Facilities and Other Resources
The University of Texas at Arlington
The University of Texas at Arlington, with an enrollment of 33,000 (second only to UT Austin in the UT system), is situated on 420 acres and has over 100 buildings. Within the last 3 years, a new science and a new engineering laboratory building have been added, as well as a new combined engineering and science research building. The primary space for housing key personnel for this present project will be in the Life Sciences Building. Laboratory space is available to house the project coordinator, project personnel, and graduate research assistants (see Dr. Gatchel's Center of Excellence below). This space is equipped with computers, printers, and photocopiers. There is also secretarial support for the project.
The UT Arlington Library holds 1.2 million print volumes, 242,000 electronic books, 24,000 e-journals and databases, 3,500 print journal subscriptions, 8,000 linear feet of manuscript and archival material, 4.5 million historical photographs, and 10,000 historical maps and cartographic items, not to mention government documents, multimedia items (CDs, DVDs, etc.), broadsides, and materials in other formats. The Library is comprised of six facilities (Central Library, Science and Engineering Library, Architecture and Fine Arts Library, Electronic Business Library, Social Work Electronic Library, and the Fort Worth Santa Fe Center Library) and has a staff of 128 librarians, archivists, technologists, and paraprofessionals. The Library has an operating budget of $14 million, and the Central Library is open 24 hours a day. The Library is dedicated to supporting the research, teaching, and service needs of the campus community, and to these ends offers a host of services from electronic reserves, to information literacy instruction, to state of the art multi-media editing facilities, to instant messaging reference services. More than two million people visit the Library's physical locations during any given academic year, and the website receives 10+ million hits a year.
UT Arlington offers the range of support services expected at a research university, including: an Office of Information Technology; an Office of Institutional Research, Planning and Effectiveness; an Office of Research; and the Libraries.
The Office of Information Technology provides computing resources, training and support for UT Arlington faculty and students. Research computing resources include a supercomputing facility comprised of 840 processors and more than 90 terabytes of storage. All UT Arlington computers have direct access to the Internet via two redundant services: The University of Texas System's Texas Higher Education Network (THENet) and the North Texas GigaPop. Network access to each of the computers is via a gigabit-per-second fiber-optic backbone. Desktop access to this backbone is via auto-sensing 10/100 megabit per second switched Ethernet connections.
The Office of Information Technology also operates the campus-wide UT Arlington wireless network providing extensive coverage throughout the campus. A virtual private network (VPN) connection lets any student, faculty, or staff member access campus resources from any remote computer that has an Internet connection.
UT Arlington is a member of the Texas Lonestar Education and Research Network (LEARN), a consortium of 34 higher education institutions in Texas to provide high-speed connectivity between their institutions as well as research networks across the country in support of high education's research, teaching, health care, and public service missions. All computers have access to research networks such as Internet2 and the National Lambda Rail (NLR) via LEARN.
The Office of Institutional Research, Planning and Effectiveness staff provide data and analysis support for institutional data. The ORPE can provide a wide array of data to investigators, such as faculty mentoring surveys, information on mentoring program participants, demographics of faculty and students, faculty salaries and start-up packages. They will also provide support for the management and analysis of data.
The Office of Research houses Grants and Contracts Services whose staff provides a full range of assistance to researchers including grants management and monitoring. The Electronic Research Administration division will assist the PI in creating a scholarly activity monitoring system based on their current Faculty Profiles system, an open repository of faculty publications, grants, and expertise. The system is user-friendly and designed to be easily updated by faculty so as to contain current information.
Dr. Robert Gatchel's Center of Excellence for the Study of Health and Chronic Illnesses
The Center consists of 1,100 square feet of space, with a large suite of laboratory/clinical research rooms that house personnel involved in research projects, as well as for subject assessment and treatment purposes. In addition, data management and quality assurance tasks are conducted here. There is also excellent secretarial and computer services support available for the proposed project. In addition to this space, there is additional space housing a comprehensive Bioassay Laboratory (see below), which is part of the Center.
The University of Texas at Arlington's Andy Baum Memorial Bioassay Laboratory
Assays of venous blood samples for catecholamine and cytokine evaluations, as well assays of saliva samples for cortisol and alpha-amylase, will be conducted in the Bioassay Laboratory at The University of Texas at Arlington. The Laboratory is fully equipped for tissue culture, immunology, cell biology, and molecular biology studies. The laboratory is maintained as a P2 containment facility and contains state-of-the-art equipment for cell culture and molecular biology experiments including:
• Labgard Class II Laminar Flow Biological Safety Cabinet
• -20C and -80C freezer
• Liquid nitrogen cryostorage
• 2 Heracell 150 CO2 cell culture incubators
• Automated microplate reader
• ESA HPLC set up
• Refrigerated centrifuge
• 4C chromatography refrigerator
• Water baths, compound microscope, hotplate/stirrers, analytical balances, variable speed rotator, titer plate shaker, pH meter and vortex.
• Gel electrophoresis apparatus and power pack
• Zeiss Axiostar Plus Transmitted Light/Flourescence Microscope with Axiocam
The Laboratory also has a dedicated phlebotomy room with:
• Blood draw ENT chair
• 2 non-invasive blood pressure patient monitor systems capable of measuring HR and BP automatically at various intervals
• Certified phlebotomist with over 500 draws experience
The laboratory also has, or can access, the following equipment through the Genomics Core Facility and Genomics Translational Research Laboratory:
• LSRII flow cytometer
• Zeiss Confocal Microscope
• Dissecting Microscope
• Real Time PCR
• Genome Sequencer
• Nanodrop Spectrophotometer