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

Monday, November 8, 2010

Kathryn Daniel

Smart caregiver: Dr. Kathryn Daniel is program manager for Smart Care, which will assist the disabled, injured veterans, and senior citizens.

UT Arlington kicks off Smart Care to test technologies, improve health care

The College of Nursing and College of Engineering have received $634,500 in federal funds to kick off Smart Care, a discovery and demonstration center for technologies to help senior citizens, people with disabilities, and injured veterans live healthier and longer in their own homes.

Researchers will work with business and industry partners to integrate advanced sensors, wireless communication, and other technologies into a simulated home environment. Smart Care will evaluate the usefulness of existing medical monitoring devices or hardware. Researchers also will develop interfaces to connect devices and software that can interpret data and alert health care providers to needs for intervention.

Kathryn Daniel, an assistant nursing professor and director of UT Arlington’s Adult and Gerontologic Nurse Practitioner Program, will act as program manager for Smart Care.

U.S. Rep. Joe Barton, R-Arlington, championed the initial funding for the project from the Health Resources and Services Administration.

The start-up funding will move Smart Care toward becoming an innovative model that can be applied throughout the country, says Carolyn Cason, associate dean for research in the College of Nursing. In addition to Dr. Cason, the research team includes associate professors Manfred Huber and Gergely Zaruba and Senior Lecturer David Levine from the College of Engineering’s Computer Science and Engineering Department.

Read more about Smart Care.

New undergraduate degree completes linguistics program

The Department of Linguistics and TESOL (Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages) has added a bachelor of arts degree in linguistics to its lineup, which includes a master’s and doctoral degree in linguistics and a master's in TESOL.

“Everyone feels that having this major completes us,” says Colleen Fitzgerald, chair of the Department of Linguistics and TESOL. “The B.A. in linguistics nicely complements our other programs, and it is a natural fit with our doctoral program, where students are looking for teaching opportunities.”

Linguistics is the scientific study of language, from sentence structure to sound structure to meaning. For more information, visit the Linguistics and TESOL website or contact Joseph Sabbagh, assistant professor and undergraduate adviser, at

Dana Canedy

Dana Canedy

OneBook author Dana Canedy here Nov. 15

Dana Canedy, author of A Journal for Jordan: A Story of Love and Honor, UT Arlington's OneBook selection, will speak at 7 p.m. Monday, Nov. 15, in the Bluebonnet Ballroom at the E.H. Hereford University Center.

Immediately following the presentation, "A Conversation with Dana Canedy," the author will sign books. The event and book signing are free and open to the public. A limited number of free copies of Canedy's book will be available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Canedy is a Pulitzer prize-winning senior editor at The New York Times. In A Journal for Jordan, a memoir about love, sacrifice, duty, and parenthood, she tells the story of her relationship with Charles Monroe King, who died in Iraq in October 2006 when a bomb exploded under his humvee. King's journal—and Canedy's memories—are the gift they pass on to their son, Jordan.

OneBook gives all freshmen at least one common experience: a select book that is taught in ENGL 1301 and engaging campus events related to the theme of the book.

Tom Burnett

Tom Burnett

Southland Conference commissioner to speak at Anderson Sport Performance Lecture today

Tom Burnett, commissioner of the Southland Conference, discusses the NCAA conference realignment for the 29th Anderson Sport Performance Lecture at noon today, Monday, Nov. 8, in the Lone Star Auditorium at the Maverick Activities Center.

He will explain how the NCAA's changes will affect UT Arlington and the Southland Conference, which includes 11 other member institutions.

The free lecture series, presented by the Department of Kinesiology, is named for Eugene W. Anderson, chair from 1978-94 of what was then the Department of Exercise, Sport, and Health Studies.

State Fare

Author shares tales of Texas as seen in film at Friends of the Library meeting Friday

Author and UT Austin English Professor Don Graham discusses his book, State Fare: An Irreverent Guide to Texas Movies, at the Friends of the Library meeting at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 12, in the sixth floor parlor at the Central Library.

The book starts with the earliest days of film, when Texas and its colorful history offered promising story lines comprised of heroes, images, lore, and legend that filmmakers could return to again and again. And so they did in films about the Alamo, the Texas Rangers, the ubiquitous cowboy and the trail drives, big ranchers, and bigger wildcatters.

After a brief overview of Texas in the movies, the book offers detailed commentary on the most important, the most interesting, or the most wretched films about the Lone Star State.

The event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Betty Wood at or 2-7421.

Tuesday is deadline to nominate for doctoral student mentoring award

Nomination deadline for this year's Graduate Dean's Award for Excellence in Doctoral Student Mentoring is Tuesday, Nov. 9. The award is for faculty members who have a strong record of excellence in mentoring graduate students.

A panel of faculty, students, and Office of Graduate Studies leaders will select the winner, who will receive $3,000 and be recognized at the Annual Celebration of Excellence by Students Awards Ceremony and at the Spring Meeting of the University Faculty and Associates.

For more information, contact Lisa Berry at

Mav Pic Kip Fulbeck

Witty professor

Kip Fulbeck, a professor of art at the University of California at Santa Barbara, covered a wide variety of topics in the Diversity Lecture Series at the Bluebonnet Ballroom on Wednesday. He talked about his work with multiracial stereotypes as his presentation included films, comedy, and slam poetry. The lecture series is part of Asian Heritage Month and was presented by Multicultural Affairs.


Take a stroll and help identify safety issues at annual Night Walk on Tuesday

Faculty and staff are invited to participate in the annual Night Walk at 6:15 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 9, to help identify potential safety issues around campus. The walk is sponsored by Student Congress.

Participants should meet outside Starbucks at the E.H. Hereford University Center. For more information, contact Jeff Hazelrigs at or 2-0556.

Get ready for basketball season with Wednesday's pep rally, MavSwap

Join in the Maverick spirit for basketball season with a pep rally at noon Wednesday, Nov. 10, at the Central Library mall as the men's, women's, and Movin' Mavs teams all open the season Friday, Nov. 12.

The rally will include team introductions, coach interviews, cheer and dance team performances, giveaways, and a MavSwap where you can bring another university's apparel and trade it for a UT Arlington T-shirt.

For more information, contact Travis Boren in Athletics at 2-0694. The event is sponsored by Athletics and the Division of Student Affairs.

'Education Abroad' is theme for International Education Week

"Education Abroad: The World Is Your Classroom" is the theme for the 11th annual International Education Week, Nov. 15-19. This year’s events will highlight the breadth of education abroad by featuring activities and lectures that discuss international service learning, research, teaching, studying, working, and interning in the international arena and at UT Arlington.

A Faculty Study Abroad Worskhop starts the week at 10 a.m. Monday, Nov. 15, in Room 200 of Trimble Hall. Rounding out the week are lectures on culture immersion, service learning, and community building; study abroad and Peace Corps information sessions; and a student discussion panel.

A favorite event is the International Food Fair 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 18, on the E.H. Hereford University Center mall.

Presented by the Office of International Education, the celebration is a joint initiative of the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Education, which provide the opportunity to celebrate the benefits of international education and participate in programs that prepare Americans for a global environment.

Faculty urged to submit Community Service Honor Roll information

Faculty members should submit data for the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll through Friday, Dec. 3.

The honor roll increases the public's awareness of the contributions that colleges and their students make to local communities and the nation. UT Arlington has been named to the honor roll for the last four years.

Information entered can be included in faculty annual performance and review. Data collected will be made available to UT Arlington faculty for grants and development projects.

Community service data should be from projects completed between June 30, 2009, and July 1, 2010.

Submit projects via the new Community Engagement section in each faculty member’s Research Online Profile. This new system takes 5-10 minutes and will allow faculty to simply update the community engagement data each year.

For more information, contact Shirley Theriot, director of the Center for Community Service Learning, at or 2-2124.

Forgotten Garden

Mavs Book Club reviews 'The Forgotten Garden'

The Forgotten Garden by Kate Morton is this month's selection for Mavs Book Club, which meets at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 11, in the Central Library basement. The club is open to faculty, staff, and students.

From the internationally bestselling author of The House at Riverton, the novel takes a journey through generations and across continents as two women try to uncover their family's secret past. A young girl abandoned on a ship headed for Australia in 1913 arrives alone. Taken in and raised by the dockmaster and his wife, she learns the truth at 21 and sets out to find her real identity. She finds some answers, but after her death, her granddaughter puts the pieces together.

For more information about Mavs Book Club, contact Diane Shepelwich at or 2-7521.

MLK nominations accepted through Monday, Nov. 15

Nominate an individual or a group for the Martin Luther King Jr. Sharing the Dream Awards by Monday, Nov. 15. Awards will be given for education, government, and community service. See more information on the Sharing the Dream Award online.

Winners will be announced at the MLK banquet Friday, Jan. 14, at the Bluebonnet Ballroom in the E.H. Hereford University Center. Tickets are available at

Keynote speaker is Samuel Billy Kyles of Memphis, an eyewitness to the assassination of Dr. King on April 4, 1968. He also is the only person still living who shared the last hour of Dr. King’s life with him on the balcony of the Lorraine Motel.

It's almost time for the Holiday Extravaganza

Faculty, staff, and students are invited to bring their children to the annual Holiday Extravaganza for crafts, cookie decorating, and a visit from Santa Claus.

The holiday event is 10 a.m.-noon Saturday, Nov. 20, at the Palo Duro Lounge in the E.H. Hereford University Center.

For more information, contact Molly Alfers at or 2-1319.

Benefit Yourself

Fire Extinguisher Training

If a fire breaks out, you should know how to operate the fire extinguisher before you attempt to fight the fire. This hands-on course covers how to use a fire extinguisher to safely put out a small fire. Free. 9:30-10:30 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 18, training room, Environmental Health and Safety, 500 Summit Ave. See a complete listing of HR training classes.

GIS Explorer

GIS Day includes lecture, workshop, and other activities

GIS Day features a talk by Ardeshir Anjomani, geographic information systems certificate program coordinator, a showcase of events, and a workshop that requires no GIS experience. The hands-on workshop is open to the public. The workshop, from 3-5 p.m., is presented by Joshua Been, GIS librarian. Register online. Free. 11 a.m.-5 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 17, Room B20, Central Library.

Access 2007 Level I: Tables/Queries

Discover how to create an MS Access database, make tables, import data, and execute queries. Free. 2-4 p.m. Monday, Nov. 15, or 9-11 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 16, Room 123, Hammond Hall. See more OIT training classes.

Mindful Moments

Take a break from stress with Mindful Moments. Mindfulness draws on one's internal resources to cultivate awareness and to practice being present in each moment of our lives. Free. 12:15-12:45 p.m., Wednesdays, Room 235, Business Building. Health Services, Marie Bannister, 2-2771.

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

Monday, Nov. 8

Anderson Sport Performance Lecture Tom Burnett, commissioner of the Southland Conference, discusses the NCAA conference realignment and how it will affect UT Arlington and the Southland Conference. Free. Noon. Lone Star Auditorium, Maverick Activities Center. Kinesiology, 2-3288.

Tuesday, Nov. 9

Nurse Practitioners Week Learn about the role of nurse practitioners in the medical field. 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Palo Duro Lounge, E.H. Hereford University Center. Health Services, 2-2771.

Wednesday, Nov. 10

Georgia Harper

Using and Managing Copyright Attorney Georgia K. Harper, right, of the UT Austin Libraries tells how to use others' works and how to manage your own copyrights, including publisher contracts and amendments. Box lunch provided. Register online. Free. Noon-1:30 p.m., Room 100, Nedderman Hall. Tommie Wingfield,, 2-2658.

Exhibiting Artist Talk Ya'Ke Smith, assistant professor of film, leads a gallery talk about his work in conjunction with his exhibition in The Gallery at UTA. Free. Noon, Room 169, Fine Arts Building. The Gallery at UTA, 2-5658.

Making the Metroplex Jason Roberts speaks on "Pursuit of Purpose for Community." Presented by the Institute of Urban Studies. Free. 6 p.m., Room 204, Architecture Building. School of Urban and Public Affairs. 2-3301.

One Night in Asia Celebrate Asia’s traditions with performances by the Filipino Student Association, Pakistan Student Association, Dallas Kiyari Daiko Japanese war drummers, and Fusion Flow. Part of Asian Heritage Month activities. Free. 6-9 p.m. Rosebud Theatre, E.H. Hereford University Center. Multicultural Affairs, 2-2099.

Thursday, Nov. 11

Biology Lecture Series Tony Fiorillo of the Dallas Museum of Natural History speaks on dinosaurs in Texas. Free. 3:45 p.m., Room 124, Life Science Building. Biology, 2-2871.

One Book, One Arlington Citywide reading project includes presentations by Pamela Jansma, dean of the College of Science; Bob Woods, professor of mechanical engineering; and Ignacio Nunez ('75 BS), a physician and recent Distinguished Alumnus. The book is Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell. Free. 6:30 p.m. Room 100, Nedderman Hall. One Book, One Arlington.

Law Seminar Keisha A. Ware, UT Arlington's attorney for students, hosts a panel discussion that aims to answer questions about taking the LSAT, getting into law school, careers in criminal justice, law enforcement, and practicing law. Free. 7 p.m. Concho Room, E.H. Hereford University Center. Student Legal Services,, 2-3771.

Friday, Nov. 12

Semi-Local Approximate Minimization Danilo Maccio of the National Research Council of Italy introduces a general numerical method that is computationally efficient while showing good accuracy in approximating the target function. Free. 11 a.m., Room 404, Woolf Hall. Industrial and Manufacturing Systems Engineering, 2-3092.

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

Going Out
  UTA Presents

'Tragedy: a tragedy' satirizes American life


Tragedy: a tragedy by Will Eno will open Friday in the Mainstage Theatre at the Fine Arts Building.

This off-Broadway hit play is a lively satire of modern American life, seen through the lens of television news as it packages the world's ills into a tidy little bundle squeezed in between weather reports and sports coverage.

Brandi Andrade, theatre arts senior lecturer, directs the cast, which includes Alan Cooke as Frank in the studio, Robbie Clark as John in the field, Angela Horn as Constance at the home, Wesley Farnsworth as Michael the legal adviser, Meagan Brooks as the witness, and Nyeti-Abasi Edet as the overworked production assistant.

Performances are at 8 p.m. Friday-Saturday, Nov. 12-13, and Thursday-Saturday, Nov. 18-20; and at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 21.

Ticket are $7 for faculty and staff. For tickets/reservations, group rates, or further information, contact the Theatre Arts Box Office at 2-2669.

Monday, Nov. 8

Saxophone Choir Recital Saxophone students perform. Free. 7:30 p.m., Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. Music, 2-3471.

Tuesday, Nov. 9

Music Honors Recital Faculty and students perform in solo and chamber music settings. Free. 7:30 p.m., Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. Music, 2-3471.

Wednesday, Nov. 10

$2 Movie: How to Train Your Dragon Young Viking discovers there's more to dragons than smoke and fire. Rated PG. 5:30 p.m.; also 5:30 p.m. Friday, 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Planetarium. 2-1183.

Guest Jazz Recital Guest jazz bassist Linda Oh is joined by the graduate jazz combo and jazz faculty. Free. 7:30 p.m., Room 115, Fine Arts Building. Music, 2-3471.

Thursday, Nov. 11

Veterans Day Activities Fair Learn about the programs and services designed to help veterans succeed at UT Arlington. Sponsored by the Student Veterans Advisory Council. Lunch will be provided for veterans. 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Palo Duro Lounge, E.H. Hereford University Center. Veterans Benefits Office, 2-3373.

Mavs Book Club This month's selection is The Forgotten Garden by Kate Morton. Upcoming books are on the Mavs Book Club blog. Open to students, faculty, and staff. Free. 5:30 p.m., basement, Central Library. Diane Shepelwich,, 2-7521.

Volleyball Mavericks vs. Texas A&M-Corpus Christi. $6, 7 p.m. Texas Hall. Athletics, 2-2261.

Friday, Nov. 12

Free Movie: Inception Sci-fi corporate espionage puts a high price on happiness. Rated PG-13. Concessions available. Free admission and popcorn. 5 and 8 p.m., Lone Star Auditorium, Maverick Activities Center. EXCEL Campus Activities, 2-2963.

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

Friends of the Library: Don Graham Author and UT Austin English Professor Don Graham discusses his book State Fare: An Irreverent Guide to Texas Movies. Free. 7:30 p.m., sixth floor parlor, Central Library. Betty Wood,, 2-7421.

Friday-Saturday, Nov. 12-13

Jim Hayes Memorial Wheelchair Basketball Tournament The Movin' Mavs host Alabama, Illinois, and the Dallas Wheelchair Mavericks. Free. Physical Education Building, Maverick Activities Center. Final game pits the Movin' Mavs and Alabama 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Texas Hall. See the tournament schedule.

Saturday, Nov. 13

Volleyball Mavericks vs. UT San Antonio. $6, 4 p.m. Texas Hall. Athletics, 2-2261.


Gallery 76102: flats and rounds Nicholas Wood, associate professor of clay in the Department of Art and Art History, works in hybrid forms of painting, drawing, and sculpture. Through Nov. 30. Gallery hours 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays; 2-6 p.m. Wednesdays, Fridays. Gallery 76102, Fort Worth Center, 1401 Jones St., Fort Worth.

The Gallery at UTA: Introductions Features the work of assistant professors of art Seiji Ikeda, Ya'Ke Smith, and Tore Terrasi, who are active exhibiting artists, designers, and filmmakers. Through Nov. 20. Gallery hours 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday, Noon-5 p.m. Saturday. The Gallery at UTA, Fine Arts Building.

Planetarium programs Travel to ancient Egypt to see how science was used to tell time, make a workable calendar, and align huge buildings in Stars of the Pharaohs. Planetarium schedule, 2-1183.

Downtown Farmers Market Arlington's downtown farmers market features locally grown produce and locally made baked goods, arts, and crafts. Co-sponsored by UT Arlington Dining Services. 8 a.m.-1 p.m., Fridays-Saturdays, 215 E. Front St.

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



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