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

Thursday, June 21, 2012

President James D. Spaniolo

Announces retirement: President James D. Spaniolo announced Monday that he will retire after more than eight years at UT Arlington.

President Spaniolo's contributions bring praise from UT System leaders

President James D. Spaniolo announced Monday that he will retire from UT Arlington, saying he will continue to lead the University until the UT System Board of Regents completes a search for his successor.

“After careful thought, I have concluded it is the appropriate time to pass the baton and let others continue the stewardship of our remarkable institution,” President Spaniolo said. “It has been the highest honor of my career to have served as president of UT Arlington for the past eight-and-a-half years, and I will devote myself in the months ahead to assuring a smooth transition in leadership.”

UT System Chancellor Francisco Cigarroa issued a statement expressing his gratitude for President Spaniolo’s service. He indicated The UT System Board of Regents will begin the search for a successor who can continue the significant momentum created by President Spaniolo to make UT Arlington one of Texas’ top-tier research institutions.

“The UT System is honored to have had President Spaniolo’s leadership for more than eight years. He has led significant transformations at the UT Arlington campus in teaching, research, student life, and athletics,” Chancellor Cigarroa said. “I am extremely impressed with the quantum leaps UT Arlington has made under his direction in virtually every area of the institution. He has been a superb and collaborative president, and he has led his university with great integrity, vision, and creativity.”

Spaniolo’s administration is widely credited for dramatically lifting and improving the profile of the University—boosting enrollment, increasing research expenditures, recruiting new faculty, assembling a strong executive team, strengthening the academic profile, leading the way in online and international education programs, and constructing major new facilities.

“President Spaniolo has been a magnificent leader of a very progressive effort at UT Arlington," said Wm. Eugene “Gene” Powell, chairman of The UT System Board of Regents. "He was ahead of the curve of most universities in augmenting the classroom experience with blended and online learning, successfully reaching out to more than 6,000 additional students. His ability to build the academic stature of UT Arlington and recruit and retain excellent faculty without requesting any undergraduate tuition increases this year is a testament to his excellent stewardship of resources. He has served with distinction, and the Board of Regents is grateful for his vision, leadership, and collegial spirit.”

Spaniolo took office as UT Arlington’s seventh president in February 2004.

Read more about President Spaniolo's retirement.

Fred MacDonnell

Cancer research: Dr. Fred MacDonnell and his team of researchers have found alternative ways to treat cancer, using ruthenium-based complexes.

Ruthenium-based complexes show benefits in cancer research

A chemistry team researching ruthenium compounds as possible anti-cancer drugs has discovered a way to make their complexes more effective against cancer cells and less toxic to healthy cells in lab tests.

Chemistry Professor Fred MacDonnell presented the team's work this month at the 24th International Symposium on Chiral Discrimination in Fort Worth.

Platinum-based drugs are now the first line of treatment for many cancer patients. Scientists working with similar elements, such as ruthenium, hope to develop effective, less toxic alternative chemotherapy drugs.

Dr. MacDonnell noted that these ruthenium compounds work well against tumor cells under hypoxic, or low-oxygen, conditions. Such compounds could be useful to target the subpopulation of hypoxic cancer cells in solid tumors, as these cells are often the most resistant to drug treatment.

MacDonnell’s co-presenters at the conference were Abhishek Yadav, Thamara Jaranatne, and Arthi Krishnan, all past graduate students at UT Arlington.

Read more about the cancer research.

Professors receive consortium grants

Three University faculty members and a research associate received grants of approximately $100,000 each from the Texas Medical Research Collaborative.

The medical technology consortium focuses on moving innovation to the marketplace in awarding the grants to Dallas-Fort Worth area researchers in critical health care fields.

The 2012 TxMRC award winners from UT Arlington and their project titles are:

  • George Alexandrakis, assistant professor of bioengineering, for “A Near‐Infrared Brain Imaging System for the Continuous Bedside Monitoring of Intracranial Pressure Buildup in Patients with Traumatic Brain Injury."
  • Heather Beardsley, TMAC research associate, for “Sleep Related SUID Monitoring System based on CO2 Sensor Technology."
  • Hanli Liu, professor of bioengineering, for “Implementation, Validation, and Translation of a Hyper-spectral Imaging Device for Fast Skin Cancer Diagnosis."
  • Yuan Bo Peng, associate professor of psychology, for “Development of A Wireless Implantable Closed-Loop Device for Major Depressive Disorder."

Read more about the medical consortium awards.

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Defining Rembrandt

Dr. Beth Wright, dean of the College of Liberal Arts and professor of art history, lectured last Thursday on "Rembrandt the Dutch Master" as part of the Rembrandt: An Evolution of Etchings exhibit at the Arlington Museum of Art.

TMAC moves to downtown area

TMAC, formerly the Texas Manufacturing Assistance Center, has moved to the Center for Innovation at Arlington building at 202 E. Border St. in Arlington.

Previously located in the Automation & Robotics Research Institute in Fort Worth, TMAC relocated June 1. A grand opening is planned in the fall.

"TMAC moved to the new location to work more closely with faculty and to better respond to its mission related to tech acceleration," says Carolyn Cason, interim vice president for research.  "Plans are for TMAC to develop, administer, and oversee an incubator to be housed at the center."

Internet/network outage Friday evening

The Office of Information Technology will replace critical security hardware that will require the campus network to be shut down 8 p.m.-midnight Friday, June 22. The outage will affect all network communications outside of the campus. Efforts will be made to limit the down time to minimize disruption.

OIT will conduct maintenance on network equipment connecting the main UT Arlington campus and the Arlington Regional Data Center 8 p.m.-midnight Friday, June 29. Any interruption in service caused by this maintenance activity during the four-hour time frame should last between five and 15 minutes. Connectivity from the campus to the Internet will not be affected by this work. Connectivity to resources housed at ARDC—MyMav, access to campus web pages, faculty/staff exchange email, file servers—will be affected.

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Stop here

Stop signs have been added to both northbound and southbound lanes on Pecan Street at the corner of Third Street beside College Park Center. The speed limit has been reduced to 15 mph along Pecan Street, from UTA Boulevard to Mitchell Street.


Lane closures on UTA Boulevard

Various lanes will be closed 7 a.m.-7 p.m. Tuesday, June 26, and Thursday, June 28, on UTA Boulevard at the crosswalk connecting the Engineering Research Building and the Social Work Complex.

Need repair? Call the Fix-It Line

Too hot? Lights out? Repair needed?

Facilities Management reminds the campus community about the Fix-It Line for routine maintenance requests. Contact the Service Call Center at 2-2000 or enter an online request at

Get Texas Rangers' discount tickets

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

Get a free UT Arlington license plate

A buy-one-get-one-free deal is available for the official UT Arlington license plate. The bargain is offered through Saturday, June 30.

Go to With your purchase, use the promotional code GET1 and receive a $55 free plate card that can be used toward a future purchase.

For assistance, call 888-7MY-PLATES.

Get tickets now for UT Arlington Six Flags Day in August

Go higher and go faster with more than 50 thrilling rides 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. Tickets include admission to Six Flags, parking, and a "splash back" ticket to Hurricane Harbor. Get tickets at

Enjoy the fun at the park starting at 10:30 a.m. or come 6-9 p.m. when its the UT Arlington-only crowd.

The event is open to the UT Arlington community and is sponsored by the Division of Student Affairs.

Benefit Yourself

Human Resources updates

Tobacco Premium Program will go into effect Sept. 1. For more information, see

Five Approved Financial Providers instead of Six. MetLife Resources will no longer be a retirement provider with the UT Retirement Program after August 2012. If you contribute to MetLife, you will need to select one of the remaining five providers. Details will be mailed to you.

Stay Informed. Human Resources in alliance with UT System is committed to keeping you informed, but you must do your part by watching for email messages about your benefits and visiting the Benefits website or the UT System Office of Employee Benefits website for updates. Be sure your personal information is up to date to ensure you receive messages. Email and mail addresses or other information can be updated on UT Direct, Employee Services.


Summer CPR classes

This four-hour class covers first-aid basics, medical emergencies, injury emergencies, environmental emergencies, adult CPR, and AED use. Participants who complete the class receive an American Heart Association certification card valid for two years. Sign up at the services and information desk in the Maverick Activities Center. $40. 1-5 p.m. Friday, July 13, or Thursday, Aug. 2, Room 102B, Maverick Activities Center. Campus Recreation, Jeremy Roden,

Mindful Moments

Take a break 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.

Sports Notes
  Kristie Fox

New softball coach: Kristie Fox, who was an assistant at Texas Tech the past three years, has been named head softball coach for the Mavericks.

Fox named new softball coach

Kristie Fox has been named head softball coach at UT Arlington.

Fox spent the past three years as an assistant at Texas Tech and worked primarily with the Red Raiders' hitters and infielders. She has been recognized as one of the top young assistants in the country.

She was an All-American shortstop and played on two national championship teams in 2006 and 2007 at the University of Arizona.

Fox replaces Debbie Hedrick, who served as head softball coach for the past 15 years.

Martin earns All-America accolades

Romain Martin received first-team All-America honors from the U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association by virtue of his runner-up finish in the decathlon at the 2012 NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships.

It is the fourth All-America honor of the junior's career. He has twice been named an NCAA Indoor All-American and was a second-team honoree last outdoor season.

McConnell second in state amateur golf

Paul McConnell, a junior on the UT Arlington golf team, finished second in the Texas Amateur Championship at The Honors Golf Club in Carrollton on Sunday.

McConnell shot rounds of 64-73-67 to finish with a 9-under-par 204, one stroke behind Wake Forest sophomore Thomas Birdsey.

Maverick pitchers sign free-agent contracts

Pitchers Adam Boydston and Collin Reynolds signed free-agent contracts with Major League Baseball teams last week. Boydston agreed to terms with the Chicago White Sox, while Reynolds inked with the San Diego Padres. Read more about the signings.

(For more sports news, go to,, or

Going Out

Thursday, June 21

21 Jump Street

Rembrandt Lecture Nancy Palmeri, associate professor of art and art history, lectures on "What Is an Etching?" as part of the Rembrandt: An Evolution of Etchings exhibit. 6 p.m., Arlington Museum of Art, 201 W. Main St.

Outdoor Movie: 21 Jump Street 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.

Thursday, June 28

Glengarry Glen Ross Cast of this Pulitzer Prize-winning play by David Mamet consists of faculty, alumni, and students. Director is Natalie Gaupp, senior lecturer of theatre arts and playwright in residence. Box office proceeds benefit the theatre arts scholarship fund. Due to adult language and adult themes, children are not permitted. $5, cash only at the door. 8 p.m., also 8 p.m. Friday, June 29, and Saturday, June 30. Studio Theatre, Fine Arts Building. Theatre Arts.

Outdoor Movie: Wrath of the Titans 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.


897 Square Exhibit features artists who live and/or work in Tarrant County. Free. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesday, Saturdays; 4-8 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays. Through July 31. 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.-7 p.m. Mondays, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays. The exhibit has been extended through Jan. 5, 2013. Special Collections, sixth floor parlor, Central Library.

Planetarium Molecularium is a magical, musical adventure into the world of atoms and molecules. 3:30 p.m. Sundays, during June only. Planetarium.

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



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