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

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Engineering Lab Building ribbon cutting

A new beginning: The College of Engineering hosted a ribbon-cutting ceremony Wednesday for the renovated Engineering Lab Building. From left are mascot Blaze; Jack Woolf, former UT Arlington president; State Rep. Dan Branch; State Rep. Diane Patrick; UT Arlington President James D. Spaniolo; U.S. Rep. Joe Barton; John Haroutunian, president of the Joint Council of Engineering Organizations; and Bill Carroll, dean of the College of Engineering.

College of Engineering kicks off 50th anniversary

Wednesday's official opening of the expanded Engineering Lab Building couldn't have had better timing as matching funds became available this week for the state's emerging research institutions, including UT Arlington.

Hundreds of students, faculty and dignitaries were on hand to officially open the 27,000-square-foot third floor and the renovated building. The ribbon-cutting ceremony also kicked off the 50th anniversary of the College of Engineering.

Texas Rep. Dan Branch, R-Dallas and chairman of the House Higher Education Committee, says the expansion and research that will take place inside shows "there's room for another Tier One UTA in Texas."

Branch was referring to UT Austin, one of three Tier One or top-research institutions in Texas. Branch, along with state Rep. Diane Patrick, R-Arlington, this spring authored House Bill 51, which enabled state support for emerging research universities. An initial $50 million in matching funds to enhance research is being made available through the new Texas Research Incentive Program.

U.S. Rep. Joe Barton, R-Ennis, also attended the event and told the crowd, "Engineers are what make America work." Barton, who is a registered engineer, added: "We need engineers more today than any time."

Following the ribbon-cutting, noted inventor Dean Kamen implored students to make a difference not only when they're finished with their education but while they're still in the classroom. Kamen, who spoke as part of the 50th anniversary celebration, was an undergraduate when he built one of his first inventions, the insulin pump for diabetics.

"You have to help steer the culture of this country back to what it needs to be," he told students.

Research lab

Research gets boost: The University has announced $3.75 million in commitments for research, with about $1.1 million expected to qualify for state matching funds through the Texas Research Incentive Program.

University announces gifts aimed
at enhancing research

UT Arlington has announced $3.75 million in commitments supporting a broad range of research as the University advances in its mission of becoming one of the state's next nationally recognized research institutions. The full value of these gifts is estimated to be about $7 million when paired with available matching funds.

The support includes a $1 million commitment from Carrizo Oil & Gas, Inc. and additional gifts from Texas Instruments Inc., the Texas Health Research & Education Institute and UT Arlington alumnus Mustaque Ahmed, among others.

About $1.1 million is expected to qualify for state matching funds available through the Texas Research Incentive Program. The program was established earlier this year through House Bill 51 and aims to help UT Arlington and six other institutions leverage private gifts for the enhancement of research productivity and faculty recruitment.

"These gifts represent a growing recognition of UT Arlington's academic excellence. This is a long-term effort to increase the private support of the research mission of the University, and we are gratified by this initial response," UT Arlington President James D. Spaniolo says. "It's not about one day. This is a decade-long effort to build a national research institution."

Gifts of $100,000 or more can be multiplied with Maverick Match and state funds to further bolster the University's research activities. To date, 21 UT Arlington endowments have benefited from the Maverick Match. Learn more about Maverick Match.

Click here to read the complete news release.

Hypersonic aircraft

Plane of the future: Hypersonic aircraft could provide much faster travel as soon as safety issues are resolved.

Chemistry professor helps develop hypersonic airplane

A UT Arlington chemist is helping to unlock the secret of how to safely fly a hypersonic aircraft at Mach 5 speed.

"Imagine a trip from the East to West Coast in less than an hour, or from the United States to China in less than four hours," chemistry Assistant Professor Peter Kroll says. "This would be possible with an airplane flying at hypersonic speed, Mach 5, which is faster than 3,400 miles per hour."

Dr. Kroll has been awarded a five-year grant worth up to $500,000 to investigate ultra-high performance ceramic composite materials. UT Arlington is collaborating with researchers from the University of California at Berkeley, University of Miami and others. The team develops and investigates ultra-high performance ceramic composite materials that can sustain the extreme conditions in the thrust system of the aircraft.

"Current materials simply burn away within minutes due to extreme temperatures at the air intake, even without burning fuel," he says.

Kroll will study materials using multiscale simulation techniques, ranging from quantum chemical calculations to large-scale multimillion atom simulations and continuum methods.

Civic education expert to speak at service learning breakfast

For more than 25 years, Nadinne Cruz has been a practitioner, leader, advocate, speaker and author on the need for pedagogies of engagement in higher education. She will be the keynote speaker at the Service Learning Partner Breakfast at 8:30 a.m. Friday, Sept. 18 on the Sixth Floor of the Central Library.

  MavClip UT Arlington marching band at Cowboys Stadium

Marching Band performs
at Dallas Cowboys game

Forget John Philip Sousa. The UT Arlington Marching Band cranked out some funk, rock and jazz twists on true classical sounds at the Dallas Cowboys-San Francisco 49ers game Saturday night at the new Cowboys Stadium. Watch the video of the 153-member band.

Her early volunteer experiences with peasants in the Philippines inspired a commitment to integrate teaching with community partnership across diverse worlds of engagement for social change.

Dr. Cruz is co-author of Service-Learning: A Movement's Pioneers Reflect on Its Origins, Practice, and Future and Where's the Community in Service-Learning Research? Now an independent consultant, she works nationwide with colleges and universities to strengthen civic education.

Faculty and staff are invited to attend the event, which is sponsored by the Center for Community Service Learning. RSVP to Sharon Hughlett at 2-2124 or

Sponsorships, golfers needed
for tournament

Sponsorships and golfers are needed for the UT Arlington Public Relations Student Society of America Golf Tournament Monday, Sept. 21 at the Mansfield National Golf Club. Check-in time is 7 a.m.

Faculty, staff and businesses are welcome to sponsor at levels from $150 to $1,000 with advertising provided. Money raised will help members attend the national PRSSA conference in November.

Cost to participate is $70 if paid before Sept. 7, $85 after Sept. 7. For more information, contact PRSSA sponsor Shelley Wigley at

  MavPic Jusin Sanders and Nekima Booker

Texas Instruments gift
benefits biomedical research

International technology innovator Texas Instruments Inc. has awarded UT Arlington $225,000 in new funds to enhance biomedical research in the College of Engineering in the area of medical diagnostics. From left are Rod Wetterskog, TI's director of university relations; Richard Billo, UT Arlington associate dean of engineering for research; Bill Carroll, dean of the College of Engineering; President James D. Spaniolo; Allen Bowling, TI's manager for research and consortia; and Ron Elsenbaumer, UT Arlington vice president for research and federal relations. UT Arlington anticipates that this new commitment will be eligible for state matching funds aimed at enhancing research.

Engineering sponsors baseball outing

College of Engineering faculty, staff, students and alumni are heading to Rangers Ballpark in Arlington to meet and reconnect with fellow classmates and watch the Texas Rangers play the Oakland A's Wednesday, Sept. 16. The college invites all faculty and staff to participate.

The $10 admission includes a meal coupon good for a hot dog, chips and a soda. And it's Dollar Dog Night, so extra hot dogs are extra affordable.

Contact your home department or the dean's office to purchase tickets. Maverick Engineering 50th Anniversary T-shirts are available for $5.

Planetarium to add latest technology

In October the Planetarium at UT Arlington, the biggest and best in the Metroplex, will become the best in Texas. Digistar 4, the latest in planetarium theater technology, will be installed, making it the only planetarium in Texas with this new system.

The Planetarium will close from Sept. 28 through Oct. 11 to install the new technology and will re-open Oct. 12 with a new fall schedule. New shows include Unseen Universe: The Vision of SOFIA, Two Small Pieces of Glass, IBEX: The Search for the Edge of the Solar System, and Microcosm.

For more information, visit

MavWire takes a holiday

MavWire will not be published Monday, Sept. 7 due to the Labor Day holiday. MavWire will resume Thursday, Sept. 10.

Benefit Yourself

Got Questions? Ask HR

The Office of Human Resources has unveiled "Ask HR," a new program designed to help answer important questions about HR programs, functions, initiatives and services. Send your questions to, and a staff member will respond with the answer or the best resources to help you find the answer. Not sure if it's an HR-related question? Send your question anyway and if HR staff members can't answer it, they'll know where to find the answer.

Word 2007 Mail Merge

This course focuses on using Mail Merge to create customized letters, envelopes and labels. Register to attend. 2-4 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 10, Ransom Hall, Room 311A. See the complete list of OIT training classes.

Working and Leading with Emotional Intelligence

Recent studies indicate that emotional intelligence is a powerful key to effective leadership. Our session will provide the knowledge and practical emotional intelligence skills you need to ensure that you are a strong, emotionally intelligent leader. You will learn how to apply emotional intelligence to specific situations to gain the authority and success you strive for as a leader. Please register in advance to receive the Emotional Intelligence survey prior to the class. We will explore and discuss the survey results in this session. 2-4 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 9, Wetsel Service Center, Room 200.

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.

In Quotes

Many evacuees made Houston their home

Minor added to meet government demand

Post office closing could affect campus

"For the folks who are there now, the evacuees who have stayed, they have probably taken on some sense of identity about being a Houstonian, which is probably the reason why they are still there."

"It's imperative that we get people trained in the right fields. This helps toward that goal."

"It serves our international students at UTA, our downtown business community, our nearby lower-to-moderate income neighborhoods and citizens around the community that expect to find a post office in the downtown area."

– Dr. Jason Shelton, assistant professor of sociology in the College of Liberal Arts, on a report he co-authored titled, "After the Storm: How Race, Class, and Immigration Concerns Influenced Beliefs about the Katrina Evacuees." Voice of America.

– Dr. Bill Carroll, dean of the College of Engineering, on how the addition of a minor in nuclear engineering is being driven by plans for about two dozen new nuclear energy plants across the country, four of them in Texas. Dallas Morning News.

– Maggie Campbell, executive director of Downtown Arlington Management Corp., on how Downtown Arlington officials are working to keep the Postal Service's downtown facility open even though it's on the list to possibly close. Fort Worth Business Press.

Sports Notes
John Sauerhage

Cross country mentor: John Sauerhage begins his 15th season as head coach for men's and women's cross country and track teams.


Cross country teams open season Saturday at TCU

The men's and women's cross country teams will open the season at 8:30 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 5, at the TCU Cross Country Opener. The men's event will be four miles, and the women will run two miles as North Texas and SMU will join the Mavericks and TCU.

A former distance runner at UT Arlington, coach John Sauerhage's teams both finished fourth at last year's Southland Conference championships. He lost three top seniors from the men's team. Zach Zura and Heinz Swarzkopf are the top returnees on a roster that includes no less than a dozen freshmen. Christina Mose, Perri Ford, Jennifer Carey and Amanda McMahon are the top returnees for the women's team.

Volleyballers at Colorado State this weekend

Coach Diane Seymour's volleyball team will face Georgia Southern on Friday and Colorado State and Ohio State on Saturday at the Hilton Classic in Fort Collins, Colo., before returning home next weekend to host the UT Arlington Invitational.

The Mavericks lost to the University of Arkansas on Tuesday night at Fayetteville. They salvaged a win over Gardner-Webb after losing to Oral Roberts and Illinois State in the Redbird Classic last weekend at Normal, Ill. Junior outside hitter Bianca Sauls was named to the all-tournament team. See

Going Out

Friday, Sept. 4 $2 Movie: Cars 6 p.m., Planetarium, Chemistry and Physics Building. 2-1183,

Saturday, Sept. 5 $2 Movie: Cars 2:30 p.m., Planetarium, Chemistry and Physics Building. 2-1183,

Monday, Sept. 7 Labor Day Holiday Offices closed.

Tuesday, Sept. 8 One Mic Stand: Darren Carter One Mic Stand is a new monthly comedy series that brings up-and-coming comedians to campus. Free. 7:30 p.m. Bluebonnet Ballroom, E.H. Hereford University Center. 2-2963,

Now through Sept. 30 Fort Worth: A Vision in Glass Gallery 76102 The Fort Worth Center hosts an exhibit that highlights various disciplines in the glass arts, including glassblowing, kiln-formed glass, flameworking, neon sculpture, stained glass, glass mosaic and cast glass. Free. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturdays. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays by appointment only. Christina Graves, 2-5988.

Sept. 4 through Oct. 10 Geometry in Reflection An exhibition featuring two internationally recognized artists whose work addresses architectonic forms and color relationships. Tommy Fitzpatrick is an Arlington-based artist whose acrylic paintings of urban buildings and their surroundings blur the boundary between photo-realism and abstraction. Margo Sawyer, a professor of sculpture/studio art at UT Austin, uses geometric forms to create sculptural compositions of colorful panels displayed on the walls, floors or suspended from ceilings. Hours are Monday through Friday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., and Saturdays, noon-5 p.m. The Gallery at UT Arlington, Fine Arts Building. Patricia Healy, 2-5658 or

Ongoing UT Arlington Planetarium programs The summer schedule will continue through Sept. 27. 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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