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

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Heng Huang and Gautam Das

Data protectors: Associate Professor Heng Huang, left, and Professor Gautam Das of the Computer Science and Engineering Department have teamed to develop a new computational model that will de-identify information in electronic health records.

Computer science team develops project to ensure privacy of electronic health records

Two UT Arlington researchers are leading a collaborative National Science Foundation project to protect personal, electronic health care data while ensuring that the anonymous records can be used for secondary analysis and improved health care.

Associate Professor Heng Huang and Professor Gautam Das, both of the Computer Science and Engineering Department of the College of Engineering, have teamed to develop a new computational model that will de-identify information in electronic health records.

Dr. Huang is the principal investigator for the $740,000 project, which includes researchers from the University of North Texas Health Science Center and George Washington University in Washington, D.C.

“It’s a fine line we’re walking,” Huang says. “We’re trying to preserve and protect sensitive data, but at the same time we’re trying to allow pertinent information to be read.”

He says his team will build a privacy-preserving framework that will start where the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act ends. The project will produce groundbreaking algorithms and tools for identifying privacy leaks and protecting personal medical information in electronic health records.

Veterans Day Event

Veterans honored Nov. 11

UT Arlington will recognize the service of students, faculty, and staff who have served in the armed forces at "A Celebration of Service" on Monday, Nov. 11.

The Maverick Battalion and Color Guard, plus the UTA Drum Corps, oversee the flag retreat ceremony at 5 p.m. on the Central Library mall. Guest speakers include State Rep. Diane Patrick and UTA President Vistasp Karbhari.

A limited number of tickets are available to veterans to see Anderson Cooper at the Maverick Speakers Series at 7:30 p.m. at College Park Center. Student veterans will receive free T-shirts from the Student Veterans Organization. Pizza on the mall follows the program.

In case of inclement weather, the event will be held in the Library Atrium on the sixth floor.

RSVP by Thursday, Nov. 7, to or 2-5300.

Monday's HUB fair promotes underutilized businesses

Companies compete for your department's business at the Historically Underutilized Business (HUB) Vendor Fair 1:30-3:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 11, in the Bluebonnet Ballroom of the E.H. Hereford University Center.

Representatives from more than 25 companies will be on hand for office supplies, office furniture, florist, promotional items, computers, apparel, cookies, chocolates, signs, framing, printing, information technology equipment, scientific equipment, medical supplies, and much more.

To be HUB certified, a company must be a minimum of 51 percent owned and operated by a minority, woman, or disabled veteran. Read more about UT Arlington's HUB program.

Because the event is on Veterans Day, bring your old American flags, which will be retired by the Boy Scouts of America. Door prizes, snacks, and giveaways are part of the event.

For information, contact Jean Carlton, director of the HUB program, at 2-2140 or

Anderson cooper

Standby tickets offered for Anderson Cooper appearance

If you want to see journalist Anderson Cooper and don't have a ticket, claim a free standby ticket.

The CNN journalist and anchor of Anderson Cooper 360° speaks in the Maverick Speakers Series at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 11, at College Park Center.

Bring your printed standby ticket to be seated, space permitting, 10 minutes before the event starts. Seating is not guaranteed.

Angels available for adoption this holiday season

Sponsor a child's holiday wish list this season through the Angel Tree. Choose an infant to young teen to sponsor by yourself, with friends, or with your department.

To adopt an angel, visit the Leadership Center in Suite B 160N of the lower level of the E.H. Hereford University Center. All gifts are due by Wednesday, Nov. 27.

For questions, call the Leadership Center at 2-9220.

Homecoming events start Monday

It’s Homecoming time in Maverick Country. Join the excitement Monday-Sunday, Nov. 11-17, for a week of fun activities, heart-pounding sports action, and unbridled enthusiasm for all things Maverick.

Events include Friday's Homecoming parade featuring big lighted floats, marching bands, special guests, and UTA's traditional display of decorated and lighted golf carts. It all winds up with a pep rally in front of College Park Center, where the men's basketball team plays Cleveland State.

Saturday is filled with reunions, open houses, and more. 

See the schedules and details for Homecoming 2013.

Volunteers needed for Homecoming

Volunteers are a vital part of the success of Homecoming 2013, Monday-Sunday, Nov. 11-17.

Assist with set-up and clean-up at each event, such as the 5K run/walk, parade, step show, The BASH, and more. Complete the 2013 Homecoming Volunteer Form.

For more details, call 2-2963.

More than Frybread

Native American Month explores family, frybread

Explore native family roots and the deeper meaning of frybread during Native American History Month in November.

Associate Professor Donna Akers, director of the Interdisciplinary Studies program, will lead a discussion on "How to Discover Your Native Roots" at noon-1 p.m. Monday, Nov. 11, in Room 101 of College Hall.

Filmmaker Travis Holt Hamilton screens his award-winning film, More than Frybread, at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 19, in Room 106 of College Hall. A pseudo-documentary, the film centers on a handful of Native American contestants at a fictionalized First Annual Frybread Championship. 

Both programs are free and open to the public.

Sponsors include the Native American Student Association, Honors College, Multicultural Affairs, and the Division of Student Affairs.

  Mav Pic Focus on Faculty-Peggy Kulesz

Focus on Faculty

English Senior Lecturer Peggy Kulesz discussed how face-to-face and online teaching result in best practices for both learning environments during her Focus on Faculty presentation Wednesday in the Central Library. The director of first-year English, Dr. Kulesz received the President's Award for Excellence in Distance Education Teaching in 2013 and the Provost’s Award for Excellence in Teaching in 2007.

Recycle electronics at two events

Two electronic recycling events are coming to campus this month.

America Recycles Day is 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 13, near the southwest corner of Woolf Hall. Departments will be responsible for bringing their items for recycling. Items with a UT Arlington sticker will not be accepted.

The University and the city of Arlington host another recycling day 8 a.m.-noon Saturday, Nov. 23, in Lot 49, on the southeast corner of Cooper and Mitchell streets. Enter the lot from the south on Doug Russell Road. Proof of Arlington residency is required.

Bring computers/CPUs, monitors, computer peripherals, printers, fax machines, keyboards, photocopiers, televisions, VCRs, microwaves, stereos, home and office phones, cellphones, consumer electronics, printer cartridges, and rechargeable alkaline batteries.

Not accepted are large household appliances such as washers, dryers, and refrigerators. Call 817-317-2000 for disposal of these items.

Campus Sustainability hosts the event. For more information, contact Becky Valentich at or 2-0199.

MavAlert now has opt-out option

Faculty, staff, and students may opt out of receiving MavAlert emergency text messages. Log in to MyMav and follow the "MavAlert Opt-Out" link in the right column. MavAlert emergency notifications are sent to all email addresses.

See demonstration of travel booking portal

Take a tour of Concur, the University's new online travel booking portal. Representatives from Corporate Travel Planners will demonstrate the portal and answer your questions.

Travelers and travel arrangers have three chances to participate.

  • 2-4 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 21, second floor lounge, Maverick Activities Center
  • 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 22, Room 609, Business Building
  • 2-4 p.m. Friday, Nov. 22, Room 100, Nedderman Hall
Outstanding Maverick Awards

Outstanding Maverick Awards deadline extended

There's more time to nominate a great employee or team of employees for the Outstanding Maverick Awards. The nomination form can be submitted electronically through Friday, Nov. 22.

Regular full-time and part-time employees who have been employed for a minimum of two years are eligible for nomination. Each Outstanding Maverick selected will receive $1,000 and a plaque at a dinner honoring the recipients.

Award categories are (1) professional, para-professional, and technical; (2) administrative support; (3) service and maintenance; (4) administrative and professional; and (5) team with a maximum of 10 members.

For questions please contact Eunice Currie at 2-7091.

Travel documentation, procedures changed

Updates have been made to University documentation and procedures for travel, effective Oct. 31, 2013.

Fiscal Procedure 2-89, Section I: Transportation Does Not Apply to State Accounts—All airfare travel must be planned and conducted to achieve maximum economy and efficiency considering all relevant circumstances while complying with the guidelines set forth in this procedure. The University’s contracted travel agencies, Corporate Travel Planners (CTP) or Anthony Travel, Inc. (ATI), and approved online booking tool (Concur) will assist travelers and confirm the best possible airfare based on contracted pricing and individual travel needs.

Fiscal Procedure 2-90, Section V: Completing Required Documentation for Travel Reimbursements—All employees attending a conference must present the conference agenda as part of their travel supporting documentation. The submission of the agenda allows reviewers and approvers to identify amenities provided to conference attendees, i.e., hotel rooms, meals, etc. 

Fiscal procedure 4-26, Section I: Reimbursements and Payments Other Than for Travel and Purchase Orders—The documentation presented for all meal reimbursements must be a fully itemized original receipt.

For questions or assistance, contact the staff of Travel Services or Accounts Payable.

Monthly buffet offered today at University Club

The University Club's monthly special today, Thursday, Nov. 7, features roasted turkey, vegetable paella with tofu (vegetarian), dressing and gravy, mashed potatoes, green beans, rolls, and pumpkin cheesecake.

Cost is $8 per person. Regular menu items will not be available.

The University Club is open 11 a.m.-2 p.m. on the ground floor in Davis Hall.

Extra Credit

Thursday, Nov. 7

Veterans Activities Fair Student veterans can learn about on-campus and off-campus programs and services to help veterans succeed. Lunch provided for student veterans. Free. 11 a.m.-1 p.m., Room 133, Maverick Activities Center.

Biology Colloquium Series Kelli Palmer of UT Dallas presents “Selfish Elements and Self-defense in the Enterococci.” Free. 4 p.m., Room 119, Life Science Building. Biology.

Fundamental Skills for Supervisors and Managers Register online. Free. 9-11 a.m., J.D. Wetsel Service Center. Human Resources.

Friday, Nov. 8

Diversity Lecture Series Jamie Washington, founding faculty member of the Social Justice Training Institute, speaks on "Religious and Spiritual Diversity and Pluralism: The Road Less Traveled." Free. Noon-1 p.m., Room 101, College Hall. Multicultural Affairs.

Online Learning Webcast Assess online learning with the Authentic Assessment Strategies for Online Learning webcast. Noon-1:30 p.m., Room 315, Nedderman Hall. Division of Digital Teaching and Learning.

Chemistry/Biochemistry Seminar Series Jiong Yang
Texas A&M University presents "Synthetic Studies of Bioactive Natural Products." Free. 3 p.m., Room 114, Chemistry Research Building. Chemistry and Biochemistry.

Psychology Colloquium Series Daniel Krawczyk of the UT Dallas School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences reviews "Social Cognition and Neuroscience." Free. Noon-1 p.m., Room 108, University Hall. Psychology.

Saturday, Nov. 9

Rape Aggression Defense For female faculty, staff, and students, the RAD program teaches realistic self-defense tactics and techniques. Register online. Free. 9 a.m.-6 p.m., Room 102-B, Maverick Activities Center. UTA Police.

Pathways to College Access Parent Conference Parents of high school students can learn about the transition from high school to college, why AP and dual credit classes are important, available scholarships, and more. Free. 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Bluebonnet Ballroom, E.H. Hereford University Center. Education and Health ProfessionsGO Centers.

Monday, Nov. 11

HUB Vendor Fair Join forces with historically underutilized businesses for purchasing opportunities. 1:30-3:30 p.m., Bluebonnet Ballroom, E.H. Hereford University Center. Business Affairs.

How to Discover Your Native Roots Associate Professor Donna Akers, director of the Interdisciplinary Studies program, explores Native American genealogy. Free. Noon-1 p.m., in Room 101 of College Hall. Native American Student Association.

Tuesday, Nov. 12

Developing Assertive Communication Skills Register online. Free. 9-11 a.m., Room 200, J.D. Wetsel Service Center. Human Resources.

Wednesday, Nov. 13

Partnering with Your Boss Register online. Free. 9-11 a.m., Room 200, J.D. Wetsel Service Center. Human Resources.

Coming up

Human Resources Training Classes Dealing with Difficult Employees and People, 2-4 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 14; and Dealing Effectively with Conflict and Confrontation, 9-11 a.m., Tuesday, Nov. 19Register online. Free. J.D. Wetsel Service Center. Human Resources.

NanoFab Seminar Yogesh B. Gianchandani, director of the Center for Wireless Integrated MicroSensing and Systems at the University of Michigan Ann Arbor, discusses "Emerging Research in Microsystems: Opportunities and Challenges for Environmental Sensing." RSVP to, 2-1536. Free. 3:30 p.m. Thursday Nov. 14, Room 106, Nedderman Hall. Nanofab

Videoconferencing Tools for Teaching Faculty members can discover how to use videoconferencing tools and webinars in classes. Bring a mobile device to download the free Blackboard Collaborate mobile app. RSVP to Free. Noon-1 p.m. Friday, Nov. 15, Room 324, Science Hall. Curriculum and Instruction.

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

Sports Notes
  Cross Country teams

We are the champions: The Maverick cross country teams posted strong showings in their first Sun Belt Conference Championship competition. The men's team won the title, the women's team earned second, and coach John Sauerhage was named SBC Men's Coach of the Year.

Cross country teams take first, second in Sun Belt Conference

UTA’s cross country teams dominated the Sun Belt Conference championships Saturday in Troy, Ala.

The men's team won the title, its second straight conference championship and the first in the Sun Belt. The team won in the Western Athletic Conference last year.

Craig Lautenslager placed second in the 8K course with Ryan Tilotta in third and Emil Blomberg in fifth. The trio earned first-team All-Sun Belt Conference accolades. Eric Ojeda in sixth place and Virgilio Martinez in seventh won second-team all-conference nods.

John Sauerhage was named Sun Belt Conference Men's Coach of the Year, and Ojeda was Freshman of the Year.

The women’s team took second place behind champion Arkansas State. Hannah Nilsson, Gabriela Alfonzo, and Ashly Wright, who finished eighth-10th, earned second-team all-conference honors.

The teams head to the South Central Regionals on Friday, Nov. 15, in Waco.

Basketball season starts on the road Friday

The UT Arlington basketball season starts on the road when the men’s team plays Boise State in Idaho and the women’s team faces Houston Baptist. Both games are Friday, Nov. 8.

The Maverick men were picked seventh in the preseason poll, while the women were chosen 10th.

Five men's games and one women's game are set for broadcast on the Sun Belt Network this season. Two men’s games are wildcard games for the ESPN wildcard schedule. Read more about the televised games.

Volleyball on road for final four games

The volleyball team's last home games ended with losses to Georgia State on Friday and Western Kentucky on Saturday at College Park Center.

The team is 15-12 overall and 8-6 in the Sun Belt Conference.

The Mavericks face South Alabama on Friday, Nov. 8, and Troy on Saturday, Nov. 9, followed by Louisiana-Lafayette and Louisiana-Monroe the next weekend. The SBC Tournament begins Thursday, Nov. 21 in Troy, Ala.

Poker, adapted table tennis deadlines near

Upcoming deadlines for intramural sports include poker, Monday, Nov. 18.

An adapted wheelchair division is available for table tennis with requests by Saturday, Nov. 16. Contact for details.

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

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Going Out
  UTA Presents

UTA librarians discuss book on local legends

Evelyn Barker and Lea Worchester

Lea Worcester, left, and Evelyn Barker will discuss the people behind their book Legendary Locals of Arlington at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 8, on the sixth floor of the Central Library.

The pair will look at historic and modern-day figures and places that have enriched the city. Included are World War II hero Col. Neel Kearby, Arlington’s first African-American mayor Elzie Odom, and lost Arlington landmarks, such as the mineral well and the Witness Tree.

“We wanted to include not only the famous people of Arlington, such as Tom Vandergriff and Nolan Ryan, but also those who have been obscured by time,” Barker says. “For example, Arlington had the first female city marshal in the state when women couldn’t even vote.”

Worcester is retired from Special Collections. Prior to working at UT Arlington, she was electronic resources coordinator for the Arlington Public Library and librarian/curator for the Alaska Heritage Library and Museum in Anchorage.

Barker is the director of marketing and communications for the UT Arlington Library and a past librarian and archivist for the Dallas Historical Society.

Together, the duo co-authored Images of America: Arlington published in 2011 and co-curated the 2011 UT Arlington Library exhibit “What You Wish the World Could Be: The Early Years of Six Flags Over Texas.” They previously wrote the twice-monthly feature “Arlington Time Frames” for the Arlington Citizen-Journal.

To RSVP, call the UT Arlington Library at 2-1413 or email

Friday, Nov. 8

Faculty Trumpet Recital Miranda George, adjunct instructor of trumpet, performs the Texas premiere of Associate Professor George Chave's Sonata for Trumpet, Horn and Piano with Associate Professor John Solomons on the piano and Angela Winter, guest artist, on the horn. Also, works by Pakmuthova, Schumann, and Plog. Free. 7:30 p.m., Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. Music.

Friday Night Film: 'We're the Millers' Rated R. $1; $1.50 at door. 8 p.m., Rosebud Theatre, E.H. Hereford University Center. EXCEL Campus Activities.

Maverick Spirit Friday Discounts for shoppers wearing UTA logo apparel or royal blue and orange. 10 a.m.-9 p.m. The Parks at Arlington. College Town UTA.

Saturday, Nov. 9

Holiday Extravaganza Bring the kids to this winter holiday event for cookie decorating, arts and crafts, and pictures with Santa. Free. 10 a.m.-noon, Palo Duro Lounge, E.H. Hereford University Center. Freshmen Leaders on Campus

Monday, Nov. 11

Faculty Trombone Recital Dennis Bubert, visiting assistant professor of trombone, performs. Free. 7:30 p.m., Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. Music.

Tuesday, Nov. 12

Honors Recital Free. 7:30 p.m., Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. Music.

Men's Basketball Mavericks vs. Samford. Tickets $5. 7:30 p.m., College Park Center. Also, vs. Howard Payne, 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 13Athletics.

Coming up

Concerts Faculty Jazz Concert, 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 16, Rosebud Theatre, E.H. Hereford University Center; UTA Jazz Alumni Concert, Sunday, Nov. 17; and Percussion Ensemble Concert, Tuesday, Nov. 26.  Free. 7:30 p.m., Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building, unless otherwise noted. Music. Wind Symphony Concert, 7:30 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 16, Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. Tickets $5 students/seniors, $8 general public. Music.


Gallery 76102: Sweetie Pie Works made of cast granulated sugar by Janet Morrow examine the notion of sweetness and our ambiguous reactions to it. Gallery hours noon-6 p.m. Wednesdays-Saturdays, Gallery 76102, 1401 Jones St., Fort Worth. Through Thursday, Nov. 7. Fort Worth Center, Gallery 76102.

The Gallery at UTA: Amy Blakemore/Sarah Williams Sarah Williams' haunting paintings and Amy Blakemore's offbeat photographs provide an introspective view of human activity. Gallery hours 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays-Fridays and noon-5 p.m. Saturdays. Through Saturday, Nov. 16Art and Art HistoryThe Gallery at UTA.

MavsArt View artwork created by UT Arlington students, staff, and faculty. Free. First floor, Central Library. Through Sunday, Dec. 8. MavsArt.

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.

Mindful Moments Learn techniques to help deal effectively with stress. New day and location. Free. 12:15-12:45 p.m., Fridays, Room 310, Ransom Hall. Health Services.

Planetarium The fall schedule includes Bad Astronomy: Myths and MisconceptionsPink FloydSecret of the Cardboard RocketSpacepark 360, and Stars of the Pharaohs. Public shows Saturday, Nov. 9, are canceled. Planetarium.

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



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