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

Monday, January 11, 2010

UT Arlington police

Police Department recommended for reaccreditation

The UT Arlington Police Department has been recommended for reaccreditation by the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. The accreditation is expected to be approved at the CALEA national conference scheduled for March in Dallas.

"This accomplishment would not have been possible without the assistance of everyone in our department," says Police Chief Robert Hayes. "During the exit interview, both assessors commented on the professionalism of our department and all those members that contribute to that professionalism."

The department is one of five campus agencies in Texas to be accredited by CALEA, a national organization that provides credentialing services for law enforcement agencies, public safety communications agencies, and public safety training academies.

"Congratulations and thanks to the entire team for this significant accomplishment," says John Hall, vice president for administration and campus operations. "My special thanks to Chief Hayes for the exceptional leadership he exhibits day-in and day-out managing the University's Police Department."

Hayes says special appreciation goes to Melissa Mais, accreditation manager, and her team for the long hours spent in assembling the required information.


Free H1N1 influenza vaccination still available to faculty and staff

The Health Services Center has 500 doses of the H1N1 flu shots and is still offering them free to faculty and staff at the campus clinic, 605 S. West St.

The immunization clinic hours are 8:30 a.m. to noon and 1 to 4:30 p.m. weekdays. Vaccinations are available on a first-come, first-served basis for faculty, staff and students. No appointments are needed.

Tarrant and Dallas county health officials also have free H1N1 vaccinations available at area public health clinics. The Arlington Public Health Center, 536 W. Randol Mill Road, near North Cooper Street, is open 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday. A storefront clinic at 5415 S. Cooper St., Suite 125, south of campus, is open 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday.

For other locations, call 2-1-1 or go online to: Tarrant County Public Health, Dallas County Public Health, Texas Department of Health.

More information is available at

Dan Cavanagh

Dr. Dan Cavanagh

Music professor wins international composition award

Dan Cavanagh, assistant professor of music and assistant director of jazz studies in the College of Liberal Arts, is a winner in the 2009 International Music Prizes for Excellence in Composition sponsored by the National Academy of Music.

Cavanagh was one of six winners at the advanced level, with 14 winners selected overall at the gala in Greece. He won for his composition "From the Barrage Comes Clarity." He will receive a Certificate of Mastery in Music Composition awarded by the National Academy of Music and a Gold Medal of Distinction.

Eighty composers from 22 countries submitted more than 186 compositions in the competition. Read music prizes for more details.

Cedric Feschotte

Dr. Cedric Feschotte

Genome biologist reports on evolutionary discovery

A recent study on the 8 percent of human DNA that is derived from viruses may show a cause of cell mutation and psychiatric disorders such as schizophrenia and mood disorders, according to an article by Cédric Feschotte, associate professor of biology in the College of Science, published in the Jan. 7 issue of Nature magazine.

The study, led by Professor Keizo Tomonaga at Osaka University in Japan, revealed that the genomes of humans and other mammals contain DNA derived from the insertion of bornaviruses, RNA viruses whose replication takes place in the nucleus of cells. It was the first to show sequences derived from a virus other than retroviruses. Researchers have known since 2001 that 8 percent of human genetic material is derived from retroviruses.

In his article, Feschotte speculates about the role of such viral insertions in causing mutations with evolutionary and medical consequences. Feschotte says this virally transmitted DNA may be a cause of mutation and psychiatric disorders such as schizophrenia and mood disorders.

For more information, see genome biologist.

Three faculty members receive sustainability fellowships

Faculty members Peggy Semingsen, Danielle Davis and Wendy Casper are recipients of the first Faculty Fellows on Sustainability fellowships announced by the Sustainability Committee.

These fellowships will support the faculty members as they develop an innovative curriculum for integrating sustainability and environmental stewardship into the courses they teach in spring 2010.

Read more about the fellowships.

  Mav Pic Fountain with ice

Ice sculpture

Frigid temperatures Friday morning turned campus fountains, such as the one at the center bridge over Cooper Street, into frozen works of art. With the ever-changing Texas weather, temperatures are expected to reach 60 degrees this week.

Alum featured speaker at MLK banquet

Maxwell Scarlett, the first African-American to graduate from UT Arlington in 1966, will be the keynote speaker at the Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration "Sharing the Dream" Awards Banquet at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 15, at the Bluebonnet Ballroom in the E.H. Hereford University Center. Dr. Scarlett is a physician in Lampasas.

Tickets are $35 and can be purchased at Tickets also are available for "An Evening of Spoken Word Slam Poetry" Saturday, Jan. 16, at the Bluebonnet. Cost is $15.

MLK events continue through Monday, Jan. 18. See the entire MLK Celebration schedule.

Various software will be unavailable early Tuesday

Several software programs will be unavailable from 6:30 to 7:30 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 12, while the Office of Information Technology moves various campus servers from Ransom Hall to the Arlington Regional Data Center.

Software that will be unavailable during the move includes Adobe CS4, ANSYS / Ansys and Fluent, ESRI / ArcGIS, AutoDesk / AutoCAD, Autodessys / FormZ, Bentley / MicroStation, ERDAS, Freedom Scientific / JAWS and MAGic, Computer Lab Solutions / Labstats, Leica, PTC / MathCAD, Wolfram / Mathematica, Petra, altera / Quartus II, SMT/Kingdom Suite, and Telelogic.

All software should be restored by 7:30 a.m. Tuesday.

Submit nominations for Outstanding Academic Advisor

There is still time to submit a nomination for the annual Outstanding Academic Advisor award. Categories are for professional staff advisor, undergraduate faculty advisor and graduate faculty advisor. Nominations can be submitted through Monday, Jan. 25, online at

For 25 years, UT Arlington has recognized academic advisors who have made a difference in the lives of their students. In 1984, Edward C. Bock was the first academic advisor to receive recognition for his work with students. See award winners for the complete list.

Contact Delene Remmers at 2‑2737 for questions about the nomination process.

Hispanic nursing center offers research grant

The Center for Hispanic Studies in Nursing and Health in the School of Nursing is seeking proposals for a $1,500 research grant. Any UT Arlington faculty member or graduate student is eligible to apply for the funds. The proposal must have a connection to the health of Hispanic populations. For a mixed ethnic sample, at least 50 percent of the sample must be Hispanic. Researchers can be in any stage of their research.

Completed applications are due Saturday, Jan. 30, and the recipient will be announced in March.

If you have questions or would like an application, contact Donelle Barnes at 2‑0108 or

Benefit Yourself

Enroll now in HR training classes

Classes coming up this month include "AHA Heartsaver First Aid with CPR and AED," 9 a.m.-noon Thursday, Jan. 14, at the Environmental Health and Safety Office, 500 Summit Ave. and "Americans with Disabilities Act in the Workplace," 9-11 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 20, Room 200, Wetsel Service Center. See a complete list of training classes and events provided by the Office of Human Resources.

Soups may help cut calories

Working on weight management in 2010? Make a meal of soup. The high water content and low energy density make it naturally filling. Be careful of cream-based soups, which are loaded with calories. Choose soups that have lean meat or beans along with veggies and broth. Try these recipes.

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

Monday, Jan. 11

MyMav Training for Undergraduate Advisors For academic advisors and those staff who need access to the MyMav advisor security role. 9 a.m.-noon. Room E200C, Continuing Education Building. Liz Hannabas, 2‑3140,

Wednesday, Jan. 13

Staff Advisory Council All staff welcome. 3 p.m., Student Congress Chambers, E.H. Hereford University Center. Amber Zuckerman, chair, 2‑2211,

Wednesday, Jan. 20

College of Engineering 50th Anniversary

Engineering Lecture Series Ben G. Streetman, professor of electrical and computer engineering and former dean of the Cockrell School of Engineering at UT Austin, speaks on "The Semiconductor Revolution." Dr. Streetman describes how semiconductor devices work and how they underlie much of what we consider to be the modern world. Make reservations. Reception at 5 p.m., lecture at 6 p.m. Room 100, Nedderman Hall. Amber Degelia, 2‑0074,

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

Going Out

Wednesday, Jan. 13

Women's Basketball UT Arlington vs. Lamar. $4 faculty, staff. Buy one faculty or staff ticket, get a second ticket free. 7 p.m., Texas Hall.

$2 movie: Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 5:30 p.m., Planetarium. Also 5:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 15, and 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 16.

Friday, Jan. 15-Monday, Jan. 18

Martin Luther King

MLK Celebration Friday's "Sharing the Dream" awards banquet and Saturday's "Evening of Spoken Word Slam Poetry" are in the Bluebonnet Ballroom. See the entire MLK Celebration schedule.

Saturday, Jan. 16

Men's Basketball UT Arlington vs. UT San Antonio. $4 faculty, staff. 7 p.m., Texas Hall.

Through Jan. 17

UT Arlington Planetarium programs The Star Store Gift Shop is open directly before, during and after each public show in the Planetarium atrium near the ticket booth. Stop by to pick up a coffee mug, T-shirt, toy or educational item with an astronomical or science theme. 2‑1183,,

Friday, Jan. 22

Friends of the UT Arlington Library Library Dean Gerald Saxon and local businessman Jack W. Graves Jr., co-authors of Historic Texas from the Air, are featured speakers. Copies of the book will be sold at the meeting, and the authors will be available for autographs. Open to the public. Free. 7:30 p.m., sixth floor, Central Library. For questions or to RSVP, contact Betty Wood, 2-7421 or

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



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