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

Thursday, December 15, 2011


Hi-tech collision: This image shows a proton-proton collision at the Large Hadron Collider, courtesy of ATLAS Collaboration. Physicists at UT Arlington are part of the ATLAS experiment.

Physicists celebrate first hints of Higgs particle at Large Hadron Collider

Scientists at the Large Hadron Collider at CERN near Geneva, Switzerland, announced this week that they have found the first “tantalizing hints” of the elusive Higgs boson particle in a narrow region of mass ranges, news celebrated throughout the world’s scientific community.

The College of Science’s High Energy Physics Group is part of the ATLAS experiment, one of two research groups that revealed Tuesday’s intriguing results.

Physicists believe interaction with the Higgs boson gives particles in the universe their mass. It is the only particle in the physics Standard Model that has not been observed. Physicists at the $10 billion Large Hadron Collider have been aggressively seeking it. Tuesday’s news means the Higgs hunters are close to filling in this missing piece, says physics Professor Kaushik De, co-director of the High Energy Physics Group.

"After 15 years of contributions to ATLAS by our group here at The University of Texas at Arlington, it is exciting to be at the threshold of an astonishing scientific breakthrough," he says.

Read more about the Higgs particle.

Jim Baker

Jim Baker

Baker named director of intercollegiate athletics

Jim Baker, UT Austin's associate athletic director for events and operations, has been named the new director of intercollegiate athletics at UT Arlington.

He will oversee the University’s 14 Division I intercollegiate sports programs and usher in a new era of competition as UT Arlington moves next summer to the Western Athletic Conference. His appointment is effective Feb. 1, 2012.

Baker’s 30 years of experience in athletics administration, philanthropic partnerships, and events management will serve UT Arlington well as the University prepares to debut men’s and women’s basketball in the new $78 million College Park Center, also on Feb. 1.

“We are fortunate to have such an exceptional leader join us at this critical point in the evolution of our program,” President James D. Spaniolo says. “Jim has unparalleled experience and a proven track record with one of the most respected and successful athletics programs in the nation. We will look to Jim to advance the UT Arlington program to even higher levels of regional and national competition.”

Read more about the new athletics director.


Opening act: Grammy-nominated superstar Drake headlines the first concert in College Park Center on March 2, 2012.

Drake concert set for College Park Center

Grammy-nominated recording artist Drake will perform March 2, 2012, in the inaugural concert in College Park Center.

The artist announced this week that he has added UT Arlington to his 17-city North American Club Paradise Tour, which kicks off Valentine’s Day in Miami and wraps up March 11 in San Diego. The Arlington show is sponsored in part by the Division of Student Affairs, and tickets will be restricted to UT Arlington faculty, staff, and students.

“Since the inception of College Park Center, we have envisioned bringing in top-name performers—especially those who have broad appeal to our students,” President James D. Spaniolo says. “We are pleased to attract a Grammy-nominated, marquee artist like Drake for our first concert."

Along with Drake, the concert will include rap artists Kendrick Lamar and A$AP Rocky. Ticket prices range from $35 to $80 and go on sale Jan. 19, 2012.

Read more about the Drake concert.


Commencement ceremonies begin today at Texas Hall

This semester's 3,937 graduation candidates—2,362 undergraduate, 1,492 master's, and 83 doctoral—participate in Commencement ceremonies Thursday-Sunday, Dec. 15-18, at Texas Hall.

Check the Commencement website for detailed information about tickets, attire, parking, formalities, photography, special accommodations, and more.

Commencement ceremonies are:

Thursday, Dec. 15 - College of Science, 12:30 p.m.; School of Architecture, 4 p.m.; College of Nursing (undergraduate in Texas Hall, graduate in Bluebonnet Ballroom), 7:30 p.m.

Friday, Dec. 16 - School of Social Work, University College, 12:30 p.m.; College of Education and Health Professions, 4 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, Dec. 17 - College of Engineering, 9 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.; College of Liberal Arts, 4 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.

Sunday, Dec. 18 - College of Business, 12:30 p.m. and 4 p.m.; School of Urban and Public Affairs, Interdisciplinary Studies, 7:30 p.m.

Ashanti Johnson

Ashanti Johnson

Institute for Broadening Participation opens office

The Institute for Broadening Participation, a nonprofit organization to help increase minority access to science, technology, engineering, and mathematics education and careers, has opened a regional office at UT Arlington.

Ashanti Johnson, executive director of the Maine-based institute, will office in the College of Science about 40 percent of her time. In addition to her institute duties, Dr. Johnson will be a faculty research associate in the Earth and Environmental Sciences Department.

Read more about the Institute for Broadening Participation.

Mav Pic Watson window

Sights of the season

The Office of Finance and Administration has created a holiday window display at its location at 219 W. Main St. The display has been a downtown Arlington tradition since the building housed Watson's Department Store, which closed in the mid-1970s.


Adobe Acrobat Pro software available; Mac Lion upgraded to partial support

Adobe Acrobat Pro software is now available to faculty and staff through the Office of Information Technology.

Mac OS X 10.7 (Lion) has been upgraded to partial support by OIT, but it is not recommended that users upgrade to Lion until full support is available. New Apple computers have this operating system installed by default.

SAC of Joy drive seeks toys, clothing

Bring children's toys, packaged children's socks and underwear, new or lightly used winter clothing, new or lightly used pillows, blankets, and sheets to the SAC of Joy toy and clothing drive through Friday, Dec. 16.

Drop-off boxes are in Davis Hall, the Central Library, and the E.H. Hereford University Center.

The drive benefits Arlington Charities, Arlington Life Shelter, and Friends of the Family Women's Shelter and is sponsored by the Staff Advisory Council.

Library seeks feedback on mobile site

Mobile device users can tell how they access the Library’s mobile website and traditional web-based services via a short survey. The goal of the survey is to better identify the needs of the Library’s mobile users.

The survey takes less than five minutes to complete and is available until Saturday, Dec. 17.

Dallas Stars

Dallas Stars discount tickets available

Discount tickets are available for faculty, staff, students, and friends of UT Arlington to see the Dallas Stars this month.

Order tickets online and use the code stars to order your choice of five games Dec. 19-31 at the American Airlines Center in Dallas.

Benefit Yourself

Get a free two-week pass to the MAC

Faculty and staff can sign up for a free two-week pass to the Maverick Activities Center valid Monday, Jan. 2-Monday, Jan. 16, at the MAC Services and Information desk.

The MAC facilities feature cardio machines, circuit training units, free weights, group exercise rooms, basketball courts, volleyball courts, indoor tracks, racquetball courts, badminton courts, a game room, and a climbing wall.

Memberships for employees and retirees can be paid monthly, by semester, or by payroll deduction. Memberships for employee spouses also are available. For more information, call 2-3277 or visit

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.

In Quotes

Grad schools aim to provide quality

Social media aid in solving crimes

Women have college graduation edge

"It's not enough to be teaching well; it's probably more important to ask if students are learning well."

"If I see something suspicious, it might be too much trouble for me to call [police] to provide a clue. But, through social media, I see that it's not just me but three or four people that have reported it, then I feel more comfortable putting in my two cents."

"The coming years are going to be very telling. One could almost predict that we're going to see some shifts when you look at what's happening in the economy and the loss of the kinds of jobs men would find their way to when they dropped out."

— Dr. Philip Cohen, dean of the Graduate School, on maintaining quality in graduate programs.
The Chronicle of Higher Education

— Dr. Chyng-Yang Jang, associate professor of communication, on the use of social media by law enforcement personnel.

— Dr. Dana Dunn, associate professor of sociology, on the decreasing number of men graduating from college in Texas.
The Dallas Morning News

Sports Notes
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Mav men travel to Tulsa on Saturday

The Maverick men's basketball team, now 4-3, resumes play at Tulsa on Saturday, Dec. 17, before going to the Athletes in Action Classic Tuesday-Thursday, Dec. 20-22, at Logan, Utah.

The Mavericks play at UT Pan American on Thursday, Dec. 29, before returning home to open Southland Conference play against Southeastern Louisiana on Wednesday, Jan. 4.

Women's basketball goes to the beach

The women’s basketball team faces Wichita State in the first round of the Beach Classic Sunday Dec. 18, at Long Beach, Calif. UT Arlington will face Long Beach State or Western Michigan on Monday, Dec. 19.

The Mavericks play at UT Pan American on Wednesday, Dec. 28. Next home game is against Houston Baptist at 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 31.

Movin' Mavs at Kansas tourney this week

The Movin’ Mavs wheelchair basketball team takes a 5-2 record to the Pittsburg State Gorilla Invitational Friday-Sunday, Dec. 16-18, at Pittsburg, Kan.

See the Movin' Mavs scrimmage the Dallas Wheelchair Mavericks every Wednesday in Room 114 of the Physical Education Building.

(For more sports news, go to,, or

Going Out

Friday, Dec. 16

$2 Movie: The Polar Express On Christmas Eve, a doubting boy boards a magical train that's headed to the North Pole. 5:30 p.m.; also 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 17. Planetarium, 2-1183.

Wednesday, Dec. 21

$2 Movie: The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause Holiday magic mixes with comical chaos at the North Pole. 5:30 p.m.; also 5:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 23. Planetarium, 2-1183.


Bachelor of Fine Arts Exhibition Showcase of work by 40 graduating seniors of the Department of Art and Art History includes painting, drawing, sculpture, ceramics, glass, printmaking, film/video, photography, and visual communication. Free. Through Saturday, Dec. 17. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday, noon-5 p.m. Saturday, The Gallery at UTA, Fine Arts Building, 2-5658.

Life and Death in the Northern Pass Photojournalist Dominic Bracco II ('08 BA) provides a view of drug violence in Ciudad Juarez. Free. Through Saturday, Jan. 14. Sixth floor parlor, Central Library.

Spacepark 360

Impressions of the West: Works of Art from Special Collections The American West comes alive in more than 30 paintings, sculptures, and prints. Free. 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Mondays, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays. Through Saturday, Jan. 14. Special Collections, sixth floor, Central Library, 2-3393.

Planetarium Spacepark 360 is an out-of-this-world entertainment experience. Get transported to surreal vistas and experience the most thrilling amusement park rides the solar system has to offer. 2:30 p.m. Sundays. Planetarium, 2-1183.

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



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Associate Vice President for Communications and Marketing: David Johnson

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