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

Thursday, January 24, 2013


Waves in the sun: Dr. Zdzislaw Musielak will study the Alfvén waves in the sun with a National Science Foundation grant.

New observations help astrophysicist understand sun's dynamics

Physics Professor Zdzislaw Musielak has been awarded a three-year, $301,339 National Science Foundation grant to investigate Alfvén waves in the sun, a phenomenon vital to understanding Earth’s nearest star.

“The sun is the source of energy that sustains all life on Earth, but there is much that remains unknown about it,” says Dr. Musielak, a two-time winner of the international Humboldt Prize for his research into the sun and solar-type stars. “With this research, we hope to explore one of the great mysteries—what forces fuel the heat of the sun’s outer atmosphere and the basic physical processes for creating its magnetic influence on Earth and other planets.”

Alfvén waves are magnetic plasma waves named after Hannes Alfvén, who received a Nobel Prize in 1970. Their existence helps explain why the sun’s corona, or upper atmosphere, is hotter than the solar surface. Understanding Alfvén waves is also crucial to explaining the speed of solar winds, a stream of highly charge particles released into space by the sun.

Read more about the NSF grant to investigate Alfvén waves.

Hot Seat

'The Hot Seat in Arlington' comes to campus Friday

State Rep. Diane Patrick, R-Arlington, and state Sen. Kelly Hancock, R-Fort Worth, tackle hot topics in The Texas Tribune’s “The Hot Seat in Arlington” 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Friday, Jan. 25, at College Park Center.

This in-depth conversation about the 83rd Legislative Session is part of The Texas Tribune’s series of conversations with prominent elected officials and newsmakers. The moderator is Evan Smith, chief executive officer and editor-in-chief of the nonprofit news organization.

Patrick, a former faculty member in the College of Education and Health Professions, was elected to a fourth term in the Texas House in November. Hancock served in the Texas House since 2006 before being elected to the Texas Senate in November.

Flu shot Rx

Flu shots free with 100 percent coverage by UT Select

Flu shots and nasal flu mist are covered 100 percent under the UT Select medical plan when services are received from a participating Blue Cross Blue Shield provider.

To find a network physician, call 866-882-2034 or go to

BCBS will reimburse the cost of flu shots received at participating pharmacies when you present your UT Select/Express Scripts prescription card. With a UT Select/BCBS medical ID card, pay the pharmacy fee and submit a reimbursement claim form. Find retail pharmacies by calling 800-818-0155 or visit

Tarrant County Public Health offers $20 flu shots 8 a.m.-noon and 2-4 p.m. Mondays-Fridays at the Arlington Public Health Center, 536 W. Randol Mill Road. Call 817-548-3900 for details.

Learn more about influenza at, which has information about avoiding the flu, flu symptoms and severity, what to do if you feel ill, and caring for someone who is sick.

  Mav Pic Outstanding Maverick Awards

Honoring excellence

Outstanding Maverick Award winners gathered at a dinner in their honor last week in the Carlisle Suite at the E.H. Hereford University Center. The outstanding employees are, from left, Dusti Craig, engineering; Edward Gonzales, education and health professions; Durl Rather, campus recreation; Yero Coffee, nursing; Penny Driessner, provost's office; Beth McHenry, university communications; Jerry DaVault, facilities management; and team winners Gilda Williams, Jaime Palma Jr., and Demarice Dumerer, students with disabilities. Not pictured is Antonio Guerra, facilities management. Read about the winners.

Two departments honored by NASPA

University programs on violence prevention and adaptive sports and recreation received 2012-13 excellence awards from NASPA, the national organization of Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education.

The program "RVSP Peer Educators: Bringing in the Bystander" was the gold award winner in the Violence Education and Prevention, Crisis Management, Campus Security, and Related Category. Charity Stutzman is the coordinator of UT Arlington's Relationship Violence and Sexual Assault Prevention program.

The program "Creating an Inclusive Environment for Sport, Recreation, and Fitness” received the gold award in the Athletics, Recreation, Physical Fitness, Non-Varsity Sports, and Related Category. Doug Garner, coach of the Movin' Mavs wheelchair basketball team and UT Arlington's adaptive sports program, received the award.

Read more at award-winning departments.

Take a Maverick Ride after dark with police escort service

Be safe when heading home after a night-time class or event on campus by using the UT Arlington Police Department escort service.

Maverick Ride is available to faculty, staff, and students from 7 p.m. Sundays-Thursdays until 3 a.m. and is operated by students working with the campus police.

UT Arlington Police provide escort service at any time requested. To request a security escort, call 2-3381.

The Green/South shuttle route runs through 10:30 p.m. Mondays-Thursdays, including faculty/staff lots 13 and 17.

Promote your department at Preview Day

Campus departments can sign up to have a table presentation at the Academic and Activities Fair for the next Preview Day on Saturday, Feb. 2.

Preview Day programs give prospective students a chance to see what UT Arlington has to offer and to find answers to questions about all aspects of the University.

Register online or contact Adda Mazariegos at For other information related to Preview Day, contact Cassie Kimbrough at

Elect Her

Nominate students for campus leadership campaign program

Nominate a student for Elect Her: UT Arlington Women Win, a collaboration among UT Arlington, the American Association of University Women, and Running Start.

Elect Her encourages and trains young women to run for student government on campus. During the training, students will learn the nuts and bolts of running a student government campaign, how to develop and communicate an effective message, how to reach out to their constituency, how to win a campaign, and key leadership skills.

The workshop is 4-9 p.m. Wednesday, March 6, in the Concho Room at the E.H. Hereford University Center. The program is geared toward women, but male students can apply, also.

Send student names and email addresses to Kendra Kliesen at by Friday, Feb. 8.

  Mav Pic MLK Banquet

Celebrating MLK

Marvin Dulaney, right, associate professor and chair of the Department of History, talks with Pam Roach ('02 BA) before the Sharing the Dream banquet, part of the Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration last Friday at the Bluebonnet Ballroom. Dr. Dulaney was one of the community voices on the banquet program, which featured the theme "Speak Out. Be Heard. Change the World."

Submit your nominations for Outstanding Academic Adviser

Know some helpful advisers? Nominate them for Outstanding Academic Adviser, which has three categories: professional staff adviser, undergraduate faculty adviser, and graduate adviser. Submit nominations online by Monday, Jan. 28.

For information about the nomination process, contact Delene Remmers in the Office of the Provost at 2-2737.

Register for academic advising conference by Feb. 1

“Advising Tune-Up: Becoming Mechanics for Student Success” is the theme for the 16th annual UT Arlington Academic Advising Association conference Monday, Feb. 11, in the E.H. Hereford University Center.

Keynote speaker is Jennifer Joslin, director of the Office of Academic Advising at the University of Oregon and a member of the National Academic Advising Association board of directors. She is co-author of Academic Advising Administration: Essential Knowledge and Skills for the 21st Century.

Conference and registration information is online. Registration and payment deadline is Friday, Feb. 1.

Vulnerabilities reported for Java, Explorer software

Critical vulnerabilities have been identified in Oracle Java and Internet Explorer versions 6, 7, and 8. To learn about these vulnerabilities and what to do to resolve them, visit the Information Security Office advisory page.

Email maintenance Friday night

The University email system for faculty and staff will undergo routine maintenance by the Office of Information Technology from 10 p.m. Friday, Jan. 25, to 4 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 26.

The email system will be unavailable during these hours. All incoming email will be stored and delivered after the maintenance is complete.

Benefit Yourself
Cervical Cancer

Cervical Cancer Awareness Day

Educational information, displays, and refreshments. 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Friday, Jan. 25, Palo Duro Lounge, E.H. Hereford University Center. Health Services.

Illustrator: Posters, Signs, and Handouts

With Adobe Illustrator, focus on manipulating shapes, text, and images to create advertisements and handouts for high-quality printing. Free. 2-4 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 31, Room B29, Digital Media Studio, Central Library. See the list of Digital Media Studio Workshops.

Hip Hop Dance

Experience the new movement in dance, contemporary hip hop. Call 2-2581 for faculty, staff discount fee of $50. 6:30-7:30 p.m. Fridays, Jan. 25-March 8, Room 102A, Maverick Activities Center. Continuing Education.

German Conversation: Level I

An introduction to the German language and culture helps you master real-life conversational situations. Call 2-2581 for faculty, staff discount fee of $64.50. 7-9 p.m. Mondays, Jan. 28-March 25. Continuing Education.

Citizen Police Academy

Citizen Police Academy

The UT Arlington Police Department's Citizen Police Academy provides a look behind the scenes of the police department. For faculty, staff, and students, the free academy meets Mondays, Feb. 18-April 22, except during Spring Break.

The Citizen Police Academy webpage has information and an application form, due by Monday, Feb. 4. For more details, contact Cpt. Nan Rhodes at 2-3901.

Walking for Fitness

Low-impact, group walking class takes various routes through campus. $10 for Campus Rec members. 4-5 p.m., Tuesdays and Thursdays, Feb. 5-28, Maverick Activities Center. Campus Recreation, 2-3277.

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.

Sports Notes
Movin' Mavs

Movin' at CPC: John McPhail (33) sets a screen for Jorge Sanchez (42) in the Movin' Mavs' debut at College Park Center last Friday. The wheelchair basketball team lost to Alabama before downing Illinois.


Movin' Mavs split with Alabama, Illinois

The Movin' Mavs wheelchair basketball team lost to Alabama before downing Illinois in its first games at College Park Center last Friday.

Now 7-1 in collegiate play, the Movin’ Mavs face Southwest Minnesota, Missouri, and Illinois in the Missouri Tournament Friday-Saturday, Jan. 25-26, in Columbia, Mo.

Women host Utah State, San Jose State

The women's basketball team tries to end a six-game losing skid when it hosts Utah State at 7 p.m. today, Thursday, Jan. 24, and San Jose State at 6 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 26, at College Park Center.

The Mavericks are 1-6 in the Western Athletic Conference following losses at Seattle and Idaho last week.

Mav men take to the road this week

The men's basketball team travels to Utah State on Thursday, Jan. 24, and visits San Jose State on Saturday, Jan. 26.

The Mavericks suffered losses to Seattle and Idaho at home last week and dropped to 3-4 in the Western Athletic Conference.

Mavericks win six indoor track events

The women's and men's indoor track teams each won three events at the J.D. Martin Invitational in Norman, Okla., last Saturday.

Winners for the women were Ashly Wright in the 800, DeAndrea Smith in the 200, and the 4x440-relay team.

For the men, the first-place finishers included Brandon Waller in the triple jump, Clayton Vaughn in the 60, and Philip Critelli in the 800.

The Mavericks will compete in the Bill Bergan Invitational in Ames, Iowa, on Friday-Saturday, Jan. 25-26.

Join campus bowling league

Faculty and staff are invited to join the intramural sports bowling league. Entries are due Friday, Feb. 1. Play begins Tuesday, Feb. 5, at Bowling and Billiards in the E.H. Hereford University Center.

Sign up at the services and information desk at the Maverick Activities Center.

Intramural basketball open to faculty, staff

Do you want to play intramural basketball but the game times are too late? Intramural Sports now has a solution with games at 4 or 5 p.m. each Monday for five weeks. The league is co-rec—at least two women are needed to play—and includes students, faculty, and staff. The registration deadline is Wednesday, Jan. 30, with games starting Monday, Feb. 4. Visit or email

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Going Out

Thursday, Jan. 24

Women's Basketball Mavericks vs. Utah State. Boys and Girls Club Night features a boys and girls' game at halftime. Free women's schedule posters and team photos. Tickets $6. 7 p.m., College Park Center. Athletics.

State of the Arts Carlos Donjuan ('05 BA), adjunct assistant professor of art, is among the speakers. $5. 7:30 p.m., Horchow Auditorium, Dallas Museum of Art, 1717 N. Harwood St., Dallas.

Friday, Jan. 25

Arsenal of Defense

The Hot Seat in Arlington State Rep. Diane Patrick, R-Arlington, and state Sen. Kelly Hancock, R-Fort Worth, are featured in this in-depth conversation about the 83rd Legislative Session. 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., College Park Center. The Texas Tribune.

Flight Deck Exhibit Reception Showcases public art at Love Field and DFW International Airport. Reception 5:30-8 p.m., The Gallery at UTA, Fine Arts Building. Free. Gallery hours 10 a.m-5 p.m. Mondays-Fridays and noon-5 p.m. Saturdays, Fine Arts Building. Exhibit continues through Saturday, Feb. 16. The Gallery at UTA.

Friends of the Library J'Nell Pate discusses her book Arsenal of Defense: Fort Worth’s Military Legacy. Meetings are open. RSVP. Free. 7:30 p.m., sixth floor parlor, Central Library. Friends of the Library.

Friday Night Film: The Perks of Being a Wallflower Free popcorn; other concessions available. $1 cash, $1.50 with credit card. 8 p.m., Rosebud Theatre, E.H. Hereford University Center. EXCEL Campus Activities.

Saturday, Jan. 26

Women's Basketball Mavericks vs. San Jose State. Blaze's Kids Club Night. Halftime show features Teams of Tomorrow. Tickets $6. 6 p.m., College Park Center. Athletics.

First Pitch Banquet Hunter Pence, a member of the World Series champion San Francisco Giants and former Maverick standout, is the featured speaker. Tickets $40-$100. 7 p.m., Diamond Club, Rangers Ballpark in Arlington. Athletics.

Tuesday, Jan. 29

Faculty Bassoon Recital Scott Pool, assistant professor of music, performs. Free. 7:30 p.m., Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. Music.

The Norman Magic Experience Magician Norman Ng displays his magic and comedy with audience participation. Free. 7:30 p.m., Rosebud Theatre, E.H. Hereford University Center. EXCEL Campus Activities.

Wednesday, Jan. 30

Guest Artists Recital Bill Schaffer and Josh Pifer of Auburn University perform on horn and piano. Free. 7:30 p.m., Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. Music.

Coming up

Maverick Speakers Series Mark Kelly, retired astronaut and naval aviator, discusses "Endeavoring to Build a Better America." Free, but tickets required. Premium seating $25. 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 19, Texas Hall. Maverick Speakers Series.



Planetarium Take an extraordinary journey into a mysterious realm of fluorescent coral reefs, bioluminescent sea creatures, and rare marine life in Coral: Rekindling Venus. 7 p.m., Fridays-Saturdays. Through Feb. 16. Planetarium.

Pearls of the Antilles: Printed Maps of Caribbean Islands A look at maps and how they reflect and shape the history of Caribbean islands. Free. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays-Saturdays, sixth floor, Central Library. Through Saturday, Feb. 9. Special Collections.

Frank Lloyd Wright's Samara: A Mid-Century Dream Home Experience the process of building and living in a home designed by one of America’s greatest architects, Frank Lloyd Wright. $8. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays, 1-5 p.m. Sundays, Arlington Museum of Art, 201 W. Main St., downtown Arlington. Through Sunday, Feb. 17. Architecture.

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



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