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

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Wei Chen

Lighting the way: Dr. Wei Chen's research received a grant from the Department of Defense.

Physicist collaborates on radiation detection project

Wei Chen, assistant professor of physics, is a collaborator with Agilitron Inc. researchers on a $750,000 grant from the Department of Defense Threat Reduction Agency for research on bulk composite materials for detection of gamma radiation.

A subcontract of $200,264 was awarded to the University's nano-bio physics group for the design and synthesis of scintillation nanoparticles for radiation detection.

The detection principle is based on the luminescence of the nanoparticles and quantum dots when they interact with radiation rays such as gamma-rays. These nanocomposite materials are more sensitive, more stable and even cheaper than traditional scintillation crystals for radiation detection.

The research relates to homeland security and the need to detect nuclear weapons and radiological dispersal devices, known as dirty bombs.

Elizabeth Poster

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University expands capacity for nursing students

The College of Nursing has added an Academic Partnership: Bachelor of Science in Nursing program that will substantially increase its capacity to accommodate qualified applicants.

Working with service provider Higher Ed Holdings, the College of Nursing has translated its highly regarded nursing curriculum into a state-of-the-science, media-enriched format. This online format addresses two aspects of the national nursing shortage: a lack of available faculty and clinical learning space.

The first cohort of 40 students started the 15-month program Jan. 19. Clinical training partners this spring are Baylor Health Care System, Medical City-Dallas and Parkland Health & Hospital System.

"By working together with hospitals and health systems, this new approach to nursing education will provide an effective strategy to produce highly confident and competent new registered nurses," says Dr. Beth Mancini, UT Arlington College of Nursing associate dean.

Read more about the Academic Partnership BSN program.

A Journal for Jordan

'A Journal for Jordan' named OneBook choice for 2010-11

The OneBook/Conversations committee has announced A Journal for Jordan: A Story of Love and Honor by Pulitzer-Prize winning journalist Dana Canedy as the book for the 2010-11 academic year.

Canedy tells the story of her relationship with her fiancé, U.S. Army First Sergeant Charles Monroe King, who died in Iraq in October 2006. The poignant memoir seeks to preserve his memory for his son, Jordan, who was a baby when his father died. King kept a journal for his son while in Iraq. Canedy intersperses numerous excerpts from King's journal, alongside her own stories about family life, her work as a journalist, her relationship with King and the challenges of motherhood on the home front.

"Remembrance" will be the theme for 2010-11, fostering interdisciplinary conversations on writing and memory, African-American history and culture, September 11, women and war, geopolitics, the biology of memory, digital media, veterans, and popular culture.

UT Arlington's OneBook program was created to foster critical thinking and to promote a sense of community among first-year students and the entire campus. Each year the OneBook program selects a book for all incoming freshmen to explore in their English Composition classes.

More details on the OneBook program are at or

Black Histroy Month

Black History Month events include art, jazz, poetry

Art, jazz, poetry, displays and discussions fill February for the annual Black History Month celebration on campus.

One event, The Evolution of Hip Hop, has been postponed because it conflicted with the Feb. 11 appearance of Magic Johnson at Texas Hall.

Hosts for the month's events are the Office of Multicultural Affairs, African Student Association, African-American Faculty and Staff Association, Black Student Association and the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People.

Black History Month activities include:

  • Night at the Gallery. Enjoy art, jazz and poetry. 6:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 1, Carlisle Suite, E.H. Hereford University Center.
  • A Crystal Stair: Journey Through Oppression. Walk through this exhibit for a perspective on history. 6:30 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 4, Bluebonnet Ballroom, E.H. Hereford University Center.
  • A Place at the Table for Minority Students at Traditionally White Institutions. Dr. Kimberly L. King-Jupiter of Lewis University is guest speaker. Noon, Friday, Feb. 12, sixth floor, Central Library.
  • African-American Experience Panel. Faculty and students continue the dialogue started by Dr. King-Jupiter on Friday. Noon, Wednesday, Feb. 17, Concho Room, E.H. Hereford University Center.
  • Empowering Our Future: College Day for Dunbar Middle School. Volunteers should sign up by Friday, Jan. 29. 8 a.m.-noon, Saturday, Feb. 20, Concho Room, E.H. Hereford University Center.
  Mav Pic Jack Graves and Gerald Saxon

Booking a flight

Historic Texas From the Air photographer Jack W. Graves Jr., left, and co-author Gerald Saxon shared some high-flying stories at the Friends of the UT Arlington Library meeting Friday night. Graves flew over and photographed the sites in the book, and Dr. Saxon, dean of the library, wrote the text along with now-retired UT Arlington history professors Richard Francaviglia and David Buisseret.

Health Services sponsors upcoming awareness events

Health Services reaches out concerning two important health topics in the next two weeks. To learn more, call 817-272-2771 or go to

A Cervical Cancer Awareness event is 10 a.m.-2 p.m. today, Thursday, Jan. 28, in the Palo Duro Lounge of the E.H. Hereford University Center. Wear teal for the cure. Health Services offers Gardasil, the vaccine for human papillomavirus (HPV), which can cause cervical cancer and genital warts.

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.

Volunteers needed for spring job fair

Volunteers are needed for Career Services’ spring job fair on Wednesday, Feb. 24, at the Maverick Activities Center. Shifts are available in one-hour increments 7 a.m.-4 p.m. If you are available to volunteer, contact Elizabeth Heyerdahl at 2-3267 or

Volunteers are especially needed from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. to give the Career Services staff lunch breaks. Volunteers also are needed to help with set-up (morning), clean-up (afternoon), loading dock crew, and staffing the student and employer check-in tables.

W-2 forms available online

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

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

Tuition raffle

Tuition raffle a good bet for your future

Feel lucky? The annual tuition raffle may be your game for a financially free semester, at least tuitionwise. The Student Alumni Association sponsors the program to raise money for the sophomore scholarship fund.

Tickets are $5 each or six for $25. Parents, grandparents, friends or complete strangers can purchase tickets in a student's name.

Go online to find the Tuition Raffle purchase form. Call 800-687-8855 for more details.

  Mav Pic Ed Farmer, Carla Amaro-Jimenez, and Jerry McCullough

It's a GO for Maverick mentors

Carla Amaro-Jiménez, center, visiting assistant professor of bilingual/ESL education in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction in the College of Education and Health Professions, attended the recent opening of the GO Center at Juan Seguin High School in Arlington. Joining her are Ed Farmer, left, Seguin High School principal, and Jerry McCullough, Arlington Independent School District superintendent. The GO Centers allow UT Arlington students who are G-Force mentors to work collaboratively with prospective first-generation college students at local high schools. GO Centers also are at Arlington, Lamar and South Grand Prairie high schools. Dr. Amaro-Jiménez is the G-Force program director.

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

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.

Registration due for Spirit Day

Departments wishing to sponsor a table for Celebrating Maverick Spirit Day should register by Sunday, Jan. 31, on the Staff Advisory Council Web page.

The fifth annual Celebrating Maverick Spirit Day is set for 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 17, in the Bluebonnet Ballroom at the E.H. Hereford University Center. The event highlights the various benefits that staff members receive both from on-campus and off-campus organizations.

Contact SAC at or 2-2558 for more information.

Staff Advisory Council still seeking extra blankets

Got some extra blankets at home that you don't need anymore? Collection boxes have been provided by the Staff Advisory Council and will be located throughout the campus through Sunday, Jan. 31. The blankets will be donated to Mission Arlington. See for a list of drop-off locations.

Benefit Yourself

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,

An overflow of papers on a desk

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.

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.

Sports Notes
  David Wilkes

On a roll: Senior David Wilkes (00) led the scoring for the Movin' Mavs in the Missouri tournament with 17.5 points per game.

Movin' Mavs win three at Missouri tourney

The Movin' Mavs wheelchair basketball team won two games from Missouri and split a pair with Alabama at the University of Missouri Intercollegiate Tournament last weekend in Columbia, Mo.

Coach Doug Garner's club is now 7-2 in collegiate competition this season and second in the league standings behind the University of Illinois. Next action will be Feb. 12-13 at the University of Alabama tournament.

Twenty student-athletes named to fall SLC honor roll

UT Arlington athletic teams had 20 student-athletes named to the fall Capital One Bank/Southland Conference Commissioner's Honor Roll.

Three UT Arlington athletic programs had student-athletes eligible to receive recognition, with volleyball and men's and women's cross country competing during the fall.

The volleyball program had 10 of its 12 team members named to the honor roll, including three with 4.0 grade point averages. The women's cross country team had seven on the list while the men's cross country squad had three representatives.

Presented by Capital One Bank, the honor roll recognizes student-athletes who have earned a minimum GPA of 3.0 or higher and have been eligible to compete in their sport during the 2009 fall semester.

Basketball teams try to get back on the winning track Saturday

Women's and men's basketball teams will try to boost their Southland Conference record when they return to action Saturday, Jan. 30.

The women (2-3 in SLC) will host Texas State University at 4 p.m. at Texas Hall while the men (1-4 in SLC) will be on the road, also facing Texas State, with tipoff set for 2 p.m. in San Marcos.

(For more sports news, go to,, or

Going Out

Thursday, Jan. 28

Blood Drive 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Central Library mall and E.H. Hereford University Center mall.

Saturday, Jan. 30

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

Monday, Feb. 1

Movie: Precious Gabourey Sidibe and Mo'Nique star in this Golden Globe-winning flick. Free. 7 p.m., Lone Star Auditorium, Maverick Activities Center. 2-2963.

Bassoon Week "American Composers, American Rhythms" 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. 2-3471.

Wednesday, Feb. 3

Men's Basketball UT Arlington vs. Texas A&M Corpus Christi. $4 faculty, staff. 7 p.m., Texas Hall.

Thursday, Feb. 4

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.

Saturday, Feb. 6

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

Wednesday, Feb. 10

Women's Basketball UT Arlington vs. McNeese State. $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 This week's $2 movie is "Star Trek" at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 28 and 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 30. See the complete Planetarium schedule. 2-1183,,

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



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Executive Director for University Publications: Mark Permenter

Associate Vice President for Communications and Marketing: David Johnson

Vice President for Communications: Jerry Lewis

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