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

Monday, November 29, 2010

Anand Puppala

Dr. Anand Puppala

Civil engineering professor wins two National Science Foundation grants to study expansive soils

The National Science Foundation has awarded a civil engineering professor two grants totaling more than $650,000 that could change the way expansive soils are tested, leading to better construction practices.

Anand Puppala, a UT Arlington Distinguished Teaching Professor in civil engineering, says a three-year grant for $257,000 uses the Soil Water Characteristic Curve to test those soils.

Dr. Puppala is teaming with researchers from Arizona State University in the study. The Soil Water Characteristic Curve method is a long-term study of the soil in extreme conditions.

Puppala also has won a four-year, $400,023 NSF Major Research Instrumentation grant to develop a triaxial testing device that would measure soil behaviors under different moisture conditions. NSF has funded only 15 percent of those grant proposals in the current year.

The device is unique, Puppala says, and should allow for better evaluations of soil characteristics that would lead to better and safer design of civil infrastructure.

See more about Puppala's soil research.

Jian Yang

Dr. Jian Yang

Researcher secures grant to battle thyroid cancer

A bioengineering researcher has been awarded a $200,000 grant from the Cancer Prevention & Research Institute of Texas to work on creating better tools for determining where thyroid cancer is and treating it.

Jian Yang, a bioengineering assistant professor, says the research combines the use of nanotechnology and biofluorescent/biodegradable materials.

“It’s called a dual-imaging, dual-targeting nanoparticle system. This system combines magnetic resonance imaging and fluorescence imaging for cancer diagnosis, magnetic targeting and antibody-mediated targeting for cancer drug delivery,” says Dr. Yang, who is partnering on the grant with fellow bioengineer Kytai Nguyen. “Our intent is to find the cancer with high precision and treat it in a single setting.”

The two-year grant is the first awarded to UT Arlington to receive funding through the Cancer Prevention & Research Institute of Texas. Texas voters approved a constitutional amendment in 2007 establishing CPRIT and authorizing the state to issue $3 billion in bonds to fund groundbreaking cancer research and prevention programs and services in Texas.

See more about Yang's research grant.

Mav Pic Lisa Ling

World traveler

Lisa Ling, TV host of National Geographic Explorer, encouraged the audience to see the world and gain a perspective from different countries as she spoke in the Maverick Speakers Series on Tuesday in Texas Hall. Ling has served as a journalist and correspondent in places such as Iraq, China, and Colombia. She has produced eight PBS documentaries and is a former co-host of The View.


Outstanding Maverick Awards nominations due Dec. 6

There is still time to nominate an employee or team of employees for the Outstanding Maverick Awards, formerly known as the Outstanding Employee Awards. Deadline for nominations is Monday, Dec. 6.

More information, frequently asked questions, and the nomination criteria are on the Outstanding Maverick Awards website, as well as a nomination form. The form may be submitted electronically, mailed to Box 19176, or faxed to 2-3361.

For questions or comments, call Linda Snowden or Ligia Munoz in Human Resources at 2-7091 or e-mail

Faculty urged to submit community service information by Friday

Faculty members should submit data for the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll by 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. 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.

Compliance training deadline Tuesday

If you have not completed your compliance training online, you have until the end of the day, Tuesday, Nov. 30. Completing the annual compliance training requirements is important for all faculty and staff.

Access the University's training website at using your Net ID and password. Your training curriculum will appear after you log in. If you have questions or need additional assistance, contact the compliance helpline at 2-5100 or

Alternative Spring Break

Advisers needed for alternative spring break trips

Staff or faculty advisers are needed for alternative spring break trips planned by UTA Volunteers for March 13-19, 2011. Alternative spring break is an opportunity for students to serve as volunteers for issues such as sustainability, education, and disaster relief.

UTA Volunteers has planned trips to Pensacola, Fla., to aid in Gulf Coast restoration and to New Orleans to volunteer with local Head Start and after-school programs.

Advisers would work with groups of 10-15 students. Advisers must be approved to drive a University vehicle or be willing to participate in the process to do so. All trip fees are waived for advisers. Applications are available in the Student Activities office, Room B140 in the E.H. Hereford University Center. The deadline to apply is Friday, Dec. 10.

For more information, see UTA Volunteers, Community Collaborations, or call Veronica Rendon or PK Kelly at 2-2963.

Angel Tree gifts should be returned to Student Activities office on Thursday

Be an angel to a child in need for the Salvation Army Angel Tree project. To choose a child to sponsor, go to the Student Activities office in the lower level of the University Center.

Gifts should be returned on Thursday, Dec. 2, to the UTA Volunteers office in Student Activities. For more information, contact Bonnie Rodriguez at or 2-2963.

Honor society collecting toys for children

Toys are being collected for Community Partners of Dallas by Phi Alpha, a national honor society for social work students. New toys for children through age 18 can be dropped off at Social Work Building A through Friday, Dec. 10.

Mavericks Go Green

Still time to 'go green' and win contest prizes

There is still time to take part in the Mavericks Go Green Staples/3M Buy One, Plant One Contest, co-sponsored by the Office of Sustainability. Prizes will be awarded to the top three buyers in fall and spring with a grand prize awarded in May to the top buyer.

Qualifying products include 100 percent recycled paper, legal pads, clasp envelopes, manila folders, hanging file folders, and sticky notes. For details, go to

Discount tickets available for 'The Nutcracker'

The Nutcracker, presented by the Metropolitan Classical Ballet, returns to Texas Hall for the 14th straight year as performances are at 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 11, and 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 12.

Faculty, staff, and currently enrolled students receive a 50 percent discount on tickets, which are available at The discount will be taken at checkout and is only available for the Saturday and Sunday performances.

Get tickets online for New Year's Eve Super Party

Tickets are available now for the More Than a Game New Year's Eve Super Party at the Arlington Museum of Art, located at 201 W. Main.

UT Arlington co-sponsors the event, which is from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. Friday, Dec. 31. Seating is limited. For tickets, go to

Live music is provided by FM and the event is catered by A Sophisticated Affair.

Benefit Yourself

Donors and Partners: Why Give to UT Arlington?

UT Arlington relies on the generous support of alumni, friends, corporate partners, and foundations to help meet the needs of a growing student population. Learn about current initiatives, giving opportunities, and how you can show your support. Lunch will be served. Register online. Free. Noon-1 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 1, Carlisle Suite, E.H. Hereford University Center., 2-5100.

Healthy Eating

Food for Thought: Healthy Eating through the Holidays

Many people complain of holiday weight gain. With all the food and parties, the average American gains 5-10 pounds. Avoid the New Year's resolution to lose weight by keeping off those holiday pounds. Presented by dietitian Brie Woods. Noon-1 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 1, Room 213, Maverick Activities Center. See a complete listing of HR training classes.

Publisher 2007

Learn to create brochures, flyers, and newsletters. Register. Free. 2-4 p.m., Monday, Dec. 6, or 9-11 a.m., Tuesday, Dec. 7, 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. 29

Middle Level Research Conference Session themes include behavioral interventions, digital pedagogies, and family and community outreach. Sponsored by Middle Level Education, Department of Curriculum and Instruction, College of Education and Health Professions. Free. 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m., E.H. Hereford University Center. Middle Level Research Conference, Kim Ruebel,

Design Practice Academy "The Architect as Professional: The Purpose and Value of Professional Organizations" is presented by AIA Dallas, Urban Land Institute, and the Construction Specifications Institute. Free. 7 p.m., Room 204, Architecture Building. School of Architecture, 2-2801.

Wednesday, Dec. 1

Christie Denissen

Seismic Hazards and Commercial Nuclear Power Christie Denissen, right, a reactor inspector with the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, describes how nuclear facilities are protected against seismic activities and the technologies employed to ensure a safe shutdown. Hosted by the College of Engineering and the Arlington Technology Association. Light breakfast provided. Free to ATA members and first-time guests. Reservations. 7-8 a.m., Room 601, Nedderman Hall. Roger Tuttle, 2-3682.

World AIDS Day Learn about this worldwide issue. Free. 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Palo Duro Lounge, E.H. Hereford University Center. Health Services, 2-2771.

Thursday, Dec. 2

Biology Lecture Series Alan Lambowitz, director of the Institute for Cellular and Molecular Biology at UT Austin, speaks on Group II intron mobility by site-specific integration into DNA and its mechanism and practical applications. Free. 3:45 p.m., Room 124, Life Science Building. Biology, 2-2871.

Friday, Dec. 3

Opportunistic Routing Algorithms for Delay Tolerant Networks Eyuphan Bulut of the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute will discuss the routing problem in Delay Tolerant Networks from several perspectives and present four novel algorithms for different DTN environments. Free. 10:30 a.m., Room 413, Woolf Hall. Sajal Das,, 2-7405.

Marketing Brown Bag Series Zhiyong Yang, assistant professor of marketing, is guest speaker. Free. 12:30 p.m., Room 609, Business Building., 2-0221.

An Intro to CFD and Entrepreneurship for Engineers Alumnus John Chawner ('90 MS), president and co-founder of Pointwise, will offer views of both computational fluid dynamics and the opportunities for engineers to become founders of successful companies. Free. 1:30 p.m., Room 105, Nedderman Hall., 2-2500.

Monday, Dec. 6

Visiting Artist Armin Vit, graphic designer and writer now living in Austin, is the visiting artist. Born and raised in Mexico City, he is co-founder of UnderConsideration, a graphic design firm and publishing enterprise. 12:30 p.m., Room 148, Fine Arts Building. Art and Art History, 2-2891.

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

Sports Notes
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Mav men win, travel to North Texas on Tuesday

Junior LaMarcus Reed scored a career-high 22 points to lead the men’s basketball team to a 67-52 win over St. Edward's on Saturday at Texas Hall.

It was the fourth straight win for the Mavericks, who boosted their season record to 5-1. Coach Scott Cross’ squad travels to Denton on Tuesday, Nov. 30, for a 7 p.m. game with North Texas, which is also off to a good start this season with a 4-1 record.

Following Tuesday's contest, the Mavericks also have road games at Samford, Louisiana Tech, Texas Tech, Kansas, and Arkansas before returning to Texas Hall on Jan. 5 to take on Houston Baptist.

Women notch home victory, host Arkansas on Wednesday

Seniors Tamara Simmons and Shalyn Martin each scored 11 points to lead the women’s basketball team to their first win at home against Southeast Missouri, 54-40, Saturday at Texas Hall. The Mavericks dropped a 59-55 overtime decision to Arkansas State in their home opener on Wednesday.

Coach Samantha Morrow’s squad, now 2-4, hosts Arkansas at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 1, at Texas Hall. The Mavericks will also be at home Saturday, Dec. 4, to face UT Pan American before playing at TCU on Wednesday, Dec. 8.

(For more sports news, go to,, or

Going Out
  UTA Presents

Take note of five days of concerts


Get into the holiday spirit with five days of concerts at Irons Recital Hall in the Fine Arts Building.

Trombone Choir Concert: Free. 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 1.

UTA Wind Symphony and Symphonic Band Concert: $5. 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 2.

Bassoon Studio Recital: Free. 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 3.

UTA Symphony Orchestra Concert: $5. 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 4.

Choir Concert: $5. 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 5.

Holiday Benefit Concert: Music service organizations perform to benefit Mission Arlington. Admission is a canned good, gently used clothing, or other donation. 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 5.

To learn more about the performances, contact the Music Department at or 2-3471.

Tuesday, Nov. 30

Men's Basketball Mavericks at North Texas, $7-$12. 7 p.m., Super Pit, Denton. Athletics, 2-2261.

Wednesday, Dec. 1

Women's Basketball Mavericks vs. Arkansas. Tickets $8. 7 p.m. Texas Hall. Athletics, 2-2261.

Trombone Choir Concert Features trombone students. Free. 7:30 p.m. Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. Music, 2-3471.

Thursday, Dec. 2

Wind Symphony and Symphonic Band Concert The Wind Symphony and Symphonic Bands present their final concert of the semester featuring the music of Philip Sparke, Alfred Reed, David Stanhope, and Jean Francaix. $5. 7:30 p.m. Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. Music, 2-3471.

Friday, Dec. 3

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

Saturday, Dec. 4

Women's Basketball Mavericks vs. UT Pan American. Tickets $8. 2 p.m. Texas Hall. Athletics, 2-2261.

UTA Symphony Orchestra Concert Final semester performance by the UTA Symphony Orchestra. $5. 7:30 p.m. Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. Music, 2-3471.

Sunday, Dec. 5

Choir Concert A performance featuring the University Singers and A Cappella Choir. $5. 3 p.m. Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. Music, 2‑3471.

Holiday Benefit Concert Music service organizations perform to benefit Mission Arlington. Admission is a canned good, gently used clothing, or other donation. 7:30 p.m. Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. Music, 2‑3471.

Monday, Dec. 6

Oresteia A stage production by the Leonidas Loizides Theatrical Group adapted from the trilogy by Aeschylus. Received the United Nations Best Off-Broadway Theatrical Performance Award for 2010. Presented by the Hellenic Student Association and the Honors College. Reception follows. $15. 7 p.m. Rosebud Theatre, E.H. Hereford University Center.


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. Free. 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.

Charting Chartered Companies The exhibition "Concessions to Companies as Mirrored in Maps, 1600-1900" focuses on maps and how they shaped the histories of chartered companies. Through Jan. 8. Free. 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Mondays-Saturdays, Special Collections, sixth floor, Central Library. 2-2179.

Planetarium programs With three great Pink Floyd shows to choose from, the Planetarium will keep you coming back for more. Make sure to come each week to see all three shows: Dark Side of the Moon, The Wall, and Wish You Were Here. Other shows playing this holiday season include Spacepark 360, Season of Light, Holiday Music Magic, and the $2 movies. 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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