MavWire 2014 Archive » MavWire — Monday, October 6, 2014


For Faculty and Staff of The University of Texas at Arlington

Monday, October 6, 2014

interdisciplinary pain management project

Pain plan: A UT Arlington team will use data in an NSF research project that could help physicians make more informed decisions about treating pain. From left in front are Drs. Aera LeBoulluec, Victoria Chen, and Li Zeng; back, Drs. Robert Gatchel, Jay Rosenberger, Mike Manry, and Junzhou Huang.

Big data analytics could yield better pain management

A multi-disciplinary team is optimizing and integrating volumes of data in a National Science Foundation research project to help physicians make better, more informed decisions about treating patients’ pain.

Jay Rosenberger, associate professor of industrial, manufacturing, and systems engineering, is leading the team that will work for three years on the $374,998 NSF grant.

The team includes Robert Gatchel, Distinguished Professor of psychology; Mike Manry, professor of electrical engineering; Junzhou Huang, assistant professor of computer science and engineering; and Dr. Rosenberger’s IMSE colleagues Professor Victoria Chen and Assistant Professor Li Zeng.

Dr. Gatchel is a renowned researcher in pain management who holds the Nancy P. and John G. Penson Endowed Professorship of Clinical Health Psychology. He is a clinical professor at the Eugene McDermott Center for Pain Management at UT Southwestern Medical Center, and he is director of UTA's Center of Excellence for the Study of Health and Chronic Illnesses.

Rosenberger is director of UTA’s Center on Stochastic Modeling, Optimization, and Statistics or COSMOS.

Read more about the interdisciplinary pain management project.

Lisa London and Mark Clive

Dr. Lisa London and Mark Clive

Federal grant to develop mining documentary, safety materials

UT Arlington has received a $1.3 million grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health to produce an oral history documentary for the U.S. mining industry.

The grant also will be used to develop accompanying multimedia components and leadership skills among first-line supervisors over the next three years. NIOSH is a division of the CDC that conducts research on occupational safety and health topics.

The project represents a collaborative effort among the occupational health and safety training company, Safety Solutions International, the Division for Enterprise Development, and the Department of Art and Art History in the College of Liberal Arts.

The film will be based on the 1984 coal fire at the Wilberg Mine in Emery County, Utah, that killed 27 miners.

Lisa London, executive director for the Division for Enterprise Development, is principal investigator on the grant. Mark Clive, a senior film lecturer in the Department of Art and Art History, will lead production of the documentary.

Read more about the mining documentary.

UT Arlington closely monitoring information about Ebola case

UT Arlington is closely monitoring confirmation by the Centers for Disease Control that a patient is being treated for Ebola at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas.

UT Arlington is not aware of any related health concerns in the University community.  Health Services works closely with state and local health officials to prepare for and respond to incidents of infectious disease or contagious illnesses.

  Mav Pic tree down

Storm loss

Thursday afternoon's storm ripped a tree from the ground by Texas Hall. Crews spent Friday cleaning up debris around campus. The power outage caused by the storm resulted in a campus closure that night and Friday.

National Night Out is Tuesday

Join the UTA Police Department for the annual National Night Out event Tuesday, Oct. 7

Meet police officers and staff as well as campus leaders while learning crime prevention tips and watching fire safety demonstrations. Enjoy free food, prizes, and more.

UT Arlington’s National Night Out includes more than 500 students, faculty, and staff each year.

The event is 6-7:30 p.m. on the University Center mall. If it rains, activities move to the Palo Duro Lounge of the E.H. Hereford University Center.

Attend SECC Charity Fair to learn more about annual campaign

Learn about organizations that need your help through the State Employee Charitable Campaign, which runs through Oct. 31. UT Arlington's goal is $80,000.

The SECC Charity Fair is 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 16, in the Bluebonnet Ballroom South of the E.H. Hereford University Center. 

Look for a pledge form from your department representative soon. A listing of agencies and organizations will show which groups benefit from your gift. Fill out that form and return it to your SECC representative.

Or pledge online at by clicking Pledge Online, then select University of Texas Arlington, register, and create your pledge.

Make a one-time gift or pledge monthly. Donations may be made to one or more organizations.

Mav Pic Satish Dhupelia, great-grandson of Mahatma Gandhi

Legacy of peace

Satish Dhupelia spoke about his great-grandfather's legacy at the lecture "Understanding Gandhi in Contemporary Context" last Thursday in Nedderman Hall. The event was on the 145th birthday of Mahatma Gandhi, who used nonviolent civil disobedience to lead India's independence movement in the 1940s.


High-speed cancer screening topic of next Focus on Faculty

In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness month, Samir Iqbal, associate professor of electrical engineering, will discuss high-speed cancer screening using nanotechnology tools at the next Focus on Faculty lecture. The program is at noon Wednesday, Oct. 8, on the sixth floor of the Central Library.

The miniaturization of computer chips has revolutionized medical diagnostics.

"We can now quantify cellular and molecular behaviors with specialized silicon chips that were hard to measure before," Dr. Iqbal says.

Nanotechnology is making early diagnosis of diseases like cancer easier and more affordable. Iqbal will present work on cancer diagnosis using silicon chip-based nanotechnology.

Travel, speaker grants available from sustainability committee

The University Sustainability Committee offers travel and speaker grants.

Travel support grants up to $500 for one event will be awarded to faculty, staff, or students for conferences, seminars, or workshops that take place Sept. 1, 2014-Aug. 31, 2015. Application deadline is Friday, Oct. 17.

Sustainability speaker grants up to $500 support speakers who address sustainability and environmental stewardship. Applications must be submitted at least eight weeks prior to the event.

For more information or an application form, contact Christopher Morris at

Benefit Yourself

UT Flex filing deadline, grace period approaching

The use-it-or-lose-it rule applies to all UT FLEX reimbursement accounts. Being aware of the claims filing deadline and the HCRA grace period will help you get the most out of your account. Read more about the filing deadline and grace period.

Employment information

Check out employment opportunities at Have questions? Call Human Resources/Employment Services at 2-3461 or TDD 2-8139, or email The University of Texas at Arlington is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer.

Extra Credit

Tuesday, Oct. 7

Sean Covey: The Leader in Me Sean Covey, co-author of the Leader in Me, has inspired educators to implement the "7 Habits" principles into curriculum and culture for leadership development of youth. Free. 9-11 a.m., Rosebud Theatre, E.H. Hereford University Center. EXCEL Campus ActivitiesLeadership Center.  

Professional Telephone Techniques Register online. Free. 9-11 a.m., J.D. Wetsel Service Center. Human Resources.

Fall Meeting of University Faculty and Associates New professors emeriti honored and new faculty members introduced. 4 p.m., Rio Grande Ballroom, E.H. Hereford University Center. Office of the Provost.

Friday, Oct. 10

Qualitative Researchers' Meet-Up Kathryn Pole of the College of Education's Literacy Studies Program will demonstrate her use of NVivo. Noon-1 p.m., Room B-17, Davis Hall. Qualitative Research.

Faculty Mentoring Brown Bag Series Robin Dickey, Regulatory Services manager, discusses practical tips and examples of challenging research protocols to help campus researchers learn about the IRB review process. RSVP. Free. Noon-1 p.m., upstairs lounge, Maverick Activities Center. Faculty Affairs.

Coming up

Ninth Biennial Virginia Garrett Lectures on the History of Cartography "The Price of Manifest Destiny: War and American Expansion, 1800-1865." See scheduleRegister onlineThursday-Friday, Oct. 16-17, Central Library. UT Arlington Libraries Special Collections.

Innovation Symposium and National Academy of Inventors Chapter Launch A TED-style symposium highlights research by UTA nominees of National Academy of Inventors Fellows. A poster session features research of faculty inventors. Afterward, a ceremony inducting UTA's inaugural class of the National Academy of Inventors. Register. Free; open to public. Innovation Symposium, 1-4 p.m.; NAI chapter launch, 4:45-8 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 30, College Park Center. Innovation Symposium.

Human Resources Training Skills for Supervisors and Managers, Wednesday, Oct. 15; Dealing Effectively with Conflict and Confrontation, Thursday, Oct. 16; Your Professional Image, Tuesday, Oct. 21; Leadership Skills for Supervisors, Thursday, Oct. 23; Team Building for Supervisors, Tuesday, Oct. 28; Time Management: Keys to Everyday Office Success, Friday, Oct. 31Register online. Free. 9-11 a.m., J.D. Wetsel Service Center. Human Resources.

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

Going Out

Wednesday, Oct. 8

MavsArt Exhibit Opening Reception See art by Mavericks, for Mavericks. Reception 4:30 p.m., first floor Central Library. UT Arlington Libraries.

Thursday, Oct. 9

34th Annual Bed Races Bed Races feature beds on wheels with five students—four pushing and one riding on the bed—competing in three categories. Free admission. 7 p.m., Maverick Stadium. Campus RecreationEXCEL Campus Activities.

Friday, Oct. 10

Friends of the Library Andrew Hall discusses his book, Civil War Blockade Running on the Texas Coast. Free. 7:30 p.m., sixth floor, Central Library. Friends of the Library.


Special Collections: The Price of Manifest Destiny Discover how maps and war interlock in the 19th century in a new exhibit. In conjunction with the Ninth Biennial Virginia Garrett Lectures on the History of CartographyThursday-Friday, Oct. 16-17. Hours 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Mondays, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays. UT Arlington Libraries Special Collections.

Visual Resource Commons and Gallery The 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 fall schedule includes AstronautOne World, One Sky: Big Bird's AdventurePink FloydSpacepark 360 InfinityTwo Small Pieces of Glass; and We Are AstronomersPlanetarium.

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


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