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

Thursday, February 4, 2010

Dr. Yue Deng and Dr. Amir Farbin

Energy boost: Physics assistant professors Dr. Yue Deng, left, and Dr. Amir Farbin received early career grants for their research.

Physicists awarded grants to study magnetosphere, collider

Yue Deng and Amir Farbin, assistant professors of physics in the College of Science, have received early career grants from the National Science Foundation and the Department of Energy, respectively.

Dr. Deng's five-year, $462,000 grant is for her study of energy output from the magnetosphere—space around the earth controlled by the earth's magnetic field—and its impact on the earth's upper atmosphere.

"It is vital to understand the variability within this critical region of our atmosphere so that scientists can predict its effects on satellite tracking and power grids," she says.

Dr. Farbin's award is one of only three granted to university researchers working with the Large Hadron Collider near Geneva, Switzerland. "One of the biggest mysteries about the universe is that, for decades, conclusive evidence has shown that the familiar matter constitutes just a tiny fraction of all energy/mass in existence," he says.

A total of 69 scientists in the United States received the five-year grants, which provide at least $150,000 each year in research support.

Read more about Deng's and Farbin's awards and research.

Adonis Rose

Grammy winner: Acclaimed drummer Adonis Rose performed on "Book One," which won a Grammy for Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album.

Artist-in-residence drums up a Grammy with jazz colleagues

"Book One" by the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra, which won a Grammy award Sunday night, features UT Arlington jazz artist-in-residence Adonis Rose. "Book One" was the winner in the category for Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album.

After relocating from New Orleans to this area following Hurricane Katrina, Rose became a visiting professor with UT Arlington's Jazz Studies program in 2007. He teaches jazz combo, drums and jazz history. He also founded the Fort Worth Jazz Orchestra.

Rose serves as the creative director for Jazz by the Boulevard in Fort Worth, an annual festival in the tree-lined parks of the Will Rogers Memorial Center, and wrote and performed a composition for the 2007 Arlington Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration.

Monica Ramirez

Book value: Dr. Monica Ramirez Basco received first prize at the British Medical Association book awards.

Professor's cognitive-behavior book wins award

Cognitive-Behavior Therapy for Severe Mental Illness, co-authored by Monica Ramirez Basco, an assistant professor of psychology in the College of Science and a clinical associate professor of psychiatry at UT Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas, received first prize in the mental health category of the 2009 British Medical Association book competition.

The book, published by American Psychiatric Publishing, is a practical, how-to guide for using cognitive-behavior therapy to relieve symptoms of some of the most common and difficult-to-treat psychiatric conditions.

Dr. Basco is a founding fellow of the Academy of Cognitive Therapy and has trained mental health professionals throughout Europe and North, Central and South America for the past 20 years in cognitive behavioral treatment methods. She is the author of numerous books, book chapters and research articles.

Whitney Cummings

Laugh a little at One Mic Comedy Series

Comedienne and actress Whitney Cummings takes the stage for the One Mic Comedy Series at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 10, in the Bluebonnet Ballroom of the E.H. Hereford University Center.

A former cast member of MTV's Punk'd, Cummings has performed on HBO's Down and Dirty with Jim Norton and NBC's Last Call with Carson Daly Comics Unleashed. Her standup comedy program Live! Nude! Comedy! premiered on Showtime in July. Check her out on Chelsea Lately Thursday, Feb. 4, on E!

Sponsored by EXCEL Campus Activities. For more details, call 2-2963 or e-mail

Success: A Woman's Leadership Conference

Fort Worth Center stages women's leadership conference next month

The Institute for Professional Development at the UT Arlington Fort Worth Center will host "Success: A Woman's Leadership Conference," a one-day event Thursday, March 11, in downtown Fort Worth.

The conference is an initiative of the center and is dedicated to helping women enhance their leadership skills, both professionally and personally. The conference will highlight career, educational and social issues affecting all women.

Registration is $95 per person with a 10 percent discount for University employees. Events will be at the Sheraton Fort Worth Hotel and Spa.

Go to or call 2-5988 to register or for more information.

  Mav Pic Dr. Ratan Kumar,  Dr. Rasool Kenarangui, and Dr. Lynn Peterson

Minor adjustment

The new minor in nuclear engineering was the topic at the Arlington Technology Association meeting Wednesday in Nedderman Hall. Making the presentation, which described why the program is a success and what lies ahead for students in this growing field, are, from left, Dr. Ratan Kumar, undergraduate advisor and senior lecturer of mechanical engineering; Dr. Rasool Kenarangui, senior lecturer of electrical engineering; and Dr. Lynn Peterson, senior associate dean and professor of computer science and engineering.

Health Services sponsors Go Red Heart Awareness on Friday

Go Red Heart Awareness kicks off Heart Disease Awareness Month. Information on this common, and often preventable, disease will be offered from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Friday, Feb. 5, in the Palo Duro Lounge of the E.H. Hereford University Center.

To learn more, contact Health Services at 2-2771 or

Encourage your students to submit research for ACES symposium

The Annual Celebration of Excellence by Students, a university-wide symposium that showcases the best of UT Arlington's undergraduate and graduate students' research and creativity, is now accepting proposals for presentations.

Winners receive monetary prizes, plus recognition at the ACES awards ceremony and during Academic Excellence Week. In addition to the standard ACES awards, presentations and posters relevant to sustainability will be eligible to win sustainability awards.

Abstracts can be submitted online at Deadline is Thursday, Feb. 11.

Faculty/staff get their just desserts and more at University Club

A sweet deal awaits faculty and staff next week at the University Club, located on the ground floor of Davis Hall.

Faculty-Staff Appreciation Week, Feb. 8-12, specials include free coffee and hot tea Monday, free dessert Tuesday and Thursday, and free small soup or house salad Wednesday.

Enter a business card during the week for Friday's drawing when five people will be chosen for a free lunch at the club.

Blog on to Blazin' Construction

The Office of Facilities Management has created a blog called Blazin' Construction, which includes updates on campus construction projects.

The blog came about in response to a Student Congress resolution calling on University administrators to do more to update the campus community about ongoing projects.


Blankets provide warmth for Staff Advisory Council drive

The Staff Advisory Council collected 215 blankets and 19 coats and jackets during the Warmth of Maverick Spirit Blanket Drive on campus in January.

The collected items will be donated to Mission Arlington. SAC thanks all who donated during the drive.

Benefit Yourself
Mindful Moments

Take a break with Mindful Moments

Health Services is offering two mindfulness programs this spring. Mindfulness draws on one's internal resources to cultivate awareness and to practice being present in each moment of our lives.

Learn new ways of dealing with stress by registering for the Mindful Awareness Program by Tuesday, Feb. 9. The program meets weekly for eight weeks and presents a systematic means of cultivating mindfulness. Contact Marie Bannister at 2-2771.

Each Wednesday, take a break from stress with Mindful Moments at 12:15 p.m. in Room 235 of the Business Building. The weekly program is free.

Get Organized: Keys to Everyday Office Success

If your office is a mess and you are drowning in your to-do list, then this class is for you. Participants will learn how backlogs happen, how to manage paperwork, how to eliminate clutter and will discover the benefits of organization. 9-11 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 10, Room 200, Wetsel Service Center. See the complete list of HR training classes.

Introduction to Adobe Photoshop

Bring an image into Photoshop and be amazed how you turned a dull photo into a masterpiece by scaling, adding text, saturating it and more. Register online. 2-4 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 18, Room B29, Digital Media Studio, Central Library. See the complete list of HR 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

Gain control of stressful situations

Women's attentiveness provides advantage

Raising capital difficult for small businesses

"If you get a sense of peaceful control over your life and your world, it does reduce stress."

"In everyday life, women seem to be more easily motivated to try hard to understand what the other person is thinking and feeling."

"For small-business owners, personal wealth has historically been the biggest source of capital."

— Dr. Mary Lynn Crow, professor in the College of Education and Health Professions, on methods used in relieving stress.

— Dr. William Ickes, distinguished professor of psychology in the College of Science, on women having an intuitive advantage.
Psychology Today

— Colleen Casey, assistant professor in the School of Urban and Public Affairs, on minorities' access to capital.
Dallas Morning News

Sports Notes
  Dmitry Minkin and Katarina Mlcochova

Getting net results: Dmitry Minkin, left, and Katarina Mlcochova were named tennis players of the week in the Southland Conference.

Tennis sweeps weekly SLC awards

Senior Dmitry Minkin and sophomore Katarina Mlcochova were named Southland Conference men's and women's tennis players of the week last week.

Minkin was one of two Mavericks to record a singles win against highly ranked TCU in the team's opening match Jan. 24.

Mlcochova opened the season going a perfect 2-0 in singles and 1-0 in doubles action in matches against Texas Tech and New Mexico.

Maverick basketball teams split with Texas A&M-Corpus Christi

It took overtime, but the men's basketball team outlasted Texas A&M-Corpus Christi 71-66 Wednesday night at Texas Hall to pick up their third win a row. The women's team lost 72-66 to the Islanders in Corpus Christi.

Both teams will be in action Saturday, Feb. 6, as the men host Northwestern State in a 7 p.m. game at Texas Hall. The women will play at Northwestern State. Next home game for the women's team will be at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 10, against McNeese State.

(For more sports news, go to,, or

Going Out

Thursday, Feb. 4

Favorite Green

Creativity Test: Opening Reception Artists Marilyn Jolly and Maraya Lopez bring a new perspective to paint-by-the-numbers. The exhibit runs through March 31. Free. 6-8 p.m., Gallery 76102, Fort Worth Center.

Guest Piano Recital The Canyon Piano Trio from West Texas A&M University performs. Free. 7:30 p.m., Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. 2-3471.

Saturday, Feb. 6

Men's Basketball UT Arlington vs. Northwestern State. Mascot soccer game at halftime, featuring mascots from Texas Rangers, Grand Prairie AirHogs, Papa John's Pizza, Sweet Tomatoes, Quizno's and Pluckers Wing Bar. $4 faculty, staff. 7 p.m., Texas Hall.

Monday, Feb. 8

Downtown Arlington Music Mondays Music Department faculty and students perform. Lunch served after concert. Free. 12:15-12:45 p.m., First Baptist Church sanctuary, 300 S. Center St. Martha Walvoord, 2-2439,

Wednesday, Feb. 10

Women's Basketball UT Arlington vs. McNeese State. AISD elementary and middle school students on the A/B honor roll receive free admission. $4 faculty, staff. 7 p.m., Texas Hall.

Through March 6

Prime Perception Visual communication professors and active designers and artists Robert Grame and Robert Hower exhibit their work. Free. 10 a.m-5 p.m. Monday-Friday, noon-5 p.m. Saturday. The Gallery at UTA, Room 169, Fine Arts Building. 2-5658.


UT Arlington Planetarium programs See the complete Planetarium schedule. 2-1183,,

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



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