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

Monday, April 8, 2013

Dr. Anand Puppala

Dr. Anand Puppala

Associate dean of research elected as fellow of American Society of Civil Engineers

Anand Puppala, associate dean of research in the College of Engineering, has been elected as an American Society of Civil Engineers Fellow by the ASCE board.

Dr. Puppala also is a distinguished teaching professor in the Civil Engineering Department.

Fellow status must be attained by professional accomplishments via application and then election by the Membership Application Review Committee. Fewer than 5 percent of ASCE members hold the distinction.

“I’m honored to have received such an award,” Puppala says. “It’s always a little more prestigious when the honor comes from those in your industry.”

Jean-Pierre Bardet, dean of the College of Engineering, says Puppala leads by example.

“His research hasn’t let up since he’s become associate dean,” Dr. Bardet says. “Dr. Puppala’s research in soil stabilization is especially interesting and has the chance to affect so many different areas of our lives, including roads, dams, housing, and a host of other sectors.”

Read more about Puppala.

David Dillon Symposium

Architecture historian to headline second David Dillon Symposium

Chicago architecture historian and critic Robert Bruegmann, a provocative figure in urban design, headlines the Second Annual David Dillon Symposium scheduled Thursday-Friday, April 18-19, in Dallas.

Proceeds benefit the David Dillon Center for Texas Architecture, which was established in 2012 by the School of Architecture to honor the legacy of the longtime architecture critic for The Dallas Morning News.

Bruegmann is author of the 2006 book Sprawl, A Compact History and is a contrarian of note in the architecture world. A professor emeritus at the University of Illinois at Chicago, he argues that sprawl is a market-driven phenomenon with a long and rich history dating to the Roman Empire.

The symposium includes experts in urbanism, technology, and social media. A book signing is planned.

Register to attend. Admission is $5-$40 for parts or all of the symposium.

Read more about the David Dillon Symposium.

Wendell Nedderman

Giving thanks: President Emeritus and honorary cook Wendell Nedderman attends the Nedderman Society Cookout that honors faculty and staff who contribute financially to the University.

Nedderman Society Cookout honors employees

The Nedderman Society Cookout will serve up burgers and information 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Friday, April 12, on the Central Library mall.

The society, founded to recognize faculty, staff, and retirees who contribute financially to UT Arlington, is named for President Emeritus Wendell Nedderman and his wife, Betty. During Dr. Nedderman's 19-year tenure as president, the University added 21 baccalaureate, 27 master's and 17 doctoral degree programs, and enrollment increased by more than 10,000 students.

The Nedderman Society exists in the same spirit of progress and improvement that the Neddermans exhibited. Faculty and staff who contribute to any area of the University are automatically members. If you'd like to become a Nedderman Society member, learn more about giving options.

In case of rain, the cookout will be held in the Palo Duro Lounge of the E.H. Hereford University Center. The Nedderman Society Cookout is presented by the Office of Development.

  Mav Pic Kent Lawrence

A half-century of service

Kent Lawrence, professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering, received an award marking his 50th year with UT Arlington from President James D. Spaniolo. Dr. Lawrence and employees serving 25, 30, 35, 40, and 45 years were recognized Thursday. Those with 10, 15, and 20 years will be honored Wednesday. Read more about the 25-Year Club honorees.

Enjoy Texas Rangers games with discounted tickets

UT Arlington faculty, staff, and alumni can enjoy selected Texas Rangers games with discounted tickets. Visit, click on University of Texas at Arlington, and use the password MAVS13 to get your discounted tickets.

Police escort service available any time

The UT Arlington Police Department offers escort service at any time requested. To request a security escort, call 2-3381.

The Green/South shuttle route runs until 10:30 p.m. Mondays-Thursdays and accesses faculty/staff lots 13 and 17.

'Biggest Loser' contestant shares story

Tracey Yukich, a contestant on NBC’s TV show, The Biggest Loser, shares her story at 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 10, in the Lone Star Auditorium of the Maverick Activities Center.

On the show, Yukich went from 250 pounds to 132 pounds. She will discuss her experience, recovery, and motivation to help encourage long-term, healthy behaviors. Her experiences, challenges, and successes will motivate you to begin thinking about a lifelong pursuit of health and wellness.

Her free appearance is part of the MavWell/LiveWell program at the MAC.

Apply for Faculty Fellowships on Sustainability in Curriculum

The University Sustainability Committee is accepting applications for Faculty Fellowships on Sustainability in the Curriculum for the 2013-14 academic year.

Fellowships range from $2,000 to $5,000 for one semester. Applications are due Monday, April 15.

Read more about the faculty fellowships.

Benefit Yourself

Vouchering topic of MyMav II Open Forum on Tuesday

Vouchering (VP1 and VP2) is the MyMav II Open Forum topic for Tuesday, April 9. The session is 8:30-10 a.m. in the Rosebud Theatre of the E.H. Hereford University Center.

Review the vouchering business process using PeopleSoft, including PO and non-PO vouchers, the workflow or routing approval process, and the business impact of changes.

Open Forum sessions provide users with a chance to hear from PeopleSoft team experts in a group setting on a variety of key topics. Each forum will include a question-and-answer session. Attend one or all forums or review them online.

See the schedule for upcoming Open Forums. Previous sessions are online.

SecureDoc Software now supports Apple Macintosh OS X updates

SecureDoc version 6.1 for Apple Macintosh OS X will be available Monday, April 8. This version supports FileVault2 encryption that allows OS X updates, including version 10.8.3.

Learn more about SecureDoc 6.1, requirements and limitations of the software, and instructions on how to upgrade to this version.

Staff Advisory Council General Meeting

This month's agenda includes information on the new UT System Living Well health platform, an update from the employee advisory council representative, and discussion on the Provost Office restructuring. Open to all staff members. Door prizes. 3 p.m. Tuesday, April 9, Student Congress chambers, lower level, E.H. Hereford University Center. Staff Advisory Council.

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

Monday, April 8

Derek Abbott

How Do We Supply the World's Energy Needs? Derek Abbott, right, of the University of Adelaide, Australia, expands our vision to consider energy supply on a massive scale. Collaboration between electrical engineers, economists, and chemical engineers could potentially provide solutions to power the world. Free. 5-7 p.m. Room 100, Nedderman Hall. Engineering.

Wednesday, April 10

A Life in Public Service Eric Botts recounts his 30 years of experiences with the State Department as a diplomat in the Dominican Republic, South Korea, Ireland, and Bahamas, and his current work as assistant director of the Houston Passport Agency. He will offer advice on joining the foreign or civil service. Free. Noon, Room 108, University Hall. Luther Hagard Lecture Series, Political Science.

Thursday, April 11

Biology Colloquium Series Dr. Jyoti Shah of the University of North Texas discusses "The Tug-O-War Between Plants and Pests." Free. 4 p.m., Room 119, Life Science Building. Biology.


Switch Energy Project The groundbreaking film, video, and education program – uniting diverse audiences in a shared understanding of energy and promoting efficiency. Free. 4 p.m., Room 100, Geoscience Building. Earth and Environmental Sciences.

Friday-Saturday, April 12-13

2nd annual Concussion Summit: Concussion in Youth Sports The Center for Healthy Living and Longevity hosts a national gathering on youth concussions, bringing together top experts from across the U.S. for communication and advice. Register. Maverick Activities Center. Kinesiology, Education and Health Professions.

Tuesday, April 16

Faculty Creative Works Reception and Exhibit 2012 A reception and exhibit of faculty creative works of the previous calendar year. Faculty, deans, directors, University administrators, and Library staff are invited. RSVP by Wednesday, April 10. 4-6 p.m., sixth floor atrium, Central Library. Office of the Provost, UT Arlington Library.

Wednesday, April 17

CMAS Distinguished Lecture "Migration Miracle: Faith, Hope, and Meaning on the Undocumented Journey" is the topic for Jacqueline Maria Hagan, professor of sociology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Free. 7:30 p.m., Room 303, Chemistry and Physics Building. Center for Mexican American Studies.

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

In Quotes

CASA could speed storm warnings

Shared positions a new, controversial idea

Cell rotation may help with diagnoses

"In several minutes, a lot can happen with tornadoes and flash flooding events, so this will get the warning out much more quickly and also pinpoint where things are happening."

"If college can't be experimental and have a little flexibility, then nobody can."

"We are also interested in monitoring the change in the rotation speed of cells when they transform to a diseased state and whether we can use it for diagnosis."

— Dr. Dong-Jun Seo, associate professor of civil engineering, on the CASA-Collaborative Adaptive Sensing of the Atmosphere-equipment atop Carlisle Hall and the first of its kind in the nation.
WFAA-Channel 8

— Donald F. Gatzke, dean of the School of Architecture, on shared positions becoming increasingly more common between newspapers and the academic world.
Inside Higher Ed

— Dr. Samar Mohanty, assistant professor of physics, on the use of "optical tweezers" that allow researchers to rotate cells without touching them.
Optics & Photonics News

Going Out

Monday, April 8

Voice Recital Free. Noon, Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. Music.

UT Arlington Night at the Rangers Texas Rangers vs. Tampa Bay Rays, Rangers Ballpark in Arlington. UT Arlington ticket allotment sold out. Pre-game festivities start about 6:45 p.m. Game time is 7:05 p.m.

Tuesday, April 9


Music Honors Recital Free. 7:30 p.m., Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. Music.

Wednesday, April 10

Homerathon A day-long oral recitation of Homer's epic poem, The Odyssey. Readers and performers are needed. Sign up online. Texts available in Room 305 of Carlisle Hall. Recitation in Greek and other arcane languages is welcome. Free. 7 a.m.-10:30 p.m., University Center mall. Classical Studies.

Friday, April 12

Nedderman Society Cookout 11 a.m.-1 p.m., Library mall. Nedderman Society.

High School Leadership and Legacy Conference For high school students and UT Arlington legacies—children or grandchildren of UT Arlington graduates or former students. 10 a.m.-4 p.m., E.H. Hereford University Center. Cost is $25 and includes supplies, meals, and a T-shirt. High School Leadership and Legacy Conference, Alumni Association.

Softball Mavericks vs. Texas State. Tickets $6. 4 p.m. doubleheader. Also 1 p.m. Saturday, April 13. Allan Saxe Field. Athletics.

Baseball Mavericks vs. San Jose State. Tickets $6. 6:30 p.m. Clay Gould Ballpark. Also 2 p.m. Saturday, April 13, and 1 p.m. Sunday, April 14. Athletics.

Saturday, April 13

30th Annual Barbara Jordan Media Awards Recognizes contributions from media professionals, students, and organizations for accurate, respectful, and progressive portrayals of people with disabilities. Keynote speaker is Anita Foster, chief communications officer, American Red Cross North Texas Region. Tickets $25; $15 students. Reception 6:30 p.m.; dinner and program 7 p.m., College Park Center. Barbara Jordan Media Awards.

Coming up

Kansas Kansas concert Saturday, June 1, College Park Center.


Making Mavericks: Expanding Horizons at UT Arlington Explore the growth and development of the University and its relationship with the city. Free. 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Mondays and 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays. Through Saturday, April 27. Sixth floor, Central Library, Special Collections.

Planetarium Enjoy a '60s style laser light show set to the music of Pink Floyd. 7 p.m. Saturdays. Planetarium.

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



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