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

Monday, October 22, 2012

Carolyn Cason

Dr. Carolyn Cason

Carolyn Cason named VP for research

Carolyn L. Cason, a former associate dean for research in the College of Nursing, has been appointed vice president for research.

In her new role, Dr. Cason will have administrative oversight for all University research—now valued at more than $71 million annually—and will lead divisions that manage technology development, intellectual property, and the University’s rapidly expanding centers for research excellence. She also will oversee compliance with federal funding agencies, including the National Science Foundation and the National Institutes of Health.

President James D. Spaniolo says Cason’s extensive background in collaborative research and research management has significantly strengthened UT Arlington’s program since she began serving as interim vice president for research in November 2011.

Cason succeeds Ronald L. Elsenbaumer, who was named provost and vice president for academic affairs last fall.

“I’m pleased that Dr. Cason will lead our ongoing and successful efforts to enhance UT Arlington’s research profile,” Spaniolo says. “Dr. Cason has a clear vision for how our scientific discoveries translate to technologies that help us live healthier, longer lives and the value that our research brings to the student experience.”

Read more about the vice president for research.

Seth Meyers

Seth Meyers tickets available Thursday

Tickets to see Saturday Night Live favorite Seth Meyers roll out at 10 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 25, through Meyers' appearance Monday, Nov. 19, at College Park Center is part of the Maverick Speakers Series.

General admission tickets are free. A premium seating package for $25 includes a front-of-the-house seat, reserved parking near the venue, and more.

Meyers is in his sixth season as head writer and “Weekend Update” anchor on Saturday Night Live. This year marks his 11th season as part of the SNL cast. Before “Update,” Meyers was a regular player in SNL sketches and performed numerous characters and impressions.

He has hosted the Webby Awards twice. Most recently, he hosted the 2011 ESPY Awards and headlined the 2011 White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner. He co-created The Awesomes with Mike Shoemaker of SNL. The half-hour series was picked up by and will premiere in 2013.

An audience question-and-answer session follows the presentation.

Michael Moore

Dr. Michael K. Moore

Michael Moore focuses on Texas justice

Michael K. Moore discusses "Reflections on the Texas Brand of Justice: The Struggle to Adopt and Implement the Fair Defense Act (and a Few Remaining Challenges)" at the Focus on Faculty presentation at noon Wednesday, Oct. 24, in the sixth floor parlor of the Central Library. Dr. Moore is an associate professor of political science, senior vice provost, and dean of Undergraduate Studies.

His talk reflects on the struggle to adopt the Fair Defense Act, the impact the act has had on justice in Texas, and the work that remains to ensure justice is done in criminal matters.

In July he received an award named for him—the Michael K. Moore Award for Research and Writing in the Area of Indigent Defense—from the State Bar of Texas. The honor was created to recognize his 15 years of service on the committee on legal services to the poor in criminal matters, during which he worked without compensation to produce pivotal research and writing that helped provide low-income residents in Texas with proper legal representation.

The free program will be followed by a dessert reception.

Gracie Green

Going green: Gracie Green will be just one of the Glam-a-kins at the Campus Sustainability e-waste education session Wednesday. The custom-crafted works of art in human form capture the essence of recycling.

Glam-a-kins make a statement about recycling at Campus Sustainability Day

Gracie Green, Haven Hope, and Abigail Gold bring some glamour to recycling at the Campus Sustainability Day on Wednesday, Oct. 24.

The three Glam-a-kins are specialized mannequins with a message about how to safely recycle your electronic waste in an e-waste education session 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. in Room 100 of Nedderman Hall. Bring a brown bag lunch; lemonade and dessert are provided. Enter to win a refurbished Dell laptop.

Enjoy a terrarium sale and food day event 10 a.m.-2 p.m. on the University Center mall. The $1 lunch, made of compostable materials, will be available 11 a.m.-1 p.m. while supplies last.

Bring a food drive item or an e-waste item in exchange for a bicycle tuneup 8 a.m.-5 p.m. on the UC mall. Put your name in for a drawing for bicycle gear and accessories.

A campus book drive is at the Library and a campus food drive is at the Maverick Activities Center, UC mall, and Library mall Monday-Friday, Oct. 22-26.

At 8 a.m. Friday, Campus Sustainability hosts a 5K walk/run starting in the UC mall area. A pancake brunch follows.

Mav Pic Campaign buttons

Button up

President James D. Spaniolo is sharing his collection of more than 150 U.S. presidential campaign buttons, from the 1896 election of William McKinley to the current 2012 campaign. The collection is on display in the first floor lobby of the Central Library through Monday, Nov. 12.


Display your work at GIS Day

Showcase your Geographic Information Systems research at GIS Day 2012 noon-5 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 14, in the sixth floor parlor of the Central Library. GIS Day is a global event to educate people about the variety of GIS uses.

Kate Holliday, assistant professor of architecture, will speak noon-1 p.m. on "Mapping DFW: Exploring Architectural History Using GIS." Try your hand at geocaching at 4 p.m. on the Library mall. See examples of spatial analysis and maps, and enjoy prizes, food, and a giant GIS Day cake.

To showcase your work register online, or for more information, contact Joshua Been at 2-5826.

Homecoming volunteers needed

Homecoming 2012 needs committed, engaged volunteers to work behind the scenes and ensure the Maverick spirit is at an all-time high during the events.

Register to help with the Homecoming Chili Bracket Bowl, the Party on Pecan, the Afterparty, the 5K walk/run, and other events at Homecoming Volunteers.

Service to honor Truman Black

Physics Professor Emeritus Truman Black will be remembered in a memorial service at 2 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 27, in the Planetarium at the Chemistry and Physics Building.

Dr. Black, who passed away Sept. 12, was a research pioneer in the Department of Physics. He retired in 2011 after 45 years as a member of the faculty.

For more information, see memorial service.

Early voting begins next Monday

UT Arlington is an early voting site 7 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday-Friday, Oct. 29-Nov. 2, for the Tuesday, Nov. 6, general election.

The polling site is inside the entrance at the Maverick Activities Center. To vote early on campus, you must be registered to vote in Tarrant County and must present either your voter registration card or driver's license.

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


Help SECC reach its goal

Your chance to contribute to the State Employee Charitable Campaign is now.

Did you know that if you skip one fast-food meal per month, you could use that savings to support someone in need? A $2 minimum donation can feed a starving family in America or in a country on the other side of the world. Here are some of the charities you can help:

Contribute online through payroll deduction and you could provide a warm meal and blanket to someone in need. If you haven’t received a pledge form and want to donate or receive more information, visit the UT Arlington SECC Webpage or contact the Human Resources Learning and Development Team at or 2-5554. The campaign continues through Wednesday, Oct. 31.

Benefit Yourself

GIS Workshop: Mapping Ozone in Texas

Learn how Geographic Information Systems and Exploratory Spatial Data Analysis can help estimate ozone levels across the state. No GIS or statistical background required. Free. 3-5 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 30, Room B20, Central Library. Technoscholar workshops.

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.

Extra Credit

Tuesday, Oct. 23

Russian Documentary Film: 'My Father Evgeni' As part of the Sixth Annual Russian Documentary Showcase in Texas, filmmaker Andrei Zagdansky presents a film about his father, Evgeni, who worked in Soviet cinema. Andrei draws on their cross-continental correspondence since 1992 and beguiling footage from Soviet archives to create this intimate portrait of a family living through dramatic changes. Free. 5 p.m., Room 200, Trimble Hall. UT Arlington Russian Culture Society, Charles T. McDowell Center for Critical Languages and Area Studies.

Wednesday, Oct. 24

Federal Intern and Entry-level Hire Roundtable Let your students hear from entry-level hires and interns who have successfully and recently completed the federal application process. Free. Noon-1 p.m., Room 011, University Hall. Career Center.

Steven Weinberg

Hazing Prevention Presentation Hazing prevention expert Kim Novak discusses the unintended consequences of hazing, strategies for eliminating hazing practices, and hazing prevention efforts on college campuses. Free. 7 p.m., Lone Star Auditorium, Maverick Activities Center. Fraternity and Sorority Life, Student Conduct.

International Workshop on Future Linear Colliders Nobel Prize-winning physicist Steven Weinberg, right, discusses "The Standard Model, Higgs Boson, Who Cares?" Open to UT Arlington community. No registration required. Part of International Workshop on Future Linear Colliders. Free. 7:30 p.m., Texas Hall. Physics.

Thursday, Oct. 25

International Graduate Student Conference on Transatlantic History Keynote speaker Ian Tyrrell, scientia professor of history at the University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia, discusses "The Spaces and Times of Transatlantic History and Historiography." Panel discussions 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., University Hall and Nedderman Hall. Keynote address 5-7 p.m., Room 601, Nedderman Hall. Transatlantic History Student Organization, Phi Alpha Theta, Barksdale Lecture Series, Student Congress, Department of History, College of Liberal Arts.

Service Learning Faculty Seminar Marybeth Lima, renowned speaker, author, and service learning leader, addresses the faculty on "Strategies for Successful Service Learning" and "Funding and Scholarship Opportunities." She gives examples of creation, implementation, and mastery of community partnerships through service learning. RSVP to for the morning (strategies) or afternoon (funding) session. Free. 9-11:30 a.m. and 1:30-3:30 p.m., Room 601, Nedderman Hall. Center for Community Service Learning.

Biology Colloquium Series Jacqueline Fletcher, Regents Professor of plant pathology at Oklahoma State University, discusses "Human Pathogens on Plants." Free. 4 p.m., Room 119, Life Science Building. Biology.

Friday, Oct. 26

Hermanns Lecture Series "The Place of Memory" is the theme for the Hermanns Lecture Series 2012. Hear distinguished scholars discuss themes of memory and space in history, literature, philosophy, art, and cultural theory. See artworks, videos, and photographs. Free. 11 a.m.-6 p.m., Rio Grande Ballroom, E.H. Hereford University Center. Department of English.

Entrepreneur in the Arts Joe Self ('87 BS), founder of FIRM817, an architecture and interior design firm in Fort Worth, discusses his practice, his business, and his development as an artist. Free. 1 p.m., Room 148, Fine Arts Building. Entrepreneurship in the Arts, Art and Art History.

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

Going Out
  UTA Presents

Gallery features Texas artists


The works of two Texas artists, Harry Geffert of Crowley and the late Chuck Ramirez of San Antonio, are on display in The Gallery at UTA through Nov. 17.

Geffert, one of Texas’s leading bronze sculptors is known for his wall-mounted bronze castings of Texas 
plant life that he presents as both unique objects and as abstract
 landscapes of juxtaposed elements. He is showing current work as well as classic works from his 50-year career. At right is his pigment ink print, Godiva 1.

Ramirez, who died in 2010, created powerful photographic works that explored issues of personal identity and consumer culture. This exhibition features his signature large-scale digital prints that recontextualize mundane, often discarded objects as poignant portraits that reference human presence and use.

The exhibit is free and open to the public. Gallery hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays-Fridays and noon-5 p.m. Saturdays. The Gallery is located in the Fine Arts Building.

The 2012-13 exhibit schedule is made possible by Arlington Camera, the Hanley Foundation, Hilton Arlington, and Nerwin & Martin Fine Art Products and Services.

For more information, contact Benito Huerta or Patricia Healy at 2-5658 or see

Monday, Oct. 22

YWCA Open House The YWCA Arlington Child Development Center has moved into its new home on the west side of campus. Featured speaker is Carrizo Oil & Gas President S.P. “Chip” Johnson. Free. 2-4 p.m. with remarks at 3 p.m., YWCA, 1120 UTA Blvd.

Debate Watch 2012: Final Round Enjoy the presidential debate on the jumbo screen with live text polling and text surveys. Free refreshments. 7:30 p.m., Lone Star Auditorium, Maverick Activities Center. Honors College Council, The Shorthorn.

Tuesday, Oct. 23

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

Thursday, Oct. 25

Faculty Voice Recital Features lyric soprano Soo Hong Kim, associate professor of voice. Free. 7:30 p.m., Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. Music.

'Ah Wilderness!' The Maverick Theatre Company presents Nobel Prize-winner Eugene O’Neill’s only comedy Ah, Wilderness!. $7. 8 p.m. Also 8 p.m. Friday-Saturday, Oct. 26-27, and 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 28, Mainstage Theatre, Fine Arts Building. Theatre Arts.

Friday, Oct. 26

International Mystery Book Club Inspector Imanashi Investigates by Japanese author Seichi Matsumoto is this month's selection. Faculty and staff are invited to attend. Free. Noon, Language Lab Lounge, third floor, Trimble Hall. Modern Languages.

Friday Night Films: The Dark Knight Rises Rated PG-13. Free popcorn. Other concessions available. Admission $1. 4 p.m. and 8 p.m., Rosebud Theatre, E.H. Hereford University Center. EXCEL Campus Activities.

Jim Hayes Invitational Tournament The Movin' Mavs wheelchair basketball team hosts this annual tournament in honor of late coach Jim Hayes. Movin' Mavs vs. Oklahoma State, 6 p.m., Physical Education Building. Also 8 a.m.-9 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 27, and 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 28, Maverick Activities Center and P.E. Building. Movin' Mavs.

Friends of the Library Brenda McClurkin and Jonelle Ryan Bartoli discuss their book Weatherford: The Early Years, part of the series "Images of America." The book chronicles Weatherford from 1856 to 1939. McClurkin is an archivist in the UT Arlington Library Special Collections, and Bartoli directs the annual Talking Tombstones Tour in the Old City Greenwood Cemetery in Weatherford. A book sale and reception follow. RSVP to Free and open to the public. 7:30 p.m., sixth floor parlor, Central Library.

Saturday, Oct. 27

Astronomy Day at Planetarium Meet members of the National Space Society of North Texas, the Texas Astronomical Society, and the Fort Worth Astronomical Society. Weather permitting, telescopes will be set up to look at the sun, moon, and other celestial objects throughout the day. The regular Saturday schedule will be replaced with a special discounted show schedule. Free demonstrations, handouts, lectures, raffles, and more. 4:30-10 p.m., Planetarium.

Fall Festival and Concert Features the band Incognito, a petting zoo, pony rides, face painting, pumpkin patch, and more. Open to all faculty and staff and their families. Part of Parent and Family Weekend. Free. 7-9 p.m., University Center mall. Parent and Family Center.

Coming up


UTARI Open House The UT Arlington Research Institute has undergone a major physical and reorganizational transformation and will host an open house for faculty and staff. Free. 6-8 p.m., Monday, Oct. 29, UTARI, 7300 Jack Newell Boulevard South, Fort Worth.

Goolsby Leadership Academy Lecture Lt. Gen. Rick Lynch, U.S. Army retired and executive director of the UT Arlington Research Institute, discusses how UTARI is strengthening links between University research and the commercialization of technology and innovation. Free. Reception 6:30 p.m., program 7 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 1, Lone Star Auditorium, Maverick Activities Center. Goolsby Leadership Academy, Maverick Battalion.

Veterans Day: A Celebration of Service Retired U.S. Army Gen. Tommy Franks ('71 BBA) is the keynote speaker as all faculty, staff, and students who have veteran or active military status are invited to a celebration recognizing their dedication and service. Refreshments, presentations, flag ceremony, music, and more. 3:30-5 p.m., program 4 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 7, Bluebonnet Ballroom, E.H. Hereford University Center. Office of the President, 2-5300.

Homecoming 2012 Highlights include men's and women's basketball games, a volleyball match, Homecoming parade, street party, reunions, tours, games, after party, a 5K run, and more. See the Homecoming schedule. Nov. 12-19, College Park Center and other locations. Student Affairs.


Presidential Campaigns and Memorabilia More than 150 U.S. presidential buttons, from the 1896 election of William McKinley to the current 2012 campaign, are included in the collection of UT Arlington President James D. Spaniolo. Free. Through Monday, Nov. 12, first floor lobby, Central Library. An exhibit of political cartoons is on the second floor.

Gallery 76102: A Study of Water and What Once Was a Forest Loli Kantor's documentary photography and Hiroko Kubo's sculptural exploration are revealed in this exhibit. Free. Gallery hours 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Saturdays; 4-8 p.m. Thursdays-Fridays. Through Friday, Nov. 30. 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, through Jan. 5, 2013, sixth floor parlor, Central Library. Special Collections.

Pearls of the Antilles: Printed Maps of Caribbean Islands Maps depict not only the geography of the islands but also reflect many of the themes of Caribbean and American history as well as cartographic history. Free. 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Mondays, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays, through Feb. 9, 2013, Special Collections, sixth floor, Central Library.

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



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