For Students of The University of Texas at Arlington

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Krishnan Rajeshwar

International VP: Dr. Krishnan Rajeshwar is the new vice president for The Electrochemical Society.

Distinguished chemistry professor chosen to be vice president for international organization

Krishnan Rajeshwar, Distinguished Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry, has been elected as a vice president of The Electrochemical Society, an educational nonprofit with more than 8,000 members in more than 70 countries around the world.

Dr. Rajeshwar has been a faculty member in the College of Science since 1983 and was a charter member of the UT Arlington Academy of Distinguished Scholars.

His specialties include photoelectrochemistry, nanocomposites, electrochemistry, and conducting polymers.

He is the author of more than 400 peer-reviewed journal articles, including several in the Journal of The Electrochemical Society and Electrochemical and Solid-State Letters.

Anand Puppala

Transportation expert: Civil engineering Professor Anand Puppala serves on the committee for the 11th International Conference on Low-Volume Roads in 2015.

Professor named to research conference committee

Anand Puppala, associate dean for research in the College of Engineering and professor of civil engineering, was selected by the Transportation Research Board Executive Committee and the National Research Council as a member of the committee for the 11th International Conference on Low-Volume Roads in 2015.

Dr. Puppala will help organize conference sessions on geotechnical aspects focusing on subgrade stabilization research, practice, and technology transfer. The conference will examine new technologies and techniques used in the planning, design, construction, operation, maintenance, and administration of low-volume roads and roadway systems.

The NRC is a private, nonprofit institution that is the principal operating agency of the National Academy of Sciences and the National Academy of Engineering.

Read more about Puppala's appointment.

Free post-traumatic stress disorder symposium Wednesday

Veterans and military service members share their experiences with post-traumatic stress disorder with researchers at A Symposium on Post-Traumatic Stress: From Prevention to Treatment 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Wednesday, July 24, at the UT Arlington Research Institute.

Register for the free program by calling 817-272-5900 or emailing

Keynote speaker and filmmaker Jake Rademacher will examine Brothers at War, a documentary that chronicles his brothers' experiences in the Iraq war.

UT Arlington speakers are Fenghua Tian, a research associate in bioengineering, who will address neuroimaging and the PTSD diagnosis, and Robert Gatchel, professor of psychology, who will discuss exposure therapies.

Other speakers include:

  • Lorree Sutton, a retired brigadier general and founder of the Defense Centers of Excellence for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury.

  • Carol North, the Nancy and Ray L. Hunt Chair in Crisis Psychiatry and professor at UT Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas, and director of trauma and disaster at the VA North Texas Health Care System.

  • Alina Surris, chief of psychology at the VA North Texas Health Care System in Dallas and an associate professor of psychiatry at UT Southwestern.

Glass art winners

Shining examples: Clockwise from top, Particulate Pulse (Inertness is a Relative Matter) by Morgan Chivers, an untitled work by Jean Fernandes, and Waterfall by Neal Paustian were recognized in an international online glass art competition.

Works by glass art students win slots in international online exhibit

Three glass art graduate students received honors in the 2013 International Student Online Exhibition, a non-juried exhibit of the Glass Art Society.

Morgan Chivers won first place for his work Particulate Pulse (Inertness is a Relative Matter), which combined glass, xenon, neon, and electricity. Jean Fernandes received an honorable mention for an untitled work of kiln-formed and hot-sculpted glass.

Neal Paustian’s work Waterfall, made of ladle cast glass and steel, was chosen for the society’s first catalog of the exhibit.

RoboBoat competition newest challenge for engineering students

UT Arlington engineering students competed for the first time in the International RoboBoat Competition July 8-14 hosted by the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International.

The five-year-old competition challenges student teams from 13 universities to race autonomous surface vehicles of their own design through an aquatic obstacle course. Watch videos from the competition. Look for the Maverick team at the 1:15 mark in the Meet the Teams video.

Manfred Huber, associate professor of computer science and engineering, is the team's faculty adviser. The UT Arlington Research Institute and QinetiQ North America sponsored the team.

Lot 49 to close at noon Wednesday

Student parking lot 49 will be closed noon-midnight Wednesday, July 24, to accommodate events at Cowboys Stadium. The venue is hosting the Confederation of North, Central America, and Caribbean Football Association (CONCACAF) Gold Cup semifinals with the United States vs. Honduras at 6 p.m. and Mexico vs. Panama at 9 p.m.

  Fresh Pix Trayvon Martin protest

Rally for justice

Students and community members listened to speakers at a "Peaceful Protest for Justice" Thursday night on the Central Library mall. The NAACP student chapter organized the protest of the acquittal of George Zimmerman for the death of Trayvon Martin in Florida.

Wireless signal study this week

Tests for a detailed wireless network signal strength study will help the Office of Information Technology estimate what is needed to optimize coverage across campus. The study is set for Monday-Friday, July 22-26.

Three teams of wireless network consultants, escorted by OIT staff members, will take a measurement every few feet in offices, mechanical, classroom, and common spaces in the Business Building, Central Library, Engineering Research Building, Fine Arts Building, Geosciences Building, E.H. Hereford University Center, Life Science Building, Nedderman Hall, Pickard Hall, Texas Hall, Trimble Hall, and University Hall.

Each measurement is done quickly, and no network services are affected by the study. With the measurement results, OIT can estimate what is needed to optimize the wireless network coverage across campus.

MyMav maintenance set for Aug. 2-4

Plan ahead for next month's updates and maintenance to the MyMav system on the weekend of Aug. 2-4. The system will be unavailable from 5 p.m. Friday, Aug. 2 until 8 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 4.

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Police round up abandoned bikes

Bicycles that appear to be inoperable or abandoned are being identified by the UT Arlington Police Department.

Campus police will mark inoperable or abandoned bikes with flyers. If owners remove the flyer, the bike will be left on the rack.

If the flyer is still on the bike by Thursday, Aug. 1, it will be taken by police and stored for 90 days.

The bikes will be tagged if they show obvious signs of abandonment including flat tires, rusted chains and frames, missing wheels, and other major signs of disrepair.

The yearly effort helps ensure that incoming students have room for their bikes.

For questions, contact the Police Department at 817-272-2904.

Check List


Tuesday, July 30

Last day to drop for summer II term

Thursday, Aug. 8

Last day of classes for summer II and 11-week terms

Monday, Aug. 12

Final exams for summer II and 11-week terms

Tuesday, Aug. 13

Final exams for summer 11-week term

Thursday, Aug. 15

Grades designated official for summer II and 11-week terms

Thursday, Aug. 22

Classes begin for fall term

Know the consequences before you drop a class

The last day to drop classes for the summer II session is Tuesday, July 30. You may be considering dropping before then. Always consult your academic adviser before making drop or withdrawal decisions. A list of advising offices is online.

Impact of dropping on undergraduate students: Students who entered college for the first time in fall 2007 are limited to a total of six dropped courses during their undergraduate careers. Read more about this state law and procedures for its implementation at UT Arlington.

Impact of dropping if you receive financial aid: Students receiving financial aid must meet the Satisfactory Academic Progress requirements established by UT Arlington. Refer to the SAP policy on the Office of Financial Aid website,, to ensure you are meeting the requirements. Students who do not meet the minimum standards outlined will lose eligibility to receive financial aid. For questions, make an appointment to see a financial aid counselor by calling 817-272-3561 or sending an email to

Grade exclusion requests

On Tuesday, July 30, the grade exclusion site will close for any further submissions for the summer term. All grade exclusion requests submitted in the summer term must be submitted by 5 p.m. Tuesday, July 30. The grade exclusion site will reopen Sept. 10 for fall submissions.

Order your transcript and avoid end-of-term lines

Order your end-of-summer transcripts online. You can order transcripts online and request to hold for grades or for your degree posting if you are graduating this summer.

Summer grades will be posted Thursday, Aug. 15.

Registration continues for fall classes

Regular registration for the fall term continues through Aug. 21. Late registration is Aug. 22-28. Registration timetables are online.

Check the fall schedule of classes to make your fall course selections.

To determine if you need adviser clearance, check your portal page at MyMav and click on Student Center. You will see a section on the right titled Holds. Click the details link for specific hold information. If your academic department requires advising, you will see an academic department service indicator (hold).

A list of advising offices and the schedule of classes are online.

Meningitis vaccination documentation required

Incoming Texas college students and students returning after an absence of at least one fall or spring semester who are under 30 years old must submit documentation of meningitis vaccination.

You must have received the vaccine within the past five years at the start of your first session at UT Arlington. UT Arlington students who do not submit the proper vaccination documentation will be dropped before the first class day of the session and will not be able to register.

UT Arlington has contracted with Magnus Health SMR to collect student vaccination records, verify the documents, and maintain the records in compliance with federal privacy laws. You will receive your Magnus Health SMR username and password via your UT Arlington email address. When you log in to your Magnus Health SMR account, you will be able to submit your proof of vaccination. Details for submitting proof of vaccination will be emailed to your UTA email address by Magnus.

To be able to register, send vaccination documentation to Magnus at or call 1-877-461-6831.

For more information on submitting meningitis documentation for the fall term, go to

Going Out

Wednesday, July 24

Movie Matinee Getaway: 'Sin Nombre' Sin Nombre (Honduras, rated R) is the third of four international films this summer that include free admission, popcorn, and water. Other films are: In the Mood for Love (China, rated PG), Wednesday, Aug. 7. 5:30 p.m., Rosebud Theatre, E.H. Hereford University Center. UT Arlington Library.

Thursday, July 25

Summer Movies Series: 'Big Wedding' Bring a chair or a blanket, a picnic, and friends for outdoor movies each Thursday. Free popcorn. Upcoming movies are: Iron Man 3, Aug. 1; and Scary Movie V, Aug. 8. Free. 9 p.m., lawn behind the Maverick Activities Center. EXCEL Campus Activities.

Saturday, July 27

The Art of Yoga Bring your own mat to this monthly class for all levels. Free. 11 a.m.-noon, Gallery 76102, Fort Worth Center.

Coming up

RAD Self-defense for Women RAD (Rape Aggression and Defense) training for female faculty, staff, and students. Brown bag lunch. Register by emailing or calling 817-272-0102. Free. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 14, sixth floor parlor, Central Library.

Sky Screamer

UT Arlington Day at Six Flags Over Texas Enjoy the rides and thrills Sunday, Aug. 25. Tickets $27.50 for faculty and staff; $30 after Sunday, Aug. 18. Limit 10 tickets per person. Includes admission and parking, plus one ticket to Hurricane Harbor for one weekend only Aug. 31-Sept. 15. Tickets at or the College Park Center Box Office. Box office hours 10 a.m-6 p.m. Mondays-Thursdays and 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Fridays.


897 Square Juried art exhibit featuring 15 artists who live or work in Tarrant County. Gallery hours are noon-6 p.m. Wednesdays-Saturdays. Fort Worth Center, 1401 Jones St., Fort Worth. Through Wednesday, July 31. Gallery 76102.

Planetarium The summer schedule features a lineup of family-friendly shows. Planetarium.

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

Learn More


Tuesday, July 30

Safe Ally Training Learn how to be supportive to members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community. Register online. Free. 1-4 p.m., Room 303, Ransom Hall. Multicultural Affairs, LGBTQA Program.

Aug. 20-21

Fresh Start from Tobacco A four-part tobacco cessation program. Free. 11:30 a.m-12:30 p.m. and 3-4 p.m. Tuesday; 10:30-11:30 a.m. and 3-4 p.m. Wednesday, Room 219, Health Services Center. Health Services.

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

Sports Notes
  Jordan Reves

Record setter: Former Maverick Jordan Reves, the University's all-time blocked shots leader, has signed with the Union Basketball Club St. Polten in Austria.

Reves to play pro ball in Austria

Former UT Arlington basketball player Jordan Reves has signed with Union Basketball Club St. Polten in Austria.

Finishing as UT Arlington's career blocks leader, Reves had a standout career with the Mavericks and helped lead the team to a 19-14 record this past season and back-to-back postseason appearances. He was named the Western Athletic Conference's Best Defender and earned a spot on the College Sports Madness All-WAC team.

St. Polten is one of 11 teams in the Austrian Basketball League. St. Polten was 3-17 last season and will look for Reves to help the team improve.

Sports shorts

  • Sophomore golfer Riley Fleming captured the Sun Life Financial Alberta Men's Amateur Championship on Friday, July 19, one day before his 20th birthday. He won the Alberta Open last month.

  • Junior Andy Kraft, a member of the Movin' Mavs wheelchair basketball team, was named top scorer and chosen for the All-Tournament team at the European C Championships. He helped his national team of Austria win the championship.

  • Former Maverick Marquez Haynes played with the Washington Wizards in the NBA Summer League. Read the update on Haynes' basketball career.

  • The Sun Belt Conference logo has been added to the Petsche Court and practice courts at College Park Center. UT Arlington joined the conference July 1.

Intramural entry deadlines approaching

Poker tournament entries are due Thursday, July 25. Battleship team entries are available starting Wednesday, July 24, with a Tuesday, Aug. 6, deadline.

Pick up entry forms at the Services and Information Desk of the Maverick Activities Center. For questions, call 817-272-3277 or email

(For more sports news, go to,, or



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