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

Monday, April 9, 2012

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Gift brings millions in scientific equipment for Shimadzu Center

Shimadzu Scientific Instruments, a world leader in the analytical instruments industry, is establishing the Shimadzu Center for Advanced Analytical Chemistry at UT Arlington through an in-kind gift valued at nearly $3 million.

The new center, located in the Chemistry and Physics Building, will be a home for scientific exploration and will contain $6 million worth of state-of-the-art chromatography, mass spectrometry, and spectroscopy equipment.

It is one of the largest gifts ever to the College of Science. A grand opening to recognize Shimadzu officials is scheduled at 3 p.m. today, Monday, April 9, in Rooms 119 and 120 of the Chemistry and Physics Building.

“We are honored that a company with the worldwide reach of Shimadzu has chosen to invest in UT Arlington’s research program,” President James D. Spaniolo says. “This equipment will provide opportunities for faculty and students in a laboratory that is truly on the cutting edge of analytical possibilities.”

The instruments will be used to explore preventions and treatments for illnesses such as cancer and malaria as well as the development of nanofabrication materials for industry. The facility also will be available for use by area businesses on a contract basis.

Kevin Schug, associate professor of chemistry and biochemistry, has been named the Shimadzu Distinguished Professor of Analytical Chemistry, and he will oversee the center.

Read more about the Shimadzu Center for Advanced Analytical Chemistry.

Submit feedback on strategic planning

Remember to offer input and feedback on the four planning priorities that have been discussed in campus strategic conversations this semester by using the strategic planning website.

Conversations that have been completed include (1) Provide a higher quality educational environment, (2) Provide an enriching University experience, (3) Enhance UT Arlington research, scholarly, and creative capacity and reputation, and (5) Improve the effectiveness and efficiency of University operations.

A conversation for Priority 4 on Diversity and Inclusion is scheduled for 1-3 p.m. Friday, April 20, in Room 100 of Nedderman Hall.

A University-wide strategic planning committee chaired by former Provost Dana Dunn, an associate professor of sociology, will use input and feedback to develop goals, objectives, and strategies for a new over-arching strategic plan designed to carry the University forward through 2020.

Faculty Creative Works

Faculty Creative Works exhibit features art, books, music, patents on Tuesday

Faculty members receive kudos for their 2011 endeavors at the Celebration of Faculty Creative Works 4-6 p.m. Tuesday, April 10, in the sixth floor atrium of the Central Library.

The annual reception honors faculty who authored, edited, or compiled books, served on editorial boards, published music, exhibited art, or had patents granted in 2011. Many of the items or publications will be on exhibit.

All faculty and staff are invited to attend the event, which is presented by the Office of the Provost and the UT Arlington Library.

For more information, contact Clint Chamberlain at

Hussein Rashid

Dr. Hussein Rashid

Islamic art and culture forum with Hussein Rashid focuses on American music

The bebop and cool jazz of American music will be explored when the College of Liberal Arts and the School of Architecture welcome back Hussein Rashid, adjunct professor of religion at Hofstra University. This discussion, “Everyday Art: Islamic Contribution to American Music,” is at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 12, in Room 204 of the Architecture Building.

Dr. Rashid, who spoke at the University last year about Islamic influence on popular music, dance architecture, and literature, will explore Islamic impact on the musical and meditative traditions from such greats as John Coltrane to hip-hop’s Mos Def.

“Dr. Rashid is able to reach experts and novices alike and sustain their interest,” says Melia Belli, assistant professor of Asian art history in the Department of Art and Art History. “His work is important for many reasons. For one thing, due to the misrepresentation of Islam in the American media and entertainment, most Americans have a very misinformed, negative view of the faith. He reminds us that the Muslim representation in the U.S. is significant and contributes much.”

Read more about Rashid's discussion.

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Service appreciation

Among those honored at the Service Awards dinner by Provost Ronald Elsenbaumer, front right, on Wednesday were Karen Hopkins, assistant to the dean of the library for planning and assessment, 35 years, and back row from left, Ken Roemer, professor of English, and R.C. Baker, professor and chair of information systems, both with 40 years of service. Faculty and staff with 25 or more years of University service were honored at the dinner.


Refer outstanding students to serve as peer educators for fall 2012

The University College Learning Center is hiring peer educators for fall 2012. Peer educators are students who are academically successful, with at least a 3.0 GPA, and have completed at least one semester of coursework at UT Arlington.

All students must have earned an A or B in the course for which they are applying. History indicates that the best applicants come from faculty and staff recommendations.

Positions are open for one-on-one tutors, small group tutors/mentors, and Supplemental Instruction leaders. For more information, visit or email

Maverick cheer, dance teams compete at NCA Nationals this week

UT Arlington's cheer and dance teams participate in NCA Nationals Thursday-Friday, April 12-13, in Daytona Beach, Fla.

The Maverick team won first place in its division in the 2010 National Cheerleaders Association competition.

This year the team will compete in the small co-ed division, dance, and hip-hop.

More than 5,000 student-athletes and thousands of spectators convene each year for this competition of technical skills, showmanship, game day abilities, and outstanding teamwork.

Health care resource allocation, end-of-life care examined

Robert L. Fine, clinical director of the Office of Clinical Ethics and Palliative Care for the Baylor Health Care System, will discuss the allocation of health resources at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 12, in Room 100 of Nedderman Hall.

His presentation will address stewardship and rationing as well as how we would like to see end-of-life care for our grandparents, our parents, and ourselves.

Dr. Fine served as the primary author of the State of Texas Advance Directive Law. He is also a faculty member at UT Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas.

The program is sponsored by Freshmen Leaders on Campus.

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Going international

Ning Fu, an English Language Institute student, models Chinese clothing during the International Week Fashion Show on Wednesday in the Bluebonnet Ballroom. See more photos from the banner parade, food fair, and fashion show during International Week festivities.

Bowling benefits Cook Children's

Put your love for bowling, or at least having a good time for a good cause, to work at Bowling for Education, a fundraiser hosted by Kappa Delta Pi, an education honor society.

Teams of five to six players receive two games of bowling, two pizzas, shirts, and a chance to win prizes. Cost is $60 per team. Register by Tuesday, April 10.

The bowling balls roll Sunday, April 15, at Bowling and Billiards in the E.H. Hereford University Center. Proceeds benefit the school at Cook Children’s Medical Center in Fort Worth.

For details, contact Lima Akid at or Terry Thomas at

Gallery 76102 seeking art for summer

Gallery 76102 at the UT Arlington Fort Worth Center is hosting its second annual summer show, 897 Square, which runs June 14-July 31. The 2012 juried competition is open to all artists living or working in Tarrant County.

Artists should submit materials to Slideroom by Sunday, April 15. For more information, see 897 Square.

Play basketball for a cause

Put together a basketball team and sign up for the King of the Courts: Ballin' for a Cause 4-9 p.m. Monday, April 16-Wednesday, April 18, in the Maverick Activities Center.

Registration for the charity event is $25 per team of 5-7 players. Register at UTA Volunteers. Proceeds benefit the Arlington Life Shelter.

Buy a Maverick license plate and get one free

If you buy a UT Arlington license plate before June 30, you can receive a $55 free plate gift card.

To get your personalized plate, go to Select any UT Arlington series or term. Click order this plate and during the checkout process enter the code GET1.

Your plates will arrive at the county tax office in approximately three weeks, and the $55 plate gift card will be mailed to you.

Benefit Yourself
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April showers bring ... allergy relief

For the one in 10 Americans who suffer from pollen allergies, April flowers may be the last thing they’re looking forward to. But don’t give up on enjoying spring just because of allergies. Learn some tips to help you lessen the effects of seasonal allergies from the April edition of the UT System Health Newsletter.

Undergraduate Academic Adviser Training

Provides instruction on registration, reports, curriculum management, Texas Success Initiative, and viewing test scores. Register. Free. 9 a.m.-noon, Monday, April 16, Room E200C, Continuing Education Workforce Building. OIT Training.

Mindful Moments

Take a break with Mindful Moments. 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, April 10

Micro and Nano-Systems Distinguished Speaker Series Purushothaman Srinivasan from Texas Instruments discusses "More-than-Moore: Role of Low-Frequency Noise and Random Telegraph Signals in Semiconductor Devices and Circuits." RSVP to Thanh Bui at Free. 3:30 p.m., Room 105, Nedderman Hall. Nanofab.

Wednesday, April 11

Poetry Reading Faculty and staff present original works in celebration of National Poetry Month. Free. Noon, Room 108, University Hall. Modern Languages, English.

Physics Colloquium Series Gabe Shaughnessy, a research associate in the Department of Physics at the University of Wisconsin, is guest speaker. Free. 4 p.m., Room 101, Science Hall. Physics.

Thursday, April 12

Micro and Nano-Systems Distinguished Speaker Series Cagri Savran, associate professor of mechanical engineering from Purdue, discusses "Minimalist Approaches to MEMS-based Biosensing and Manipulation." RSVP to Thanh Bui at Free. 3:30 p.m., Room 105, Nedderman Hall. Nanofab.

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

Going Out
  UTA Presents

'Paparazza' opens Thursday


Explore the dark side of the Hollywood machine in Paparazza, a Theatre Arts production opening Thursday, April 12.

Ally Wilder, played by theatre arts senior Nicole Weber, is a young female photographer making her living by capturing images of celebrity scandals. After publishing compromising photos of a has-been actor, the paparazza finds herself stalked by the washed-up star whose dreams of a big comeback grow more and more twisted. Jackie Pickard, also a theatre arts senior, plays Jaxon.

Paparazza is written by Natalie Gaupp, senior lecturer of theatre arts and playwright-in-residence, and directed by Dennis Maher, associate professor of theater arts and dramaturg.

Performances are at 8 p.m. Thursday, April 12-Saturday, April 14, and 2:30 p.m. Sunday, April 15, at the Mainstage Theatre in the Fine Arts Building.

Admission is $7 for faculty, staff, students, and seniors, and $10 for the general public. For reservations, contact the box office at 2-2669.

Monday, April 9

Downtown Arlington Music Mondays Lunchtime concert featuring Music Department faculty and students. Lunch is served after the concert. Free. 12:15-12:45 p.m., First Baptist Church, 300 S. Center, Arlington. Music.

UT Arlington Night at the Texas Rangers Join your friends at UT Arlington Night at the Ballpark when the Texas Rangers play the Seattle Mariners. Get discount tickets at, use code mavs12.

Guest Artist Piano Recital Features Jacob Clark, assistant professor of music at South Carolina State University. Free. 5 p.m., Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. Music.

Tuesday, April 10

Music Honors Recital 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.

Wednesday, April 11

Mini-Relay Walk for Life Participants can walk alone or with a team, and can make luminaries that will line the mall in front of the Health Services Center. Donations collected will benefit the American Cancer Society. 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Health Services Center. Health Services, 2-2771.

College of Engineering Distinguished Speaker Series William Rouse, professor of industrial and systems engineering and executive director of the Tennenbaum Institute at Georgia Tech, discusses "Understanding and Managing the Complexity of Healthcare." Free. Reception 5 p.m., Room 601, Nedderman Hall. Lecture 6 p.m., Room 100, Nedderman Hall. Engineering.


$2 Movie: Footloose Rated PG-13. 5:30 p.m., also 5:30 p.m. Friday, April 13, and 2:30 p.m. Saturday, April 14. Planetarium.

Guest Artist Trombone Recital Features Martin McCain from Texas State University. Free. 7:30 p.m., Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. Music.

Thursday, April 12

Men's Tennis Mavericks vs. Lamar. Free. 2 p.m., UTA Tennis Center. Athletics.

Reception at Gallery 76102 Opening reception for Novus Ordo Seclorum, by Anthony Thompson Shumate, who uses the design that appears on the reverse of the Great Seal of the United States in his works. Exhibit continues through May 31. 6-8 p.m., Gallery 76102, Fort Worth Center.

Friday, April 13

Mavs Book Club The Children's Book by Antonia Susan Byatt is the April selection. The club meets the second Friday of every month. Noon, University Club, Davis Hall. Mavs Book Club.

Reception at The Gallery at UTA Come meet the five MFA candidates presenting their degree culminating exhibition, which continues through April 21. Free. 5-7 p.m., The Gallery at UTA, Fine Arts Building. Art and Art History.

Softball Mavericks vs. Northwestern State. $5. 6 p.m., also 2 p.m. Saturday, April 14, Allan Saxe Field. Athletics.


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-Saturdays. Through Saturday, April 28. Special Collections, sixth floor, Central Library.

India Unveiled A collection of 35 images by photographer and author Robert Arnett. Free. 9 a.m.-7 p.m., Mondays; 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Tuesdays-Saturdays. Through Saturday, May 26. Special Collections, sixth floor parlor, Central Library.

Planetarium Spacepark 360 is an out-of-this-world entertainment experience. 2:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. Sundays. Planetarium.

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



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