For Students of The University of Texas at Arlington

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Veterans Day

Candlelight vigil, info fair commemorate Veterans Day

Those who have served their country through the armed forces will be honored with two Veterans Day programs on campus.

A candlelight vigil to note the tragedy last week at Fort Hood and to honor veterans is set for 7-8 p.m. today, Tuesday, Nov. 10, on the Central Library mall. Delta Sigma Pi, Residence Hall Association and the African Student Organization sponsor the free event, which is open to the public.

The third annual Veterans Day Activities Fair runs from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Veterans Day, Wednesday, Nov. 11, on the second floor of the Maverick Activities Center. Free pizza and drinks will be served to veterans.

The fair is for students, faculty and staff who are veterans. It will provide information on veteran services and opportunities on campus. Programs and offices at the fair include:

  • Veterans Affairs Office

  • Veterans Alliance of UT Arlington

  • Student Veteran Project/School of Social Work

  • ROTC/Military Science Department

  • Counseling Services

  • Career Services

  • Health Services

  • Office for Students with Disabilities

  • SOAR (Students Obtaining Academic Readiness)

  • Tarrant County Veterans Services

The Student Veterans Advisory Council will have a survey for veterans to fill out. The survey will help UT Arlington understand what veterans want and how the University can become an even more veteran-friendly institution.

Contact the Veterans Affairs Office at 817-272-3373 for more details on the fair and veteran benefits.

Texas voters say yes to new fund that will boost
UT Arlington, other emerging research universities

On Nov. 3, Texas voters adopted Proposition 4 by a margin of 56.7 percent to 43.3 percent in final, unofficial returns posted on the Secretary of State's Web site. The constitutional amendment creates a new National Research University Fund and moves about $500 million in the former Higher Education Fund to the new fund. As of September 2011, UT Arlington and six other emerging Texas research universities will be able to draw from the new fund to enhance research activity after meeting several criteria established by state lawmakers.

The initiative is part of legislative efforts to boost the number of Tier One universities in Texas. UT Arlington already looks like a national research university in many respects and is aggressively working to ramp up annual research expenditures, cultivate more private support for programs, and attract more high-achieving students and nationally recognized faculty.

Liping Tang

Stem cell research: Dr. Liping Tang and his colleagues have discovered a way to create adult stem cells.

Bioengineer discovers method
for adult stem cell production

Researchers at UT Arlington have discovered that implantation of medical devices such as catheters leads to the creation of 200 times as many adult stem cells than previous methods of harvesting.

Liping Tang, a bioengineering professor, says the discovery shows that the adult stem cells created are multipotent, meaning they have numerous functions. The discovery/technology has a patent pending.

"In our research, the stem cells recovered could be reinserted into the same person who manufactured them to help fight disease," Dr. Tang says. "Those adult stem cells also can be used for tissue engineering and stem cell therapies."

Tang and his colleagues presented their findings at the Society for Biomaterials Annual Meeting and Exposition in San Antonio earlier this year.

Read more about stem cell research by Tang's research team.

Library creates ResearchCommons, an electronic repository

The UT Arlington Library has established the ResearchCommons, a new repository to house electronic versions of important University research, including papers, books, images, recordings and other data. UT Arlington is one of 18 Texas universities that have established stable and secure digital environments in which scholars may deposit their completed work.

So far, the new communities in the ResearchCommons include the Department of Linguistics and TESOL (Teaching of English to Speakers of Other Languages), Department of Psychology, Department of Mathematics, School of Architecture and the Library.

Visit to access the ResearchCommons, which is available to the public.

Your UT Arlington story could be worth $100

Your personal story could be included in a textbook for the new freshman seminar that gives students a unique perspective of UT Arlington. Nine students will be highlighted in each of the book's chapters. Those selected will receive a $100 gift certificate to the UT Arlington Bookstore. More details are online at, or contact the Division of Student Affairs at 817-272-3277 or

Garrison Keillor

Order tickets by mail for evening with Garrison Keillor

Order tickets by mail for the free evening with A Prairie Home Companion creator Garrison Keillor at 7 p.m. Monday, Nov. 30, at Texas Hall.

Keillor is the popular National Public Broadcasting radio program host and the author of a new novella, A Christmas Blizzard. His appearance is part of the Evening with an Author Series, sponsored by the Fort Worth Star-Telegram with the Katrine Deakins and Helen Littauer Trusts and UT Arlington.

To request two tickets, send a self-addressed and stamped envelope to Garrison Keillor at UTA, P.O. Box 1870, Fort Worth, Texas 76102, Attn: Melinda Mason.

Classes, book clubs, writers groups and school classes needing more than two tickets should call Melinda Mason at 817-390-7579.

Wendy Tseng and Marie Padua

Brush strokes: Wendy Tseng, left, demonstrates Chinese calligraphy for Marie Padua, a biology senior, at the Asian Arts and Crafts demonstrations last week. The event was part of Asian Heritage Month.

Most Awesome Extreme Challenge
benefits typhoon victims

Two Asian Heritage Month events, "A Night at the Market" held Monday and "Most Awesome Extreme Challenge," benefit victims of the recent typhoons in the Philippines.

The "Most Awesome Extreme Challenge" is similar to the ABC reality TV program, "I Survived a Japanese Game Show." Students compete in sumo wrestling and other challenges for team points. Winners will receive trophies and medals. The fun starts at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 17, in the Bluebonnet Ballroom at the E.H. Hereford University Center.

Visit for online team registration.

Textbook rental program expanded

A pilot textbook rental program at the UT Arlington Bookstore has been expanded into January. UT Arlington is among seven colleges nationwide to offer Follett Higher Education Group's Rent-a-Text program. The campus bookstore began offering 406 books for rent in August. Visit the bookstore for more information on textbook and course materials.

Nominations needed for Outstanding Academic Advisor

  Fresh Pix Terry Thomas and Harry Trujillo

Angels among us

Terry Thomas, left, an accounting junior, receives information about her "angel" from freshman Harry Trujillo at the Salvation Army's Angel Tree in the Palo Duro Lounge in the E.H. Hereford University Center. Students can provide Christmas gifts to a needy child through Dec. 4. Call 817-272-2963 for details.

Know academic advisors who really make a difference? Nominate them for the annual Outstanding Academic Advisor award. Nominations can be submitted by Jan. 25, 2010, online at Contact Delene Remmers at 817-272-2737 for questions about the nomination process.

CANstruction challenge
makes food drive fun

Teams will compete to create a structure from nonperishable food items in the CANstruction food drive 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 17, on the Central Library mall. Winners receive prizes, and all cans and food items will be donated to a local food bank. Registration is $15 per team. More information is available from Kevin Schuck at 817-272-3313 or

Fall Music Festival covers
range of styles, genres

The Music Department's annual Fall Music Festival, a week of recitals and concerts, begins Saturday, Nov. 14. All events begin at 7:30 p.m. in Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building, except for the Nov. 19 jazz program, which will be in Texas Hall.

  • Saturday, Nov. 14 – Faculty Lyric Trio Recital. Free.

  • Sunday, Nov. 15 – Choral Ensembles. $3 students.

  • Monday, Nov. 16 – Wind Symphony. $3 students.

  • Tuesday, Nov. 17 – Symphony Orchestra. $3 students.

  • Wednesday, Nov. 18 – Percussion Ensembles. Free.

  • Thursday, Nov. 19 – Jazz Orchestra, Jazz Ensemble, Region V UIL All-Region Jazz Band I, Region V UIL All-Region Jazz Band II. $3 students.

Tickets will be available at the door. For more information, call 817-272-3471.

Fresh Pix Candace Freeman, Valentina Anyhie and Brittni Allen

Fashion winner

Candice Freeman, left, and Valentina Anyhie of the Student Alumni Association caught Brittni Allen, a junior, sporting her SAA apparel. Freeman and Anyhie handed out prizes Wednesday to students showing their student alumni spirit on SAA T-shirt Day.


Vampire migration included
in GIS Day workshop

On Wednesday, Nov. 18, learn how Geographic Information Systems techniques can be used to locate vampire settlements and vampiric migratory patterns in an excercise in imagination on GIS Day. The annual event to learn more about GIS technology uses vampires from the "Twilight" books for the program at 3 p.m. in B-20 of the Central Library. No prior GIS experience is required. The programs are free and open to the public. More GIS Day events are online.

Character-based leadership
topic of Thursday lecture

Thomas Wright of Kansas State University will speak on leadership with character at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 12, in Room 101 of the Honors College Hall. Dr. Wright is an extensively published authority on the topics of leadership, organizational behavior and business ethics. All students are invited, but seating is limited.

International Education Week looks at global careers

International Education Week will explore the benefits of international education and participating in programs that prepare Americans for the global workplace. The week's events are hosted by the Office of International Education. Faculty from anthropology, architecture, business, engineering, linguistics, nursing and physics will share their experiences of studying abroad.

Check the International Education Week schedule online for more details.

Check List

Thursday, Nov. 26

start of Thanksgiving break

Monday, Nov. 30

classes resume

Friday, Dec. 4

last day of classes

Progress report grades in new location online

On your Student Center in MyMav, the Grades link has moved to the dropdown box Other Academic as the sixth item on that dropdown. Progress report grades are available there if you are in one of the groups that receives them.

Late drop possible, but rarely granted

The last day to drop a class has passed. The UT Arlington Withdrawal and Drop Policy Exception Form is available online. This form should be used when seeking a non-academic drop of a course after the Last Drop Date. The Office of the Provost will determine the final outcome of the appeal. Exception requests are rarely granted.

Going Out
  UTA Presents

Murder mystery next on Theatre Arts schedule

Book of Days

Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Lanford Wilson's unpredictable and engaging murder mystery, "Book of Days," is the next production from the Department of Theatre Arts.

Dennis Maher, associate professor and dramaturge, will direct the play about a small town dominated by a cheese plant, a fundamentalist church and a community theater. The three combine after a death for both comedy and drama.

Performances are at 8 p.m. Friday-Saturday, Nov. 13-14 and Thursday-Saturday, Nov. 19-21; and 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 22, in the Mainstage Theatre at the Fine Arts Building.

Reservations are recommended. Tickets are $7 for students. Call 817-272-2669 for reservations and group rates.

Tuesday, Nov. 10

Food, Inc. This documentary film addresses the complex issues surrounding food. Admission is free, but canned good donations for Mission Arlington are encouraged. 7 p.m., Lone Star Auditorium, Maverick Activities Center.

Women's Basketball UT Arlington vs. Howard Payne. Exhibition game. Free. 7 p.m., Texas Hall.

Fall 'Cello' Bration Cello studio members perform. Free. 7:30 p.m., Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. 817-272-3471,

Wednesday, Nov. 11

Evening With An Author: Jeff Shaara The author of "The Steel Wave" is interviewed on stage with a question-and-answer session with the audience. A book signing follows. Free. 7 p.m., Texas Hall. Maggie Estes, 817-272-1299,

PostSecret Creator Frank Warren Author Frank Warren created the blog phenomenon PostSecret Project, a collection of highly personal and artfully decorated postcards mailed anonymously, displaying the secrets. $5 students, $20 general public. or Student Activities, B-140, E.H. Hereford University Center. 7 p.m., Bluebonnet Ballroom, E.H. Hereford University Center. 817-272-2963,

Thursday, Nov. 12

Faculty Trumpet Recital Rick Bogard of the music faculty performs. Free. 7:30 p.m. Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. 817-272-3471,

Friday, Nov. 13

Downtown Arlington Farmers Market Fresh fruits, vegetables, herbs, organics and unique food products provided by local vendors. 9 a.m.-1 p.m., 215 E. Front St. 817-303-2800,

National Wheelchair Basketball Association College Division Tournament Movin' Mavs vs. Missouri, 3 p.m., Maverick Activities Center; vs. Illinois men, 8 p.m., Texas Hall.

Women's Basketball UT Arlington vs. Rice. Free with student ID. 6 p.m., Texas Hall.

Saturday, Nov. 14

National Wheelchair Basketball Association College Division Tournament Movin' Mavs vs. Alabama, 11 a.m., Maverick Activities Center; vs. Illinois women, 3 p.m., Maverick Activities Center.

Jim Hayes Memorial Wheelchair Basketball Tournament Movin' Mavs vs. Dallas Texans. Free. 7 p.m. P.E. Building.

Men's Basketball UT Arlington vs. Dallas Baptist. Free with student ID. 7 p.m., Texas Hall.

Jon Meacham

Monday, Nov. 16

Maverick Speakers Series Jon Meacham, editor of Newsweek, will speak on "War, Healthcare, and the Economy: Reflections on Obama's First Year." Meacham joined Newsweek as a writer in 1995 and rose quickly, becoming managing editor three years later at age 29. He was named editor in 2006. See more at Maverick Speakers Series. Free, but tickets required. 8 p.m., Texas Hall.

Through Dec. 22

Selected 2D Works Five accomplished artists from the Fort Worth area share their works at Gallery 76102. Free. 11 a.m.-3 p.m., Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays; 2-6 p.m., Wednesdays, Fridays. Gallery 76102, Fort Worth Center.

Through Dec. 31

UT Arlington Planetarium programs 700 Planetarium Place. 817-272-1183,,

Through Jan. 9

Everything Is Interrelated Special Collections' fall exhibit features "Alexander von Humboldt and Our Nineteenth-Century German Connections." Free. 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Mondays, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays, sixth floor, Central Library. See Special Collections.

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

Learn More

Tuesday, Nov. 10

Recycling: Don't Stop There City speakers, interactive presentations and vendors show how to go beyond recycling in your business. Registration required. 8 a.m., ARRI, 7300 Jack Newell Blvd. South, Fort Worth. Dana Weddle, 817-272-5935,

Introduction to Adobe Dreamweaver Seating is limited. Registration required. Free. 11 a.m., Room 311A, Ransom Hall.

Optical Practical Training Seminar For international students. Free. 2 p.m., Swift Center. Satu Birch, 817-272-2355,

Firefox Web browser

Firefox: A Better (Web) Surfboard Firefox Web browser allows extensions or add-ons to make surfing the Web more useful and fun. Seating is limited. Registration required. Free. 3 p.m., Room B-20, Central Library.

Wednesday, Nov. 11

Focus on Faculty: Pamela Jansma Dr. Jansma is the new dean of the College of Science. A reception follows. Free. Noon, sixth floor parlor, Central Library. Tommie Wingfield, 817-272-2658,

Graduate Studies Information Session Meet with a representative from the Office of Graduate Studies and learn about graduate opportunities on campus. Free. Noon, San Jacinto/Neches Rooms, E.H. Hereford University Center. 817-272-5286,

Food for Thought: Nutrients Find out about the six essential food nutrients including why you need them and how much you need. Estimating your energy requirements and tips for healthy food selections will round out this fun, educational session. Free. Noon, Room 101B, Maverick Activities Center.

Saturday, Nov. 14

Women's RAD-Self Defense Course This course for female students, faculty and staff covers self defense, risk awareness, risk avoidance and more. Registration required. Free. 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Maverick Activities Center. Ron Cook, 817-272-3902,

Sports Notes
Tamara Simmons

Top notch: Junior Tamara Simmons is a pre-season first-team All-Southland Conference selection.


Women host Howard Payne, Rice this week

Following up last year's appearance in the Women's National Invitation Tournament, the women's basketball team will begin play this week, hosting Howard Payne for an exhibition game at 7 p.m. tonight, Tuesday, Nov. 10, before opening the regular season against Rice at 6 p.m. Friday, Nov. 13. Both games are at Texas Hall.

The Mavericks are picked to finish second in the West Division of the Southland Conference behind Lamar while junior Tamara Simmons was selected to the pre-season first team and junior Shalyn Martin was named to the second team.

Mavericks open season Saturday against Dallas Baptist

The men's basketball team will open the season against Dallas Baptist at 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 14 at Texas Hall.

Senior Marquez Haynes was named pre-season first-team All-Southland Conference while senior Tommy Moffitt was selected to the second team. The Mavericks are picked to finish fourth in the West Division of the SLC.

Movin' Mavs tournament starts Friday

The Movin' Mavs host a National Wheelchair Basketball Association College Division Tournament with four games Friday through Sunday, Nov. 13-15. The weekend also includes the Second Annual Jim Hayes Memorial Tournament. Admission is free. Check for details at

Volleyballers clinch spot in conference tourney

A berth in the Southland Conference Tournament is secure as the Mavericks won two of three matches last week. UT Arlington is now 7-7 in league play and will close the regular season on the road with matches at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi and UT San Antonio this weekend. Only the top eight teams in the 12-team conference qualify for the post-season tournament, which will be played Nov. 20-22 in San Antonio.

Fischer wins Carter Plantation golf tourney

Junior Zack Fischer earned his second career victory, and his first of the 2009-10 golf season, as he fired a 5-under-par 67 in the final round last week at the Carter Plantation Intercollegiate in Springdale, La. The Mavericks finished fifth with a score of 875.

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In Quotes

Campus Night Walk finds few problems

Why is this paint
still around?

Mole lizards are found in unusual places

"I think we found a lot less things than last year, because we got a lot of stuff fixed last year."

"Federal agencies, like HUD (Housing and Urban Development), have been trying to get rid of lead-based paint."

"For years and years, there was quite a colorful myth surrounding these creatures."

– Melanie Johnson, Student Congress vice president, on the annual Night Walk last week checking for unsafe areas on campus.
The Shorthorn

– Dr. Andrew Hunt, assistant professor of earth and environmental sciences in the College of Science, on paint that was illegally dumped in Dallas.

– Carl Franklin, curator of the Amphibian and Reptile Diversity Research Center, searching for mole lizards on an episode of Nick Baker's Weird Creatures.
Science Channel


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