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

Monday, November 2, 2009

UT Arlington rated among the Top 100 workplaces in North Texas

Top 100 places to work 2009

The University of Texas at Arlington has been named one of the Top 100 Places to Work for 2009 by The Dallas Morning News. The honor will be included in a special section of the newspaper's Nov. 8 edition. UT Arlington also will be included in a video to be posted at

The Top 100 list highlights North Texas companies, for-profit and nonprofit organizations with more than 50 employees based in Dallas, Tarrant, Denton, Collin, Kaufman, Rockwall and Ellis counties.

UT Arlington has approximately 3,500 benefits-eligible employees and more than 28,000 students who work hard to make the University one of North Texas' best places to work, says Jean Hood, UT Arlington's vice president for human resources.

President James D. Spaniolo praised the University's work force.

"We're proud of our employees, our faculty and our students and their commitment to making this University a force for change in our region," Spaniolo says. "That's why we know that The University of Texas at Arlington is one of the Top 100 Places to Work, and we think it may be the best."

Proposition 4 put to vote on Tuesday;
campus was top early voting site last week

Vote Texas

Voters can make their voice heard by casting ballots in Tuesday's state constitutional amendment election.

Early voting ended Friday, and the campus location was tops among early voting sites in Tarrant County on Tuesday with 164 voters. For the two days of early voting on campus, UT Arlington and the Southwest sub-courthouse tied for top honors with 238 voters each.

An analysis of the 11 proposed amendments is available through the Texas Secretary of State's Web site.

Proposition 4, one of the amendments on Tuesday's ballot, would provide about $500 million for a new National Research University Fund that would be available to Texas' seven emerging research universities—including UT Arlington. The money will come from the dormant Higher Education Fund and become available Sept. 1, 2011, to qualifying institutions.

More on the Nov. 3 ballot is available through the Texas Secretary of State office. Local election issues are available online for Tarrant County and Dallas County.

Jeff Shaara featured at Evening with an Author

Victory by Jeff Shaara

Best-selling author Jeff Shaara shares his insight into writing and war as the featured speaker at the Evening with an Author Series at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 11, in Texas Hall.

Shaara is the author of a World War II trilogy, including No Less Than Victory, that will be released this week. The first two books in the trilogy, The Rising Tide and The Steel Wave, were New York Times best-sellers. He also has written books on the Civil War and World War I.

Jeff Guinn, former Fort Worth Star-Telegram book editor and a best-selling author, will engage Shaara in an on-stage interview and a question-and-answer session with the audience. A book signing follows.

The Fort Worth Star-Telegram with the Katrine Deakins and Helen Littauer Trusts and UT Arlington present the Evening with an Author Series featuring the country's most noted authors throughout the year.

Food, Inc.

Film takes unique look at food,
its production and sustainability

Take a new look at food through the documentary Food, Inc. at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 10, in the Lone Star Auditorium at the Maverick Activities Center. The film details the often unseen side of food production and the role of food in our lives and communities.

Freshmen Leaders On Campus is hosting the film, which is being shown in conjunction with the OneBook selection of Deep Economy and the theme of sustainability.

Information will be available on topics addressed in the film and the complex issues surrounding food. Admission is free, but canned good donations for Mission Arlington are encouraged.

Study shows help is increasing for juvenile sex trafficking victims

Brittany Smith

Stopping traffic: Sociology Lecturer Brittany Smith studies juvenile sex trafficking in Tarrant County.

A study by sociology Lecturer Brittany Smith on juvenile victims of commercial sex trafficking shows an odd combination: an increase in numbers is a good thing.

In May 2009, seven juvenile victims of commercial sex trafficking had been identified in Fort Worth. By September, that figure had risen to 17.

"That increase means that law enforcement is doing a better job of identifying these young victims and helping them get the services they need," Smith says. "So the increased number is actually good news."

Smith evaluated progress in implementing the recommendations made in an extensive national study published by nonprofit Shared Hope International in September 2008.

The Shared Hope study focused on 11 major metropolitan areas, including Fort Worth. Tarrant County Juvenile Services had identified 25 youths as victims of sex trafficking since 2000. The children had been brought into the juvenile justice system for prostitution, although they were almost always controlled by a trafficker or pimp.

Read the study for more information.

HUB fair wins with vendors, Super Bowl champ

Check out everything from pens and paper to services and a Super Bowl champ at the Historically Underutilized Business Vendor Fair—aka HUB Super Bowl III—from 9-11 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 5, in the Bluebonnet Ballroom of the E.H. Hereford University Center.

MavPic Dr. Mark Taylor

Understanding Generation NeXt

Dr. Mark Taylor, a recognized educator and speaker dedicated to helping universities better understand and serve students, lectured on "Teaching Today's Learners" Thursday in the Central Library. He stressed how the young people of Generation NeXt (up to about 26 years old) are different from previous generations of college students and how few schools understand these differences well enough to respond effectively to bring about meaningful learning and developmental outcomes.


The fair offers faculty and staff a great way to preview firms available to do business on campus. Take time to meet more than 40 hometown HUB teams who compete for your department's business.

Have your picture taken with former NFL wide receiver Cedric James, a Kennedale native and TCU graduate. James played for the Minnesota Vikings and Dallas Cowboys and was a member of the 2005 Super Bowl champion New England Patriots. Get an autograph or try on his Super Bowl ring. There will be door prizes and giveaways.

Contact Jean Carlton at 2‑2140 or for more details.

Graduate Studies offering
seed grants to graduate faculty

The Office of Graduate Studies offers seed grants to graduate faculty to develop or modify graduate courses to include an intellectual engagement component for the spring/summer 2010 terms.

Intellectual Engagement Seed Grants will be awarded to support the development of a graduate course that includes an intellectual engagement component; addition of an intellectual engagement component to an existing graduate course; or improvement upon an intellectual engagement component that already exists within a graduate course. Up to $4,500 will be awarded with a maximum individual award of $1,500.

A proposal template and cover page are online. Submission deadline is Wednesday, Nov. 25.

Contact Joslyn Krismer at 2‑0298 or for details.

Deadline Friday for new medical technologies research proposals

The deadline is Friday, Nov. 6, for research proposals to develop medical technologies in critical health care areas. Details are posted at Collaborative Research Funding Program in Medical Technologies.

Funding priorities for the medical technologies program include health care information technology, community health and welfare, and oncology. Each proposal must include at least one research investigator from both UT Arlington and UT Dallas.

The project is a collaborative effort supported by Texas Instruments, the Texas Health Research and Education Institute, UT Arlington and UT Dallas.

Benefit Yourself

Mac OS X Level II

This class focuses on the some of the many fun, built-in applications in Mac OS X, including the Dashboard, iTunes and more. Learn how to manipulate Finder and application windows, and learn some basic maintenance techniques. This class is ideal for Mac beginners and those who are switching from Windows. 2-4 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 5, Room 216, Ransom Hall. Register to attend. See the complete list of OIT training classes.


AHA HeartSavers: First Aid with CPR and AED

Would you know what to do if someone around you was having a heart attack? The skills learned in this class could save a life. Participants will receive a CPR certification card. 9 a.m.-noon Wednesday, Nov. 4, Training Room, Environmental Health and Safety Building, 500 Summit Ave. See the complete list of 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.

Extra Credit

Wednesday, Nov. 4 Maintaining NASA's Aircraft Fleet Gary Ash, branch chief of aircraft maintenance at the NASA Johnson Space Center, discusses the JSC fleet of more than 40 unique aircraft, from high altitude research jets to the Boeing 747 that ferries 225,000-pound space shuttles from California to Florida. Ash earned bachelor's and master's degrees in aerospace engineering from UT Arlington. A light breakfast is provided. Reservations required. Free for Arlington Technology Association members and students, $5 others. 7 a.m., Room 601, Nedderman Hall.

Wednesday, Nov. 4 Anthropology Lecture on the Body Christine Labuski is a feminist anthropologist whose work focuses on the bio-cultural body and on how bodies articulate with discourses of gender, sexuality and nature. She is a postdoctoral fellow at Rice University's Center for the Study of Women, Gender and Sexuality. Free. Noon, Room 09, University Hall. Ritu Khanduri,

Wednesday, Nov. 4 Community Empowerment Along the U.S.-Mexican Border The Center for Mexican-American Studies and OneBook present Laura Trevino, associate regional director of the Lower Rio Grande Valley Colonias Program of the Center for Housing and Urban Development/Texas A&M University. Noon, sixth floor parlor, Central Library. Roxanna Latifi, 2‑6107,

Wednesday, Nov. 4 Sustainable Fuel and Vehicle Technologies M. Ehsani, professor and director of the Advanced Vehicle Systems Research Program at Texas A&M, proposes an integrated approach focusing on fuel production and power train technologies. Free. 1:30 p.m., Room 100, Nedderman Hall. Babak Fahimi, 2‑2667,

Wednesday, Nov. 4 What Happened to MLA? This workshop will cover new conventions, such as no more underlining, no more required URLs, new abbreviations and much more. Seating is limited. Registration required. Free. 2 p.m., Room B-20, Central Library.

Wednesday, Nov. 4 Architecture Lecture Series Gregg Pasquarelli, a founding principal of SHoP Architects, speaks on "Out of Practice." Free. 4 p.m., Room 204, Architecture Building. Robert Rummel-Hudson, 2‑2314,

Paul Joannides Lecture

Thursday, Nov. 5 Paul Joannides Lecture An art historian at the University of Cambridge in the United Kingdom, Paul Joannides is a world-renowned expert in Italian Renaissance art. He has curated exhibitions and published books on Michelangelo and Raphael. Free. 12:30 p.m., Room 148, Fine Arts Building.

Thursday, Nov. 5 Biology Colloquium Series Susan Wessler of the University of Georgia speaks on "Understanding the Other Big Bang: How Transposons Amplify Throughout Genomes." Free. 4 p.m., Room 124, Life Science Building. Linda Taylor, 2‑2872,

Friday, Nov. 6 Positron Emission Tomography This teleconference features Xiankai Sun, assistant professor of radiology at UT Southwestern, on the principle of positron emission tomography, the PET imaging probe design and the biomedical applications of PET such as cancer diagnosis and prognosis. Free. 11 a.m., Room 154, Business Building. Jian Yang, 2‑0562,

Saturday, Nov. 7 Metroplex Linguistics Conference The UT Arlington Department of Linguistics and TESOL is hosting the DFW Metroplex Linguistics Conference. Speakers include faculty and students from linguistics departments in the Metroplex, including UT Arlington. Dinner is optional. Free. 8:15 a.m.-6 p.m. Room 200, Trimble Hall. Drew Burks, 2‑3133,

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

Going Out
  UTA Presents

Faculty Biennial X exhibit showcases faculty art

Faculty Biennial X exhibition

Art and Art History faculty show off their talents in the Faculty Biennial X exhibition through Saturday, Nov. 14, at The Gallery at UT Arlington in the Fine Arts Building.

The free exhibit showcases recent work of more than 30 faculty members in various media, such as painting, sculpture, ceramics, photography, glass, video, digital imaging and other visual communication methods. Art historians display examples of their recent publications.

Gallery hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays-Fridays and noon-5 p.m. Saturdays.

Monday, Nov. 2-Friday, Nov. 6 Small Paintings, Big Ideas Paintings of senior and advanced art students are exhibited. Cash or check accepted; make checks payable to the artist. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Gallery West, Studio Arts Center, 810 S. Davis Dr. The exhibit will close with a reception and art sale from 5:30-8 p.m. Friday.

Monday, Nov. 2 Brass Ensembles Recital Faculty and students perform with various brass instruments. Free. 7:30 p.m., Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. 2‑3471,

Tuesday, Nov. 3 Volleyball UT Arlington vs. Texas State. $2 faculty, staff. 7 p.m., Texas Hall.

Tuesday, Nov. 3 Music Honors Recital Music faculty and outstanding students perform solo and chamber music. Free. 7:30 p.m., Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. 2‑3471,

Wednesday, Nov. 4 Angel Tree Kick-Off Celebration Celebrate the start of the Salvation Army Christmas Angel Tree season. Adopt an angel to give a less fortunate child a wonderful holiday. Free. 11 a.m.-1 p.m., Palo Duro Lounge, E.H. Hereford University Center. 2‑2963,

Wednesday, Nov. 4 Percussion Recital Music lecturer David Wolf performs. Free. 7:30 p.m., Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. 2‑3471,

Thursday, Nov. 5 Volleyball UT Arlington vs. Sam Houston State. $2 faculty, staff. 7 p.m., Texas Hall.

Thursday, Nov. 5 Woodwind Quintet Recital The CAT 5 Woodwind Quintet with Danilo Mezzadri, Anna Pennington, Jonathan Holden, Heidi Lucas and Kim Woolly perform. Free. 7:30 p.m., Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. 2‑3471,

Friday, Nov. 6 Downtown Arlington Farmers Market Fresh fruits, vegetables, herbs, organics and unique food products provided by local vendors. The open-air market runs Fridays through Dec. 18, except Nov. 27. 9 a.m.-1 p.m., 215 E. Front St. 817-303-2800,

Friday, Nov. 6 Movie: Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince Free popcorn. Free with UTA ID. 8 p.m., Lone Star Auditorium, Maverick Activities Center. 2‑2963,

Through Nov. 27 The Getty Sketchbooks In 1993 six internationally acclaimed architects were invited to compete for the commission for the Getty Villa/Museum renovations and expansion in Malibu (re-opened to the public in 2006). Each finalist was provided an 11 x 14 bound artist's sketchbook. The completed sketchbooks were to be returned in two weeks, and the architect would be given the commission for this important project based on the contents of the sketchbook. The traveling exhibition, organized by faculty at the University of Southern California, skillfully and beautifully illustrates concepts and drawings submitted by prominent architects in their respective sketchbooks. Free. Architecture Gallery, Architecture Building.

Through Dec. 22 Selected 2D Works Five accomplished artists from the Fort Worth area share their works at Gallery 76102. Featured artists are Marianna Alfaro, Lucille Oppermann, Gloria Sepp, Dolly Valdez and Soon Warren. The exhibition runs through Dec. 22. Free. 11 a.m.-3 p.m., Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays; 2‑6 p.m., Wednesdays, Fridays. Gallery 76102, Fort Worth Center.

The Planetarium at UT Arlington

Through Dec. 31 Planetarium programs The fall schedule includes new shows IBEX: Search for the Edge of the Solar System; Unseen Universe: The Vision of SOFIA; Microcosm: The Adventure Within; and Two Small Pieces of Glass. Returning favorites are Secret of the Cardboard Rocket, Seven Wonders, Rock Hall of Fame 1 and $2 Movie. Check the Planetarium Web site for the schedule. 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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