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

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Ramon Lopez

Dr. Ramon Lopez

Professor helping shape science standards

Physics Professor Ramon Lopez has been honored nationally for his role in elevating science education. So, it’s a natural that he would be involved in the Next Generation Science Standards, an ongoing effort to create a new set of standards for science education for the United States.

In 2010 Dr. Lopez was asked to serve on the leadership team that would guide the work of a 41-member writing team composed of educators from numerous states. The process began with the development of “A Framework for K-12 Science Education: Practices, Crosscutting Concepts, and Core Ideas,” a document that was produced by a committee of the National Research Council, the operating arm of the National Academy of Sciences. The writing team’s first public draft of the standards based on the framework was released in late May.

“Our goal is to provide educators with a roadmap for achieving the ambitious objectives of the framework for K-12 Education, which outlines what the National Academies think is important for all students to know in science and engineering,” Lopez says. “The NGSS will flesh out the framework and provide educators with a vision of what students who meet the goals of the framework can do, and how the practices, cross-cutting concepts, and core ideas weave together.”

Lopez is a fellow of the American Physical Society and the American Association for the Advancement of Science, or AAAS, a worldwide organization and publisher of the journal Science.

Read more about Lopez and the national science standards.


Get information at Friday's Benefits Fair

Annual Enrollment for the 2012-13 benefit plan year continues through July 31 and features a Benefits Fair 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Friday, July 20, at the E.H. Hereford University Center.

Insurance and retirement representatives will answer questions in the Bluebonnet Ballroom during the Benefits Fair. In the Rosebud Theatre, insurance presentations are at 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. A Medicare presentation is at 11:30 a.m., information on changes for the 2012-13 plan year at 12:30 p.m., and retirement workshops 1-2:45 p.m.

During Annual Enrollment, you may change your group insurance benefit elections, add or remove dependents from coverage, and enroll in UT Flex.

For more information regarding Annual Enrollment and UT Arlington benefits for the 2012-13 plan year, see Employee Benefits Services, call 2-5558, or email


Development's giving website receives makeover

A completely re-envisioned Office of Development website on giving has been launched as part of the University’s continued emphasis on creating a dynamic web experience.

The new site emphasizes the impact that philanthropy has on the University and our community and includes a lively mix of story-telling, as well as details on the variety of ways a gift can be made to the University.

Explore the new site at Additionally, the Development Board web pages have been redesigned and can be found at

Daniel Armstrong

Dr. Daniel W. Armstrong

Research team says DMAA in workout supplements almost certainly synthetic

Daniel W. Armstrong, who holds the Robert A. Welch Chair in Chemistry, is adding new evidence to the debate over DMAA, a popular sports supplement that has been embroiled in controversy involving professional athletes and even the U.S. Army.

Dr. Armstrong and his team found that it is unlikely the DMAA in supplements comes from the geranium plant or its extracted oil, as companies have sometimes claimed.

Armstrong is the corresponding author on a paper online in the journal Drug Testing and Analysis. Co-authors are Ying Zhang, Zachary Breitbach, and Ross M. Woods, former and current graduate students in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at UT Arlington.

Read more about the DMAA research.

  Mav Pic College Park Dist. 2

Center style

A mixture of colors and designs integrate into the patterns of windows on the College Park District's east side along Center Street. Students will fill The Loft apartments and the Vandergriff Hall residential hall in August. Watch some finishing touches on the College Park District webcam.

Early voting on campus next week

UT Arlington is an early voting site 7 a.m.-7 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday, July 24-26, for the Tuesday, July 31, primary runoff elections.

Polling site is at the Maverick Activities Center, just inside the entrance.

The University also will serve as an early voting site Oct. 29-Nov. 2 for the Nov. 6 general election.

For more information on early voting, see and Tarrant County elections.

Abram Street project closes road starting Monday

Abram Street will be closed between Cooper Street on the east and Thornton Street on the west. The closure is for two weeks starting Monday, July 23, for pavement improvements. Use Main Street and UTA Boulevard as the alternate routes.

Help Mavericks move in

Lend a hand when students arrive on campus at the annual Residence Hall Move In Event. Volunteers are needed for shifts 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday, Aug. 20.

Apartment and Residence Life in the Division of Student Affairs anticipates 2,183 residents to move in to six residence hall communities.

Complete the Move-In volunteer form. For questions and details, contact Mari Duncan, director of residence life, at

Canon Print Center

Canon Print Center Now Accepting ProCard

The Canon Print Center, the University’s preferred print provider, now accepts the University’s Procurement Card (ProCard) for orders of $2,000 and less.

A collaboration among the University, the City of Arlington, and Canon Business Systems, the center offers competitive pricing and convenient local access for ordering print services.

An on-campus walk-up storefront on the first floor of the E.H. Hereford University Center can process quickly needed reproductions and take orders. The Canon Print Center is located at 101 West Abram St. in Arlington’s City Hall. University customers also can access print center services through an online digital storefront.

The center can produce a variety of projects such as University letterhead and business cards, classroom materials, cards, folders, brochures, and more.

For more information, contact the Canon Print Center at 817-575-8264 or Direct general questions about using the center to Julia Cornwell in the Office of Procurement at 2-3002 or

The Shorthorn

'The Shorthorn' moves to daily digital, weekly print editions

The Shorthorn, UT Arlington's student newspaper, will move to a daily online edition and weekly expanded print edition starting this fall.

An email news digest of articles published online will be available daily. The rollout—The Shorthorn's News Frontier—will include mobile apps and an enhanced website.

Find The Shorthorn online at

Volunteers needed for Mav Cookout

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 2-1104 or

Benefit Yourself
Jewelry Making

Jewelry Making 101

Learn the techniques that will enable you to make your own beaded jewelry. Fee includes all supplies. Call 2-2581 or register online with code SOGO for the faculty, staff discount fee of $105. 6:30-8:30 p.m., Wednesdays, July 25-Aug. 8, Room F200L, Continuing Education Workforce Building. Continuing Education.

Time Management: Keys to Everyday Office Success

If your office is a mess and you are drowning in your to-do list, then this class is for you. Participants learn how backlogs happen, how to manage paperwork, how to eliminate clutter, and will discover the benefits of organization. Free. 2-4 p.m., Wednesday, July 25, Room 200, Wetsel Service Center. Human Resources Training Classes and Events.

Mindful Moments

Take a break with Mindful Moments. Free. 12:15-12:45 p.m., Wednesdays, Room 219, Health Services Center. Health Services. Mindful Moments will not meet July 25 and Aug. 8.

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.

Going Out


Think Like A Man

Outdoor Movies 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. July 19, Think Like a Man; July 26, The Pirates! Band of Misfits; Aug. 2, Battleship. EXCEL Campus Activities.

Friday, July 20

International Mystery Book Club The Silence of the Rain by Luiz Alfredo Garcia-Roza is this month's selection. Noon. Mellow Mushroom, 200 N. Center St. International Mystery Book Club,


897 Square Exhibit features artists who live and/or work in Tarrant County, including UT Arlington faculty, staff, and students. Free. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Saturdays; 4-8 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays, Fort Worth Center. Through Tuesday, July 31. Gallery 76102.

Texas "Identity" Politics: 1900-Present Focuses on the ways in which politics have become intertwined with our identities. Shows different groups 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.

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 Take an adventure along the spectrum and discover the world of color in Cosmic Colors. 2:30 p.m. Saturdays. Planetarium.

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



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