Chemistry team making athletic drug testing a thousand times better
UT Arlington researchers have unveiled a powerful new tool for catching bad behavior in the sports world—a testing method for evidence of performance-enhancing drugs that can be up to 1,000 times more sensitive than many current tests.
Daniel W. Armstrong, who holds the Robert A. Welch Chair in Chemistry, and Hongyue Guo, a graduate student in Dr. Armstrong’s lab, presented the research this week at the 247th National Meeting and Exposition of the American Chemical Society in Dallas.
“How much of a drug someone took or how long ago they took it are beyond the analyst’s control. The only thing you can control is how sensitive your method is,” Armstrong says. “Our goal is to develop ultra-sensitive methods that will extend the window of detection, and we may have developed one of the most sensitive methods in the world.”
The method Armstrong’s lab has pioneered is called paired ion electrospray ionization (PIESI, pronounced “PIE-zee”). It gathers several of those drug bits together, making them more obvious to the detector. The new method does not require additional equipment for testing labs, only the addition of a chemical the Armstrong team designed that is now commercially available and relatively inexpensive, Guo says.
The UT Arlington team explained its research at a news conference in Dallas Wednesday. Watch the news conference.
Read more about the new drug-testing method.
Makerspace planned for Central Library
UT Arlington Libraries plan to significantly expand creative services, spaces, and technologies in fall 2015 when a 24-hour laboratory for Creation, eXploration and Innovation, or CXI Space, will launch in the Central Library.
The CXI Space will be a “makerspace” built upon the expertise of faculty, alumni, and industry leaders. Makerspaces bring together people in a technology-rich area to create, test ideas, and innovate.
“This is a natural extension of our mission, and an opportunity to serve an emerging need of our students and faculty,” says Rebecca Bichel, dean of the UT Arlington Libraries. “The CXI Space will provide students with a competitive advantage in the job market by extending classroom learning.”
Faculty and students will have round-the-clock access to technologies, such as 3-D printers and scanners, and laser cutters. There also will be simulation and digital media software and hardware, and robotics in a hands-on laboratory for practical application of the theoretical design concepts learned in the classroom.
Read more about the UTA Libraries' CXI Space.
Nina Totenberg next for Maverick Speakers Series
Award-winning National Public Radio correspondent Nina Totenberg will speak on "The Supreme Court and Its Impact on You" at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 8, at Texas Hall. Her appearance is the last event for the 2013-14 Maverick Speakers Series.
An NPR reporter since 1975, Totenberg provides regular reports for the station’s critically acclaimed newsmagazines All Things Considered, Morning Edition, and Weekend Edition. She also appears regularly on Inside Washington, a weekly syndicated public affairs television program.
She has earned numerous honors throughout her career, including a Peabody Award for NPR and many other awards for excellence in journalism and investigative reporting.
General admission tickets are free but required. The premium seating package is $25 and includes a front-of-house seat and reserved parking near the venue. Tickets are available at utatickets.com and the College Park Center box office.
The Maverick Speakers Series is sponsored in part by Texas Health Arlington Memorial Hospital.
ACES symposium displays student research
More than 250 students will show their research and creativity at the Annual Celebration of Excellence by Students (ACES) symposium 8 a.m.-6 p.m., Wednesday, March 26, at the E.H. Hereford University Center.
Undergraduate and graduate students work with faculty mentors in their disciplines to write and submit abstracts for the competition. The approved abstracts are then turned into oral presentations or posters to be presented at the symposium.
Past winners have presented research on gene therapy, business relations, military recruiting, pain control, better tools for builders, history, philosophy, biochemistry, engineering. ACES is an interdisciplinary event in which any student from any program can participate.
Studio event, auction added to annual glass art sale
The UTA world-class glass art show and sale has expanded with a premium preview event Thursday, April 3, featuring works from virtually every medium and extended public sale hours Friday, April 4.
ART/UTA 2014 Studio Event and Art Auction on Thursday features silent and live auctions of faculty and student works in photography, painting, sculpture, ceramics, and printmaking in addition to glass. The event begins at 6 p.m. at the Studio Arts Center with studio demonstrations in painting, sculpture, and glassblowing, and artists' discussions about their creative processes. The live auction begins at 7:30 p.m.
Tickets for the Thursday event are $100 per person. Proceeds benefit the College of Liberal Arts and the Department of Art and Art History. For more information, email email@example.com or call 2-5300.
“At its best, art broadens our perspectives culturally and socially, and it sparks our imagination,” says Robert Hower, chairman of art and art history. “We are pleased to expand this event and provide additional opportunity to spotlight faculty and student excellence and their creative and intellectual contributions to our community.”
Thursday’s event will include works by many distinguished faculty members, including drawings by Stephen Lapthisophon, paintings by Sedrick Huckaby, photography by Kenda North, and sculpture by Darryl Lauster.
The traditional public glass art sale is set for 8 a.m.-8 p.m. Friday, April 4, also at the Studio Arts Center.
Complete new conflict of interest form by March 31
Full-time employees must complete the new UTS180: Conflicts of Interest, Conflicts of Commitment, and Outside Activities form by Monday, March 31.
Disclosure of potential conflicts include service on a board or uncompensated activity outside of UTA, significant interest in a business, or gifts received. Approval is not required for immediate family members, but disclosure may be required.
Go to the Outside Activity Portal for activities in the 2013 calendar year by Monday, March 31, to make your disclosures. The system will reopen in April for the 2014 calendar year.
Vice presidents, deans, directors, department chairs, and supervisors should log in and out of the system before Tuesday, April 1, to begin receiving online approval requests from employees.
Some data will be posted on a publicly searchable website in accordance with policy. Information regarding family members will not be publicly disclosed.
UT Arlington has revised the Handbook of Operating Procedures, Section 5-508 to reflect this policy.
If you have questions, contact Jennifer Chapman at University Compliance Services at 2-2080 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Register through Wednesday for faculty Day One workshop
Spaces are still available for faculty at every level—from GTAs to lecturers to full professors—to learn more about best practices for the first day of the term. Registration continues through Wednesday, March 26.
The “Day One” workshop is 1-4 p.m. Friday, March 28, on the sixth floor of the Central Library.
MyMav maintenance starts Friday
The MyMav portal will be unavailable to users from 6 p.m. Friday, March 28, to noon Sunday, March 30. There will be no MyMav access during this time period.
Clearance week event at bookstore
The UTA Bookstore hosts Clearance Week with 25 percent off winter wear and select Under Armor items Monday-Friday, March 24-28. Many other items are also on sale.
Applications accepted for First-Year Experience instructors
The Division is Student Affairs is recruiting instructors to teach the new First-Year Experience course for the fall 2014 semester.
The FYE course is required for all first-time, full-time freshmen. The course orients students to life on campus and assists in the transition to college. Course content and assignments will help students identify the individual needs and skills that will affect their success, determine what resources are appropriate and available to them, and formulate a plan for an actively engaged and enriched experience on the campus.
Send questions to Molly Albart, director of planning, assessment and student success, at email@example.com.
Distinguished Alumni Award nominations accepted
The Alumni Association is accepting 2014 Distinguished Alumni Award nominations. This is the highest honor an alumna/alumnus can receive from UT Arlington.
Award criteria and a nomination form are on the Alumni Association website. The deadline for submitting nominations is Tuesday, April 1. Awards will be presented at the 2014 Distinguished Alumni Gala on Saturday, Oct. 18.
For more information, call 2-2594.
Six Flags event benefits AISD on April 11
Enjoy an evening at Six Flags Over Texas with discount tickets that help Arlington schools. The theme park hosts Education Celebration 6-11 p.m. Friday, April 11, benefiting AISD.
Tickets are only $20 plus tax. Advanced tickets are limited. No tickets will be sold at the gate. Special discounted parking is $10 per car at the gate.
Monday, March 24
Female Heroes in Fact and Fiction Pulitzer Prize-winning author Geraldine Brooks, right, is guest speaker for Women's History Month. Her recent novel, Caleb’s Crossing, was a New York Times best-seller. Free. 7 p.m., sixth floor atrium, Central Library. Festival of Ideas Global Research Institute, Women’s and Gender Studies, Women’s History Month.
Tuesday, March 25
The Publishing Rollercoaster: Writers Sound Off Expand your knowledge of professional publishing from concept through research, submission, revision, and publication. This webcast is perfect for those hoping to get published for the first time or to improve their skills. Free. 1-2:30 p.m., Room 315A, Central Library. UT Arlington Libraries.
Oxfam Hunger Banquet Attendees will learn about global poverty through a unique dinner. Oxfam is an international confederation of 17 organizations in more than 90 countries focused on ending poverty. Free. 7:30 p.m., Room 228, Engineering Research Building. UTA Volunteers.
Wine Appreciation Explore the history of wine, and enjoy a food sampling and wine pairing. Register online. Faculty, staff $80; use code UTHALF. 7-9 p.m. Tuesdays, through April 15. Continuing Education.
Thursday, March 27
Dealing Effectively with Conflict and Confrontation Learn how to diffuse conflict in the workplace and in your personal life. Register online. Free. 9-11 a.m., J.D. Wetsel Service Center. Human Resources.
Biology Colloquium Series Jim McGuire of the University of California at Berkeley is guest speaker. Free. 4 p.m., Room 124, Life Science Building. Biology.
Friday, March 28
Welcoming Diversity This interactive program promotes awareness and increases sensitivity to the similarities and differences among individuals and groups. The focus is on developing self-pride, examining stereotypes, and learning skills to respond to prejudicial jokes, remarks, and slurs. Register online. Free. 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Human Resources.
Setting the Tone on Day One: Best Practices for the First Day of Class Discover the best practices on the first day of class such as setting the tone for a course, creating demonstrations of first-day activities, and addressing policy issues. Bring your laptops and mobile devices. RSVP. Free. 1-4 p.m., sixth floor parlor, Central Library. Division of Faculty Affairs.
SharePoint User Group Share ideas about how to use SharePoint to streamline common departmental/committee tasks and processes. 1–2:30 p.m., Room 101, College Hall.
Saturday, March 29
Digital Photography in a Snap(shot) Learn the basic functions of your digital camera and how to take better pictures. A digital camera, memory card, and card reader or USB cord are needed to participate. Register online. Faculty, staff $50; use code UTHALF. 9 a.m.-noon. Continuing Education.
Engineering Distinguished Speaker Series Diandra Leslie-Pelecky, professor of physics at West Virginia University, will discuss why races can’t be won without getting the math and science right. Free. 6 p.m. Thursday, April 3; reception 5 p.m., Room 501; lecture 6 p.m., Room 100; Nedderman Hall. Engineering.
Human Resources Training Advanced Supervisory Skills, Wednesday, April 9; Managing Across Generations, Tuesday, April 15; The Art of Listening, Thursday, April 17; Customer Service 101, Tuesday, April 22; and Dealing with Difficult Employees and People, Wednesday, April 23. Register online. Free. 9-11 a.m., J.D. Wetsel Service Center. Human Resources.
(For an expanded list of events, see the UT Arlington Calendar.)
Tuesday, March 25
Violin Studio Recital Violin students perform. Free. 7:30 p.m., Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. Music.
Spotlight Entertainment Series Comedian C.J. Toledano has written for Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, Conan O'Brien, and Second City. Free. 7:30 p.m., Rosebud Theatre, E.H. Hereford University Center. EXCEL Campus Activities.
Thursday, March 27
Writers Speaker Series Guest speaker Kyle Minor is the author of two collections of short fiction, In the Devil’s Territory (2008) and Praying Drunk (2014). A book signing follows. Free. 7 p.m., Room 100, Nedderman Hall. English.
Saturday, March 29
Wind Symphony Concert Doug Stotter, director of bands, conducts the UTA Wind Symphony featuring the Four Hornsmen of the Apocalypse. Tickets $9 general public; $6 students, seniors. 7:30 p.m., Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. Music.
Softball Mavericks vs. Western Kentucky. Free. 1 p.m. and 3 p.m., Allan Saxe Field. Also, 1 p.m. Sunday, March 30. Athletics.
Gallery 76102: Abstraction on the Edge Exhibit of paintings and works on paper by Arlington artist Bill Barter. Gallery hours noon-6 p.m. Wednesdays-Saturdays, Gallery 76102, 1401 Jones St., Fort Worth. Through March 31. Fort Worth Center, Gallery 76102.
MavsArt Enjoy a variety of artistic media by faculty, staff, and students. Right, Portrait of a Child's Silent Scream by E.H. Ewuanes. First floor, Central Library. UTA Libraries.
Mindful Moments Learn mindfulness techniques to help deal effectively with stress. New day. Free. 12:15-12:45 p.m., Mondays, Room 310, Ransom Hall. Health Services.
Visual Resource Commons and Gallery The Jonathan A. Campbell and Tanya G. Dowdey African Art Collection is a multi-dimensional collection of 11th-20th century art and artifacts. Free. 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays-Fridays, Suite 2109, Fine Arts Building. Art and Art History.
Planetarium The spring schedule includes new shows Back to the Moon for Good, Exoplanets, and Molecularium, plus returning favorites Pink Floyd and Spacepark 360. Planetarium.
(For an expanded list of events, see the UT Arlington Calendar.)