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

Monday, December 2, 2013

Shouyi Wang

Healthy prediction: Shouyi Wang, an assistant professor of industrial and manufacturing systems engineering, has developed a computational model that can more accurately predict when an epileptic seizure will occur next.

Assistant professor uses EEG readings for forecasting epileptic seizures

Shouyi Wang, an assistant professor of industrial and manufacturing systems engineering, has developed a computational model that can more accurately predict when an epileptic seizure will occur next based on the patient’s personalized medical information.

Dr. Wang's research is published in the paper “Online Seizure Prediction Using an Adaptive Learning Approach” in the journal IEEE Transactions on Knowledge and Data Engineering.

His model analyzes electroencephalography, or EEG, readings from an individual to predict future seizures. Early warnings could lead a patient to use medicine to combat an oncoming seizure, Wang says.

“This computational model might be used to predict other life-threatening episodes of diseases,” says Victoria Chen, professor and chair of the Industrial and Manufacturing Systems Engineering Department.

Read more about Wang's research.

Holiday Reception

Holiday reception Thursday in Bluebonnet Ballroom

Ring in the holiday season with the annual Faculty and Staff Holiday Reception 3-5 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 5, in the Bluebonnet Ballroom of the E.H. Hereford University Center.

President Vistasp Karbhari is the host and featured speaker. Enjoy the festive sounds of the UT Arlington Jazz Orchestra, conducted by Tim Ishii, associate professor of music.

Holiday refreshments will be served. The reception is sponsored in part by UT Arlington Dining Services.

Jamel Outler

Boundless: See high-flying basketball action by Mavericks such as Jamel Outler with the buy-one, get-one special.

Buy-one, get-one tickets offered for early December games at College Park Center

End the semester and begin the holiday season by cheering on the Maverick basketball teams at College Park Center with a buy-one, get-one special.

Two general admission tickets are only $5 for the general public and $3 with a UTA student ID.

The special is for the men’s games against Dallas Baptist on Tuesday, Dec. 3, and Weber State on Saturday, Dec. 7, and the women's game against North Texas on Wednesday, Dec. 4.

Go to and enter the promo code UTAB1G1 for the men’s games or UTAWBBB1G1 for the women’s game.

Tickets must be purchased in advance and will not be available at the games.


Next MavAlert test is Wednesday

The next monthly test of the MavAlert Emergency Notification System is at 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 4.

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

Faculty, staff, and students should update their emergency contact information through MyMav. You must enter a mobile phone number in your online MyMav record and label it "Mobile" to enable MavAlert emergency notifications via text message.

Information Technology Strategic Alignment project presentations Tuesday

Faculty and staff are invited to hear updates following recent information technology focus groups and work teams. A meeting to present what the focus group teams have learned and will recommend is set for 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 3, in the Rio Grande Ballroom of the E.H. Hereford University Center. 

UT Arlington is in the process of realigning the Office of Information Technology to create a work-class technology presence that will support the University well into the future.

Jim Bradley, vice president for information technology and chief information officer, is leading the effort and has enlisted the assistance of strategic focus associates to help facilitate the process.

Presentations with question-and-answer sessions, about 30-45 minutes, are benchmarking, 8:45 a.m.; customer/user experience, 10 a.m.; assets, 11 a.m.; process, 1 p.m.; organization structure, 2 p.m.; and a summarization at 3:15 p.m.

Mav Pic Vistasp Karbhari

It's a deal

Lamar High School student Landry Bray, left, accepts a letter of admission to UTA from President Vistasp Karbhari at last Monday's announcement of the Bound for Success program. UT Arlington and the Arlington Independent School District created the early admissions initiative to increase the number of high-achieving high school scholars who ultimately earn a college degree. The program will identify high school students ranked in the top 20 percent of their class at the end of their sophomore year for pre-admittance to UT Arlington, contingent on completing the requirements for high school graduation. Read more about Bound for Success.


UTShare training overview next MyMav II open forum

"UTShare Training Overview" is the MyMav II open forum topic for 8:30-10 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 4, in the auditorium of the Architecture Building.

Open forum sessions provide users with a chance to hear from PeopleSoft team experts in a group setting on a variety of key topics. Each forum will include a question-and-answer session. Attend one or all forums or review them online.

See the schedule for upcoming open forumsPrevious sessions are online.

Texas Bar Foundation grant funds Pre-Law Center outreach

A grant from the Texas Bar Foundation will help fund a new outreach program of the Pre-Law Center.

The outreach features a partnership with the Arlington Independent School District’s Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) college readiness program and Legal Aid of NorthWest Texas, an organization that serves low-income residents in 114 Texas counties.

“We are thrilled by the support that our center has received in its infancy—and the work that it will allow us to accomplish moving forward,” says Elisabeth Cawthon, associate professor of history and director of the Pre-Law Center.

Through the $10,400 grant, UT Arlington pre-law students will enroll in an internship class that directs their service at legal clinics for Legal Aid. The students will provide information on their legal aid experience to Arlington high school students considering careers connected to the law.

The pre-law outreach will generate more than 600 hours of volunteer service to Legal Aid.

Photographs with Maverick Santa at The Parks at Arlington

St. Nick will show his true Maverick colors Tuesday, Dec. 3, at The Parks at Arlington mall.

Upon request, you can have your photo taken with Santa Claus wearing an official UT Arlington blue suit rather than his traditional red one. Additional blue hats will be on hand for you to borrow as you strike a pose with Santa. Then enter your picture for a chance to win a $500 Shop Etc. Mall Gift Card. 

Santa is available 9 a.m.-10 p.m., but he takes breaks 1-2 p.m. and 5:15-6 p.m. Find him and his helpers on the lower level near the ice rink and Nordstrom Rack.

Tail Waggin' Wednesdays

Paws for Finals canines help get rid of finals week stress

Those positive pooches of Paws for Finals are ready to help with final exams at the Central Library through Wednesday, Dec. 11.

Studies show that petting a friendly dog lowers blood pressure and stress-related hormones in the blood, slows the heart rate, regularizes breathing, and releases tension from muscles. These effects can be achieved after only five to 24 minutes of interaction with a cheerful pup.

Bendy, Duke, Michelle, Molly, Winston, and Ziva will take shifts to comfort and encourage students, faculty, and staff during finals. The canine team will be at the library 10 a.m.-2 p.m. weekdays and noon-2 p.m. on the weekend. Also, Max and Sugar will be on hand 6:40-8:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 5.

See the Paws for Finals schedule.

Judicial candidate forum Wednesday in University Hall

Judicial candidates in Tarrant County state their positions and answer questions at a forum noon-1 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 4, in Room 116 of University Hall. The Pre-Law Center and the Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice host the forum

The event will feature 10 of the 30 candidates running for judgeships in Tarrant County. It will be moderated by members of Tarrant County Politics, a non-partisan group.

Questions for the candidates may be submitted in advance on Tarrant County Politics' Facebook page. See candidate profiles online. 

Mav Pic Deck the mall 2013

Deck the Mall

The UTA Women's Chorus takes its lead from Karen Kenaston-French, associate professor and director of choral activities, at Deck the Mall last Monday. The holiday event moved indoors because of wintry weather. Participants enjoyed holiday treats and music along with ice skating, a life-size snow globe, and other activities in the E.H. Hereford University Center.


Spend 'An Evening with Authors'

Faculty members provide brief narratives of books they have written at the Center for African American Studies' "An Evening with Authors" at 5:30-7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 4, in the University Club at Davis Hall.

Authors include Dorothy Kalanzi, visiting assistant professor of sociology; Marvin Dulaney, professor and chair of the History Department; Alusine Jalloh, associate professor of history; and Krystal Beamon, assistant professor of sociology. Books will be available for purchase, and refreshments will be served at the free event.

RSVP to Hadia Miller at by today, Monday, Dec. 2.

Advising Association seeks presentations for conference

The UTA Advising Association (UTAAA) is accepting proposal submissions for the 17th Annual UTAAA Advising Conference, "Advising CPR: Crisis, Prevention and Recovery," on Feb. 18, 2014

Needed are interactive, innovative, and engaging presentations that will leave conference attendees ready to aid students through any worse-case scenario and prep them for success.

Deadline for proposals is Monday, Dec. 9. See details on the UTAAA website or email for more information.

MavAlert now has opt-out option

Students, faculty, and staff may opt out of receiving MavAlert emergency text messages. Log in to MyMav and follow the "MavAlert Opt-Out" link in the right column. MavAlert emergency notifications are sent to all email addresses.

Upgrades available for Apple OS 10.6

The Office of Information Technology 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.

Extra Credit

Monday, Dec. 2

World AIDS Day Education and prevention materials, along with information on free testing and other resources. The World AIDS Day quilt will be on display. Free. 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Palo Duro Lounge, E.H. Hereford University Center. Health Services.

Engineering Distinguished Speaker Series Henrik Christensen, KUKA Chair of Robotics at Georgia Institute of Technology, speaks on “Design of Cooperative Robot Systems.” Reception 5 p.m., Room 601; lecture 6 p.m., Room 100, both in Nedderman Hall. Engineering.

World AIDS Day Panel Discussion A panel discussion of the HIV virus and AIDS. Panelists are Michelle Anderson, HIV positive Miss Plus America; Bret Camp, Texas Regional Director AIDS Healthcare Foundation; Jennifer Gray, HIV researcher and interim dean of the College of Nursing; Ed Jones, behavioral intervention specialist at AIDS Arms Inc.; and Jeffery Watkins, HIV positive student. Free. 6 p.m., Palo Duro Lounge, E.H. Hereford University Center. Student CongressStudents for International Social Work.

Tuesday, Dec. 3

Professionalism in the Workplace  Register online. Free. 9-11 a.m., J.D. Wetsel Service Center. Human Resources.

SUPA Information Forum Meet the program directors and graduate advisers to discuss admission requirements and graduate programs. Free. 6 p.m., Room 521, University Hall. School of Urban and Public Affairs.

Wednesday, Dec. 4

Just-In-Case Manufacturing Curtis Norwood, corporate ERP manager for Martin Sprocket and Gear, provides a historical view of the need for power transmission tools and outlines how Martin services its customers on a global scale. Reservations. Free to students, first-time guests, and ATA members; others $5. 7 a.m., Room 100, Nedderman Hall. Arlington Technology AssociationEngineering.

Food for Thought Stephen Newhart, adjunct instructor of kinesiology, discusses "The Importance of Plyometric Exercise from Adolescence to Adulthood to Retain Reactivity." Free. Noon-1 p.m., Room 213, Maverick Activities Center. Campus Recreation.

Thursday, Dec. 5

Advanced Supervisory Skills Register online. Free. 9-11 a.m., J.D. Wetsel Service Center. Human Resources.

Coming up

Human Resources Training Classes Writing Effective Email, 9-11 a.m., Tuesday, Dec. 10; Partnering with Your Boss, 9-11 a.m., Wednesday, Dec. 11; and Motivating Your Employees, 2-4 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 12Register online. Free. J.D. Wetsel Service Center. Human Resources.

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

Going Out

Tuesday, Dec. 3

Men's Basketball Mavericks vs. Dallas Baptist. Tickets $5. 7:30 p.m., College Park Center. Also vs. Weber State, 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7, College Park Center. Athletics.

Wednesday, Dec. 4

Women's Basketball Mavericks vs. North Texas. Tickets $5. 7:30 p.m., College Park Center. Athletics.

Thursday, Dec. 5

Faculty and Staff Holiday Reception Share the spirit of the holidays. UTA Jazz Orchestra conducted by Tim Ishii. Holiday refreshments. 3-5 p.m., Bluebonnet Ballroom, E.H. Hereford University Center. Office of the President.

Friday, Dec. 6

UT Arlington Day at Christkindl Market An enchanting family market in the tradition of holiday markets in Germany featuring authentic German cuisine, beverages, entertainment, arts, crafts, and gifts. The UT Arlington Jazz Orchestra performs at 5:40 p.m. and 7 p.m. To receive 10 Christkindl dollars for food and beverage, show your ID Monday-Friday, Dec. 2-6, at University Communications, Room 408, Davis Hall. Free admission and parking. Noon-10 p.m., Rangers Ballpark. Christkindl MarketCollegeTown.

Opening Reception for the Bachelor of Fine Arts Exhibition Reception and awards ceremony honoring the graduating BFA students from the Department of Art and Art History exhibiting their work. 5 p.m., The Gallery at UTA, Fine Arts Building. Art and Art History.

Friends of the Library Chants Encounters choir performs Books and Carols with a sing-along and reception. Free. 7:30 p.m., sixth floor parlor, Central Library. Friends of the Library.

Dance Ensemble fall concert "Ideas in Motion: Awaken." General admission $7; $5 with student ID. 8 p.m., Main Stage Theatre, Fine Arts Building. Also 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7Dance Ensemble.

Sunday, Dec. 8

Opening Reception 'Back to the Moon for Good' Kick off the newest Planetarium show with a lecture about the moon, a raffle for a telescope, and a display of cool moon artifacts. $4 children and seniors, $6 adults. Noon-3 p.m. Planetarium.


Visual Resource Commons and Gallery The Jonathan A. Campbell and Tanya G. Dowdey African Art Collection is a multi-dimensional collection of 11th-20th century art and artifacts. Free. 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays-Fridays, Suite 2109, Fine Arts Building. Art and Art History.

MavsArt View artwork created by UT Arlington students, staff, and faculty. Free. First floor, Central Library. Through Sunday, Dec. 8. MavsArt.

Special Collections: Howdy, Mr. President! A Fort Worth Perspective of JFK Photos of President John F. Kennedy's visit to Fort Worth in November 1963 are from the historic Fort Worth Star-Telegram Collection in Special Collections. Gallery hours 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Mondays, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays, sixth floor, Central Library. Through Feb. 8, 2014. UT Arlington Library, Special Collections.

The Maverick Lens: Views from the Library This annual photo exhibit reflects the diversity of learning, living, and working at UT Arlington. See also "50 Years of Views." 8 a.m.-7 p.m., sixth floor parlor, Central Library. Through March 5, 2014. UT Arlington Library.

Mindful Moments Learn techniques to help deal effectively with stress. New day and location. Free. 12:15-12:45 p.m., Fridays, Room 310, Ransom Hall. Health Services.

Planetarium The fall schedule includes Bad Astronomy: Myths and MisconceptionsPink FloydSecret of the Cardboard RocketSpacepark 360, and Stars of the PharaohsPlanetarium.

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



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