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

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Anand Puppala

Dr. Anand Puppala

Civil engineer researching new ways to assess, prevent damage to highways, underground pipes

Civil engineering Professor Anand Puppala has secured $1.75 million in grants this year for soil research. Part of the funding will go toward developing a new sensor that will help measure soil stability and advances in soil treatments to better support highways and water and sewer pipes in unstable soil.

Among Dr. Puppala's awards is a new, highly competitive grant from the National Academy of Science’s National Cooperative Highway Research Program. The grant is part of the prestigious Innovation Deserving Exploratory Analysis, or IDEA, program.

Puppala and his team will use the funds to create a field sensor capable of more quickly and accurately detecting sulfate- or gypsum-induced buckling, or heaving, in soil. Such breaks wreak havoc on road systems and underground water and sewer pipes.

Read more about Puppala's soil research.

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Early voting starts Tuesday on campus

Vote early for the May 14 local elections by casting your ballot on campus. UT Arlington is an early voting polling site 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday, May 3-5, in the Palo Duro Lounge of the E.H. Hereford University Center.

Voter information and links to local election offices are available through the Texas Secretary of State office at

For more information, see the Tarrant County early voting website.

  Mav Pic Town talk

More than just talk

Dr. Erian Armanios, professor and chair of the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, poses a question during the town hall meeting Tuesday at the Maverick Activities Center. President James D. Spaniolo and Provost Donald R. Bobbitt discussed the current legislative session and how it might affect the University. They also answered questions relating to Tier One, research, technology incubators, student retention, campus safety, and the tobacco-free initiative.

Faculty and associates to be honored at annual spring meeting Monday

President's and provost's awards are just a few of the accolades to be distributed at the Spring Meeting of the Faculty and Associates at 4 p.m. Monday, May 2, in the Rio Grande Ballroom at the E.H. Hereford University Center.

Awards will be announced for teaching, research, mentoring, advising, service learning, grants, and distance education, with remarks by President James D. Spaniolo. The event is open to the public. A reception follows.

Spring TheatreFest features one-act plays tonight through Sunday

Spring TheatreFest, a festival of one-act plays presented by the Department of Theatre Arts, hits the stage at 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, April 28-30, and at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, May 1, in the Studio Theatre of the Fine Arts Building.

Featuring theatre arts faculty and students, this year's festival includes Blind Date by Horton Foote, The Questioning of Nick by Arthur Kopit, Lurker by Don Nigro, The Role of Della by John J. Wooten, and The Fat Lady Sings in Little Grimley by David Tristram.

Tickets are $7 for faculty, staff, seniors, and students, and $10 for the general public.

For reservations, contact the theatre arts box office at 2-2669.

Meiners discusses book on WBAP today

Roger Meiners, chair of the Department of Economics, will be a guest on WBAP 820’s Mark Davis Show at 10 a.m. today, Thursday, April 28, to discuss The False Promise of Green Energy, a book he co-authored with three other educators.

“It’s certainly a topical issue and one that is getting a lot of investment,” says Dr. Meiners, the Goolsby Distinguished Professor of Economics in the College of Business.

Read more about Meiners' book.

Mav Pic Night at the Ballpark

Here's the pitch

Provost Donald R. Bobbitt throws out the ceremonial first pitch during pre-game festivities for UT Arlington Night at the Ballpark on Monday. More than 800 faculty, staff, students, and alumni attended the game at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington.


Volunteers needed for Commencement

Be a volunteer greeter for Commencement 2011 May 12-15, and share your Maverick pride with our graduates' families and guests.

To sign up, contact Susann Asebedo at 2-2963 or

Planetarium Place closed Thursday, Friday, and Monday

Planetarium Place will be closed Thursday-Friday, April 28-29, and Monday, May 2. The street will be open to traffic for the weekend.

During the closing, disabled parking spaces east of the Library will be relocated to lot F-10 with temporary signage.

For more information, see the Blazing Construction blog.

Register by Friday for golf tourney

Registration ends Friday, April 29, to play in the 38th Annual UT Arlington Metro Golf Tournament. The tournament Monday, May 16, is open to faculty and staff members of area colleges and universities along with UT Arlington alumni.

The tournament raises money for student scholarships. See tournament information online or contact Chris Muller at

Hosted by the Department of Campus Recreation, the tournament is at Mansfield National Golf Club.

Health Services, Library survey deadlines this weekend

Take a few moments to complete the quick and anonymous patient satisfaction Health Services' survey through Friday, April 29. Feedback on your impressions of the facility and experiences of care, service, and staff are important and encouraged.

Take the Library's survey and give your thoughts, suggestions, and insight into how the new website is working for you. At the end of the survey, you’ll have the opportunity to sign up for a drawing. The survey and drawing run through Saturday, April 30, with prizes awarded in the last week of the spring semester.

Benefit Yourself

Powerful Presentation Skills

Learn tips and techniques to make your next presentation a great success. Free. 2-4 p.m. Tuesday, May 3, Room 200, Wetsel Service Center. See the complete list of HR training classes.

Fundamentals of Home Decor

Develop a color scheme, draw a plan for each room, and finish the project with the right accessories. Call 2-2581 for faculty, staff discount fee of $99.50. 6-9 p.m., Tuesdays and Thursdays, May 3-12, Room F200H, Continuing Education Workforce Building. Continuing Education.

Introduction to Adobe Photoshop

Bring an image into Photoshop and be amazed how you can turn a dull photo into a masterpiece. Free. 2-4 p.m. Thursday, May 5, Room B29, Central Library. Get more information on 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 email The University of Texas at Arlington is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer.

Sports Notes

Team leader: Wes Worster led the Mavericks, who won their fourth Southland Conference golf title and first since 2005.

Golfers claim conference crown

Three players finished in the top 10 to lead UT Arlington to its first Southland Conference golf title since 2005 at Waterchase Golf Club in Fort Worth on Wednesday.

The Mavericks recorded a three-day score of 862, finishing 10 strokes ahead of Lamar and 11 ahead of defending champion Southeastern Louisiana.

Senior Wes Worster tied for third in the individual standings with a two-under-par 214 for 54 holes. Senior Zack Fischer tied for fifth at 215 while sophomore Paul McConnell placed eighth with 216.

See the SLC tournament results online.

Tennis teams seek SLC titles this weekend

Undefeated in the Southland Conference regular season, the women’s tennis team is seeded No. 1 at the SLC Women's Tennis Championships this weekend in San Antonio.

The Mavericks, who won both the regular season and conference tournament titles in 2009, face No. 8-seeded McNeese State at 1 p.m. Friday, April 29. Women’s semifinals are Saturday, April 30, with the finals on Sunday, May 1.

The men’s team is seeded third in the SLC Men's Tennis Championships and will face second-seeded UT San Antonio at 9 a.m. Saturday. Men’s finals are also Sunday.

Tournament winners earn a trip to the NCAA Championships.

Baseball wins two of three on the road

After winning the first contest 18-14, UT Arlington went on to take two of three in Southland Conference baseball games at Central Arkansas last week.

The Mavericks are 24-18 overall and 12-9 in the SLC, which puts them in a tie for third place. They play conference co-leader Stephen F. Austin in Nacogdoches Friday-Sunday, April 29-May 1.

Softball gets back on winning track

The softball team halted a four-game losing streak with a 3-2 win over Sam Houston State last Saturday at Allan Saxe Field.

The Mavericks are 30-19 overall and tied for second in the Southland Conference with a 17-7 record. This weekend they play a three-game series at McNeese State.

(For more sports news, go to,, or

Going Out

Thursday, April 28

UTA Symphony Orchestra Concert Clifton Evans, assistant professor of music and director of orchestras, conducts the Symphony Orchestra, featuring a violin concerto by Martha Walvoord, assistant professor of violin. $5. 7:30 p.m., Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. Music, 2-3471.

Thursday-Sunday, April 28-May 1

Spring Theatrefest A festival of one-act plays. $7 faculty, staff. 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Studio Theatre, Fine Arts Building. Theatre Arts, 2-2669.

Friday, April 29

Soo Hong Kim

Small Works Art Sale Paintings by art students for sale in a salon-style studio tour. Paintings are $25-$100. 4-7 p.m., Studio Arts Center.

$2 Movie: Tangled The long-haired Rapunzel is about to discover the world for the first time. 5:30 p.m. Also 2:30 p.m. Saturday, April 30. Planetarium, 2-1183.

Faculty Voice Recital Soo Hong Kim, right, associate professor of voice, performs. Free. 7:30 p.m., Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. Music, 2-3471.

Saturday, April 30

Archosaur Park IV-Fossil Fest I Tour the active dinosaur dig site and learn about the fossils. $10. Tour reservations required. 10 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Arlington Archosaur Site.

Bassoon Studio Recital Features students of Scott Pool, assistant professor of bassoon. Free. 2:30 p.m., Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. Music, 2-3471.

Sunday, May 1

Band Concert Performances by Symphonic Winds and Symphonic Band, both conducted by Matthew Luttrell, assistant professor of music and associate director of bands. Free. 3 p.m., Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. Music, 2-3471.


Combat Narratives: Stories and Artifacts from UT Arlington Veterans Artifacts, memorabilia, and gear on loan from UT Arlington military veterans and objects carried, used, or found by U.S. servicemen and women in Iraq and Afghanistan. Free. Through May 21. Sixth floor atrium, Central Library.

Exposure: Photos from the Second Battle of Fallujah Photographs from the Second Battle of Fallujah taken by UT Arlington student and Marine Corps veteran Joel Chaverri. Free. Through May 21. Sixth floor parlor, Central Library.

Gallery 76102 "Reconsidering Art History," a solo exhibit by Betsy Williamson ('06 BFA), who uses pre-existing images to create specific juxtapositions. Free. Gallery hours are 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and 2-6 p.m. Wednesdays and Fridays. Through May 31. Gallery 76102, Fort Worth Center. 2-0365.

Six Flags river boat ride

Six Flags Over Texas Exhibit Celebrate 50 years of an Arlington landmark. 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Mondays, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays. Through Aug. 13. Special Collections, sixth floor, Central Library.

Planetarium Enjoy a '60s style laser light show set to the music of Pink Floyd. 7 p.m. Saturdays. See the complete Planetarium schedule, 2-1183.

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



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