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

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Timothy Odegard

Overpowering dyslexia: A research team led by Dr. Timothy Odegard, assistant professor of psychology, hopes to build on current dyslexia findings with a five-year study of MRI data.

Psychology professor's research aimed at helping dyslexic children learn

A new MRI-based study of children with dyslexia by psychology Assistant Professor Timothy Odegard could explain why a small percentage of dyslexic children don’t respond to current teaching strategies.

Dr. Odegard’s work recently was published in the journal Neurocase. Emily Farris, Odegard’s doctoral student, is the lead author on the paper that details the findings from the research team.

Researchers examined functional magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) data from 15 children, ages 8-14. They found that children with dyslexia who responded to treatment and non-dyslexic readers showed greater functional connections between the interior frontal regions of their brains than dyslexic children who had not responded to treatment. The tests were conducted while the children performed basic reading tasks.

“This is really looking at what predicts treatment outcomes,” says Odegard, who was diagnosed with dyslexia as a child. “We’re really looking at how the different areas of the brain work together like a network.”

Read more about Odegard's dyslexia research.

Synthetic fuel

University licenses innovative process to convert natural gas to clean, synthetic fuel

UT Arlington has announced a licensing agreement with 1st Resource Group Inc. of Fort Worth to commercialize a new, efficient process for converting natural gas to clean, synthetic fuel at a cost lower than current market rates.

University engineering and science researchers have designed a portable conversion unit that transforms natural gas from the field for use as clean-burning, synthetic fuels.

President James D. Spaniolo says the licensing agreement is a milestone in the University’s relationship with business and industry.

“This advancement demonstrates how university research can respond to market demands,” Spaniolo says. “All of us understand the need to lower fuel costs and develop clean energy resources. We believe this agreement is the start of an important and long-lasting relationship with 1st Resource, UMED, and their partners.”

Read more about the natural gas conversion process and licensing agreement.

Tobacco free

Cessation classes each month help prepare for tobacco-free campus Aug. 1

It's less than two months until UT Arlington becomes a tobacco-free campus Monday, Aug. 1.

Health Services offers free tobacco cessation education classes with this month's session set for Tuesday-Wednesday, June 21-22. The classes are on the third Tuesday and Wednesday of each month in Room B03 of the Health Services Center. Check the schedule for details.

The Fresh Start from Tobacco program consists of four one-hour classes designed to educate and assist individuals who are ready to make a fresh start from tobacco use. These seminars cover steps to understanding addiction, quitting and coping strategies, and receiving help. It is important to attend all four sessions. Register online.

Read more about UT Arlington's tobacco-free policy.

  Mav Pic Donald R. Bobbitt

Town talk

Provost Donald R. Bobbitt, above, and President James D. Spaniolo spoke during a town hall meeting last Thursday at the Planetarium. They discussed the legislative session and how it might affect the University and answered questions relating to Tier One, research, distance education, natural gas drilling, financial aid, and tuition.

Staff Advisory Council accepting nominations beginning Monday

Nominations for representatives on the Staff Advisory Council are being accepted Monday, June 13, through Monday, June 20.

SAC keeps the president and administrators apprised of the needs and interests of staff members, and informs staff about relevant issues. Benefits-eligible, classified employees, and librarians may serve as representatives. Make nominations June 13-20 at

SAC meets the second Tuesday of each month in the Student Congress chambers on the lower level of the E.H. Hereford University Center. All employees are welcome to attend. The next meeting is at 3 p.m. Tuesday, June 14.

Email for more information.

Early voting on campus ends today

Last chance for early voting on campus is 8 a.m.-5 p.m. today, Thursday, June 9, for the June 18 runoff election. Cast your ballot in the Palo Duro Lounge of the E.H. Hereford University Center.

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

For more information, contact Jennifer Fox at or 2-0556.

Weight Watchers hosts open house

Faculty and staff are welcome to attend a Weight Watchers open house at 11 a.m. today, Thursday, June 9, in Room 401 of Davis Hall.

Learn about the Weight Watchers At Work meetings on campus. A 17-week At Work meeting series begins Thursday, June 16. Meetings are held at 11 a.m. Thursdays.

For more information, contact Brenda Schumann at

Get discount tickets for Bowling's U.S. Women's Open

Catch the action on the 50-yard line at Cowboys Stadium as the top five women bowlers compete for the title in Bowling's U.S. Women's Open at 7 p.m. Thursday, June 30.

Tickets regularly priced at $20 are available for a UT Arlington special discount price of $5 at U.S. Women's Open tickets. Parking is free.

College Town UTA is a co-sponsor of the event, hosted by the Bowling Proprietors' Association of America.

Benefit Yourself
  In the Spotlight

Poetry inspires nursing professor

Kristina Ibitayo

Kristina Ibitayo ('10 PhD), a clinical assistant professor in the College of Nursing, wrote two poems for the April 2011 issue of American Nurse Today that tell students what nurses will experience.

Q: What inspired you to write the poems?

A: I wrote the poem about a hospital corridor because I found it intriguing that people passing each other may never really know another’s stories and heartache. The poem about nursing's future was written during Ph.D. nursing studies, thinking about theoretical concepts and models and where nursing's future leads.

Q: What is your background in poetry?

A: I began to write poetry as a pre-teen, carefully stowing all my poems in a notebook under my bed. However, after our home burned down and my poems were forever lost, I vowed to never write poetry again. I broke that promise once I began nursing school in 1983, as I discovered poetry was a perfect partner to the required clinical journaling. Writing poetry again felt wonderful, and I've continued writing poems since then, experimenting with different styles, content, and point of view. Multiple poems of mine have been published in nursing and medical journals or newsletters.

Q: How do nursing and poetry intertwine?

A: I believe that nursing and poetry are natural complements to each other. It provides a creative and very unique way to write about issues in the nursing profession, such as the nursing shortage. Nurse poets, in essence, document the nursing world around them, and some poems may even provide a historical context to nursing. I am convinced that if nurses develop their creative side, that channeled creativity will enhance their nursing efforts, even if that creative skill is not used in the workplace. Creative people bring new insights and solutions to their professions.

Q: Tell us about your work in Uganda.

A: I am part of the North Texas Africa Health Initiative. Our team travels to Uganda each summer for several weeks to provide workshops and presentations requested to support and promote the nursing profession in Uganda. Earlier this year Nursing Education Perspectives published my poem “East African Nursing Leaders,” which describes insights from nursing leaders in Uganda and Rwanda on the nursing profession in their countries.

Maximizing Your Employee Benefits

Many people believe their benefits stop at health insurance coverage. See if there are additional benefits you can utilize. Presented by the Office of Human Resources. Registration requested but not required. Free. Noon-1 p.m. Wednesday, June 22, Room 200, Wetsel Service Center. Judy Oslund, 2-5417. See a complete list of HR training classes.


This ultimate cardiovascular challenge combines movements, patterns, technique, and agility training specific to the ancient sport of kickboxing. TurboKick starts with a sport specific warm-up, advanced cardio section using the intensity of kickboxing drills, and increased tempo "sprints," followed by recovery segments. Call 2-2581 for faculty, staff discount fee of $67.50. 7-8 p.m., Fridays, June 24-Sept. 2, Room 102B, Maverick Activities Center. Continuing Education.

PowerPoint 2010

Learn to create presentations based on Microsoft Word outlines, import slides from other presentations, create customized shows, and provide presentation tips and techniques. Free. 2-4 p.m. Monday, June 13, Room 123, Hammond Hall. See more information about OIT training classes.

Mindful Moments

Take a break from stress with Mindful Moments. 12:15-12:45 p.m. Wednesday, June 15. Room 150, Business Building. Health Services, Marie Bannister, 2-2771.

Women's Alliance: Flights and Bites

Network with female executives, women entrepreneurs, community volunteers, and non-profit leaders. Sample wines paired with savory foods. Presented by the Arlington Chamber of Commerce. Register. Free. 6:30-8:30 p.m. Thursday, June 9, Sanford House, 506 N. Center St., Arlington.

Leadership Arlington

Arlington leaders address topics such as leading through adversity, passion and purpose, team development, volunteer recruitment and management, and life coaching. $35. 8 a.m.-noon, Saturday, June 11, AISD Professional Development Center, 1111 W. Arbrook Blvd., Arlington. Leadership Arlington, 817-888-5372.

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
John Sauerhage

Historical ranking: Coach John Sauerhage has led the Maverick men's track team to its highest national ranking in program history.


Mavericks at NCAA track championships this week

Now ranked No. 24 in the nation, the men's track team has nine entries in the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships this week at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa. Competition began Wednesday and continues through Saturday, June 11.

Sophomore Roman Martin ranks second in the nation among the participants in the decathlon. Senior Cordero Gray is seventh in the 100-meter dash and sixth in the 200.

Gray will run with the 400-meter relay team, which includes senior Juan Lewis, sophomore Andrew Pettis, and freshman Clayton Vaughn.

Vaughn is entered in the 100-meter event while senior Casey Keeter (shot put), junior Isiah Clements (high jump), sophomore Jeff Rodriguez (pole vault), and sophomore Ivan Storic (javelin) are participating in field events.

See results from Wednesday's events.

Movin' Mavs announce legacy scholarships

The Movin’ Mavs adapted sports program has created three legacy scholarships honoring individuals who have made unique and distinctive contributions to the program and the development of wheelchair basketball. These scholarships include a $5,000 commitment from the Movin’ Mavs program.

The scholarships honor the late coach Jim Hayes, who founded UT Arlington’s adaptive sports programs; the late Randy Snow, a former Movin’ Mavs player and the first paralympian inducted into the Olympics Hall of Fame; and the late Harry Vines, former president of the National Wheelchair Basketball Association and founder of the University of Arkansas’ Rollin’ Razorbacks program.

Tax deductible donations to a legacy scholarship will be matched by the Movin’ Mavs program. To donate or to apply for a scholarship, contact Doug Garner at

Golf tournament, football reunion on tap this week

The 16th annual Maverick Club Classic Golf Tournament will take place Friday, June 10, at Tangle Ridge Golf Club in Grand Prairie.

The Ultimate Huddle Football Reunion for Arlington State College/UT Arlington is set for 6:30 p.m. Saturday, June 11, in the Bluebonnet Ballroom at the E.H. Hereford University Center.

(For more sports news, go to,, or

Going Out
  UTA Presents

Free summer movies on MAC lawn

Lincoln Lawyer

EXCEL Campus Activities presents its outdoor Summer Movie Series on Thursday evenings after dusk, approximately 9 p.m., on the lawn west of the Maverick Activities Center. Admission is free. Bring lawn chairs and blankets. Find refreshments at the concession stand.

This month's lineup includes:

June 9—The Lincoln Lawyer. Rated R. A slick, charismatic criminal defense attorney lands the case of a lifetime that develops into a deadly match of manipulation.

June 16—Ferris Bueller's Day Off. Rated PG-13. John Hughes' magical comedy about how playing hooky for a single day can produce a lifetime's worth of adventure.

June 23—Limitless. Rated PG-13. A designer pharmaceutical makes an out-of-work writer laser focused with everything he’s ever read, heard, or seen.

June 30—Goonies. Rated PG. Seven young friends find themselves on an underground adventure as they seek the secrets behind the treasure of the notorious pirate.

See the free summer movie schedule online.

Thursday, June 9

Opening Reception for 897 Square Features contemporary art ranging from 2D and 3D to installation-type work. Free. Reception 6-8 p.m. Exhibit runs through July 30. Gallery 76102, Fort Worth Center.

Thursday-Sunday, June 9-12

Levitt Pavilion Concert Series Performing this week are Cas Haley, Thursday; Carrie Rodriguez, Friday; Turnpike Troubadours, Saturday; and The Spring Standards, Sunday. Free. See the concert schedule. 8 p.m. Levitt Pavilion, 100 W. Abram St., Arlington.

Friday, June 10

$2 Movie: Gnomeo & Juliet The neighboring gardens of Montague and Capulet are at war, but the gnomes, Gnomeo and Juliet, are in love. Rated G. 5:30 p.m. Also 2:30 p.m. Saturday, June 11. Planetarium, 2-1183.

Wednesday, June 15

$2 Movie: Despicable Me When a criminal mastermind uses a trio of orphan girls as pawns for a grand scheme, he finds their love is profoundly changing him for the better. Rated PG. 5:30 p.m. Also 5:30 p.m. Friday, June 17, and 2:30 p.m. Saturday, June 18. Planetarium, 2-1183.

Wednesday-Sunday, June 15-19

Levitt Pavilion Concert Series The lineup includes Lannaya West African Drum and Dance Ensemble, Wednesday; The Orbans, Thursday; Terri Hendrix, Friday; Rick Trevino, Saturday; and Blame Sally, Sunday. Free. See the concert schedule. Levitt Pavilion, 100 W. Abram St., Arlington.


Tangents and Adjustments Drawings and sculptural objects by Nicholas Wood, an associate professor in the Department of Art and Art History. Free. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays-Fridays, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturdays. Through June 25. Fort Worth Community Arts Center, 1300 Gendy St., Fort Worth.

Flow: Dalton Maroney 1982-2011 Exhibit is composed of 17 sculptures and six works on paper created by Maroney, an associate professor in the Department of Art and Art History. Benito Huerta, professor of art, curated the exhibit. Reception 6-9 p.m. Friday, June 17. Free. 1-5 p.m. Wednesdays-Fridays, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturdays, 1-5 p.m. Sundays. Through July 31. Arlington Museum of Art, 201 W. Main St., Arlington.

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 Aug. 6. Sixth floor parlor, Central Library.

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

Planetarium See Nanocam, a fascinating journey exploring life-forms that are invisible to the human eye. 5:30 p.m. Saturdays, 6 p.m. Tuesdays. Planetarium, 2-1183.

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



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Executive Director for University Publications: Mark Permenter

Associate Vice President for Communications and Marketing: David Johnson

Vice President for Communications: Jerry Lewis

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