For Students of The University of Texas at Arlington

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Tracey Yukich

Tracey Yukich

'Biggest Loser' contestant shares story for new MavWell program

“The Biggest Loser” contestant Tracey Yukich is the first guest speaker for MavWell, a new program aimed at helping students achieve wellness through education, events, and access to campus facilities, programs, and information.

Yurich will speak at 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 10, in the Lone Star Auditorium of the Maverick Activities Center.

MavWell replaces the Wellness Zone, a program previously offered through Trinity House Residence Hall that assisted students with making healthy decisions both physically and socially.

The MavWell initiative includes special programs and events based on a model of seven dimensions of wellness: emotional, physical, financial, social, environmental, mental, and spiritual.

“This isn’t just a matter of looking good and wearing a certain skirt or pants size,” says Frank Lamas, vice president for Student Affairs. “We’re trying to better serve our students’ health needs because we understand that a healthy body and mind leads to a more holistic college experience. It also prepares students for their future careers and life.”

Yukich had one of the most amazing transformations on the NBC television show, going from 250 pounds to 132 pounds before being voted out during season 8 of the program in 2009.

Read more about MavWell and Yukich's appearance.

Kepler's Supernova

Star bright: A composite image of Kepler’s supernova from the Chandra X-ray Observatory. (Courtesy of the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics and NASA)

Kepler's Supernova came from young, metal-rich star, researchers discover

The supernova observed by Johannes Kepler in 1604, known as “Kepler’s supernova,” came from a relatively young star that was rich in metals, according to research published by The Astrophysical Journal Letters and co-authored by Sangwook Park, assistant professor of physics.

The new work expands upon what’s already known about Type Ia supernovae—stellar explosions used to calibrate theories about the expansion of our universe. The study is featured on the NASA website.

Dr. Park along with Carles Badenes, an assistant professor of physics and astronomy at the University of Pittsburgh, and their collaborators set out to use X-ray observation data from the Japanese/United States Suzaku Observatory to further explore Type Ia progenitors and how they explode.

“Even with all that is known about the universe and its expansion, there are still some systematic uncertainties in the way Type Ia supernovae are used,” Park says. “If we can get a better idea about those uncertainties, it will make a significant contribution to improve the accuracy of the distance measurements for galaxies far away from our own Milky Way Galaxy. It also would likely contribute to the understanding of the acceleration of the universe’s expansion and the role of dark energy.”

Read more about the supernovae research.

Fresh Clip Neville-MarsalisVideo Extra

Ending on a high note

Jazz great Ellis Marsalis, left, and R&B singer Aaron Neville showed why they are music legends last Tuesday at College Park Center. The duo performed and spoke about their musical lives for the last Maverick Speakers Series event of the academic year. Adonis Rose, UT Arlington jazz artist-in-residence, was instrumental in bringing them to campus.


Enjoy Texas Rangers games with discounted tickets

UT Arlington students, faculty, staff, and alumni can enjoy selected Texas Rangers games with discounted tickets. Visit, click on University of Texas at Arlington, and use the password MAVS13 to get your discounted tickets.

Summer program assistants needed for TRIO Upward Bound

The TRIO Upward Bound program seeks resident advisers for its six-week summer program for high school students.

Advisers will work with students who need assistance in academic skills, personal interaction, cultural development, and career guidance.

Apply by Friday, April 12, at the TRIO Upward Bound office on the seventh floor of Carlisle Hall. For details, call 817-272-2610.

Deadline nears for submissions to Library's Maverick Lens series

Images are needed for a new annual photo exhibit that reflects the diversity of learning, living, and working at UT Arlington.

Each year The Maverick Lens series will have a different theme and solicit photographs from students, staff, and faculty for a framed art exhibit at the Central Library. Submissions will be juried by a committee of staff, faculty, and students.

"Views From the Library" is the inaugural theme to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the UT Arlington Library. Submission deadline is Sunday, April 21. The exhibit will run Sept. 3, 2013-April 26, 2014.

Read more about The Maverick Lens.

  Fresh Pix International Week-parade

National pride

Dariya Kudabaeva, urban affairs graduate student, dons traditional clothing to carry the banner for her country, Uzbekistan, in the International Week Parade of Banners last week.

Volunteer now for The Big Event

Sign up soon to nab your pick of good deeds for The Big Event, set for Saturday, April 27.

The Big Event is a day of community service and outreach involving students, faculty, staff, and community members. Numerous community-based and non-profit organizations and agencies benefit from volunteer efforts.

Discover more about how The Big Event impacts North Texas at Learn how to participate and see a list of project sites.

For questions, call 817-272-2963 or email

Positions open in Multicultural Affairs

Multicultural Affairs has several paid and volunteer positions available. For job descriptions and applications, visit

Check List


Monday, April 22

Last day to hold a master’s exam/dissertation defense and submit a copy of your thesis/dissertation to the Office of Graduate Studies for a first mechanical check

Registration under way for summer and fall 2013

Priority registration for the 2013 summer and fall terms is under way.

The registration timetable is based on the number of hours you have passed. Your first available date to register is shown in your MyMav Student Center. Find more information online.

You may need to see your academic adviser for registration clearance and advising before you can register. This information also is displayed in your MyMav Student Center. If your academic department requires that you be advised, you will see an academic department service indicator (DEP hold) under the Holds section. A list of academic advising offices is online.

The schedule of classes is online.

Print your own enrollment verification

Enrollment verification for the spring semester is available online. To print your verification, log on to MyMav, go to Student Center, and click on Request Enrollment Verification to access the National Student Loan Clearinghouse.

Going Out
  UTA Presents

Master of Fine Arts Exhibit now open

MFA Exhibit-Living In The Gray X

MFA candidates present an exhibition demonstrating excellence in their chosen field at the Master of Fine Arts Exhibit, which opened this week at The Gallery at UTA.

The Master of Fine Arts degree in the Art and Art History Department offers students a broad range of study and exploration within intermedia, film, video, glass, and visual communication.

The spring exhibition features 10 artists—Elisha Burley, Caleb Dulock, Jesse England, Jeff Gibbons, Corey Gossett, Kight Haberer, Matt Heller, Hannah Hudson, Soyla Santos, and Helen Schenck—and their work in film/video, visual communication, and studio intermedia art. Above is Living in the Gray X by Schenck.

"Their works are ironic, playful, striking, engaging, composed, tense, subversive, and beautiful," says Nancy Palmeri, graduate adviser and coordinator. "They suggest a visual account of each artist's ongoing transformation and individual studio practice. Their art reveals the scope and diversity of the artists within the MFA program."

The opening reception is 5-8 p.m. Friday, April 12. Gallery hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays-Fridays and noon-5 p.m. Saturdays.

The exhibit runs through Saturday, April 20.

Tuesday, April 9

Music Honors Recital Free. 7:30 p.m., Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. Music.

Wednesday, April 10

Homerathon A day-long oral recitation of Homer's epic poem, The Odyssey. Readers and performers are needed. Sign up online. Texts available in Room 305 of Carlisle Hall. Recitation in Greek and other arcane languages is welcome. Free. 7 a.m.-10:30 p.m., University Center mall. Classical Studies.

Double Bass Recital Jack Unzicker, assistant professor of music, performs. Free. 7:30 p.m., Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. Music.

Thursday, April 11

Battle for the Block "Rhythm Unleashed" is a battle of the bands to find UT Arlington's favorite rock band. Four bands will rock the stage in competition to perform at the annual Block Party. Free snacks, refreshments, bowling, and billiards. Free. 7 p.m., Bowling and Billiards, E.H. Hereford University Center. EXCEL Campus Activities.

Friday, April 12

Softball Mavericks vs. Texas State. Tickets $3 with student ID. 4 p.m. doubleheader. Also 1 p.m. Saturday, April 13. Allan Saxe Field. Athletics.

Yuri's Night Civilian astronaut Anousheh Ansari is guest speaker for a celebration of the first space flight. Presentations and exhibits by the National Space Society of North Texas, Fort Worth Museum of Science and History, Texas Astronomical Society, the Fort Worth Astronomical Society, and more. Free. 6-10 p.m., Planetarium. Planetarium.

Baseball Mavericks vs. San Jose State. Tickets $3 with student ID. 6:30 p.m. Clay Gould Ballpark. Also 2 p.m. Saturday, April 13, and 1 p.m. Sunday, April 14. Athletics.

Saturday, April 13

30th Annual Barbara Jordan Media Awards Recognizes contributions from media professionals, students, and organizations for accurate, respectful, and progressive portrayals of people with disabilities. Keynote speaker is Anita Foster, chief communications officer, American Red Cross North Texas Region. Tickets $15 for students; $25 general public. Reception 6:30 p.m.; dinner and program 7 p.m., College Park Center. Barbara Jordan Media Awards.

Sunday, April 14

Opera Workshop Performance A concert featuring music students performing songs from operas and plays. Free. 7:30 p.m.; also Monday, April 15; Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. Music.

Monday, April 15

Downtown Arlington Music Monday A lunchtime concert featuring music students. Lunch served after the concert. Free. 12:15-12:45 p.m., First Baptist Church, 300 S. Center St. Music.

Student Elections Vote for Student Congress president, vice president, and senators, as well as Mr. UTA, Ms. UTA, UTA Ambassadors, and Student Service Allocation Committee representatives. Also Tuesday, April 16. 9 a.m.-6 p.m., University Center Gallery, E.H. Hereford University Center. Student Governance and Organizations.

Tuesday, April 16

Last Lecture Series President James D. Spaniolo shares his thoughts as this year's guest speaker. After nine years leading UT Arlington, he will retire in May. Free. 7 p.m., Bluebonnet Ballroom, E.H. Hereford University Center.

Think Fast Game Show Wireless connections make everyone in the audience a contestant in the interactive trivia game. Top prizes are $200, $100, and $50. Free. 7:30 p.m., Rosebud Theatre, E.H. Hereford University Center. EXCEL Campus Activities.

Clavier Series Piano Recital A recital featuring piano students. Free. 7:30 p.m., Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. Music.

Coming up

Focus on Faculty Michael Ward, professor of economics, discusses "What Effect Does Video Game Violence Have on Actual Violence?" Free. Noon-1:30 p.m., Wednesday, April 17, sixth floor parlor, Central Library. UT Arlington Library.

Block Party The Block Party provides an end-of-year celebration with live music, a DJ, and the winner of the Battle for the Block competition. Includes carnival-style treats, games, and activities. Free. 6 p.m., Thursday, April 18, University Center mall. University Events, Apartment and Residence Life.


Making Mavericks: Expanding Horizons at UT Arlington Explore the growth and development of the University and its relationship with the city. Free. 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Mondays and 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays. Through Saturday, April 27. Sixth floor, Central Library, Special Collections.

Fine Lines An exhibition of hand-drawn images by Anne Allen, Amy Herzel, and Angela Kallus using graphite, ink, silverpoint, and carbon pencil. Gallery hours noon-6 p.m., Wednesdays-Saturdays. Opens Thursday, April 11, and continues through Friday, May 31. Fort Worth Center. Gallery 76102.

Planetarium See what it takes to become an astronaut and the effect space has on the human body in Astronaut. 6 p.m. Thursdays, 5:30 p.m. Saturdays, 1:30 p.m. Sundays. Planetarium.

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

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Tuesday, April 9

Nuclear Power and Its Role in the U.S. Navy Lt. Nguyen Pham, Navy recruiter for the Dallas district, discusses the history of the Naval Nuclear Propulsion Program. He will include principles of reactivity, characteristics of naval nuclear reactors, and specifically the CVN 78 (USS Gerald R. Ford) Development. Free. 1-2 p.m., Rady Room, sixth floor, Nedderman Hall. Engineering.

Wednesday, April 10

A Life in Public Service Eric Botts recounts his 30 years of experiences with the State Department as a diplomat in the Dominican Republic, South Korea, Ireland, and Bahamas, and his current work as assistant director of the Houston Passport Agency. He will offer advice on joining the foreign or civil service. Free. Noon, Room 108, University Hall. Luther Hagard Lecture Series, Political Science.

Major Exploration Free. 5:30 p.m., Room 303, Ransom Hall. Also noon Friday, April 19. University College, Success Series.

Thursday, April 11

Switch Energy Project The groundbreaking film, video, and education program–uniting diverse audiences in a shared understanding of energy and promoting efficiency. Free. 4 p.m., Room 100, Geoscience Building. Earth and Environmental Sciences.

Biology Colloquium Series Jyoti Shah of the University of North Texas discusses "The Tug-O-War Between Plants and Pests." Free. 4 p.m., Room 119, Life Science Building. Biology.

Friday-Saturday, April 12-13

2nd annual Concussion Summit: Concussion in Youth Sports The Center for Healthy Living and Longevity hosts a national gathering on youth concussions, bringing together top experts from across the U.S. for communication and advice. Register. Maverick Activities Center. Kinesiology, Education and Health Professions.

Wednesday, April 17

CMAS Distinguished Lecture "Migration Miracle: Faith, Hope, and Meaning on the Undocumented Journey" is the topic for Jacqueline Maria Hagan, professor of sociology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Free. 7:30 p.m., Room 303, Chemistry and Physics Building. Center for Mexican American Studies.

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

Sports Notes
Elizabeth Thoms

Tennis success: Elizabeth Thoms won all four of her singles matches last week as the women's tennis team moved into fourth place in the Western Athletic Conference.


Women's tennis climbs in standings

The women’s tennis team won three of four matches last week and moved into fourth place in the Western Athletic Conference.

The Mavericks sandwiched wins over New Mexico State, UT San Antonio, and Idaho around a loss to Louisiana Tech in a series of matches at San Antonio.

Coach Diego Benitez’s team is 6-3 in the WAC and 7-10 overall. They play at SMU on Wednesday, April 10, before going to Tulsa for matches with Tulsa and Memphis this weekend.

Baseball holds onto share of lead

Despite losing two of three to Cal State Bakersfield last weekend, the baseball team remains tied for first place in the Western Athletic Conference with a 6-3 record.

The Mavericks play at Baylor at 6:30 p.m. today, Tuesday, April 9, and face Arlington Baptist at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, April 11, at QuikTrip Park in Grand Prairie before hosting San Jose State in a WAC series this weekend at Clay Gould Ballpark.

Softball returns home for WAC series

After playing on the road the last two weeks, the softball team hosts Texas State in a Western Athletic Conference series this weekend. The two teams play a doubleheader starting at 4 p.m. Friday, April 12, followed by a single game at 1 p.m. Saturday, April 13, at Allan Saxe Field.

The Mavericks, 2-7 in the WAC, lost all three games at New Mexico State last weekend with two of the games going into extra innings.

Relays provide track wins at Texas State

The women’s and men’s 4x400-meter relay teams were both victorious at the Texas State Invitational in San Marcos on Saturday.

Ashly Wright also won the 800-meter run and Jennifer Brown won the triple jump for the women. Aaron Purser took first in the 5000-meter run for the men.

Men's tennis wins home finale

The men’s tennis team closed out the home season with a 7-0 Western Athletic Conference win over Seattle on Sunday.

The Mavericks are 1-3 in the WAC and after a non-conference match at SMU on Wednesday, April 10, they resume WAC play at Denver on Friday, April 12.

Intramural badminton entries due

Entries for intramural badminton are due at 6 p.m. Sunday, April 14, at the Maverick Activities Center. Play begins at 7 p.m.

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In Quotes

CASA could speed storm warnings

Shared positions a new, controversial idea

Cell rotation may help with diagnoses

"In several minutes, a lot can happen with tornadoes and flash flooding events, so this will get the warning out much more quickly and also pinpoint where things are happening."

"If college can't be experimental and have a little flexibility, then nobody can."

"We are also interested in monitoring the change in the rotation speed of cells when they transform to a diseased state and whether we can use it for diagnosis."

— Dr. Dong-Jun Seo, associate professor of civil engineering, on the CASA-Collaborative Adaptive Sensing of the Atmosphere-equipment atop Carlisle Hall and the first of its kind in the nation.
WFAA-Channel 8

— Donald F. Gatzke, dean of the School of Architecture, on shared positions becoming increasingly more common between newspapers and the academic world.
Inside Higher Ed

— Dr. Samar Mohanty, assistant professor of physics, on the use of "optical tweezers" that allow researchers to rotate cells without touching them.
Optics & Photonics News



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