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

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Pavement testing machine

Pounding the pavement: Dr. Stefan Romanoschi, associate professor in civil engineering, designed and built this accelerated pavement testing machine, which will test recycled products in pavement for the Texas Department of Transportation.

Pavement testing machine, new center to research road materials

The Texas Department of Transportation has awarded a $1.12 million grant to Stefan Romanoschi, associate professor in civil engineering, to determine the durability of recycled materials for use in road construction.

As part of the project, the University is building a new accelerated pavement testing center near the UT Arlington Research Institute in Fort Worth. The center is scheduled to open this fall.

Dr. Romanoschi will lead the study focused on the strengths and weaknesses of asphalt mixes containing recycled asphalt pavement and recycled asphalt roof shingles. The research team includes representatives of the Texas Transportation Institute as well as UT Arlington graduate students.

“TxDOT is constantly searching for ways to improve or lengthen roadway life,” Romanoschi says. “Seeing how the recycled asphalt performs and how long it lasts could help TxDOT lengthen a road’s life and change the way the agency maintains roads."

Read more about the pavement testing center.

Brad Pierce

Dr. Brad Pierce

Science grant will help examine vital enzymes

The National Science Foundation has awarded a three-year, $300,000 grant to Brad Pierce, assistant professor in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, who is working to unravel the mystery of how enzymes regulate the human body.

Dr. Pierce is studying a new class of enzymes that are catalysts for the oxidation, or breaking down, of sulfur-bearing molecules in the body. Enzymes involved in sulfur-oxidation are increasingly being recognized as potential drug targets for development of antimicrobials and therapies for cancer and inflammatory diseases such as arthritis.

Imbalance in the metabolites of sulfur-bearing molecules can be used as biomarkers for patients suffering from neurological disorders such as autism, Alzheimer’s disease and Down syndrome. Therefore, a greater understanding of how sulfur-oxidizing enzymes function may advance research into those conditions.

“The first crystal structure for an enzyme of this class was published six years ago and since then, a number of groups have been attempting to figure out how it works,” Pierce says. “There is so much we don’t know about how these enzymes function and are regulated so efficiently in the body."

Read more about the NSF grant.

Mav Pic Tyler Garner

Learning the game

Movin' Mavs staff member and former player Tyler Garner shared techniques with injured military veterans from a five-state area at a Wounded Warriors Muster last week on campus. The veterans also learned about sitting volleyball, archery, and the opportunities and benefits of participation in disability sports. The event was co-hosted by the Movin' Mavs, U.S. Paralympics, Paralympic Sport Arlington, and Wounded Warriors.


UT Arlington, 'Dallas Morning News' create architecture critic position

UT Arlington and The Dallas Morning News are partnering in an innovative joint appointment of a School of Architecture faculty member who also will serve as architecture critic for the news organization. The initial appointment will be for three years, renewable, and split evenly between the News and UT Arlington.

At UT Arlington, the faculty member will serve as a research fellow of the recently established David Dillon Center for Texas Architecture and a non-tenured professor who generally teaches one course in each of the fall and spring semesters. This individual also will conduct and publish longer-term research through the Dillon Center, which promotes public discourse about architecture in the North Texas region.

“The position advances the University’s commitment to community engagement and will afford the candidate the opportunity to develop and teach graduate-level seminars on writing, architecture, and urbanism within the School of Architecture and in cross-disciplinary offerings to the wider University community,” says Don Gatzke, dean of the School of Architecture.

Read more about the joint appointment.

Faculty, staff reception to follow MavsMeet Convocation

A reception for faculty and staff follows the MavsMeet Convocation at 5 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 22, in the College Park Center hospitality suite. Refreshments, hors d'oeuvres, and door prizes will be available.

The MavsMeet Convocation starts at 4 p.m. in College Park Center. Speakers include President James D. Spaniolo, Provost Ronald Elsenbaumer, Vice President for Student Affairs Frank Lamas, and Student Congress President Jennifer Fox.

The kickoff ceremony also includes a spirited performance by the UT Arlington Marching Band.

Parking permits available online, get reserved space permits at 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.

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.

Only reserved space permits and upgrades, exchanges, and motorcycle permits will be issued in person at the Parking Office, 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.

Six Flags

Claim tickets for UT Arlington's Six Flags Day

Enjoy the rides and thrills at UT Arlington Six Flags Day on Sunday, Aug. 26, at Six Flags Over Texas.

Discount tickets for faculty and staff are $27.50 each with a limit of 10 tickets per person. Get tickets at After purchasing tickets online, print out a copy of your receipt and bring it to the College Park Center Box Office to pick up your actual tickets and parking pass. This must be completed by 5 p.m. Friday, Aug. 24. No refunds will be given. The CPC Box Office hours are 10 a.m-6 p.m. Mondays-Thursdays and 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Fridays.

Enjoy the fun at the park starting at 10:30 a.m. or come 6-9 p.m. when it's the UT Arlington-only crowd. Remember to wear a UT Arlington shirt to show your Maverick Pride.

The event is open to the UT Arlington community and is sponsored by the Division of Student Affairs. It is valid through UT Arlington only and not valid at the Six Flags Over Texas main gate.

Submit papers for fall philosophy conference

The deadline for submissions to this fall's conference on Austrian Thought at the Turn of the 20th Century has been extended to Friday, Aug. 31. The conference is Nov. 1-3 on campus and sponsored by the Department of Philosophy and Humanities.

Abstracts may be 500 words or less and should pertain to the legacy of Austrian philosophy, economics, or psychology.

Read more about the call for papers.

Laptop Encryption

FAQ answers explain why laptops must be encrypted

All UT Arlington laptop computers must be encrypted by Friday, Aug. 31, according to a directive from the UT System. Answers to frequently asked questions explain the necessity of the process.

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. Contact the OIT Help Desk if alternate drop-off and pickup arrangements are necessary.

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

Air North Texas

'Be Air Aware' and sign the pledge at Air North Texas

The Office of Sustainability at UT Arlington and Air North Texas are challenging the University community, businesses, and local governments to focus strategies on air pollution watch and warning days.

UT Arlington is seeking to get the maximum number of faculty and staff to sign the pledge to "Be Air Aware" at Air North Texas. Submit the UT Arlington zip code (76019) when registering.

ProCard cycle added for fiscal year-end reporting

An additional processing cycle for electronic payment for ProCard charges (VP7) has been added. See the schedule below for the current and additional cycles.

Cycle Begin Date     Cycle End Date     Anticipated VP7
Production Creation Date
Departmental Approval
Deadline by 5 p.m.
Saturday, Aug. 4 Wednesday, Aug. 15 Friday, Aug. 17 Tuesday, Aug. 28
Thursday, Aug. 16 Monday, Sept. 3 Tuesday, Sept. 4, or
Wednesday, Sept. 5
Friday, Sept. 7

The shortness of the review period is to accommodate fiscal year-end established deadlines and financial reporting requirements.

For more information, contact Paul Goyne, director of accounts payable, at 2-3404 or

Benefit Yourself

Powerful Presentation Skills

Learn how to develop and enhance your public speaking style and create compelling presentations. Free. Register. 9-11 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 21, Room 200, Wetsel Service Center. See a list of HR training classes.


Group Exercises

Includes classes in cardio kickboxing, cycle and strength, group strength, pilates, step and sculpt, and yoga. See the schedule. Through Wednesday, Aug. 22, Maverick Activities Center. Register at the services and information desk. Campus Recreation.

Mindful Moments

Take a break from stress with Mindful Moments. 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.

In Quotes

Metroplex to grow by 65 percent in 30 years

Will we be flying hypersonic jets one day?

Zebra mussels can become a nuisance

"It's going to be that much more of a vibrant area and the diversity of jobs will probably grow with that kind of growth."

"Hypersonic technology only requires the aircraft to stay in the atmosphere and is much lighter and efficient."

"As a scientist, I'd say each lake is different. It depends on conditions, how much food is in the lake."

— Dr. Barbara Becker, dean of the School of Urban and Public Affairs, on a study about how the Dallas-Fort Worth area population could grow by as much as 65 percent in the next three decades.

— Dr. Dora Musielak, adjunct professor of physics, on an unmanned experimental aircraft.

— Dr. Robert McMahon, professor emeritus of biology, on the appearance of zebra mussels in Lake Ray Roberts.
The Dallas Morning News

Going Out

Friday, Aug. 17

Chalk Circle Man

International Mystery Book Club The Chalk Circle Man by Fred Vargas is this month's selection. Noon, Mellow Mushroom, 200 N. Center St. International Mystery Book Club, Modern Languages,

Monday, Aug. 20

Move-In Event The Move-In Event highlights the beginning of Welcome Week as administrators, faculty, staff, and returning students help new students move in to residence halls, including the new Vandergriff Hall at College Park. Volunteers are needed for shifts 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Student Affairs.

Wednesday, Aug. 22

MavsMeet Convocation The tradition includes a spirited performance by the UT Arlington Marching Band and faculty, staff, and student speakers including President James Spaniolo, Provost Ronald Elsenbaumer, Vice President for Student Affairs Frank Lamas, Student Congress President Jennifer Fox, and a guest faculty speaker. Free. 4-5 p.m., College Park Center. MavsMeet Convocation.

Faculty and Staff MavsMeet Reception A reception for faculty and staff follows the MavsMeet Convocation. Refreshments, hors d'oeuvres, and door prizes will be available. Free. 5-6:30 p.m. College Park Center hospitality suite.


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.

Power Grid Paintings by Greg Bahr and Josh Fletcher offer critical scrutiny of our structures of power. Free. 11 a.m-3 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Saturdays; 4-8 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays. Through Saturday, Sept. 29. Gallery 76102, Fort Worth Center.

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 Discover the night sky with Big Bird, Elmo, and their new friend from China, Hu Hu Zhu, in One World, One Sky: Big Bird's Adventure. 2 p.m. Thursdays, 1 p.m. Saturdays. Planetarium.

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



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