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

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Stathis Meletis

Hard facts: Stathis Meletis, professor and chair of the Department of Materials Science and Engineering, leads UT Arlington's interdisciplinary team for the Materials Genome Initiative, which examines ways to develop super hard, heat-resistant material.

UT Arlington takes role in Materials Genome Initiative

UT Arlington engineers are assembling a computer-based “genome” that will aid in the design and development of advanced new materials that are super hard, can resist extreme heat, are highly durable, and are less expensive through a new, $640,000 National Science Foundation grant.

The work is funded through a 2011 White House Materials Genome Initiative intended to cut in half the time it takes to develop novel materials that can fuel advanced manufacturing. The effort has been compared with the national Human Genome Project launched in the 1980s.

Stathis Meletis, professor and chair of the Department of Materials Science and Engineering, leads the interdisciplinary team that includes Peter Kroll, an associate professor of chemistry and biochemistry, and Jiechao Jiang, a research associate professor in the Materials Science and Engineering Department.

The UT Arlington team will focus on the areas of extremely hard and high-temperature resistant coatings for advanced materials using current and new methods at the atomic and nanoscale level to achieve the project’s objectives.

“We will combine methods for designing and attaining these extremely hard and high-temperature resistant materials on computers at first. Eventually, we’ll synthesize these materials in the lab and test them,” Dr. Meletis says. “This could revolutionize future engineering.”

Read more about UT Arlington's role in the Materials Genome Initiative.

Police patch

New website details campus safety measures, resources, advice

UT Arlington has launched a new website dedicated to keeping the University community informed of campus-wide safety and security measures. It’s part of the University’s commitment to providing a safe and secure campus environment for students, faculty, staff, and visitors.

Safe & Sound in Maverick Country offers comprehensive information about safety precautions implemented by UT Arlington, tips for staying safe while on campus, procedures to follow in the event of an emergency, and important contact information.

The website complements a print publication that was delivered to all students living in on-campus residence halls and apartments on the first day of school. It also will be mailed Friday, Aug. 30, to all home addresses for off-campus students.

Additionally, look for the print issue at various locations across campus, such as the Information Desk at the E.H. Hereford University Center and the Maverick Activities Center.

Be sure to check the site regularly for the most up-to-date information.

Dr. Christian Zlolniski

Dr. Christian Zlolniski

Anthropology associate professor named new director of Center for Mexican American Studies

Christian Zlolniski, an associate professor of anthropology and an expert in international migration and economic globalization, has been named director of the Center for Mexican American Studies.

Dr. Zlolniski joined UT Arlington in 2001 and served as a research associate of the center for more than 10 years. Previously, he spent seven years as a researcher and social studies professor at El Colegio de la Frontera Norte in Tijuana, Mexico. He also served as a fellow researcher for two years in the University of California Center for U.S.-Mexican Studies.

“We are fortunate to have in Dr. Zlolniski an internationally renowned scholar, a respected teacher, and a valued mentor who unites his efforts in all of these roles on behalf of the wider community," Beth Wright, dean of the College of Liberal Arts, says.

The center administers an 18-hour academic minor in Mexican American Studies and annually awards three scholarships: the Manuel Gamio Scholarship, the Brandenburg Scholarship for Mexican American Studies Minors, and the Brandenburg Scholarship in Latino Studies in the College of Liberal Arts.

Zlolniski succeeds Susan Gonzalez Baker, who will continue as a member of the sociology and anthropology faculty.

Read more about Dr. Zlolniski and CMAS.


New UT Arlington home page look puts news in forefront

UT Arlington has put a fresh face on its Internet presence. The University’s home page now has a new look and new features.

Designed to bring an exciting and robust mix of University news to the forefront, the website also showcases what external media is saying about UT Arlington. Additionally, you can view the latest University videos directly from the home page when they are posted.

Click on the Explore More button on the top right to view all stories by category, such as research, campus, and academics, or by University media, including videos, news releases, and websites.

Tabs for news and athletics show the latest articles, while the events tab takes you to a calendar of this week’s activities. Want even more? Go to the right for the More buttons for news, events, and athletics.

Visit the News Center, which includes news releases, videos, and reports on UT Arlington in local, national, and international media. Follow the University’s tweets or link to publications.

On the go? The home page now automatically adjusts to fit the screen on your mobile device, such as a smartphone or tablet.


Pride, prizes at Friday sunrise pep rally

Join the MavBrass Band, spirit squads, Wranglers, and Blaze for a loud and proud, on-air, sunrise pep rally when WBAP News/Talk 820 AM/96.7 FM 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.

WBAP’s morning team will give away prizes, including concert tickets, DVDs, and more.

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

Art submissions wanted for MavsArt fall exhibit

Faculty, staff, and students can share their artistic sides in the semester-long MavsArt exhibit at the Central Library. Submit your art for the theme "What does UTA mean to you?" by Tuesday, Sept. 24. For more information, go to MavsArt page or email

Mav Pic Maverick Cookout featuring Activities Fair Day

Maverick cookout

University departments and student organizations served up information and goodies at the Maverick Cookout featuring the Activities Fair Day. Faculty and staff worked the grills for the burger meals. President Vistasp Karbhari, right, and his wife, Lisa, center, volunteered as burger flippers.


Campus closed for Labor Day holiday

The UT Arlington campus will be closed Monday, Sept. 2, for the Labor Day holiday. Plaza Dining in the E.H. Hereford University Center will be open 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday.

Community Partner Breakfast connects faculty, staff with nonprofits

The Center for Community Service Learning hosts its fall Community Partner Breakfast 8:30-10:30 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 19, in the Carlisle Suite of the E.H. Hereford University Center.

Faculty and staff can meet nonprofit directors interested in collaborative projects at the breakfast. Many faculty have begun incorporating community service and service learning as a result of these breakfast events.

Keynote speaker is Frank Lamas, vice president for Student Affairs.

Register online by Tuesday, Sept. 17. For questions, call 2-2124 or email

Volunteers important to Job Fair success

The Career Center needs your help to make the Fall Job Fair a success. The fair is 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 18, at the Maverick Activities Center.

Choose a one-hour shift or more than one shift 7 a.m.-4 p.m. Tasks include set-up, clean up, carrying employer cases, escorting employers to their booths, and staffing the student check-in tables. Register to volunteer by Friday, Sept. 13.

For questions, call 2-2932 or email

Tail Waggin' Wednesday


Library to start Tail-Waggin' Wednesdays this fall

The popularity of Paws for Finals has led to Tail-Waggin' Wednesdays at the Central Library.

Therapy dogs from Paws with Partners will be available for unconditional love 10 a.m.-2 p.m. on the first Wednesday of each month. The dogs range from a toy poodle to a Great Pyrenees mix.

Duke, Max, Winston, Ziva, and other pooches offered the comforting services at Paws for Finals for the end of the fall 2012 and spring 2013 semesters.

Mediation training offered

Become part of part of the University’s volunteer mediator pool with a free mediation training program offered by the Division of Student Affairs.

This 40-hour training is an alternative dispute-resolution course sponsored by the State Bar of Texas. Participants will engage in 20 hours of lecture and 20 hours of role play over a 10-week period and will receive a certificate of completion at the end of the training. Participants may receive continuing education credit for completing this course.

Training is free to UT Arlington faculty and staff members who commit to conducting five student mediations over the next 24 months.

The course is 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Fridays, Sep. 13-Nov. 15. Register by 5 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 3.

Learn more about mediation training.


Next MavAlert test is Wednesday, Sept. 4

The next monthly test of the MavAlert Emergency Notification System is at 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 4. Verify your emergency contact information at

The MavAlert system rapidly notifies faculty, staff, and students in the event of a campus emergency via registered email addresses and text message devices.

To enable MavAlert text messages, add your mobile phone number or other SMS text message device to your UT Arlington emergency contact information and label it "mobile phone" via the drop-down menu or log in to MyMav, then click on the "Sign up for MavAlerts" link in the right column.

Desktop encryption is coming soon

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

The OIT Desktop Support group will meet with all departments 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.

Benefit Yourself

Fall Learning and Development course schedule available online

The Office of Human Resources' Learning and Development programs offer a variety of workshops to enhance the professional and personal development of UT Arlington’s faculty and staff. Check the fall learning opportunities to register. To learn more, contact Jeannie Deakyne, manager of Learning and Development, at or 2-5554.

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.

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. OIT Statistical Services,

Wednesday, Sept. 4

Science Speaker Series Luis F. Parada, professor of biology at UT Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas, discusses "New Frontiers in Breast Cancer Research." Free. Noon-1 p.m., sixth floor parlor, Central Library. Center of Excellence for the Study of Health and Chronic Illnesses, College of Science.

Food for Thought Series Janet Ellis speaks on “Clearing the Clutter from the Inside Out.” Assess the barriers that prevent you from becoming who you fully are. Free. Noon-1 p.m., Room 213, Maverick Activities Center. Campus Recreation.

NORML Documentary Film Series "Grass: The History of Marijuana" is the first of five documentary films. $2. 6 p.m., Rosebud Theatre, E.H. Hereford University Center. NORML.

Friday, Sept. 6

Statistical Software: Introduction to SAS Learn about Multivariate Analysis of Variance (MANOVA) and analyzing repeated measures using profile, discriminant, and factor analysis, and logistic regression. Free. 10:45 a.m.-12:45 p.m., Room 04, University Hall. OIT Statistical Services,

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

Sports Notes
  Ashley Bennett

Slap happy: Junior Ashley Bennett is one of 10 returning players and five starters for the Maverick volleyball team, which hosts the UTA Hilton Invitational Tournament this weekend.

Hilton Invitational opens volleyball season

The volleyball team starts its 2013 season with the UTA Hilton Invitational this weekend. The Mavericks take on Abilene Christian at 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 30, in College Park Center. The team faces Grambling State at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 31, concluding the tournament against Louisiana Tech at 7 p.m.

The Mavs will face stiff competition in Mississippi State, Baylor and Tulsa in the Baylor Classic in Waco on Friday-Saturday, Sept. 6-7.

UT Arlington hosts the Hilton Maverick Classic Friday-Saturday, Sept. 13-14, with UTSA, Mississippi Valley State, and Texas A&M-Corpus Christi. Sun Belt Conference play for the Mavs begins against Louisiana-Monroe at 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 27, at College Park Center.

See the volleyball schedule. Season tickets are $25 at

The team was picked to finish sixth in the Sun Belt Preseason Coaches' Poll.

Sports shorts

An adapted wheelchair sports division is available with advanced request for tennis, Monday, Sept. 9; racquetball, Monday, Sept. 16; billiards, Saturday, Sept. 21; badminton, Wednesday, Oct. 2; and table tennis, Saturday, Nov. 16. Contact for details.

Play in the 14th annual UT Arlington Chip-N-Classic Golf Tournament on Monday, Sept. 16, at Texas Star Golf Course in Euless. Register at For title and hole sponsorships, contact Craig Shaver at or 2-9608 or head golf coach Jay Rees at or 2-5038.

See the men's basketball schedule and women's basketball schedule. Both teams open Friday, Nov. 8, with the men playing at Boise State and the women at Houston Baptist.

Premium seat tickets for men's and women's basketball games are now on sale. To upgrade or change seats, contact Brian Lukas at 2-6319 or

Pick 'em play, fantasy football deadlines this week

Deadlines for individual/dual intramural sports: Madden 25 Tournament, today, Thursday, Aug. 29; Fantasy Football, Thursday, Aug. 29; College Football Pick 'Em, Friday, Aug. 30; tennis, Friday, Sept. 6; foosball, Tuesday, Sept. 10; and racquetball, Friday, Sept. 13.

Entry deadlines for team sports are outdoor basketball and 3-on-3 wheelchair basketball, Wednesday, Sept. 4; and softball, Wednesday, Sept. 11. If you don't have a team, sign up as a free agent.

See the intramural sports schedule. Pick up entry forms at the Services and Information Desk of the Maverick Activities Center. For questions, call 2-3277 or email

Group exercise, fitness class schedules online

Plan your week for fitness with group exercise and instructional classes at the Maverick Activities Center.

CPR/AED is a single four-hour class that covers the American Heart Association’s first aid basics, medical emergencies, injury emergencies, environmental emergencies, adult CPR and AED use. $50. 1-5 p.m., Friday, Sept. 6, Room 102A, Maverick Activities Center. Also Oct. 11, Nov. 1, Dec. 6.

Maverick Boot Camp is an intense one-hour workout that gets your heart racing and your muscles burning. $25. 6:30-7:30 a.m. Mondays/Wednesdays, Sept. 9-Oct. 2, west lawn, Maverick Activities Center; Room 133, MAC, rain site. Also Oct. 7-30.

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Going Out

Thursday, Aug. 29

Sports Club Fair Check out the sports clubs offered through Campus Recreation. Free. 4-7 p.m., lobby, Maverick Activities Center. Campus Recreation.

Friday, Aug. 30


WBAP Live Broadcast and Sunrise Pep Rally Join the UT Arlington band, cheerleaders, Wranglers, and Blaze for a sunrise pep rally. 7 a.m., Moritz Plaza, College Park Center.

Movin' Mavs USA National Junior Men's Team Pre-Season Tournament The Movin' Mavs host the USA National Junior (under 23) pre-season tournament. Free. USA vs. Movin' Mavs, 2 p.m.; USA vs. Dallas Mavericks, 7 p.m.; soccer gym, Maverick Activities Center. Also Saturday, Aug. 31, USA vs. Dallas Mavericks, 10:30 a.m.; USA vs. Movin' Mavs, 2 p.m. Movin' Mavs.

Volleyball UTA Hilton Invitational Tournament Mavericks vs. Abilene Christian. Tickets $5. 7 p.m., College Park Center. Also, Grambling State, 1:30 p.m., and Louisiana Tech, 7 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 31, College Park Center. Athletics.

Coming up

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.


Planetarium The fall schedule starts Thursday, Sept. 5, with Bad Astronomy: Myths and Misconceptions; Pink Floyd; Secret of the Cardboard Rocket; Spacepark 360; and Stars of the Pharaohs. Planetarium.

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



Editor: Teresa Newton

Executive Director for University Publications: Mark Permenter

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