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

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Jessica Dawn Stevens

Elite award: Jessica Dawn Stevens, microbiology and biology junior, is the third UT Arlington student named a Barry Goldwater Scholar since 2012.

Student wins Goldwater scholarship

Jessica Dawn Stevens, a junior majoring in microbiology and biology, is among only 11 students in Texas named as Barry Goldwater Scholars for the 2014-2015 academic year. She is UT Arlington’s third Goldwater Scholar since 2012.

The Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education program awards scholarships to up to 300 incoming juniors and seniors each year. It was established by federal legislation in 1986 to fill the critical need for mathematicians, scientists, and engineers. Each Goldwater Scholar receives up to $7,500 annually.

Stevens started as an architecture major in 2010, but a class in biology turned her attention toward natural sciences. She quickly became interested in doing research on microorganisms and ecology.

Emmanuel Fordjour was recognized as an honorable mention. He is UT Arlington’s second honorable mention in the Goldwater program and is majoring in biology and microbiology and minoring in chemistry. 

Both Fordjour and Stevens plan to pursue graduate degrees after they complete their bachelor’s studies in 2015.

Read more about Stevens, Fordjour, and the Goldwater Scholarship, which are part of UTA/DNA.

Nina Totenberg

Tickets still available for Maverick Speakers Series

Tickets are still available to see award-winning National Public Radio correspondent Nina Totenberg at the last event for the 2013-14 Maverick Speakers Series. She will speak on "The Supreme Court and Its Impact on You" at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 8, at Texas Hall. 

An NPR reporter since 1975, Totenberg provides regular reports for the station’s critically acclaimed newsmagazines All Things ConsideredMorning Edition, and Weekend Edition. She also appears regularly on Inside Washington, a weekly syndicated public affairs television program.

She has earned numerous honors throughout her career, including a Peabody Award for NPR and many other awards for excellence in journalism and investigative reporting.

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 and the College Park Center box office.

The Maverick Speakers Series is sponsored in part by Texas Health Arlington Memorial Hospital.

George Siemens

Dr. George Siemens

Focus on Faculty to address technology in higher education

LINK lab Executive Director George Siemens discusses the future of technology in education at the Focus on Faculty lecture Wednesday, April 9. "Coherence in a climate of fragmentation: The future structure of higher education" begins at noon in the sixth floor parlor of the Central Library.

The program is free.

An expert and theorist in digital learning, Dr. Siemens oversees UTA's Learning Innovation and Networked Knowledge (LINK) research lab, an intellectual and social springboard to engage faculty, doctoral, and post-doctoral students in advancing their field of study through research, development, and application to practice.

The LINK lab explores emerging pedagogies such as self-organization in open learning and competency-based learning; interaction in distributed networks; wearable and embedded computing; and learning analytics.

Siemen's research looks at how people interact with information through technology and social methods and the types of knowledge institutions that are required to assist that process.

He also will speak on "MOOCs: Connectivism and Coherence" at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, April 10, in Room 100 of Nedderman Hall.


ART/UTA showcases faculty talents

The Department of Art and Art History's outstanding trove of talented artists present their works at ART/UTA 2014 Studio Event and Art Auction today, Thursday, April 3, at the Studio Arts Center.

The event features silent and live auctions of faculty and student works in photography, painting, sculpture, ceramics, and printmaking in addition to glass. The event begins at 6 p.m. with studio demonstrations in painting, sculpture, and glassblowing, and artists' discussions about their creative processes. The live auction begins at 7:30 p.m.

Tickets for the Thursday event are $100 per person. Proceeds benefit the College of Liberal Arts and the Department of Art and Art History. For more information, email or call 2-5300.

The traditional public glass art sale is set for 8 a.m.-8 p.m. Friday, April 4, also at the Studio Arts Center.

computer locked

Be aware of new version of Cryptolocker malware

A potentially new variant of Cryptolocker has been identified, and UTA’s email system as well as computers that run System Center EndPoint Protection or McAfee anti-malware software currently do not protect against it.

Do not open any attachments you are not expecting or that look suspicious. The malware is primarily delivered via email.

If you fall victim to this virus, you will not be able to unlock your files and must rely on your backups. The malware can be aggressive. Variants are known to encrypt files on local hard drives, external drives, and potentially your file shares, such as K: and J: drives.

OIT has made CrashPlan available for backups. Find the correct version for your computer by going to the OIT download page and scrolling down to the subhead Code 42.

For updates on Cryptolocker and tips on how to avoid it, go to the Information Security Blog.

If you need help on how to use CrashPlan or if you are a victim of this virus, contact the Help Desk at 2-2208.

  Mav Pic Mavs Got Talent-Mariachi Band

Mariachi with a twist

Mariachi New Era won first place by cranking out some non-traditional pop tunes at the Mavs Got Talent show Tuesday night. Ten acts performed at the Rosebud Theatre in the E.H. Hereford University Center.

Movin' Mavs play exhibition game at Final Four Friday

The Movin' Mavs men's wheelchair basketball team will play a brief exhibition game at the Final Four Friday event Friday, April 4, at AT&T Stadium. Warm-up starts at 11 a.m. with the game set for 11:15-11:45 a.m.

Reese’s Final Four Friday is a free event for fans to watch the student-athletes from the 2014 Men’s NCAA Final Four teams participate in one of their final practices before the national semifinal games. Fans can hear from each head coach after their sessions and engage in on-court promotions. The Reese’s College All Star-Game tips off at 4:30 p.m.

Hermanns Lectures to focus on slave narratives

Slave narratives and current archival research is the central theme for the 2014 Hermanns Lecture Series today, Thursday, April 3

Sponsored by the Department of English, “New Directions in African American Studies” will be in the sixth floor parlor of the Central Library. Read more about the Hermanns Lectures.

Exquisite Exhibition

Exhibit highlights works of artists with disabilities

See a showcase of work by artists with disabilities in North Texas, including UTA students, at the "Exquisite Variation" exhibit at the University Center Gallery in the E.H. Hereford University Center. The exhibit runs through Friday, April 4

Artists include E.T. Baltimore, Willie Johnson, Gregg Lively, Linda Lo, Andrew Ortiz, and Jeremy Schack.

Sponsor VSA Texas is part of the international organization to provide arts and education opportunities for people with disabilities.

Co-sponsors are the Office for Students with Disabilities and the Disability Studies Minor. For accommodations, call the Office for Students with Disabilities at 2-3364 or email

Red Flag Campaign aims to end violence

Learn how your actions can make a difference during the Red Flag Campaign through Friday, April 11, on the Library mall. 

The Relationship Violence and Sexual Assault Prevention program sponsors several events that encourage people to intervene when they see the red flags or warning signs of intimate partner violence.

The Clothesline Project displays shirts decorated by survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault as a testimony to hope and healing. Anyone affected by domestic or sexual violence can design new shirts. Look for the clothesline Monday-Friday, April 7-11, in the University Center Gallery of the E.H. Hereford University Center.

Get in shape with the second annual Zumbathon 5:30-7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 10, at the Maverick Activities Center. Cost is $8 for the general public. 

Take Back the Night is a rally to end violence and to create safe communities. The program is 6-8 p.m. Thursday, April 24, at the Library mall with a march to the University Center mall.  

Monthly buffet offered today at University Club

The University Club's monthly special today, Thursday, April 3, features barbecue brisket, vegetarian strata, potato salad, garden salad, mac-n-cheese, baked beans, cornbread, and peach cobbler with vanilla ice cream.

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.

Benefit Yourself

One-day meal plan for limited time at Connection Cafe

Enjoy breakfast, lunch, and dinner at the Connection Café for one low price through Wednesday, April 9. Dining Services is offering one-day meal passes for $12.50. Purchase the passes at the Connection Café. For questions, call 2-2791 or email

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.

Extra Credit

Thursday, April 3

GIS Workshop: Pollutant Sources in Your Watershed Canceled. UT Arlington Libraries.

Biology Colloquium Series Gary Stacey of the University of Missouri speaks on “Chitin Signaling in Plants: A Comparison of the Role of Chitooligosaccharides in Plant Symbiotic and Pathogen Associations.” Free. 4 p.m., Room 124, Life Science Building. Biology.

Engineering Distinguished Speaker Series Diandra Leslie-Pelecky, physics professor at West Virginia University and author of The Physics of NASCAR, will discuss why races can’t be won without getting the math and science right. Free. Reception 5 p.m., Room 501; lecture 6 p.m., Room 100; Nedderman Hall. Engineering.

Saturday, April 5

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. Saturday, April 5, Room 102-B, Maverick Activities Center. UTA Police.

Monday, April 7

CMAS Speaker Series Marvela Terrazas of Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico presents “Key Issues in Mexican-U.S. Relations, 1822-1867.” Free. 10 a.m., sixth floor parlor, Central Library. Center for Mexican American Studies.

Coming up

Biology Colloquium Series Lisette Waits of the University of Idaho speaks on “Landscape Genetics and Contributions to Wildlife Ecology and Management.” Free. 4 p.m. Thursday, April 10, Room 124, Life Science Building. Biology.

Quanah Parker

Frontier Odyssey Symposium The two-day symposium will explore the interaction between Native Americans and Anglo-Americans in 19th century Texas as well as Texas legends Cynthia Ann Parker and her son, Quanah Parker, right. Thursday-Friday, April 17-18Center for Greater Southwestern Studies, History, UT Arlington Libraries.

Friends of the Library Pulitzer-Prize winning author and UT Austin Professor Glenn Frankel discusses his bestselling book The Searchers: The Making of an American Legend, which is loosely based on the life of Cynthia Ann Parker. A reception and book signing follow the meeting. Free. 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 18, sixth floor parlor, Central Library. Friends of the Library.

Human Resources Training Advanced Supervisory Skills, Wednesday, April 9; Managing Across Generations, Tuesday, April 15; The Art of Listening, Thursday, April 17; Customer Service 101, Tuesday, April 22; and Dealing with Difficult Employees and People, Wednesday, April 23Register online. Free. 9-11 a.m., J.D. Wetsel Service Center. Human Resources.

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

Sports Notes
  Brandon Waller

Long jumper: Brandon Waller earned first- and second-place finishes Saturday at the Bobcat Invitational in San Marcos.

Waller takes long jump win at Bobcat

UT Arlington’s jumpers had strong performances at the Texas State Bobcat Invitational last Saturday.

Brandon Waller won the long jump with a leap of 7.60 meters, a personal best. He also was runner-up in the triple jump.

In the women’s triple jump, Shae Johnson placed second. Morgan Domingue finished third in the long jump. Pole vaulter Connor McGuire also earned third place.

The team heads to Alabama on Saturday, April 5, for the Crimson Tide Invitational.

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  • The baseball team finished its first Sun Belt Conference sweep with Sunday afternoon's 6-1 victory over South Alabama, but fell 12-6 to TCU on Tuesday. The Mavs are 12-17 overall and 4-5 in league play. The team is at home against Louisiana-Monroe in Sun Belt play at 6:30 p.m. Friday, April 4, 2 p.m. Saturday, April 5, and 1 p.m. Sunday, April 6.
  • The men’s tennis team defeated Sun Belt Conference opponent Troy 4-2 Sunday afternoon. Freshmen Daniel Armengol, Mario Muniesa, Daniel Echeverry, and Francesco Migliano each won their singles matches to clinch the win for UTA. The Mavericks wrap up the regular season Wednesday, April 9, at SMU.
  • The women's tennis team is at home to play Middle Tennessee on Friday, April 4, and Texas State on Sunday, April 6. The Mavs won 4-3 over SMU last week and played North Texas Wednesday in Denton.
  • The softball team travels to Georgia State on Saturday, April 5. The Mavs fell 4-2 to Western Kentucky on Sunday and are 14-21 overall and 0-6 in Sun Belt Conference play.
  • The men's golf team plays in the Jim West Intercollegiate on Monday, April 7, in McKinney, Texas.

Intramural entries due in April

Upcoming deadlines for intramural sports include badminton doubles, Sunday, April 13; FIFA Video Game Tournament, Wednesday, April 30; and poker tournament, Thursday, May 1.

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

'Vagina Monologues' benefits Women's Center

Vagina Monologues

With humor and grace, The Vagina Monologues celebrates women's sexuality and strength.

Eve Ensler's award-winning play is based on interviews with more than 200 women. Through this play and the liberation of this one word, countless women throughout the world have taken control of their bodies and their lives.

Performances are 7 p.m. Friday, April 4, and Saturday, April 5, in Room 204 of the Architecture Building.

Tickets, which are cash only, are $5 with a UTA ID and $10 for the general public. Proceeds benefit Women's Center of Tarrant County and V-Day, a global movement started by Ensler to end violence against women and girls.

Sponsors include the Relationship Violence and Sexual Assault Prevention and the Women's and Gender Studies programs.

Friday, April 4

Baseball Mavericks vs. Louisiana-Monroe. Tickets $5. 6:30 p.m., Clay Gould Ballpark. Also, 2 p.m. Saturday, April 5; 1 p.m. Sunday, April 6Athletics.

Saturday, April 5

International Week Soccer Tournament Watch different student organizations from countries around the world compete. Free. 9 a.m.-4 p.m., indoor soccer field, Maverick Activities Center. International Week.

Coming up

Master of Fine Arts Exhibition View art in various media by Master of Fine Arts candidates. Gallery hours 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays-Fridays, noon-5 p.m. Saturdays. Reception 5-7 p.m., Friday, April 11, The Gallery at UTA. Monday, April 7-Saturday, April 19Art and Art History.


Special Collections: The U.S.-Mexico War, 1846-1848 Attention on the “forgotten” U.S.-Mexico War through letters, diaries, daguerreotypes, sketches, maps, and other materials. Gallery hours 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Mondays, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays, sixth floor, Central Library. Through Aug. 30UT Arlington LibrariesSpecial Collections

MavsArt Enjoy a variety of artistic media by faculty, staff, and students. First floor, Central Library. UTA Libraries.

Mindful Moments Learn mindfulness techniques to help deal effectively with stress. Free. 12:15-12:45 p.m., Mondays, Room 310, Ransom Hall. Health Services.

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.

Planetarium The spring schedule includes new shows Back to the Moon for Good, Exoplanets, and Molecularium, plus returning favorites Pink Floyd and Spacepark 360. Planetarium.

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



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