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

Monday, October 28, 2013

Heng Huang

Deciphering data: Dr. Heng Huang, associate professor of computer science and engineering, is leading a project to mine electronic medical records data to help physicians personalize treatment, predict health care needs, and identify risks that can lead to readmission.

NSF grant compiles electronic medical data for healthier living

Heng Huang, associate professor of computer science and engineering, is leading a new National Science Foundation project to mine electronic medical records data to help physicians personalize patient treatment, predict health care needs, and identify risks that can lead to readmission.

Dr. Huang is the leading principal investigator on a $461,098 grant titled “Robust Large-Scale Electronic Medical Record Data Mining Framework to Conduct Risk Stratification for Personalized Intervention.” The work is part of an $892,587 collaborative research project with UT Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas and Southern Methodist University.

“If collecting and deciphering this data can give doctors better information so they can give patients better health care, it will make a big difference,” Huang says. “We especially want to predict possible readmission dates for heart failure patients because timing is extremely important to them. It can be the difference between life and death.”

He says the work also could help health care professionals find a balance between patient hospital stays and the insurance industry's need to control hospital costs.

Read more about mining electronic medical records data.

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.

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.

Mav Pic Bill Rasmussen

Secrets to success

ESPN co-founder Bill Rasmussen shared how a love of sports turned into a major television network at the Maverick Speakers Series on Thursday at Texas Hall. Rasmussen said he believed strongly in his business plan and refused to take "no" for an answer.


Light up Homecoming parade with a float entry

Maverick pride lights the way for the Blue, White, Light Up the Night Homecoming parade, a glowing procession with big floats, marching bands, and special guests.

The parade starts at 5:45 p.m. Friday, Nov. 15, on Spaniolo Drive outside College Park Center. 

Faculty, staff, and student groups are encouraged to participate by entering a float, golf cart, or walking entry. The top three entries will receive cash prizes.

Find the entry form and rules and the Homecoming schedule at Sign up your entry by Thursday, Nov. 7

For questions, contact University Events at 2-2963.

Who's Who nominations due Friday

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

Outstanding Academic Adviser nominations needed

Outstanding Academic Adviser nominations are being accepted for undergraduate and graduate faculty adviser and professional adviser. Nominations are due by Jan. 27, 2014.

For details, contact Delene Remmers at 2-2737.

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Words of hope

Doug Davis, history senior, writes "hope" on the Library mall for the Chalk It Up event, part of the domestic violence awareness campaign sponsored by the Relationship Violence and Sexual Assault Prevention program. 

IRA charitable rollover to end Dec. 31

The IRA charitable rollover option allowed by Congress ends Tuesday, Dec. 31, unless it is extended.

The provision allows for individuals at least 70.5 in age to have the custodian of their IRA send a distribution of up to $100,000 directly to charity, such as a university. A qualified distribution is not taxable, and there is no charitable deduction. Such distributions can be distributed outright or to an endowment and can qualify toward an annual required minimum distribution.

For more information, contact Jeff Steed at 2-9682.

Wait for software support on Mac OS X 10.9 (Mavericks)

Although Apple has released the next version of OS X, 10.9 (Mavericks), do not install it on a University-owned Macintosh computer until the Office of Information Technology announces support for it. 

The Winmagic SecureDoc encryption software and other OIT-supported application software have not been tested for compatibility with OS X 10.9 and are not currently supported. 

WinMagic has not announced a release date for the compatible version of the encryption software. SecureDoc compatibility testing will begin immediately after WinMagic has released a version that supports OS X 10.9. After testing, the campus community will be notified of when and how to proceed with the update.

For more information, check the Information Security Advisory Blog, or for technical assistance, contact the OIT Help Desk at 2-2208.

Extra Credit

Monday, Oct. 28

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.

Records Management Workshop Workshop on appropriately maintaining and disposing of University records. 2-3:30 p.m., Room 100, Nedderman Hall. Records and Information Management.

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.

Thursday, Oct. 31

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

Friday, Nov. 1

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., Carlisle Suite, E.H. Hereford University Center. Office of the Provost.

Business Lecture Series Micki Kacmar, the Durr-Fillauer Chair of Business Ethics and professor of management at the University of Alabama, discusses the use of political skill in various positions and the benefits and drawbacks of being politically skilled. Free. 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Room 610, Business Building. Business.

Chemistry/Biochemistry Seminar Series Nigel Richards
Purdue University presents “Oxalate Decarboxylase: An Enigmatic Enzyme.” Free. 3 p.m., Room 114, Chemistry Research Building. Chemistry and Biochemistry.

Coming up

Human Resources Training Classes Customer Service 101, Tuesday, Nov. 5; Fundamental Skills for Supervisors and Managers, Thursday, Nov. 7; Developing Assertive Communication Skills, Tuesday, Nov. 12; Partnering with Your Boss, Wednesday, Nov. 13; Dealing with Difficult Employees and People, 2-4 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 14; and Dealing Effectively with Conflict and Confrontation, Tuesday, Nov. 19Register online. Free. 9-11 a.m. unless otherwise stated, J.D. Wetsel Service Center. Human Resources.

Safe Zone

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

Urban Bus Tour Professor Emeritus Paul Geisel 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.

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

Going Out
  UTA Presents

Concert offers spooky tunes for Halloween night

David Grogan-Halloween

Halloween’s unique sounds come alive when David Grogan, assistant professor of voice, takes the stage for his faculty voice recital Thursday, Oct. 31.

Music for the family-friendly concert includes works with spooky sounds or themes of death. Video, photos, and dance accompany the tunes.

The concert premieres work by Jackson Hill, music senior, whose Dies Irae (Day of Wrath) is on the play list.

Also planned are John Duke’s The Grunchin' Witch, Fragment, Shelling Peas, and Hist Wist; Franz Schubert’s Der Tod und das Mädchen (Death and the Maiden), Ihr Bild (Her Portrait), and Der Erkönig (The Erl-King); Camille Saint-Säens’ Danse Macabre (Dance of Death); Erich Korngold’s Der Kranke (The Wings) and Nachtwanderer (Night Wanderer); and Tom Lehrer’s We Will All Go Together When We Go, I Hold Your Hand in Mine, and Poisoning Pigeons in the Park. 

Opera fans can expect They Wish They Could Kill Me, an aria from The Ghosts of Versailles by John Corigliano; Vous qui faites l'endormie, an aria from Faust by Charles Gounod; and Mein Sehnen, Mein Wähnen, Pierrot’s Tanzlied aria from Die Tote Stadt (The Dead City) by Korngold.

Audience members are encouraged to dress in Halloween costumes.

The free concert starts at 7:30 p.m. in Irons Recital Hall in the Fine Arts Building.

Monday, Oct. 28

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

Tuesday, Oct. 29

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

Thursday, Oct. 31

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

Friday, Nov. 1

Volleyball Mavericks vs. Georgia State. Tickets $5. 6 p.m., College Park Center. Also, vs. Western Kentucky, 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 2Athletics.

Coming up

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.


The Clothesline Project The Clothesline Project raises awareness about relationship violence and sexual assault in our community. The shirts decorated by survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault hanging on the clothesline are a powerful testimony to hope and healing. University Center Art Gallery. Through Friday, Nov. 1. Relationship Violence and Sexual Assault Prevention.

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.

SpacePark 360

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 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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