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

Thursday, March 7, 2013

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Dr. Fillia Makedon

Researchers aim to help arthritis patients

Engineering researchers are creating individualized, patient-centered rehabilitation software systems that will promote and support physical therapy for people with rheumatoid arthritis.

Fillia Makedon, Jenkins Garrett Professor and chair of the Computer Science and Engineering Department, is leading a cross-disciplinary team that will use remote monitoring of people with rheumatoid arthritis to increase compliance and proper physical therapy. The work is funded by a National Science Foundation grant.

The rehabilitation system collects and analyzes physiological and cognitive data while engaged in an interactive game-like structured activity that is part of rehabilitation. The monitoring systems will examine arm and body motions, the patient’s range of motions, gestures, facial expressions, and even brain activity to help the team develop interactive games that adapt to the individual.

Heng Huang, associate professor of computer science and engineering, and Vangelis Metsis, a research associate of computer science and engineering, are co-principal investigators on the project.

Read more about the adaptable software.

CVaughn-Movin' Mavs

Top contenders: Clayton Vaughn, left, ranks as one of the nation’s top sprinters going into the NCAA Indoor Championships. The Movin' Mavs wheelchair basketball team is the top seed for the NWBA Intercollegiate Championship.

Nationals are this week for tracksters, Movin' Mavs

While the Movin’ Mavs seek a national wheelchair basketball championship this week in Alabama, three representatives from the Maverick track team will pursue national titles at the NCAA Indoor Championships in Fayetteville, Ark.

The Movin’ Mavs are the top-seeded team in the National Wheelchair Basketball Association Intercollegiate Championship at Birmingham, Ala. Going after their eighth national title, the Movin’ Mavs face eighth-seeded Auburn at 5 p.m. today, Thursday, March 7. Semifinals are Friday, March 8, and the championship is Saturday, March 9. Follow the Movin’ Mavs on ustream.

In the NCAA track and field competition, Romain Martin goes after the heptathlon title after winning the event at the Western Athletic Conference championships. Bozidar Antunovic will be among the top contenders in the shot put after setting a school record and finishing second in the WAC. One of the nation's top sprinters, Clayton Vaughn rounds out the Maverick contingent, competing in the 60-meter dash. He won both the 60- and 200-meter events in the WAC.

The NCAA Indoor Championships are Friday-Saturday, March 8-9.

Glass art

Glass Art Show and Sale offers wide-ranging functional items

Intricately crafted works of glass art go on sale to the public Friday, March 29, at the annual Glass Art Show and Sale at the Studio Arts Center, 810 S. Davis.

The work, designed by students, faculty and staff, ranges from vases and sculptures to paperweights and other functional items. The sale runs 9 a.m.-5 p.m. with silent auction bids accepted 9 a.m.-1 p.m.

David Keens, professor and founder of the glass art program, says this year’s event features glass-casting demonstrations as well as the always popular glass-blowing demonstrations. The sale also will include more fused-glass art pieces than in the past.

“Fused-glass art is an exciting and different type of art than we’ve normally displayed. It is growing in popularity as our mix of students grows,” Keens says.

Half of the proceeds from student work go to the student artists. The rest benefits the glass art program to purchase or build equipment and to repair existing equipment. Faculty and staff build and maintain all of the program’s state-of-the art equipment.

Read more about the Glass Art Show and Sale.

Mav Tube 1895 SocietyVideo Extra

Unwavering commitment

With a theme of "Triumph + Tribute," the annual 1895 Society celebration honored President James D. Spaniolo and UT Arlington's most generous donors Tuesday at College Park Center. Named for the year UT Arlington was founded, the 1895 Society recognizes those who invest $1,000 or more annually in any of the University's colleges, schools, initiatives, scholarships, endowments, and programs. A tribute video and a UT Arlington Virtual Choir video recognized President Spaniolo for his collaborative spirit that helped the University achieve major milestones during his nine years as president.


Lectures profile Texas Revolution

Historians discuss "Contested Empire: Rethinking the Texas Revolution" for the 48th annual Walter Prescott Webb Memorial Lectures today, Thursday, March 7, in the E.H. Hereford University Center.

Sam Haynes, professor of history and director of the Center for Greater Southwestern Studies, is among the speakers for the day-long conference.

See more information and the lecture schedule.

Benefits fair includes vendors, blood drive, lunch, bowling, billiards

Connect with local businesses and campus organizations that provide services to the UT Arlington community at the Maverick Spirit Benefits Fair 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Wednesday, March 13, in the Bluebonnet Ballroom of the E.H. Hereford University Center.

Learn about discounts available to faculty and staff, win door prizes, find giveaways, and enjoy free bowling and billiards. The first 500 attendees receive free lunch.

Carter BloodCare will be on site for blood donations. Set up a donation appointment.

If you are interested in helping with the event, which is sponsored by the Staff Advisory Council, contact Afra Sumeir-Zmolek at

Community Partner Breakfast connects faculty, staff with nonprofits

The Center for Community Service Learning hosts its spring Community Partner Breakfast 8:30-10:30 a.m. Wednesday, March 20, in the Carlisle Suite of the E.H. Hereford University Center.

Faculty and staff can meet nonprofit directors interested in collaborative projects at the breakfast. Many faculty have begun incorporating community service and service learning as a result of these breakfast events.

Keynote speaker is Dana Dunn, associate professor of sociology and a member of the Community Service Learning Advisory Board. Dr. Dunn teaches courses and conducts research on gender issues and social inequality.

Register online by Tuesday, March 19. For questions, call 2-2124 or email

  Mav Pic Dream Makers

Making dreams come true

Student scholarship recipients met their donors Monday at the 12th annual Dream Makers Scholarship Luncheon. Honoring the students and their donors were, from left, Elizabeth Poster, dean of the College of Nursing; President James D. Spaniolo; and Myrna Pickard, founding nursing dean. Since 2002 more than $2.2 million has been contributed to support nursing scholarships, including more than $700,000 this year.

Apply for Faculty Fellowships on Sustainability in Curriculum

The University Sustainability Committee is accepting applications for Faculty Fellowships on Sustainability in the Curriculum for the 2013-14 academic year.

Fellowships range from $2,000 to $5,000 for one semester. Applications are due Monday, April 15.

Read more about the faculty fellowships.

Ramp replacement set for Davis Hall

The accessible ramp at the south basement entrance of Davis Hall is being replaced. The south entrance to the building will be closed Saturday, March 9-Friday, March 22.

All other building entry and exit points will remain open. Temporary signage will direct visitors to the north entrances of the building.

Campus network upgrade Sunday

The Office of Information Technology will conduct maintenance on network equipment connecting the main UTA campus and the Arlington Regional Data Center (ARDC) between 2-7 a.m. Sunday, March 10.

Any service interruption should last between five and 15 minutes. Campus Internet connections and student email will not be impacted.

Connectivity to resources housed at ARDC—MyMav, access to campus web pages, faculty/staff exchange email, and file servers—will be affected.

Enjoy the University Club monthly special today

Enjoy the monthly University Club lunch buffet special today, Thursday, March 7.

The menu includes a choice of two entrees: roulade of chicken stuffed with spinach and wild mushrooms or linguine alfredo with zucchini and squash (vegetarian). Side dishes include wild rice with Italian parsley, sugar snap peas with fresh seasonal peppers, and parmesan focaccia sticks. Sample assorted cheesecakes for dessert.

The University Club is on the ground floor in Davis Hall. Lunch is $8 and is served from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Benefit Yourself
Living well logo

How can UT System wellness help you?

Your feedback can help shape the health and wellness programs available through the UT System. This spring, the UT Austin School of Public Health will be hosting a series of focus groups to learn about your experiences with the new Living Well Health Platform. You can sign up for a focus group at UT Arlington in the March UT System Health Newsletter.

Developing Assertive Communication Skills

Learn about communication styles, non-verbal communication, and additional keys to communication that will educate and empower. Free. 9-11 a.m., Wednesday, March 13, Room 200, Wetsel Service Center. See a list of HR training classes.


Free LOK-IT encrypted USB drives available

Lock up your confidential data with the LOK-IT encrypted USB drives provided free to executive management, faculty, and staff.

Drives are protected by a 7-15 digit numerical PIN that the user creates and must input before it is plugged into a computer. The total capacity is 4 GB.

The LOK-IT drive should not be used as primary storage for any content. Your original documents must exist elsewhere.

Eligible employees can receive one while supplies last. To request a drive or for more details, visit

Kids and Teens University Summer Camps

Science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM)-focused youth fun and educational summer camps for grades 1-6 and 9-12. Call 2-2581 for faculty and staff rates of $125, $145, or $165 (with the exception of the 2D Video Game Boot Camp). Rates expire May 1. Register your children at Kids and Teens. Continuing Education.

Weight Training

This six-week basic strength training class educates participants on the weight room and how to use its equipment. $25. 10-11 a.m. Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, March 18-April 26, fitness center, Maverick Activities Center. Campus Recreation.

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
  Desherra Nwanguma

Conference connection: Desherra Nwanguma leads the women’s basketball team in scoring for Western Athletic Conference games with a 10.5 average.

Women close out home slate

Hoping to finish the regular season on a winning note, the women’s basketball team hosts Denver at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 7, and New Mexico State at 6 p.m. Saturday, March 9, at College Park Center. Free tickets are available at the Maverick Activities Center or at the College Park Center box office.

The Mavericks lost at San Jose State and Utah State last week and will open play in the Western Athletic Conference tournament Tuesday, March 12, in Las Vegas.

Men end WAC schedule on road

Boasting a six-game Western Athletic Conference winning streak, the men’s basketball team closes regular season play at Denver on Thursday, March 7, and New Mexico State on Saturday, March 9.

Victories in the final home games over San Jose State and Utah State last week gave the Mavericks a 10-5 WAC record and a 17-10 mark overall. They begin play in the WAC tournament Thursday, March 14, in Las Vegas.

Lyles hurls softball no-hitter

Teri Lyles pitched a no-hitter as the softball team downed Creighton 3-0 in its final game of the UTA/Hilton Classic on Sunday at Allan Saxe Field.

The Mavericks won two and lost three in the tournament and are now 8-7 for the season. They play in the Jeannine McHaney Memorial Classic in Lubbock Saturday-Monday, March 9-11.

Baseball tops Oklahoma; Texas Tech next

Three UT Arlington pitchers silenced the Oklahoma bats, as the Maverick baseball team downed the Sooners 6-1 on Tuesday at Clay Gould Ballpark.

The Mavericks are 8-4 after splitting with both Houston Baptist and Illinois last weekend. They play Texas Tech in Lubbock Friday-Sunday, March 8-10, before traveling to Arkansas-Little Rock Tuesday, March 12.

Men's tennis loses conference opener

The men’s tennis team won two of three matches last weekend but lost its Western Athletic Conference opener to New Mexico State 4-3. The men, now 3-4, play in Sacramento, Calif., Saturday-Monday, March 9-11, before hosting Radford at 11 a.m. Wednesday, March 13.

The women’s team lost 5-2 to UC Santa Barbara on Sunday and is now 1-4. The women face Wichita State at 2 p.m. today, Thursday, March 7, at the UTA Tennis Center.

Golfers travel during Spring Break

The golf team competes in the San Diego Intercollegiate Tournament Monday-Tuesday, March 11-12, and at the Border Olympics in Laredo, Texas, Friday-Saturday, March 15-16.

(For more sports news, go to,, or

Going Out

Thursday, March 7

Women's Tennis Mavericks vs. Wichita State, 2 p.m. Free, UTA Tennis Center. Athletics.


Women's Basketball Mavericks vs. Denver. Two free tickets per person at the College Park Center box office or at the services and information desk in the Maverick Activities Center. 7 p.m., College Park Center. Athletics.

Wind Symphony Concert Douglas Stotter, associate professor of music, conducts as the Wind Symphony presents the music of Mozart and Bizet. Tickets $5. 7:30 p.m., Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. Music.

Friday, March 8

Women's Appreciation Power Hour Review outstanding moments in women's history while sharing your own. Share your favorite woman in history on the interactivce wall and receive a flower. Free. Noon-1 p.m., University Center Gallery, E.H. Hereford University Center. Diversity Week, Women’s History Month.

Saturday, March 9

Women's Basketball Mavericks vs. New Mexico State. Senior Night, final home game of the season. Two free tickets per person at the College Park Center box office or at the services and information desk in the Maverick Activities Center. 6 p.m., College Park Center. Athletics.

Coming up

Maverick Spirit Benefits Fair Connect with local businesses and organizations, plus learn about discounts available to faculty and staff. Free lunch for first 500 attendees and door prizes. 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Wednesday, March 13, Bluebonnet Ballroom, E.H. Hereford University Center. Staff Advisory Council. Afra Sumeir-Zmolek, 2-1350,

Women's History Month Becky White, clinical assistant professor of medicine at the University of North Carolina, presents "The Impact of Incarceration on Women and HIV." Free. Noon-1 p.m., Wednesday, March 20, sixth floor parlor, Central Library. Women's and Gender Studies, Women in Leadership, Multicultural Affairs.

College of Business Executive Dinner John Goff, a Fort Worth-based real estate investor, is the keynote speaker for the annual event, which is part of Business Week. Tickets $35-$45. 7 p.m., Wednesday, March 20, Bluebonnet Ballroom, E.H. Hereford University. Business.

Ashanti Johnson

ACES Symposium Ashanti Johnson, right, executive director of the Institute for Broadening Participation, is the keynote speaker for the symposium, which showcases undergraduate and graduate students' research and creativity. Free. 8 a.m.-6 p.m., Wednesday, March 27, E.H. Hereford University Center. Annual Celebration of Excellence by Students (ACES).

Maverick Speakers Series Conservationist Jeff Corwin speaks on "100 Heartbeats: A Global Movement," 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 27, College Park Center. Also Aaron Neville and Ellis Marsalis, "A Night with New Orleans Music Legends," 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 2, College Park Center. Free, but tickets required. Premium reserved seating $25., Maverick Speakers Series.

Ben and Trudy Termini Distinguished Anthropologist Lecture Wenda Trevathan, professor emerita in the Department of Anthropology at New Mexico State University, presents "Redefining the Normal in Women's Health: The View from Evolutionary Medicine." Free. 7 p.m., Thursday, March 28, Room 204, Architecture Building. Anthropology.


Planetarium More shows have been added during Spring Break. Tuesday-Friday, March 12-15. See schedule. Planetarium.

Exhibit: Kim Cadmus Owens/Allison V. Smith Dallas-based artists Kim Cadmus Owens and Allison V. Smith portray vividly colored landscapes in paintings, drawings, prints, and photographs. Free. Gallery hours 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays-Fridays and noon-5 p.m. Saturdays, The Gallery at UTA, Fine Arts Building. Closed for Spring Break. Through Saturday, March 30. Art and Art History.

Self-congratulatory Nonsense A solo installation by Joshua Elliott. Gallery hours 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Saturdays; 4-8 p.m. Thursdays-Fridays. Through Saturday, March 30. Fort Worth Center, Gallery 76102.

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



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