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

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Daniel Armstrong

Analytical ace: Dr. Daniel W. Armstrong, the Robert A. Welch Chair in Chemistry, is No. 16 on a list of the most influential people in analytical sciences published by The Analytical Scientist magazine.

Magazine ranks Armstrong among world's top analytical scientists

Professor Daniel W. Armstrong, an innovative leader in the fields of separations and mass spectrometry, is No. 16 on a recent list of the most influential people in analytical sciences published by The Analytical Scientist magazine.

The new Power List 2013 includes 100 noted scientists with only the top 20 ranked. 

Dr. Armstrong, the Robert A. Welch Chair in Chemistry, has authored more than 550 publications, including 29 book chapters and one book, and holds 23 U.S. patents. His development of new methods for separating chemical mixtures in solution or as gas has led to advances in realms of science essential to pharmaceutical development and disease identification and treatment.

Armstrong told The Analytical Scientist: “My main motivation has always been to do, develop, and/or explain things that are new, interesting, and potentially useful—and to teach others to do likewise. This is the enjoyable and most gratifying part of research.”

He also has mentored more than 100 graduate students, many of whom were the first in their families to go to college.

Read more about Armstrong's recognition.

Erika Pribanic-Smith

Dr. Erika Pribanic-Smith

Communication professor earns national award for research of women's history

Erika Pribanic-Smith, assistant professor of communication, received national honors for her research into how women used 19th-century magazines to rally support for the preservation of George Washington’s estate.

Dr. Pribanic-Smith received the 2013 Maurine Beasley Award for Outstanding Paper in Women’s History from the American Journalism Historians Association. She researches political communication in print media in the 19th- and 20th-century American South.

Her paper also received honorable mention for the AJHA's David Sloan Award for the top faculty paper. 

Read more about Pribanic-Smith's award.

Texas Trust

Winning team: From left, Blaze Maverick and Athletics Director Jim Baker thank Jim Minge, president of Texas Trust Credit Union, and Cash the Eagle, the credit union's mascot, for sponsoring UTA Athletics.

Texas Trust Credit Union signs as major sponsor of UTA Athletics

UT Arlington has named Texas Trust Credit Union the official credit union sponsor of the Division of Intercollegiate Athletics.

The seven-year, strategic partnership is the largest sponsorship agreement in UT Arlington athletic program history. Through the agreement, Texas Trust gains marketing and promotional rights through the University’s athletics programs.

The credit union will open a branch in the 20-acre College Park District in spring 2014 and will place ATMs in various campus locations. Texas Trust also will market a variety of UT Arlington-branded debit cards that will provide a cash reward to the University.

Texas Trust will provide financial tools and resources for educational purposes to support the Student Money Management Center, which educates students about money, savings, and credit awareness.

“Both of our organizations are focused on building brighter futures," says Jim Minge, president of Texas Trust Credit Union, which is headquartered in Mansfield.

Read more about the Texas Trust Credit Union sponsorship.

Evening shuttle, personnel added to handle increased requests

The UT Arlington Police Department has temporarily added an evening shuttle service and personnel to accommodate a marked increase in security escort requests.

The increased requests come after several cellphone robberies on campus, says UTA Police Chief Kim Lemaux.

"We ask for everyone’s patience since there are times when the number of requests exceed our capacity," she says. "We are working diligently to minimize any wait times and still encourage people to call."

To request a security escort, call 2-3381.

A temporary shuttle bus now runs 6:30-10:30 p.m. to the southern portions of campus.

Shuttle pick-up locations include: University Hall on Nedderman Drive; the west side of the Business Building; shuttle stop on First Street on the north side of the University Center; The Heights on Pecan; and the Maverick Activities Center.

The temporary shuttle will transport passengers to Lot 49 and Lot 50.  Passengers may request transportation to other campus parking lots by advising the driver. 

MyMav Mobile

MyMav Mobile goes live

MyMav Mobile is now live, allowing faculty and staff to conduct academic activities on-the-go through their smartphones and other mobile devices.

Faculty can access their class rosters and enter grades into the MyMav grade rosters.

They also can view financial accounts, course catalogs, parking, maps, news, alerts, the University calendar, and more.

Go to the MyMav Mobile website to save the link to your home screen. Sign in on the main screen using your UTA netID and password.

  Mav Pic Night Walk 2013

Night walk

Cameron Vrzak, left, electrical engineering junior, and Omar Alameddin, marketing junior and Student Congress secretary, check the emergency assistance box near the NanoFab Building during the annual Night Walk on Tuesday. Student Congress sponsors the walk to identify safety issues on campus at night.

Homecoming photo link fixed

Some folks experienced problems linking to the Homecoming photos in Monday's issue of MavWire. See Homecoming photos at this link instead.

GIS Day shows how system is used everywhere

Discover how every UT Arlington department uses geographic information systems (GIS), whether they realize it or not, as a part of the GIS Day 2013 events on Thursday, Nov. 21.

Jianling Li, professor of urban and public affairs, will discuss “GIS at UT Arlington: What It Can Do for Teaching, Learning, Research, and Daily Life,” at noon on the sixth floor of the Central Library.

“GIS is a part of Big Data, social media, mapping, and quantitative analysis,” says Joshua Been, government data librarian. “People can see how electronic mapping technologies are used by everyone.”

GIS Day features Cache, If You Can geocaching, poster presentations on using GIS at 1 p.m., free food, prizes, and a giant GIS Day cake. 

For more details, contact Been at or 2-5826. 

Programs ask for input on technology for people with disabilities

Faculty and staff are invited to two programs exploring how to accommodate individuals with disabilities in an educational environment Thursday, Nov. 21.

"Not Just for Students with Disabilities: Using Universal Design" looks at the field of disability studies and the increasingly diverse types of disabilities. Presenters are Sarah Rose, director of the minor in Disability Studies and assistant professor of history; Penny Acrey, director of the Office for Students with Disabilities; and Gina Ceylan, a doctoral student in science education at the University of Missouri.

The program is noon-1 p.m. in Room 303 of the Chemistry and Physics Building and is sponsored by the ON-TRAC program of the Office of Graduate Studies. 

"Technology Needs Forum" seeks input on technology that would help people with disabilities in academic, work, and personal settings. The forum is 2:30-4:30 p.m. in Room 153 of the Business Building and hosted by the UTA Research Institute and the Office for Students with Disabilities. Ideas can be shared anonymously via email to

If you need an accommodation based on a disability to fully participate in these events, direct your request to Acrey at 817-272-3364 or

Mav Pic International Food Fair

Tasty Tuesday

Adrienn Illesh, left, political science sophomore, looks on as Heather Snow, assistant vice president for Student Affairs, selects goodies at the Russian Club's table during Tuesday's International Food Fair. The lunch-time tradition was part of International Education Week.


Bookstore sponsors Flash Sale today

Technology items are the big deal at the UTA Bookstore's "Flash Sale" today, Thursday Nov. 21. Don't miss savings on fourth generation iPads, first generation iPad Minis, Macbook Retinas, iMacs, iPods, plus accessories.

Innovative presentations needed for Advising Association conference

The UTA Advising Association (UTAAA) is accepting proposal submissions for the 17th Annual UTAAA Advising Conference, "Advising CPR: Crisis, Prevention and Recovery."

Needed are interactive, innovative, and engaging presentations that will leave conference attendees ready to aid students through any worse-case scenario and prep them for success.

Deadline for proposals is Monday, Dec. 9. See details on the UTAAA website or email for more information.

State Employee Charitable Campaign deadline extended to Friday

The annual State Employee Charitable Campaign gives UT Arlington employees the opportunity to support this charitable program that is so important to the North Texas community. Contributions may be made through a payroll deduction throughout the year or through a one-time donation.

The deadline for donations has been extended to Friday, Nov. 22.

Read more about SECC recipient organizations and giving online.

Extra Credit

Thursday, Nov. 21

Team Building for Supervisors Register online. Free. 9-11 a.m., J.D. Wetsel Service Center. Human Resources.

Latino Americans

CMAS Lecture: John Valadez Filmmaker John Valadez, producer of the critically acclaimed new PBS documentary Latino Americans, is guest speaker. He also directed the Emmy-nominated documentary The Longoria Affair. Free. 2-3:30 p.m., Room 116, University Hall. Center for Mexican American Studies.

Introduction to Concur Online Travel Booking Portal Take a tour of Concur, the University's new online travel booking portal. RSVP to 2-4 p.m., second floor lounge, Maverick Activities Center. Also, Friday, Nov. 22, 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Room 609, Business Building, and 2-4 p.m., Room 100, Nedderman Hall. Travel Services.

Great American Smokeout Information and education about tobacco cessation programs. Free. 11 a.m.-2 p.m., Palo Duro Lounge, E.H. Hereford University Center. Health Services.

Friday, Nov. 22

Applied Mathematics Seminar Tae Hyun Hwang of UT Southwestern presents "Integrating Human Phenome, Genome, and Interactome Network for Discovering Phenotype-gene Associations." Free. 2 p.m., Room 311, Pickard Hall. Mathematics.

Tuesday, Nov. 26

Time Management Register online. Free. 9-11 a.m., J.D. Wetsel Service Center. Human Resources.

Coming up

Human Resources Training Classes Professionalism in the Workplace, 9-11 a.m., Tuesday, Dec. 3; Advanced Supervisory Skills, 9-11 a.m., Thursday, Dec. 5; Writing Effective Email, 9-11 a.m., Tuesday, Dec. 10; Partnering with Your Boss, 9-11 a.m., Wednesday, Dec. 11; and Motivating Your Employees, 2-4, Thursday, Dec. 12Register online. Free. J.D. Wetsel Service Center. Human Resources.

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

Sports Notes
  Lonnie McClanahan

Shout out: Junior guard Lonnie McClanahan vocalizes his actions against Cleveland State at Friday's Homecoming game in College Park Center.

Men's on the road after loss to Kentucky

The men's basketball team is on the road to face Robert Morris today, Thursday, Nov. 21, then Eastern Michigan on Saturday, Nov. 23.

The Mavericks lost 105-76 to No. 4 Kentucky in their first face-off Tuesday in the Keightly Classic in Lexington, Ky.

The Mavericks fell 83-73 to Cleveland State on Friday night at College Park Center. The Homecoming crowd of 4,824 was the fifth largest for a basketball game in UT Arlington history.

Women's team at home for three games

The women's basketball team heads into three home games following Wednesday night's 99-46 loss to No. 10 Oklahoma and last Sunday's 74-56 defeat at UT San Antonio.

The Mavericks play in College Park Center against Virginia Commonwealth University, Sunday, Nov. 24; Abilene Christian, Wednesday, Nov. 27; and North Texas, Wednesday, Dec. 4.

Sports shorts

 The men's cross country team's Craig Lautenslager earned All-Region honors at the NCAA South Central Regional on Friday in Waco. The men's team placed eighth, while the women's squad took 12th in the season's final event.

• The volleyball team is the fourth seed going into the Sun Belt Conference Tournament that starts today, Thursday, Nov. 21, in Troy, Ala. The Mavs wrapped up regular-season play 17-14 overall and 10-8 in the conference, defeating UL Lafayette by 3-2 last Friday and UL Monroe by 3-1 Saturday.

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Going Out

Thursday, Nov. 21

World Trivia Night 6 p.m., Palo Duro Lounge, E.H. Hereford University Center. International Education Week.

UT Arlington Symphony Orchestra Concert Associate Professor Clifton Evans conducts winners of the University's concerto competition. $8 general public; $5 students and seniors. 7:30 p.m., Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. Music.

'As It Is In Heaven' A Shaker village falls into confusion when a newcomer claims to receive special “gifts” from above. Tickets $7 for faculty, staff, students, seniors; and $10 general public. 8 p.m., Studio Theatre, Fine Arts Building. Also, 8 p.m. Friday-Saturday, Nov. 22-23, and 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 24Theatre Arts.

Friday, Nov. 22

UTA Choir Concert Karen Kenaston-French, associate professor of music, directs the A Cappella Choir and Women's Chorus, and Randy Jordan, lecturer and choral conductor, directs the University Singers. $8 general public; $5 students and seniors. 7:30 p.m., Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. Music.

Friday Night Film: 'Riddick' Rated R. $1 general admission, $1.50 with credit card. 8 p.m., Rosebud Theatre, E.H. Hereford University Center. EXCEL Campus Activities.

Saturday, Nov. 23

Electronics Recycling Free. 8 a.m.-noon, 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.

Sunday, Nov. 24

UTA Symphonic Band Concert Free. 7:30 p.m., Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. Music.

Women's Basketball Mavericks vs. Virginia Commonwealth University. Tickets $5. 1 p.m., College Park Center. Also, vs. Abilene Christian, 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 27, College Park Center. Athletics.

Monday, Nov. 25

Deck the Mall Celebrate the winter season with the lighting of the Library mall. Free treats. Free. 6:30 p.m., Library mall. EXCEL Campus Activities.

Fall Jazz Concert The Jazz Orchestra directed by Tim Ishii features guest saxophonist Randy Hamm of Missouri State University while the Jazz Ensemble is directed by Ken Edwards. Tickets $5 students and seniors; $8 general public. 7:30 p.m., Texas Hall. Music.

Tuesday, Nov. 26

Percussion Ensemble Concert Free. 7:30 p.m., Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. Music.


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.

Gallery 76102: Sweetie Pie 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 Saturday, Nov. 30Fort Worth CenterGallery 76102.

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 PharaohsPlanetarium.

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



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