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For the Faculty and Staff of The University of Texas at Arlington

Monday, September 14, 2009

Freshman chemistry

Quality and quantity: A record 28,084 students enrolled at UT Arlington this fall. About 25 percent of the nearly 4,300 freshmen ranked in the top 10 percent of their high school graduating class.

University sees huge surge
in enrollment figures for fall

A record-breaking fall enrollment of 28,084 reflects the University's intense focus on students and increasing diversity of academic programs.

Enrollment is up almost 12 percent from fall 2008, when 25,100 undergraduate and graduate students were enrolled. Gains are most prominent in the critical areas of nursing, education and science—fields in which aggressive recruiting and retention efforts are showing results.

"These numbers are evidence of what we see on campus every day," President James D. Spaniolo says. "UT Arlington is a dynamic university that is improving by every measure. Students are choosing this university because they see an institution that is on the rise, one that is gaining momentum toward becoming a major national research institution."

Of the approximately 3,000 new students, about a third are new to college, a third are students who continued at the University through enhanced retention efforts and a third have become Mavericks by enrolling in new distance education and hybrid delivery programs.

"This freshman class is not only UT Arlington's largest yet, but it is also the most accomplished," Donald R. Bobbitt, provost and vice president for academic affairs, says of this fall's nearly 4,300 freshmen. About 25 percent of the 2009 freshman class ranked in the top 10 percent of their high school graduating class.

See the news release.

Surgical instruments

On target: UT Arlington researchers are leaders in the development of image-guided surgical procedures that help surgeons identify compact layers of tissues, such as scar tissue.

Surgical instrument system targets where to operate

An image-guided surgical instrument system that pinpoints where to cut on patients who have scar tissue or other conditions has the chance to revolutionize surgical procedures.

Researchers in the College of Engineering are developing the Multifunctional, Image-Guided Surgical platform, which integrates a high-resolution, depth-resolved optical imaging system, a laser scalpel, a miniature multi‐axis translation system, software to work the system and a control system on a single platform.

Digant Davé, assistant professor in bioengineering, is leading the team and has secured two grants totaling $614,000 from the National Institutes of Health to complete his development of the MIGS platform.

"Imagine a joystick with which the surgeon can position the imager and scalpel at the right location to see buried tissue layers and perform surgery," Dr. Davé says.

The project will be conducted at UT Arlington's Optical Medical Imaging Laboratories located in the Advanced Imaging Research Center at UT Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas. UT Arlington bioengineering Professor Liping Tang is among those collaborating with Davé.

See the news release.

Dr. Greg Hale

Getting a boost: Dr. Greg Hale, director of the Science and Education Career Center, views the UTeach Arlington program as critical to the next generation of teachers.

UTeach Arlington to boost quality, quantity
of area science, math teachers

Texas faces a growing shortage of highly skilled science and math teachers. A new UTeach Arlington program housed on campus will begin helping area school districts meet that critical need next fall.

UTeach Arlington is being established through the generosity of the Texas Instruments Foundation and a seed grant of $625,000 awarded through the National Math and Science Initiative.

"Our university has been working to launch UTeach Arlington since late 2006, when we learned of the success our Austin colleagues were having in preparing math and science teachers through this program," says Greg Hale, assistant dean of science and principal investigator for UTeach Arlington.

Co-directors are Ann Cavallo, professor of science education in the College of Education and Health Professions, and Ramon Lopez, professor of physics in the College of Science.

UTeach Arlington will recruit master teachers and other staff beginning in January 2010 and begin offering scholarships, internships and stipends to qualifying undergraduates and graduate students next fall.

To learn more about UTeach Arlington, see the news release.

Physics professor to unravel the mysteries of matter

Dr. Kaushik De

Physics Professor Kaushik De will lecture about "The Mysterious Matter" from noon-1:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 16, in the Central Library sixth floor parlor.

Physicists have a good model to describe the fundamental particles and forces in the universe. The Standard Model of particle physics has been measured and confirmed repeatedly during the past 50 years.

Yet, some of the most fundamental questions have remained unanswered. What is mass? Why is most of the matter in the universe invisible? In his talk, Dr. De will explore how the ATLAS experiment will probe questions like these for the next decade. The presentation is free and open to all. A reception will follow the talk.

Grants for doctoral students targeted for areas of national need

More than $1.4 million in federal grants will go toward helping qualified graduate students at UT Arlington receive their doctoral degrees in areas of national need.

  MavPic Christopher Conway (left), John Garrigus (center) and Lonny Harrison (right)

Three keys of economy

John Garrigus (center), associate professor of history in the College of Liberal Arts, spoke on "Three Keys to Understanding Deep Economy" Wednesday in Nedderman Hall, referring to big economies, big countries and big China as the keys. Deep Economy: The Wealth of Communities and the Durable Future by Bill McKibben is the University's OneBook selection for this year. With Dr. Garrigus are Christopher Conway (left), OneBook co-chair and associate professor of modern languages, and Lonny Harrison, visiting assistant professor of modern languages. Read more at www.uta.edu/onebook.

The U.S. Department of Education has awarded a $522,624 GAANN (Graduate Assistance in Areas of National Need) grant each to the UT Arlington Mathematics and Computer Science Engineering departments. The Physics Department received a $391,968 GAANN grant. Each grant can potentially benefit 20 students in each of the departments during the next three years.

All three departments are working with the Office of Graduate Studies to develop common recruiting and retention activities for the GAANN fellows that are designed to address the unique needs of underrepresented and first-generation college students.

See the news release.

Mapping neighborhood election data

Geographic Information Systems Librarian Joshua Been will conduct a workshop on mapping election data as part of the Techno Scholar series from 3-5 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 17, in the Central Library, Room B20.

See how GIS can be used to explore presidential election voting trends by precinct around your neighborhood and across the state. Then compare various demographic trends, such as income, age and race, and their geographic relationship with voters. No prior GIS experience is required.

The workshop is open to faculty, staff, students and the general public.

Instructional support sessions offered for faculty

Full- and part-time faculty are invited to participate in a series of free instructional support sessions this fall. The sessions are taught by Mary Lynn Crow, a professor in the College of Education and Health Professions, a member of the UT Arlington Academy of Distinguished Teachers and a 2009 recipient of the UT System Board of Regents' Outstanding Teaching Award. Faculty are asked to pre-register by contacting Delene Remmers at 2‑2737 or remmers@uta.edu.

The first session, "Teaching Concepts Inductively," will be from 1-4 p.m. Friday, Sept. 18, in Trimble Hall, Room 101. Teaching inductively is a strategy that calls for presenting examples and non-examples first and letting students themselves determine the concept by utilizing their critical-thinking skills. Tested classroom techniques will be discussed and demonstrated, and faculty will have a chance to participate in the demonstrations. Handouts and light refreshments will be provided.

Benefit Yourself

Benefits Guides

My UT Benefits from the UT System

Benefits Guides provide detailed information about the benefits you are entitled to and the provisions of the insurance plans. A Benefits Guide may also be referred to as Plan Certificate, Evidence of Coverage, Summary of Benefits, Certificate of Insurance, Certificate of Coverage or Policy by the plan administrators.

You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader to view the PDF files. You may view these documents in your browser window or download them to your hard drive.

Get Organized: Keys to Everyday Office Success

If your office is a mess and you are drowning in your to-do list, then this class is for you. Participants will learn how backlogs happen, how to manage paperwork, how to eliminate clutter and discover the benefits of organization. Now is the time and today is the day to get organized and stay organized. Only you can make it happen. 9-11 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 16, Wetsel Service Center, Room 200. See the complete list of training classes.

PowerPoint 2007 Level I

This course offers basic skills needed to create a PowerPoint presentation. The course covers using styles, customizing the format of presentations and adding animation to presentations. 2-4 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 22, Ransom Hall, Room 312. Register to attend. See the complete list of OIT training classes.

Employment information

Check out UT Arlington employment opportunities at www.uta.edu/jobs. Have questions? Call Human Resources/Employment Services at 2-3461 or TDD 2-8139 or e-mail employment@uta.edu. The University of Texas at Arlington is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer.

Extra Credit

Friday, Sept. 18 Thermal Science in Bioengineering and Nanotechnology Tae-Youl Choi, assistant professor of mechanical and energy engineering at the University of North Texas, introduces two approaches in small-scale thermal science and engineering. Free. 1:30 p.m. Room 105, Nedderman Hall. Debi Barton, 2‑2561, dbarton@uta.edu.

Wednesday, Sept. 23 Income/Outcome Workshop Income/Outcome is a board game simulation of a manufacturing company. The workshop includes all the excitement and challenges of running a business. At the end of this workshop, participants will understand the difference between cash and profit, fixed and variable costs, the value of budgets and cash flow forecasts, and the impact of inventory build-up and the need to control working capital. Sponsored by TMAC. Register to attend. $399. 8:30 a.m.-2 p.m. UT Arlington Automation and Robotics Research Institute, 7300 Jack Newell Blvd. South, Fort Worth.

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

Going Out

Thursday, Sept. 10 Exhibiting Artist Talk Margo Sawyer, professor of sculpture/studio art at UT Austin, gives an illustrated presentation about her work on the exhibit. Free. 12:30 p.m. The Gallery at UT Arlington, Fine Arts Building. Patricia Healy, 2-5658, phealy@uta.edu.

  UTA Presents

Made in Italy opens Saturday

Made in Italy

The Arlington Museum of Art will feature an exhibit of photography by UT Arlington students and faculty who studied in Florence, Italy, in June. The exhibit opens Saturday, Sept. 19.

This summer undergraduate and graduate students studied at the Santa Reparata International School of Art under the direction of Kenda North, professor of photography in the College of Liberal Arts. The exhibit will include photographs, large-scale prints and self-published books in the main gallery of the AMA.

The photographs represent personal responses to living in Florence for a month, as well as trips to Venice, Lucca, Rome and Cinque Terre. The images challenge typical travel photography, both in concept and in presentation.

Participating artists are Professor North, Ashley Allen, Jesse Barnett, Kimberly Bell, Justin Bolle, Annie Donovan, Casey Kopecky, Erica Martinez, Katie Nixon, Amber Lea Taylor, Jenny Todd, Daniel Gutierrez and Laurie Ward.

Exhibition sponsors include Arlington Camera, Imaging Spectrum, Kar Lynn Arts, Red River Paper and the Department of Art and Art History at UT Arlington.

This is the fifth AMA exhibit from students and faculty studying at the Santa Reparata International School of Art. An opening reception is scheduled from 6-9 p.m. Friday, Sept. 25. The exhibit closes Oct. 18.

The Arlington Museum of Art is located at 201 W. Main Street and is open from 1-5 p.m. Wednesday through Friday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and noon-5 p.m. Sunday.

For more information, contact the museum at 817-275-4600 or Professor North at kenda@uta.edu.

Monday, Sept. 14 Viva La Cultura Kickoff Celebrate the beginning of Hispanic Heritage Month. See a list of events at www.uta.edu/multicultural. Noon. University Center mall. 2-2099, multicultural_affairs@uta.edu.

Monday, Sept. 14 Faculty and Friends Chamber Orchestra Concert Music students and faculty perform works by Beethoven, Schubert and Dvorak. Free. 7:30 p.m. Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. 2-3471, music@uta.edu.

Tuesday, Sept. 15 Music Honors Recital Music Department faculty and outstanding students perform solo and chamber music. Free. 7:30 p.m. Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. 2-3471, music@uta.edu.

Wednesday, Sept. 16 Mindful Moments Mindfulness draws on one's internal resources to cultivate awareness and to practice being present in each moment of our lives. Offered by Health Services. 12:15 p.m. Wednesdays, Room 235, Business Building. Marie Bannister, 2-2771, bannister@uta.edu.

Thursday, Sept. 17 MAC's Second Birthday Celebrate the Maverick Activities Center's second birthday with cake and refreshments. The MAC serves more than 2,000 people daily. 3 p.m. Maverick Activities Center.

Thursday, Sept. 17 Jazz on the Lawn This outdoor concert features performances by the Music Department's jazz groups. In case of rain, the concert will be held in Room 115 of the Fine Arts Building. Free. 7:30 p.m. Courtyard, Architecture Building. 2-3471, music@uta.edu.

Friday, Sept. 18 Oozeball Tournament Campus Recreation and the Student Alumni Association host the 20th annual Oozeball Tournament. Money raised helps fund the Student Alumni Association Sophomore Scholarship. Pepsi-Cola will provide free water, and Chipotle will provide free chips and guacamole for participants. The SAA will sell concessions and event shirts. Noon-5 p.m. Corner of Summit Avenue and Fourth Street. See www.uta.edu/alumni/saa/saa_oozeball.

Saturday, Sept. 19 EcoFest Arlington Hear local bands, get do-it-yourself tips for reducing consumption, check out the latest green products and watch the humorous documentary, "Garbage! The Revolution Starts at Home." Free. 2 p.m. Levitt Pavilion, corner of Abrams at Center streets.

The Planetarium at UT Arlington

Through Sept. 27 UT Arlington Planetarium programs The summer schedule will continue through Sept. 27. Shows include Texas Stargazing, Stars of the Pharaohs, Black Holes, Secret of the Cardboard Rocket, Stars at Night are Big and Bright, Bad Astronomy, matinees and $2 movies. 2-1183, planetarium@uta.edu, www.utaplanetarium.com.

Through Sept. 30 Fort Worth: A Vision in Glass Gallery 76102 The Fort Worth Center hosts an exhibit in glass art. Free. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturdays. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays by appointment only. Christina Graves, 2-5988.

Through Oct. 10 Art Exhibition: Geometry in Reflection Two internationally recognized artists address architectonic forms and color relationships through their work. Free. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays-Fridays; noon-5 p.m. Saturdays. Patricia Healy, 2-5658, phealy@uta.edu.

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

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