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

Monday, January 25, 2010

Pamela Jansma

Fault prediction: Science Dean Pamela Jansma and fellow researchers warned of Caribbean earthquake risks in a 2008 paper.

Science dean, researchers evaluated Haiti earthquake risk in 2008

Pamela Jansma, dean of the College of Science, co-authored a paper published in 2008 that warned of an imminent earthquake in Haiti.

"The statement was basically that the fault was capable of producing an earthquake of 7.2 magnitude at any time," says Dr. Jansma, an expert on the active tectonics of the northeastern Caribbean, particularly Haiti, the Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands and the Lesser Antilles.

The earthquake that hit Haiti on Jan. 12 had a magnitude of 7.

"This event was not unexpected, given what geoscientists understand about the tectonics of the northeastern Caribbean and also based on historical records," Jansma says.

Read more about Jansma's research.

ASI contractors placing sign

Sign up here: ASI contractors take a sign off their truck Thursday before placing it near Texas Hall.

New signs make finding campus, buildings easier for visitors

You've probably noticed the new signs that began appearing around campus in the fall. They are part of the Exterior Wayfinding Project that will continue through the summer.

More than 400 signs will be placed across campus when the project is completed. They range from directional signs to building signs.

"The existing signage and wayfinding system was not effective, as many visitors to our campus found it difficult to find their destination," says John Hall, vice president for administration and campus operations. "It was apparent that a new system was needed, one that would be more welcoming and effective. It was also an opportunity to further promote the brand of the University."

Other signage has been added near major freeways and city streets directing people to the campus.

"This specific aspect of the project has required close coordination with the City of Arlington and Texas Department of Transportation, and we thank both of them for their support and assistance," says Hall.

Carolyn Cason

Nursing need: Carolyn Cason, associate dean of the College of Nursing, reviews the national nursing shortage for the Focus on Faculty lecture series.

Focus on Faculty talk to address nursing shortage

Carolyn Cason, associate dean in the College of Nursing, will discuss "Who Will Take Care of You and Me? Understanding the Implications of the Nursing Shortage" at noon Wednesday, Jan. 27, as part of the Focus on Faculty lecture series in the Central Library sixth floor parlor.

Nurses provide the majority of health care in the United States. But despite efforts to increase the work force, the number of jobs still exceeds the number of nurses, a shortage that is predicted to grow.

Dr. Cason, founder and administrator of the Smart Hospital and the Genomics Translation Research Lab, will discuss the nursing shortage and its potential effects on everyone's care. The lecture is free and open to all. No reservations are required.

For more information, contact Tommie Wingfield at or 2-2658. For special accommodations, contact Dianne Hengst at 2-3364 (voice) or 800-RELAY TX (TTY).

School of Nursing is now the College of Nursing

The nursing school at UT Arlington received a name change Friday and will now be known as the College of Nursing. The UT System and the Higher Education Coordinating Board have approved the status of college, effective immediately.

For more information, see College of Nursing news release.

W-2 forms available online

The 2009 W-2 forms are now available on UTDirect. Access and print your W-2.

If you have not upgraded your UT EID security level, go to one of the following departments and show your driver's license or passport:

  • DEFINE Education, Accounting/Business Services, 219 W. Main, 2-2138
  • Employment and Staff Development, Room B200, Continuing Education Building, 140 W. Mitchell, 2-3461
  • Human Resources, Room 213, Wetsel Building, 1225 W. Mitchell, 2-5554
  • Payroll Services, Room 207, Wetsel Building, 1225 W. Mitchell, 2-5426

If you do not claim your 2009 W-2 form on UTDirect, Payroll Services will print and mail a copy to you on Feb. 1. Contact Payroll Services at for more information.

  Mav Pic David Dewhurst and Tiffany Holmes

Legislators visit campus

Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst, left, and Smart Hospital Director Tiffany Holmes, center, listen as College of Nursing Associate Dean Carolyn Cason explains how nursing students learn by using manikin patients at the Smart Hospital. Dewhurst and state Sen. Chris Harris toured the facility Thursday before announcing state job creation efforts that emphasize health care professions.

Outstanding Academic Advisor nominations due today

Today is the last day 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 Monday, Jan. 25, online at

Contact Delene Remmers at 2-2737 for details.

Hispanic nursing center grant applications due this week

The Center for Hispanic Studies in Nursing and Health in the College 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.

Contact Donelle Barnes at 2-0108 or

City seeks input for hike-and-bike plan

Faculty and staff are welcome to attend a public come-and-go open house for the City of Arlington's Hike and Bike System Master Plan 6-9 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 27, at Arlington City Hall, 101 W. Abram St.

Free vaccinations offered at drive-thru clinic Saturday

Free vaccinations for seasonal flu and Hepatitis A will be available 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 30, at Six Flags Over Texas, 2201 Road to Six Flags. The Tarrant County Public Health Service sponsors the clinic. Shots are on a first-come, first-serve basis to people age 19 years and older. Consent forms can be filled out in advance to expedite the process.

Two doses of the Hepatitis A vaccine are recommended, with the second dose given no sooner than six months after the first dose.

Consent forms and more information are online.

Benefit Yourself
Self-defense demonstration

RAD: Women's Self-Defense

Learn the 10 basic principles of self-defense, risk avoidance and more. Free for female faculty, staff and students. Register at under Crime Prevention. 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 30, Maverick Activities Center. Ron Cook, 2-3902,

Introduction to SAS

This introduction to the basics of the SAS statistical software package will include basic data set creation, data set manipulation and use of some of the more common procedures. Noon-2 p.m. Friday, Jan. 29, Room 004, University Hall. See the complete OIT class schedule.

Discovering Purpose

Having a clear purpose helps guide your decisions and empowers you to act in a clear and focused manner. This course offers participants the tools for discovering purpose and keys to putting the purpose into your every action and response. 2-4 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 4, Room 200, Wetsel Service Center. See the complete list of HR training classes.

Take a break with Mindful Moments

Calm the stress of your day with Mindful Moments. Mindfulness draws on one's internal resources to cultivate awareness and to practice being present in each moment of our lives. No registration. Free. 12:15-12:45 p.m., Wednesdays, Room 236, Business Building. Health Services, 2-2771.

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. 25

Faculty/Staff Happy Hour Join colleagues and coworkers for this one-of-a-kind group exercise class. This week's session is Total Body Sculpt. Free for faculty/staff MAC members. 5:30-6:20 p.m., Room 102B, Maverick Activities Center. 2-3277.

Thursday, Jan. 28

Teal ribbon

Cervical Cancer Awareness Wear teal for the cure and learn more about this disease. 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Palo Duro Lounge, E.H. Hereford University Center. Health Services. 2-2771.

Fresh Start from Tobacco "How to Cope and There Is Help" Register online Free. 10:30 a.m.-noon. Room 200, Wetsel Service Center. 2-2716.

Friday, Jan. 29

The Whitehawk Community Experiment Ken Roemer of the Department of English presents this OneBook program on a North Texas eco-friendly community called Whitehawk, which was founded by teachers, artists, coaches, flight attendants, computer scientists and construction workers inspired by an encounter with a white hawk, and an engineer's vision of utopia founded upon upside-down cement boats. Free. Noon, sixth floor parlor, Central Library. 2-6107.

Transition from Employee to Graduate Student This workshop offers tips for making a successful transition to being a student again. Typical issues are loss of professional identity, re-establishing good study habits, changed financial status and changes in personal relationships that are associated with status change. 12:30-2 p.m., Room B17, E.E. Davis Hall. Lisa Berry,

Studies of Transverse Jet Injection for Scramjet Applications Luca Maddalena, the newest faculty member in the Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Department, surveys the interaction of a vortex structure produced by jet injection into a supersonic crossflow, plus recent results on the coupling of streamwise vortices generated by a specific jet-injection configuration with a supersonic shear layer. Free. 1:30 p.m., Room 105, Nedderman Hall. 2-2500.

Monday, Feb. 1

Faculty/Staff Happy Hour This week's session is Latin Fusion. Free for faculty/staff MAC members. 5:30-6:20 p.m. Room 102B, Maverick Activities Center. 2-3277.

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

Going Out
  UTA Presents

Art professors show works of illusion, typography

UT Arlington art gallery

Department of Art faculty members Robert Hower and Robert Grame show their works today, Monday, Jan. 25, through March 6 at The Gallery at UTA, Room 169, Fine Arts Building.

Hower displays his interest in "the careful placement of performing objects and the organization of illusionistic optical relationships." He is chair of the Department of Art and Art History and a professor of visual communication.

Grame demonstrates the transformative power of typography through examples of his published work and three digital projections. He is an associate professor of visual communication.

Gallery hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday and noon- 5 p.m., Saturday. An opening reception is at 6 p.m. Friday, Jan. 29, in the gallery.

Monday-Thursday, Jan. 25-28

Blood Drive 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Central Library mall and E.H. Hereford University Center mall. Also Monday, Jan. 25, at Maverick Activities Center.

Monday, Jan. 25

Design Practice Academy "Risk is Not a Four-Letter Word" is the topic for speaker Ava Abramowitz, author of "The Architect's Essentials of Negotiation." 6 p.m., Room 204, Architecture Building.

Men's Basketball UT Arlington vs. Houston Baptist. $4 Faculty/Staff Night, 2-for-1 tickets. 7 p.m., Texas Hall.

Wednesday, Jan. 27

$2 Movie: Star Trek 5:30 p.m., Planetarium. Also, 5:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 29, and 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 30.

Saturday, Jan. 30

Women's Basketball UT Arlington vs. Texas State. $4 faculty, staff. 4 p.m., Texas Hall.

Monday, Feb. 1

Bassoon Week "American Composers, American Rhythm" gets Bassoon Week started as Scott Pool, assistant professor of music, performs jazz, rock and funk music with a special guest appearing. Free. 7:30 p.m., Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. Check the Bassoon Week schedule for more performances.


Violent Universe: Catastrophies of the Cosmos

UT Arlington Planetarium programs Witness the forces that hold the universe together and occasionally try to rip it apart in "Violent Universe," one of the new features this spring. Planetarium. 2-1183,,

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



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