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

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Atlas experiment

Passing grade: With a major computing center on campus, UT Arlington is a vital player in the ATLAS experiment at CERN in Geneva, Switzerland. (Courtesy CERN)

UT Arlington physicists play key role in world's largest computing grid

The world's largest computing grid, with a major center at UT Arlington, has passed its most comprehensive tests to date in anticipation of the restart of the world's most powerful particle accelerator, the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at CERN in Geneva, Switzerland. CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research, is the world's leading laboratory for particle physics.

The successful dress rehearsal proves that the Worldwide LHC Computing Grid (WLCG) is ready to analyze and manage real data from the massive machine. UT Arlington is a vital partner in the development and operation of the WLCG, and physics Professor Kaushik De is the U.S computing coordinator for the ATLAS experiment, one of four experiments at CERN.

Although there have been several large-scale WLCG data-processing tests in the past, STEP09, which was completed June 15, was the first to simultaneously test all of the key elements of the process.

"We have never attempted anything of this complexity, which tested every aspect of software, hardware and involved physicist users. We passed an important milestone at the first attempt," said Dr. De, who helped plan the STEP09 tests for ATLAS and coordinated their successful completion in the United States.

Jorge Rodrigues

Microbiologist will sequence termite genome
in energy project

Microbiologist Jorge Rodrigues has been selected for a highly competitive genome-sequencing project by the U.S. Department of Energy Joint Genome Institute. Dr. Rodrigues, an assistant professor in the Department of Biology in the College of Science, will sequence the genome of a micro-organism isolated from a termite's hindgut as part of an effort to identify solutions to climate change.

The Joint Genome Institute's Community Sequencing Program, the largest genome sequencing effort in the world focused on non-medical organisms, enables scientists to probe the hidden world of microbes and plants for innovative solutions to major challenges in energy, climate and environment.

"The information we generate from these projects promises to improve the clean, renewable energy pathways being developed now, as well as to lend researchers more insight into the global carbon cycle, options for bioremediation and biogeochemical processes," said Eddy Rubin, director of the Joint Genome Institute, headquartered in Walnut Creek, Calif.

Each year, the Joint Genome Institute selects projects based on scientific merit and relevance to issues in global warming, alternative energy production and bioremediation. Projects are judged by an independent peer review committee. Seventy-one projects were chosen for 2010 from applications worldwide.

  MavPic Independence Day parade

Celebrating independence

The UT Arlington float in the 44th annual Arlington Fourth of July Parade Saturday was sponsored by the Division of Student Affairs and the Deakyne family and friends. It was the ninth consecutive year the Deakyne family, which includes military science Assistant Professor Jeannie Deakyne ('98), has helped sponsor the entry. The parade featured 160 entries and attracted thousands to the downtown Arlington area.

Termites break down 1 billion tons of plant biomass every year. To accomplish this, wood-feeding termites are entirely dependent on microbes. Rodrigues submitted a project to sequence the genome of the Verrucomicrobium spinosum strain TAV2, a termite micro-organism. For more information, see news release.

Today's forum to address status
of veterans on campus

The Provost Forum on Student Veterans at UT Arlington will be held from 9 a.m.-noon today, Wednesday, July 8, in the Red River Room at the E.H. Hereford University Center.

Sponsored by the Office of the Provost and the Student Veterans Advisory Council, the forum is designed to inform faculty and staff of the status of veterans on campus and will include information on the GI Bill, ROTC and the Texas Veterans Leadership Commission.

The student veteran population is increasing nationwide, and the forum will increase awareness of issues pertaining to student veterans and their families at UT Arlington.

Annual Enrollment meetings slated for July

Connecting Life and Work

The first Annual Enrollment meeting for the 2009-10 benefit plan year will be held from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. today, Wednesday, July 8 in Rio Grande B of the E.H. Hereford University Center.

During Annual Enrollment, which continues until July 31, you may enroll, change your group insurance benefit elections and add or remove dependents from coverage.

Meetings also are scheduled from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Thursday, July 16 and Wednesday, July 22 in Rio Grande B.

You may access more information about Annual Enrollment and your UT Arlington benefits online at, by contacting Employee Benefits Services at 2-5558 or by e-mailing

Education professor to study '4th grade slump'

Peggy Semingson, assistant professor in the Curriculum and Instruction Department of the College of Education, recently received the 2009-10 Jeanne S. Chall Research Grant by Harvard University.

The grant provides a stipend for a scholar to spend 2-8 weeks conducting research using the Jeanne S. Chall Collection on the Teaching of Reading at the Harvard Graduate School of Education's Monroe C. Gutman Library, as well as other extensive reading resources available at the library and elsewhere at the university.

  MavPic John Hall and Rusty Ward

Forum provides answers

John Hall, left, vice president for administration and campus operations, and Rusty Ward, vice president for business affairs and controller, were among a panel of administrators at the annual Staff Advisory Council Forum held July 1 in the Bluebonnet Ballroom at the E.H. Hereford University Center. Administrators answered questions about issues of concern to staff members. The new special events center, campus parking, salaries and diversity were among the topics discussed. Check the Staff Advisory Council Web page next week for a transcript of the forum.

Dr. Semingson will address what Chall has identified as the "4th grade slump" in describing what happens when students who perform well in 2nd and 3rd grade fail to achieve in 4th grade and up. She will research the literature that relates to why students—particularly low-income students—face this slump that significantly impacts their later literacy learning and academic achievement.

Faculty, staff can sponsor students
for Fall Leadership Retreat

Faculty and staff are encouraged to sponsor students for the 2009 Fall Leadership Retreat Aug. 10-12 at Glen Lake Camp and Retreat Center. Registration is open to all UT Arlington Students. The retreat is sponsored by the Leadership Center and the Division of Student Affairs. A registration fee of $50 includes the cost of transportation, lodging and food. The event is a 26-year tradition at UT Arlington and is a unique opportunity for students from across campus to gather for an intensive, interactive and fun learning experience centered on leadership. This year's theme is "Leadership that Changes the World: Brick by Brick." For more information, contact Bonnie Rodriguez in Campus Activities and Community Programs at 2-2963.

Upcoming changes to Define software

QWS3270 Secure will replace OSW and Hummingbird as the software needed to access Define, according to the Office of Information Technology. By Aug. 31, OIT will deploy QWS3270 Secure to UTA domain machines that have used OSW in the last 90 days. In addition, OSW will be removed from UTA domain machines.

If you are NOT on the UTA domain, remove OSW from your computer by Sept. 1, 2009, as the license will expire on this date. To download new software, Windows users should install QWS3270 Secure from Log in using your UT EID and password and click "Agree." Under Utilities, download "Jolly Giant QWS3270 Secure v4.5" and click install. There will be a "UT Mainframe Application" in your Programs menu.

Mac OS X users should install QWS3270 from Log in using your UT EID and password and click "Agree." If necessary, change the platform to Mac OS X and click "GO." Under Utilities, download "TN3270 3.2.4 with STunnel" and install. There will be a "Connect to Mainframe" in your Applications folder.

Please contact the OIT Computing Help Desk if you have questions about this upcoming update at or 2-2208.

Internet Explorer 8 patches coming in August

Internet Explorer 8 is the newest Web browser developed by Microsoft. Some of the important improvements in IE 8 are faster browsing, enhanced security, better scripting and fewer known memory leaks that had contributed to system sluggishness in machines running IE 7. Microsoft now considers IE 8 a "critical" patch, and it will be the default Web browser for the upcoming Windows 7 operating system. The Office of Information Technology will distribute IE 8 with normal patches starting in August. Please contact the OIT Computing Help Desk if you have questions about this upcoming update at or 2-2208.

Quick reads

  • Cheri Butler, associate director of Career Services, received the 2009 Outstanding Career Practitioner award at the National Career Development Association national conference Thursday in St. Louis.

  • Freshmen Leaders on Campus collected 354 pounds of school supplies that were sent to Honduras last week as part of the FLOC OneBook project.

  • Kristen Blair of Southlake was crowned Miss Texas in the 2009 pageant that concluded Friday night at Texas Hall.

  • Mavericks Go Green, the campus sustainability Web site, has a link to daily air quality bulletins from the North Central Texas Council of Governments and Air Now.

  • The 2009 issue of Research magazine, which highlights exploration and discovery at UT Arlington, is available online.

Benefit Yourself

Get your free eco-friendly water bottle

Living Well from the UT System

The new Living Well Health Manager, powered by WebMD, is now available to all UT SELECT members. This new online resource can help you take charge of your health so you can start feeling and living well. Complete the WebMD HealthQuotient (HQ) health risk assessment between July 1 and Aug. 14 to automatically receive an eco-friendly stainless steel 'Living Well Health Manager, powered by WebMD' water bottle (while supplies last) to help you stay hydrated.

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Step 3: Enjoy your UT SELECT benefits

How to shop for nutrition

This presentation will help participants become aware of their own body image. The terms obesity and overweight will be defined and the prevalence of the two will be discussed while providing recommendations to overcome these issues. Bring your sack lunch and a notepad. 12-1 p.m. Wednesday, July 15, Maverick Activities Center, Room 101B. See a complete list of training classes.

Access 2007 Level I: Tables

This introductory course covers databases and the usage of MS Access 2007 to create these databases. You'll learn how to create good and efficient databases and how to modify tables. You'll also learn how to create relationships between these tables. Register to attend. 2-4 p.m. Tuesday, July 14, Ransom Hall, Room 316. See a complete list of OIT training classes.

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.

In Quotes

Author details daughter's dilemma

Professor funds unique artwork

Designers remodeling Arlington buildings

"The book follows my journey as her father as we went to discover what was keeping her from talking."

"I'm just so excited about this project. It is going to be really classy. It could be really beautiful at nighttime."

"As designers, we have to pick out the good in it and what it could be. There's no project that's too ugly to start on."

— Robert Rummel-Hudson, coordinator of communication for the School of Architecture, on his book, Schuyler's Monster: A Father’s Journey with His Wordless Daughter. KWRD-FM.

— Political science Associate Professor Allan Saxe, on a sculpture to be erected near Rangers Ballpark and Cowboys Stadium for which he pledged $100,000. Star-Telegram.

— graduate student Matthew Perez, working with the new Urban Design Center, on the remodeling of plain-looking office buildings on Main Street in Arlington. Star-Telegram.

Sports Notes
  Hunter Pence

Maverick All-Star: In only his third year in the major leagues, former UT Arlington outfielder Hunter Pence, now a member of the Houston Astros, is going to his first major league All-Star Game.

Pence named to National League All-Star roster

Former UT Arlington baseball player Hunter Pence is headed to the 2009 Major League Baseball All-Star Game as a reserve outfielder for the National League team. Pence will make his Midsummer Classic debut Tuesday, July 14, in the 80th edition of the All-Star Game at Busch Stadium, home of the St. Louis Cardinals.

Starters were determined by fan balloting, and 16 players on each roster were chosen by player ballot. The All-Star Game managers made the remainder of the selections.

Joining Pence will be former Maverick standout and current Kansas City Royals manager Trey Hillman, who was named an assistant coach for the American League team.

Through 80 games this season, Pence is batting .302 with 15 doubles, four triples, 11 home runs and 34 runs batted in for the Houston Astros. In only 2 1/2 seasons in the big leagues, he owns a .294 career average with 395 hits, 79 doubles, 17 triples, 53 home runs, 30 stolen bases and 186 RBIs.

Pence becomes the second Maverick to make an All-Star team. John Lackey, who played at UT Arlington in 1998, was a member of the American League roster in 2001 with the Los Angeles Angels.

Going Out

Wednesday, July 8 Provost Forum on Student Veterans at UT Arlington Sponsored by the Office of the Provost and the Student Veterans Advisory Council, the forum is designed to inform faculty and staff of the status of veterans on campus and will include information on the GI Bill, ROTC and the Texas Veterans Leadership Commission. Lunch is provided. Free. 9 a.m.-noon, E.H. Hereford University Center, Red River Room. RSVP to Anita Perez in the Office of Veterans Affairs at 2-3373 or

Thursday, July 9 EXCEL Summer Movie Series "Fast and Furious" will be shown on the west wall of the Maverick Activities Center. Sponsored by EXCEL Campus Activities. Bring chairs or blankets. Free popcorn will be available, and candy and drinks will be available for purchase. Free and open to the public. The movie will begin at dusk, approximately 8:30 or 9 p.m. Anyone under 17 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. See calendar.

Saturday, July 11 Eclectic Expressions Come meet Glenn Comtois, Dallas artist on the move. He recently was selected for the Dallas Art Slam and has been accepted for the New Texas Talent exhibition at the Craighead Green Gallery. Free. 5-9 p.m., Eclectic Expressions Artists' Studios & Galleries, 201 E. Sanford, Arlington. Faculty, staff and students receive a 15 percent discount on all paintings. Classes also available. See Eclectic Expressions.

Tuesday, July 14 and Wednesday, July 15 Night Skies over Hogwarts This one-hour, live night sky talk will give a magical new perspective to the nighttime sky. Dress up as your favorite Harry Potter character. Space is limited, so make your reservations early. $5 adults, $4 children/seniors. 5 p.m., Planetarium, Chemistry and Physics Building. Call 2-1183 for tickets.

Now through July 31 Fluxhibition #3: Thinking Inside of the Box This is the largest exhibition dedicated to contemporary Fluxus/Assemblage box artists ever assembled in the history of the Fluxus community. Inspired initially by Marcel Duchamp and Joseph Cornell, Fluxus box assemblage quickly became a staple in the Fluxus community to gather together small works and editions of works from many artists into group and individual box assemblages. Free. 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday through Friday, E.H. Hereford University Center Art Gallery.

Now through Aug. 8 Special Collections Exhibit "The Road West: Travel Through America" looks at what travelers used to trek across the country, what they saw and how they remembered their trips. Free. Hours are 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Central Library, Special Collections, Sixth Floor. For more information, visit Special Collections or call 2-3393.

Now through Aug. 22 Master of Fine Arts Exhibition The second annual Master of Fine Arts Exhibition features works by a diverse group of graduate student artists at varying stages of their program of study. Free. The Gallery at UTA, Room 169, Fine Arts Building. Films will be screened concurrently in Room 2105. Hours are noon to 5 p.m. Saturdays through Aug. 22. Contact the Department of Art and Art History at 2-2891.

The Planetarium at UT Arlington

Ongoing UT Arlington Planetarium programs Summer shows include Texas Stargazing, Stars of the Pharaohs, Black Holes, Secret of the Cardboard Rocket, Stars at Night are Big and Bright, Bad Astronomy, matinees and $2 movies. Check the Planetarium Web site for upcoming shows. Contact the Planetarium at 2-1183 or for tickets.

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


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