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

Monday, October 11, 2010

College Park

College Park District set to reshape east campus and downtown

UT Arlington joins the City of Arlington and First Baptist Church-Arlington at 10 a.m. today, Monday, Oct. 11, to formally launch the new College Park District, an area spanning more than 20 acres on campus, from UTA Boulevard to Mitchell Street.

The district includes a broad range of amenities including central Arlington's first true mixed-use—residential and retail—development and the 6,500-seat College Park Center, which is already under construction.

To the south, The Green at College Park is expected to open late this fall. The Green will be an urban oasis where students, neighbors, and friends can gather, play and relax.

College Park District represents a unique collaboration among the University, the city and the church to create a new hub of activity that complements redevelopment now being realized in downtown Arlington.

"Anyone who drives south on Center Street through the heart of our city can see it: Something big is happening," says President James D. Spaniolo. "We are witnessing the intersection of downtown revitalization and an increasingly vibrant University. Together, we are shaping Arlington into a true college town."

President Spaniolo, Arlington Mayor Robert Cluck, and Dennis Wiles, pastor of First Baptist Church-Arlington, will speak during the ceremony, which will be held under a tent off Pecan Street, one block south of UTA Boulevard.

Read more about the College Park District.

Hanli Lu

Optical imaging: Dr. Hanli Liu will use a grant from the National Institutes of Health to develop a transrectal optical imaging probe.

Research aims to develop optical imaging system to detect prostate cancer

Bioengineering Professor Hanli Liu has landed a three-year, $958,660 grant from the National Institutes of Health to investigate a minimally invasive way to screen for and diagnose prostate cancer by using a multi-channel optical imaging system.

Dr. Liu's solution is in developing an instrument called a transrectal optical imaging probe. There is no effective imaging tool now available for prostate cancer detection. Needle biopsy is the current practice for diagnosis of the disease, which aims randomly in the prostate. Transrectal ultrasound has been used as a guiding tool to direct tissue needle biopsy for prostate cancer diagnosis, but it cannot be utilized for detecting prostate cancer because of a lack of sensitivity.

The overall goal is to develop a novel mathematical method in combination with a transrectal optical imaging system for detection and diagnosis of prostate cancer in humans.

Liu says the probe uses diffused optical tomography, which allows data to be collected from the way it shines in many places throughout the tissue.

"One challenge in recording sharp images in the prostate is that the light is so diffused or scattered," Liu says. "The great imaging technology available for breast cancer is not easily adaptable to prostate cancer images."

See more about the imaging system.

Alumni Gala

Member of king's court among eight distinguished alumni to be honored at gala

The Chief of the Royal Hashemite Court for Jordan's King Abdullah II highlights the list of eight graduates to be honored at the 45th Distinguished Alumni Gala at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 16, in the Bluebonnet Ballroom at the E. H. Hereford University Center.

Nasser Ahmed Lozi will receive the University's first Distinguished International Alumni award. The award was created to honor alumni doing exceptional things abroad. Lozi, who earned a bachelor of science degree in civil engineering, has been called the second most powerful person in Jordan. See the full list of 2010 honorees.

The Distinguished Alumni Award, established in 1965, is the highest honor given by the University and the Alumni Association. The award honors individual achievements, contributions to industry or profession, community service, and demonstrated loyalty to UT Arlington.

The Gala generates significant scholarship funds. In 2010, almost $50,000 in scholarships was awarded to deserving students. Read more about The Gala.

Darra Goldstein

Food sighting: Darra Goldstein, editor-in-chief of Gastronomica magazine, will discuss "The Visual Culture of Food" in the Rudolph Hermanns Lecture Series.

Lecture series serves up food and literature

Food in literature and culture are the main course of the Department of English's annual Rudolph Hermanns Lecture Series Wednesday-Friday, Oct. 13-15. Eight scholars and professionals from across the country stir up discussions for the three-day event.

Many of the presentations are open to the public, including independent scholar and author Catherine Field's look at food and identity in the popular Twilight series on Thursday. Williams College professor and Gastronomica magazine editor-in-chief Darra Goldstein speak Friday on "The Visual Culture of Food."

The lecture series, which began nearly 30 years ago, ties in with celebrity chef Rick Bayless' sold-out appearance Thursday at the Lone Star Auditorium.

"Everybody can relate to food because everybody eats," says Amy Tigner, assistant professor of English and this year's lecture coordinator. "How much you think about eating and about food may vary, but the more intellectual engagement we can have ... the more we can learn about ourselves."

In coordination with the lecture series, The Planetarium presents the film Tortilla Soup at 8 p.m. Wednesday.

Lectures open to the public are in the sixth floor parlor of the Central Library.

Check the Hermanns Lecture Series schedule.

Bill White

Bill White

Telemundo to tape news program with Bill White on Thursday at Rosebud Theatre

Bill White, Texas Democratic gubernatorial candidate, will be interviewed by Telemundo television network during a live taping on campus Thursday, Oct. 14. The program begins promptly at 6 p.m. in the Rosebud Theatre at the E.H. Hereford University Center. The UT Arlington student chapter of the League of United Latin American Citizens is the campus sponsor of the event.

The former Houston mayor is expected to answer questions about education, creating jobs, and border security, among other topics. Telemundo is taping its interview with White for airing at a later date in advance of the Nov. 2 election. Gov. Rick Perry, the Republican gubernatorial candidate, also has been invited by Telemundo to participate in a similar program but has not accepted.

The taping of this news program is open to the public, and attendees will be invited to submit questions. Audience members are encouraged to arrive early; no late admissions will be allowed during the taping.

Flu vaccine reaches out this week

Health Services' flu vaccine outreach program starts this week. Immunizations are available on the following dates at these locations.

  • 9:30-11:30 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 12, Palo Duro Lounge, E.H. Hereford University Center
  • 9:30-11:30 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 13, Central Library mall
  • 9-11 a.m. Monday, Oct. 18, Human Resources, Wetsel Service Building
  • 9-11 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 20, Bursar lobby, Davis Hall
  • 9-11 a.m. Monday, Oct. 25, Watson Building (for Watson Building employees only)
  • 2-3 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 27, OIT Building, Fort Worth (for OIT employees only)

The all-in-one shot includes vaccines for two type A influenza strains, including H1N1, and one type B influenza, or seasonal flu, says Bob Blum, Health Services director. Cost is $15 for faculty, staff, and students.

Vaccines at the Health Center are offered 8:30 a.m.-noon and 1-4:30 p.m. Mondays-Fridays, except for the dates above. No appointment is needed.

For more information, contact Health Services online or at 2-2771.

Mav Pic Flamenco Dancers

Flamenco dancers

The Daniel de Cordoba Bailes Espanoles company performed at the Flamenco Showcase on Wednesday in the Rosebud Theatre at the E.H. Hereford University Center. The showcase was part of Hispanic Heritage Month presented by Multicultural Affairs.


Gradfest '10 features fair, discussions, free practice GRE, even a mixer

Learn about graduate school at GradFest '10, a free, one-day event designed for those considering graduate and professional school. GradFest '10 is 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 13, in the E.H. Hereford University Center.

A graduate and professional school fair is 10 a.m.-2 p.m. in the Palo Duro Lounge, and a roundtable discussion about admissions, financial assistance opportunities, and test preparation is 11-11:45 a.m. Alumni and current grad students form a discussion panel noon-1:30 p.m. on making the most of the graduate school experience.

Take a practice GRE for free 3-5 p.m. in Room 004 of University Hall. A faculty/graduate student mixer is 5-7 p.m. in the University Club at Davis Hall.

The Office of Graduate Studies hosts the event. Find more GradFest '10 information and register online.

Student veterans share stories of their transition to college today

Student veterans share their stories of the challenges and adjustments required to transition from military service to civilian life at noon today, Monday, Oct. 11, in the Rosebud Theatre at the E.H. Hereford University Center.

A panel discussion covers veterans' experiences in the all-volunteer military and their role in overseas conflicts, their return to American communities and civilian life, and their experiences as college students. The event will be moderated by Alexa Smith-Osborne, assistant professor of social work and adviser to the UT Arlington Student Veterans Project.

Community Service Learning presents Partner Breakfast

Faculty members are invited to meet directors of non-profit community organizations in the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex interested in forming partnerships with faculty and students at the Partner Breakfast at 8:30 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 21, in the sixth floor atrium of the Central Library.

Tahita Fulkerson, president of the Tarrant County Community College Trinity River Campus, will speak on "Service Learning: Bridging Theory and Practice." The Center for Community Service Learning presents the complementary breakfast.

The attending community partners have indicated that they wish to partner with faculty for service or service-learning opportunities. Community partners will participate in a poster session and conversations on their organizations' needs and missions from 9:15-10:30 a.m. Come ready to select the agency that best fit the needs of your students’ learning outcomes and content areas.

To attend, RSVP by today, Monday, Oct. 18, to Sharon Hughlett at or 2-2124.

Mav Pic Bed Races

Fire 'em up

Tom Woodman, assistant director of campus recreation, fires the starting gun for another heat as 89 teams participated in the 30th Annual Bed Races on Thursday night at Maverick Stadium.


HUB Super Bowl set for Oct. 20

The Historically Underutilized Business vendor fair, also known as the HUB Super Bowl, is 9-11 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 20, in the Bluebonnet Ballroom at the E.H. Hereford University Center.

Take time to meet more than 40 local business who compete for your department's business. Door prizes, giveaways, and a former NFL player are part of the event.

For information, contact Jean Carlton of Office of Procurement Services at or 2-2140.

Join the Pink Ribbon Run and help breast cancer research

For every mile logged on the pink Cybex treadmills on campus during the month of October, 10 cents will be donated by Cybex to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation.

The pink treadmills normally can be found on the second floor of the Maverick Activities Center, but Wednesday a treadmill will be on the Library mall as Zeta Tau Alpha will be selling shirts and cupcakes to raise money for breast cancer awareness. On Thursday, a treadmill will be outside Texas Hall two hours prior to the 7 p.m. start of volleyball's Dig Pink match, where Athletics will be selling UT Arlington volleyball shirts for $20 with all proceeds going toward breast cancer research.

On Friday, Campus Recreation will have the pink treadmills downstairs in the MAC foyer all day leading up to the Maverick Madness event happening that night at 10:30 p.m.

Enterprise Development chosen to lead construction academy

The Division for Enterprise Development has been selected to conduct the Texas Construction Career Academy (TCCA) for the Texas Department of Transportation.

The TCCA, funded by The U.S. Department of Transportation Federal Highway Administration, will provide training to traditionally under-represented populations across Texas. The valuable training and credentials that graduates receive will significantly improve their prospects for gaining employment with heavy-highway construction contractors in the highway construction industry.

The first two-week workshop is the Dallas/Fort Worth area Oct. 25-Nov. 5 in the Dallas/Fort Worth area. Other classes are set for San Antonio, Houston, and McAllen.

Find more information on the Texas Construction Career Academy online or by contacting Debra Dehn at 2-2581 or

'The Longoria Affair' examines decades of discrimination in South Texas town

A hometown war hero, racial discrimination, and civil rights combine in the documentary The Longoria Affair, which will be shown 12:30-2 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 14, in Room 106 of Nedderman Hall.

Film producer and director John J. Valadez created the documentary about Felix Longoria, his hometown of Three Rivers, Texas, and bitter racial divides of the past 60 years.

The free presentation is presented by the Department of Political Science, Center for Mexican American Studies, and College of Liberal Arts.

For more details, contact Alma Rick at 2-2933 or at

Convert your WebCT course to Blackboard now

Blackboard will be replaced WebCT in spring, so if you use WebCT to teach, you have choices on which transition path to take. You may choose to convert your entire course or only specific materials, such as quizzes.

It is highly recommended you explore Blackboard first and decide which transition path to take. You may want to start from scratch and reorganize your current course files using the new "My Content" feature in Blackboard.

The deadline for requesting a WebCT course conversion to Blackboard is Friday, Nov. 5. Learn more about Blackboard information and training.

Benefit Yourself

UT System Physical Activity Challenge reminder

The UT Arlington Wellness Committee would like to remind you that the UT System Physical Activity Challenge continues through Nov. 17. To participate you can join online through America on the Move anytime through this date. Instructions for signup and logging your activity are available on the Wellness Programs webpage.

Looking for other ways to increase your steps by 2010 or reduce your caloric intake by 100 calories per day?

  • Sources say that a roundtrip walk from the University Center to the Maverick Activities Center is approximately 2,000 steps. Individual strides differ so yours may be more or less.
  • One might reduce their caloric intake by 100 calories by using skim or 1% milk instead of whole milk or when you go out to eat. Always ask for 1/2 of your meal to be put in a to go box, you don't need the portions or the calories. For more information contact Jeremy Roden, assistant director for QUEST Wellness, at

AHA Heartsaver First Aid with CPR and AED

Would you know what to do if someone around you was having a heart attack? The skills you learn here could save a life. Participants will receive a CPR certification card. 9 a.m.-noon, Wednesday, Oct. 13, training room, Environmental Health and Safety, 500 Summit Ave. See a complete listing of HR training classes.

Save-a-Life Tour and DUI Simulator

Take a drive on a simulator that shows how responses differ when the driver has been drinking. Free. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 13, atrium, Nedderman Hall. Health Services, 2-2771.

Mindful Moments

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.

Introduction to Web Design

Learn to publish a personal web page using HTML and CSS. 9-11 a.m., Thursday, Oct. 14, or 2-4 p.m., Friday, Oct. 15, Room 123, Hammond Hall. See more OIT training classes.

Publisher 2007

Develop the skills needed to create brochures, flyers and newsletters. Registration begins one week prior to class day. Free. 9-11 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 21, and 2-4 p.m. Friday, Oct. 22, Room 123, Hammond Hall. See more OIT training classes.

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-Wednesday, Oct. 11-13

Virginia Garrett Lectures The Seventh Biennial Virginia Garrett Lectures on the history of cartography looks at Charting the Cartography of Companies: Company Mapping, 1600-1900. An accompanying exhibit is in the Library's Special Collections. Sixth floor, Central Library. Carolyn Kadri, 2-7153.

Wednesday, Oct. 13

MAE Brown Bag Series Ramesh Karanth is guest speaker. Free. Noon, Room 402, Woolf Hall. Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering,, 2-2561.

Physics Speakers Series Qiming Zhang, associate professor of physics, is guest speaker. Free. 4-5 p.m., Room 101, Science Hall. Physics, 2-2266.

Thursday, Oct. 14

The Longoria Affair This John J. Valadez documentary covers racial discrimination for 60 years in Three River, Texas. Free. 12:30 p.m., Room 106, Nedderman Hall. Department of Political Science, Center for Mexican American Studies, and College of Liberal Arts, Alma Rick, 2-2933.

GIS Workshop: 3D: Flythroughs, Topo, and CAD Learn how geographic information systems (GIS) can build interactive 3D terrain models and work with topographic and even CAD data. This hands-on workshop requires no GIS experience. Free. 3-5 p.m., Room B20, Central Library. Joshua Been,, 2-5826.

Biology Lecture Series Yan N. Li, assistant professor of mathematics, is guest speaker. Free. 4 p.m., Room 124, Life Science Building. Biology, 2-2871.

Center for Mexican American Studies Lecture Tomás Calvo Buezas of Universidad Complutense in Madrid, Spain, speaks on "Immigration in the United States and Spain: Consideration for Educational Leaders." Free. 4:30 p.m., Room 549, Pickard Hall. Center for Mexican American Studies, 2-2933.

Friday, Oct. 15

Diversity: The Cornerstone of Health Beverly Malone, CEO for the National League of Nursing, and Eduardo M. Sanchez, vice president and chief medical officer for Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas, are guest speakers. Free. 4:30-6 p.m. lecture, 6 p.m. reception, Sheraton Arlington. Center for Hispanic Studies in Nursing and Health, Wendy Barr, 2-5376.

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

Going Out
  UTA Presents

'Cabaret' opens Friday in Mainstage Theatre

Theatre Arts

Doomed romances and personal identity in a changing world take center stage in Cabaret, the Tony Award-winning musical presented by the Department of Theatre Arts on Friday-Saturday, Oct. 15-16, and Thursday-Sunday, Oct. 21-24.

The musical, directed by department chair Kim LaFontaine, is the first production of the 2010-11 season.

Set in 1929 Berlin as the Nazis begin their rise to power, Cabaret focuses on the nightlife at the provocative Kit Kat Klub, its star performer Sally Bowles (senior Britney Hudgins), and her relationship with the young American writer Cliff Bradshaw (freshman Kyle Sharp). Above, senior Mallory Nunez, left, and Hudgins perform a scene.

The musical will be presented in the Mainstage Theatre in the Fine Arts Building. Show times are 8 p.m. Oct. 15, 16, 21, 22, and 23 and 2:30 p.m. Oct. 24. Tickets are $8 for faculty and staff, and $11 for the general public.

For tickets or more information, contact the Theatre Arts box office at 2-2669.

Monday, Oct. 11

Guest Piano Recital Pianist Sohyoung Park of Rice University performs. Free. 7:30 p.m., Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. Music, 2-3471.

Tuesday, Oct. 12

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

One Mic Standing Comedy Series Comedian Jarrod Harris pokes fun at his life. Free. 7:30 p.m., Rosebud Theatre, E.H. Hereford University Center. EXCEL Campus Activities, 2-2963.

Wednesday, Oct. 13

$2 Movie: Iron Man 2 Robert Downey Jr. saves the day again. Rated PG-13. 5:30 p.m.; also 5:30 p.m. Friday, 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Planetarium, 2-1183.

Thursday, Oct. 14

Mavs Book Club The Known World by Edward P. Jones is the Mavs Book Club selection of the month. 5:30 p.m. lecture, Thursday, Oct. 14, basement, Central Library. Diane Shepelwich,

Volleyball Mavericks vs. Stephen F. Austin. $6, 7 p.m., Texas Hall, Athletics, 2-2261.

Rick Bayless

Maverick Speakers Series: Rick Bayless "An Evening with a Celebrity Chef" features Rick Bayless, who has won two James Beard Awards, including the organization's International Humanitarian of the Year award. Bayless has written many best-selling cookbooks, including Mexico: One Plate at a Time, which inspired the PBS series now in its fifth season. Sold out. Those without tickets who come to the Lone Star Auditorium by 7:20 p.m. will be accommodated as space permits. 7:30 p.m., Lone Star Auditorium, Maverick Activities Center. Maverick Speakers Series.

Friday, Oct. 15

Free Movie: Despicable Me Criminal genius mixes minions and orphans. Rated PG. Free. 5 and 8 p.m., Lone Star Auditorium, Maverick Activities Center. EXCEL Campus Activities, 2-2963.

Guest Clarinet Recital Michael Dean of Southeast Missouri State University performs. Free. 7:30 p.m., Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. Music, 2-3471.

Maverick Madness Contests, giveaways, and food are part of the first official night of basketball practice and the introduction of the men's and women's teams. Free. 10:30 p.m., Maverick Activities Center. Athletics, 2-2261.

Saturday, Oct. 16

Volleyball Mavericks vs. Sam Houston State. $6, 4 p.m., Texas Hall, Athletics, 2-2261.

Sunday, Oct. 17

Jazz Alumni Concert The Alumni Big Band and the UTA Jazz Orchestra perform their fifth annual Jazz Scholarship Fundraising Concert. The alumni band is comprised of former students of the UTA Jazz Orchestra. This year the band will include alumni from 1955 through 2008. The 20-piece ensemble is directed by Professor Emeritus Bill Snodgrass, who served as director of jazz studies 1976-2004. Admission price is a donation in any amount. A reception follows. 7 p.m., Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. Tim Ishii, Music, 2-3471.


Gallery 76102: flats and rounds Nicholas Wood's work in hybrid forms of painting, drawing, and sculpture. 6-8 p.m. Gallery 76102, Fort Worth Center, 1401 Jones St., Fort Worth.

Planetarium programs See the newest show, Spacepark 360, the most thrilling amusement park rides in the solar system. Planetarium schedule, 2-1183.

Private Collections II Last week to see Dallas and Fort Worth art collectors' private treasures. Free. Gallery hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays-Fridays and noon-5 p.m. Saturdays. Through Saturday, Oct. 16. The Gallery at UTA, Fine Arts Building.

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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