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

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Jeffery Demuth and Heath Blackmon

Y team: Dr. Jeffery Demuth, left, associate professor of biology, and Heath Blackmon, a Ph.D. student, have a new theory about why some species lose their Y chromosome and others hang on to it after studying the genetic information from more than 4,000 beetle species.

Scientists suggest 'fragile Y hypothesis' to explain chromosome loss

A research team says its study of genetic information from more than 4,000 beetle species has yielded a new theory about why some species lose their Y chromosome and others, such as humans, hang on to it. They call it the “fragile Y hypothesis.”

The biologists believe that an area where X and Y genetic information mingle during sperm production holds clues that a species is at risk of losing the Y chromosome.

“One of the big reasons we wanted to do this study was to see if beetles would reveal anything new about the way that sex chromosomes evolve,” says Heath Blackmon, a Ph.D. student.

Blackmon and Jeffery Demuth, associate professor of biology, co-authored a paper published in the June issue of Genetics on the research.

Read more about the fragile Y hypothesis.

Dr. George Siemens

Dr. George Siemens

UT Arlington to offer its first edX course this fall

UT Arlington will offer its first edX online course in fall 2014, making it the second UT System institution to team with the provider of free Massive Open Online Courses or MOOCs. 

The new, nine-week course “Data, Analytics and Learning” will begin Oct. 20.

George Siemens, originator of the MOOC model, will direct the class. He is executive director of the Learning Innovation and Networked Knowledge (LINK) lab and is a leader in the online education community.

“UT Arlington is taking a leadership role in learning analytics with the opening of its new LINK lab," says Pete Smith, vice provost for digital teaching and learning. "We are proud to kick off campus participation in edX with this course.”

Read more about the edX course.

Online conference examines corporate learning and MOOCs

UT Arlington teamed with CorpU, a talent development company for major businesses, to host a two-day virtual conference on corporate learning and Massive Open Online Courses, or MOOCs, this week.

“When we look at how technology influences the knowledge development process, one of the areas that is often overlooked by universities is learning and development in corporate settings,” says George Siemens, executive director of the Learning Innovation and Networked Knowledge (LINK) lab

MOOCs: Scaling Corporate Learning wraps up today, Thursday, June 19.

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President Vistasp Karbhari, center, accepts a check for $47,625 from ExxonMobil representatives Walter Dueease, left, and David Curtis. The company provides a three-to-one match on donations made to UT Arlington by ExxonMobil employees and retirees through its foundation's Educational Matching Gift Program.

Mav Express, Wells Fargo link to end

The UTA Campus Card program that links your Mav Express Card to your personal Wells Fargo bank account is ending later this year.

If your card is linked to a Wells Fargo account, it can still be used for ATM access and PIN-debit purchases. Wells Fargo will contact customers with personal accounts linked to the Mav Express Card about the change in August.

Your Mav Express Card remains active for University purposes, such as Mav Money, building access, meal plans, and more. You do not need to exchange your Mav Express Card.

The Wells Fargo Banking Center and ATMs located on campus will remain available for your use.

For details, visit the Wells Fargo office at the E.H. Hereford University Center or call 817-299-9151 or 1-800–869-3557. The Mav Express office, located in the University Center, is open 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays-Fridays during the summer.

Fulbright Scholars program taking applications

Faculty members can apply for the 2015-2016 Fulbright Core U.S. Scholar Program competition. Deadline for most awards is Aug. 1.

The Fulbright Scholar Program offers teaching, research or combination teaching/research awards in more than 125 countries. More than 580 awards are being offered this year. 

Read more about applying for the Fulbright program.

Take library's short survey

UT Arlington Libraries needs your input on a brief website survey.

ImageNow software upgrade planned

ImageNow will undergo an upgrade to version 6.7. The document imaging software will be unavailable from 5 p.m. Friday, June 27, to 8 a.m. Saturday, June 28.

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Take precautions against Crypto-malware

Variants of Crypto-malware have been identified that target victims through vulnerable Java and Adobe plug-ins installed on computers that are used to browse infected websites.

The malware can be aggressive and is designed to evade antivirus software. Variants are known to encrypt files on local hard drives, external drives, and K: and J: drives. In most cases, it is not apparent that the website is infected. Do not browse to unfamiliar websites or download/open any attachments from email messages that look suspicious.

If you fall victim to this virus, you will not be able to unlock your files and must rely on your backups.

OIT makes backups of your K: and J: drive and has made CrashPlan available for backing up data on your computer. To install CrashPlan, find the correct version for your computer by going to the OIT download page and scrolling down to the subhead Code 42. Always make sure that your backups are running and periodically perform test restorations.

For updates on Crypto-malware 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.

Extra Credit

Thursday, June 19

Juneteenth and the Meaning of Freedom: Past and Present Dwight Watson of Texas State University discusses “Juneteenth and the Meaning of Freedom: Past and Present.” Free. Noon-1 p.m., Room 110, University Hall. African American Faculty and Staff Association, History.

Powerful Presentation Skills Register online. Free. 9-11 a.m., J.D. Wetsel Service Center. Human Resources.

Tuesday, July 8

Veterans Speak Series Richmond Stoglin, NATO command chaplain, presents "Assignment Afghanistan 2012-2013." He served as the senior military adviser to the religious and cultural affairs department of the Afghan National Army. Free. 1:30 p.m., Veterans Assistance Center (formerly SWEET Center). Veterans Upward Bound, Veterans Services.

Coming up


CPR/AED/First Aid Classes This single four-hour class covers the American Red Cross first aid basics, medical emergencies, injury emergencies, environmental emergencies, and adult CPR and AED use. Sign up at the Services and Information Desk at the Maverick Activities Center. $50. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, July 12, MAC. Campus Recreation.

Human Resources Training Leadership Skills for Supervisors, Tuesday, June 24; and Managing Projects and Making Decisions, Thursday, June 26Register online. Free. 9-11 a.m., J.D. Wetsel Service Center. Also Management Leadership Tools: Compliance, 10:30-11:30 a.m. Wednesday, June 25Human Resources.

Welcoming Diversity This experiential, interactive program promotes awareness and increased sensitivity and focuses on developing self-pride, examining stereotypes, and learning skills in responding to prejudicial jokes, remarks, and slurs. Lunch provided. Register online. Free. 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Friday, July 18, Room 200, J.D. Wetsel Service Center. Human Resources

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

Sports Notes

Vaughn, 4x100 relay team earn All-America honors

Four Maverick sprinters received All-America accolades from the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association for Division I for the 2014 outdoor track and field season.

Junior Clayton Vaughn led the way with First-Team All-America honors in both the 100 meters and 200 meters. One of three athletes to advance to the NCAA final in both events, he placed sixth in the 100 meters and eighth in the 200 meters.

He became the first Mav to take home three All-America honors of any kind in one season. Vaughn, who earned Indoor All-America accolades twice before, picked up his first outdoor awards.

Vaughn also anchored the 4x100 relay team that earned Second-Team All-America recognition. The contingent of freshman Christian Clark, juniors Cameron Newson and Quentin Butler, and Vaughn placed 15th in the semifinals.

Record-breaking six Mavericks selected in MLB Draft

Six Maverick baseball players were chosen in the 2014 Major League Baseball Draft last week.

Players are, in order of their draft, pitcher Zach Thompson, Chicago White Sox; catcher Greg McCall, Milwaukee Brewers; designated hitter Matt Shortall, Philadelphia Phillies; outfielder Ryan Bottger, Houston Astros; outfielder Derek Miller, Boston Red Sox; and pitcher Jess Amedee, Pittsburgh Pirates.

UTA's all-time draft total was raised to 48 overall with the six selections. This year's drafted players broke a single-season UTA record, which previously was four.

Shortall, Bottger named All-Central Region

Designated hitter Matt Shortall and outfielder Ryan Bottger were named to the 2014 All-Central Region baseball team by the American Baseball Coaches Association. Shortall was named to the first team, and Bottger was selected to the second team.

Summer intramural registration begins

Register for upcoming intramural sports in faculty/staff softball, June 18; 3-on-3 basketball, June 25; billiards tournament, June 26; innertube water polo, June 26-July 17; poker tournament, July 24; and MavStrong competition, July 24-Aug. 8.

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

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Going Out

Thursday, June 19


Summer Movie Hullabaloo: 'ShakespeaRe-told Macbeth' Free popcorn. Noon, sixth floor parlor, Central Library. Also, HappyJune 26, and HabibiJuly 3UTA Libraries.

Outdoor Movie: 'Bad Words' Rated R. Free popcorn. Concession stand. Bring a blanket or chair for lawn seating. Free. 9 p.m., west lawn, Maverick Activities Center. Also, Captain America: The Winter SoldierJune 26, and TranscendenceJuly 10EXCEL Campus Activities.


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.

Gallery 76102: 897 Square Features contemporary art by University faculty, staff, and students, and other Tarrant County artists. The title refers to the U.S. Census Bureau's calculation that Tarrant County has a total area of 897 square miles. Free. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays; 2-6 p.m. Wednesdays and Fridays. Through July 31. Gallery 76102, Fort Worth Center.

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 summer schedule includes Texas StargazingAstronautBack to the Moon for GoodOne World, One Sky: Big Bird's AdventurePink FloydSecret of the Cardboard RocketSpacepark 360; and Stars of the PharaohsPlanetarium.

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



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