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The Office of the Vice President for Research (VPR) is responsible for the integration and enhancement of research activities across UTA’s and multiple research centers. VPR leads university-wide strategic growth activities, including multidisciplinary groups in environmental sustainability, innovation, energy systems, and biosciences. 

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Pre-proposal Announcement: Strategic Research Appointments for Faculty

The Office of the President and the Office of the Vice President for Research are pleased to sponsor a new program to fund appointments for faculty designed to significantly advance our research efforts under the UTA strategic plan themes: Health and the Human Condition, Sustainable Urban Communities, Global Environmental Impact, and Data-Driven Discovery. The Strategic Research Appointments for Faculty (SRAF) program will enable faculty to spend time at another institution (or institutions) to conduct research while expanding their knowledge & expertise and building key partnerships. As the ability to effectively compete for major research programs often benefit significantly from or may even require partnerships with other institutions, the SRAF program creates an important new way to help faculty develop research collaborations for UTA while carrying out their research and developing new research proposals.

These appointments, which will be awarded on a competitive basis, provide support for one semester at full salary to enable a faculty member to spend time at another research institution.  Other research institutions include national/government labs, research universities, or corporate labs. In some circumstances, appointments can be at one half salary for both academic semesters. Awards under the SRAF program will be limited to faculty members who 1) have served full-time as assistant, associate, or full professors on the UT Arlington faculty for at least two consecutive academic years, and 2) have earned tenure by the time the appointment commences. Funds will be provided to cover instructional needs during the appointment period.

The call for proposals should be available December 4th and the web site for proposal submissions is intended to be open between December 15th and January 25th. Proposals will be reviewed by a committee reporting to the Vice President for Research, who will then make recommendations to the President of the University. The overriding principle upon which proposals will be evaluated is the potential for achievement surpassing the normal responsibilities of a faculty member, which will be judged based on:

  • The quality of the proposed research and the likely impact of this work under one or more of the UTA strategic themes

  • The ability for this appointment to enhance research expertise and capabilities

  • How this appointment will build or expand important partnership(s) for creating additional sponsored research programs at UTA.

  • How this appointment will be used to develop research proposals and enhance our competitiveness for extramural research funding (The appointment will need to led to a proposal for extramural funding) 

Dr. Duane Dimos

Vice President for Research

The University of Texas at Arlington

Weidanz new associate vice president for research

UTA has appointed Jon Weidanz as associate vice president for research and professor of biology. Dr. Weidanz is founding chairman of the department of immunotherapeutics and biotechnology in the School of Pharmacy at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center.

At UTA, Dr. Weidanz will report to Duane Dimos, vice president of research, and will play a leadership role in expanding research programs in the life sciences and health-related fields. His first day is Jan. 13.

Weidanz has more than 20 years of experience in biotechnology research with work supported by the National Institutes of Health, the Department of Defense, and the American Heart Association.

He is a seasoned entrepreneur and has founded several private biotechnology companies in the field of immunotherapy.

Read more about Weidanz's appointment.

New 'Inquiry' magazine delves into mysteries of universe

After helping discover the long-elusive “God particle,” researchers in UTA’s Center of Excellence in High Energy Physics are now tackling new challenges like dark matter and proving the Big Bang.

Get all the exciting details in the latest issue of Inquiry, UTA’s research magazine.

You also can read about how civil engineers are devising cost-effective ways to preserve highways and bridges and how researchers are using the body’s own protective abilities to repair damaged arteries, treat osteoarthritis, and make prosthetics more comfortable.

The fall 2015 issue includes stories about a new study on the harmful effects of after-hours work emails, UTA’s collaboration with NASA to send a human to Mars, and how record companies are inducing panic about music piracy to exploit artists.

Interdisciplinary Research Program project awards

Five collaborative research projects involving faculty from seven colleges and schools ranging from innovations in pain management to personal security have won inaugural Interdisciplinary Research Program awards through a UT Arlington initiative aimed at advancing true interdisciplinary research and enhancing the University’s competitive position nationally.

  • A System for Neuro-Feedback Anger Management to Prevent Domestic Violence. J.-C. Chiao, Peter Lehmann, Anne Nordberg, Yuan Bo Peng, Jodi Tommerdahl and Shouyi Wang, representing collaboration among the College of Engineering, the College of Education and the School of Social Work.
  • The Effectiveness of Objective Monitoring and Exercise Intervention for Chronic Low-Back Pain Management. Gian-Luca Mariottini, Robert J. Gatchel, Hanli Liu, Cynthia Trowbridge, Christopher T. Ray, representing collaboration among the College of Engineering, the College of Science and the College of Nursing and Health Innovation.
  • The Dallas-Fort Worth Community Opportunities for Resilience Education: Climate Science Education Model for the Public and K-12. Yekang Ko, Dong-Jun Seo, Jiyoon Yoon and Jun-Hak Lee, representing collaboration among the College of Architecture, Planning and Public Affairs, the College of Engineering, the College of Education and the College of Science.
  • Exploring Organizational Needs for Improved User Authentication Systems. Matthew Wright and Jingguo Wang, representing collaboration between the College of Engineering and the College of Business.
  • The iWrite Project: A Computer-Based Rehabilitation Approach for Handwriting in Children with Developmental Coordination Disorder. Priscila Caçola, Mark Ricard, Fillia Makedon, Hanli Liu, representing collaboration between the College of Nursing and Health Innovation and the College of Engineering.

Proposals for 2016 Interdisciplinary Research Program awards are expected to be due next spring.

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Faculty ISO new discussion site on Blackboard

A faculty discussion board—Faculty ISO—is available on Blackboard and has forums on the four themes of UTA's Strategic Plan: Health and the Human Condition, Data-Driven Discovery, Sustainable Urban Communities, and Global Environmental Impact.

The forums can help you find a guest lecturer, service learning expertise, or an expert in teaching large classes.

To access Faculty ISO, log in to Blackboard using your NetID and password. Add Faculty ISO to your organizations in Blackboard. Contact Blackboard Support for technical assistance.

Research Enhancement Program Grant Recipients

Research Enhancement Program grants are given specifically for the support of research and professional creative activity. For more information please visit the Research Enhancement Program page by clicking the link.

This years recipients are:

Maureen Courtney, College of Nursing and Health Innovation

Christy Spivey, Department of Economics

Kyungsuk Yum, Department of Material Science and Engineering

Patryk Babiracki, Department of History

Desiree Henderson, Department of English

Noelle Field, School of Social Work

Ling Xu, School of Social Work

Joseph Ngai, Department of Physics

Daniel Cavanagh, Department of Music

Professor Heekyeong Park, Department of Psychology

Meet Our Staff

Dr. Duane B. Dimos
Dr. Duane B. Dimos
Vice President

Jeremy Forsberg
Jeremy Forsberg
Assistant Vice President

VPR Organization
VPR Organization
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