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

Monday, December 14, 2009

Social Work Commencement

Degrees of separation: Fall commencement featured 2,475 candidates for degrees, including 60 doctoral, 867 master's and 1,548 bachelor's. Among them were 18 candidates for the newest degree, a bachelor's in university studies.

Commencement concludes today with Science, Education ceremonies

Commencement ceremonies conclude today in Texas Hall with the College of Science scheduled for 3 p.m. and the College of Education and Health Professions at 7 p.m.

Doors open and guest seating begins one hour prior to the start of each ceremony. All guest tickets must be claimed and printed in advance. No tickets will be available at Texas Hall. No UT Arlington IDs will be accepted in place of a ticket for admittance.

Guests are encouraged to arrive early to ensure proper seating. Guests arriving more than 10 minutes late will not be seated. Specific information about commencement is at

Seong Jin Koh

New DNA sensing technique could find biological contaminants, detect cancer earlier

Imagine that a soldier returning from the battlefield is unknowingly carrying a contaminant. But sensors embedded on a tiny electronic chip detect the contaminant, alerting personnel to treat the soldier, potentially saving his life and avoiding harm to fellow troops.

Seong Jin Koh, associate professor in the Materials Science and Engineering Department, is leading the team at work on tiny sensors that can detect the smallest DNA molecules of harmful biological species. Dr. Koh's work is funded through a $319,581 National Science Foundation grant.

"If some foreign agent has been put on a soldier, this sensor could detect it," Koh says. "It could even be used in the battlefield to see what's in that environment. It could be used to test food supplies in the field."

The system also could be used to detect mutations of cancer-causing genes that would signal the early stages of various types of cancer. Koh says doctors could use such information to recommend the best possible treatment for their patients. He said doctors then could start treatment earlier than other forms of detection would allow.

See more on the DNA sensing technique.

UT Arlington police

Two arrested in connection with cell phone robberies

UT Arlington police have arrested two area teens in connection with a series of November cell phone robberies in which students were approached, asked for their cell phones and then punched in the face.

Arthur L. Foley, 17, of Arlington, turned himself over to police late Thursday and is being held in the Arlington jail on suspicion of robbery and theft. Bail was set at $17,500.

Javon Romell Weston, 19, was arrested Thursday afternoon at his Mansfield home. He also was held in the Arlington jail on suspicion of robbery. Weston's bail was set at $15,000.

Foley and Weston are suspected in two incidents that occurred late Nov. 19, police said. Police believe those crimes were part of a series of five similar robberies and thefts between Nov. 5 and Nov. 25.

In response to the incidents, campus police stepped up patrols, publicized information about the incidents and urged members of the UT Arlington community to avoid walking alone on campus at night and to be alert to strangers approaching them.

Other suspects are believed to have been involved in the crimes. Anyone with information about the incidents is asked to call the UT Arlington Police Department at 2-3381.

The Nutcracker

Tickets available for 'The Nutcracker' at Texas Hall

The Metropolitan Classical Ballet will present four performances of "The Nutcracker" this weekend at Texas Hall. Tickets start at $10 and are available at the MCB office at 500 W. Abram in Arlington, by phone at 817-465-4644 or online.

The box office at Texas Hall opens two hours before performances, which are:

7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 18

2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 19

7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 19

2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 20

Faculty, staff invited to comment on police compliance

UT Arlington faculty and staff are invited to comment on the UT Arlington Police Department's compliance with the highest professional standards during a 6 p.m. session today, Monday, Dec. 14, in Room 200 at the Wetsel Service Center.

The hearing is part of an on-site assessment that will be conducted by the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA). The commission requires agencies to comply with state-of-the-art standards in four basic areas: policy and procedures, administration, operations and support services.

  MavPic Christmas choir

Designing for the future

Architecture Dean Donald Gatzke speaks to School of Architecture degree candidates during Friday's commencement ceremonies. Candidates were presented in architecture, interior design and landscape architecture.

The assessment team also will accept comments by telephone at 2‑8601 between 1 and 5 p.m. Monday or at 2‑8600 from 6 to 7 p.m. Monday.

Appearances at the public information session and telephone comments are limited to 10 minutes and must address the agency's ability to comply with CALEA's standards.

Two phases of maintenance scheduled for e-mail system

The Office of Informational Technology will perform maintenance on the faculty and staff e-mail system from 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 18, to 2 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 19, and from 8 p.m. Saturday to 2 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 20.

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

For details or if your e-mail is unavailable for more than 24 hours, contact the HelpDesk at 2‑2208 or

Electrical upgrades to affect three buildings

Electrical upgrades are scheduled during the winter break for the Geoscience Building, the Engineering Lab Building and the Fine Arts Building.

These buildings will be closed at 10 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 22, with electrical service restored no later than Sunday, Jan. 3.

The buildings will remain closed during this electrical outage. Prior approval from both Facilities Management and the Police Department is needed to enter the buildings.

Special accommodations for temporary electrical service for research-related projects are available. Contact Jeff Johnson at 2‑3232 or Walt Tenery 2‑3091.

SAC of toys

Mission Arlington needs toys

Toys are still needed by Mission Arlington for needy families.

New and unwrapped toys are being collected on campus by the Staff Advisory Council Outreach Committee through Friday, Dec. 18. The Christmas Store at Mission Arlington assists families in providing toys for their children. See campus drop off locations.

E-mail questions to

Free H1N1 influenza vaccinations available

The Health Services Center is still offering free H1N1 flu shots to faculty, staff and students at the campus clinic, 605 S. West St.

The immunization clinic hours are 8:30 a.m. to noon and 1 to 4:30 p.m. weekdays. Vaccinations are available on a first-come, first-served basis. No appointments are needed.

Outside employment forms should be completed

Faculty and staff must complete the online Outside Board Service and Outside Employment form no later than Friday, Dec. 18.

The Regents' Rules require that each full-time employee complete the form.

Contact Eunice Currie or Robert James at 2‑5554 for more details.

New Year's Eve Midnight Mardi Gras

University and city co-host New Year's Eve celebration

UT Arlington and the City of Arlington host New Year's Eve Midnight Mardi Gras starting at 9 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 31, at the Arlington Museum of Art, 201 W. Main St., in downtown Arlington.

Tickets start at $25 and include food, entertainment and a champagne toast at midnight. The evening features music by UT Arlington artist-in-residence Adonis Rose and the Fort Worth Jazz Orchestra and food from Pierre's Mardi Gras Café

Reserve tickets through the Downtown Arlington Management Corporation.

Holiday hours listed for library, MAC

The Central Library will be open regular hours through Monday, Dec. 21. Hours for Winter Intersession and winter break are online. The library will be closed Thursday-Friday, Dec. 24-25, and Friday, Jan. 1.

Starting today, Monday, Dec. 14, and continuing through Friday, Jan. 15, the Maverick Activities Center will be open 6 a.m.-10 p.m. Monday-Friday; closed Saturdays; and open 1-8 p.m. Sundays. The MAC will be closed Thursday-Friday, Dec. 24-25 and Friday, Jan. 1.

Benefit Yourself

Holiday travel

Connecting Life and Work

As we approach the holiday season, the furthest thing from our thoughts may be what to do if we need to access medical services while celebrating with friends and family. While we hope for a safe and healthy holiday season for everyone, medical needs sometimes arise when we least expect them. See Connecting Work & Life for information from the benefits guides.

Mindful Moments

Take a break from the stress of your day with Mindful Moments at 12:15 p.m. Wednesdays in Room 235 of the Business Building. Faculty and staff are welcome. No registration. Free. Health Services, 2‑2771.

Employment information

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

Extra Credit

Monday, Dec. 14 Winter Intersession First day of classes and final day for late registration. Classes continue through Friday, Jan. 8 with final exams Monday, Jan. 11. Check the schedule.

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

Going Out
  UTA Presents

Food donations reap discounts
during holidays at Planetarium

Season of Light

Help a family in need by donating a non-perishable food item and receiving a special discount at the Planetarium through Wednesday, Dec. 30. The Planetarium will give a $1 discount for one ticket when a food item is donated. Bring a canned or boxed donation for each member of the family for discounts for everyone.

Holiday shows include Season of Light and Holiday Music Magic. Go to or call 2‑1183 for showtimes.

Season of Light recounts the historical, religious and cultural rituals practiced during the time of the winter solstice—not only Christian and Jewish, but also Celtic, Nordic, Irish, Mexican and Hopi. The show looks at traditions from gift-giving and kissing under the mistletoe, to songs about lords a-leaping and ladies dancing, and the custom of decking the halls with greenery and candles. St. Nicholas, Sinterklaas, Kris Kringle, Father Christmas and Santa Claus all drop by for a visit as well.

Holiday Music Magic is a music entertainment show featuring a variety of holiday songs from Mannheim Steamroller, Burl Ives, Brenda Lee and Kurt Bestor. The soundtrack is visually choreographed with 3-D artistic animation, real-time performance elements and all-dome scenery.

Monday, Dec. 14 Commencement Ceremonies College of Science, 3 p.m.; College of Education and Health Professions, 7 p.m., Texas Hall,

Wednesday, Dec. 16 $2 Movie: How the Grinch Stole Christmas 5:30 p.m., Planetarium. 2‑1183,,

Friday, Dec. 18 Downtown Arlington Farmers Market Now features arts and crafts along with fruits and vegetables. 9 a.m.-1 p.m., 215 E. Front St. 817-303-2800,

Friday, Dec. 18 $2 Movie: How the Grinch Stole Christmas 5:30 p.m., Planetarium.

Saturday, Dec. 19 $2 Movie: How the Grinch Stole Christmas 2:30 p.m., Planetarium.

Tuesday, Dec. 22 Men's Basketball UT Arlington vs. Texas Wesleyan. $4 faculty, staff. 7 p.m., Texas Hall.

Through Dec. 22 Selected 2D Works Five accomplished artists from the Fort Worth area share their works. Free. 11 a.m.-3 p.m., Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays; 2-6 p.m., Wednesdays, Fridays. Gallery 76102, Fort Worth Center.


Wednesday, Dec. 23 $2 Movie: Elf 5:30 p.m., Planetarium.

Saturday, Dec. 26 $2 Movie: Elf 2:30 p.m., Planetarium.

Through Dec. 30 Planetarium programs Check the Planetarium Web site for the schedule, which includes Season of Light and Holiday Music Magic. Contact the Planetarium at 2‑1183 or for tickets.

Through Jan. 9 Everything Is Interrelated Special Collections' fall exhibit features "Alexander von Humboldt and Our Nineteenth-Century German Connections." Free. 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Mondays, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays, sixth floor, Central Library. See Special Collections.

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


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