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

Thursday, June 27, 2013

UTARI small robot

Robotic helper: Among the robots at the UT Arlington Research Institute is Zeno, which aids children with autism. Others could help older people live independently longer. The institute launches an Assistive Living Laboratory on Friday.

Research Institute launches Assistive Living Laboratory on one-year anniversary

The UT Arlington Research Institute celebrates its first year Friday, June 28, by launching the Assistive Living Laboratory in which researchers will work with robots to help people live independently longer.

The institute also will toast its partnerships with business and industry.

In its first year, the Research Institute has generated about $4 million in research expenditures, forged new partnerships with industry leaders in robotics, biomedical, and advanced manufacturing, and expanded its staff to 50 engineers, scientists, and support staff.

Last year, the institute received two key donations of robots from industry leaders RE2 and QinetiQ North America to support the Assistive Robotics Lab. In addition, the institute purchased a PR2 robot from California robot hardware and software firm Willow Garage to further research assistive robotics.

“We are becoming the destination companies can rely on for enhancing product development in the field of assistive robotics,” says Rick Lynch, a retired Army lieutenant general and executive director of the Research Institute. “Our team of researchers is partnering with corporate and industry leaders to help robots become part of our everyday lives and to aid us in our homes and businesses.”

Read more about the Research Institute and the assistive living lab.

See UTARI's new website and video, which were produced in partnership with University Communications.

D.J. Seo

Dr. D.J. Seo

Engineer to design flash flooding predictor

A UT Arlington water resources engineer is developing a first-of-its-kind prototype that would allow the city of Fort Worth to more effectively dispatch emergency personnel to save lives and property when flash flooding occurs.

D.J. Seo, an associate professor in the Department of Civil Engineering, has received a $310,000 grant from the city of Fort Worth, the National Science Foundation, and the National Weather Service to use very high-resolution rainfall data from a new weather radar system for high-resolution monitoring and prediction of flash flooding. The research is a collaboration with the University of Massachusetts-Amherst and Colorado State University and is part of the NSF’s Accelerating Innovation Research program.

Dr. Seo says Fort Worth emergency responders could see an effective lead time of up to 30 minutes in many flash-flooding situations.

“The prototype will provide timely and location-specific information of what’s happening currently and in the immediate future when flash flooding occurs,” Seo says. “The city officials can use that information to help dispatch emergency personnel at the right time and to the right place.”

Read more about Seo's flash flooding warning prototype.

MAX website online

The MAX now online, on Facebook

Learn more about the Metro Arlington Xpress—The MAX—at and on Facebook, and subscribe for The MAX updates.

The bus service starts Monday, Aug. 19, providing rides between the College Park District and the Trinity Railway Express CentrePort station. The bus runs 6 a.m.-10 p.m. Mondays-Fridays. Fares for a bus and rail ride will be $2.50 for students and $5 for everyone else.

More information will be posted on the website in the coming weeks. Look for The MAX soon on Twitter.

July 4th, 2012

Fourth celebration: UT Arlington will be well represented in this year's July 4th parade, which includes President Vistasp Karbhari as one of three grand marshals.

Celebrate July 4th with fireworks, parade

Start the celebration of our nation's independence early with Light Up Arlington 6-10:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 3, in downtown Arlington. Live music, a children's area, and fireworks are the highlights.

UT Arlington President Vistasp Karbhari joins two other education leaders as grand marshals for the annual Arlington's 48th Annual 4th of July Parade. The parade starts at 9 a.m. Thursday, July 4.

Arlington ISD Superintendent Marcelo Cavazos and Tarrant County College Southeast Campus President Bill Coppola round out the trio who represent the parade's dedication to Arlington educators.

On the Fourth, look for UT Arlington participants throughout the parade such as The Shorthorn; the Deakyne Family; and Student Affairs representatives including Student Congress President Varun Mallipaddi and Vice President Loan Ho, Mr. UTA Avery Hartwell, Ms. UTA Melisa Gonzalez, members of the UTA Ambassadors, EXCEL Campus Activities, and the UTA Spirit Groups.

Students, staff, faculty, and alumni wishing to participate in this year’s parade should call University Events at 2-2963.

The parade route begins at West and Mitchell streets, turning north on Pecan Street/Spaniolo Drive, west on UTA Boulevard, north on West Street, then east on Abram Street. The route will turn south at Center Street, west on Mitchell Street to Pecan Street, and conclude near Doug Russell Road.

The parade route is closed to vehicle traffic 7:30 a.m-1 p.m. Those living in the area who plan to leave their residence in a car that morning should do so before 7:30 a.m.

Mav Pic Bursar Services-Jeff Wolfskill

Tuition talk

Jeff Wolfskill, assistant director of tuition and fees for Bursar Services, explains payment options to transfer students during Monday's New Maverick Orientation.


Planetarium Place closed until noon Saturday to make way for crane

Planetarium Place will be closed Saturday, June 29, at 7 a.m. until approximately noon while a crane lifts a new exhaust fan to the top of the Life Science Building.

Any questions or concerns should be directed to Nick Myers, Facilities Management construction project coordinator, at 2-7072.

Police escort service available any time

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

Nominations sought for SAC representatives

The Staff Advisory Council is seeking nominations for representatives for districts 1-7. The two-year terms start Sept. 1, 2013.

Nominations will be accepted through Friday, July 5. Elections are Monday, July 15-Friday, July 26.

Look for nomination instructions on the SAC website at For questions, email

Six Flags

Claim your tickets online for upcoming UT Arlington Day at Six Flags

Enjoy the rides and thrills at UT Arlington Six Flags Day on Sunday, Aug. 25, at Six Flags Over Texas.

Discount tickets are $27.50 for faculty and staff and $30 after Sunday, Aug. 18. The price includes one ticket for all-day admission to Six Flags Over Texas and parking, plus one Splash Back ticket to Hurricane Harbor valid for one weekend only Aug. 31-Sept. 15. A $10 meal voucher is available for purchase.

Limit 10 tickets per person. Order tickets at or the College Park Center Box Office, which is open 10 a.m-6 p.m. Mondays-Thursdays and 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Fridays.

The event is open to the UT Arlington community and is sponsored by the Division of Student Affairs. Tickets may be purchased through UT Arlington only and not at the Six Flags Over Texas main gate.

Offices closed July 4 for Independence Day holiday

Campus offices will be closed and there are no classes Thursday, July 4, in observance of Independence Day. MavWire will not be published next week and will resume Thursday, July 11.

Benefit Yourself

Upgrade from XP to Windows 7

OIT is offering upgrades to Windows 7 for all Windows XP machines to prepare for Microsoft ending support and security patching of Windows XP on April 8, 2014. The goal is to upgrade computers to Windows 7 by January 2014 to ensure the highest level of operating system security. Contact to schedule your upgrade.

Meet deadlines for fiscal year-ending forms

Meeting the deadlines for submitting the Request to Purchase form to the Office of Procurement for purchases exceeding $5,000 will improve the overall processing for the end of the fiscal year. The deadlines for all departments are:

  • Friday, July 26—Fiscal year 2012-13 funding for all departments

All Request to Purchase forms received in the Office of Procurement after the close of business July 26 will be processed and encumbered against fiscal year 2013-14 funds.

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
Sun Belt Conference  

Mavericks move to Sun Belt on July 1

The UT Arlington Mavericks will join the Sun Belt Conference starting Monday, July 1, after one year in the Western Athletic Conference.

Other teams joining the New Orleans-based conference this summer are Texas State and Georgia State.

Sun Belt member schools include the University of Arkansas-Little Rock, Arkansas State, University of Louisiana-Lafayette, University of Louisiana-Monroe, University of South Alabama, Troy University, and Western Kentucky University.

The Sun Belt Conference unveiled a new “Together We Rise” logo to be used starting July 1.

Poker tournament, Battleship entries due in coming weeks

Entries for the poker tournament are available starting Wednesday, July 10, and are due Thursday, July 25. Battleship team entries are available starting Wednesday, July 24, with a Tuesday, Aug. 6, deadline.

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

(For more sports news, go to,, or

Going Out
  UTA Presents

Fort Worth 'Evolution' photo exhibit online

Evolution exhibit

An online photo exhibit, Evolution, takes a modern look at sites featured in photographs in the Special Collections of the UT Arlington Library.

Evolution is a digital collection of modern photos taken from the same locations and perspectives as photos from the library’s W.D. Smith Photo Collection. Smith (1907-1988) was a professional photographer in Fort Worth. In 1998 approximately 190,000 of his negatives were acquired by the UT Arlington Library.

The exhibit is the brainchild of Scott Holmes, library digital production specialist, who works with historic photos of Fort Worth and Tarrant County from the collection. Kris Swenson, library audio/video specialist, served as photographer and site designer.

Wednesday, July 3

UTA Bookstore Fourth of July Sale Carter Blood Care will give donors a free pint of BlueBell ice cream. Monster Drinks hosts a monster truck. Bounce house, obstacle course, prizes, face painting, balloon animals, and games. Events 10 a.m.-2 p.m.; sale 7:30 a.m.-7:30 p.m., 400 Spaniolo Drive. UTA Bookstore.

Wednesday, July 10

Movie Matinee Getaway: 'Children of Heaven' Children of Heaven (Iran, rated PG) is the second of four foreign films this summer that include free admission, popcorn, and water. Other films are: Sin Nombre (Honduras, rated R), Tuesday, July 23; and In the Mood for Love (China, rated PG), Wednesday, Aug. 7. 5:30 p.m., Rosebud Theatre, E.H. Hereford University Center. UT Arlington Library.

Thursday, July 11

Summer Movies Series: 'GI Joe' Bring a chair or a blanket, a picnic, and friends for outdoor movies each Thursday. Free popcorn. Upcoming movies are: The Croods, July 18; Big Wedding, July 25; Iron Man 3, Aug. 1; and Scary Movie V, Aug. 8. Free. 9 p.m., lawn behind the Maverick Activities Center. EXCEL Campus Activities.


897 Square Juried art exhibit featuring 15 artists who live or work in Tarrant County. Gallery hours are noon-6 p.m. Wednesdays-Saturdays. Free. Fort Worth Center, 1401 Jones St., Fort Worth. Through Wednesday, July 31. Gallery 76102.

Planetarium The summer schedule includes a lineup of family-friendly shows. Planetarium.

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



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Associate Vice President for Communications and Marketing: David Johnson

Vice President for Communications: Jerry Lewis

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