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

Thursday, June 23, 2011

LEED gold

Engineering Research Building achieves LEED gold level certification

The Engineering Research Building has achieved gold level certification in Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, part of the U.S. Green Building Council.

LEED is an internationally recognized green building certification system that promotes sustainable building and development practices through a rating system that recognizes projects that implement strategies for better environmental and health performance.

"UT Arlington's Engineering Research Building is a tangible example of our University's long-standing commitment to sustainability," President James D. Spaniolo says. "The building's environmentally sensitive design and energy-saving features are fitting complements to the cutting-edge science and engineering research taking place inside."

The building’s design incorporates several energy-saving features, including green and light-reflecting roofs, window designs for improved use of available light, rain and condensate water capture and storage for landscaping, use of recycled materials, and others that allowed the facility to meet the LEED gold requirements.

Read more about the Engineering Research Building's gold level certification.

Pablo Mora

Dr. Pablo Mora

Psychology professor receives grant to study depression among elderly Latinos

Pablo Mora, an assistant professor of psychology, has been awarded funding from the Austin-based Hogg Foundation for Mental Health to examine how Latinos’ cultural views affect their decision to seek mental health services and contribute to mental health disparities for Latinos.

His proposal was selected from a pool of 48 applicants from 17 universities across Texas. The foundation awarded one-year grants to 13 tenure-track assistant professors exploring different aspects of mental health in Texas.

According to Dr. Mora, disadvantaged minorities, especially Latinos, have poorer physical and mental health than their majority European-American counterparts. Cultural differences in how elderly Latinos express physical or mental health symptoms can affect diagnosis and treatment and may be an underlying factor in these health disparities.

Mora plans to survey 140 Latinos aged 55 and older about their attitudes and beliefs toward depression and their own mental health.

Read more about Mora's depression research.


Researching the clouds: Dr. Ramon Lopez and UT Arlington students are working with weather prediction models (above) that will provide forecasters with a one- to four-day advance warning of high speed streams of solar plasma and Earth-directed coronal mass ejections, which appears as the gray cloud on the right.

Physics professor and students studying space weather

Physicists at UT Arlington are working with others around the country to develop computer models that can issue warnings of solar flares and other disruptions of global positioning systems one to four days before their arrival.

The University is one of 11 member institutions that make up the Center for Integrated Space Weather Modeling (CISM), a science and technology center funded by the National Science Foundation that transitioned its first space weather forecasting model from research to operations earlier this year.

“Space weather is becoming more and more important to our technological and space-based civilization, so the ability to predict space weather events will be as important as the ability to predict major hurricanes,” says physics Professor Ramon Lopez, who is a co-investigator on the CISM.

UT Arlington students are involved in the work and undergraduates have been co-authors on peer-reviewed scientific papers related to space weather.

Read more about UT Arlington's CISM research.

Contracts for rental copiers expire in August

The state's rental contracts with copier providers other than Canon USA or Xerox Corporation expire Aug. 31.

If your department rents from another vendor, contact one of the approved vendors to discuss a replacement copier so service is not interrupted.

Companies servicing the University are Canon Business Solutions Inc., Ashley Herd, 817-359-7203,; and Xerox Corporation, Sherman Cowley, 209-489-6325,

If you are unsure whether your copier needs to be replaced, contact Patrick Jenkins in the Office of Procurement, at 2-3098 or

This action does not affect copiers that are under a long-term lease agreement.

  Mav Pic Retiree dinner

Retirees honored

Roy Rubins, left, receives a retiree award from Jean Hood, vice president for human resources, at the 16th Annual Retirees Dinner on Saturday night in the Rio Grande Ballroom. Dr. Rubins was a professor in the Department of Physics, retiring after 41 years as a member of the faculty. He was one of 103 retirees from the past year.

New policy limits idling to five minutes for large vehicles on campus

A new anti-idling policy limits large service, delivery, and construction vehicles to only five minutes idle time while on campus.

The policy applies to all vehicles weighing 14,000 pounds or more, including UT Arlington fleet vehicles and those of vendors and construction companies. These include beverage trucks, dump trucks, garbage trucks, flatbed trucks, transit or tour buses, step vans, and other large trucks. A few exceptions to the policy apply, such as a full-size medium-duty pickup truck with dual wheels.

Most employees' vehicles would not be affected by the new policy. The average sedan, coupe, minivan, or SUV weighs less than 14,000 pounds.

The policy was adopted by the Office of Sustainability and will be enforced by the UT Arlington Police Department. A first violation receives a warning, while a second results in a $50 fine. Additional fines are added with a third violation.

Read more about the anti-idling policy and UT Arlington's overall sustainability policy.

Distance Ed office returns to campus

The Center for Distance Education has moved its offices to the third floor of Nedderman Hall after spending the last eight years at the Pinnacle Building in downtown Arlington.

Space became available in Nedderman Hall when the Department of Computer Science and Engineering moved to the Engineering Research Building earlier this year.

"With classroom technologies and Internet-based classes ever more central to our mission at UT Arlington, I am delighted that our key unit in this area is now located back on the central campus," says Pete Smith, associate vice president for academic affairs who oversees the CDE.

Prior to moving downtown, the CDE had offices in the Nanofab Building.

OIT maintenance this weekend

The Office of Information Technology will perform maintenance on the faculty and staff email system from 8 p.m. Friday, June 24, to 6 a.m. Saturday, June 25.

The email system will be unavailable during this time. Emails received during the maintenance period will be stored and delivered immediately after the system is returned to service.

OIT will perform maintenance on the department shared storage (K: drives), printing, student home directories (J: drives), and some faculty and staff home directories (J: drives) 2-7 a.m. Sunday, June 26.

If you have questions or if your email is unavailable for more than 24 hours, contact the HelpDesk at or 2-2208.

Benefit Yourself

How To Make Your Own Organic Cleaning Supplies

Learn to make your own cleaning supplies using organic plant oils and scrubbing ingredients that are often gentle enough to eat, then take home a basket with the essentials for cleaning every room of your house. Supplies and required text are included in course fee. $115. 10 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Saturday, June 25, Room A101, Continuing Education Workforce Building, 140 W. Mitchell St. Continuing Education, 2-2581.

ADA in the Workplace

The 1992 Americans with Disabilities Act has greatly impacted the workplace and the workforce. This workshop presents proven principles and common sense ideas on how to best support and work with disabled individuals. Free. 2-4 p.m. Wednesday, June 29, Room 200, Wetsel Service Center. See a complete list of HR training classes.

Vegetarian dinner

Satisfying Dinners for Vegetarians

Whether you have been a vegetarian for many years and are just looking for new ideas, or you want to "go vegetarian" a couple of nights a week to boost your fiber and cut down on fats, there will be something in this class for you. Supplies are included in course fee. Call 2-2581 for faculty, staff discount fee of $68.50. 2-6 p.m., Saturday, June 25, Room A101, Continuing Education Workforce Building, 140 W. Mitchell St. Continuing Education.

Excel 2010

Learn about generating and modifying charts, sorting techniques, and basic functions and formulas. Free. 2-4 p.m. Monday, June 27, Room 123, Hammond Hall. See more about OIT training classes.

Mindful Moments

Take a break from stress with Mindful Moments. Free. 12:15-12:45 p.m. Wednesdays, Room 150, 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 email The University of Texas at Arlington is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer.

Going Out

Thursday, June 23

Free Movie: Limitless A paranoia-fueled action thriller about an unpublished writer whose life is transformed by a top-secret "smart" drug. Rated PG-13. Bring lawn chairs and blankets. Refreshments at the concession stand. Beginning after dusk, approximately 9 p.m., lawn west of Maverick Activities Center. EXCEL Campus Activities.

Thursday-Sunday, June 23-26

Yogi Bear

Levitt Pavilion Concert Series Performing this week are Katsuk, Thursday; Josh Weathers and the True Endeavors, Friday; Sonny Burgess, Saturday; and The Lee Boys, Sunday. Free. 8 p.m. See the concert schedule. Levitt Pavilion, 100 W. Abram St., Arlington.

Friday, June 24

$2 Movie: Yogi Bear Jellystone Park has been losing business, so greedy Mayor Brown decides to shut it down and sell the land. Rated PG. 5:30 p.m. Also 2:30 p.m. Saturday, June 25. Planetarium, 2-1183.

Tuesday-Friday, June 28-July 1

Miss Texas Pageant Among the contestants are Cristie Kibler ('09 BA), Miss Southlake; Ashley Simien ('11 BA), Miss White Rock Lake; and Keene Nordin, undeclared freshman, Miss White Settlement. See the schedule for preliminaries and finals as Miss Texas 2011 and Miss Texas' Outstanding Teen 2011 are crowned. Texas Hall.

Wednesday-Sunday, June 29-July 3

Levitt Pavilion Concert Series The lineup includes The Biscuit Brothers, Wednesday; Del Castillo, Thursday; The Kildares, Friday; Mingo Fishtrap, Saturday; and Radney Foster, Sunday. Free. See the concert schedule. Levitt Pavilion, 100 W. Abram St., Arlington.

Thursday, June 30

Bowling's U.S. Women's Open The top five women bowlers compete for the title. Discount tickets $5. Free parking. 7 p.m. Cowboys Stadium. College Town UTA, Bowling Proprietors' Association of America.

Free Movie: The Goonies A group of kids embark on a wild adventure after finding a pirate treasure map. Rated PG. Bring lawn chairs and blankets. Refreshments at the concession stand. Beginning after dusk, approximately 9 p.m., lawn west of Maverick Activities Center. EXCEL Campus Activities.


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.

897 Square Features contemporary art ranging from 2D and 3D to installation-type work. Free. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays; 2-6 p.m. Wednesdays and Fridays. Through July 30. Gallery 76102, Fort Worth Center.

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. 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.

Six Flags

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.

Texas Rangers Baseball Get tickets for faculty, staff, students, alumni, family, and friends. Access and use the password rangers for designated games through Sept. 14.

Planetarium Discover the night sky with Big Bird, Elmo and their new friend from China, Hu Hu Zhu in One World, One Sky: Big Bird's Adventure. 2 p.m. Thursdays, 1 p.m. Saturdays. See the summer schedule. Planetarium, 2-1183.

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



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