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

Monday, March 26, 2012

Rick Lynch

Gen. Rick Lynch

Retired Army general to lead robotics institute

Rick Lynch, a recently retired Army lieutenant general with a background in robotics research, has been named executive director of the UT Arlington Automation and Robotics Research Institute in Fort Worth.

Gen. Lynch will oversee the robotics institute, the Texas Manufacturing Assistance Center (TMAC), Cross Timbers Procurement Center, and the Small Business Development Center for Enterprise Excellence.

The institute manages and directs microrobotics, nanorobotics, and medical device technology, including projects such as Biomask, a pliable, polymer mask embedded with electrical, mechanical, and biological components that can speed healing from disfiguring facial burns.

“Gen. Lynch will bring a way of looking at research that capitalizes on his federal ties in government and private industry sectors,” says Ron Elsenbaumer, provost and vice president for academic affairs. “Understanding battlefield conditions firsthand will help guide us as to what research is needed in the future. He also has a unique ability to adapt that research to meet demand in the marketplace.”

Lynch, who will start April 2, also will serve as a special adviser to President James D. Spaniolo.

Read more about the new executive director of ARRI.

James Franco

James Franco

Franco headlines Graduation Celebration

Noted actor, artist, and filmmaker James Franco will deliver keynote remarks at the University's Graduation Celebration on May 11 at the Levitt Pavilion. The annual bash features music, food, and a fireworks extravaganza and begins at 7:30 p.m. at 100 W. Abram St. in downtown Arlington. The event is open to the public.

Other speakers include President James D. Spaniolo and Melissa Sepulveda Tran, a nursing graduate student who will represent the Class of 2012.

Franco, an Oscar-nominated actor and Golden Globe winner, is best known for his role as Harry Osborn in the globally popular Spider-Man trilogy. He also is known for his appreciation of the college experience.

Franco returned to UCLA in fall 2006, at age 28, cramming as many courses as he could into each quarter. He received a bachelor’s degree in English, with a creative writing concentration in 2008, at which point he headed for New York and enrolled in three schools: Columbia University’s M.F.A. writing program; Brooklyn College for creative writing; and New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts for directing.

His scholarly quest was the subject of a Washington Post article, “James Franco’s unusual education,” which noted that the actor earned a master’s degree from Columbia and then moved on to Yale to study for a doctorate in English.

Read more about Graduation Celebration.

Email encryption

Email encryption service available to all faculty, staff starting today

The Information Security Office and the Office of Information Technology have implemented an encryption service for email messages containing sensitive information and are making that service available to the UT Arlington community. All external University correspondence containing Social Security numbers, credit card numbers, or other sensitive personal information should be encrypted prior to transmission (excluding UT Arlington's MavMail student email system, UT System, or any other UT System institutions).

To have an email encrypted, include the word encrypt (not case sensitive) anywhere in the subject line of the email. Your recipient receives a message with an encrypted attachment that they can either open, or save and open, depending on their email service provider. First-time recipients will need to complete a one-time registration and password creation process. Otherwise, the recipient opens a secure message in a browser and is prompted to enter their password, then the decrypted message is displayed.

To further protect the University from inadvertent release of sensitive data, starting April 2 outgoing email messages sent from UT Arlington’s mail system that contain SSNs or credit card numbers will be automatically encrypted without any action required by the sender.

Read more about email encryption or contact for more details.

Glass art

Colorful creation: This glass design by art Professor David Keens is featured in College Park Center.

World-class glass sale offers beautiful objects, bargain prices, silent auction

Beautifully crafted works of glass art will go on sale to the public Friday, March 30, at the annual World-Class Glass Art Show and Sale at the Studio Arts Center, 810 S. Davis Drive.

The event includes collector art pieces, vases, paperweights, platters, bowls, small sculptures, and other items for sale. Graduate students, faculty, and staff in the renowned glass art program craft most of the work. A number of pieces have been donated by visiting glass artists who have lectured and blown glass in the campus studio during the past year.

The sale runs 9 a.m.-5 p.m. with silent auction bids accepted 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Glass-blowing demonstrations are part of the show.

Half of the proceeds from student work go to the student artists. The rest benefits the glass art program and will be used to purchase or build equipment and to repair existing equipment. Faculty and staff build and maintain all of the program’s state-of-the art equipment.

Read more about the glass art sale.


Picnic fun: Mavericks of all ages turned out for last year's Picnic in the Park.

Picnic in the Park brings together past, present, future Mavericks

The sixth annual Picnic in the Park brings faculty, staff, and alumni together 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, March 31, at Doug Russell Park, located on the northwest corner of Cooper and Mitchell streets. The event is sponsored by the Alumni Association.

Faculty, staff, alumni, and friends can join in games, children's activities, music, and giveaways. Plenty of food will be provided. Come dressed in your best Maverick spirit attire to win prizes in the Most Spirited Maverick and the Most Spirited Future Maverick (17 and under) competitions.

Cost is $5 for Alumni Association members and $10 for non-members. Children 7 and younger will be admitted free. Parking will be available in the surrounding business lots on Mitchell Street.

In case of rain, the picnic will be held at the Palo Duro Lounge in the E.H. Hereford University Center.

To register or purchase a sponsorship, visit the Alumni Association website. For more information, contact Stephanie Thompson at 2-2594 or

Mav Pic Jeb Bush

Excellence in education

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush discussed education reform in the first Maverick Speakers Series presentation at College Park Center on Friday. Founder and chairman of the board of the Foundation for Excellence in Education, Bush served as governor of Florida 1999-2007. His appearance coincided with the Annual Celebration of Excellence by Students Symposium and was co-sponsored by the Office of the President, College of Liberal Arts, College of Education and Health Professions, School of Urban and Public Affairs, and the Office of Graduate Studies.


Apply for sustainability awards

Applications are available for the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education's 2012 awards, as AASHE honors campuses and students in advancing sustainability research and leadership.

The four categories include campus sustainability case studies, faculty sustainability leadership, student sustainability leadership, and student research on campus sustainability.

All University departments and schools are eligible to participate. For more information, contact Meghna Tare at

Sign up for Earth Day celebration

Observe Earth Day at Celebrating People and Planet 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Wednesday, April 18, on the University Center mall.

Departments and organizations that would like to display information at the event should contact Becky Valentich in the Office of Sustainability at

Submit nominations for 2012 Distinguished Alumni Award

The Alumni Association is 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.

Portion of Davis Drive closed April 2-10

A construction project will result in the closing of Davis Drive from Greek Row to Abram Street Monday, April 2-Tuesday, April 10. Traffic will detour onto Summit Avenue.

Facilities Management is working in conjunction with the City of Arlington to replace a section of the water line that runs under Davis Drive.

Benefit Yourself

Smokestacks and Runoff: Pollutant Sources in Your Watershed

Use Geographic Information Systems hydrology tools to measure the watershed around your home and then determine which facilities report various toxins and pollutants. Free. 3:30-5 p.m., Wednesday, March 28, Room B20, Central Library. GIS Workshops.

Safe Zone

Safe Zone Ally Training

Learn about heterosexual privilege, campus and community resources, and how to be supportive to members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community. Register online. Free. 1-4 p.m., Thursday, March 29, Room 303, Ransom Hall. University College.

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

Monday, March 26-Friday, March 30

Business Week 2012 Features leaders, innovators, and professionals from a wide spectrum of enterprises and industries. Keynote speaker is Larry O'Donnell, chairman, president, and chief executive officer of Rockwater Energy Solutions, and a former Undercover Boss on the TV show. Executive Dinner, 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 28, in College Park Center. College of Business.

Monday, March 26

Ronald K. McMullen

Foreign Affairs Ronald K. McMullen, right, diplomat-in-residence at UT Austin, discusses his recent service as U.S. ambassador to the state of Eritrea in eastern Africa along with other foreign services. Free. Noon, Room 148, Fine Arts Building. Anthropology.

Tuesday, March 27

College of Engineering Distinguished Speaker Series G. Don Taylor, head of the Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering at Virginia Tech, discusses "Current Issues and the State of Knowledge in Supply Chain Logistics." A reception precedes the lecture at 5 p.m. in Room 601 of Nedderman Hall. Free. Lecture 6 p.m., Room 100, Nedderman Hall. Engineering.

Iron Jawed Angels

'Iron Jawed Angels' Film follows defiant young activists who take the women's suffrage movement by storm, putting their lives at risk to help American women win the right to vote. Part of Women's History Month. Free. 6 p.m., Concho Room, E.H. Hereford University Center. Multicultural Affairs.

Wednesday, March 28

Promoting Girls and Women in STEM: A Roundtable Discussion Moderated by Dana Dunn, associate professor of sociology. Panelists include Pamela Jansma, dean of the College of Science; Carter Tiernan, associate dean in the College of Engineering; and Lynn Mortenson from Raytheon Corp. Free. Noon, sixth floor parlor, Central Library. Women's and Gender Studies.

Exhibiting Artist Talk Kana Harada, featured in a two-person exhibit in The Gallery at UTA, discusses her artistic process with an illustrated lecture. Free. 12:30 p.m., Room 148, Fine Arts Building.

Thursday, March 29

Biology Colloquium Series Robert Baker, Horn Professor and director of the Natural Science Research Laboratory at Texas Tech University, discusses "Speciation Patterns in Bats: The Genetic Species Concept and Importance to Genomics." Free. 4 p.m., Room 124, Life Science Building. Biology.

James M. Olson

Fair Play: The Moral Dilemmas of Spying Former chief of CIA counter intelligence James M. Olson, right, a senior lecturer in the Bush School of Government and Public Service at Texas A&M University, discusses controversial practices of assassination, torture, and rendition. Free. 7 p.m., Rosebud Theatre, E.H. Hereford University Center. One Book, Freshmen Leaders on Campus.

Termini Anthropology Lecture Cynthia Robin, professor of anthropology at Northwestern University, discusses "A Good Society: Sustainability Among the Ancient Maya" in the annual Ben and Trudy Termini Distinguished Anthropologist Lecture. Free. 7 p.m., Room 204, Architecture Building. Department of Sociology and Anthropology.

Friday, March 30

Hermanns Symposium Distinguished scholars discuss "Animal Studies and Posthumanism." New art works, including videos and photographs, provide challenges to see nonhuman animals differently. Snakes with female faces, cross-species affinities, and nonhuman animal bodies will provoke significant questions and discussions regarding culture, sympathy, ethics, and biopolitics. Free. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. sixth floor parlor, Central Library. Hermanns Symposium.

Wednesday, April 4

NoBodys Perfect

'NoBody's Perfect' This Niko von Glasow film follows him as he looks for 11 people who, like him, were born disabled because of the disastrous side effects of Thalidomide, a sedative drug introduced in the late 1950s that was used to treat morning sickness. It was sold from 1957 until 1961, when it was withdrawn after being found to cause birth defects. Discussion follows. Refreshments provided. Free. 3-5 p.m., Room 108, University Hall. Department of History, Office for Students with Disabilities.

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

Going Out
  UTA Presents

Holocaust Cantata performance Thursday

Holocaust cantata

Music composed from the writings of Polish prisoners during the Holocaust make up the Holocaust Cantata at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 29, in Irons Recital Hall at the Fine Arts Building.

The performance features the A Cappella Choir and University Singers, along with Elizabeth Morrow on the cello, David Grogan singing baritone, and Young Llerena on the piano. Karen Kenaston-French, director of choral activities, directs the performance.

“As I have studied and rehearsed the Holocaust Cantata with the choir, I have begun to realize what a profound effect our performance can have on the student performers and the audience,” Dr. Kenaston-French says. “It is an extremely difficult subject, and the composer has done a wonderful job of setting these powerful, personal texts and tunes to music so that we hear the human beings behind them.”

Admission is $5 for adults and $3 for students. Tickets can be purchased through the Department of Music website.

Read more about the Holocaust Cantata.

Monday, March 26

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

SAI Musicale Benefit Sigma Alpha Iota service organization hosts soloists and small ensembles performing a variety of music. Donations accepted. 7:30 p.m., Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. Music.

Tuesday, March 27

Softball Mavericks vs. Texas State in a Southland Conference doubleheader. $5. 3 p.m. and 5 p.m., Allan Saxe Field. Athletics.

Baseball Mavericks vs. TCU. First of two meetings this season. $5. 6:30 p.m., Clay Gould Ballpark. Athletics.

Clavier Series Piano Recital Features UT Arlington piano students. Free. 7:30 p.m., Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. Music.

Wednesday, March 28

Men's Tennis Mavericks vs. Texas A&M-Corpus Christi in a Southland Conference match. Free. 2 p.m., UTA Tennis Center. Athletics.

$2 Movie: Contagion A lethal pandemic quickly spreads as the medical community races to find a vaccine and people struggle to survive. Rated PG-13. 5:30 p.m.; also 5:30 p.m. Friday, March 30, and 2:30 p.m. Saturday, March 31. Planetarium.

Movie: Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol Not just another mission. Rated PG-13. $1. 8 p.m., Rosebud Theatre, E.H. Hereford University Center. EXCEL Campus Activities.

Friday, March 30

Game Night: Supporting Kids with Cancer Unlimited bowling, billiards, video games, raffle, food. Proceeds go to Camp Esperanza to support children who survived or have cancer. $7. 6-10 p.m., Bowling and Billiards, E.H. Hereford University Center. Rotaract at UTA.

Sarah Frisof

Baseball Mavericks vs. Central Arkansas in a Southland Conference series. $5. 6:30 p.m.; also 2 p.m. Saturday, March 31, and 1 p.m. Sunday, April 1, Clay Gould Ballpark. Athletics.

Faculty Flute Recital Features Sarah Frisof, right, assistant professor of flute. Free. 7:30 p.m., Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. Music.


Kana Harada and Ruben Nieto Exhibit A sculptural installation by Harada and oil on canvas paintings by Nieto. Free. 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Mondays-Fridays; noon-5 p.m., Saturdays. Through Saturday, March 31. The Gallery at UTA, Fine Arts Building.

There's No Sun Shining Through Graduate student Corey Gossett ('06 BFA) explores personal disappointment, fear, dread, and despair. Free. 11 a.m.-3 p.m., Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays; 2-6 p.m., Wednesdays, Fridays. Through Saturday, 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 Saturday, April 28. Special Collections, sixth floor, Central Library.

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 Saturday, May 26. Special Collections, sixth floor parlor, Central Library.

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.

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



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