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

Thursday, April 26, 2012


This illustration shows molecules in a sample passing through an engineered nanopore. Image provided by Atomic Force Microscope.

Artificial nanopore production study receives science foundation grant

A UT Arlington multidisciplinary team has received a $360,000 grant from the National Science Foundation to build artificial nanopores made of silicon that can detect “bad molecules” as a very early indication of cancer and other diseases.

Samir Iqbal, an assistant professor of electrical engineering who focuses on nanotechnology, is leading the project. He works with Sandy Dasgupta, the Jenkins Garrett Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry, and Richard Timmons, a Distinguished Professor of Chemistry.

Nanopores are tiny openings—about 1,000 times smaller than a human pore on the skin or a human hair—made in very thin silicon chips. The silicon chips are the same material in computer processors and memories.

Dr. Iqbal’s team will run human blood-derived samples through these artificially created nanopores in a silicon chip and record how the composition may change as a function of disease.

Read more about the NSF grant.

Graduation Celebration

Fireworks, James Franco highlight Graduation Celebration May 11

UT Arlington honors the Class of 2012 and its achievements during Graduation Celebration at 7:30 p.m. Friday, May 11, at the Levitt Pavilion in Arlington's Founder's Square, 100 W. Abram St.

The featured speaker is Oscar-nominated actor and Golden Globe winner James Franco, who is best known for his role as Harry Osborn in the globally popular Spider-Man trilogy. He also is known for his appreciation of the college experience, returning to UCLA at age 26 to get his bachelor's degree. He went on to get a master's degree at Columbia and is studying for a doctorate at Yale.

President James D. Spaniolo and Melissa Sepulveda Tran, a nursing graduate student who will represent the Class of 2012, also will speak. A Texas-sized fireworks show, music, and free food are also on the agenda.

Faculty, staff, students, friends, and family are invited to attend. No tickets are needed for this free event, but reserved seating is available for graduates and their families. Dress is casual.

Graduation Celebration is an annual event held during May commencement weekend to celebrate UT Arlington's graduating class. See the commencement schedule.

In case of inclement weather, Graduation Celebration will move to College Park Center.

Catheleen Jordan

Catheleen Jordan

Reception to honor social work professorships, benefactors

Recipients of social work professorships and their benefactors will be honored Friday, April 27, in the University Club at Davis Hall.

A meet-and-greet session starts at 4:30 p.m. with the program beginning at 5 p.m. President James D. Spaniolo will provide remarks.

Scott Ryan, dean of the School of Social Work, receives the Jenkins Garrett Professorship. Other conferees include Catheleen Jordan, Cheryl Milkes Moore Professorship in Mental Health Research; Beverly Black, Jillian Michelle Smith Professorship in Family Violence Research; and Richard Hoefer, professor of social work, Dulak Professorship. All are professors of social work.

Abolmaali receives grant to study alternative reinforcements in concrete

Ali Abolmaali, the Tseng Huang Endowed Professor of Structural Engineering and Applied Mechanics, received a $96,000 grant from BASF Construction Chemicals to study the feasibility of using synthetic and steel fibers as alternative reinforcements in precast concrete structures.

Dr. Abolmaali says the grant with the Germany-based company is the first of its kind at UT Arlington.

“We will be doing the testing at Hansen Pipe in Grand Prairie,” says Abolmaali, who also directs the Center for Structural Engineering Research. “There are significant cost savings if concrete can be made stronger with added durability through the addition of fibers or chemicals.”

Read more about the construction grant.

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Distinguished research

Daniel Armstrong, left, and Liping Tang were among the honorees at the faculty awards presentation at the Spring Meeting of the Faculty and Associates on Tuesday. Dr. Armstrong, the Robert A. Welch Chair in Chemistry, received the Distinguished Record of Research or Creative Activity award. Dr. Tang, professor of bioengineering, received the Outstanding Research Achievement or Creative Accomplishment award. See a list of faculty awards and more photos. Click on photos to see caption information.

'The Vagina Monologues' features women and their experiences

The Vagina Monologues, an award-winning, humorous, and honest play about women’s bodies, pleasures, experiences with violence, and ability to survive, hits the stage at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 26, and Friday, April 27, in the Studio Theatre of the Fine Arts Building.

Featuring an all-volunteer cast and crew of faculty, staff, and students, the play is based on V-Day founder/playwright Eve Ensler's interviews with more than 200 women.

The play, which has won numerous awards, contains strong language and is intended for mature audiences only. Tickets are $5 for faculty, staff, and students, and $10 for the general public. Tickets may be purchased online at V-Day events or with cash only at the door.

Sponsors are the Relationship Violence and Sexual Assault Prevention Program, Women's and Gender Studies Program, and the Department of Theatre Arts. Proceeds benefit The Women’s Center of Tarrant County and V-Day.

Feedback sought on surveys for safety, sustainability

Provide feedback in a campus safety and security survey for the University Police Department. All responses are anonymous.

Results of the survey will be used to establish service benchmarks and serve as the basis for crime prevention initiatives on campus.

Also, feedback is needed on a campus sustainability survey.

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Reaching out

More than 1,000 members of the University community used a little elbow grease in a day of community service Saturday. The Big Event 2012 included everything from spring cleaning to reading and crafts with children, as well as Special Olympics registration at Maverick Stadium to dinosaur digging at the Arlington Archosaur site. See more photos.


Metro Golf Tournament registration deadline is Friday

Registration deadline for the 39th Annual UT Arlington Metro Golf Tournament is Friday, April 27. The tournament, Monday, May 14, is open to faculty and staff members of area colleges and universities along with UT Arlington alumni.

The tournament raises money for student scholarships. See tournament information online or contact Chris Muller at

Hosted by the Department of Campus Recreation, the tournament is at Bear Creek Golf Club.

Handbook policies updated

New or revised policies have been published in the Handbook of Operating Procedures regarding Endowed Chairs and Professorships, the Statement of Principles and Policies Regarding Human Subjects in Research, and the Requirement for Vaccination Against Bacterial Meningitis for Entering Students.

The revision of HOP 6-800 changes the review cycle of an endowed professor from four to five years.

Dodds to speak at All-Sports Banquet

Deloss Dodds, director of athletics at UT Austin, is the keynote speaker at the UT Arlington All-Sports Banquet at 6 p.m. Thursday, May 3, in College Park Center.

Student-athletes will be honored for a variety of achievements. Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for students. Make reservations by contacting Lorraine Palmer in the Athletics Office at or 2-7170. Deadline to order tickets is today, Thursday, April 26.

Discount tickets available for Texas Rangers' home games

To claim discount tickets for Texas Rangers' home games, visit, click on The University of Texas at Arlington, and use the password MAVS12.

Benefit Yourself

Behavior Intervention Team

Faculty and staff are urged to call on the Behavior Intervention Team, a network of professionals from across campus committed to a caring, confidential program of identification, intervention, and response. Visit the BIT website for tips on recognizing troubled students and information about how to deal with incidents you may encounter. If you have questions or concerns, contact a BIT chair or email questions to

UT System Physical Activity Challenge

Sign up to benefit yourself and to compete against other UT System institutions in this fourth annual event. The institution with the greatest participation based on headcount will be awarded the coveted Traveling Trophy. Get registration information at UT Arlington Wellness. If you are participating in SAC Slimdown or plan to compete in The Blazing Race, you can receive credit in the UT System Physical Activity Challenge. Competition runs April 26-May 31. Human Resources, Judy Oslund, 2-5417.

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
  Ryan Walker

Hit man: Ryan Walker had two hits in each game as the Maverick baseball team swept three from Northwestern State last weekend. Walker leads the team in batting with a .377 average for the season.

Baseball Mavs tied for second in SLC

After sweeping three games from Northwestern State last weekend, the baseball team climbed into a second-place tie in the Southland Conference.

The Mavericks, now 13-8 in the SLC and 26-15 overall, moved up to No. 18 in the College Baseball Daily mid-major poll this week.

They lost 6-4 at Baylor last night and travel to Nacogdoches to face Stephen F. Austin this weekend.

Golfers finish third in SLC championships

UT Arlington was unable to duplicate its title run of last year, finishing third in the Southland Conference Men’s Golf Championships at Stonebridge Ranch Country Club in McKinney on Wednesday. Lamar edged Central Arkansas in a playoff after the two teams tied for first.

Jamey Taylor led the Mavericks with a three-round, seven-over-par score of 223 to finish in a tie for fifth place.

Tennis teams seeded third in conference tourney

Both the women’s and men’s teams are seeded third for the Southland Conference Tennis Championships, which begin today, Thursday, April 26, at Nacogdoches.

The women, who are seeking their second straight SLC title and seventh overall, face Lamar at 11 a.m. Thursday, while the men begin play against Nicholls State at 10 a.m. Friday. Championship matches are Saturday.

UT Arlington's Maria Martinez-Romero was named Southland Conference Women's Tennis Player of the Year earlier this week.

Tracksters compete in top national events

The men’s and women’s track teams competed against some of the nation’s top performers at the Mount SAC Relays in Walnut, Calif., and the Beach Invitational in Long Beach, Calif., last week.

For the men, Emil Blomberg won his heat in the 1500 at the Beach Invitational and was sixth in the 3000-meter steeplechase at Mount SAC. Isiah Clements was sixth in the high jump at Mount SAC.

On the women’s side, Lindsey Putman was sixth in the top flight of the 800 at the Beach Invitational.

The Mavericks compete in the Track-It Buster Invitational this weekend in Wichita, Kan.

Softballers host four games this weekend

The women's softball team hosts Sam Houston State at 6 p.m. Friday, April 27, and at 2 p.m. Saturday, April 28, before closing out the home season against Nicholls State in a doubleheader at 1 p.m. Sunday, April 29. All games are at Allan Saxe Field.

The Mavericks lost both games of a doubleheader Tuesday at Central Arkansas and are now 3-11 in the Southland Conference.

(For more sports news, go to,, or

Going Out

Thursday, April 26

Educational Leadership and Policy Studies Speaker Series Linda Skrla, professor of educational administration at Texas A&M, discusses how K-16 educational policy influences educational equity. Free. Student presentation 4:30 p.m., University community presentation 5:30 p.m. Both open to everyone. Palo Duro Lounge, E.H. Hereford University Center. College of Education and Health Professions, Rhonda McClellan,

Wind Symphony Concert Douglas Stotter, director of bands, conducts. Features a student saxophone solo by Derek Ficken. $5. Tickets. 7:30 p.m., Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. Music.

David Dillon Symposium The inaugural event honors Dillon's prolific career as an architectural critic. Speakers investigate the changing role and venues for architectural criticism today. The Dallas Museum of Art and Nasher Sculpture Center, downtown Dallas. Continues Friday, April 27. David Dillon Center for Texas Architecture, Architecture.

Friday, April 27

Softball action

Small Works Art Sale Advanced painting students offer works for sale. 5-7 p.m., Studio Arts Center.

$2 Movie: The Muppets Rated PG. 5:30 p.m.; also 2:30 p.m. Saturday, April 28. Planetarium.

Softball Mavericks vs. Sam Houston State. $5. 6 p.m., also 2 p.m. Saturday, April 28, and Mavericks vs. Nicholls State, doubleheader, 1 p.m., Sunday, April 29. Allan Saxe Field. Athletics.

Swift Center Open House Watch demonstrations of dance and exercise classes, meet the instructors, and enjoy the newly renovated dance studio. Register for a class to receive a 10 percent discount, and enter a drawing for a gift certificate for any Continuing Education course, a $100 value. Open house is free. 6-7:30 p.m., Swift Center. Continuing Education.

Friends of the Library Guest speaker is author and rancher Joe Bax, who discusses his award-winning novel The General and Monaville, Texas. Reception and book-signing follow. Free. 7:30 p.m., sixth floor parlor, Central Library. Friends of the Library.

Saturday, April 28

Leadership Institute Kerri Ressl, director of the UT Arlington Leadership Center, is among the speakers at the second annual Leadership Institute, which includes training seminars, leader connections, and discussion about leadership 9 a.m.-noon, AISD Professional Development Center, 1111 W. Arbrook Blvd., Arlington. Leadership Arlington, 817-543-0000.


Downtown Front and Center Front Street between Center and Mesquite streets in downtown Arlington transforms into a vibrant streetscape, and the adjacent vacant city-owned lot becomes a park for one day. Free. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. School of Urban and Public Affairs, School of Architecture. Downtown Front and Center.

UTA Symphony Orchestra Concert Conducted by Clifton Evans, director of orchestras, the program features a piano solo by John Solomons, keyboard area coordinator. $5. Tickets. 7:30 p.m., Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. Music.

Sunday, April 29

A Cappella Choir Spring Concert Conducted by Karen Kenaston-French, director of choral activities. $5. Tickets. 3 p.m., Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. Music.

African American Faculty Staff Association Banquet Larry Kemp ('80 BBA), vice president of operations at Kemp & Sons General Services Inc. in Fort Worth, is the featured speaker. Provost Ronald Elsenbaumer and African American Alumni Association President Timeka Gordon ('01 BA) will offer remarks before the Kente cloth stoles are presented to each outstanding student. 2 p.m., Bluebonnet Ballroom, E.H. Hereford University Center. African American Faculty Staff Association, Carter Bedford,

Monday, April 30

Invisible Children Learn about the victims of the Lord's Resistance Army, a Christian militant group in central Africa that is accused of widespread human rights violations, including murder, abduction, mutilation, sexual slavery, and forcing children to participate in hostilities. Speakers include a woman who grew up during LRA abductions. The film Kony 2012 will be shown. Free. 7 p.m. Rosebud Theatre. UTA Chapter of Invisible Children,


Impressions of the West: Works of Art from Special Collections The American West, right, 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.

Novus Ordo Seclorum Anthony Thompson Shumate uses the design that appears on the reverse of the Great Seal of the United States in his works. Free. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays; 2-6 p.m. Wednesdays, Fridays. Through Thursday, May 31. Gallery 76102, Fort Worth Center.

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

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



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