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

Monday, November 14, 2011

President, provost host Tuesday's town hall meeting

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

George Alexandrakis

Dr. George Alexandrakis

Grants totaling $1.13 million allow bioengineer to look at how cell proteins act in repairing DNA

George Alexandrakis, an assistant professor of bioengineering, has secured two new grants worth $1.13 million to track how cancerous cells damaged by radiation therapy work to repair themselves and apply that system to research focused on better cancer care.

Dr. Alexandrakis specializes in sub-cellular imaging and is collaborating on the project with David Chen, director of the Molecular Radiation Biology Division in the Department of Radiation Oncology at The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas.

The first grant, a $342,000 National Institutes of Health award, charges Alexandrakis with creating a system to measure how fast certain proteins come and go in a cell’s nucleus as they are trying to repair DNA.

A second, $789,000 grant from the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas enables him to apply the technique he develops for imaging repair activity within a cell to work conducted by other members of the research team.

Read more about Alexandrakis' research.

Esther Betran

Dr. Esther Betran

Genomics researcher receives grant to continue study of changes in reproductive functions

The National Institutes of Health has awarded biology Associate Professor Esther Betran nearly $670,000 to continue examining the genomic structure of male fruit flies for clues about the way reproductive functions evolve.

Dr. Betran has proposed a scientific model in which gene duplication rapidly changes the function and characteristics of the testes tissue of the Drosophila, or fruit fly, while leaving the genomic structure of other tissues unchanged.

The new grant will help Betran test her theory that duplicate genes become fixed in the genome as long as they perform new and beneficial functions for male reproduction. She’ll also explore how quickly these changes occur and how the genes manage to express only in testes by examining the evidence left behind in the genome of current species.

Read more about Betran's research.

Ben & Jerry poster

Ben and Jerry chill out Thursday; first 1,000 receive free ice cream

Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield, founders of Ben and Jerry's Homemade, Inc., discuss "Entrepreneurial Spirit, Social Responsibility, and Radical Business Philosophy" as part of the Maverick Speakers Series at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 17, in Texas Hall.

The first 1,000 attendees receive free ice cream. A question-and-answer session follows the presentation. Tickets are available at

Cohen and 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.

Free general admission tickets are available, as well as a $25 preferred package while supplies last. The package includes reserved parking, special entrance to avoid long lines, and reserved seating near the stage.

For more information, see Maverick Speakers Series.

International Education Week

International Education Week begins today

Discover the benefits of international education and exchange during International Education Week Nov. 14-18.

Established by the U.S. departments of State and Education, the week encourages the advancement of programs that prepare American students to live and work in an international community.

View photos taken by UT Arlington study abroad students and vote for your favorites all week in the University Center Gallery in the E.H. Hereford University Center.

Examine how you can serve the world by visiting the Peace Corps information table 10-2 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 17, in the University Center.

Visit with international students and faculty and enjoy free chai, coffee, tea, and cultural snacks 4-5:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 17, in the Palo Duro Lounge of the University Center.

Learn more about study abroad opportunities on the Office of International Education website.

For more information, contact Ariella Chi, international programs coordinator, at 2-2355 or

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Recycle electronic items Wednesday on campus

Recycle those old electronic items 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 16, near the southwest corner of Woolf Hall for America Recycles Day. The Office of Sustainability hosts the event.

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.

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

Angel tree

Start the holidays with Deck the Mall and Angel Tree

Get an early start on the holiday season with Deck the Mall and Angel Tree activities.

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.

Help a child from infant to 14 years old have a brighter Christmas through the annual Angel Tree drive.

Angels are available at the Leadership Center office in Room B160 of the E.H. Hereford University Center. Interested participants will be given age, gender, size information, and wish list for a child in need.


Enjoy GIS Day activities Wednesday

See geographic information systems research in action at GIS Day 2011 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 16, in the sixth floor parlor of the Central Library.

GIS Day is a global event to educate millions of people about the variety of GIS uses.

Andrew Milson, professor of curriculum and instruction and geography, will speak noon-1 p.m. on using GIS in secondary education. Participate in an ArchGIS hands-on workshop at 2:30 p.m., or try your hand at geocaching at 4 p.m. on the Central Library mall. See examples of spatial analysis and maps, and enjoy prizes, food, and a giant GIS Day cake 1-2:15 p.m.

Register online. For more details, contact Joshua Been at 2-5826 or

Get healthy with Nurse Practitioners Day and Great American Smoke Out

Health Services sponsors two events this week in the Palo Duro Lounge of the E.H. Hereford University Center.

Stop by and meet the nurse practitioners from Health Services on Nurse Practitioners Day 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 16. Educational information and snacks will be provided.

Learn tips to quit smoking and the latest tobacco facts at the Great American Smoke Out 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 17. Turkey sandwiches will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. Take part in the free dental oral screenings, massages, games, and more.

In conjunction with the Great American Smoke Out, walk in a mini Relay for Life event on campus 2-3 p.m. Friday, Nov. 18. Sign up by Wednesday, Nov. 16, by contacting Donielle Smith at

For more information, contact Latoya Odunyi in Health Services at 2-2771.

Mav Pic Veterans Activities Fair

Veterans information

Blake Carpenter, left, academic adviser and lecturer for modern languages, assists Randall Acheson, information systems junior and retired member of the Coast Guard, at the Veterans Activities Fair in the Maverick Activities Center on Thursday. The Student Veterans Advisory Council sponsored the fair, which provided information about programs and services designed to help student veterans succeed.


Act now to complete 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

Volunteer for Reading with Mavericks

Help Arlington elementary and middle school students experience the wonder of stepping onto a college campus at the Reading with Mavericks on Saturday, Dec. 3, in the Bluebonnet Ballroom of the E.H. Hereford University Center.

Volunteers will interact and read with children while encouraging lifelong reading and academic achievement. Shifts are 8-11:30 a.m. Register at

The event is sponsored by the Office of the President, the Leadership Center, UTA Volunteers, and Score a Goal in the Classroom School Incentive Program. For more information, contact the Leadership Center at 2-9220 or email

Encourage students to become Maverick Orientation Leaders

Do you know a student with great communication skills and a passion for UT Arlington? New Maverick Orientation is accepting applications for the 2012 Maverick Orientation Leader positions.

Maverick Orientation Leaders are the first to welcome new students and parents during the summer orientation program in June, July, and August. They develop valuable leadership skills, including public speaking, problem solving, and conflict management.

Applicants must be full-time undergraduate students, have at least a 2.5 GPA, and be in good standing with the University. Direct qualified students to for applications and information.

Benefit Yourself

Real Issues/Real Talk: Disability

Discover the services for students who have disabilities. Lunch included. Register online. Free. Noon-1 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 15, Room 125, Swift Center. Office for Students with Disabilities, 2-5100.

Mindful Moments

Take a break with Mindful Moments, which will meet 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

Monday, Nov. 14

Andy Nguyen

Journalism and Social Media Rebecca Aguilar, a seven-time Emmy Award-winning multimedia reporter, speaks on journalism and social media. RSVP. Free. Noon-1 p.m., Room 258, Fine Arts Building. Society of Professional Journalists.

Diversity Speaker Series Andy Nguyen, right, Tarrant County Commissioner for Precinct 2, presents "A Conversation on Community Involvement" for faculty, staff, and students. Free. Noon-1 p.m., Bowling and Billiards, E.H. Hereford University Center. Multicultural Affairs.

American College of Sports Medicine Lecture Series Paul Fadel, associate professor in the Department of Medical Pharmacology and Physiology at the University of Missouri, discusses “Insulin: An Important Regulator of the Sympathetic Nervous System in Humans.” Free. Noon-1 p.m., Lone Star Auditorium, Maverick Activities Center. Kinesiology.

Tuesday, Nov. 15

Nanofab Distinguished Speakers Series Ali Khademhosseini, associate professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School Brigham and Women's Hospital, discusses "Microengineered Hydrogels for Stem Cell Bioengineering and Tissue Regeneration." Free. 3:30 p.m., Room 105, Nedderman Hall., 2-1536.

Asia: Thoughts of Now and Then Hear different viewpoints on Asian traditions and identity from a panel of UT Arlington professors and students. Discussion topics include culture, dating, education, family values, stereotypes, and politics. Part of Asian Heritage Month. Free. 6 p.m., Lone Star Auditorium, Maverick Activities Center. Multicultural Affairs.

Wednesday, Nov. 16

Ya'Ke Smith

Screening of 'Katrina's Son' A University screening of Katrina's Son, a film by Ya'Ke Smith, right, assistant professor of art and art history. The film sheds light on the ongoing aftermath of Hurricane Katrina and its lingering social issues. Free. Noon-1 p.m., Lone Star Auditorium, Maverick Activities Center. UTA Volunteers, Division of Student Affairs, 2-2963.

Architecture Fall Lecture Series Antoine Predock of Albuquerque, N.M., is the featured speaker. Among his designs are Austin City Hall, the Fine Arts Center at Arizona State University, and Petco Park, home of the San Diego Padres. Free. 4 p.m., Room 204, Architecture Building. Architecture.

American Indian Mascots Elder Peggy Larney leads a discussion on American Indian images as mascots as part of Native American Heritage Month. Free. 7 p.m., Room 101, College Hall. Native American Student Association.

Thursday, Nov. 17

One Night Without a Home Participants spend the night outside to learn about homelessness and to promote advocacy and education. Activities open to the public include speakers from Arlington Life Shelter, a vigil walk around campus, and information tables. Part of the National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week. Free. 7 p.m.-7 a.m., Central Library mall. Leadership Center, UTA Volunteers, 2-2963.

Monday, Nov. 21

Sports Medicine Lecture Series Scott Galloway, head athletic trainer at DeSoto High School, discusses "The Care and Management of Athletes with Sickle Cell Trait." Free. Noon-1 p.m., Lone Star Auditorium, Maverick Activities Center. Athletic Training Education Program, Kinesiology.

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

Going Out
  UTA Presents

30th annual Fall Percussion Ensemble Concert

African Ensemble

Nothing beats the 30th annual Fall Percussion Ensemble Concert for great rhythmic entertainment. The Percussion Ensemble and the African World Music Ensemble perform at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 17, in Irons Recital Hall at the Fine Arts Building. Admission is free.

The Percussion Ensemble, composed of 13 percussion music majors, presents Nathan Daughtrey’s three-movement work Adaptations based on his solo piano work of the same name. The ensemble then changes to a marimba quartet presenting Rudiger Pawassar’s Sculpture in Wood, bringing a contemporary jazz sound to the stage. The highlight of the evening is Momentum by Los Angeles Philharmonic percussionist and composer William Kraft. The ensemble is recording the work for a future CD.

Also featured is the African World Music Ensemble, pictured above, composed of students with diverse majors. The group features dances and music from various cultures of Africa. This fall the focus will be on the music of West Africa, including Nokobe from the Ewe Culture, Soko from the Komanko people in Guinea, Djole from Sierra Leone, and Yabara from the Fulani culture.

For more information, contact the Music Department at 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. 7 p.m., Texas Hall. Athletics, 2-2261.

Tuesday, Nov. 15

Clavier Series Piano Recital Features UT Arlington piano students. Free. 7:30 p.m., Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. Music, 2-3471.

Thursday, Nov. 17

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.; 8 p.m. Friday-Saturday, Nov. 18-19, and 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 20; Mainstage Theatre, Fine Arts Building. Theatre Arts, 2-2669.

Friday, Nov. 18

Friends of the Library Featured speaker is David Stokes, author of The Shooting Salvationist: J. Frank Norris and the Murder Trial that Captivated America. McNair Scholarship Awards will also be presented. Free. 7:30 p.m., sixth floor parlor, Central Library. Tommie Wingfield, 2-2658.

Saturday, Nov. 19

Men's Basketball Mavericks vs. Louisiana Tech. Tickets $8. 7 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 Saturday, Nov. 19. The Gallery at UTA, Fine Arts Building.

We Are Astronomers

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 Wednesday, Nov. 30. Gallery 76102, Fort Worth Center.

Planetarium We Are Astronomers reveals the global collaboration, technology, and dedication required to answer the unresolved questions of the universe. 6 p.m. Tuesdays, 1:30 p.m. Sundays. The holiday schedule begins Tuesday, Nov. 29. Planetarium, 2-1183.

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.

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



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