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

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Baohong Yuan in lab

Moving research to market: TechFW@UTA will connect the marketplace with UT Arlington's innovations and research, such as that done by Baohong Yuan, assistant professor of bioengineering, and his team.

TechFW@UTA to propel research, innovation toward commercialization

UT Arlington and TechFW, a Fort Worth-based technology startup initiative, have agreed to a multi-year partnership to commercialize University research and move innovation to the marketplace.

TechFW@UTA will offer training and educational programs to faculty, staff, and students. Faculty members and research teams will gain access to the North Texas entrepreneurial community through the TechFW network.

“Research and technologies developed by a major research institution like UT Arlington have the power to generate business and strengthen the region’s economy,” says Carolyn Cason, vice president for research. “This collaboration with TechFW will be an important catalyst for helping the private sector capitalize on UT Arlington innovation to benefit a broad range of businesses and industries.”

Faculty and researchers will have access to TechFW offices at Fort Worth’s James E. Guinn School facility and at the University of North Texas Health Science Center’s Acceleration Lab. TechFW will maintain offices at the UT Arlington Office of Research Administration and eventually in the Business Building.

Read more about TechFW@UTA.

Daniel Sledge

Dr. Daniel Sledge

Researcher hopes U.S. malaria study helps epidemics elsewhere

Daniel Sledge, assistant professor of political science, has challenged the ideas about the decline of malaria in the South, which could have significant implications for solving outbreaks in parts of Africa, Central and Latin America, and Asia.

Dr. Sledge studied a leading argument that movement of Southern tenant farmers away from mosquito breeding grounds was the dominant factor in the decline of malaria in the U.S. during the 1930s. Instead, he found targeted public health interventions and the development of local-level public health infrastructure helped eradicate the disease.

His paper, “Eliminating Malaria in the American South: An Analysis of the Decline of Malaria in 1930s Alabama,” was recently published by the American Journal of Public Health.

“We found that targeted public health interventions, supported by the federally backed development of state and local public health infrastructure, led to the decline of malaria despite widespread and deep-seated poverty,” Sledge says.

Read more about Sledge's malaria research.


Promoting healthy lifestyles: MavFit gives kinesiology students hands-on experience while providing fitness testing for the public and UT Arlington community.

MavFit health assessments benefit students and clients

UT Arlington is offering high-tech aerobic fitness and body composition assessments to the campus community and the public as part of a new program to encourage health and wellness and give students hands-on experiences.

Through the MavFit program, the Department of Kinesiology offers fee-based services such as VO2 Max testing, which determines the maximum amount of oxygen the body can take in and use during exercise, and DEXA Scans, which can identify a person’s percentage of fat mass, bone mass, and lean muscle mass. Other services available include weight-loss coaching and tests for resting and maximum heart rates, "peak power," and resting energy expenditure.

MavFit fees range from $25 to $90, depending on the assessment requested.

“This program highlights our focus on health and wellness across the lifespan,” says Lou Fincher, professor of kinesiology and department chair. “We want to promote the benefits of physical activity and help people maintain a healthy and active lifestyle.”

MavFit is part of the Center for Healthy Living and Longevity in the College of Education and Health Professions.

Read more about the MavFit program.

Maverick Speakers-Bill Rasmussen

ESPN co-founder speaks tonight at Maverick Speakers Series

Bill Rasmussen, co-founder of ESPN, shares the secrets of creating a sports network from scratch at 7:30 p.m. tonight, Thursday, Oct. 24, at Texas Hall as part of the Maverick Speakers Series.

Rasmussen and his son founded ESPN in 1978. Rasmussen pioneered SportsCenter, full coverage of the NCAA basketball regular season and March Madness, and College World Series broadcasting. The paperback version of his well-regarded book, Sports Junkies Rejoice: The Birth of ESPN, was released in 2010.

The evening will feature question-and-answer and autograph sessions.

General admission tickets are free but required. The Premium Seating package is $25 and includes a front-of-house seat and reserved parking near the venue. Tickets are available at

Be safe and sound in Maverick Country

Safe & Sound in Maverick Country offers comprehensive information about safety precautions implemented by UT Arlington, tips for staying safe while on campus, procedures to follow in the event of an emergency, and important contact information.

Find details on staying safe while driving, at home, or on campus; how to contact health and counseling services; drug- and alcohol-abuse education programs; using shuttle and escort services; and much more. 

Female faculty, staff, and students can learn self-defense through the Rape Aggression Defense, or RAD, program. Register for the Saturday, Nov. 9, class.

And since you are the most reliable source regarding anything that appears unusual, check out the See Something, Say Something page to see how you can make a difference.

  Mav Tube 2013 Alumni Gala

Distinguished company

UT Arlington honored seven outstanding alumni for their professional achievements, community engagement, and loyalty to their alma mater at the 48th Annual Distinguished Alumni Gala last Saturday. Honorees are, from left, Betsy Price (B.S., Biology, '72), Keith L. Crandell (M.S., Chemistry, ’87), Barbara White Bryson (B.S., Architecture, ’84), Jeffrey A. Leuschel, (B.A., Political Science, ’77), JoAnn Lee, (B.A., Political Science, ’76), Arun Bhikshesvaran (M.S., Electrical Engineering, ’95), and Herbert A. Beckwith (M.S., Accounting, ’94). Read more about the distinguished alumni.

Early voting continues today

UT Arlington is a polling place for early voting for the November general election. The polling place is open 8 a.m.-5 p.m. today, Thursday, Oct. 24, at the Maverick Activities Center.

Photo ID is now required to cast your ballot. Acceptable forms of photo ID are Texas driver's license, Texas Election Identification Certificate, Texas personal identification card, Texas concealed handgun license, military identification card, U.S. citizenship certificate or naturalization certificate, and passport.

For more information regarding elections and voter registration, go to the Tarrant County Elections Department and Texas Secretary of State websites.

Center Street upgrade starts Friday

Part of Center Street will be closed for upgrades between UTA Boulevard and Mitchell Street Friday, Oct. 25-Sunday, Oct. 27. Southbound traffic will continue in at least one lane at all times.

Submit your nominations for outstanding employees by Nov. 8

Now is the time to nominate a great employee or team of employees for the Outstanding Maverick Awards.

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.

The nomination form can be submitted electronically through Friday, Nov. 8.

For questions please contact Eunice Currie at 2-7091.

Alternative Breaks needs advisers for Denver trip

Alternative Breaks is looking for faculty/staff advisers for the Alternative Spring Break trip to Denver on March 9-14, 2014.

Faculty and staff will work in an advisory capacity with a student site leader on the trip. Fees are waived for advisers.

During the trip, students will work with PlayWorks Denver, the Florence Crittenton Teen Pregnancy Services, and the Denver Parks and Recreation.

Applications are due by Wednesday, Nov. 27. For more details, contact Joey Usher at or 2-9220.

Alternative Breaks is part of the Leadership Center of the Division of Student Affairs.

Who's Who nominations needed

Nominations are needed for the 2013-14 Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges.

Read about qualifications and nomination procedures. Nominations are due by Friday, Nov. 1.

For questions, call 2-9220 or email Loretta Pequeño-Griffin at

Mav Pic Focus on Faculty-Darryl Lauster

Extending his reach

Darryl Lauster, left, goes over some details of his Focus on Faculty lecture with Seth Victorious and David Diaz, both first-year Master of Fine Arts students. Lauster, an assistant professor of sculpture in the Department of Art and Art History, spoke on how Leonardo da Vinci's drawings of a flying machine influenced his sculpture, Reach, which now sits in the Janet and Michael Greene Research Quadrangle by the Engineering Research Building. His presentation was Wednesday at the Central Library.


Records management workshop Wednesday

The Records Management Program provides specialized workshops, information, and guidance on appropriately maintaining and disposing of University records.

Each department requires two designated representatives—a primary and an alternate—to serve as its records management contacts (RMCs). If your area is not represented, email current or updated RMC contact information to Karen Phillips at

A records management workshop for all RMCs will be 2-3:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 30, in Room 100 of Nedderman Hall.

Sign up for tweets about parking, shuttle service

Parking and Transportation Services has two Twitter accounts to help you get around campus. 

Tweets from @UTAParking give notices about lot closures and space availability. Look for @UTAShuttles tweets for changes to routes or stop times.

Questions? Email or call 2-3907.

Young fans needed for Junior Maverick Cheer Squad

Girls and boys in grades 3-6 can join the sideline action as members of the Junior Maverick Cheer Squad. The squad's season is November 2013 through February 2014.

Squad members will train with the Maverick Cheer Squad and perform at UTA athletic events, Homecoming, festivities, and community events.

A parent meeting and uniform fitting is 6 p.m. Monday, Nov. 4, at the Maverick Activities Center. Cost is $225 for new members and $125 for returning members. All receive practice T-shirt and shorts, plus uniform and pompoms for new members.

For details, contact

Extra Credit

Thursday, Oct. 24

Managing Across Generations Understand the needs and expectations of different generations and how to relate to other generations without giving up your own generational identity. Register online. Free. 9-11 a.m., J.D. Wetsel Service Center. Human Resources.

GIS Workshop: How Did Your Neighbors Vote? Analyzing 2012 Local Presidential Election Results Learn how to extract election data from the ICPSR and Texas state agencies and analyze the data in Excel and ArcGIS. No data or GIS experience required. Free. 3-5 p.m., Room B20, Central Library. UT Arlington Library.

Biology Colloquium Series Nancy Grimm of Arizona State University speaks on “Adding the ‘Techno’ into Urban Socio-ecological Research.” Free. 4 p.m., Room 119, Life Science Building. Biology.

Friday, Oct. 25

International Graduate Student Conference on Transatlantic History Jorge Canizares-Esguerra of UT Austin is the keynote speaker for the 14th annual conference that explores and establishes shared terminology, methodologies, and defining parameters for the field of transatlantic history. Free. Central Library and other campus locations. Also, Saturday, Oct. 26. History, Transatlantic History.

Materials Science and Engineering Seminar Valentine Vullev of the University of California, Riverside speaks on “Dynamics in a Broad Scale.” Free. 11 a.m., Room 100, Nedderman Hall. Materials Science and Engineering.

West Management Seminar Wendy Boswell, the Jerry and Kay Cox Professor of Management at Texas A&M University, discusses her research on work-non-work boundaries. Free. 10-11:45 a.m., Room 609, Business Building. Business.

Chemistry/Biochemistry Seminar Series Petr Bednář of 
Palacký University in the Czech Republic speaks on "Ion mobility and advanced data treatment in mass spectrometric analysis of natural compounds." Free. 3 p.m., Room 114, Chemistry Research Building. Chemistry and Biochemistry.

Monday, Oct. 28

Listening ear

Texas American College of Sports Medicine Lecture C. Munro Cullum, chief of psychology and director of neuropsychology at UT Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas, discusses “Exercise and the Aging Brain.” Free. Noon, Lone Star Auditorium, Maverick Activities Center. Kinesiology.

Tuesday, Oct. 29

The Art of Listening Discover the basics of good listening as well as tips for identifying listening styles and how to get the most out of a face-to-face conversation. Register online. Free. 9-11 a.m., J.D. Wetsel Service Center. Human Resources.

Wednesday, Oct. 30

Managing Stress in the Workplace Examine what stress is, how to understand it, and how to identify the sources of your stress. Register online. Free. 9-11 a.m., J.D. Wetsel Service Center. Human Resources.

North Central Texas Environmental Stewardship Forum Annual Conference Leaders from area businesses, municipalities, and agencies discuss how to work together to improve environmental performance. Register online. $10. 8 a.m.-5 p.m., E.H. Hereford University Center. Sustainability.

Coming up

Human Resources Training Classes Customer Service 101, Tuesday, Nov. 5; and Fundamental Skills for Supervisors and Managers, Thursday, Nov. 7. Register online. Free. 9-11 a.m., J.D. Wetsel Service Center. Human Resources.

Biology Colloquium Series Rafe Brown of the University of Kansas discusses "Evolutionary process of diversification in a model island archipelago." Free. 4 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 31, Room 119, Life Science Building. Biology.

Engaging Students 2013 Keynote speaker Anne Braseby of the Center for Teaching and Learning at UT Austin discusses the principles of team-based learning. Free. Register online. 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Friday, Nov. 1, in the Carlisle Suite of the E.H. Hereford University Center. Office of the Provost.

Paul Geisel

Urban Bus Tour Professor Emeritus Paul Geisel, right, leads a tour of neighborhoods and cultures around downtown Dallas including West Dallas, The Cedars, Lakewood, Oak Cliff, and more. Ages 12 and older. Register online by Monday, Nov. 4. $55, lunch included. Saturday, Nov. 9, 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m., Dan Dipert Welcome Center, 600 S. Center St. Arlington, and 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Dallas Housing Authority, 3939 N. Hampton Rd., Dallas. School of Urban and Public Affairs.

Safe Zone Training Free. 1-4 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 5, Concho Room, E.H. Hereford University Center. LGBTQA Program.

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

Sports Notes
  Charmaine Whitmore

Top block: Senior Charmaine Whitmore is second in the nation for blocks, averaging 1.64 per set.

Whitmore second in nation for blocks

Senior middle blocker Charmaine Whitmore is second in the nation for blocks, averaging 1.64 per set.

The volleyball team is off to a strong start in 2013, sitting at 13-9 overall and 6-3 in Sun Belt Conference play, with the help of Whitmore's solid defense at the net. She is the only Maverick to earn SBC Player of the Week honors and was named Defensive Player of the Week in September.

Whitmore leads the conference in blocks per set. For the season, she has 123 total blocks with 10 solo and 113 assisted. Against Arkansas State on Oct. 12, she landed the first double-double performance of her collegiate career with 11 kills and 13 total blocks.

UT Arlington defeated South Alabama 3-0 Friday night and Troy 3-2 Sunday afternoon, both at College Park Center. The Mavericks are tied for third with Arkansas State in the league standings.

The team travels to Arkansas State on Friday, Oct. 25, and to UA Little Rock on Saturday, Oct. 26. Both matches are at 7 p.m. 

Women's tennis scores titles at regional tourney

Women's tennis players won and men's team members made the last rounds at ITA Regional Tournaments in Fort Worth and Waco.

In Fort Worth, Angeles de los Rios won the consolation singles title and the consolation doubles crown with Astrid Gehre. Christine Foote made it to the quarterfinals.

At the men's tournament in Waco, Carlos Arbiza advanced to the semifinals, and Daniel Armengol reached the quarterfinals. 

The men head to the Texas Invitational at UT Austin on Friday, Oct. 25.

Cross country teams enjoy breakout performances in Alabama

The men's and women's cross country teams capped their regular seasons Friday evening when the men finished second and the women placed fifth at the Crimson Classic.

The men finished with 85 points. Auburn claimed the team title with 45 points.

The women were fifth among the 24-team field, finishing behind only Alabama, Mississippi State, Tennessee, and Auburn.

UTA heads to the Sun Belt Conference Championships on Saturday, Nov. 2, in Troy, Ala. In the preseason coaches' poll, the Maverick men were chosen as the favorites, while the women were predicted to finish third.

Movin' Mavs tournament includes new women's team

Movin' Mavs wheelchair basketball's tournament includes play by the new women's team. The tourney is Friday-Sunday, Oct. 25-27, at the Maverick Activities Center and the P.E. Building.

The Movin’ Mavs men play Dallas at 10 a.m. Friday in the PEB. On Saturday, the team faces Oklahoma City at 10:45 a.m. and Dallas at 1:15 p.m. in the MAC, and Austin at 5:45 p.m. in the PEB.

The Movin’ Mavs women play DFW at noon Friday in the PEB and Dallas women at 5:45 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday in the MAC.

Other teams in the tournament are San Antonio, Houston, and Dallas Juniors.

Halloween ultimate disc deadline next week

Upcoming deadlines for intramural sports include Halloween Ultimate Disc, Tuesday, Oct. 29; badminton, Sunday, Nov. 3; and poker, Monday, Nov. 18.

An adapted wheelchair division is available for table tennis with requests by 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

(For more sports news, go to,, or

Going Out
  UTA Presents

Maverick community welcomes parents, families for weekend of fun

Parents Weekend 2012

Students will round up family and friends to Maverick Country for Parent and Family WeekendFriday-Sunday, Oct. 25-27.

The weekend features a long list of events that allow students to show their families what it's like to be a Maverick. Activities include faculty spotlights, a fall festival with live music and a petting zoo, glass-blowing demonstrations, a theater production, Movin’ Mavs basketball, a pop-up market, and more.

Learn about membership in the Parent and Family Association.

Thursday, Oct. 24

Early Voting Cast your ballot for the general election. Photo ID required. 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Maverick Activities Center. Tarrant County Elections Department.

Guest Artist Recital Internationally renowned clarinetist Robert Spring of Arizona State University will perform. Free. 7:30 p.m., Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. Music.

Maverick Speakers Series Bill Rasmussen, founder of ESPN, speaks on "Share the Dream: The ESPN Story." Question-and-answer and autograph sessions. Free general admission but tickets required. Premium Seating package, $25, front-of-house seat, reserved parking. 7:30 p.m., Texas Hall. Maverick Speakers Series.

'The Government Inspector' A case of mistaken identity sends a village into a world of panic and greed. Tickets $7 faculty, staff, students, and seniors; $10 general admission. 8 p.m., MainStage Theatre of the Fine Arts Building. Also, 8 p.m. Friday-Saturday, Oct. 25-26, and 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 27Theatre Arts.

Friday, Oct. 25

Texas Food Truckin' Fest Texas gourmet food trucks, live bands and performers, kids’ activities. Portion of proceeds benefit SafeHaven. Tickets $10-$15, $8-13 with student ID, children $6. 4-10 p.m., Rangers Ballpark. Also noon-10 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 26. Texas Food Truckin' Fest, College Town.

Astronomy Day

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

Saturday, Oct. 26

Astronomy Day Telescopic observations with amateur astronomers, activities, free lectures, and more. $4 Planetarium shows. 2-10 p.m., Planetarium.

Monday, Oct. 28

Voice Division Recital Free. Noon, Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. Music.

Faculty Piano Recital Associate Professor John Solomons performs. Free. 7:30 p.m., Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. Music.

Coming up

Concerts Trombone Choir Concert, Tuesday, Oct. 29; and Faculty Voice Recital with David Grogan, Thursday, Oct. 31. Free. 7:30 p.m., Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. Music.

Order of Omega Great Carnival Family friendly Halloween games, activities, and candy. Free. 6-8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 31, Greek Row. Fraternity and Sorority Life.

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 Saturday, Nov. 9, Palo Duro Lounge, E.H. Hereford University Center. Freshmen Leaders on Campus

Maverick Speakers Series Emmy- and Peabody-winning CNN reporter Anderson Cooper presents. Free general admission but tickets required. Premium Seating package, $25, front-of-house seat, reserved parking. 7:30 p.m., Monday, Nov. 11, College Park Center. Maverick Speakers Series.


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.

Sherman 2012

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. Right, Sherman 2012 by Williams. 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.

Tail Waggin' Wednesday Therapy dogs from Paws with Partners available for unconditional love. Free. 10 a.m.-2 p.m., first Wednesday of each month, Central Library. UT Arlington Library.

Planetarium The fall schedule includes Bad Astronomy: Myths and Misconceptions, Pink Floyd, Secret of the Cardboard Rocket, Spacepark 360, and Stars of the Pharaohs. Planetarium.

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



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Executive Director for University Publications: Mark Permenter

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