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

Monday, December 16, 2013

Steve Mattingly

Driven research: Dr. Stephen Mattingly, associate professor of civil engineering, will conduct technology research for the Transportation Research Center for Livable Communities thanks to a grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation.

Transportation research aimed at designing more livable communities

A UT Arlington civil engineer will investigate how advanced technologies can improve public transportation and alternative transportation modes as part of a national initiative aimed at developing more “livable communities.”

The U.S. Department of Transportation has awarded Stephen Mattingly, associate professor of civil engineering, a $210,000 grant to support the research. He will study how technology can improve pedestrian and bicycle safety, how social media may be used to shape more sustainable commuting practices, and the impact of GPS and cellphone technologies on driver safety as part of the larger project.

“The aim of the research is to start thinking differently about transportation solutions,” Dr. Mattingly says. “We just can’t continue to build lanes of highways. There have to be more comprehensive, more livable solutions out there.”

Overall, the federal agency will distribute about $63 million to 33 transportation research centers at colleges and universities across the country through the initiative. The grants are being awarded through the federal agency’s Research and Innovative Technology Administration.

Western Michigan University will lead the Transportation Research Center for Livable Communities, which includes UT Arlington, Wayne State University, Utah State University, and Tennessee State University.

Read more about the Livable Communities project.

Forward Thinking

View, endorse comments on strategic planning website

The UT Arlington community has been actively generating ideas and input as part of the Forward Thinking strategic planning process, and important themes are beginning to emerge.

The Forward Thinking website has been expanded to feature highlights of some of your input via the online questionnaire, meetings, breakfast and lunch discussions, and other correspondence. The site also includes feedback from students and alumni.

The website serves as the hub of communications related to the planning process. Take a moment to visit it and provide your input. You also may review the many ideas and suggestions posted there and can click the "Recommend" button for those you approve.

Use Maverick discounts to save money

Watch your budget this holiday season by taking advantage of the Maverick Discount Program.

Faculty, staff, and students can utilize the discounts by simply showing their Maverick ID to local business participants or by using a unique UT Arlington discount code to shop online. Participating businesses provide a minimum 10 percent discount.

Mav Pic Commencement-winter 2013

Degrees of success

More than 3,800 undergraduate and graduate students were candidates for graduation this past weekend as UT Arlington held Commencement ceremonies in College Park Center. See more photos.


Grades due Friday for today's exams

Because of the recent ice storm, students scheduled to take exams Monday, Dec. 9, are taking them today, Monday, Dec. 16, at the same times and locations.  

Grades from today's exams are due by 10 a.m. Friday, Dec. 20. Grades for all other final exams are due Tuesday, Dec. 17.

Winter intersession begins Tuesday, Dec. 17. Instructors will work with their individual classes to identify ways to make up for the lost day of class for the intersession.

Holiday, winter hours announced

The UTA campus transitions to holiday and winter hours for the next few weeks.

Two food stops in the E.H. Hereford University Center are open this week. The Connection Café opens at 7 a.m. and will close at 9 p.m. today, Monday, Dec. 16, and at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 17. P.O.D. Market will be open 7:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday, Dec. 16-20.

The E.H. Hereford University Center is open 7 a.m.-9 p.m. today, Monday, Dec. 16; and 7 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Tuesday-Friday, Dec. 17-20, and Friday-Thursday, Jan. 3-9. The center is closed weekends during that time. Winter break closure is Saturday, Dec. 21-Thursday, Jan. 2.

The Central Library is closed Dec. 24-25, and Jan. 1 and 4Check the hours for the Central Library, Architecture and Fine Arts Library, Science and Engineering Library, and electronic libraries. Special Collections on the sixth floor of the Central Library is open 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays, Dec. 1623, and 30, and Jan. 6.

The Maverick Activities Center is open 8 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday-Friday, Dec. 16-20, Thursday-Friday, Jan. 2-3, and Monday-Friday, Jan. 6-10. Later, the MAC is open noon-8 p.m. Monday, Dec. 23Friday, Dec. 27; and Monday-Wednesday, Dec. 30-Jan. 1. The indoor pool is open noon-1:20 p.m. and 4:30-6 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays through Friday, Jan. 10. The pool is closed Monday, Dec. 23-Friday, Jan. 3.

Renew your locker at MAC

Renew your locker at the Maverick Activities Center by Monday, Jan. 6, 2014, to save the space for the spring semester. If you choose not to renew, please clean out the locker by that date.

For details, email Blair Schuyler or call 2-0207. Visit the Campus Recreation website for MAC programs and services. 

Electrical outage planned Dec. 20-23 for Davis Hall

An electrical outage at Davis Hall is needed to replace and upgrade electrical switch gear, according to Facilities Management.

Power will be out from 6 p.m. Friday, Dec. 20, until 8 a.m. Monday, Dec. 23.

Emergency power will be supplied during the outage by the building’s generator to support egress lighting, life safety, and UTA Police dispatch. No one will be allowed in the building without an escort from Facilities Management or the Police Department.

To prepare for the outage:

• Clean out all refrigerators and freezers.
• Turn off all electronic equipment including computers, scanners, and copiers before leaving on Friday, Dec. 20. These devices do not need to be unplugged.

Questions? Email Jeff Johnson or Toby Buhrkuhl.

Benefit Yourself
Living Well

Save during the holidays

While holidays are a time of family and cheer, they can also be a time of financial stress. Don’t let a merry season sink you and your savings. Here are some ideas to help you get through the holiday season with your mind and your wallet intact:

• Create a clear gift budget, with spending caps for each person on your list, and then stick to that budget.

• Start early. If you start early, you have a greater chance of finding good bargains. Last-minute shopping is a good way to break a budget.

• Pay with cash. Gift shopping with credit or charge cards sometimes makes it harder to reign in your spending impulses. By taking a fixed amount of cash set by your budget, you are much less likely to break that budget.

Once you make it past the holidays with your mind and budget whole and healthy, take time to visit the UT Retirement Program webpage and make sure you’re saving up for all the holidays you’ll enjoy during retirement.

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

Coming up

Advanced Traveler Information Systems Ahmad Sadegh, manager of DFW’s new Integrated Corridor Management Project, describes how Advanced Traveler Information Systems will improve traffic flow and alert commuters to the best modes and routes to use. Reservations. Free to students, first-time guests, and ATA members; others $5. 7 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2014, Room 100, Nedderman Hall. Arlington Technology AssociationEngineering.

Statistical Training: SPSS/SAS SPSS training, Friday, Jan. 17, 2014; SAS training, Friday, Jan. 24, 2014; 10 a.m.-noon, Room 04, University Hall. Statistical Services, Information Technology.

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

Going Out

Coming up

Men's Basketball Mavericks vs. Cal State Bakersfield, 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 21; vs. Arkansas State, 7:30 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 2, 2014; vs. Arkansas-Little Rock, 5 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 4, 2014; and vs. Louisiana-Monroe, noon Thursday, Jan. 9, 2014Tickets $5. All at College Park Center. Athletics.

Women's Basketball Mavericks  vs. Texas A&M Corpus Christi, 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 21; vs. Arkansas State, 5 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 2, 2014; vs. Louisiana-Monroe, 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2014Tickets $5. All at College Park Center. Athletics.


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.

Planetarium The holiday schedule runs through Sunday, Dec. 22, with Season of LightHoliday Music Magic; Back to the Moon for Good; One World, One Sky: Big Bird's Adventure; Pink Floyd; and Spacepark 360. Shows set for Thursday, Dec. 26-Sunday, Jan. 5, also include Secret of the Cardboard RocketPlanetarium.

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.

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



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