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

Monday, February 27, 2012

Qilian Liang

Dr. Qilian Liang

NSF grant to push smart grid closer to capacity

Qilian Liang, professor of electrical engineering, has received a $300,000 National Science Foundation grant to determine how much closer technology can push toward the upper boundary of a smart grid’s threshold.

Dr. Liang joined UT Arlington in 2002 and is working to marry electrical grid infrastructure with information technologies to transmit and distribute power closer to that threshold. The goal of the project is to determine the threshold and to figure out the roadmap toward that threshold.

One study conducted by the U.S. Department of Energy concludes that internal modernization could save between $46 billion and $117 billion in 20 years. A smart grid is a digitally enabled electrical grid that collects information about usage and demand then acts to improve the efficiency, reliability, and sustainability of electricity services.

Read more about Liang's research.

Photothermal therapy

Magnetic assistance: Cancer cells before (a) and after (b) magnetic field-assisted photothermal destruction using cw near-infrared laser beam. Live cells are stained green and dead cells are red.

Physics team magnetizes carbon nanoparticles for cancer therapy

A team of University of Texas at Arlington researchers have developed a method that uses magnetic carbon nanoparticles to target and destroy cancer cells through laser therapy—a treatment they believe could be effective in cases of skin and other cancers without damaging surrounding healthy cells.

A paper about the work by Ali R. Koymen, professor of physics, and Samarendra Mohanty, assistant professor of physics, was published in January’s edition of the Journal of Biomedical Optics.

Ling Gu and Vijayalakshmi Vardarajan, two post-doctoral researchers in Dr. Mohanty’s lab, were coauthors on the paper “Magnetic-field-assisted photothermal therapy of cancer cells using Fe-doped carbon nanoparticles.”

Mohanty says the carbon nanoparticles can be coated to make them attach to cancer cells once they are positioned in an organ by the magnetic field. The magnetic carbon nanoparticles also are fluorescent, so they can be used to enhance contrast of optical imaging of tumors along with that of MRI.

Read more about photothermal therapy research.

Judy LeFlore

Judy LeFlore

Nursing researcher discusses virtual patients

Hear nursing researcher Judy LeFlore discusses her studies on virtual patients as training tools at the Focus on Faculty lecture at noon Wednesday, Feb. 29, in the sixth floor parlor of the Central Library.

Dr. LeFlore is an associate professor of nursing and director of pediatric, acute care pediatric, and neonatal nurse practitioner programs. Her topic is "Can Virtual-Patients Teach Student Nurses About Pediatric Respiratory Diseases?"

She and co-researcher Mindi Anderson, assistant professor of nursing, study the use of video game technology for nursing training. They were two of six authors awarded first place for their game proposal at the 11th Annual International Meeting on Simulation in Healthcare.

Men's Basketball Team

We're No. 1: The men's basketball team celebrates after clinching a share of the Southland Conference regular season title Wednesday against McNeese State. The Mavericks won the championship outright Saturday night with a 79-70 victory over Northwestern State.

Mavs claim regular season title

The men's basketball team clinched the 2011-12 Southland Conference regular season championship Saturday night with a 79-70 victory over Northwestern State at College Park Center.

"This was our goal," says UT Arlington coach Scott Cross, who is the third coach in UT Arlington history with 100 career wins. He now has 101. "We wanted to win a conference championship. I'm so proud of our guys for what they accomplished."

The Mavericks improved to 22-6, breaking the school record for wins in a season. More importantly, UT Arlington is 14-0 in conference play and has secured the No. 1 seed in the Southland Conference Tournament.

The men have two regular season games left. Watch the final home game against Texas A&M-Corpus Christi at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 29, at College Park Center. Print free tickets online or get them at the box office. The Mavericks play at UT San Antonio on Saturday, March 3, in the regular season finale.

Southland Conference Tournament quarterfinal action starts at noon Wednesday, March 7, at the Leonard E. Merrell Center in Katy, Texas. The semifinals, which will be televised by the Southland Conference Television Network, are Thursday, March 8, and the championship game tips off at 2 p.m. Saturday, March 10, and will be televised by ESPN2.

Reserved all-tournament passes are $75, while general admission passes are $60. Session and championship game tickets go on sale Monday, March 5. Session tickets are $18 for reserved seats and $13 for general admission. Championship game tickets are $15 for reserved and $10 for general admission. Buy tickets at Ticketmaster.

Distinguished Alumni Award nominations needed

The Alumni Association is now accepting nominations for the 2012 UT Arlington Distinguished Alumni Award, the highest honor an alumna or alumnus can receive from UT Arlington.

Award criteria and the nomination form are on the Alumni Association website. Submit nominations by Friday, April 6. Awards will be presented at the 2012 Distinguished Alumni Gala on Saturday, Oct. 20.

For more information, contact Stephanie Thompson at 2-2594.

Upcoming events to affect some parking lots

A couple of events will affect parking in lots on the east side of campus.

• Noon-6 p.m. Thursday, March 1, Lots 38 and 39 will be used for valet parking for the 1895 event. Arlington Hall turn-around is the drop-off site.

• Until 2 p.m. Friday, March 2, Lot F11 will be used for valet parking for the Developmnet Board Spring Meeting. Reserved spots will not be affected.

UT Arlington hosts camp for humanities and technology March 9-10

The intersection of the humanities and technology is explored at THATCamp Texas 2012 Friday-Saturday, March 9-10. The Humanities and Technology Camp (THATCamp) starts with technology workshops Friday and an "unconference" Saturday at the Central Library.

Topics include GIS-for-humanities, video creation and editing, teaching and using search tools in the classroom, open-source screencasting, XML and text encoding, and e-book creation.

The camp is free and open to anyone interested in humanities and technology. For more details, go to the THATCamp blog or contact Cathy Corder at

  Mav Pic Soledad O'Brien

Diverse opinion

CNN anchor and special correspondent Soledad O'Brien discussed diversity in America at Friday's Maverick Speakers Series lecture at Texas Hall.

Volunteers needed for Health Fair

Give some time as a volunteer at the Health Fair on Tuesday, March 6.

The Health Fair is 10 a.m.-2 p.m., and volunteers are needed 9 a.m.-3 p.m. The fair will be in the Palo Duro Lounge and the Bluebonnet Ballroom of the E.H. Hereford University Center.

To be a volunteer, send your contact information, time available, and T-shirt size to Latoya Oduniyi at

Donate to Worldwide Book Drive

Golden Key International Honour Society is working with Worldwide Book Drive to promote literacy by donating books to organizations and individuals, both locally and globally.

The society is collecting all types of books in any condition, and textbooks are greatly needed. Marked boxes are in the E.H. Hereford University Center, University Hall, Life Science Building, and College Hall.

Friends of the Library to view BNSF art

The Friends of the Library members and their friends will visit a private art collection at BNSF Railway headquarters in Fort Worth for its meeting Friday, March 9.

Accumulated since the 1860s, the collection's more than 800 paintings served as charismatic works of art in promotional posters and brochures to lure tourists to the West by rail.

Photo ID is required. RSVP by Monday, March 5, to Alfonso Lopez at 2-1413 or

Sign up for SAC's Slimdown

Need motivation to help you meet those exercise goals and get ready for spring? Join the Staff Advisory Council’s Slimdown.

You and your coworkers can form a team to get fit and win this year's SAC Slimdown Challenge. Winners will be recognized for most weight lost, overall fitness, and team creativity.

Registration ends Tuesday, Feb. 28.

Enjoy the monthly buffet Thursday at the University Club

Enjoy the University Club's monthly lunch buffet Thursday, March 1. The University Club is on the ground floor in Davis Hall.

The first Thursday buffet includes roasted pork loin atop fresh rosemary stuffing, topped with burgundy demi-glaze; mixed spring salad served with citrus walnut dressing, topped with dried cranberries and feta cheese; creamy mashed red potatoes with garlic and cheddar cheese; tender risotto rice tossed with edamame and mushrooms (vegetarian); broccoli polonaise (steamed broccoli spears topped with seasoned bread crumbs and cherry tomatoes); and baked cranberry apple crisp with vanilla ice cream.

Lunch is served 11 a.m.-2 p.m. and is $8 per person plus tax. The regular menu will not be available.

Benefit Yourself

Service award recipients should check info

Employees who have completed 10, 15, 20, 25, 30, 35, 40, or 45 years of service should make sure their names are on the list of 2012 Service Award Honorees on the Office of Human Resources website. Department supervisors and employees should review the list and report any missing names by Wednesday, Feb. 29.

The University will host a dinner Wednesday, April 4, in honor of employees with 25 years of service. Included in this celebration are employees who have 30, 35, 40, and 45 years of service.

On Wednesday, April 18, the University will honor employees who have 10, 15, and 20 years of service.

Safe Zone

Safe Zone Ally Training

Learn to respond in an appropriate, affirming, and supportive manner to LGBT individuals. Part of Diversity Week. Register online. Free. 1-4 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 28, Room 303, Ransom Hall. Multicultural Affairs, 2-2099.

How to Navigate through Change

Explore strategies and techniques to successfully move through changes at work. Gain insight into how to cope effectively with change and develop tactics to thrive in the midst of it. Call 2-2581 for faculty, staff discount fee of $99.50. 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 28. Continuing Education.

Performance Management Forms and Procedures

Discover new forms and procedures for Performance Management. Free. 4-5 p.m., Thursday, March 1, Room 200, Wetsel Service Center. See a complete list of HR training classes.

food as flags

Cooking Around the World

Cook up some culture in this course exploring the cuisines of Italy, Japan, the Dominican Republic, and India. Learn proper dining etiquette for different cultures. Call 2-2581 for faculty, staff discount fee of $75. 2-5 p.m., Saturdays, March 3-31. Continuing Education.

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, Feb. 28

Jeff Chang

Diversity Lecture Series Jeff Chang, right, historian and hip-hop journalist, is guest speaker. Part of Diversity Week. Free. 7 p.m., Rosebud Theatre, E.H. Hereford University Center. Multicultural Affairs, Office for Students with Disabilities.

Wednesday, Feb. 29

Focus on Faculty Judy LeFlore, associate professor of nursing and director of pediatric, acute care pediatric, and neonatal nurse practitioner programs, discusses "Can Virtual-Patients Teach Student Nurses About Pediatric Respiratory Diseases?" Free. Noon-1:30 p.m., sixth floor parlor, Central Library. UT Arlington Library.

Physics Colloquium Series Patrick Slane of Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics is guest speaker. Free. 4 p.m., Room 101, Science Hall. Physics.

Architecture Lecture Series Architect and photographer Alan Chimacoff of Princeton University is guest speaker. Free. 4 p.m., Room 204, Architecture Building. Architecture.

Architecture Lecture Series Randall Arendt, senior conservation adviser at the Natural Lands Trust, speaks on "Improving the New Urbanism by Balancing the Roles of Architects and Landscape Architects." Free. 7 p.m., Room 204, Architecture Building. Architecture.

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

Going Out
  UTA Presents

Diversity explored in colorful exhibit

Colors of Diversity

Former student Tracy Nanthavongsa and alumnus Melvin Varughese (BS '11), inspired by the Hindu Holi festival, created the Colors of Diversity exhibit to celebrate the unity of cultures, genders, and sexual orientation in a community united in color.

In India, a caste system defines and restricts society status at birth. Holi is a day when this belief is cast aside and everyone is seen as equals.

Part of Diversity Week, the exhibit is free and on display 8 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday-Friday, Feb. 27-March 2, in the University Center Gallery of the E.H. Hereford University Center.

Monday, Feb. 27

Voice Division Recital Free. Noon-1 p.m., Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. Music.

Evolution of Hip-Hop Learn the history and influence of hip-hop with a live DJ. Part of Black History Month. Free. 7 p.m., Palo Duro Lounge, E.H. Hereford University Center. Multicultural Affairs.

Percussion Ensemble Concert Free. 7:30 p.m., Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. Music.

Tuesday, Feb. 28

Tennis Mavericks vs. Nicholls State. Free. Men 11 a.m., Women 2 p.m., UTA Tennis Center. Athletics, 2-2261.

Clavier Series Piano Recital Piano students perform. Free. 7:30 p.m., Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. Music.

Wednesday, Feb. 29

$2 Movie: Twilight Breaking Dawn Part 1 Rated PG-13. 5:30 p.m.; also 5:30 p.m., Friday, March 2, and 2:30 p.m. Saturday, March 3. Planetarium, 2-1183.

Men's Basketball Mavericks vs. Texas A&M-Corpus Christi. Final home game. Free. Tickets. 7 p.m., College Park Center. Athletics, 2-2261.

MavFest The Diversity Week festival features a Movin' Mavs obstacle course, cultural games, dances, and crafts. Free. 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., University Center mall; rain site is Palo Duro Lounge, E.H. Hereford University Center. Multicultural Affairs, Office for Students with Disabilities.

Thursday, March 1

Miss Representation

Exhibiting Artist Talk: Ruben Nieto Ruben Nieto talks about his work in a two-person exhibit. Free. 12:30 p.m., Room 148, Fine Arts Building. The Gallery at UTA.

Screening of 'Miss Representation' Watch this 2011 documentary on the media's representations of women in power. Part of Women’s History Month. Free. 6 p.m., sixth floor parlor, Central Library. Multicultural Affairs.

Woman I Am: Open Mic Night Part of Diversity Week. Free. 6:30 p.m., Concho Room, E.H. Hereford University Center. Multicultural Affairs, Office for Students with Disabilities.

Thursday, March 1- Sunday, March 4

'The Seduction and Deception of Mozart' The departments of Music and Theatre Arts join together for a journey of mistaken identities, surprise revelations, and unlikely interventions. Tickets $9 faculty, staff, students, seniors; $12 public. 8 p.m., Mainstage Theatre, Fine Arts Building. Also 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 25, and Thursday-Saturday, March 1-3; 2:30 p.m. Sunday, March 4. Music, Theatre Arts, 2-2669.


There's No Sun Shining Through Exhibit by graduate student Corey Gossett ('06 BFA), whose works explore personal disappointment, fear, dread, and despair. Free. 11 a.m.-3 p.m., Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays; 2-6 p.m., Wednesdays, Fridays. Through March 31. Gallery 76102, Fort Worth Center.

Impressions of the West: Works of Art from Special Collections The American West comes alive in more than 30 paintings, sculptures, and prints. Includes bronze sculptures by Frederic Remington and Charles M. Russell. Free. 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Mondays, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays. Through April 28. Special Collections, sixth floor, Central Library, 2-3393.

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 May 26. Special Collections, sixth floor parlor, Central Library, 2-3393.

Planetarium We Are Astronomers reveals the global collaboration, technology, and dedication required to answer the unresolved questions of the universe. 6 p.m. Thursdays, 5:30 p.m., Saturdays. Planetarium, 2-1183.

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



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