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

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Town hall meeting rescheduled for June 2 in Planetarium

The town hall meeting originally set for this past Monday has been rescheduled from noon to 1 p.m. Thursday, June 2, at the Planetarium in the Chemistry and Physics Building. The May 23 meeting was postponed because of severe weather conditions.

Hosted by President James D. Spaniolo and Provost Donald R. Bobbitt, the forum includes an update on the 82nd Session of the Texas Legislature and a question-and-answer session.

If you're unable to attend the meeting, feel free to submit questions via email to the president at or to the provost at

Chilean soapbark tree

Medical miracle tree: Research by Dr. Michael Roner shows that extracts from the Chilean soapbark tree may help prevent viral infections in children.

Biology professor says Chilean soapbark tree may hold key to reducing rotavirus deaths

A natural additive used to make foam in soft drinks also may help prevent the sometimes deadly rotavirus infection in children or reduce its severity.

Biology Associate Professor Michael Roner co-authored a paper—“Characterization of in vivo anti-rotavirus activities of saponin extracts from Quillaja Saponaria Molina”—that was published in Antiviral Research, the official publication of the International Society for Antiviral Research.

Rotavirus is the leading cause of severe, dehydrating diarrhea in newborns and young children worldwide, with more than 500,000 children under 5 dying each year, according to the World Health Organization’s rotavirus program. About 85 percent of the deaths happen in developing countries, where current vaccines are not widely available.

Dr. Roner and co-author Ka Ian Tam, who earned her doctorate from UT Arlington in August 2010, say there is strong evidence that extracts from the Chilean soapbark tree are able to block the rotavirus by disrupting its interaction with target cells. They used saponin molecules extracted in fluid form from the tree called quillaja saponaria for their study. Dr. Tam works for the U.S. Center for Disease Control’s Rotavirus Surveillance Team.

Read more about the Chilean soapbark tree research.

Tobacco free

World No Tobacco Day is Tuesday

Learn more reasons to quit smoking at the World No Tobacco Day event 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Tuesday, May 31, in the Palo Duro Lounge at the E.H. Hereford University Center.

Find out about dangerous new products leading to new trends in smoking. Check your lung capacity as well as your knowledge of smoking trivia. Read the list of toxins in cigars and cigarettes, and compare the display of healthy lungs with those of a smoker. Representatives of the North Texas Coalition Against Alcohol and Tobacco will be on hand. Sign up for the free Fresh Start From Tobacco classes.

Come for the free popcorn, lemonade, and prizes, too.

UT Arlington will become a tobacco-free campus on Aug. 1 to foster a healthier community for students, employees, and visitors. Current University policy prohibits tobacco use in all campus buildings and facilities, including residence halls, apartments, and houses. Tobacco may not be used within 50 feet of building entrances or air intake vents of campus buildings. Read more about UT Arlington's tobacco-free policy.

To learn more about how to quit tobacco use, contact Latoya Oduniyi at 2-2716 or

Graduate studies receives bridge grant

The Office of Graduate Studies has received a $150,000 grant from the National Science Foundation for the Texans Building Robust, Innovative, and Diverse Graduate Education (TX BRIDGE) project.

TX BRIDGE aims to build an alliance between UT Arlington, UT Brownsville, UT Dallas, UT Pan American, UT Permian Basin, UT San Antonio, UT Tyler, and Texas Southern University.

The planning process will create the infrastructure for an innovative Alliances for Graduate Education in the Professoriate program that (1) encourages undergraduate research and mentoring interest in graduate STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) education; (2) integrates mentoring, academic, and professional support across baccalaureate, master’s, doctoral, and postdoctoral training; (3) makes research and mentoring opportunities at doctoral institutions available to master’s students studying at comprehensive universities; and (4) creates a cost- and time-efficient bridge for those master’s students to enter doctoral studies at research-high activity universities.

  Mav Pic Blazing Race

Blazing a trail

Ami Keller, left, History, and Mary Ann Lewis, center, Political Science, receive a sticker from Verta Brown, Human Resources, before moving on to the next clue in Blazing Race 2 last week. HD Gang finished first on the high-impact trail while UAC and Team US tied for first on the low-impact trail. There were 24 teams and 92 participants in the competition. The race was hosted by the Wellness Committee for National Employee Health and Fitness Day.

Playwright selected for Italy workshop

Natalie Gaupp, senior lecturer in the Department of Theatre Arts, is one of 15 playwrights invited to participate in New York’s LaMama Theatre workshop in Italy this summer.

Dr. Gaupp was selected from nearly 500 entries and will work with some of the world’s top playwrights July 3-13. On her return trip, she will stop in New York for an excerpt reading of her work.

Gaupp has won numerous awards for playwriting and was a 2010 recipient of the Alicia Wilkerson Smotherman Faculty Award at UT Arlington.

Copy paper alternatives listed

Maverick Print is closing Aug. 1 and will no longer be able to supply orders for copy paper to the campus.

Departments needing copy paper may use the University’s preferred vendor, Summus Industries, in partnership with Staples Business Advantage, or their current office supply provider. By using Summus/Staples, your department will receive significant discount pricing and 100 percent Historically Underutilized Business credit.

If your department does not have an account established, contact Christy Brown in Procurement Services at 2-3095 for additional information.

For procurements in excess of $5,000, departments must process in accordance with established purchasing procedures.

Campus sirens tested monthly

UT Arlington conducts the monthly test of its Outdoor Warning System at 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 1. The test, held the first Wednesday of every month, will not be conducted in the event of bad weather.

Heard campus-wide through strategically placed loudspeakers, the test includes electronic chimes and is followed by the test announcement. At the conclusion of the test, an announcement will be broadcast to resume normal operations.

The sirens are sometimes misrepresented as tornado sirens; however, the proper terminology for these sirens are outdoor warning sirens. The four situations in which UT Arlington would sound the outdoor warning sirens are:

  • A tornado has been sighted in the area
  • A severe thunderstorm with winds in excess of 70 mph
  • Hail greater than one inch in diameter (about the size of a golf ball)
  • Other emergencies as directed by campus officials

For more information, visit the Emergency Management website.

File and print services unavailable June 5

File and print services will be unavailable 1-7 a.m. Sunday, June 5, for system maintenance, according to the Office of Information Technology. This will affect network printing, student J: drives, faculty/staff K: drives, and MavSpace for all faculty, staff, and students.

Benefit Yourself

Creative Writing: Beginner's Fiction

This class covers the basic steps to fiction writing including narration, characterization, dialogue, conflict, plot, and style. Learn the difference between literary and commercial fiction, and find which one is right for you. Call 2-2581 for faculty, staff discount fee of $98. 7-9 p.m., Mondays, June 6-July 11 (no class July 4). Continuing Education Workforce Building, 140 W. Mitchell St. Continuing Education.

Learning to Take Risks

Stepping outside the box and exposing yourself to ridicule and criticism is never easy. However, there are times, in order to get your goals and vision accomplished, when you must take a risk. This training class is designed to help you understand the art of risk taking and explore the concepts of weighing a risk before you take it. Participants will leave with a greater understanding of when, where, and how to take a risk. Free. 9-11 a.m. Tuesday, May 31, Room 200, Wetsel Service Center. See a complete list of HR training classes.

Word 2010

Word 2010

Learn about Word templates, how to work with graphics by inserting and modifying pictures, inserting watermarks, word art, and working with tables and columns. Discover basic techniques for managing a large document by inserting page numbers, headers/footers, and creating a table of contents. Free. 2-4 p.m. Monday, June 6, Room 123, Hammond Hall. Get more information about 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.

Extra Credit

Wednesday, June 1

Constructing Microrobots UT Arlington researchers are developing several multi-scale robots, small electrical and mechanical systems capable of operating within diverse terrains and environments. Mohammad Mayyas, a faculty research associate at the Automation and Robotics Research Institute, describes and demonstrates microrobots that can work autonomously as individuals or in swarms, providing surveillance or search-and-rescue activities in hostile and hazardous situations. Open to everyone. Light breakfast provided. Free to Arlington Technology Association members and first-time guests, otherwise a $5 donation is requested. Reservations. 7 a.m. Room 601, Nedderman Hall. Roger Tuttle, 817-924-1850 or

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

Sports Notes
  Movin Mavs-Coach Garner

Golden touch: Movin' Mavs coach Doug Garner guided the Army's wheelchair basketball team to a gold medal at the Warrior Games last weekend.

Movin' Mavs coach guides Army team to gold

Doug Garner, coach of the Movin' Mavs wheelchair basketball team, guided the Army team to the gold medal at the Warrior Games in Colorado Springs, Colo., last weekend. The games were hosted by the U.S. Olympic Committee.

Garner was asked to coach the Army team and held training camps on campus earlier this year for wounded soldiers from around the world.

Three members of the Movin' Mavs who are Army veterans—Blake McMinn, Anthony Pone, and Juan Soto—played for the Army team, which defeated the Marines 44-19 in the championship game.

Read more about the Warrior Games and watch the Army vs. Marine Corps championship game.

Gray leads Maverick track contingent

UT Arlington is represented in 17 men’s and three women’s events at the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Western Preliminaries at the University of Oregon Thursday-Saturday, May 26-28.

Senior Cordero Gray qualified in three events, including the 100- and 200-meter dash, and the 4x100-meter relay. His time of 10.12 in the 100 is third best among the participants in the west prelims.

Top finishers move on to the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships June 8-11 in Des Moines, Iowa. Sophomore Romain Martin qualified for the national meet in the decathlon, ranking second in the nation in that event.

Read more about the Mavericks competing in the Western Preliminaries.

Sports shorts

Golf—Finished 12th in the NCAA Southwest Regional last weekend in Tucson, Ariz. Senior Zack Fischer was 34th in the individual standings. That finishes the season for the Southland Conference champion Mavericks, who are No. 67 in the national rankings. Sophomore Hunter Brown was named to the SLC All-Academic team for men's golf.

Baseball—Won two of three from regular season champion Texas State last weekend, but failed to qualify for the Southland Conference Tournament. The Mavericks finished ninth in the conference, and only the top eight teams advanced to the tournament this week in San Marcos. Senior third baseman Brian Nephew was named to the All-SLC second team while senior catcher Chad Comer was selected to the third team.

(For more sports news, go to,, or

Going Out
  UTA Presents

Levitt Pavilion concert series begins this week

Charlie Daniels Band

Ambrosia opens the summer music series at the Levitt Pavilion starting Friday, May 27, and the Charlie Daniels Band, right, puts on a benefit concert co-sponsored by UT Arlington on Saturday, June 4.

Almost every musical genre is represented during the Levitt Pavilion's spring season in downtown Arlington. The schedule of free concerts is online at

All concerts begin at 8 p.m., except for the Wednesday Children's Series events, which are at 10:30 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. The pavilion is at 100 W. Abram St. in downtown Arlington.

All concerts are free, except for the benefit concert with the Charlie Daniels Band, which is $25 for general admission and $150 for VIP seating.

Thursday-Sunday, May 26-29

Special Olympics Texas More than 3,000 athletes participate in events across campus as UT Arlington serves as host. See the schedule.

Friday, May 27

$2 Movie: The Dilemma Vince Vaughn and Kevin James headline an all-star cast in this story of a man discovering that his best friend's wife is having an affair. Rated PG-13. 5:30 p.m. Also 2:30 p.m. Saturday, May 28. Planetarium, 2-1183.


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, Fridays. Through Tuesday, May 31. Gallery 76102, Fort Worth Center. 2-0365.

Planetarium The spring schedule continues through Sunday, June 5. See a preview of the summer schedule. The Planetarium is closed June 1-3 for electrical upgrades. Planetarium, 2-1183.

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.-7 p.m. Mondays, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays. Through Aug. 13. Special Collections, sixth floor, Central Library.

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



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