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

Thursday, August 2, 2012

Ali Abolmaali

Dr. Ali Abolmaali

Simulation could boost pipeline construction

The Tarrant Regional Water District has awarded a grant of nearly $600,000 to Ali Abolmaali, the Dr. Tseng Huang Endowed Professor and interim chair of the Department of Civil Engineering, to simulate the behavior and response of pipe-soil interaction that will surround its massive Integrated Pipeline Project.

The pipeline is a $2.3 billion project developed by the water district and Dallas Water Utilities. It is expected to provide water for an additional 1.5 million people in North Texas. Construction could begin as early as 2014, with the pipeline operating by 2021.

“It’s important that forces and deflections of the soil-pipe interaction system are accurately estimated for varying soil and pipe dimensions to be used as design tools,” Dr. Abolmaali says. “We are developing three-dimensional, non-linear finite element models of pipe and surrounding soil by taking into account algorithms for staged construction. This is a unique model.”

Abolmaali will develop computer simulation programs that the water district can use to gauge the response of the pipe and the loads that the pipe must be able to handle.

Read more about the computer simulation models.

Cheng Luo

Dr. Cheng Luo

Project could yield pliable cellphone, laptops

Mechanical and aerospace engineering Professor Cheng Luo envisions the day that a flexible cellphone could be folded and placed in a pocket like a billfold or that a laptop computer could be rolled up and stored.

Through an active $300,000 National Science Foundation grant, Dr. Luo is developing a process called “micropunching lithography.” The process is used to create lightweight, low-cost, and more flexible polymer-based devices that have the potential to replace silicon-based materials commonly used in computers and other electronic devices.

His work was recently published in the June 2012 North America edition of International Innovation. His project has garnered three grants totaling about $700,000.

“Practical applications for these microstructures could be in everything from glucose monitoring to delivery of chemicals in treating water pipes,” Luo says.

Read more about the micropunching lithography project.

Summer magazine cover

Summer 'UTArlington Magazine' now available online

UT Arlington professors are taking off the gloves in the battle against bullying. Read about what they’re doing to curb the growing problem in the summer 2012 issue of UTArlington Magazine.

You’ll also find stories about combat-tested veterans who have enrolled at the University to pursue their career dreams, as well as a partnership with Richard Florida and his Creative Class Group to examine the North Texas region’s assets and challenges.

A photo essay takes a look at some of the Metroplex’s most significant buildings, as described by the late Dallas Morning News critic and UT Arlington benefactor David Dillon.

Every story includes a link for posting comments. You can also “like” the magazine’s Facebook page and get updates in your newsfeed.

UTArlington Magazine is published three times a year and is distributed to more than 145,000 UT Arlington constituents, including all alumni, major donors, elected officials, civic leaders, faculty, senior staff, and other friends of the University. Send your comments to

Laptop Encryption

Laptops must be encrypted by Aug. 31

All faculty and staff are reminded that University laptop computers must be encrypted by Friday, Aug. 31, according to a recent directive from the UT System.

Following the adoption of “Encryption Practices for Storage of Confidential University Data on Portable and Non-University Owned Computing Devices” in 2007, UT System institutions have avoided a number of serious data exposures by having laptop computers encrypted prior to becoming stolen or lost.

However, UT System institutions have experienced security incidents in which encryption had not been in place on stolen or lost computers. Thus, 100 percent compliance of the encryption process is necessary to avoid costly emergencies and exposure of sensitive information.

To have your laptop encrypted, you may drop it off at the Office of Information Technology lab in Room 231 of Nedderman Hall. Drop-off hours are 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Normal processing time is 24 hours.

Users should back up their data prior to drop-off and must provide the computer's power cord. At the time of pickup, the computer user should be present in order to log into the machine to complete the encryption process. If users have already had SecureDoc software installed on their laptops, they do not need to do anything further.

Contact the OIT Help Desk to make alternate drop-off and pickup arrangements.

If you have questions regarding this directive, contact Maurice Leatherbury, vice president for information technology, at, or 2-5602.

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Parking permits available online, reserved space permits must be picked up at the Parking Office

Plan for parking during the 2012-13 academic year by ordering your permit online at All faculty and staff need a permit to park on campus and must have their permits no later than Thursday, Aug. 23.

Faculty and staff who work at least 30 hours per week may use payroll deduction, which starts with the Oct. 1 paycheck for eight months.

To order your permit, sign on to MyMav. Click on the Main Menu drop-down menu on the upper left, then Self Service, then Parking Request.

Options include pre-tax or after-tax for payroll deduction. If charging to your University account, pay by the due date. Reduced pricing on remote parking is available to all faculty and staff who work east of Davis Drive.

Only reserved space permits and upgrades, exchanges, and motorcycle permits will be issued in person at the Parking Office. Reserved permits will be available in mid-August at Suite 112, Wetsel Service Center, 1225 W. Mitchell. Reserved permits are not offered online.

Call the Parking Office at 2-3907 or email for more details.

Ryan Gildersleeve

Dr. Ryan Gildersleeve

Professor named National Academy of Education fellow

Ryan Gildersleeve, an associate professor of education and expert in immigration and educational opportunity, has been named a 2012-13 National Academy of Education/Spencer Postdoctoral Fellow.

The honor comes with a $55,000 award to further Dr. Gildersleeve’s research, specifically for his project, “Discourse and Opportunity: Undocumented Students and Higher Education Policy.”

He was one of 20 fellows selected from a field of 170 applicants.

“This study will help policymakers and the broader public understand the consequences to current and proposed policies in more complex ways,” says Gildersleeve, who is also director of the Center for K-16 Education Policy and Research in the College of Education and Health Professions. “I am interested in taking policies apart and exposing their unrecognized, masked, or hidden assumptions, which often result in unintended consequences not only for the policy itself, but for how we understand the problems that policies seek to address.”

Read more about the education honor.

Carl Grodach

Dr. Carl Grodach

NEA awards rare grant to urban studies researcher

A UT Arlington urban planner has become the only urbanist in the country to win a research grant this year from the National Endowment for the Arts.

Carl Grodach, an associate professor in the School of Urban and Public Affairs, will examine 30 U.S. cities, ranging from large urban centers to middle- and smaller-sized cities, and their correlation to the arts.

“The social and economic impacts of artistic concentrations are well-known. This includes everything from the formation of new businesses to a cleaner and safer environment,” Dr. Grodach says. “In many instances, though, the arts are also associated with gentrification, so we want to understand the tipping point at which artistic concentrations go from contributing positive neighborhood change to engendering displacement.”

The project is in the beginning phase and Grodach must still identify the cities for his study.

Read more about the NEA grant.

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Sign of the times

Signs have been placed in the College Park District as the area nears completion. Students will begin moving into the residential section this month while the Dan Dipert University Welcome Center and a variety of restaurants will open soon.

Nursing professors receive grant

Assistant professors Mary Cazzell and Mindi Anderson are the recipients of the 2012 National League for Nursing Research in Education Grant, which analyzes several components of critical thinking and their impact on clinical reasoning during simulation in senior baccalaureate students.

Drs. Cazzell and Anderson will be recognized at the 2012 NLN Education Summit in Anaheim, Calif., from Sept. 19-22.

Based on the review process and recommendation of the Research Review Panel, the NLN will fund five research studies this year.

Professor receives engineering award

Frank Lewis, a professor in the Electrical Engineering Department, has been chosen to receive the 2013 Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Computational Intelligence Society Neural Networks Pioneer award.

The award recognizes significant contributions to early concepts and sustained developments in the field of neural networks and also recognizes two types of pioneering contributions: fundamental understanding and engineering application.

Dr. Lewis will receive the award at the 2013 International Joint Conference on Neural Networks in Dallas.

TobyMac concert planned for October

Tickets to see Christian recording artist TobyMac at College Park Center on Thursday, Oct. 4, are now available at

The concert is part of the EYE ON IT Tour as TobyMac performs with special guests Chris August and Jamie Grace, along with the Diverse City Band.

Produced by Awakening Events and the College Park Center, the concert is presented by KLTY Radio. Ticket prices range from $15 to $40.

Fiscal year deadlines posted online

Fiscal year 2011-12 year-end financial deadlines have been established and can be viewed online. Your efforts in meeting these deadlines ensure that the University's financial position is accurately stated as of Friday, Aug. 31.

For more information, refer to the contact list online.

MyMav systems unavailable this weekend

All MyMav systems will be shut down for system maintenance from 6 p.m. Friday, Aug. 3, until noon Sunday, Aug. 5. This includes Campus Solutions, CRM, and the MyMav Portal. Anyone trying to access these systems will get the “page not found” error message.

Chalk Circle Man

International Mystery Book Club meets Aug. 17

The Chalk Circle Man by Fred Vargas is this month's selection for the International Mystery Book Club, which meets Friday, Aug. 17. All faculty and staff are invited to join the group at noon at the Mellow Mushroom, 200 N. Center St. in Arlington.

The club, hosted by the Department of Modern Languages, is discussing mysteries by non-U.S. authors this summer.

The Chalk Circle Man is the first in a series of crime novels by Vargas, a French author. The story involves a solitary man who creates a media sensation by drawing blue chalk circles around stray objects in Paris streets at night.

For more information, see the International Mystery Book Club.

Volunteer for Mav cookout by Friday

Burger flippers and soda servers are needed to welcome students to campus at the Maverick Cookout Featuring the Activities Fair Day. The cookout is 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 29, on the University Center Mall.

More than 3,000 students attend the cookout each year.

To volunteer, complete the Maverick Cookout volunteer form before Friday, Aug. 3. Your volunteer assignment information and T-shirt will arrive one week before the event.

For questions or details, contact Molly Albart at 2-1104 or

Benefit Yourself
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Annual Enrollment Follow-Up

Annual Enrollment, which ended Tuesday, was the once-a-year opportunity for you to change your UT Benefits elections and add or remove dependents from your coverage without a qualified change of status event. If you made an Annual Enrollment election, you should have received a confirmation statement the next day via email. Please review your confirmation statement carefully to be sure your elections for the new plan year are correct. Get more information in the August UT System Benefits Newsletter.

Professional Telephone Techniques

Learn to develop and utilize listening and speaking skills for better communication between customers and yourself. Discover what to do and say when a phone call becomes difficult. Free. 9-11 a.m., Wednesday, Aug. 8, Room 200, Wetsel Service Center. Human Resources Training Classes and Events.

Safety Matters

Maverick Safety Matters

The summer issue of Maverick Safety Matters salutes the department safety liaisons and provides tips on how to prepare for a lab inspection.

You also can read profiles of two new employees in Environmental Health and Safety and learn about selecting and wearing personal protective equipment in laboratories.

Mindful Moments

The weekly session will not meet Aug. 8, but returns Aug. 15. Free. 12:15-12:45 p.m., Wednesdays, Room 219, Health Services Center. Health Services.

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

Thursday, Aug. 2

McNair Scholars Program Summer Research Presentations McNair Scholars present their faculty-mentored research projects. All faculty, staff, and students are invited to attend. Light refreshments provided. Free. 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Room 101, College Hall. McNair Scholars Program.

Wednesday, Aug. 8

Military Muster Approximately 200 injured service veterans will learn about sitting volleyball, archery, and wheelchair basketball in this informational meeting co-hosted by the UT Arlington Movin' Mavs, U.S. Paralympics, Paralympic Sport Arlington, and Wounded Warriors. The purpose is to educate veterans from Texas, Arkansas, Kansas, Louisiana, and Oklahoma about opportunities and benefits of participation in disability sports. 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Maverick Activities Center, Physical Education Building.

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

In Quotes

Deceased actor got his piece of the action

Program unites UTA, TCC, high schools

Consider long term in applying for a loan

"It was the first chance African Americans would get after the civil rights movement, after the black power movement, to see on a major network TV show a comedy that actually dealt with racial and class issues."

"This is not an easy way to get an education, this is a more affordable way to get an education."

"Students aren't aware of, or understand how much in loans they're taking out."

— Dr. Jason Shelton, assistant professor of sociology, on the impact of the 1970s television program, 'The Jeffersons.'
USA Today

— Dr. Dale Wasson, senior associate vice president of student enrollment services, about a new bachelor's degree plan.
KRLD Radio

— Shakeela Hunter, director of the Student Money Management Center, on financial aid and student loans.
Bloomberg BusinessWeek

Going Out

Thursday, Aug. 2

Outdoor Movie: Battleship Enjoy free popcorn or buy soft drinks and snacks at the concession stand. Bring a blanket or chair for the lawn seating. Children under 17 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Free. 9 p.m., west lawn, Maverick Activities Center. EXCEL Campus Activities.

Friday, Aug. 4-Saturday, Aug. 5


Vintage Computer Festival Southwest 3.0 The third annual festival features a tour of the Ross Perot collection of vintage computing, including several sections of the original ENIAC computer, right. $15 for two days, $10 for one day. Children 17 and under free. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday. Bluebonnet Ballroom, E.H. Hereford University Center. Office of Information Technology, College of Engineering, Museum of Information Technology at Arlington.

Tuesday, Aug. 7-Sunday, Aug. 12

UT Arlington Week at the Arlington Museum of Art Rembrandt: An Evolution of Etchings showcases some of the artist's most celebrated etchings as well as some of his lesser known and rarely exhibited pieces. $5 with UT Arlington ID. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday, 1-5 p.m. Sunday. College Town UTA, Arlington Museum of Art.


Texas "Identity" Politics: 1900-Present Focuses on the ways in which politics have become intertwined with our identities. Shows groups, right, advocating for their civil rights in relation to various aspects of their identities, such as worker, mother, or citizen. Free. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays-Saturdays, sixth floor, Central Library. Through Saturday, Aug. 11. Special Collections.

MFA Summer Exhibition Works from a diverse group of artists. Free. 1-2 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, and by request. Through Friday, Aug. 17. Art and Art History. The Gallery at UTA, Fine Arts Building, 2-2891.

Texas Rangers Baseball Get tickets for faculty, staff, students, alumni, family, and friends. Access and use the password MAVS12 for designated games through Wednesday, Sept. 26.

India Unveiled: The Photography of Robert Arnett A collection of images highlighting the diversity of India and its various regions. Free. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays-Saturdays, sixth floor parlor, Central Library. Through Jan. 5, 2013. Special Collections.

Planetarium Find out what planets and constellations are visible in the night sky in Texas Stargazing. 2 p.m. Tuesdays. Planetarium.

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



Editors: Jim Patterson, Teresa Newton

Executive Director for University Publications: Mark Permenter

Associate Vice President for Communications and Marketing: David Johnson

Vice President for Communications: Jerry Lewis

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