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

Thursday, December 19, 2013

National Academy of Inventors Fellows

Inventive fellows: New fellows for the National Academy of Inventors are, clockwise from top left, Frank Lewis, electrical engineering professor and a University Distinguished Scholar Professor; Carolyn Cason, a nursing professor and vice president for research; UT Arlington President Vistasp Karbhari, a professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering and of civil engineering; and Ron Elsenbaumer, professor of chemistry and biochemistry and provost and vice president for academic affairs.

National Academy of Inventors names four UTA professors as fellows

Four UT Arlington faculty members and senior administrators have been named fellows of the National Academy of Inventors.

They are Frank Lewis, electrical engineering professor and a University Distinguished Scholar Professor; Carolyn Cason, a nursing professor and vice president for research; Ron Elsenbaumer, professor of chemistry and biochemistry and provost and vice president for academic affairs; and UT Arlington President Vistasp Karbhari, a professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering and of civil engineering.

Last year, the organization inducted College of Engineering faculty members Khosrow Behbehani, Nai Yuen Chen, George Kondraske, and Robert Magnusson among its charter fellows. 

“The University of Texas at Arlington has a tremendous set of accomplished faculty who are internationally recognized in their fields of research,” Dr. Karbhari says. “My colleagues are distinguished not only by their patents and discoveries, but also by their dedication to sharing innovation with the global community and enabling the translation of fundamental research into practical applications for the benefit of humankind.”

Election to NAI Fellow status is awarded to academic inventors who have demonstrated a highly prolific spirit of innovation in creating outstanding inventions that have made a tangible impact on quality of life, economic development, and the welfare of society.

Read more about UT Arlington's NAI fellows.

Elten Briggs

Diversity sells: Dr. Elten Briggs, associate professor of marketing, studied the role of culture in the interaction between businesses and customers.

Study shows diverse workforce may improve customer experience

Service-oriented businesses that want to succeed with minority customers should consider hiring frontline employees who represent those ethnic groups, particularly when the business caters to Hispanics or Asians, a recent UT Arlington study contends.

The paper, “Shared ethnicity effects on service encounters: A study across three U.S. subcultures,” was authored by Elten Briggs, associate professor of marketing, and Detra Montoya, clinical associate professor of marketing at Arizona State University’s W.P. Carey School of Business. It was published in the Journal of Business Research.

The researchers analyzed the influence of shared ethnicity on consumer behavior using an experiment and a survey. The team found that members of Asian and Hispanic cultures are more “collectivist” in the way they emphasize the social self and connectedness to others than members of Western cultures. For this reason, they may be more susceptible to the effects of shared ethnicity in the marketplace.

“The study showed that culture plays an important role in the interaction between businesses and customers,” says Dr. Briggs, who joined UT Arlington in 2006. “Customers may feel like they have some common ground with the service representative or sales person if there is a shared ethnicity.”

Read more about the workforce diversity study.

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.

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Dreams fulfilled

Pomp and circumstance were on full display last weekend as several thousand UT Arlington graduates participated in seven Commencement ceremonies in College Park Center. Watch the video from the ceremonies. See more photos, too.

Turn on to winter break energy savings by turning off electrical devices

A few actions on your part can help conserve energy on campus during the winter break. The Office of Facilities Management suggests these steps to realize maximum energy savings:

• Turn off and unplug electrical devices. Many devices remain in a standby mode or use power even when turned off, including computers, monitors, scanners, printers, copiers, chargers, power supplies, appliances, and other electrical devices. If items are plugged into power strips, simply turn off the power strips.

• Lower the heating temperature and turn off air conditioning. Areas controlled directly by an occupant should have the air conditioning and fans turned off. Space heaters are not allowed, according to University policy. Heating and air conditioning in many campus buildings are controlled by a computerized energy management system that will set these areas to maximize energy conservation during the break.

• Turn off all lights when you leave. Parking lot lighting schedules have been adjusted where feasible, taking campus safety and security into consideration.

Websites unavailable Sunday morning

All UT Arlington websites will be unavailable 2-7 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 22, for improvements to the web infrastructure by the Office of Information Technology.

Bookstore open during winter break

The UTA Bookstore will be open during the winter break. Hours are 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, and closed Sunday. The store is closed Tuesday-Wednesday, Dec. 24-25, and Wednesday, Jan. 1. Store hours expand to 7:30 a.m.-7:30 p.m. Thursday-Friday, Jan. 2-3.

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Famous fans

Former President George W. Bush and first lady Laura Bush received a private tour of Sedrick Huckaby's art exhibit "Everyday Glory" at Valley House Gallery and Sculpture Garden in Dallas. Huckaby is an assistant professor of art and art history. The exhibit runs through Saturday, Jan. 11.


Prepare for electrical outage planned for Davis Hall this weekend

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 Friday, Dec. 20. These devices do not need to be unplugged.

Questions? Email Jeff Johnson or Toby Buhrkuhl.

Clean up before winter break to prevent post-holiday surprises

The Office of Facilities Management suggests a break-room cleaning before the winter break.

• Wipe down and clean out break rooms or common areas of any food items or candy to keep from attracting insects.

• Empty the refrigerator and turn off the ice maker. Various buildings will have the power shut off during the winter break.

• Remove all perishable items from the refrigerator and freezer. Check all expiration dates and dispose if expired.

• Clean the inside of the refrigerator. Wipe down the drawers, shelves, sides, and floor of the fridge. Dry thoroughly.

• Place baking soda, a bowl of dried oats, or a shallow bowl of dry, fresh coffee grounds and crumbled newspaper inside the refrigerator to combat mildew, mold, and bad odor. When you return, remove newspapers and oats/coffee grounds and wipe down the drawers and sides.

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Paws-itive feedback

Therapy dog Max helped freshman Crystal Torres de-stress from studying during Paws for Finals at the Central Library. The program is sponsored by the UTA Library.

Holiday, winter hours announced

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

P.O.D. Market will be open 7:30 a.m.-5 p.m. through Friday, Dec. 20.

The E.H. Hereford University Center is open 7 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Thursday-Friday, Dec. 19-20, 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. 23, and 30, and Jan. 6.

The Maverick Activities Center is open 8 a.m.-8 p.m. Thursdays-Fridays, Dec. 19-20, and 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. 

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Big A in Big D

UT Arlington's logo graced the Dallas skyline at the Omni Hotel during the UTA Division for Enterprise Development's recent oil and gas environmental conference.


Antivirus software available

New antivirus software is available for computers managed by the Office of Information Technology.

For OIT-managed Mac computers, visit the Self Service site in the Applications folder. For Windows computers, go to Microsoft System Center 2012 in the Programs folder under Start.

If your machine is not managed by OIT, visit the OIT software website to install McAfee for Mac and Linux computers and Microsoft System Center Endpoint Protection for Windows computers.

MavWire takes a holiday

This will be the final issue of MavWire before the holidays. MavWire will resume Monday, Jan. 6.

Send your stories or pictures to to be considered for publication. Find previous issues of MavWire in the archives at

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

Saturday, Dec. 21

Men's Basketball Mavericks vs. Cal State Bakersfield. Tickets $5. 1 p.m., College Park Center. Also, 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, 2014Athletics.

Women's Basketball Mavericks  vs. Texas A&M Corpus Christi. Tickets $5. 3:30 p.m., College Park Center. Also, vs. Arkansas State, 5 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 2, 2014; Arkansas-Little Rock, Saturday, Jan. 4, 2014; vs. Louisiana-Monroe, 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2014Athletics.


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.

Season of Light

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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