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

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Princeton Review names UT Arlington 'Best in the West' college

The University of Texas at Arlington was named one of the best colleges in the West, according to The Princeton Review, a nationally known educational services company.

UT Arlington is one of 120 institutions The Princeton Review recommends in its "Best in the West" section of its website feature, "2011 Best Colleges: Region by Region," which was posted Monday on PrincetonReview.com.

The review listed biology, general business, management, and nursing as popular degrees at UT Arlington. The colleges chosen for the "Best in the West" list are located in 15 states: Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Oregon, Texas, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming. Collectively, the 623 colleges named among the four regional best areas constitute about 25 percent of the nation's 2,500 four-year colleges.

For this project, The Princeton Review asks students attending the schools to rate their own schools on several issues—from the accessibility of their professors to quality of the campus food—and answer questions about themselves, their fellow students, and their campus life.

Sandy Dasgupta

Dr. Sandy Dasgupta

Chemistry professor's life-saving work praised by National Science Foundation committee

Purnendu "Sandy" Dasgupta's work with arsenic detection is an outstanding representation of research that furthers knowledge, discovery, and learning, according to a committee of experts appointed by the National Science Foundation.

Dr. Dasgupta, Jenkins Garrett Professor and chair of the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry in the College of Science, used NSF funds to develop an analyzer for arsenic in drinking water that could help the millions of people at risk of exposure from naturally occurring arsenic contamination in South and East Asia. The instrument is less expensive and more effective and environmentally friendly than current methods.

Dasgupta's "A Green Fieldable Analyzer for Arsenic" was one of 29 chemistry research projects designated as "high impact" by the National Science Foundation's 2010 Chemistry Committee of Visitors. That body considered several hundred projects that received funding between 2007 and 2009. The group is comprised of professors and other experts from throughout the United States.

Read more about Dasgupta's research.

Drs. Yang, Tang

Blood work: Dr. Jian Yang, left, and Dr. Liping Tang and their team of researchers developed a tissue regeneration method that can repair small blood vessels.

Bioengineering research team developing technique for repairing small blood vessels

Huge improvements have been made in using stents to repair damaged veins and arteries, but little progress has been made to repair damaged small blood vessels. However, biomedical engineering researchers at UT Arlington believe they have found a way to help the body regenerate small diameter vascular grafts and have secured a two-year grant from the American Heart Association to refine their process.

Bioengineering Professor Liping Tang, Assistant Professor Jian Yang, and their team of post-doctoral and graduate researchers recently developed a novel tissue regeneration method called an orchestrated stem cell regeneration (OSCER) technique.

OSCER triggers specific tissue regeneration by programming self-donated stem cells using growth factors released from tissue-engineered scaffolds. The proposed work is aimed at making small diameter vascular grafts using the OSCER technique.

Read more about the small blood vessel repair research.

New voice mail system begins next week

The Avaya Voice Mail system will replace the current Meridian Mail system next week, according to Craig Beal, director of Telecommunications. Meridian Mail was manufactured by Nortel, which has been sold to Avaya.

Login procedure information will be issued to the campus community via e-mail next week. The new system will go into effect at 6 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 12. Voice messaging user guides are available online.

If you have questions, call the Telecommunications Office at 2-5011.

Mavericks Go Green

Car-sharing, new website to be unveiled at Sustainability Committee meeting Tuesday

A car-sharing program, a new website, and guest speakers will highlight the University Sustainability Committee meeting at 3 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 10, in the Carlisle Suite at the E.H. Hereford University Center. Faculty and staff are invited to attend.

Information on the car-sharing program can be found at tryparkingit.com, a website managed by the North Central Texas Council of Governments. Mindy Mize, program manager for NCTCOG, will speak on the car-sharing program and Air North Texas.

Other guest speakers include Donald Gatzke, dean of the School of Architecture; Laura Fiffick, environmental manager for Gresham, Smith and Partners; and Pamela Sexton from the Department of Public Works and Transportation for the City of Arlington.

Refreshments will be served. RSVP to Becky Valentich at becky@uta.edu.

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Smooth moves

Several Movin' Mavs players volunteered their time to teach wheelchair basketball skills to campers, including three incoming freshmen. One new teammate, Alex Gonzalez, explains why he returned to camp a second year and chose UT Arlington.

Engineering student recruitment and retention program receives funding

Underclassmen are the targets of a new program intended to produce more graduates with engineering degrees.

Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) will involve research teams made up of undergraduate students paired with College of Engineering faculty members and high school teachers who are participating in an on-going Research Experience for Teachers (RET) program.

The REU program is funded by a National Science Foundation grant. The NSF also funds the RET program.

Participants will concentrate in the fields of civil, electrical, and computer engineering as they apply to topics in hazard mitigation.

Read more about the engineering recruitment and retention program.

College of Nursing receives grant for best practices in graduation rate

The College of Nursing was recognized for its best practices in its graduation rate by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board. Nursing received a grant for being one of three of the state's nine eligible schools recognized as top performers for achieving an 85 percent or higher graduation rate and 85 percent or higher pass rate on the NCLEX licensure exam in 2009.

UT Arlington received this Nursing Education Performance Initiative (NEPI) award based on having one of the highest scores for best practices in retaining and graduating students from its initial licensure programs.

Nursing's BSN program has a graduation rate of more than 90 percent, and 93 percent to 98 percent of graduates pass their initial nursing licensure exam.

The annual award was instituted by the 80th Texas Legislature to address the state's nursing shortage.

Information on UT Arlington's best practices will be disseminated statewide as a resource to other nursing programs. The College of Nursing will use the cash award to strengthen its recruitment and retention efforts and use of simulation learning technology.

Immortal Life

First book club meeting set for Aug. 12

The Mavs Book Club will hold its first meeting at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 12, in the basement of the Central Library. The book for this month is The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot.

Sponsored by the UT Arlington Library, the club meets the second Thursday of every month. The club is a monthly book discussion group open to all Mavericks—faculty, staff, and students.

The fall lineup of books has been chosen, but ideas for spring readings are welcome. Send the title, author, description, and reason you are recommending it to Evelyn Barker, Diane Shepelwich, or C.D. Walter.

For more details, go to the Mavs Book Club blog or contact Shepelwich at dianec@uta.edu or 2-7521.

E-mail system undergoes maintenance Friday night

The Office of Information Technology will perform maintenance on the faculty and staff e-mail system from 8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 6, to 6 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 7.

The e-mail system will be unavailable during these times. E-mails received during the maintenance period will be stored and delivered immediately after the system is returned to service.

If you have questions or if your e-mail is unavailable for more than 24 hours, contact the HelpDesk at 2-2208 or helpdesk@uta.edu.

Fort Worth gallery opens exhibit next week

"Fort Worth Abstract" starts its run with an opening reception from 6-8 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 12, at Gallery 76102 at the UT Arlington/Fort Worth Center, 1401 Jones St., in Fort Worth.

Fort Worth artists Jane Helslander, Winter Rusiloski, and Cecil Touchon create their abstracts with various media, including paint, collage, photographs, and found images.

Admission to the reception is free. The exhibition will continue through Sept. 30. Museum hours are 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays, and 2-6 p.m. Wednesdays and Fridays.

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Super Bowl volunteers needed, register online

If you have not registered yet as a Super Bowl volunteer, don't miss your chance. Volunteers will be the faces of North Texas during the weeks leading up to Super Bowl XLV on Feb. 6, 2011, at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington.

All volunteers will be issued a limited edition and official volunteer uniform and will be invited to a volunteer appreciation event in the weeks following Super Bowl XLV.

The North Texas Super Bowl XLV Host Committee is looking to recruit and train volunteers who will welcome hundreds of thousands of visitors to North Texas to enjoy the Super Bowl experience. Volunteers will staff numerous activities and venues throughout the region, including the area's airports, major hotels, and the NFL Experience.

Volunteers registered by Aug. 31 are automatically entered to win a pair of tickets to the XLV Countdown Live From Cowboys Stadium at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 10. Five XLV volunteers will win a pair of tickets to the countdown event.

Register to be a Super Bowl XLV volunteer, or visit northtexassuperbowl.com.

Join in for an alumni mixer in Dallas on Aug. 25

Faculty and staff are invited to an alumni mixer at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 25, at Hully & Mo Restaurant, 2800 Routh St., Dallas. The restaurant is in the Quadrangle in Uptown at the corner of Routh and Howell streets. Limited complimentary appetizers and alumni giveaways will be available.

Complimentary valet parking is available, or patrons can use the lot across the street (entrances on Maple and Howell.)

The mixer is $5 for Alumni Association members and $10 for non-members. Register online.

Arlington Reads needs volunteers for various programs

Volunteers are needed for Arlington Reads, a literacy program offered by the Arlington public library. Opportunities include after-school homework help, English conversation partners for adults, one-on-one or small group tutoring for adults, early childhood literacy, GED preparation, and computer classes.

Volunteer orientations are 1-3 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 28, and noon-2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 18. Learn more about Arlington Reads at arlingtonreads.org or call 817-275-3321.

Benefit Yourself

Delegation, controversial issues highlight HR classes next week

Effective Delegation Discover the essential skills to effectively manage projects and bring out the best in your team. Successful managers and supervisors are the ones who learn how to delegate effectively. This course can help you take control of your projects and priorities. Learn practical tips and specific steps to boost productivity, maximize teamwork, and meet deadlines. Free. 2-4 p.m., Wednesday, Aug. 11, Room 200, Wetsel Service Center.

Controversial Issues Workshop  Explore the essential skills related to dealing with tough interpersonal and intergroup conflicts. This class demonstrates a method for helping diverse groups work together even in tough, emotionally charged conflicts. Free. 2-4 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 12, Room 200, Wetsel Service Center.

See a complete listing of HR training classes.

See the latest Environmental Health and Safety Office newsletter

Meet the new director of the Environmental Health and Safety Office in the office's Summer 2010 newsletter. Other articles include information about campus participation in the state fire marshal's "Have An Exit Strategy" program, biological safety, and workers' compensation procedures.

Mindful Moments

Mindful Moments concludes summer session

The final Mindful Moments session for the summer is Wednesday, Aug. 11. All faculty and staff are welcome to attend. Free. 12:15-12:45 p.m. Wednesdays, Room 235, Business Building. Marie Bannister, 2-2771.

Employment Information

Check out employment opportunities at 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

Saturday, Aug. 7

MBA and Graduate Business Information Forum If you are considering pursuing a master's degree in business, you will want to attend the forum for MBA and graduate business programs. Register online. Free. 10 a.m.-noon. Room 147, Business Building. reserve@uta.edu, 2-3005.

Monday, Aug. 9

MyMav Training for Undergraduate Advisers Training for academic advisers and those staff who need access to the MyMav adviser security role. Register at MyMav Training. 9 a.m.-noon, Room E200C, Continuing Education Workforce Center. 2-3140.

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

In Quotes

Virus fossils offer clues to infection

Couple's disorder prevents smiling

Choice on his way after signing contract

"You would never expect to see anything that close."

"I had to support myself so I got a teaching job, and the students responded to me. I believed I could do it."

"The wait is a pretty crazy deal, because you want to get out and get going."

— Dr. Cedric Feschotte, associate professor of biology in the College of Science, on the high rate of similarity between virus fossils and their modern counterparts.
Philadelphia Inquirer

— Dr. Kevin Smant, history lecturer in the College of Liberal Arts, on Moebius syndrome and how it has affected his life.
Star-Telegram

— Michael Choice, former UT Arlington baseball outfielder, on signing a contract with the Oakland A's.
San Francisco Chronicle

Going Out
  UTA Presents

Vintage Computer Fest calculates this weekend

Computer fest

Do you ever get nostalgic for punch cards, TRS-80s, Atari, and other earlier computer worlds? Then reminisce with these and more at the Vintage Computer Festival Southwest.

The fest is 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, Aug. 7-8, in the Rio Grande Ballroom of the E.H. Hereford University Center.

See early models of computers and experience the technologies, people, and stories that embody the remarkable tale of the computer revolution.

Admission is $10 for adults and free for ages 17 and younger. Sponsored by the College of Engineering and the Museum of Information Technology at Arlington.

Thursday, Aug. 5

Texas Cello Academy and Festival Small ensembles are the feature from the academy's 64 performing students, ages 9-19. Directed by cello Professor Elizabeth Morrow. Free 7:30 p.m., Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. Department of Music, 2-3471.

Free Drive-in Movie: Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory The 1972 classic stars Gene Wilder. Rated G. Pull up your car to the parking lot northwest of the MAC. Concession for drinks, candy. Free popcorn. Free. 8:45 p.m., parking Lot 33, Maverick Activities Center. EXCEL Campus Activities.

Friday, Aug. 6

$2 Movie: Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs The most delicious event since macaroni met cheese. Rated G. 5:30 p.m. Planetarium, 2-1183.

Texas Cello Academy and Festival Students, ages 9-19, perform solo and as a full orchestra. Directed by cello Professor Elizabeth Morrow. Free 7:30 p.m., Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. Department of Music, 2-3471.

Through Saturday, Aug. 7

For All Workers: The Legacy of the Texas Labor Movement, 1838-2010 The personal papers of labor and political activist John "J.W." Jackson, as well as numerous items from the Texas Labor Archives at UT Arlington. Free. Summer hours 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays-Saturdays. Special Collections, sixth floor, Central Library. 2-7511.

Saturday, Aug. 7

Fly Me to the Moon

$2 Movie: Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs If wishes were fishes, or meatballs, carry an umbrella. Rated G. 2:30 p.m. Planetarium, 2-1183.

Wednesday, Aug. 11

$2 Movie: Fly Me to the Moon Three young houseflies stow away aboard Apollo 11. Rated G. 5:30 p.m. Also 5:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 13; 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 14. Planetarium, 2-1183.

Ongoing

MFA Summer Exhibition The third annual summer exhibition by 16 Master of Fine Arts students represents the Department of Art and Art History graduate program in intermedia studio, glass, visual communication, and film and video. Free. Summer hours 1:30-3:30 p.m. Mondays-Thursdays. Through Tuesday, Aug. 31. The Gallery at UTA, Fine Arts Building. 2-2891.

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Downtown Farmers Market Arlington's downtown farmers market features locally grown produce and locally made baked goods, arts, and crafts. Co-sponsored by UT Arlington Dining Services. 8 a.m.-1 p.m., Fridays-Saturdays, 215 E. Front St.

Planetarium Programs See One World, One Sky: Big Bird's Adventure. 2 p.m. Thursday, 1 p.m. Saturday, 1:30 p.m. Sunday. Planetarium, 2-1183.

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

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