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

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Yuan and Tang

Researchers receive $1.2 million for cancer detection exploration

The Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas has awarded two bioengineering researchers—Baohong Yuan and Liping Tang—more than $1.2 million to explore better methods of detecting cancer.

Dr. Yuan, an assistant professor who joined UT Arlington in 2010, last week won a $1 million award that he will use to create a better imaging system to detect cancer in deep tissue—tens of millimeters below the surface of the skin.

Dr. Tang, a professor whose work has focused on tissue engineering, received $200,000 that he will use to develop what he describes as a “chemical trap” that will mimic bone marrow, which attracts cancer cells.

“We want to provide much clearer images of microvessels in deeply seated small tumors,” says Yuan, who combines elements of physics with bioengineering for most of his research interests. “With that information, physicians could better target the tumors for elimination."

Read more about Yuan's and Tang's cancer research.

Town hall meeting set for Tuesday

Faculty and staff are invited to attend a town hall meeting hosted by President James D. Spaniolo and Provost Ronald L. Elsenbaumer noon-1 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 15, in the second floor lounge of the Maverick Activities Center.

The forum will be dedicated to an open question-and-answer session.

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


Bachelor add: UT Arlington expands its biomedical engineering program to include a bachelor's degree.

UT Arlington to offer bachelor's degree in biomedical engineering

UT Arlington has received approval from the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board to begin offering a Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Engineering.

Jean-Pierre Bardet, the new UT Arlington College of Engineering dean, says the program is important for UT Arlington, the region, and the nation.

“Biomedical engineering is all about helping people,” he says. “It’s important for engineering to respond to the needs of the medical profession and people. It’s all about getting people healthier and improving their quality of life.”

The official start date for offering the bachelor’s degree is undecided.

UT Arlington has had a graduate bioengineering program for nearly 38 years, one of the longest-running graduate programs of its kind.

Read more about the bachelor's degree in biomedical engineering.


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 Lone Star Auditorium in the Maverick Activities Center.

After the LunaFest films conclude, Patty Newton, a Master of Fine Arts candidate in film and video, will preview her short film, Pursuit. Newton wrote and directed the lighthearted romantic comedy that poses the question, “What if I never try?”

“We seek to show students that women are relevant in all areas, including film,” says Desiree Henderson, interim director of the Women’s and Gender Studies program.

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

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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 or 2-0199.

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Fair business

Cecilia Garcia, right, development assistant in the Office of Development, talks with Paula Southard-Ramirez of Marimon Business Systems at Wednesday's vendor fair for historically underutilized businesses. A total of 45 HUBs, businesses owned by minorities or women, attended the event, which featured door prizes and other giveaways.

Faculty urged to submit community service information by Dec. 2

Faculty members should submit data for the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll by Friday, Dec. 2.

The honor roll increases the public's awareness of the contributions that colleges and their students make to local communities and the nation. Community service data should be from projects completed between July 1, 2010, and June 30, 2011.

Submit projects via the Community Engagement section in each faculty member’s Research Online Profile. This new system takes 5-10 minutes and will allow faculty to simply update the community engagement data each year.

For more information, contact Shirley Theriot, director of the Center for Community Service Learning, at 2-2124 or

Facebook funds engineer to discover energy efficiencies for computer centers

Facebook has made a multi-year commitment to work with a UT Arlington engineer for a National Science Foundation project related to keeping massive data centers more energy efficient.

Dereje Agonafer, professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering, is part of a cooperative research center whose focus will be finding more efficient and greener ways to run giant data centers, such as Facebook.

UT Arlington joins Binghamton and Villanova universities in forming the Industry/University Cooperative Research Center in Energy-Efficient Electronic Systems. Facebook is one of 15 companies who are consortium members.

Read more about the Cooperative Research Center in Energy-Efficient Electronic Systems.

Veterans Activities Fair today

Learn about the programs and services designed to help student 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

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Trading up

Jessica Gregory, left, kinesiology freshman, turns in her Texas Tech shirt for a Maverick T-shirt from Ms. UTA, LaQruishia Gill, a psychology senior, at the MavSwap on Wednesday at the Central Library mall. The event allowed faculty, staff, and students to swap another school's attire for a UT Arlington T-shirt.


Holiday Extravaganza here Saturday; Deck the Mall on Tuesday

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.

Deck the Mall lights the way at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 15, on the Central Library mall. Enjoy arts and crafts and light refreshments as Allan Saxe, associate professor of political science, turns on the lights decorating the tree and the mall. EXCEL Campus Activities sponsors the event.

Submit your nominations for Outstanding Academic Adviser

Nominations are being accepted for Outstanding Academic Adviser in the following categories: professional staff adviser, undergraduate faculty adviser, and graduate faculty adviser. Submit nominations online by Jan. 23, 2012.

For 25 years, UT Arlington has recognized academic advisers who have made a difference in the lives of their students. Many advisers have been recognized nationally by the National Academic Advising Association for their commitment to helping students succeed. See the complete list of award winners.

For information about the nomination process, contact Delene Remmers in the Office of the Provost at 2-2737.

File and print services unavailable early Sunday

File and print services will be unavailable 2-7 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 13, due to system maintenance, according to the Office of Information Technology.

This will affect network printing, student J: drives, and faculty/staff K: drives as well as MavSpace for all faculty, staff, and students.

Benefit Yourself

Real Issues/Real Talk: Disability

This interactive presentation gives an overview of the services provided to students who have disabilities and allows faculty and staff to ask questions. Lunch included. Register online. Free. Noon-1 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 15, Room 125, Swift Center. Office for Students with Disabilities, 2-5100.

GPS Field Exercise: Cache, If You Can

Learn how to use GPS receivers and participate in a geocaching exercise. No GPS experience necessary. Part of GIS Day 2011. Free. 3-5 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 16, Library mall, Central Library.

Communicating Effectively

Learn and apply concepts and techniques to improve your interpersonal communication skills. A variety of experiential activities provide hands-on skill building to help you become a proficient communicator right away. Call 2-2581 for a faculty/staff discount fee of $99.50. 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 22, Room E200, Continuing Education Workforce Building. Continuing Education.

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
  Sabreena DeNure

Upward bound: Junior guard Sabreena DeNure (11) returns to give the women's basketball team a boost as it opens the season this week.

Basketball season opens this week

The women's basketball season gets started at 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 11, when North Texas comes to Texas Hall. The Maverick women also entertain George Washington University at 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 13.

The men’s team opens the season at 7 p.m. Monday, Nov. 14, against East Texas Baptist at Texas Hall.

Single-game tickets are $8 and can be purchased at

Season tickets are also available for $75. The 18-game package includes nine men's and nine women's games to be played in Texas Hall through the end of January. The Mavericks move into College Park Center in February.

Volleyball splits pair of matches

The Maverick volleyball team split a pair of matches last week, winning 3-1 at Southeastern Louisiana before dropping a 3-2 decision at Nicholls State.

Senior Alicia Shaffer broke the school record for career digs, passing the mark set by Ashley Smith, who played from 2003 to 2006.

Matches on the road this week at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi and UT San Antonio close out the regular season. The Southland Conference Tournament is Nov. 18-20 at Conway, Ark.

Faculty/Staff Appreciation Day is Nov. 26

It's Faculty/Staff Appreciation Day at the men's basketball game Saturday, Nov. 26, with free admission for all faculty and staff and members of their families.

Join in for some family fun games and face painting for the kids. Game time is 7 p.m. as the Mavericks meet Samford University at Texas Hall.

(For more sports news, go to,, or

Going Out

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.

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.

Jonathan R. Cole

America's Great Universities: Today and Tomorrow Jonathan R. Cole, right, discusses "America's Great Universities: Today and Tomorrow." Dr. 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.

Faculty Piano Recital Young-Hyun Cho, 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 Season opener, 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., Lone Star Auditorium, Maverick Activities Center. Women's and Gender Studies.

American Society for Microbiology Kathryn J. Boor, the Ronald P. Lynch Dean of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Cornell University, discusses "Now, about that cantaloupe … Microbiological food safety issues in today's marketplace." Part of the 43rd Annual Fall Meeting of the Texas Branch of the American Society for Microbiology hosted by UT Arlington. Free and open to the public. 7:20 p.m., Rosebud Theatre, E.H. Hereford University Center. Biology.

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

David Grogan

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

Sunday, Nov. 13

Women's Basketball Mavericks vs. George Washington. Tickets $8. 3 p.m. Texas Hall. Athletics, 2-2261.

Golden Age of the Baroque Trombone Recital Features visiting assistant professor of trombone Dennis Bubert, along with guest trombonists Ken Shifrin, Mike Hall, and David Begnoche, and pianist Joss Cunningham. Free. 7:30 p.m., Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. Music, 2-3471.

Monday, Nov. 14

Downtown Arlington Music Mondays A concert featuring UT Arlington music students. Lunch is served after the concert. Free. 12:15-12:45 p.m., sanctuary, First Baptist Church, 300 S. Center. Music, 2-3471.

Men's Basketball Season opener, Mavericks vs. East Texas Baptist. Tickets $8. 3 p.m. Texas Hall. Athletics, 2-2261.


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 Enjoy a '60s style laser light show set to the music of Pink Floyd. 7 p.m. Saturdays. Planetarium, 2-1183.

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



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