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

Monday, February 10, 2014


University launches UTA DNA initiative to spotlight the core of campus excellence

UT Arlington has created a new, content-rich website called UTA DNA that highlights the concentrated efforts and shared experiences that help define the University.

The site features 12 themes that reflect the depth, breadth, and diversity of all the University has to offer. The themes provide opportunities for each college, school, and administrative unit to spotlight events, programs, news, and activities that will connect in meaningful ways.

The site promotes a broad spectrum of news and events that bring each of the themes to life and helps make them accessible to all audiences. Information is pushed to the site through a variety of feeds and tags from the University’s online calendar, News Center, and a variety of UTA websites. It will constantly change and will be a dynamic place to explore.

A social media component will keep the themes at the forefront—both on the site and externally—and will help ensure immediacy and global reach for the University’s many efforts. Use the new hashtag #UTAdna to share, connect, and promote your department's news and events.

Campus-wide participation is essential. Share your events and initiatives through the UTA DNA website. To submit an item, go to the bottom of the UTA DNA homepage and click on Recommend an Event.

For questions about UTA DNA, contact Jerry Lewis, vice president for communications, at

John Fondon and pigeons

Color coded: John W. “Trey” Fondon, assistant professor of biology, is co-author of a molecular study of the color palette of “fancy pigeons.” Such studies can help in understanding vertebrate systems.

Research on 'fancy pigeon' color reveals mutation hotspot

A team exploring pigeons as a model for vertebrate evolution has uncovered that mutations and interactions among just three genes create a wide range of color variations. One of those genes may be an example of a “slippery gene” more prone to evolutionary changes.

John W. “Trey” Fondon, assistant professor of biology, is co-author of a study that begins to unravel the molecular basis for the color palette of domestic pigeon breeds known as “fancy pigeons.” Due mostly to organized breeding in Europe and Asia, there are hundreds of types of pigeons that have evolved to include numerous color variations on the blue/black model, including shades of gray, red, and brown.

“The pigeon really has been neglected as a model system, and we are changing that,” Dr. Fondon says, adding that such studies can help in understanding vertebrate systems. “The things that shape diversity also shape disease.”

The results are published online in the journal Current Biology. Eric T. Domyan, a post-doctoral fellow in the lab of University of Utah professor Michael D. Shapiro, is lead author. The paper is titled “Epistatic and combinatorial effects of pigmentary gene mutations in the domestic pigeon.”

Other UTA co-authors include biology graduate student Shreyas Krishnan and undergraduate Clifford Rodgers.

Read more about the pigeon color research.

  Mav Pic James Sweatt III

Lifetime of change

Retired Dallas physician James Sweatt III spoke about being a minority and changes in his lifetime for Black History Month on Friday at the Bluebonnet Ballroom of the E.H. Hereford University Center. The first African American to serve on the Parkland Memorial Hospital board and as president of the Dallas County Medical Society, Dr. Sweatt is the nephew of civil rights pioneer Heman Marion Sweatt, the first African American admitted to the UT School of Law. 

College Park South garage to close for Maverick Speakers Series event

The College Park South garage will be closed to faculty, staff, and student parking on Monday, Feb. 10, for the Anderson Cooper appearance for the Maverick Speakers Series. The garage will reopen to normal use after the event.

Spaces in the south garage for Arlington Hall permits, the Dan Dipert Welcome Center, and College Park District businesses will remain open throughout the day. Access will be through the north entrance to the College Park South garage.

Parking options include permit spaces in the College Park North and Central garages. Contact Parking and Transportation Services at or 2-3907.

Only standby tickets remain for "An Evening with Anderson Cooper" with moderator Krys Boyd, host of KERA-FM's talk show Think. Go to The program begins at 7:30 p.m. at College Park Center.

Submit nominations for Student Employee of the Year award

Nominate your outstanding student workers for the 2013-14 Student Employee of the Year award.

Student employees must have worked a minimum of six months part time and be in good academic standing. Graduate research assistants and teaching assistants are not eligible. Find the nomination form at Student Employee of the Year. Deadline for nominations is 5 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 19.

Scholarships are awarded to the top students selected, who will advance to the regional competition.

For more information, contact the Career Development Center at 2-2932 or

Planetarium hosts Valentine's 'Romancing the Stars'

Bring your sweetheart to the Planetarium this Valentine's Day for a special couples-only event, Romancing the Stars, 5-6 p.m. Friday, Feb. 14.

The program takes a lighthearted look at the night sky and tells stories of love and devotion that can be found there.

Tickets are $15 per couple. Call 2-1183 or email

Mav Pic SSW chili cookoff

Chili today

Jennifer Malone samples an entry in the School of Social Work's chili cookoff on Wednesday. She is the school's coordinator for the office of advising and student success. 


South Asia and art history topic of conference today

Archana Verma, a senior fellow at the Ministry of Culture of India, is guest speaker for a program on South Asia, art, and art history 1-5 p.m. today, Monday, Feb. 10, in the sixth floor parlor of the Central Library.

“Ways of Studying Art History: South Asia and the World” covers a broad range of topics including Buddhist art, comic books, and surrogacy tourism. Dr. Verma speaks at 3 p.m. followed by a book signing. See the schedule.

Other speakers include Melia Belli Bose, assistant professor of art history; Karabi Bezboruah, assistant professor of public administration; Amy Speier, assistant professor of anthropology; Martha Moser, a 2013 art and art history graduate; and Ritu Gairola Khanduri, assistant professor of anthropology.

Sponsors include the McDowell Center for Critical Languages and Area Studies and the Department of Sociology and Anthropology.

Bookstore hosts sale for art, architecture, engineering supplies

The UTA Bookstore is having a 25 percent sale on in-stock art, architecture, and engineering supplies through Friday, Feb. 14. There's no limit on these in-store only purchases. The sale does not include everyday writing, desk, and supply items, or special orders.

Volunteers by Friday for Job Fair

Volunteer for a 1.5-hour shift for the spring 2014 all-majors Job Fair. Register to volunteer by 5 p.m. Friday, Feb. 14.

The Job Fair is 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 19, at the Maverick Activities Center. For questions, email Kelsey Lemons at or call 2-2932.

Thursday deadline to enter works for MavsArt exhibit

The UT Arlington Libraries are accepting submissions from UTA students, staff, and faculty for the spring 2014 MavsArt exhibit through Thursday, Feb. 13.

Both 2-D and 3-D submissions are accepted. Artwork will be displayed on the first floor of the Central Library through the spring semester starting Thursday, Feb. 20.

For more information, visit the MavsArt page or email

Benefit Yourself

Check list for Employee Service Awards by Friday

Through the Service Awards Program, the University honors employees who have made a significant career commitment. The honorees are faculty and staff members reaching milestones of 10 years or more.

On Wednesday, April 2, the University will host a dinner at 5:30 p.m. in the Rio Grande Ballroom of the E.H. Hereford University Center to honor employees with 25 years of service. Included in this celebration will be employees who have 30, 35, 40, 45, and 50 years of service.

On Wednesday, April 9, the University will host a reception at 3 p.m. in the Rio Grande Ballroom to honor employees who have 10, 15, and 20 years of service. 

Employees and departments are encouraged to review the 2014 recipient list for accuracy. Email any changes, additions, or deletions to by Friday, Feb. 14.

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

Monday, Feb. 10

Performance Management Forms and Procedures Review the new forms and procedures for performance management. Register online. Free. Noon-1 p.m., Room 200, J.D. Wetsel Service Center. Also. 2-3 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 19; 10-11 a.m. Friday, Feb. 28; noon-1 p.m. Tuesday, March 11; 11 a.m.-noon Monday, March 24. Human Resources.

Tuesday, Feb. 11

Life Coaching for Your Success Improve your life with Harmony Life Coaching techniques. Register online. Faculty, staff $69; use code UTHALF. 7-9 p.m. Continuing Education.

Wednesday, Feb. 12

Southwestern Studies: William deBuys Environmentalist and author William deBuys discusses his recent book, A Great Aridness: Climate Change and the Future of the American Southwest, examines a drier future for the American Southwest. Free. Noon, sixth floor parlor, Central Library. Center for Southwestern Studies.

Thursday, Feb. 13

From Rebels to Mavericks: The Desegregation of UT Arlington Allan Saxe, associate professor of political science, discusses UTA's desegregation. Free. Noon, sixth floor parlor, Central Library. African American Faculty and Staff Association, Black History Month.

Coaching Skills for Supervisors Discover the essential coaching skills to immediately improve your day-to-day and long-term performance as a manager. Register online. Free. 9-11 a.m., J.D. Wetsel Service Center. Human Resources.

Tuesday, Feb. 18

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

Wednesday, Feb. 19

Engineering Distinguished Speaker Series James McLurkin of Rice University discusses "The Future of Robotics Is Swarms: Why a Thousand Robots Are Better Than One." Free. Reception 5 p.m., Room 601; lecture 6 p.m., Room 100; Nedderman Hall. Engineering.

The Myths of Nutrition Explore popular diets and what evidence exists to support their claims. $5. 7-8 p.m., Room 213, Maverick Activities Center. Campus Recreation.

Coming up

Biology Colloquium Series Karen Hall of the Botanical Research Institute of Texas speaks on “Navigating New Spaces for Building Social and Ecological Resilience.” Free. 4 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 20, Room 124, Life Science Building. Biology.

Human Resources Training Coaching Skills for Supervisors, Thursday, Feb. 13; The Art of Listening, Tuesday, Feb. 18; Developing Assertive Communication Skills, Tuesday, Feb. 25; Time Management: Keys to Everyday Office Success, Thursday, Feb. 27Register online. Free. 9-11 a.m., J.D. Wetsel Service Center. Human Resources.

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

Going Out

Monday, Feb. 10

Anderson Cooper

Maverick Speakers Series: Anderson Cooper "An Evening with Anderson Cooper" with moderator Krys Boyd, host of KERA-FM's talk show Think. Standby tickets only at Free. 7:30 p.m., College Park Center. Maverick Speakers Series.

A Cappella Choir UTA A Cappella Choir, directed by Karen Kenaston-French, associate professor of music and director of choral activities, will present the program that they will be performing at the 2014 Texas Music Educators Convention in San Antonio. Free. Noon, Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. Music.

Trombone Choir Concert UTA Trombone Choir, directed by Dennis Bubert, will present the program that they will perform at the 2014 Texas Music Educators Convention in San Antonio. Free. 7:30 p.m., Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. Music.

Tuesday, Feb. 11

The Afternoon Variety Showcase featuring Andrew Allen Singer, songwriter Andrew Allen is best known for his Top 10 Canadian hits I Wanna Be Your Christmas, I Want You, and Loving You Tonight. Free. 12:30-1:30 p.m., Palo Duro Lounge, E.H. Hereford University Center. EXCEL Campus Activities.

Maverick Club Luncheon Coaches John Sauerhage, Diego Benitez, and Jay Rees will preview the upcoming track, tennis, and golf seasons. $5 members, $10 for non-members. Noon, Hospitality Suite, College Park Center. Athletics.

Saturday, Feb. 15

Basketball Doubleheader Mavericks vs. Texas State. Tickets $3 with online promo code CollegeTownUTA. Women's game at noon, men's game at 7:30 p.m., College Park Center. Athletics.

Coming up

Spring Concert: Big Sean Hip-hop recording artist. Tickets limited to four per person. General admission tickets $20 faculty/staff, $15 students, $25 general public. VIP student tickets $30 for reserved seating. 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 28, Texas Hall. EXCEL Campus Activities.

Friday Night Film: 'Gravity' Rated PG-13. Free fresh-popped popcorn while supplies last; other concessions for sale. Tickets $1, $1.50 with credit card. 8 p.m. Feb. 21, Rosebud Theatre, E.H. Hereford University Center. EXCEL Campus Activities.

Maverick Speakers Series Sanjay Gupta, neurosurgeon and CNN chief medical correspondent, "Medicine and Media," Tuesday, March 18, College Park Center; tickets available Thursday, Feb. 13. Nina Totenberg, NPR legal affairs correspondent, "The Supreme Court and Its Impact on You," Tuesday, April 8, Texas Hall; tickets available Thursday, March 6Maverick Speakers Series.


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

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. UT Arlington Library.

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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