Physics professor wins second international Humboldt Prize for solar research
Physics Professor Zdzislaw Musielak has won his second international Humboldt Prize for his research into the sun and solar-type stars.
Dr. Musielak first received the Humboldt Prize from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation in 1997 and has been notified that he has won again this year. The prize honors internationally renowned scientists and scholars. Musielak is being rewarded for outstanding achievements in the field of astrophysics, resulting from his nominations by three German research institutions.
"The Humboldt Prize is one of the most prestigious awards in science and is given only to the top physicists in the world," says Alexander Weiss, professor and chairman of the Physics Department in the College of Science. "More than 20 previous winners of the Humboldt Prize have gone on to win the Noble Prize in Physics."
Musielak will study the physical processes responsible for heating the atmosphere of the sun and solar-type stars to temperatures above one million degrees. The research will enable astrophysicists to know more about the internal processes on the sun and also about its influence on Earth and life here.
The research will be done at the Kiepenheuer Institute in Freiburg, Germany, for three months this summer. He will collaborate with institute researchers and others at the University of Freiburg and the University of Heidelberg.
Bridge-to-Doctorate fellowship program funds nearly $1 million
UT Arlington has been awarded $987,000 from the National Science Foundation for 2010-12 to increase the number of students attaining their doctoral degrees in the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics fields.
The Bridge-to-Doctorate program awards a dozen students full tuition and fees, $30,000 annual stipends for two years, an allowance for textbooks and research supplies, participation in the NSF Joint Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C., research conference participation and support, and developmental workshops and activities.
The funding for the BD fellowships at UT Arlington comes from the Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation program at the NSF. Stokes played a pivotal role in the quest for civil rights, equality, and social and economic justice throughout his tenure in the U.S. Congress.
"This grant can help us to recruit excellent students from all over the country to our STEM doctoral programs as we transform our institution to a national research university," says Tuncay Aktosun, mathematics professor and co-director of the program on campus. "The program also provides intensive mentoring and academic support for the fellows to be successful in their graduate studies and beyond."
Philip Cohen, UT Arlington vice provost for academic affairs and graduate school dean and co-director of the program, says that after the initial two-year BD funding, the fellows are supported by other funding mechanisms to ensure their timely graduation.
Read more about the Bridge-to-Doctorate program online.
Physics team finds unexplained matter-antimatter asymmetry
UT Arlington physicists are part of the DZero collaboration research team that has found new evidence that may help explain why the universe is composed of matter. The findings are outlined in a May 18 article in The New York Times.
Headed by Physics Professor Andrew White, the team includes Professor Kaushik De, Associate Professors Andrew Brandt and Jaehoon Yu, researcher Mark Sosebee, and students Arnab Pal and Heather Brown.
DZero is an international experiment of about 500 physicists from 86 institutions in 19 countries. It is supported by the U.S. Department of Energy, the National Science Foundation, and a number of international funding agencies. Fermilab is a national laboratory funded by the Office of Science of the U.S. Department of Energy, operated under contract by Fermi Research Alliance, LLC.
In analyzing data from collisions of protons and antiprotons at Fermilab's Tevatron, which until the opening of the Large Hadron Collider near Geneva was the world's largest particle accelerator, the scientists found something inexplicable. In the production of pairs of muons and antimuons, scientists found, instead of symmetry, more movement from the antimatter state to the matter state.
Read more about UT Arlington's high energy physics research online.
Texas Scottish Festival and Highland Games returns to campus June 4-6
Gather up the entire family and head out to the 24th annual Texas Scottish Festival and Highland Games Friday-Sunday, June 4-6, at Maverick Stadium.
Since 1987 the festival has been a regular feature in Arlington, attracting thousands each year to celebrate Scottish music, dance, history, foods, Highland athletics, and more. It is among the largest Scottish gatherings in the United States and is rated the No. 1 Scottish music venue.
Two-for-one tickets are available Friday, June 4, and Sunday, June 6, for UT Arlington faculty and staff showing an ID at the front gate of Maverick Stadium. Regular price is $10 for adults on Friday and Sunday, and $15 on Saturday. Note that the two-for-one discount does not apply on Saturday. Festival hours are 5 p.m.-midnight Friday, 9 a.m.-midnight Saturday, and 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday.
World No Tobacco Day event Friday
Learn more reasons to quit smoking at the World No Tobacco Day event 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Friday, May 28, in front of the Health Services Center.
You can check your lung capacity as well as your knowledge of smoking trivia while comparing the display of healthy lungs with those of a smoker. Representatives of the North Texas Coalition Against Alcohol and Tobacco will be on hand.
Participants can sign up for the free Fresh Start From Tobacco classes. Free popcorn, lemonade, and prizes will also be available.
UT Arlington will become a tobacco-free campus by August 2011 to foster a healthier community for employees, students, and visitors. Current University policy prohibits tobacco use in all campus buildings and facilities, including residence halls, apartments, and houses. Tobacco may not be used within 50 feet of building entrances or air intake vents of campus buildings.
To learn more about how to quit tobacco use, contact Nekima Booker at 2-2716 or email@example.com.
University Policies and Procedures site launched
A new University Policies and Procedures website is now available at uta.edu/policy. The site can be accessed through the UT Arlington Policies link located on the website of the Office of the President.
The site provides centralized access to official versions of University policies, procedures, forms, and exhibits. The integration of UT Arlington's directives will support efforts to demonstrate compliance and facilitate review by accrediting agencies as well as use by the University faculty, staff, and student community.
The Business Affairs, Net Solutions' team, comprised of policy and procedure analysts and web developers, will maintain the integrity of this site. For more information, contact them at 2-0222 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Campus printers to get 'sleep' setting
As part of the University's ongoing energy-saving initiatives, capable network printers will receive an automated energy-saving setting June 14. Printers will be set to sleep after 30 minutes of inactivity. Printers will still be available after they have gone to sleep but will have a short delay for warm-up as they wake up for use. Warm-up times will vary depending on model. Printers will be set to automatically awaken at 7:45 a.m. on weekdays to facilitate quicker printer response.
If you have any questions regarding these changes, notify the Help Desk at email@example.com or 2-2208.
Web servers to be retired at end of year
UT Arlington web servers www2 and www3 will be retired on Dec. 31. All websites on these servers will need to be moved to a new server by Nov. 1.
In the coming weeks, departments and authors of affected websites will receive a notification identifying the websites they currently have on the retiring servers and information on the next steps. As a preliminary first step, departments with known web content on the www2 and/or www3 servers should begin evaluating their sites to determine if the information needs to be moved to a new server or if it can be deleted. If the content must be retained, the department should identify a contact person to lead the update and migration project.
The new Windows web server runs the latest Microsoft web server technology (IIS 7.5) but no longer supports FrontPage extensions. Websites that utilize Microsoft FrontPage extensions will break when moved to the new server. Departments will need to start the migration process as early as possible to ensure pages are successfully redesigned using updated web coding.
Questions about the www2 and www3 retirement can be directed to the Help Desk at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Special Olympics on campus starting tonight
More than 3,000 Special Olympics Texas athletes from across the state will be on campus Thursday-Sunday, May 27-30, for the 2010 Summer Games. This is the fifth year for the event to be held at UT Arlington and surrounding community venues.
The games kick off with opening ceremonies at 7 p.m. today, Thursday, May 27, at Maverick Stadium. Competition also will take place at the Maverick Activities Center, Intramural Fields, and Tennis Center. A motor skills training program and volunteer meals will be at the E.H. Hereford University Center.
Volunteer information is available online.
See the horses run June 24 at Lone Star Park
Faculty and staff are invited to sign up for a fun night of horse racing at the annual Lone Star Park Night, set for Thursday, June 24.
The Department of Campus Recreation hosts the event. The cost is $25 per person and includes admission, reserved seating (climate controlled), parking, a barbecue buffet, and race program. For more information, contact Chris Muller at 2-3277 or email@example.com.
Human Resources training classes help with job skills
Maverick 101: New Employee Orientation This class is designed to help new UT Arlington employees learn the basics of what it means to "Be A Maverick" and to help current faculty and staff connect with the pulse of the University. 8 a.m.-noon, Wednesday, June 2, Room 200, Wetsel Service Center.
Building Blocks of Business Writing Everything you write by hand or produce on a computer is a reflection of who you are as a professional. Taking the time to communicate effectively in writing is crucial to your workplace success. Learn basic and next-level skills that will help you achieve the greatest level of effectiveness in your writing. Register online. 2-4 p.m., Thursday, June 3, Room 200, Wetsel Service Center.
Say What You Mean, Mean What You Say: Essential Communication Skills Do you struggle to find the right words in a conversation? Do you find yourself not being able to get your point across? You can learn the skills that can empower you to speak clearly and effectively. Participants will learn about communication styles, assertiveness, non-verbal communication, and additional keys to communication that will educate and empower. 9-11 a.m., Tuesday, June 8, Room 200, Wetsel Service Center.
See a complete list of HR training classes.
Take a break with Mindful Moments
Take a break from stress with Mindful Moments each Wednesday this summer. Mindfulness draws on one's internal resources to cultivate awareness and practice being present in each moment of our lives. The summer session continues through Aug. 11. Free. 12:15-12:45 p.m. Wednesdays, Room 235, Business Building. Marie Bannister, 2-2771.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. The University of Texas at Arlington is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer.
Friday, May 28
Collaborative Intrusion Detection in Mobile Ad-Hoc Networks Providing security in a mobile ad-hoc network is a challenging task due to its inherent characteristics. Raja Datta of the Indian Institute of Technology at Kharagpur will discuss some secure addressing schemes and present two collaborative intrusion detection techniques for mobile networks. Presented by the Computer Science and Engineering Department's Center for Research in Wireless Mobility and Networking. 11 a.m. Room 413, Woolf Hall. 2-7405.
(For an expanded list of events, see the UT Arlington Calendar.)
Michael Choice named Southland Conference Baseball Player of the Year; SLC tourney under way
Centerfielder Michael Choice was named the Southland Conference Baseball Player of the Year, Hitter of the Year, and first team All-Southland Conference this week as the SLC Tournament got under way Wednesday at Corpus Christi.
UT Arlington is seeded fifth in the double-elimination tournament, which continues through Saturday with the champion earning a trip to an NCAA Regional.
The Mavericks lost two of three at Texas State last weekend to finish fifth with a 19-14 conference record. Texas State won the regular season title with a 23-10 mark and is the top-seeded team in the tournament.
Track teams have 16 entries in NCAA preliminary meet
UT Arlington men's and women's track teams will be well represented as the men have nine entries and the women seven in the NCAA West Preliminary Meet Thursday-Saturday, May 27-29, at UT Austin.
Cordero Gray ranks among the men's top 10 in the meet in both the 100- and 200-meter events while Jasmine Walls is listed in the women's top 10 for the 200. Top qualifiers at the preliminary meet advance to the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships June 9-12 at Eugene, Ore.
Walls was named the Southland Conference Women's Outstanding Track Performer after winning the 100- and 200-meter dash events in the SLC Outdoor Track and Field Championships. Shannon Reynolds is the SLC Women's Freshman of the Year after placing third in the 100 meters, second in the 200, and running on the second-place 4x100-meter relay team in the conference meet. The SLC Women's Newcomer of the Year is junior Jerono Patrober, a transfer from Butler (Kan.) Community College, who was third in the SLC 3,000-meter run and sixth in the 10,000.
Marquez Haynes is regarded as a possible second-round pick in next month's NBA draft. See stories in the Detroit Free Press and on the Indy Cornrows blog. ... Junior Zack Fischer started off tied for 12th last week, firing a 73 in the first round of the NCAA Regional Golf Tournament at the Carlton Oaks Golf Club in San Diego. But he slipped in the second and third rounds with scores of 77 and 78 to finish in a tie for 49th.
Thursday, May 27
MFA Summer Exhibition Reception Third annual summer exhibition by 16 Master of Fine Arts students. The work represents the Department of Art and Art History graduate program in intermedia studio, glass, visual communication, and film and video. Exhibit will continue through Aug. 31. Reception 5-7 p.m., The Gallery at UTA, Fine Arts Building.
Friday, May 28
$2 Movie: Astro Boy The boy with "a hundred horsepower strength." 5:30 p.m., Planetarium. Also 2:30 p.m. Saturday, May 29. uta.edu/planetarium. 2-1183.
Through May 31
Timpani: New Works Artists Carol Benson, Susan Harrington, and Chris Powell use disparate media in this art exhibit. Gallery 76102, Fort Worth Center. 2-5988.
Through Aug. 7
For All Workers: The Legacy of the Texas Labor Movement, 1838-2010 Special Collections summer exhibit features 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. Inspired by Jackson's generous donations of labor archive records and personal papers, the exhibit explains what labor unions are and why they are important, shows the importance of the labor movement as seen through Jackson's life, and concludes with accounts of labor events that have impacted Texas history. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays. Sixth floor, Special Collections, Central Library. 2-7511.
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 Planetarium shows this week include One World, One Sky: Big Bird's Adventure. $4 faculty, staff. uta.edu/planetarium, 2-1183.
(For an expanded list of events, see the UT Arlington Calendar.)