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

Monday, October 29, 2012

UTARI building

UT Arlington Research Institute

UT Arlington Research Institute hosts open house tonight

The UT Arlington Research Institute hosts an open house for faculty and staff 6-8 p.m. today, Monday, Oct. 29. The research facility has undergone a major physical and organizational transformation at its east Fort Worth location at 7300 Jack Newell Boulevard South in the Riverbend Business Park.

UTARI Executive Director Rick Lynch, former U.S. Army lieutenant general (retired), provides the welcome along with Research Institute staff, researchers, and affiliated faculty. Provost Ronald L. Elsenbaumer will provide remarks.

Director of Research Eileen Clements and fellow researchers will offer an in-depth look into how the Research Institute is paving the way for the future of technology through research. Guests can learn more about targeted research in the fields of advanced manufacturing, applied robotics, medical technologies, and energy, water, and environment.

For more information, call 2-5900 or visit

Early voting

Early voting begins on campus today

UT Arlington is an early voting site 7 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday-Friday, Oct. 29-Nov. 2, for the Tuesday, Nov. 6, general election. The polling site is inside the entrance at the Maverick Activities Center.

To vote early on campus, you must be registered to vote in Tarrant County and must present identification—voter registration certificate or alternate ID such as a driver's license, birth certificate, passport, U.S. citizenship papers, a current utility bill, bank statement, government check, or other government document.

For more information on early voting, see and Tarrant County elections.

Celebration of Service

A Celebration of Service recognizes veterans Nov. 7

Retired U.S. Army Gen. Tommy Franks ('71 BBA) is the keynote speaker for Veterans Day: A Celebration of Service 3:30-5 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 7. Retired U.S. Army Lt. Gen. Rick Lynch, executive director of the UT Arlington Research Institute, will also provide remarks. The program begins at 4 p.m.

Faculty, staff, and students who have veteran or active military status will be recognized for their dedication and service. The event, in the Bluebonnet Ballroom of the E.H. Hereford University Center, includes a flag ceremony, presentations, music, refreshments, and more.

Franks retired from active duty in 2003 as the Commander of the United States Central Command. He was the general leading the attack on the Taliban in Afghanistan in response to the September 11 attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon in 2001. He also led the 2003 invasion of Iraq and the overthrow of Saddam Hussein.

The celebration is sponsored by the Office of the President. Veterans should RSVP by Wednesday, Oct. 31, to 2-5300 or


University selected for robotics competition

Faculty and students from UT Arlington have been selected to partner with Pittsburgh-based RE2 and Michigan-based Soar Technology to compete in a major national robotics competition supported by the Defense Department’s research arm.

The Defense Advanced Research Project Agency’s Robotics Challenge selected 18 teams for the competition, which runs through 2014. UT Arlington was one of 11 teams selected for DARPA funding to develop software that will run in a government-provided simulation environment. The goal of the program is to develop, build, and demonstrate innovative robotics technologies to aid in disaster response operations when conditions are deemed too dangerous for humans.

UT Arlington faculty participating in the program include Dan Popa and Frank Lewis in electrical engineering, Alan Bowling and Kamesh Subbarao in mechanical and aerospace engineering, and Gian Luca Mariottini in computer science and engineering.

The research will take place at the UT Arlington Research Institute. Retired Lt. Gen. Rick Lynch is the executive director of the institute. He recently was named a consultant and member of the RE2 Advisory Board.

For more information, see the DARPA Robotics Challenge.

Wednesday is deadline to contribute to charitable campaign

Faculty and staff can contribute through payroll deduction to the State Employee Charitable Campaign. Deadline for contributions is Wednesday, Oct. 31.

For more information, see the UT Arlington SECC webpage or contact the Learning and Development Team in the Department of Human Resources at 2-5554 or

  Mav Pic Sustainability Day

Sustaining terrariums

Logan Grimes, left, biology junior, shows Jordan Galindo, biology senior, how terrariums are made at the Campus Sustainability Day on Wednesday. An e-waste education session, bicycle tuneups, tours of The Green at College Park, and a food drive highlighted the sustainability activities.

Get spicy at chili-bowl bracket contest

Spice up your life by signing up for the Homecoming chili-bowl bracket contest, which serves up at noon Thursday, Nov. 15, at the University Center mall.

Teams compete in their assigned divisions to win the prize of Homecoming chili-bowl bracket champion, bragging rights, and a trophy.

Deadline to register is Friday, Nov. 2. For registration information, go to or call 2-6080.

Secure your computer with 'patches'

In the past few weeks, computer vulnerabilities have been discovered from different software that have fixes, or patches, available for download.

Apply these patches whenever prompted. Doing so is not only essential to keeping your computer safe, but helps protect other computers on the UT Arlington network.

Read more about software patches.

For help with patching your computer, contact the Help Desk at 2-2208. If you have questions about this notice, contact the Information Security Office at

Nominate outstanding Mavericks

Nominate a great employee or team of employees for the Outstanding Maverick Awards by Friday, Nov. 2.

The nomination form can be submitted electronically, faxed to 2-3361, or mailed to the Office of Human Resources, Box 19176.

For more information, contact Eunice Currie at 2-7091.

Benefit Yourself

Pivot now available for research

Pivot, an online system that connects research interests with funding opportunities, is now available through Grant and Contract Services in the Office of Research Administration.

See how searches, funding alerts, and connecting with collaborators can turn into success with Pivot. Use your UT Arlington email address to register for an account.

For more information, contact

Interactive Health Expo

Discover more about health issues for both men and women, including the seven components of wellness: financial, spiritual, emotional, intellectual, physical, social, and environmental. Free. 11 a.m.-2 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 31, Palo Duro Lounge, E.H. Hereford University Center. Health Services.

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.

Extra Credit

Monday, Oct. 29

Science Week A week-long celebration of the College of Science and the achievements of students, alumni, and faculty. Through Friday, Nov. 2. Science.

Thursday, Nov. 1

Rick Lynch

Biology Colloquium Series Patrick Phillips, a biology professor and associate vice president for research at the University of Oregon, discusses "Stress and Death: A Nematode Model System for Molecular Quantitative Genomics." Free. 4 p.m., Room 119, Life Science Building. Biology.

Goolsby Leadership Academy Lecture Lt. Gen. Rick Lynch, right, U.S. Army retired and executive director of the UT Arlington Research Institute, discusses honor and integrity in leadership. Free. Reception 6:30 p.m., program 7 p.m., Lone Star Auditorium, Maverick Activities Center. Goolsby Leadership Academy, Maverick Battalion.

Friday, Nov. 2

Entrepreneurship in the Arts Jeff Fraley, founder of Trinity Films, discusses his experiences as a documentary filmmaker and the development of his business. Free. 1 p.m., Room 148, Fine Arts Building. Art and Art History.

Wednesday, Nov. 7

Curriculum and Instruction Luncheon Series Evie Malaia, assistant professor in mind, brain, and education, presents "Neural Re-Wiring in Second Language Learning" and Kevin White, assistant professor of science education, presents "A Discipline-Specific Approach to Teaching Diversity and Equity in the Classroom." A discussion follows. Bring your lunch. Free. Noon-1 p.m., Room 333, Science Hall. College of Education and Health Professions, Curriculum and Instruction. Peggy Semingson,

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

Going Out
  UTA Presents

Presentations highlight diversity of India


The culture, history, politics, and science of India are presented by University faculty 1-4 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 31, in the sixth floor parlor of the Central Library.

Nila Veerabathina, senior lecturer of physics, hosts the event. Speakers include Krishnan Rajeshwar, distinguished professor of chemistry and biochemistry; Melia Belli, assistant professor of art and art history; Karabi Bezboruah, assistant professor of public administration; Ritu Khanduri, assistant professor of sociology and anthropology; and Shelley Smith, professor and chair of the Department of Sociology and Anthropology.

A reception and book signing follow 4-5 p.m. in the sixth floor atrium for photographer Robert Arnett, whose collection of images highlighting the diversity of India and its various regions is on display in the parlor. The exhibit, India Unveiled, continues through Jan. 5, 2013.

The event is free. Among the sponsors are the Department of Sociology and Anthropology and the Library. For more information, contact Dr. Veerabathina at

Monday, Oct. 29

Research Institute Open House The UT Arlington Research Institute has undergone a major physical and organizational transformation and will host an open house for faculty and staff. Free. 6-8 p.m., UT Arlington Research Institute, 7300 Jack Newell Boulevard South, Fort Worth.

Wednesday, Oct. 31

Trick or Treat with the Greeks Bring the family and enjoy Halloween when fraternity and sorority chapters provide games, activities, and candy. Free. 5:30-7:30 p.m., Greek Row between Davis Drive and Summit Avenue. Order of Omega, Fraternity and Sorority Life. Kelli Vincent,

Thursday, Nov. 1

Movie Screening: Nefarious See the award-winning movie, Nefarious, based on the real-life events of the international human trafficking trade, and join in a discussion on its impact on the Asian community. Part of Asian Heritage Month. Free. 6:30 p.m., Room 100, Nedderman Hall. Multicultural Affairs, Relationship Violence and Sexual Assault Prevention Program.

Volleyball Mavericks vs. UT San Antonio. Fan Appreciation/Pride Night. First 50 fans receive a UT Arlington rally pom. $6 Tickets. 7 p.m., College Park Center. Athletics.

Martha Walvoord

Duo Piano Recital Features Dan Cavanagh, associate director of jazz studies, and guest artist Dan Haerle, retired jazz studies professor at the University of North Texas. Free. 7:30 p.m., Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. Music.

Friday, Nov. 2

Faculty Violin Recital Features Martha Walvoord, right, associate professor of violin. Free. 7:30 p.m., Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. Music.

Saturday, Nov. 3

Chili Cook-off Bring the family for prizes, games, competitions, and of course, chili. Contestants will begin cooking at 9 a.m. and judging will be at noon. Open to everyone. Free. The Green at College Park. Department of Accounting, Terra Brown McGhee,

Volleyball Mavericks vs. Texas State. Jersey Day. Free posters. $6 Tickets. 2 p.m., College Park Center. Athletics.

Coming up

Veterans Day: A Celebration of Service Retired U.S. Army Gen. Tommy Franks ('71 BBA) is the keynote speaker. Faculty, staff, and students who have veteran or active military status are invited to a celebration recognizing their dedication and service. Refreshments, presentations, flag ceremony, music, and more. 3:30-5 p.m., program 4 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 7, Bluebonnet Ballroom, E.H. Hereford University Center. Office of the President, 2-5300.

Marisol In Jose Rivera's award-winning play, a woman fights for survival in a world turned upside down. $7. 8 p.m. Friday-Saturday, Nov 9-10, 15-17; 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 18, Studio Theatre, Fine Arts Building. Maverick Theatre Company, 2-2669.

International Education Week Includes World Trivia Night, which tests teams on their knowledge of various countries and cultures around the world. Each team is allowed one faculty or staff member. Register by Monday, Nov. 5. International Education Week is Nov. 12-16. World Trivia Night is 6 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 15, Palo Duro Lounge, E.H. Hereford University Center. International Education, Study Abroad.

Homecoming Fall 2012

Mav Up for Homecoming Join fellow staff members in learning the alma mater, fight song, spirit motions, and more. Meet Blaze and the Wranglers. Win door prizes and enjoy refreshments. 3-4 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 13, Room 245, Business Building. Staff Advisory Council.

Homecoming 2012 Highlights include men's and women's basketball games, a volleyball match, Homecoming parade, street party, chili cook-off, reunions, tours, games, after party, a 5K run, and more. See the Homecoming schedule. Nov. 15-19, College Park Center and other locations. Student Affairs.


Presidential Campaigns and Memorabilia More than 150 U.S. presidential buttons, from the 1896 election of William McKinley to the current 2012 campaign, are included in the collection of UT Arlington President James D. Spaniolo. Free. Through Monday, Nov. 12, first floor lobby, Central Library. An exhibit of political cartoons is on the second floor.

The Gallery at UTA: Harry Geffert and Chuck Ramirez Works feature bronze castings of Texas and plant life and photographs that explore personal identity and consumer culture. Free. Gallery hours 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays-Fridays, noon-5 p.m. Saturdays. Through Saturday, Nov. 17. The Gallery at UTA, Fine Arts Building.

Gallery 76102: A Study of Water and What Once Was a Forest Loli Kantor's documentary photography and Hiroko Kubo's sculptural exploration are revealed in this exhibit. Free. Gallery hours 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Saturdays; 4-8 p.m. Thursdays-Fridays. Through Friday, Nov. 30. Gallery 76102, Fort Worth Center.

Pearls of the Antilles: Printed Maps of Caribbean Islands Maps depict not only the geography of the islands but also reflect many of the themes of Caribbean and American history as well as cartographic history. Free. 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Mondays, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays, through Feb. 9, 2013, Special Collections, sixth floor, Central Library.

Planetarium Learn how mammoth stars make a black hole and help figure out where they might lead in Black Holes. 6 p.m. Thursdays, 2:30 p.m. Saturdays. Planetarium.

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



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