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

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Radha Mahapatra and Sridhar Nerur

Programming team: Professor Radha Mahapatra, left, and Associate Professor Sridhar Nerur, both of the Information Systems and Operations Management Department in the College of Business, published a paper on what aids software programming.

Information systems professors determine teamwork aids successful software programming

The success of having software programmers work in pairs greatly depends on the ability level of those individual programmers, two College of Business professors have concluded.

Professor Radha Mahapatra and Associate Professor Sridhar Nerur, both in the Information Systems and Operations Management Department of the College of Business, recently published a paper on distributed cognition in software design in MIS Quarterly.

Paired development has gained considerable traction among software developers. However, Drs. Mahapatra and Nerur's findings on using paired development were mixed.

“We concluded that programmers working in pairs helps the software design process many times,” Mahapatra says. “However, for the very top echelon of programmers, working alone yields the best results.”

The professors co-authored the paper with George Mangalaraj, a UTA doctoral graduate and an associate professor of information systems at Western Illinois University, and Ken Price, a professor emeritus of management.

Read more about software programming teamwork.

  Mav Pic Pizza with the President-Spring 2014

Pizza with the Prez

President Vistasp Karbhari shared lunch and conversation with students at Pizza with the President on Wednesday in the Palo Duro Lounge of the E.H. Hereford University Center.

Complete new conflict of interest form by March 31

Full-time employees must complete the new UTS180: Conflicts of Interest, Conflicts of Commitment, and Outside Activities form by Monday, March 31.

Disclosure of potential conflicts include service on a board or uncompensated activity outside of UTA, significant interest in a business, or gifts received. Approval is not required for immediate family members, but disclosure may be required.

Go to the Outside Activity Portal for activities in the 2013 calendar year by Monday, March 31, to make your disclosures. The system will reopen in April for the 2014 calendar year.

Vice presidents, deans, directors, department chairs, and supervisors should log in and out of the system before Tuesday, April 1, to begin receiving online approval requests from employees.

Some data will be posted on a publicly searchable website in accordance with policy. Information regarding family members will not be publicly disclosed.

UT Arlington has revised the Handbook of Operating Procedures, Section 5-508 to reflect this policy.

If you have questions, contact Jennifer Chapman at University Compliance Services at 2-2080 or

Taco tailgate at Friday's baseball game

The Maverick Club is hosting a Taco Tailgate on Friday, March 21, in the picnic area down the third base line at Clay Gould Ballpark.

The gates open at 5:30 p.m. and tickets are $3 with student ID and $5 for adults. The Mavericks take on Arkansas State at 6:30 p.m.

The meal is a $5 donation and will include two tacos, rice, beans, and water or tea.

Mav Tube Sanjay GuptaVideo Extra

Be prepared

Sanjay Gupta told audience members at Tuesday night's Maverick Speakers Series event to expect the unexpected in life, just as he had to do when becoming a doctor and a reporter. The Emmy Award-winning chief medical correspondent for CNN spoke about medicine and the media at College Park Center. Watch the video.


Tickets available for TEDxUTA

Hear from some of the most innovative minds in technology, entertainment, and design at TEDxUTA at 3 p.m. Saturday, March 22, in the Rosebud Theatre in the E.H. Hereford University Center.

Speakers include Yolanda Bruce Brooks, a sports medicine clinician; Michael S. Brown, Nobel Prize winner and director of the Jonsson Center for Molecular Genetics at UT Southwestern; Romeo España, co-founder of the North Texas Drone User Group; Bart Shaw, Fort Worth architect; Esther Sternberg, medical professor and mind-body science expert; and Haily Summerford, Dogwood Canyon Audubon Center director.

The UT Arlington faculty members and students scheduled to speak are Myrtle P. Bell, professor of management; Kaushik De, professor of physics; Smitha Rao, electrical engineering research associate; Bart Weiss, professor of film; Bob Woods, professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering and Formula SAE team adviser; Jarryd Willis, psychology doctoral student; and Kelly Walters, political science and psychology sophomore.

Tickets are $15 for students, $25 for faculty/staff, and $35 for the general public.

Goolsby Leadership Academy seeks applications

The Goolsby Leadership Academy in the College of Business is accepting applications for its next class. 

Goolsby Scholars engage with executives in the classroom and the real world through internships, exploratory study, and special projects. Distinguished faculty collaborate with the scholars in an applied learning environment, enhancing the academic experience of discovery.

Faculty members should encourage business students to apply online.

Scantron drop-off location changed

Faculty members should bring their class Scantrons to the circulation desk at the Central Library. Drop off or pick up 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays-Fridays.

  Mav Pic Heroes for Hope 2014

Heroes for Hope

Superman and Superwoman—aka Matt Geyer and Heather Mazer—sought cuteness advice from superkid Owen Sirmons, 4, recently at Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children in Dallas. Geyer, premed sophomore, and Mazer, nursing junior, donned their capes along with other superheroes from Beta Theta Pi for the fraternity's Heroes for Hope project.

Freshman leaders seek volunteers for MDA fundraiser

Freshmen Leaders On Campus needs volunteers to raise money to send six local children with neuromuscular diseases to a summer camp sponsored by the Muscular Dystrophy Association. The volunteer who raises the most funds will win a pizza party for their chosen organization.

Donations are accepted through the final fundraising event 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Wednesday, March 26, on the University Center mall. Visit the MDA FLOC-UP website or contact the Leadership Center at 2-6054.

Filings begin for spring student elections

Encourage your students to file for campus elections. Open positions include Student Congress president, vice president, and senators, Mr. UTA, Ms. UTA, UTA Ambassadors, and Student Service Allocation Committee representatives.

For applications, visit the Student Organizations office in Suite B120 in the University Center. The deadline to file is 5 p.m. Thursday, March 27.

Extra Credit

Thursday, March 20

Biology Colloquium Series David Reznick, professor of biology at the University of California, Riverside, discusses "Experimental Studies of the Interaction Between Ecology and Evolution in a Natural Ecosystem." Free. 4 p.m., Room 124, Life Science Building. Biology.

Symposium on Materials and Systems for Tissue Regeneration Research and development, opportunities, challenges, and approaches in regenerative medicine could help restore the function of diseased and damaged organs and tissues like bones, blood vessels, and the pancreas. UTARI.

Saturday, March 22

CPR/AED Training Hands-on skills training prepares participants to respond to breathing and cardiac emergencies and the safe use of an automated external defibrillator (AED). $50. 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Room 213, Maverick Activities Center. Also, Saturday, April 26Campus Recreation.

Women's Home Improvement 102: Wall Repair and Texture This hands-on course will cover the proper drywall, painting, and texturing tools needed for an amazing wall transformation. Basic knowledge of home repair tools needed. Men welcome, too. Register online. Faculty, staff $75; use code UTHALF. 10 a.m.-noon, Saturdays through April 5Continuing Education.

Monday, March 24

Female Heroes in Fact and Fiction Prize-winning author Geraldine Brooks is guest speaker for Women's History Month. Her recent novel, Caleb’s Crossing, was a New York Times best-seller. Free. 7 p.m., sixth floor atrium, Central Library. Festival of Ideas Global Research InstituteWomen’s and Gender StudiesWomen’s History Month.

Tuesday, March 25

The Publishing Rollercoaster: Writers Sound Off Expand your knowledge of professional publishing from concept through research, submission, revision, and publication. This webcast is perfect for those hoping to get published for the first time or to improve their skills. Free. 1-2:30 p.m., Room 315A, Central Library. UT Arlington Libraries.

Wine Appreciation Explore the history of wine, and enjoy a food sampling and wine pairing. Register online. Faculty, staff $80; use code UTHALF. 7-9 p.m. Tuesdays, through April 15Continuing Education.

Thursday, March 27

Dealing Effectively with Conflict and Confrontation Learn how to diffuse conflict in the workplace and in your personal life. Register online. Free. 9-11 a.m., J.D. Wetsel Service Center. Human Resources.

Biology Colloquium Series Jim McGuire of the University of California at Berkeley is guest speaker. Free. 4 p.m., Room 124, Life Science Building. Biology.

Friday, March 28

Welcoming Diversity This interactive program promotes awareness and increases sensitivity to the similarities and differences among individuals and groups. The focus is on developing self-pride, examining stereotypes, and learning skills to respond to prejudicial jokes, remarks, and slurs. Register online. Free. 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Human Resources.

Setting the Tone on Day One: Best Practices for the First Day of Class Discover the best practices on the first day of class such as setting the tone for a course, creating demonstrations of first-day activities, and addressing policy issues. Bring your laptops and mobile devices. RSVP. Free. 1-4 p.m., sixth floor parlor, Central Library. Division of Faculty Affairs.

SharePoint User Group Share ideas about how to use SharePoint to streamline common departmental/committee tasks and processes. 1–2:30 p.m., Room 101, College Hall.

Saturday, March 29

Digital Photography in a Snap(shot) Learn the basic functions of your digital camera and how to take better pictures. A digital camera, memory card, and card reader or USB cord are needed to participate. Register online. Faculty, staff $50; use code UTHALF. 9 a.m.-noon. Continuing Education.

Coming up

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
Clayton Vaughn and Desherra Nwanguma

Top athletes: Clayton Vaughn, left, earned the top seed in the 60 meters but was forced out of the NCAA Indoor Track & Field Championships after an injury. Desherra Nwanguma was named second team All-Sun Belt Conference in women's basketball.


Injury sidelines Vaughn for NCAA Indoor Championships

Sprinter Clayton Vaughn was forced to miss last weekend’s NCAA Indoor Track & Field Championships after suffering a strained hip flexor in training.

Vaughn had earned the top seed in the 60 meters after posting a school-record and NCAA season-best time of 6.55 seconds in February. The senior was looking to become the fourth UTA track athlete to become a three-time indoor All-American.

The injury ends the indoor season for the Mavericks, who started the outdoor campaign with the Rice Multis on Wednesday-Thursday, March 19-20.

Next up are the TCU Invitational on Friday, March 21, and the Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays on Wednesday-Saturday, March 26-29 in Austin.

Nwanguma earns SBC all-conference honors

Women's basketball senior center Desherra Nwanguma has been named second team All-Sun Belt Conference.

Nwanguma scored a career-high 34 points this season when the Mavericks defeated UL Lafayette 73-54. She also racked up a team-high eight double-doubles.

She led the team in scoring and rebounding, with 13.5 points per game and 8.5 boards per game and also led the Sun Belt in rebounding (9.3) and blocks (1.6).

Sports shorts

  • The men's basketball season ended for the No. 6-seeded Mavericks with a 91-85 loss Friday to third-seeded UL Lafayette in the quarterfinals of the Sun Belt Conference Championship. The Mavericks finished their first season in the Sun Belt at 15-17 overall. UT Arlington went 10-10 in conference during the regular season to tie for fifth and reached the quarterfinals after Thursday's first-round win over UL Monroe.
  • The women's basketball season ended with 60-57 overtime loss to South Alabama. The Mavericks finished 4-25 overall and 3-15 in conference.
  • The women's tennis team swept Cal Poly 4-0 Saturday then lost 4-0 to Fresno State on Sunday. The Mavs won 4-2 against Sacramento State on Tuesday, and played San Jose State on Wednesday.
  • The men's tennis team defeated Cleveland State 5-2 last Tuesday, improving to 5-9 overall. The Mavs are on their home court to play Columbia Saturday, March 22; Sacramento State, Sunday, March 23; and Wichita State Monday, March 24.
  • The baseball team was swept by Texas State in a three-game series over the weekend in Sun Belt Conference play. The Mavs won 7-6 over Sam Houston State on Tuesday at Clay Gould Ballpark in the first of six consecutive home games.
  • The softball team lost 12-1 to Harvard at the San Diego Classic II Sunday. The Mavs are 14-15 overall. The team opens Sun Belt Conference play Saturday, March 22, against South Alabama in Mobile.
  • The men's golf team finished in 16th place after Saturday's final round of the 2014 Border Olympics. The Mavs play in the Lone Star Invitational on Monday, March 24, in San Antonio.
  • The annual Softball Alumni Reunion is set for Sunday, April 13, at Allan Saxe Field when the Mavericks take on Troy. RSVP. For questions, email Kris Wood.

Faculty/staff intramural softball begins March 26

The spring faculty/staff intramural softball league will begin Wednesday, March 26. The league plays at 5:30 p.m. Wednesdays for five weeks. Teams must be composed of faculty, staff, and no more than five students, and can be coed. The cost is $25 per team.

Intramural bowling league will be played at Spare Time Lanes in Arlington. Teams of three will bowl at 5:30 p.m. Mondays. Cost is $30/team per week.

Upcoming deadlines for intramural sports include NCAA Tournament Pick ‘Em, today, Thursday, March 20; fantasy baseball, Friday, March 21; March Madness video game tournament, Tuesday, March 25; and NCAA Sweet 16 Bracket Challenge, Thursday, March 27.

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
  UTA Presents

'Wonder Women' film, discussion Thursday

Wonder Women film

From the birth of the comic book superheroine in the 1940s to the blockbusters of today, Wonder Women! The Untold Story of American Superheroines looks at how popular representations of powerful women often reflect society’s anxieties about women’s liberation.

A screening starts at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 20, in Room 108 of University Hall. Admission is free.

Go behind the scenes with Lynda Carter, Lindsay Wagner, comic writers and artists, and real-life superheroines such as Gloria Steinem, Kathleen Hanna, and others offering an enlightening and entertaining counterpoint to the male-dominated superhero genre.

Stay for a discussion on pop-culture icons, fears about strong women, and how women achieve their goals in today's society.

The Women’s and Gender Studies program sponsors the Women’s History Month event.

Friday, March 21

Friends of the Library UTA Professor Emeritus Dennis Reinhartz discusses his latest book, The Art of the Map: An Illustrated History, which explores map embellishments from the 16th through 19th centuries, widely considered the golden age of cartography. A book signing and reception follow. Free. 7:30 p.m., sixth floor parlor, Central Library. Friends of the Library.

Baseball Mavericks vs. Arkansas State. Tickets $5. 6:30 p.m., Clay Gould Ballpark. Also 2 p.m. Saturday, March 22; 1 p.m. Sunday, March 23. Also, vs. Baylor, 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 25; and vs. South Alabama, 6:30 p.m. Friday, March 28; 3 p.m. Saturday, March 29; noon Sunday, March 30Athletics.

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

Tuesday, March 25

Violin Studio Recital Violin students perform. Free. 7:30 p.m., Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. Music.

Spotlight Entertainment Series Comedian C.J. Toledano has written for Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, Conan O'Brien, and Second City. Free. 7:30 p.m., Rosebud Theatre, E.H. Hereford University Center. EXCEL Campus Activities.

Saturday, March 29

Wind Symphony Concert Doug Stotter, director of bands, conducts the UTA Wind Symphony featuring the Four Hornsmen of the Apocalypse. Tickets $9 general public; $6 students, seniors. 7:30 p.m., Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. Music.

Softball Mavericks vs. Western Kentucky. Free. 1 p.m. and 3 p.m., Allan Saxe Field. Also, 1 p.m. Sunday, March 30Athletics.


Gallery 76102: Abstraction on the Edge Exhibit of paintings and works on paper by Arlington artist Bill Barter. Gallery hours noon-6 p.m. Wednesdays-Saturdays, Gallery 76102, 1401 Jones St., Fort Worth. Through March 31Fort Worth CenterGallery 76102.

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. New day. 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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