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

Monday, January 13, 2014

George Siemens

Digital link: Digital learning expert George Siemens will lead the Learning Innovation and Networked Knowledge Research Lab, or LINK Lab, which will explore the critical demands that new learning technologies place on higher education.

Digital learning innovator to lead new research, LINK Lab at UTA

George Siemens, an internationally known expert and theorist in digital learning, has joined UT Arlington to lead a lab exploring the critical demands that new learning technologies place on higher education.

The Learning Innovation and Networked Knowledge Research Lab, or LINK Lab, will open this spring.

Dr. Siemens also is the director of the MOOC Research Initiative, a project focused on Massive Open Online Courses that has been supported by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Siemens was one of the originators of open online education. He taught one of the first open online courses in 2008 while a professor at Athabasca University in Alberta, Canada.

"Dr. Siemens is internationally respected for the enthusiasm and wealth of knowledge he brings to making higher education relevant in the digital age,” says Pete Smith, vice provost for digital teaching and learning. “His new position will give students and faculty at UT Arlington the opportunity to interact with one of academia’s best investigators. It also will allow our University to collaborate with other research institutions at the forefront of student success, digital teaching, and learning."

Read more about Siemens and the LINK Lab.

Marc Schwartz

Public input: Marc Schwartz, education professor and director of the Southwest Center for Mind, Brain and Education, will guide the work of the new Research and Learning Center at the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History, which will allow scientists to engage with the public.

Fort Worth museum joins UTA to launch innovative research center

The College of Education and Health Professions and the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History will open the Research and Learning Center on Tuesday, Jan. 14, at the museum. The collaboration allows scientists to engage with the public.

In the museum's first-floor gallery, the center will be guided by UTA’s Southwest Center for Mind, Brain and Education and will be the only such center in the Southwest and one of five in the United States.

The Research and Learning Center will invite museum visitors to participate in short research interactions lasting no more than 15 minutes. The work will take place in a 1,200-square-foot area that contains movable furnishings.

“Museum-goers will get an opportunity to experience the same thing that they would in a laboratory with a scientist carrying out his research,” says Marc Schwartz, director of the Southwest Center for Mind, Brain and Education. “The tools may simply be a hammer and building blocks or they could include something more elaborate, but the interactions are the bases for actual research needed for the scientist to complete his study.”

Read more about the Research and Learning Center.

Anderson Cooper

Trade old tickets for new ones this week to see Anderson Cooper on Feb. 10

Swap your general admission and preferred tickets to the postponed appearance of CNN anchor Anderson Cooper during a 48-hour exclusive "first buy" opportunity starting Tuesday, Jan. 14. Instructions will be sent via email.

Cooper will be on stage for the Maverick Speakers Series event at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 10, at College Park Center with moderator Krys Boyd, host and managing editor of KERA-FM's midday talk show Think.

Cooper's appearance Nov. 11 was postponed due to the journalist being assigned to report on the massive destruction in the Philippines caused by Typhoon Haiyan. 

All remaining tickets will be made available to the general public starting at 10 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 16, through

Tickets to the Nov. 11 event will not be honored. Questions should be directed to the UTA Box Office at 2-9595.

Cooper took his background in war correspondence for Channel One News and ABC to CNN in 2001, where he reported on major breaking news stories and handled live coverage for the military conflict in Baghdad. His show, Anderson Cooper 360°, has aired on CNN since 2003. He has earned many accolades throughout his career, including several Emmys, a Peabody, and two GLAAD Media awards.

Mav Pic Wendy Davis

Educational plan

State Sen. Wendy Davis introduced her "Great Schools: Great Texas” plan at a news conference Thursday held at the E.H. Hereford University Center. Davis, D-Fort Worth, and Republican Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott are seeking their parties' nomination for governor in the Nov. 4 general election. Also participating in the event were businessman Dan Dipert, Tarrant County College Chancellor Erma Johnson Hadley, Fort Worth school Trustee Jacinto Ramos Jr., and state Rep. Chris Turner, D-Grand Prairie.


Don't take risks during influenza season; insurance covers flu shot

Influenza reports are on the rise in North Texas, and health officials suggest the flu vaccine as the best preventive measure.

Tarrant County Public Health provides the flu vaccine for $20 at six locations. The closest site to campus is the Arlington Public Health Center, 536 W. Randol Mill Road, near North Cooper Street. Or use the Flu Vaccine Finder page for pharmacies offering the vaccine.

Under the UT SELECT Medical plan, flu shots and nasal flu mist are covered at 100 percent when received from a participating network provider. No copayment is due to a network provider for preventive care services only, such as the flu shot.

The UT SELECT Prescription plan covers the full cost of the flu vaccine when received at retail pharmacies in the Express Scripts network. To find a participating pharmacy, call Express Scripts at 800-818-0155 or visit the Express Scripts website. You must present your UT SELECT Prescription card (from Express Scripts) for 100 percent coverage of the flu vaccine at a participating pharmacy. Pay for the vaccine and submit a Blue Cross/Blue Shield medical claim form for reimbursement.

Influenza is a serious disease that kills an average of 23,600 Americans a year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Flu symptoms come on quickly in the form of fever, dry cough, sore throat, headache, extreme tiredness, stuffed-up nose, and body aches.

To help prevent the spread of influenza, cover all coughs and sneezes, stay home if sick, and wash your hands frequently with soap and water or use hand sanitizer.

For more information and vaccination locations, go to Also, check the Flu and You page.

John McDermott

John McDermott

In memoriam: John McDermott

Architecture Professor John McDermott, 73, died Thursday, Jan. 2. Services were Sunday, Jan. 5.

McDermott earned bachelor's and master's degrees in architecture from the University of Notre Dame, where he worked as an architect for several years. He served on the faculty of Ohio University and Ohio State University before joining UT Arlington in 1982. Director of UTA's architecture program 1982-1987, he coordinated the 1996 interdisciplinary design of the Johnson Creek greenway system for Arlington.

Nominate faculty for research, creativity awards

Nominations are due this month to recognize outstanding research and creativity at the spring faculty meeting for Outstanding Research Achievement or Creative Accomplishments and Distinguished Record of Research or Creative Activities. Both awards include cash prizes.

Submit nominations by Friday, Jan. 17, to the Provost's Office. Nominations will be evaluated by members of the Academy of Distinguished Scholars, who will forward a recommendation to Provost Ronald Elsenbaumer and Vice President for Research Carolyn Cason.

For details, call the Office of the Provost at 2-2103.

Benefit Yourself

Help is a click away for 2014 health resolutions

Learn how the workshops, tools, and trackers on the Living Well Health Platform can help you succeed in making and completing your 2014 resolutions for a healthier you.

Take a Maverick Ride after dark with police escort service

The UT Arlington Police Department provides escort services at any time requested. To request a security escort, call 2-3381.

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

Tuesday, Jan. 14

Leadership Skills for Supervisors Explore different leadership styles to bring out the best leader in you. Register online. Free. 9-11 a.m., Room 200, J.D. Wetsel Service Center. Human Resources.

Wednesday, Jan. 15

Your Professional Image Establish a professional image by examining the messages you are sending in person and online. Register online. Free. 9-11 a.m., Room 200, J.D. Wetsel Service Center. Human Resources.

Engineering Distinguished Speakers Series Don Giddens of the Georgia Institute of Technology and Emory University discusses "Engineering Education in a Rapidly Changing World: How Can We Stay Ahead?" Free. Reception 5 p.m. Room 601, lecture 6 p.m. Room 100, Nedderman Hall. Engineering.

Thursday, Jan. 16

Partnering with Your Boss Learn skills to help you to support your department's goals from your position as a secretary, executive secretary, or member of the administrative support staff. Register online. Free. 9-11 a.m., J.D. Wetsel Service Center. Human Resources.

Friday, Jan. 17

Statistical Training: SPSS SPSS training. Free. 10 a.m.-noon, Room 04, University Hall. Also, SAS training, Friday, Jan. 24Statistical ServicesInformation Technology.

Monday, Jan. 27

Unmanned Systems Consortium Leaders in the unmanned systems field gather to discuss their current work and the future of these advanced technologies. RSVP by Friday, Jan. 17, to 2-5921 or 10 a.m.-4 p.m., UTA Research Institute.

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

In Quotes

Malaria epidemics like U.S. in 1930s

Study shows Earth's expanding waistline

Deduction decision delayed by Congress

"It's almost impossible for us to imagine, but in the rural South, as late as the 1930s, the extent of malaria was in many ways comparable to what it is today in sub-Saharan Africa."

"The nice thing about GPS satellites is that we know their orbits really, really well."

"They usually make this retroactive. It is not a good way to handle such important issues on the part of Congress."

— Daniel Sledge, assistant professor of political science, on an American malaria epidemic that resulted in government-led destruction of mosquito breeding grounds.
National Public Radio

— Ben Harris, assistant professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering, on using satellites to "feel" dark matter around the Earth's equator.

— Allan Saxe, associate professor of political science, on inaction by Congress on whether taxpayers in states with no income tax can deduct state and local sales taxes on their federal tax forms.

Going Out

Tuesday, Jan. 14

Maverick Club Coach Darin Thomas and coach Kristie Fox preview the upcoming baseball and softball seasons. $5 members; $10 guests. Noon, Hospitality Suite, College Park Center. Maverick Club.

Guest Tuba and Trombone Recital Tim Buzbee and Jessica Buzbee, who teach at the Monash University in Australia, perform. Buzbee is the principal tuba in the Melbourne Symphony. Free. 7:30 p.m., Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. Music.

Friday, Jan. 17

First Pitch Fundraiser Former Texas Rangers CEO and Baseball Hall of Famer Nolan Ryan is the guest speaker for this dinner to benefit UTA's baseball program. Includes the presentation of the 2013 WAC championship rings. Tickets $50 adults; $25 students. 6:30 p.m., Capital 1 Club, Rangers Ballpark in Arlington. Parking in Lot J; use Home Plate gate entrance. Athletics.

MLK Day: Advancing the Dream Awards Banquet Nationally syndicated columnist Roland Martin is the keynote speaker. Recipients of the first MLK Living Legend Awards honored. Grammy Award-winning jazz drummer and artist-in-residence Adonis Rose performs with the Fort Worth Jazz Orchestra. Tickets $40. 6:30 p.m., Bluebonnet Ballroom, E.H. Hereford University Center.

Saturday, Jan. 18

MLK Day: An Evening of Spoken Word Poetry Slam Tickets $15. 7:30 p.m., Bluebonnet Ballroom, E.H. Hereford University Center.

Sunday, Jan. 19

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

Coming up

Women's Basketball Mavericks vs. Troy, 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 22; vs. South Alabama, 5 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 25; vs. Louisiana-Lafayette, noon Thursday, Feb. 6; and vs. Texas State, 5 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 15Tickets $5. Games at College Park Center. Athletics.

Men's Basketball Mavericks vs. Troy, 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 23; vs. South Alabama, 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 25; vs. Louisiana-Lafayette, 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 6; and vs. Texas State, 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 15Tickets $5. Games at College Park Center. Athletics.


The Gallery at UTA: Faculty Biennial XIV This exhibition shows what Department of Art and Art History professors accomplish in their creative endeavors outside the classroom. Gallery hours 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays-Fridays and noon-5 p.m. Saturdays. Through Feb. 8Art and Art HistoryThe Gallery at UTA.

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.

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. 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. 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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