb. 3, is to present science research conducted at the three UT System institutions in North Texas and to encourage collaborations. The event is open to all faculty, post doctoral fellows, students, and research staff and trainees at the sponsoring schools.

New postal service rates and delivery times may affect your mailing

Anticipate a 2 to 3 percent increase in mailing expenses and allow for more delivery time as new U.S. Postal Service rates take effect Sunday, Jan. 22.

Single-piece, 1-ounce first-class mail letters will increase 1 cent, to 45 cents with additional ounces remaining 20 cents. The price for mailing a first-class mail postcard will increase 3 cents to 32 cents, and stamped post­cards will increase 3 cents to 35 cents.

Delivery times for first-class and priority mail will be extended by one or two days, while standard non-profit and parcels will be extended by two to three days.

For more information, contact Mail Services at 2-2794 or see Postal Explorer.

Shorthorn finalist for Gold Crown

The Shorthorn is one of 10 college newspapers nationwide named finalists for the Columbia Scholastic Press Association's Gold Crown Award for overall excellence, one of the highest awards in college media. Winners will be announced at the association's national convention in March in New York City.

This is the second national recognition The Shorthorn has received recently. In November,, the online edition, was named the best-designed college newspaper mainpage in the College Media Association's Best of Collegiate Design competition.

File services unavailable Saturday night

File services will be unavailable from 6 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 14 until midnight Sunday, Jan. 15, for system maintenance, according to the Office of Information Technology. This will affect faculty/staff J: drives.

MavWire returns next Thursday

In observance of the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday, there will be no MavWire Monday, Jan. 16. Spring semester classes begin Tuesday, Jan. 17. MavWire returns Thursday, Jan. 19.

Benefit Yourself

Benefit Enhancement

UT Arlington no longer requires the state-mandated, 90-day waiting period for enrollment in UT Select health coverage, effective Jan. 1, 2012.

The University will supplement the state plan, which allows all new benefits-eligible employees to enroll in the medical plan and have coverage effective on their first day of employment.

Conducting Effective Meetings

Learn how to plan and prepare for successful meetings, including virtual ones. Free. 9-11 a.m., Tuesday, Jan. 17, Room 200, Wetsel Service Center. See a complete list of HR training classes.


Zumba Fitness: Dance the Weight Off

Burn 400 to 800 calories per class with Zumba, which fuses Latin rhythms and fitness moves. No dance experience necessary. All fitness levels welcome. Call 2-2581 for a faculty/staff discount fee of $62.50. 7-8 p.m., Tuesdays, Jan. 17-March 27, Maverick Activities Center. Continuing Education.

Managing Differences and Resolving Conflict

Learn to effectively handle difficult situations and develop positive solutions. Call 2-2581 for a faculty/staff discount fee of $99.50. 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 17, Room E200E, Continuing Education Workforce Building. Continuing Education.

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.

Sports Notes
LaMarcus Reed

Points man: Senior LaMarcus Reed leads the scoring for the men's basketball team with a 14.2 average.


Mav men win third straight SLC game

After opening Southland Conference play with three straight wins, the men's basketball team travels to Lamar on Saturday, Jan. 14.

The Mavericks defeated Nicholls State 85-55 Saturday before topping Sam Houston State 66-40 Wednesday.

Women's basketball hosts Lamar on Saturday

After losing their first two Southland Conference games on the road, the women's basketball team hosts Lamar at 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 14, in Texas Hall.

The Mavericks dropped a 78-59 decision at Nicholls State Saturday before losing to Sam Houston State 58-41 Wednesday.

Movin' Mavs travel to Alabama for tourney

The Movin’ Mavs wheelchair basketball team plays at the Pioneer Invitational in Birmingham, Ala., Friday, Jan. 13-Sunday, Jan. 15.

The field includes the University of Illinois, University of Alabama, the Dallas Wheelchair Mavericks, and teams from Florida, Georgia, and New York.

Indoor track teams open season at A&M

Men's and women's indoor track teams open the season at the Texas A&M Invitational on Saturday, Jan. 14, at College Station. Ten schools are participating in the event.

(For more sports news, go to,, or

Going Out

Friday, Jan. 13

The Sense of an Ending

Mavs Book Club The Sense of an Ending by Julian Barnes is the monthly selection. Open to everyone. Free. Noon, Connection Cafe, E.H. Hereford University Center. Mavs Book Club.

$2 Movie: Super 8 Friends witness a train crash and investigate subsequent unexplained events in their small town. Rated PG-13. 5:30 p.m.; also 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 14. Planetarium, 2-1183.

Saturday, Jan. 14

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

Transience: Imperfect, Impermanent, Incomplete Opening reception for an exhibition by Marilyn Jolly, associate professor of painting, and former art faculty members Melba Northum and Susan Sitzes. 5:30-7:30 p.m., McKinney Avenue Contemporary, 3120 McKinney Ave., Dallas.


Life and Death in the Northern Pass Photojournalist Dominic Bracco II ('08 BA) provides a view of drug violence in Ciudad Juarez. Free. Through Saturday, Jan. 14. Sixth floor parlor, Central Library.

Impressions of the West: Works of Art from Special Collections The American West comes alive in more than 30 paintings, sculptures, and prints. Free. 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Mondays, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays. Through Saturday, Jan. 14. Special Collections, sixth floor, Central Library, 2-3393.

Planetarium Take an adventure along the spectrum and discover the world of color in Cosmic Colors. 1:30 p.m. Sundays, 6 p.m. Tuesdays. Planetarium, 2-1183.

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



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