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

Thursday, August 15, 2013

weight loss and money

Money can motivate employees to lose weight, economics researcher reports

Financial incentives can be an effective tool in encouraging employees to lose weight at companies that offer their workers those types of programs, according to research by Joshua Price, assistant professor of economics.

Dr. Price teamed with Cornell University Professor John Cawley to perform a case study on an employer-sponsored program that offered financial incentives for weight loss.

The study was featured recently on The Journal of Health Economics website and is scheduled to be published in the journal’s September issue.

“We examined how effective different weight loss programs are to business,” Price says. “We discovered that the best results for weight loss were through a more regular payment of refundable participation fees. The payments seem to work as a reinforcement for people to continue to lose weight.”

Individuals who were asked to put up their own money, either with a deposit contract or refundable participation fee, experienced more weight loss than in the control group, he adds.

Read more about financial incentives for weight loss.

Dr. Daniel Armstrong

Dr. Daniel Armstrong

Armstrong named fellow of American Chemical Society

The American Chemical Society has named chemistry and biochemistry Professor Daniel Armstrong to its 2013 Class of Fellows, recognizing his innovative achievements in the lab as well as his effective, engaging outreach projects.

Dr. Armstrong, the Robert A. Welch Chair in Chemistry, has authored more than 550 publications, including 29 book chapters and one book, and holds 20 U.S. patents. His development of new methods for separating chemical mixtures in solution or as gas has led to advances in realms of science essential to pharmaceutical drug development and disease identification and treatment. For example, he is considered the “father” of pseudophase separations, a type of liquid chromatography that provides higher selectivity for substances with lower cost and less volatility and toxicity than previous analytical methods.

In naming him a fellow, the society also noted Armstrong’s contributions to the community-at-large. Those include the founding of a syndicated National Public Radio show on science and his mentoring of more than 100 graduate students, many of whom were the first in their families to pursue college degrees.

“Dr. Armstrong’s incredible body of work represents the epitome of the research excellence and trailblazing dedication we encourage our students and professors to aspire to,” President Vistasp Karbhari says. “His recognition as a fellow is exceedingly well-deserved.”

Read more about Armstrong's honor.

Move-In Event 2012

Monday is packed with unpacking, socializing, and shopping

Get ready for a busy Monday, Aug. 19, when UT Arlington welcomes students to campus for the fall semester.

The Move-in Event is a tradition of helping residence hall students move into their new homes. President Vistasp Karbhari and his wife, Lisa, will greet new residents while more than 500 faculty, staff, and student volunteers lend a hand or two so new residents can unpack and settle in. Register to volunteer.

Afterward, students and their family can enjoy a free lunch on the University Center mall. A New Maverick Orientation reunion starts at 7 p.m. on the University Center mall.

At 11 p.m., the UT Arlington community takes over Target at 1600 W. Arbrook Blvd. for some late-night shopping and socializing. See the Welcome Week schedule for more events.

MavMeet Convocation 2012

Make it official: The MavsMeet Convocation is the official welcoming ceremony for the 2013-14 academic year. Later, students, faculty, and staff celebrate at the AfterParty on The Green at College Park.

Attend MavsMeet Convocation to kick off academic year

Celebrate the start of the new academic year with the MavsMeet Convocation at 4 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 20, at College Park Center.

The event includes a performance by the UT Arlington Marching Band and a lineup of faculty, staff, and student speakers. Krystal Beamon, assistant professor of sociology in the College of Liberal Arts, will give the featured presentation. President Vistasp Karbhari will offer a special welcome to students. Other speakers include Provost Ronald Elsenbaumer, Student Congress President Varun Mallipaddi, and Frank Lamas, vice president for Student Affairs.

Following the convocation, faculty and staff can mingle with students at the AfterParty on The Green at College Park for music, food, and fun. Activities include "big chair" photos, bungee, a zipline, and caricature drawings. Register to volunteer before and during the AfterParty.

Welcome Week goes beyond seven days with informational and social events for academic departments, student organizations, and more stretching into September. See the Welcome Week schedule for these and more events.

The MAX bus

Take a seat for The MAX's debut

Be on hand to celebrate the first ride on the Metro Arlington Xpress—The MAX—Monday, Aug. 19, at the southeast corner of Center Street and UTA Boulevard, directly across from the new MAX bus stop in the College Park District. A ribbon-cutting at 9 a.m. is followed by a ceremonial first ride on The MAX to CentrePort Station on Trinity Boulevard and back to campus.

Beginning Monday, The MAX will run 6 a.m.-10 p.m. Mondays-Fridays between the College Park District and the CentrePoint Station.

Faculty and staff can ride The MAX and all connecting trains and buses for $5.

Free rides for everyone with any TRE-issued photo ID card are available Aug. 19-30. Details will be posted at and the RideTheMax Facebook page.

Dr. Samir Iqbal

Dr. Samir Iqbal

Bioengineering professor chairs international conference

Samir Iqbal, assistant professor of electrical engineering and bioengineering is co-chair of the Second Conference on Nanotechnology for Biological and Biomedical Applications.

Dr. Iqbal co-founded the conference with funds from the Abdus Salam International Centre for Theoretical Physics (ICTP); United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization; and International Atomic Energy Agency. The conference is Oct. 14-18 at the ICTP in Trieste, Italy.

"This conference is my vision of the future," Iqbal says. "Along with sharing information on nano-bio-related topics such as sensors, implants, and drug delivery, the conference offers hands-on training on equipment, methods, and software tools to scholars, scientists, and students from developing countries."

Sunrise pep rally planned for Aug. 30 during WBAP live broadcast

Join the MavBrass Band, spirit squads, Wranglers, and Blaze for a loud and proud, on-air, sunrise pep rally when WBAP News/Talk 96.7 FM and 820 AM broadcasts its morning show live Friday, Aug. 30, from the College Park District.

The pep rally starts at 7 a.m. on Moritz Plaza in front of College Park Center.

WBAP will broadcast 5-9 a.m., and UTA Radio is planning a concurrent live broadcast.

The pep rally is sponsored by the Downtown Arlington Management Corporation, College Town UTA, and the Division of Student Affairs.

  Mav Pic Battleship

You sunk my ...

A life-sized game of Battleship offered some cool competition in the outdoor pool Thursday. Intramural teams of three tried to fill competitors' canoes with water while diverting water from their own.

New law concerns false alarms, reports

Effective Sunday, Sept. 1, Section 42.06(b) of the Texas Penal Code mandates that the penalty for the offense of making a false alarm or report involving a public or private institution of higher education is a state jail felony.

Parking garage passes available

Faculty and staff can purchase Maverick Parking Garage passes for the fall semester at the garage, 708 S. West St., next to the Business Building. For more details, call 2-2370 or email or visit the website at

Desktop encryption is coming soon

To comply with a recent directive by UT System, all UT Arlington desktop computers will be encrypted to avoid exposure of sensitive information.

The OIT Desktop Support group will meet with all departments beginning Monday, Aug. 19, to discuss the encryption procedures, inspect equipment, and schedule encryption dates. Category 1 high-risk computers will be classified and encrypted by Friday, Nov 1, with Category 2 high-risk computers by May 31, 2014.

Users are required to back up their data. Computers with SecureDoc software installed are in compliance, and no further action is needed.

Contact the OIT Help Desk at to be added to the schedule. Questions? Contact Tom McElwee, OIT director of customer services, at or 2-5239.

Upgrades available for Apple OS 10.6

OIT is offering upgrades to Apple computers running an operating system (OS) lower than 10.8 to prepare for ending local support of Apple OS versions 10.6 or lower. The goal is to upgrade all Apple OS 10.6 or lower computers by January 2014 to ensure the highest level of security. Contact to schedule your upgrade.

Sky Screamer

UT Arlington Day at Six Flags Over Texas tickets still available for $27.50

Enjoy the rides and thrills at UT Arlington Six Flags Day on Sunday, Aug. 25, at Six Flags Over Texas.

Discount tickets are $27.50 for faculty and staff. The price includes one ticket for all-day admission to Six Flags Over Texas and parking, plus one Splash Back ticket to Hurricane Harbor valid for one weekend only Aug. 31-Sept. 15. A $10 meal voucher is available for purchase.

Limit 10 tickets per person. Order tickets at or the College Park Center Box Office, which is open 10 a.m-6 p.m. Mondays-Thursdays and 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Fridays.

Enjoy the fun at the park starting at 10:30 a.m. or come 6-9 p.m. when it's the UT Arlington-only crowd. Remember to wear a UT Arlington shirt to show your Maverick Pride.

The event is open to the UT Arlington community and is sponsored by the Division of Student Affairs. It is valid through UT Arlington only and not valid at the Six Flags Over Texas main gate.

University Club takes a break

The University Club is closed for a summer break. The restaurant in Davis Hall will reopen at 11 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 22.

Benefit Yourself

Complete Evidence of Insurability, Eligibility forms today

All Evidence of Insurability and Evidence of Eligibility applications and all required dependent documentation must be postmarked or completed via My UT Benefits no later than today, Thursday, August 15.

Evidence of Insurability: You are required to complete Evidence of Insurability (EOI) if you elected to add or increase Voluntary Group Term Life or short- or long-term disability. For long-term care insurance, employees are not required to complete EOI, but retirees, spouses of employees and retirees, and other individuals eligible to enroll in LTC are required to submit an EOI form.

Evidence of Eligibility: Supporting documentation is required if you added your spouse or dependent children to your UT Benefits coverage for the first time. You may submit required documentation, such as marriage and birth certificates, electronically through My UT Benefits or provide a copy directly to the UT Arlington Benefits Office in Suite 212 of the J.D. Wetsel Service Center. Call the Benefits Office at 2-5558 or 2-5554, or email

Take health assessment to receive gift card

It only takes a few minutes to complete a health assessment to earn your $25 gift card. The deadline is Saturday, Aug. 31, to complete your health assessment and have an annual preventive exam. Learn more.

Get your parking permits by Aug. 22

All employees need a 2013-14 permit to park on campus and must have their permits no later than Thursday, Aug. 22.

Order your permit online through MyMav. Log in, click on Self Service and Parking Request, and print the confirmation page. This is the temporary permit valid until the printed expiration date.

Current reserve permit holders can pick up their new reserve permit at the Parking Office, 1225 W. Mitchell, Suite 112, in the J.D. Wetsel Service Center. If you are interested in purchasing a reserve permit, email Reserve permits are not offered online. Reserve permits, upgrades, exchanges, and motorcycle permits are available at the Parking Office.

Employees who work at least 30 hours per week may use payroll deduction, which starts with the Oct. 1 paycheck for eight months. Payroll deduction includes pre-tax or after-tax options. If charging to your University account, pay by the due date.

Call the Parking Office at 2-3907 or email for more details.

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

Friday, Aug. 30

Statistical Software: IBM SPSS An introduction to the software and related resources, as well as hands-on exercises in descriptive statistics, anova, and regression. Free. Introduction to IBM SPSS, 10:45 a.m.-12:45 p.m., Room 04, University Hall. Also, Introduction to SAS, Friday, Sept. 6. OIT Statistical Services,

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

Sports Notes

Sign up today for 14th Annual Chip-N-Classic

Join the Athletics Department for a day of great golf and fun at the 14th annual UT Arlington Chip-N-Classic Golf Tournament on Monday, Sept. 16, at Texas Star Golf Course in Euless.

Entry for the five-person scramble teams of four are $1,500 (VIP) or $1,000 (Gold). VIP teams will play with a UT Arlington Athletics VIP. Gold teams will play with a current or former Maverick golfer. Single players are $250 and will be assigned to a team. The entry fee includes golf, cart, lunch, dinner, gifts, prizes, and raffle tickets.

Register at Title and hole sponsorships are available by contacting Craig Shaver at or 2-9608 or head golf coach Jay Rees at or 2-5038.

Cash Wilkerson wins CPT National Championship

Junior golfer Cash Wilkerson won the Collegiate Players Tour National Championship at Texas Star Golf Course in Euless. Wilkerson fired a 3-under 207 to win the three-day event by one stroke last Thursday.

Junior Jake Argento tied for second, along with two other golfers, at 2 under. Other Mavericks playing included juniors Chris Lowell and Josh Cole and freshmen Jaret Brewer and Josh Radcliff.

The Collegiate Players Tour is designed to provide summer golf competition for college-age men and women. The tour is sanctioned by the Golf Coaches Association of America, the National Golf Coaches Association, and the U.S. Golf Association.

The Mavericks open the 2013-14 season Friday, Sept. 6, at the Northern Intercollegiate at Rich Harvest Farms in Sugar Grove, Ill.

Premium seat tickets now on sale

Premium seats are the best way to enjoy Maverick basketball at College Park Center and are available with a price reduction from last year.

Tickets for club seats (sections 102 and 109) are $300 with courtside seats $500. Parking and access to the Hospitality Suite are included in the ticket price. The suite will be fully open and a full meal is $5 each game night. Alcohol will be available for purchase while popcorn, water, and soft drinks are free.

Volleyball tickets are no longer part of the premium seat package.

Read more about purchasing premium seats. To upgrade or change seats, contact Brian Lukas at 2-6319 or

Volleyball season tickets available

Season and single game tickets for the 2013 UT Arlington volleyball season are now on sale at a reduced price from last year.

Season tickets are $25 for the 15-match home schedule, which includes UT Arlington's first competition in the Sun Belt Conference. Individual game tickets are $5 for faculty and staff. The prices are a drop from last year's costs of $49 and $6.

To buy tickets, go to, call 2-9595, or visit the College Park Center Box Office.

The home season begins Friday, Aug. 30, when the Mavericks host Abilene Christian at 7 p.m. in the annual Hilton Invitational. The Mavericks will play their first Sun Belt Conference home game Friday, Sept. 27, against UL Monroe.

Group exercise, fitness class schedules online

Plan your week for fitness with group exercise classes this fall at the Maverick Activities Center.

Instructional classes such as Maverick boot camp, weight and strength training, and CPR/AED are set for fall, too.

(For more sports news, go to,, or

Going Out
  UTA Presents

Welcome Back Movie has familiar characters

Star Trek-Into Darkness

Captain Kirk, Spock, and the Star Trek crew hit the big screen with a free outdoor movie at 9 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 22. Find free popcorn and soft drinks, as well as concessions, on the west lawn of the Mavericks Activities Center. Bring a chair or a blanket for the lawn seating.

Rated PG-13 for intense sequences of sci-fi action and violence, Star Trek: Into Darkness is the latest addition to the Star Trek saga featuring a new array of actors. Chris Pine portrays James T. Kirk, and Zachary Quinto plays your favorite Vulcan, Spock.

After the crew of the Enterprise finds an unstoppable force of terror from within its own organization, Captain Kirk leads a manhunt to a war-zone world to capture a one-man weapon of mass destruction.

EXCEL Campus Activities, a student-led program of the Division of Student Affairs, sponsors the show.

Tuesday, Aug. 20

Drink, Drive, Go to Jail Learn the consequences of drunk driving. Free. 10 a.m., Library mall. Texas Department of Transportation, Health Services.

Wednesday, Aug. 21

Religious/Spiritual Organizations Fair Find information on the religious groups and institutions that are part of the UT Arlington and Arlington communities. Free. 4:30-6 p.m., University Center mall. Student Affairs.

Thursday, Aug. 22

Movin' Mavs Back-to-School Game The Movin' Mavs have split the roster into blue vs. white with alumni coaching the game. Free. 3:30-6 p.m., Maverick Activities Center. Movin' Mavs.

Coming up

Super Service Saturday A day of community service. Choose your event. 8 a.m.-noon, Saturday, Aug. 24, meet at Bluebonnet Ballroom foyer, E.H. Hereford University Center. UTA Volunteers.

The Art of Yoga Bring your own mat to this monthly class for all levels. Free. 11 a.m.-noon, Saturday, Aug. 24, Gallery 76102, Fort Worth Center.

Volunteer: Maverick Cookout Grill masters, soda servers, and ticket takers are needed for the Maverick Cookout Featuring the Activities Fair Day 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 28, on the University Center mall. Volunteer registration includes a free Welcome Week T-shirt.

Communities Against Crime 5K Join the UT Arlington Police and other Tarrant County police departments to benefit Child Protective Services of Tarrant County. The race starts at 8 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 7, at River Legacy Park. The event includes a 1-mile fun run/walk, and a 5K run. The $20 registration fee includes a goodie bag and refreshments. Register online. See the event on Facebook.

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



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