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

Monday, November 7, 2011

Smart Hospital

Smart nursing: UT Arlington nursing students practice simulation technology at the Smart Hospital.

College of Nursing simulation curriculum chosen by industry leaders

Nursing students worldwide can now access the faculty-developed curriculum used at UT Arlington’s Smart Hospital through a new partnership with HealthStream and Laerdal Medical.

Earlier this year the two companies launched SimStore, an Internet-based resource for educational institutions and health care providers that are incorporating patient simulators into their coursework and training. At the site, educators can purchase downloadable scenarios that teach everything from infant medication administration to advanced life support for hypothermia.

The College of Nursing was among 15 institutions and organizations chosen to provide initial content. To date, SimStore has more than 30 content providers worldwide.

“Our nursing faculty members have established themselves as international leaders in the field of simulation technology,” says Elizabeth Poster, dean of the College of Nursing. “This initiative is a good example of how the College of Nursing partners with leading manufacturers of health care training and simulation technology, such as HealthStream and Laerdal Medical, to achieve its goals and benefit students.”

The College of Nursing will receive royalties from the sale of the simulation content at the SimStore. Those funds will be invested into its Smart Hospital, a 13,000-square-foot center with 40 computerized patients in realistic hospital units.

Read more about SimStore.

Avram Bar-Cohen

Dr. Avram Bar-Cohen

Defense manager to speak in engineering series

Avram Bar-Cohen, program manager for the Microsystems Technology Office of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, discusses "Re-imagining Engineering as an Engine for Transformational Innovation" in the College of Engineering Distinguished Speaker Series at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 9, in Room 100 of Nedderman Hall.

Dr. Bar-Cohen is on leave as a Distinguished University Professor at the University of Maryland, where he served as the chair of the Mechanical Engineering Department from 2001 to 2010.

His publications, lectures, short courses, and research have helped create the scientific foundation for the thermal management of electronic components and systems and pioneered techniques for energy-efficient sustainable design of manufactured products.

A 5 p.m. reception in Room 601 of Nedderman Hall precedes the lecture. RSVP to attend the reception and lecture.

Ben and Jerry

Ben and Jerry tickets still available

Tickets to see the founders of Ben and Jerry’s Homemade, Inc., are available at The ice cream duo are the second installment of the 2011-12 Maverick Speakers Series at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 17, in Texas Hall.

Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield are the men behind one of the most talked about and least conventional success stories in American business. They built a storefront venture into a $300 million ice cream empire by harnessing the power of social responsibility and creative management.

Their presentation is "Entrepreneurial Spirit, Social Responsibility, and Radical Business Philosophy." There will be free ice cream for the first 1,000 attendees.

Free general admission tickets are available, as well as a $25 preferred package while supplies last. The package includes reserved parking, reserved entrance to avoid long lines, reserved seating near the stage, and front-of-the-line access to book signings (participating speakers only).

For more information, see Maverick Speakers Series.

UT Arlington, TCC partner for geosciences education

UT Arlington and Tarrant County College are partnering to encourage students from underrepresented groups to consider majoring in the geosciences and to establish an easy transfer from TCC to UT Arlington.

Officials from the two institutions have received a $200,000, three-year grant from the National Science Foundation’s Opportunities to Enhance Diversity in the Geosciences program. John Wickham, professor and chair of UT Arlington’s Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, is the principal investigator for the grant. Co-principal investigators are Pamela Jansma, dean of the UT Arlington College of Science; Gary Smith, TCC interim vice president for academic affairs and dean of science; and Glen Mattioli, UT Arlington professor of earth and environmental sciences.

“Hispanics, African Americans, and other minorities are underrepresented in the geosciences workforce compared to the general population, especially in Texas,” Dr. Wickham says. “Projections of job growth in the energy industry, natural resource management, and other geoscience-related fields suggest that without attracting more of these underrepresented groups to the geosciences, the United States will have to use foreign nationals to fill the need over the next decade."

Read more about the geoscience partnership.

  Mav Pic Night in Asia

Shared steps

Dancers like biology senior Sumaiya Karim brought movement to cultural heritage at the second annual One Night in Asia on Thursday at the Rosebud Theatre. The evening included fashion and talent shows by the Asian Student Association, Filipino Student Association, and the Fine Arts Society of India. The event was part of Asian Heritage Month, sponsored by Multicultural Affairs. See more photos.

Patrick hosts Education Policy Summit

State Rep. Diane Patrick hosts the fifth annual Education Policy Summit 4-8 p.m. today, Monday, Nov. 7, in the E.H. Hereford University Center.

Following a reception in the Bluebonnet Ballroom foyer at 4 p.m., the program begins in the Rosebud Theatre with Steve Murdock, state of Texas demographer, as the keynote speaker. A panel of city officials also is scheduled.

After breakout sessions at 6 p.m. in the Bluebonnet, the closing session includes a panel of UT Arlington and Arlington area high school alumni at 7 p.m. in the Rosebud.

For more information, contact Ann Morris at 817-548-9091.

Film, mascot discussion highlight Native American History Month

Cree filmmaker Neil Diamond will screen his film Reel Injun at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 9, in Room 101 of College Hall as part of Native American History Month. The film is illustrated with excerpts from classic and contemporary portrayals of native people in Hollywood movies and interviews with filmmakers, actors, and film historians.

A discussion on American Indian images as mascots is at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 16, in Room 101 of College Hall. Peggy Larney, a distinguished native elder, leads the discussion. The free program is open to the public.

Sponsors include the Native American Student Association, Honors College, Department of Linguistics, Multicultural Affairs, and the Division of Student Affairs.

Wednesday's HUB fair promotes underutilized businesses

Representatives of historically underutilized businesses compete for your department's business at the HUB Vendor Fair 9-11 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 9, in the Bluebonnet Ballroom of the E.H. Hereford University Center.

Representatives from more than 45 companies are participating. Door prizes, snacks, and giveaways are part of the event, which features a western theme.

For information, contact Jean Carlton, director of the HUB program, at 2-2140 or

Veterans Activities Fair set for Thursday

Learn about the programs and services designed to help veterans succeed at UT Arlington at the annual Veterans Activities Fair 11 a.m.–3 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 10, in Room 133 at the Maverick Activities Center.

The Student Veterans Advisory Council sponsors the fair. For more details, contact the Veterans Benefits Office in Room 252 of Davis Hall, call 2-3373, or email

Andy Nguyen

Precinct 2 Commissioner Andy Nguyen

Commissioner Andy Nguyen to speak on leadership

Andy Nguyen, Tarrant County Commissioner for Precinct 2, will speak on leadership as part of the Diversity Speaker Series at noon Monday, Nov. 14, at Bowling and Billiards of the E.H. Hereford University Center.

Precinct 2 includes Arlington and southeast Tarrant County.

Nguyen will hold a town hall meeting for faculty, staff, and students.

His appearance is presented by the Division of Student Affairs, Multicultural Affairs, the Leadership Center, the Asian Student Association, the Filipino Student Association, and the Vietnamese Student Association.

Volunteers needed for Most Awesome Extreme Challenge

Multicultural Affairs needs some helping hands with the Fourth Annual Most Awesome Extreme Challenge on Thursday, Nov. 10. Volunteers are needed to help monitor activities and check in teams. Shifts are 6-7 p.m., 7-8 p.m., and 8-8:45 p.m.

The event includes an inflatable obstacle course, sumo wrestling, and other games for Asian Heritage Month. To volunteer, contact Multicultural Affairs at or 2-2099.

Check the calendar for more Asian Heritage Month events.

  Mav Pic Jean Driscoll

Determined athlete

Jean Driscoll, associate director of development for the College of Applied Health Science at the University of Illinois, discussed “The Ghana Athlete Project,” whose purpose is to change and enhance the lives of wheelchair athletes, at the 31st Anderson Sport Performance Lecture on Wednesday in the Maverick Activities Center. Author of Determined to Win, Driscoll won the Boston Marathon eight times and won silver medals in the 1992 and 1996 Summer Olympic Games in the women's wheelchair division.

LunaFest film festival looks at women's issues by female filmmakers

The Women’s and Gender Studies program will host LunaFest, a national touring film festival dedicated to raising awareness of women’s issues and highlighting female filmmakers.

The festival, sponsored by Luna nutrition bars, features nine short films and opens at 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 11, at the Maverick Activities Center’s Lone Star Auditorium. Tickets are $10 and may be purchased online at

Proceeds benefit the nonprofit Breast Cancer Fund and the UT Arlington Women’s and Gender Studies Program.

Read more about LunaFest. For trailers, visit

Holiday Extravaganza arrives Saturday

Crafts, cookie decorating, and Santa Claus are among the presents at the annual Holiday Extravaganza hosted by Freshmen Leaders On Campus.

Faculty, staff, and students are invited to bring their children to the family-friendly event 10 a.m.-noon Saturday, Nov. 12, in the Palo Duro Lounge of the E.H. Hereford University Center.

SAC meets in different location Tuesday

The Staff Advisory Council general meeting is in Room 315A of the Central Library on Tuesday, Nov. 8.

Meetings for the remainder of the academic year will be in the Student Congress chambers on the lower level of the E.H. Hereford University Center.

All staff members may attend the SAC general meeting at 3 p.m. on the second Tuesday of each month.

recycling symbol

Recycle electronic items at two events on campus

Two electronic recycling events are coming to campus this month.

The University and the city of Arlington host Texas Recycles Day 8 a.m.-noon Saturday, Nov. 12, in Lot 49. Enter the lot from the south on Doug Russell Road. Documents shredding is offered, but will be done at Greenstar Recycling's facility in Fort Worth. Proof of Arlington residency is required.

The Office of Sustainability hosts recycling 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 16, in conjunction with America Recycles Day. A truck will collect items near the southwest corner of Woolf Hall. Departments will be responsible for bringing their items for recycling. Items with a UT Arlington sticker will not be accepted.

Bring computers/CPUs, monitors, computer peripherals, printers, fax machines, keyboards, photocopiers, televisions, VCRs, microwaves, stereos, home and office phones, cellphones, consumer electronics, printer cartridges, and rechargeable alkaline batteries.

To recycle large household appliances, call 817-317-2000.

For more information, contact Becky Valentich at becky or 2-0199.

School for Scandal

Scandalous gathering: Performing in The School for Scandal are, clockwise from top left, Alan Cooke as Snake, Bethany Ham as Lady Sneerwell, Jackie Pickard as Sir Teazle, and Leslie Jones as Lady Teazle. All are theatre arts seniors.

'The School for Scandal' opens Friday

The School for Scandal, a classic comedy of manners, opens Friday, Nov. 11, in the Mainstage Theatre of the Fine Arts Building.

Originally performed in 1777 at the Drury Lane Theatre in London, the play gets a modern day update with a setting in contemporary Los Angeles. The farce speeds down Rodeo Drive and the Sunset Strip as the gossip-obsessed cast of characters seeks to destroy reputations with scandal and intrigue. The play is directed by Natalie Gaupp, senior lecturer in theatre arts.

Performances begin at 8 p.m. Friday-Saturday, Nov. 11-12, and Thursday-Saturday, Nov. 17-19, and at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 20.

Tickets are $7 for faculty, staff, students with ID, and seniors; and $10 for the general public. Purchase tickets at the Theatre Arts box office 12:30-4 p.m. Monday-Friday in Room 144 of the Fine Arts Building or by calling 2-2669.

Compliance training deadline is Nov. 23

If you have not completed your compliance training online, you have until the end of the day, Wednesday, Nov. 23. Note that you must complete all of the training modules listed in order to receive credit. After the deadline, the names of faculty and staff who have not completed their training will be forwarded to their immediate supervisors.

Access the University's training website and insert your Net ID and password. Your training curriculum will appear after you log in. If you have questions or need assistance, contact the compliance help line at 2-5100 or

Benefit Yourself

Fundamental Skills for Supervisors and Managers

Discover best practices for communication, coaching, dealing with difficult employees, and performance enhancement. Free. 2-4 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 10, Room 200, Wetsel Service Center. See a complete listing of HR training classes.

Adobe Illustrator

Introduction to Adobe Illustrator

Create eye-popping art work that can be printed at any size to the highest quality. Register. Free. 10 a.m.-noon, Thursday, Nov. 10, Digital Media Studio, Central Library. Technoscholar Workshops.

How to Make Your Own Organic Cleaning Supplies

Learn to make cleaning supplies using organic plant oils and scrubbing ingredients, then take home a basket with the essentials. Supplies and required book are included in course fee. Call 2-2581 for a faculty/staff discount fee of $69. Noon-3:30 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 12, Room A101, Continuing Education Workforce Building. Continuing Education.

Mindful Moments

Take a break with Mindful Moments, which will meet Nov. 9 and Nov. 16, but will not meet Nov. 23. Free. 12:15-12:45 p.m., Wednesdays, Room 236, 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.

Extra Credit

Tuesday, Nov. 8

Nanofab Distinguished Speakers Series Ismail Erkin Gonenli, associate professor of electrical engineering, speaks on "Surface Micromachined MEMS Pressure Sensors and Accelerometers on Si and Flexible Polymer Substrates." Free. 3:30 p.m., Room 105, Nedderman Hall., 2-1536.

Mary Linn

Oklahoma Native Languages in the 21st Century Mary Linn, right, of the University of Oklahoma, curator of native languages at the Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History, discusses "State of the State: Oklahoma Native Languages in the 21st Century." Rescheduled from Nov. 1. Free. 5 p.m., Room 011, University Hall. Festival of Ideas Global Research Institute, Linguistics and TESOL, 2-3133.

Wednesday, Nov. 9

The Learning Center of North Texas Leslie James, executive director, and Diane Goodman, director of diagnostic services, share information on The Learning Center of North Texas, along with strategies to benefit individuals with learning disabilities. Free. Noon, San Jacinto/Neches rooms, E.H. Hereford University Center. Office for Students with Disabilities, 2-3364.

Thursday, Nov. 10

America's Great Universities: Today and Tomorrow Jonathan R. Cole discusses "America's Great Universities: Today and Tomorrow." Cole is the John Mitchell Mason Professor, provost, and dean of the faculties at Columbia University. His most recent book is The Great American University: Its Rise To Preeminence, Its Indispensable National Role, Why It Must Be Protected. Reception and book-signing to follow. Free. 7 p.m. Rosebud Theatre, E.H. Hereford University Center. Educational Leadership and Policy Studies, 2-0462.

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

Going Out
  UTA Presents

Photographer lecture views border issues

Border monument

David Taylor lectures on “Working the Line: Physical, Social and Political Topography of the U.S.-Mexico Border” at 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 9, in Room 148 of the Fine Arts Building.

His talk is part of the lecture series “The War Next Door: Narco-Violence and the U.S.-Mexico Border."

A professor in photography at New Mexico State University in Las Cruces, Taylor recently completed commissioned artwork installed in the U.S. border patrol station in Van Horn, Texas, and the federal courthouse in Las Cruces.

In 2006 he received a commission resulting in the opportunity to ride along with and photograph border patrol agents
on the job in West Texas. That’s when he came across the border monuments positioned by the International Boundary Commission after the Mexican-American War. The monument above overlooks Playas de Tijuana with the Pacific Ocean in the background.

Taylor's lecture is presented by the Department of Art and Art History.

Tuesday, Nov. 8

Women's Basketball Mavericks vs. Midwestern State in an exhibition game. Free. 6 p.m. Texas Hall. Athletics, 2-2261.

Music Honors Recital Features performances by music faculty members and outstanding students in solo and chamber music settings. Free. 7:30 p.m., Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. Music, 2-3471.

One Mic Stand Comedy Series Carmen Lynch has performed on Last Comic Standing, Comedy Central's Premium Blend, and in the Aspen Comedy Festival. Free. 7:30 p.m., Rosebud Theatre, E.H. Hereford University Center. EXCEL Campus Activities, 2-2963.

Wednesday, Nov. 9

Mav Swap Still holding on to an old shirt from that "other" university? Trade it in for a free UT Arlington T-shirt. All collected items will be donated. 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Library mall,

Exhibiting Artist Talk In conjunction with Faculty Biennial XIII, Art and Art History Department faculty members discuss their works and creative process. Free. Noon, The Gallery at UTA, Fine Arts Building.

$2 Movie: Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides Jack Sparrow and Barbossa seek the elusive fountain of youth, as do Blackbeard and his daughter. Rated PG-13. 5:30 p.m. Also 5:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 11, and 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 12. Planetarium, 2-1183.

Film Screening: Reel Injun An entertaining and insightful look at the portrayal of North American Natives through the history of cinema. Part of Native American Heritage Month. Free. 7 p.m., Room 101, College Hall. Native American Student Association, Multicultural Affairs.

Thursday, Nov. 10

Mavs Book Club Bad Blood: The Tuskegee Syphilis Experiment by James H. Jones is this month's selection. Free and open to everyone. 5 p.m., Starbucks, E.H. Hereford University Center. Mavs Book Club.

Young-Hyun Cho

Most Awesome Extreme Challenge Take on sumo wrestlers or race your way through an obstacle course in the fourth annual challenge. Part of Asian Heritage Month. 6:30 p.m., Bluebonnet Ballroom, E.H. Hereford University Center. Multicultural Affairs.

Faculty Piano Recital Young-Hyun Cho, right, assistant professor of piano, performs works by Franz Liszt, commemorating the bicentennial of his birth. Free. 7:30 p.m., Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. Music, 2-3471.

Friday, Nov. 11

Women's Basketball Mavericks vs. North Texas. Tickets $8. 7 p.m. Texas Hall. Athletics, 2-2261.

LunaFest A festival of short films by, for, and about women. Benefiting the Breast Cancer Fund. Tickets $10. 7 p.m., Lonestar Auditorium, Maverick Activities Center. Women's and Gender Studies.

Musical Benefit Concert features soloists and small ensembles performing a variety of music. Sponsored by Sigma Alpha Iota service organization. Benefits the Tarrant County Food Bank. Free; donations accepted. 7:30 p.m., Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. Music, 2-3471.

The School for Scandal This classic comedy-of-manners gets a modern day update. $7 faculty, staff, students with ID, and seniors; $10 general public. 8 p.m. Also 8 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 12, Thursday-Saturday, Nov. 17-19, and 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 20, Mainstage Theatre, Fine Arts Building. Theatre Arts, 2-2669.

Saturday, Nov. 12

Duo Vocal Recital Features David Grogan, assistant professor of voice, and soprano Rebecca Choate-Beasley. Free. 7:30 p.m., Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building, Music, 2-3471.


Faculty Biennial XIII A showcase for recent work created by the Department of Art and Art History faculty. Free. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays, noon-5 p.m. Saturdays. Through Nov. 19. The Gallery at UTA, Fine Arts Building.

Searching from Memory Photography exhibit features artists Caleb Dulock and Jessica Fuentes. Free. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays; 2-6 p.m. Wednesdays, Fridays. Through Nov. 30. Gallery 76102, Fort Worth Center.

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

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 Jan. 14. Special Collections, sixth floor, Central Library, 2-3393.

Planetarium Nanocam: A Trip into Biodiversity is a fascinating journey exploring life-forms that are invisible to the human eye and contribute to a better understanding of the world we live in. 6 p.m. Thursdays, 5:30 p.m. Saturdays. Planetarium, 2-1183.

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



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