MavWire 2014 Archive » MavWire — Monday, December 8, 2014


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Monday, December 8, 2014

Dr. Purnendu 'Sandy' Dasgupta

Dr. Purnendu 'Sandy' Dasgupta

Chemistry prof named IEEE fellow

Purnendu “Sandy” Dasgupta, Jenkins Garrett Professor of Chemistry, has been named a fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, the highest membership distinction in the international organization of 430,000 engineers, scientists, and other professionals.

Dr. Dasgupta is recognized worldwide for his pioneering work in ion chromatography, the process of separation and detecting atoms and molecules bearing a net electrical charge. He is the author of more than 400 scientific papers and book chapters and holds 25 U.S. patents. His work has garnered $18 million in research grants.

The IEEE is the world’s largest technical professional society "dedicated to advancing innovation and technological excellence for the benefit of humanity."

Read more about Dasgupta's honor.



Commencement begins Thursday at College Park Center

Fall Commencement ceremonies are Thursday-Saturday, Dec. 11-13, at College Park Center. For the complete Commencement schedule and detailed information about tickets, attire, parking, formalities, photography, special accommodations, and more, go to

Thursday, Dec. 11—College of Nursing and Health Innovation, 7 p.m.

Friday, Dec. 12—School of Architecture, School of Social Work, School of Urban and Public Affairs, University College, 11 a.m.; College of Education, College of Science, 3 p.m.; College of Liberal Arts, 7 p.m.

Saturday, Dec. 13—College of Business, 11 a.m.; College of Engineering, 3 p.m.

Book decries methods of recording industry in digital age

A new book by David Arditi, assistant professor of interdisciplinary studies, reveals how large corporations exploited new technologies to maintain their stranglehold on the music industry. Released Friday, iTake-Over: The Recording Industry in the Digital Era is published by R&L Publishers.

The book analyzes how the music industry is faring financially today. Dr. Arditi enumerates how major music labels have thrived since going digital mainly because of reduced production and distribution costs and steady gains in digital music sales.

Read more about Arditi's recording industry research.

Accounting degree ranked one of most affordable

Accounting Degree Review has ranked UT Arlington’s residential bachelor’s degree in accounting as one of the most affordable in the nation.

UT Arlington ranked No. 25 out of 170 institutions accredited through the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business, the organization founded in 1916 to accredit business schools.

Read more about the accounting degree ranking.

Candidates for vice president for research to visit campus

Four candidates for vice president for research will meet with administrators, faculty, staff, and students Monday-Thursday, Dec. 15-18. The meetings will be 2:30-3:15 p.m. in Room 228 of the Engineering Research Building.

The name of each candidate will be released 24 hours in advance of his or her campus visit.

Visit the Senior Leadership Searches webpage to learn more about the search for the vice president for research, as details become available.

holiday reception

Celebrate the season at annual holiday reception for faculty, staff

Ring in the holiday season with the annual Faculty and Staff Holiday Reception 3-5 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 9, in the Bluebonnet Ballroom of the E.H. Hereford University Center.

President Vistasp Karbhari is the host and will make remarks. Enjoy the festive sounds of the UT Arlington Jazz Orchestra, conducted by Tim Ishii, associate professor of music.

Holiday refreshments will be served. The reception is sponsored in part by UT Arlington Dining Services.

Restroom facilities to close in some buildings

In order to replace a major campus sewer line, all restroom facilities will be closed Monday, Dec. 15-Sunday, Jan. 4, in the Chemistry and Physics Building, Chemistry Research Building, Geoscience Building, and Science Hall.

Research labs and departmental break rooms will not be affected. Winter intersession courses in these buildings have been moved, except for one in Science Hall that cannot be relocated.

Restroom facilities nearby are in Carlisle Hall, Hammond Hall, Nedderman Hall, Preston Hall, Ransom Hall, Trimble Hall, and Woolf Hall.

Expect limited access on the east/west mall between the Chemistry and Physics Building, Trimble Hall, Chemistry Research Building, and Central Library.

For questions, contact Jeff Johnson at 817-798-8456.

Mav Pic Duchess, Mark Napieralski, Paws for Finals

Finals friend

Therapy dog Duchess enjoys attention from Mark Napieralski, art freshman, during his stress-reducing break from studying Thursday at the Central Library. The Paws for Finals program—which runs through Wednesday—brings pooches to campus to help students, faculty, and staff relax during final exams.


College Park garages, nearby lots used for Commencement guests

The College Park District garages and nearby parking lots will be used for guests of the Commencement ceremonies. Parking spaces will be reserved for Commencement starting at 5 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 11-Saturday, Dec. 13.

Contact Parking and Transportation Services at or 2-3907.

Plan for departmental summer camps

If your department is interested in sponsoring a day or overnight summer camp, check the Conference Services website for information and requirements for making your program a success.

All camps are required to complete a Request to Host form for approval.

Programs wanting overnight housing must submit forms by Monday, Dec. 15, for priority reservations.

Questions? Contact Maggie Quinn at

Texas Hall temporary closure, electrical outage starts next Monday

Texas Hall will be closed for electrical updates starting Monday, Dec. 15. The closure is expected to last three or four days.

The entire building will be without electrical service, and emergency power will not be on.

For questions, contact Toby Buhrkuhl at 972-832-1490 or Jeff Johnson at 817-798-8456.

Planetarium Place closed Dec. 16

Planetarium Place will be closed until noon Tuesday, Dec. 16, to accommodate construction equipment for the new cold storage facility in the Central Library.

  Mav Pic Leadership Center end of semester party

Party time

Lucinda Buhrkuhl, left, support specialist for student affairs, and Tina Scott, administrative assistant for the Leadership Center, prepare for a party in the center's office in the E.H. Hereford University Center. The end-of-semester celebration was for students involved in the Leadership Center, University Events, and Student Activities and Organizations, all part of the Division of Student Affairs.

Plaza Food Court banners available to promote your program

Twelve banner display cases are available in the seating area of the renovated Plaza Food Court in the E.H. Hereford University Center. University departments and student organizations can reserve banners for the spring and summer terms.

Each organization may reserve banner space for two weeks at a time for up to three times per semester. Graphic artwork must be 36×24 inches.

For details, visit the Student Organizations desk in Room B120 of the University Center or call 2-2293.

Electrical outage set during winter break; clean out fridge

Plan now to accommodate an electrical outage Friday, Jan. 2-Saturday, Jan. 3.

Facilities Management has scheduled the outage to complete major electrical updates in Davis Hall, Fine Arts Building (Main Stage Theatre only), Central Library, Life Science Building, Physical Education Building, Preston Hall, Science Hall, Smart Hospital, Texas Hall, Trinity House, and University Hall.

For those buildings with emergency generators, power will be supplied to support egress lighting, life safety, UTA Police dispatch, and all research facilities currently connected to the generator. All buildings will remain locked during this time.

To prevent any possible damage, Facilities Management recommends turning off all electronic equipment in the offices including computers, scanners, and copiers before leaving for the winter break. These devices do not need to be unplugged from their electrical outlets.

All refrigerators/freezers should be cleaned out. 

If you have questions or concerns, special requirements during this time, or newly established research that must retain power, contact either Toby Buhrkuhl at 972-832-1490 or Jeff Johnson at 817-798-8456.

Extra Credit

Monday, Dec. 8

Engineering Speakers Series Michael Cho of the University of Illinois at Chicago presents "Functional Biomechanics of Stem Cells: Launch of Single Cell Analysis." Free. 11 a.m.-noon, Room 601, Nedderman Hall. Engineering.

Tuesday, Dec. 9

Managing Stress in the Workplace Register online. Free. 9-11 a.m., J.D. Wetsel Service Center. Human Resources.

Wednesday, Dec. 10

Partnering with Your Boss Register online. Free. 9-11 a.m., J.D. Wetsel Service Center. Human Resources.

Faculty Research Incubator Seminar Series David Rakowski, associate professor of finance and real estate, is guest speaker. Free. 1:30-3:30 p.m., Room 609, Business Building. Business.

Thursday, Dec. 11

Engineering Speakers Series Fengnian Xia of Yale University discusses "Graphene Photonics and Plasmonics." Free. 3:30-5 p.m., Room 601, Nedderman Hall. Engineering.

Friday, Dec. 12

The Art of Listening Register online. Free. 9-11 a.m., J.D. Wetsel Service Center. Human Resources.

Saturday, Dec. 13

2014-15 Health Insurance Marketplace Enrollment Information sessions and enrollment assistance for the 2014-15 Affordable Care Act Insurance Marketplace. Patient navigators who speak English, Spanish, and Vietnamese available. Co-sponsors are the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid and the United Way of Tarrant County. Free. 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Guadalupe Room, E.H. Hereford University Center. Nursing and Health InnovationRural Health Outreach Program.

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

Going Out

Through Wednesday, Dec. 10

Paws for Finals Therapy dogs help with the stress of final exams. Free. Second floor, Central Library. UT Arlington Libraries.

Thursday-Saturday, Dec. 11-13

Commencement fall 2014

Commencement Ceremonies Graduating students celebrate their achievements. See the Commencement schedule. College Park Center.

Coming up

Women's Basketball Mavericks vs. McMurry. Tickets $7. 7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 17. Also, vs. Georgia Southern, 5 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 30; vs. South Alabama, 5 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 3. All at College Park Center. Athletics.

Men's Basketball Mavericks vs. Howard Payne. Tickets $7. 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 20. Also, vs. Georgia Southern, 7:15 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 30; vs. South Alabama, 7:15 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 3. All at College Park Center. Athletics.


Digital Photography Student artwork showcased. Gallery hours 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays-Fridays. Free. University Center Gallery, E.H. Hereford University Center. Through Dec. 12EXCEL Campus Activities.

Max Sullivan Gallery: Statera-Hymns of Balance Paintings by Andrew Kochie. Gallery hours 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays-Fridays. Free. Max Sullivan Gallery, Room 206, Architecture Building. Through Dec. 15Architecture.

Cuba: Histories of the Present Explore daily life in modern Cuba through photographs by David LaFevor, assistant professor of history. Sixth floor, Central Library. Through Dec. 22.

holiday music magic

Special Collections: The Price of Manifest Destiny Discover how maps and war interlock in the 19th century in a new exhibit. Hours 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Mondays, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays, sixth floor, Central Library. Through Feb. 7, 2015UT 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 winter schedule through Dec. 21 features Season of Light; Holiday Music Magic; Back to the Moon for Good; Experience the AuroraOne World, One Sky: Big Bird's AdventurePink Floyd; and Spacepark 360 InfinityPlanetarium.

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


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Executive Director for University Publications: Mark Permenter

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