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

Monday, December 20, 2010

Virtual nursing trainer

More than just a game: Dr. Judy LeFlore and her research team developed a video game that teaches students about in-hospital pediatric care. See a video that explains the simulation process.

College of Nursing researcher honored for exploring learning in the video game world

A College of Nursing professor’s use of 3D gaming technology to teach students about in-hospital pediatric care has earned her the top spot in a competition sponsored by the Society for Simulation in Healthcare.

Judy LeFlore will present her study—which explored whether a specially designed 3D video game worked as well as a lecture in teaching nursing students to respond in a clinical setting—during the Society for Simulation’s 11th International Meeting on Simulation in Healthcare in January in New Orleans. Her research abstract was selected as first-place winner in the category of Emerging and Innovative Technologies and Methods.

Dr. LeFlore and Mindi Anderson, assistant professor of nursing, worked with Marjorie Zielke, assistant professor of arts and technology at UT Dallas, to develop a game scenario called “iNursingRN: Respiratory Distress.” They then evaluated 93 senior nursing students, half who played the game and “treated” four virtual pediatric patients with respiratory illnesses and half who attended a three-hour lecture on the same topic.

“The game is designed to reinforce the elements of the nursing process: assessment, identification of the problem, review of the physician's orders, reassessment at every intervention, and calling for help when interventions don’t work,” LeFlore says. “When we tested students in the UT Arlington Smart Hospital later, we found that the game users were more likely to make correct decisions during the care of the patient, and they did it in a shorter period of time than the lecture group.”

The work was backed by $250,000 in funding from the UT System’s Transforming Undergraduate Education grant program.

Body Problems

Sociology professor's new book delves into running and living long in a fast-food society

'Tis the season to be happy and joyous. But for many people, this time of year often leads to overeating, exercising less, and feeling the pressure to be perfect.

"As the holidays approach, people overindulge and make New Year's resolutions to get fit and lose pounds," says Ben Agger, professor of sociology and author of the new book, Body Problems: Running and Living Long in a Fast-Food Society.

The book analyzes food, health, and body problems sociologically, in non-academic language, and connects this analysis to the practical steps readers can take to live a different life.

"This different life involves uniting body and mind as people view exercise, especially running and walking, not only as a means to an end—weight loss—but as a way of finding meaning in their hurried and often unsatisfying lives," says Dr. Agger, who is director of the Center for Theory.

People no longer need to be captive to what Agger calls "body industries" such as the pharmaceutical, fashion, and weight-loss industries that make them dependent and cost them money. There are books on how to lose weight and run a marathon but no books, until Agger's, that delve into how people can reduce alienation in their daily lives by lacing up their running shoes.

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A matter of degrees

School of Social Work degree candidates, from left, Janie Butler, Marissa Mendez, and Anjila Prasia, arrive in Texas Hall for fall Commencement ceremonies Friday afternoon. More than 3,000 degrees were conferred in 12 separate ceremonies Thursday through Sunday. See videos.

Electrical outages to affect several buildings starting Dec. 26

Electrical outages are scheduled for several buildings during the winter break.

The primary electrical service will be off 6 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 26, in the Central Library, Davis Hall, Fine Arts Building, Life Science Building, Physical Education Building, Preston Hall, Smart Hospital, Texas Hall, Trinity House, and University Hall. All emergency circuits will be operational during that time.

In Science Hall the primary electrical service to the building will be off from 6 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 26, until 6 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 2. The back-up emergency generator will be operational during this time.

See more information on electrical outages.

Look for weather news on home page, Twitter, Facebook, MavWire

When the winter weather threatens travel, look for announcements on whether the University will close or stay open.

All announcements will be communicated via University e-mail in MavWire EXTRA (faculty and staff) and TrailBlazer EXTRA (students).

Notices will be posted on the University's home page, recorded information will be available on the University's Emergency Information Hotline at 1-866-258-4913, and announcements will be sent to local media outlets.

Information also will be available on the University’s Twitter and Facebook pages.

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Decking the halls

The Office of Research Administration, pictured above, was the overall winner in the Holiday Office Decoration Contest. College of Nursing was second. Other awards went to Smart Hospital, best theme; Information Systems and Operations Management, top tree; New Maverick Orientation, most creative; and University Advising Center, tastiest treats. The contest was sponsored by Campus Recreation.


Tickets available online for Arlington's New Year's Eve Super Party

Tickets are still available for the More Than a Game New Year's Eve Super Party at the Arlington Museum of Art, located at 201 W. Main.

UT Arlington co-sponsors the event, which is from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. Friday, Dec. 31. Seating is limited. For tickets, go to

Dance music is provided by FM, and the event is catered by A Sophisticated Affair.

CS Gold upgrade begins today at noon

The CS Gold system is being upgraded to version 6 and will be unavailable from noon today, Monday, Dec. 20, through the end of the day Thursday, Dec. 23.

Do not attempt to log in to the system during this time. After the upgrade is complete, you will not be able to log in until your CS Gold client has been upgraded. Send an e-mail to so that MavExpress can schedule your upgrade.

Get flu vaccine before holidays

Influenza immunizations are still available at Health Services. Cost is $15 for faculty, staff, and students. Hours are 8:30 a.m.-noon and 1-4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday at the Health Services Center. Walk-ins are welcome.

For more information, contact Health Services online or at 2-2771.

Connect by Hertz offers discount on vehicles during winter break

Connect by Hertz is rolling out a new deal for winter break. Classes may not be in session, but the cars are available for use.

Now through Monday, Jan. 17, rent any vehicle on campus for only $5 per hour. No promotion code is necessary.

Call 877-654-4400 or click to rent a car.

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Making physics fun

Dr. Nilakshi Veerabathina, center, a lecturer in the Department of Physics, and her team of students entertained and educated more than 4,000 K-12 students at the seventh annual Aviation and Transportation Career Expo last week at DFW International Airport. The physics activities included demonstrations with liquid nitrogen, mechanical electrical generators to create spark discharges and mild shocks, a handmade spectroscope, and an optics apparatus to explain the properties and uses of light.

Winter break schedules

Campus Recreation—The Maverick Activities Center, climbing wall, Field Complex, and pool are open during the winter break. Check the Campus Recreation schedule online for hours.

Libraries—Libraries will be open during the winter break. Check the library schedule online for hours.

Planetarium—The Planetarium has shows throughout the winter break. Go online for the Planetarium schedule.

Winter intersession schedule

Monday, Dec. 20—Late registration and first day of class
Tuesday, Dec. 21—Census date
Dec. 20-22, Jan. 3-7, 10-13—Classes meet
Thursday, Jan. 6—Last day to drop classes
Thursday, Jan. 13—Final exams

MavWire will return in January

Today's MavWire is the last issue until Thursday, Jan. 6. Most campus offices will be closed Friday, Dec. 24-Sunday, Jan. 2.

If you have stories or pictures for MavWire, send them to to be considered for publication.

If you want to find a previous issue of MavWire, go to the archives at

Benefit Yourself

Last chance to convert from WebCT to Blackboard

If you missed the Nov. 5 deadline to request conversion of your WebCT courses to Blackboard, you can be put on a waiting list by filling out the Course Conversion Form.

You can choose to convert your entire WebCT course or only specific materials, such as course content and quizzes. Explore Blackboard first and decide which transition path to take.

If you choose to have your entire WebCT course converted, transfer files for each course section to My Files, where they can be reorganized for use in the future. My Files is where you will find personal storage space in a folder named with your NetID. This space will remain accessible for linking single copies of files to current and future courses, rather than needless reproduction of course materials. Read more about the transfer process.

Your request will be completed in the order it is received. There is no guarantee late requests will be ready for the first day of spring classes.

Learn more about Blackboard and sign up for training online. If you have questions, e-mail

Office 2011 for Mac coming to campus

Microsoft has released Office 2011, the newest version of Office for the Mac, which has replaced Entourage with Outlook.

The Office of Information Technology will make Office 2011 available to Mac users for initial testing. OIT will fully support this product in summer 2011, at which time it will be added to OIT lab Mac computers.

If you would like to have Office 2011 for Mac installed on your computer, contact the Help Desk at

Winter 2011 Cont. Ed. catalog

Find new classes in Continuing Ed catalog

The Winter 2011 Continuing Education catalog features new classes and programs in creative writing, leadership, sustainability, hip hop dance, mosaics, and more.

Get the latest information at

Winter break group exercise classes offered at MAC

Classes are available during the winter break at the Maverick Activities Center.

Stay in shape with step, yoga, Latin fusion, cycle, pilates, group strength, and triple threat. Participants must have an activated ID and will only be granted access to class up to five minutes after the posted class time. Participation is limited to space and equipment availability. All classes must have a minimum of two participants.

The classes are now through Wednesday, Dec. 22, and Monday, Jan. 3, to Friday, Jan. 14. See the winter break group exercise schedule.

Employment Information

Check out 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

Thursday, Jan. 6

Green Jobs Summit Create jobs, grow jobs, and find jobs. The summit will highlight ways to start a green business and how to grow a business by adding green. Hosted by the Office of Sustainability and TMAC. Register online. $30 for general attendees, $15 for veterans, $100 for exhibitors. 8 a.m.-noon. Lone Star Auditorium, Maverick Activities Center.

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

Going Out

Tuesday, Dec. 21-Thursday, Dec. 30

The Polar Express

$2 Movie: The Polar Express On Christmas Eve, a doubting boy boards a magical train that's headed to the North Pole and Santa Claus's home. Showing Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday each week. See schedule for starting times. Planetarium. 2-1183.

Wednesday, Jan. 5

Men's Basketball Mavericks vs. Houston Baptist. Tickets $8. 7 p.m., Texas Hall, Athletics, 2-2261.

Saturday, Jan. 8

Women's Basketball Mavericks vs. Nicholls State. Tickets $8. 2 p.m., Texas Hall, Athletics, 2-2261.


Planetarium programs Showing this month are Season of Light, Holiday Music Magic, Spacepark 360, and Pink Floyd. Go online for the complete schedule. Planetarium, 2-1183.

Charting Chartered Companies The exhibition "Concessions to Companies as Mirrored in Maps, 1600-1900" focuses on maps and how they shaped the histories of chartered companies. Through Saturday, Jan. 8. Free. 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Mondays-Saturdays, Special Collections, sixth floor, Central Library. 2-2179.

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



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