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

Monday, October 19, 2009

Early voting begins today, on-campus location available Oct. 26-27

Your Vote Counts

Early voting for the Nov. 3 state constitutional amendment election begins today across the state and will be available on campus Monday-Tuesday, Oct. 26-27, in the Palo Duro Lounge of the E.H. Hereford University Center.

The polling station, sponsored by Student Congress, will be open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Free parking will be available along the 300 block of West First Street.

Proposition 4 on the ballot relates to Texas' emerging research universities and their possible Tier One status. If voters approve Proposition 4, the balance of the dormant Higher Education Fund—about $500 million—would be transferred to a new National Research University Fund. Those funds would be available as Texas' seven emerging research universities—including UT Arlington—achieve certain criteria outlined in House Bill 51 and identified by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board. Funds would be available Sept. 1, 2011, to qualifying institutions.

Early voting runs from Oct. 19-30. The closest early voting site to campus is the Tarrant County Sub-Courthouse, 700 E. Abram St., and the closest to the UT Arlington/Fort Worth Center is the Fort Worth Municipal Building, 1000 Throckmorton St., Fort Worth.

Learn more about UT Arlington's progress toward becoming a major national research university at

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

Few tickets remain for Focus on Technology luncheon

Douglas Rushkoff

Limited seating is still available for media theorist Douglas Rushkoff's lecture at the Focus on Technology luncheon at noon Wednesday, Oct. 21, in the Bluebonnet Ballroom of the E.H. Hereford University Center.

Reservations for the free lunch can be made online.

Rushkoff's topic, "From Sputnik to MySpace: The New Education Race and How to Win It," will demonstrate how teaching today's technology is not enough and how some students must be capable of designing, programming and engineering a digital infrastructure beyond our imaginations. He will give not only the motivation and reasoning behind upscaling our educational capacity, but also the first steps needed to do so. Rushkoff will sign books before and after the event in the Rosebud Theatre foyer.

The Focus on Technology series is a premiere showcase for instructional, research and workplace technology.

Find out more about what you need in technology with WIIFM

What's in it for me?

For the first time, departments that offer technology services to faculty and staff are collaborating to bring you all of the technology choices available to you. Get the information you need to do your job at WIIFM—"What's in it for me?"—from 11 a.m.-noon and 1:30-2 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 21, in the Bluebonnet Ballroom North at the E.H. Hereford University Center.

Topics covered include lecture capture (audio/video), blogs and wikis, Web CT, MyMav and MavSpace, institutional repository, ImagineNow, server and application support, IT security, Profile System, high-performance computing, graphical information services and others.

The event is sponsored by the Library, Office of Research Administration, Center for Distance Education, Division for Enterprise Development, Engineering Center for Distance Education, Classroom Technology Support Services and the Office of Information Technology.

For more information, see the OIT Web site or contact Mary Jane Pearson at 2-5602 or

Dr. Wei Chen

Physics professor sheds light
on breast cancer treatment

Wei Chen, an assistant professor of physics, believes photodynamic therapy, which has been used successfully in treating skin cancers, may be an effective treatment for breast cancer.

With the help of a $472,000 grant from the Department of Defense Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs, Dr. Chen is researching a new photodynamic therapy activated by long-lasting afterglow nanoparticles.

Chen says the first step is to develop optimal control of particle characteristics, such as afterglow efficiency and longevity. The nanoparticles will be characterized and tested for photodynamic activation to include efficacy and toxicity in cultures of cells produced in the lab as well as in animal studies. The goal is to make this new technology available to help patients fight cancer.

Collaborators are Dr. Xiankai Sun from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas; Dr. Allan G. Joly from Pacific Northwest National Laboratory; Dr. Petras Juzenas from Norwegian Radium Hospital, Oslo, Norway; and Dr. Syed F. Ali from the Food and Drug Administration's National Center for Toxicological Research.

Raymund Paredes

Leads summit: Raymund Paredes, Texas Higher Education commissioner, is one of the keynote speakers for today's Educational Policy Summit.

Texas education commissioners to lead Educational Policy Summit on campus today

Texas Higher Education Commissioner Raymund A. Paredes and Texas Education Agency Commissioner Robert Scott are the keynote speakers for the third annual Educational Policy Summit today in the Rosebud Theatre at the E.H. Hereford University Center.

More than 200 Texas education and business leaders are expected to attend the event to discuss educational policy issues, including pre-kindergarten through post-secondary transitions and student accountability. The summit begins at 4:30 p.m.

State Rep. Diane Patrick, R-Arlington, will welcome participants who will hear Commissioner Scott address current issues in public education and Commissioner Paredes speak on how the post-secondary and K-12 systems can work together on challenging priorities.

A session of roundtable discussions is scheduled at 6 p.m. in the Bluebonnet Ballroom. The session will give participants a chance to discuss ways to work together to shape the future of education in Texas.

"This is an opportunity to discuss important education issues for our state, and I look forward to addressing the priorities expressed at this summit in the next legislative session," says Patrick, who serves on both the House Public Education and Higher Education Committees.

Tickets snatched up for David Gergen in Maverick Speakers Series

David Gergen

Commentator, author and former presidential adviser David Gergen will share his insight on leadership to a sold-out audience at 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 22, in the Bluebonnet Ballroom at the E.H. Hereford University Center as part of the Maverick Speakers Series.

The Bluebonnet Ballroom seats 1,000 for lectures, and the last tickets were reserved Friday. The lecture is free, but tickets are required.

Gergen's best-selling book, Eyewitness to Power: The Essence of Leadership, Nixon to Clinton, tells of his more than 30 years as an observer, analyst and participant in American politics. He held positions in the Nixon, Ford and Reagan administrations, counseled President Clinton on foreign policy and domestic affairs and was special international adviser to Secretary of State Warren Christopher.

Now a CNN commentator, Gergen is a professor of public service and the director of the Center for Public Leadership at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University and is editor-at-large at U.S. News & World Report.

A book signing will follow the lecture.

Author talks about moving from New York to the ranch

Doug Fine recounts how he left city life for a sustainable, green adventure at 3:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 22, in the Rosebud Theatre at the E.H. Hereford University Center. The lecture by the author of Farewell, My Subaru: An Epic Adventure in Local Living is free and open to the public.

  MavPic Erma Johnson, James D. Spaniolo and Melody Johnson

Meeting the Nash Challenge

Tarrant County College interim Chancellor Erma Johnson Hadley, left, UT Arlington President James D. Spaniolo and Fort Worth Independent School District Superintendent Melody Johnson announce a new partnership at Nash Elementary School in Fort Worth on Friday. About 75 percent of Nash's 250 students are considered economically disadvantaged, but it is one of the district's 12 exemplary elementary schools. Nash students who graduate from a Fort Worth school district high school and meet the Nash Challenge guidelines will earn a full tuition scholarship, including books, from Tarrant County College. Nash students who earn an associate's degree from TCC and who qualify for a Pell grant will then earn free tuition and fees from UT Arlington.

His appearance is in conjunction with the OneBook program, which adopted Bill McKibben's Deep Economy: The Wealth of Communities and the Durable Future for 2009-10.

Other OneBook programs are listed online.

'Bonnie and Clyde' author
gets down to true story

Fact and fiction about Dallas' deadly duo, Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow, is sorted out when Jeff Guinn, author of Go Down Together: The True Story of Bonnie and Clyde, speaks at the Friends of the UT Arlington Library meeting. The lecture, which is free and open to the public, begins at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 23, in the sixth floor parlor of the Central Library.

Guinn is the former books editor at the Fort Worth Star-Telegram and the author of several books. He will sign copies of the book, which will be for sale.

RSVP to Betty Wood at 2-7421 or

New medical technologies research funding program announced

Proposals are being sought for research to develop medical technologies in critical healthcare areas through a new, collaborative effort supported by Texas Instruments, the Texas Health Research and Education Institute, UT Arlington and UT Dallas.

The deadline for proposal submissions is Friday, Nov. 6. Details are posted at Collaborative Research Funding Program in Medical Technologies.

Funding priorities for the medical technologies program include healthcare 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 maximum award for each project is $100,000 for one year, and successful proposals are expected to be announced in January 2010.

An initial $600,000 is available through the program to support medical technology research. The four sponsoring entities have each contributed $150,000 to the program.

Attend the Fall Festival during Parent and Family Weekend

Faculty and staff are encouraged to bring their families to the Fall Festival from 7-9 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 24 on the E.H. Hereford University Center mall. The annual festival is during Parent and Family Weekend and will feature live music, carnival style games and events, magic and other fun activities. The festival is free for faculty, staff and their families. For more information, contact or 2-2128.

Have you contributed to the State Employee Charitable Campaign?

Department representatives will ask if you wish to participate this week.

  MavPic Candlelight vigil

Beef up your gifts

President Emeritus Wendell Nedderman, left, and Vice President for Development Jim Lewis grill burgers at the Nedderman Society Cookout Friday at the Central Library mall. The Nedderman Society is a special recognition organization for all UT Arlington faculty and staff members who make a gift in support of any area of the University. You can contribute by check or cash or by credit/debit card at You may even use payroll deduction to make your gift. Visit the site to learn more about the Nedderman Society and the difference you can make.

Payroll deduction is the easiest way to make a contribution. Don't miss this opportunity to make a difference for our community and our world.

The 2009-10 campaign ends Oct. 31. A list of all organizations in the campaign is online.

For more information, visit the UT Arlington State Employee Charitable Campaign site, or contact Shawn DuMond at 2-5518.

Some offices will close
during MyMav upgrade

The MyMav system will be upgraded beginning Thursday, Oct. 22, to 8 a.m. Monday, Oct. 26. Please note the following:

  • The Bursar's and Parking offices will close at noon Oct. 22.

  • MyMav will be unavailable for faculty and students beginning at noon Oct. 22.

  • MyMav will be unavailable for staff beginning at 6 p.m. Oct. 22.

MyMav will return to 24/7 availability at 8 a.m. Oct. 26. Additional information can be found at Admissions, Financial Aid, Graduate Studies and International Education. For questions or concerns, contact the OIT Help Desk at 2-2208.

Sign-up deadline for Halloween
office decoration is Oct. 27

It's that "spooktacular" time of year again. Time to come together as an office and show off your Halloween decorating skills. Awards will be given for Overall Winner, Most SPOOKtacular, Best Pumpkin, Creative Costumes and Best Theme.

Sign-up deadline is 5 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 27. All departments will receive a list of judging times on Wednesday, Oct. 28. Judging will be Friday, Oct. 30.

To register your office, contact Kala Ellison at 2-3277 or

HUB Super Bowl III features campus vendors

The Historically Underutilized Business Vendor Fair—aka HUB Super Bowl III—will kick off at 9-11 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 5, in the Bluebonnet Ballroom at the E.H. Hereford University Center.

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

Have your picture taken with a professional football player, get an autograph or try on a Super Bowl ring. There will be door prizes and giveaways.

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

Benefit Yourself

Safe Zone Ally Training starts today

UT Arlington Safe Zone

Participants in Ally Training will learn about heterosexual privilege, campus and community resources, and how to be supportive to members of the LGBT community. At the conclusion of training, participants have the option to display a Safe Zone symbol as a signal to the campus community, and especially LGBT individuals, that they maintain a safe and affirming environment.

After completing this interactive training, participants will receive a certificate, Safe Zone decal and resources, and will be equipped with the tools necessary to:

  • Respond in an appropriate, affirming and supportive manner to LGBT individuals

  • Know resources and/or where to find them

  • Examine his/her attitudes, behaviors and values

Space is limited. Contact Adria Villarreal at 2-3671 or with questions or to reserve your spot. For more information, see Safe Zone. 1-4 p.m., Monday, Oct. 19, or 5-8 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 22, Room 223, Pickard Hall.

Food For Thought: Do You Get Enough Zzzs?

Getting an adequate amount of sleep can significantly improve the mind, body and health. Find out how much is enough, how difficult it is to get this amount and tips to overcome this challenge. Bring a notepad and lunch. Noon-1 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 21, Room 101B, Maverick Activities Center.

EHS newsletter provides health tips

What are the most frequent fire safety violations found in residence inspections at UT Arlington? Find out in the fall edition of the Environmental Health and Safety newsletter, Safety Roundup, now available online. Also, see how some simple safety precautions can go a long way in preventing serious injuries from careless accidents.

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

Tuesday, Oct. 20 The Revolution That Wasn't Screening of the documentary includes a lecture and questions with Russian filmmakers Aliona Polunina and Andrey Shemyakin. Set in 2007, the film examines the political climate in Russia from the perspective of members of a banned political organization. Free. 5 p.m., Room 121, University Hall. Lonny Harrison, 2-2388,

Wednesday, Oct. 21 Anthropology Lecture on Vietnam Lynn Kwiatkowski of Colorado State University lectures on "Transnationalism, Domestic Violence, and the Cultural Politics of Health Care in Vietnam." Her research focuses on medical anthropology, gender and critical studies of development in the Philippines, Vietnam and Vietnamese communities in the United States. Free. Noon, Room 09, University Hall. Ritu Khanduri, 2-5815,

Wednesday, Oct. 21 Nano-Bio Seminar "Novel Biodegradable Polymers for Tissue Engineering and Bioimaging," by Jian Yang, assistant professor of bioengineering. The seminar focuses on the next generation of biodegradable elastic polymers: (1) Crosslinked Urethane-doped Polyester network, or CUPEs, which serve as ideal candidates for engineering elastic tissues such as blood vessel, ligament, tendon and cardiac tissue and (2) Aliphatic Biodegradable Photoluminescent Polymers, or BPLPs, which have excellent cytocompatibility, controlled degradability and mechanical properties and stable but tunable photoluminescent properties. Free. 1 p.m., Room 108, Nedderman Hall. Samir Iqbal,


Wednesday, Oct. 21 Beyond Banality: Academic Uses for Twitter Twitter is so much more than finding out what people had for lunch. This TechnoScholar workshop explains how to set up a Twitter account, how to track information about conferences and other organizations and how to expand conversations within classes as well as among departments and campuses. Sign up online. Free. 2-3 p.m., Room B-20, Central Library.

Wednesday, Oct. 21 Bioengineering Lecture Xingde Li, associate professor of bioengineering at Johns Hopkins University, will speak on the development of transitional biophotonic technologies that bridge basic engineering research and medical diagnosis/therapy. Free. 6 p.m., Room 100, Nedderman Hall. Amber DeGelia, 2-0074,

Thursday, Oct. 22 Biology Colloquium Series Vanessa Sperandio, associate professor of microbiology at UT Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas, will speak on "Interkingdom signaling in bacterial pathogenesis." Free. 4 p.m., Room 124, Life Science Building. Linda Taylor, 2-2872,

Friday, Oct. 23 Prototyping Flexible Electronics in a Roll-to-Roll Line Bahgat Sammakia of the Center for Advanced Microelectronics Manufacturing at Binghamton University-SUNY, will describe recent research activities for cost-reduced, roll-to-roll manufacturing of integrated sensory systems on flexible substrates. Free. 1:30 p.m., Room 105, Nedderman Hall. Debi Barton, 2-2500,

Friday, Oct. 23 Chemistry and Biochemistry Seminar Michael Hendrich of Carnegie Mellon University lectures on "Electron Paramagnetic Resonance Detection of Enzymatic Intermediates." Free. 2:30 p.m., Room 114, Chemistry Research Building. 2-3171.

Monday, Oct. 26 Research, Knowledge and Evidence-Based Design This panel discussion focuses on an important emerging aspect of design. Free. 6-8 p.m., Architecture Auditorium, Architecture Building.

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

Going Out
  UTA Presents

'Noises Off' in second week at Mainstage Theatre

Noises Off

Controlled chaos: From left, Stephen T. Howell, Shelley Ohmes, Porter Gandy and Leslie Jones star in "Noises Off," the Theatre Arts Department's season opener.

"Noises Off" begins its second week with performances Thursday through Sunday.

The farce features a zany troupe of British actors stumbling from riotous rehearsals to a wild and crazy opening night and is touted as pure fun in three fast-paced acts. Professor Andrew Gaupp directs with theatre arts major Jacqueline Pettit as stage manager.

The cast features Shelley Ohmes, Ryan Cole, Stephen T. Howell, Leslie Jones, Kathryn Ivey, Robert Bell, Ericka Hernandez, Wesley Farnsworth and Porter Gandy. The understudy ensemble includes Bethany Ham, Abel Ramos, Brooke Thibodeaux, Britney Hudgins, Kadrea Wade, Trae Adair and Travis Cook.

Performances are at 8 p.m. Oct. 22, 23 and 24 and at 2:30 p.m. Oct. 25 in the Mainstage Theatre, Room 174, Fine Arts Building. Reservations are recommended.

Tickets are $7 for students with ID, faculty, staff and seniors and $10 for the general public. Group rates are available.

Contact the Department of Theatre Arts Box Office at 2-2669 for reservations.

Monday, Oct. 19 Music Mondays with UT Arlington Music Department faculty and students offer diverse programs for the UT Arlington community and downtown employees. Catered lunch is provided for faculty, staff and students. No reservations needed. Free. 12:15-12:45 p.m., First Baptist Church sanctuary, 300 S. Center St. Future concerts are Nov. 9, Feb. 8, March 8 and April 12. Martha Walvoord, 2-2439,

Tuesday, Oct. 20 Clavier Series Piano Recital UT Arlington piano students perform. Free. 7:30 p.m., Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. 2-3471,

Thursday, Oct. 22 Volleyball UT Arlington hosts Southeastern Louisiana. $2 faculty and staff. 7 p.m., Texas Hall. 2-2239,

Thursday, Oct. 22 Choir Concert The University Singers and A Cappella Choir perform along with guest violinist Martha Walvoord. $3 faculty and staff. 7:30 p.m., Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. 2-3471,

Friday, Oct. 23 Solomons Faculty Piano Recital John Solomons, associate professor of music, performs. Free. Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. 2‑3471,

Saturday, Oct. 24 Volleyball UT Arlington hosts Nicholls State. $2 faculty and staff. 3 p.m., Texas Hall. 2‑2239,

Through Nov. 14 Faculty Biennial X This art exhibition showcases recent work created by Department of Art and Art History faculty. The 2009 exhibition features works of more than 30 faculty members in a variety of media, including painting, sculpture, ceramics, photography, glass, video, digital imaging and visual communication. Examples of recent publications will be on display. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays-Fridays, noon-5 p.m. Saturdays, The Gallery at UT Arlington, Fine Arts 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.

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 the $2 movie. 700 Planetarium Place. 2-1183,,

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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