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

Thursday, March 27, 2014

F-type stars, Manfred Cruntz, Satoko Sato

Star bright: Physics Professor Manfred Cuntz, left, and doctoral student Satoko Sato say F-type stars, such as the top star shown above, are right for general Earth-type planets to develop and sustain life.

Don't forget F-type stars in search for life, researchers say

Scientists searching for habitable planets beyond Earth shouldn’t overlook F-type stars in favor of their more abundant, smaller, and cooler cousins, according to new research from UTA physicists.

Physics Professor Manfred Cuntz and doctoral student Satoko Sato teamed with researchers from the University of Guanajuato in Mexico for a new work published this week by the International Journal of Astrobiology.

They argue that since F-type stars have a wider habitability zone—the area where conditions are right for general Earth-type planets to develop and sustain life—they warrant additional consideration.

“There is a gap in attention from the scientific community when it comes to knowledge about F-type stars, and that is what our research is working to fill," Dr. Cuntz says. "It appears they may indeed be a good place to look for habitable planets.”

Read more about Cuntz's F-type star research.

Complete new conflict of interest form by Monday

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

UT Share

Transition begins, training continues for UT Share

The transition to UT Share starts in April with a go-live date of Monday, May 5, for finance and human resources transactions.

To convert data from DEFINE into UT Share, certain monthly due dates are being amended and a temporary hold on some operations will be enacted.

Read more about the cutover plan and blackout dates. The link includes department contacts for your questions about deadlines or your role in the cutover process.

Register for training on the new software application.

MyMav maintenance starts Friday

The MyMav portal will be unavailable to users from 6 p.m. Friday, March 28, to noon Sunday, March 30. There will be no MyMav access during this time.

Mav Pic OxFam Hunger Banquet 2014

What's for dinner?

After being blindfolded and led to their seats, Antonia Ortiz, top, and Lonita Fantroy found their meal options were not equal at Tuesday night's OxFam Hunger Banquet. Ortiz, a biology junior, received a full meal at a nice table, while Fantroy, director of TRIO and Upward Bound, was seated on the floor with only rice. The annual dinner is hosted by UTA Volunteers and aims to educate about global poverty.


Clearance Week at UTA Bookstore

Clearance Week at the UT Arlington Bookstore offers 25 percent off winter wear and select Under Armor items and other bargains through Friday, March 28.

Applications accepted for First-Year Experience instructors

The Division is Student Affairs is recruiting instructors to teach the new First-Year Experience course for the fall 2014 semester.

The FYE course is required for all first-time, full-time freshmen. The course orients students to life on campus and assists in the transition to college. Course content and assignments will help students identify the individual needs and skills that will affect their success, determine what resources are appropriate and available to them, and formulate a plan for an actively engaged and enriched experience on the campus.

Instructors will receive a $1,500 stipend for each section. Visit the First-Year Experience website and view the Instructor Information page. Applications are due Sunday, March 30.

Send questions to Molly Albart, director of planning, assessment and student success, at

Distinguished Alumni Award nominations accepted

The Alumni Association is accepting 2014 Distinguished Alumni Award nominations. This is the highest honor an alumna/alumnus can receive from UT Arlington.

Award criteria and a nomination form are on the Alumni Association website. The deadline for submitting nominations is Tuesday, April 1. Awards will be presented at the 2014 Distinguished Alumni Gala on Saturday, Oct. 18.

For more information, call 2-2594.

AISD benefit April 11 at Six Flags

Enjoy an evening at Six Flags Over Texas with discount tickets that help Arlington schools. The theme park hosts Education Celebration 6-11 p.m. Friday, April 11, benefiting AISD.

Tickets are only $20 plus tax. Advanced tickets are limited. No tickets will be sold at the gate. Special discounted parking is $10 per car at the gate.

With each ticket, $5 goes directly to the school of your choice. See the gift codes on the website. Use the code UTA to donate to the AISD Education Foundation.

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 UTA Housing Office. 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, 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.

War on Poverty panel discussion

The War on Poverty: Inequality in Texas A panel discussion on poverty moderated by Scott Ryan, dean of the School of Social Work. Guests are Michael Gaenza, CEO of Metro Dallas Homeless; Miriam Nisenbaum, executive director of NASW/TX; Cathy Hirt, political and policy consultant; and Annette Deatherage, MSW student. Free. 5:30-8 p.m., auditorium, Social Work A. Social Work.

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.

Wednesday, April 2

'Austin Unbound'

CAAS Power Hour Lecture Kwamena "Aspa" Kwansah-Aidoo, a visiting professor at TCU, will discuss the representation of blacks in the media in Africa, Australia, and the United States. Free. Noon-1 p.m. Bluebonnet Ballroom, E.H. Hereford University Center. Center for African American Studies.

Documentary Film: 'Austin Unbound' The story of a deaf, transgender man who identifies as being straight. Captioned and ASL interpreted. Free. 5:30 p.m., Room 108, University Hall. Disability StudiesLGBTQA Program.

Thursday, April 3

GIS Workshop: Pollutant Sources in Your Watershed Use geographic information systems hydrology tools to measure the watershed around your home and determine which facilities report various toxins and pollutants within this watershed. Free. 3 p.m., Room 315A, Central Library. 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.

The Science of Speed and NASCAR

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.

Coming up

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.

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
  Roland Sales and Omar Barnes

High-flying Mavs: Roland Sales, top, and Omar Barnes started the outdoor track and field season with wins at the TCU Invitational last week. The athletes are shown at the Sun Belt Conference Indoor Track and Field Championships, which the Mavericks won.

Athletes begin outdoor track and field season with victories

The outdoor track and field season began with individual wins at last Friday's TCU Invitational.

First-place victories were earned by Roland Sales in the high jump, Omar Barnes in the triple jump, Craig Lautenslager in the 1500 meters, and Ryan Tilotta in the 3000 meters.

Second places went to Sheldon Moss in the 400 meters and Brandon Waller in the long jump. Third place winners were Renan Palma in the 110-meter hurdles and Tobi Fawehinmi in the long jump.

For the women, newcomer Noemie Forget placed second in the pole vault, and Tamerah Gorham was runner up in the 800 meters. Third place went to Tori Carter in the high jump, Ashly Wright in the 1500 meters, and DeOna Stafford in the 100-meter hurdles.

Select Mavericks are competing at the 87th Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays set for Wednesday-Saturday, March 26-29, in Austin. The Mavericks also are participating in the three-day Bobcat Invitational starting Thursday, March 27, in San Marcos.

Baseball Mavs pound Baylor

The baseball team finished a six-game homestand Tuesday with a 14-3 victory over Baylor before 660 fans at Clay Gould Ballpark. 

The Mavs won their first Sun Belt Conference game 6-2 over Arkansas State on Saturday. Last week, the team won 7-6 over Sam Houston State and 8-4 over Columbia, but lost 5-1 and 14-10 to Arkansas State. The Mavericks are 9-16 overall and 1-5 in league action. 

The Mavericks resume Sun Belt play a three-game series beginning Friday, March 28, at South Alabama.

Wheelchair athletes win at Cajun Classic

The Movin' Mavs wheelchair tennis team earned wins last weekend at the Cajun Classic International Wheelchair Tennis Tournament in Baton Rouge.

Juan Soto won the class C singles championship with Andy Kraft in third. The duo placed second in C doubles. Ricardo Lucien won second in B doubles with Glen Singletary of Baton Rouge and was third in B singles. John Watson was second in C consolation.

Sports shorts

  • The men's golf team jumped to 10th Tuesday in the final team standings of the Lone Star Invitational hosted by UT San Antonio. The Mavericks finished 16th in the Border Olympics in Laredo. Next is the Jim West Intercollegiate on Monday, April 7, in McKinney, Texas.
  • The men's tennis team lost 4-1 to Wichita State on Monday and plays in the Middle Tennessee Shootout on Friday-Sunday, March 28-30, in Murfreesboro, Tenn. The season wraps up against SMU on Wednesday, April 9, in Dallas. The Sun Belt Conference tournament is Thursday, April 17, in New Orleans.
  • On the road, the women's tennis team won 4-0 over Cal Poly and 4-2 over Sacramento State, but fell 4-0 to Fresno State and San Jose State. The Mavericks faced SMU on Wednesday at the UTA Tennis Center, and play Tulsa Friday, March 28, in Oklahoma and North Texas Wednesday, April 2, in Denton.
  • The softball team hosts its first Sun Belt Conference series with weekend action against Western Kentucky. A doubleheader starts at 1 p.m. Saturday, March 29, with a single game at 1 p.m. Sunday, March 30. The Mavericks are 14-18 and 0-3 in league action after a three-game series loss to South Alabama last weekend in Mobile.

NCAA Sweet 16, bowling entries due this week

Upcoming deadlines for intramural sports include NCAA Sweet 16 Bracket Challenge, Thursday, March 27; bowling, Friday, March 28; badminton doubles, Sunday, April 13; FIFA Video Game Tournament, Wednesday, April 30; 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

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Going Out

Thursday, March 27

Writers Speaker Series Guest speaker Kyle Minor is the author of two collections of short fiction, In the Devil’s Territory (2008) and Praying Drunk (2014). A book signing follows. Free. 7 p.m., Room 100, Nedderman Hall. English.

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.

Tuesday, April 1

String Faculty Chamber Recital String faculty perform in chamber music settings. Free. 7:30 p.m., Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. Music.

Mavs Got Talent: Blazin' Your Creativity Performances by 10 acts selected from live auditions. Emcee is comic and writer Nick Guerra. Free. 7:30 p.m. Rosebud Theatre, E.H. Hereford University Center. EXCEL Campus Activities.

Wednesday, April 2

Tail Waggin' Wednesday Paws with Partners brings a lovable collection of registered therapy dogs for unconditional love for students, faculty, and staff. Free. 10 a.m.-2 p.m., second floor, Central Library. UT Arlington Libraries.

Coming up

ART/UTA 2014 Studio Event and Art Auction The world-class glass art show and sale now includes a premium preview event with art demonstrations and talks by art faculty. ART/UTA 2014 Studio Event and Art Auction, tickets $100 per person, demonstrations and talks 6 p.m., live auction 7:30 p.m., Thursday, April 3, Studio Arts Center. Glass art sale , free admission, 8 a.m.-8 p.m. Friday, April 4, Studio Arts Center. Art and Art History.

'The Vagina Monologues' With humor and grace, this program celebrates women's sexuality and strength. Tickets cash only. $5 with UTA ID, $10 general public. Proceeds benefit Women’s Center of Tarrant County and V-Day. 7 p.m. Friday, April 4, Room 204, Architecture Building. Also, 7 p.m. Saturday, April 5Women’s History Month.

International Week Soccer Tournament Watch different student organizations from countries around the world compete. Free. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, April 5, indoor soccer field, Maverick Activities Center. International Week.


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. 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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