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

Thursday, April 11, 2013


Star bright: A composite image of Kepler’s supernova from the Chandra X-ray Observatory. (Courtesy of the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics and NASA)

Kepler's Supernova came from young, metal-rich star, researchers discover

The supernova observed by Johannes Kepler in 1604, known as “Kepler’s supernova,” came from a relatively young star that was rich in metals, according to research published by The Astrophysical Journal Letters and co-authored by Sangwook Park, assistant professor of physics.

The new work expands upon what’s already known about Type Ia supernovae—stellar explosions used to calibrate theories about the expansion of our universe. The study is featured on the NASA website.

Dr. Park along with Carles Badenes, an assistant professor of physics and astronomy at the University of Pittsburgh, and their collaborators set out to use X-ray observation data from the Japanese/United States Suzaku Observatory to further explore Type Ia progenitors and how they explode.

“Even with all that is known about the universe and its expansion, there are still some systematic uncertainties in the way Type Ia supernovae are used,” Park says. “If we can get a better idea about those uncertainties, it will make a significant contribution to improve the accuracy of the distance measurements for galaxies far away from our own Milky Way Galaxy. It also would likely contribute to the understanding of the acceleration of the universe’s expansion and the role of dark energy.”

Read more about the supernovae research.

Priscila Cacola

Dr. Priscila Cacola

Motor skills research good news for middle-aged

People in their 20s don’t have much on their middle-aged counterparts when it comes to some fine motor movements, according to Priscila Caçola, assistant professor of kinesiology.

In a simple finger-tapping exercise, study participants’ speed declined only slightly with age until a marked drop in ability with participants in their mid-60s.

Dr. Caçola hopes the new work will help clinicians identify abnormal loss of function in their patients. Though motor ability in older adults has been studied widely, little research has focused on when deficits begin, she says.

The journal Brain and Cognition will include the study in its June 2013 issue. It is already available online.

“We have this so-called age decline, everybody knows that. I wanted to see if that was a gradual process,” Caçola says. “It’s good news really because I didn’t see differences between the young and middle-aged people.”

Co-authors on the paper are Jerroed Roberson, kinesiology senior, and Carl Gabbard, a professor in the Texas A&M University Department of Health and Kinesiology.

Read more about Caçola’s research.

Ilumno Network

University to offer online programs in Latin America

Beginning in May, UT Arlington will offer five certificate programs to Latin American, post-secondary students, including a new Certificate in Public Health, in partnership with the Ilumno Network.

Professional certificates developed by the Division of Enterprise Development will be offered in global supply chain management; Internet marketing; entrepreneurship and leadership; and project management. The public health program developed by the College of Nursing is the college’s first venture into Latin America.

Enrollment is open through May 12 at

“Our Public Health certificate program is specifically designed to be culturally relevant and to address community health needs in Latin America,” says Elizabeth C. Poster, dean of the College of Nursing. “The courses are designed to improve community health outcomes and to provide our students knowledge that is important for social mobility.”

The Ilumno Network is composed of 10 higher education institutions in Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Panama, Paraguay, and Peru with more than 260,000 students and alumni. Students enrolled in the certificate programs will complete four five-week courses using UT Arlington certificate curricula delivered in Spanish, with permanent instructional support from Ilumno Network faculty.

Wendell Nedderman

Dr. Wendell Nedderman

Nedderman Society Cookout honors employees

The Nedderman Society Cookout will serve up burgers and information 11:30 a.m.-1:30 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 Spaniolo's last pitch

Last first pitch

President James D. Spaniolo threw his last first pitch for UT Arlington Night at the Rangers on Monday as faculty, staff, students, and alumni enjoyed the festivities and the game at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington. Spaniolo is retiring May 31.


Enjoy Texas Rangers games with special 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.

Peer educator nominations needed

Nominate a student to become a peer educator with the University College Learning Center for the fall semester.

Peer educators are needed in paid positions for one-on-one tutors, small group tutors/mentors, and Supplemental Instruction leaders.

To be eligible, students must have at least a 3.0 GPA (cumulative) and have completed at least one semester of coursework at UT Arlington. All students must have earned an A or B in the course for which they are applying.

Learn more at

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

How to Make Your Own Organic Cleaning Supplies

Learn to make your own cleaning supplies using organic plant oils and scrubbing ingredients that are often gentle enough to eat, then take home a basket with the essentials for cleaning every room of your house. Supplies and required book are included in course fee. Call 2-2581 for faculty and staff rates of $69. 7:30-9 p.m., Saturday, April 13. Continuing Education.

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.

In Quotes

Is high-speed rail a flight risk?

Dating in digital age a public process

Recycling an option for greenhouse gases

"Over time, as passengers get accustomed to this service, the market share will likely reach the same levels observed elsewhere as long as the station access time is the same or less than the competing airports."

"There is a big blur between public and private, and kids who have grown up with all of these tools do not always realize the difference. Nothing is as private as it once was."

"As long as we are using fossil fuels, we'll have the question of what to do with the carbon dioxide. An attractive option would be to convert greenhouse gases to liquid fuel. That's the value-added option."

— Dr. Stephen Mattingly, civil engineering professor, on high-speed rail's impact on the aviation industry.

— Mark Tremayne, assistant professor of communication, on online only relationships.
Sacramento Bee

— Dr. Krishnan Rajeshwar, a distinguished professor of chemistry and biochemistry and co-founder of the Center for Renewable Energy, Science, and Technology, on a new methanol production process.

Sports Notes
Elizabeth Thoms

Swinging for success: Elizabeth Thoms won all four of her singles matches last week as the women's tennis team moved into fourth place in the Western Athletic Conference.


Women's tennis climbs in standings

The women’s tennis team won three of four matches last week and moved into fourth place in the Western Athletic Conference.

The Mavericks sandwiched wins over New Mexico State, UT San Antonio, and Idaho around a loss to Louisiana Tech in a series of matches at San Antonio.

Coach Diego Benitez’s team is 6-3 in the WAC and 7-10 overall. They play non-conference matches at Tulsa and Memphis this weekend.

Baseball holds onto share of lead

Despite losing two of three to Cal State Bakersfield last weekend, the baseball team remains tied for first place in the Western Athletic Conference with a 6-3 record.

The Mavericks, who lost a non-conference game at Baylor on Tuesday, face Arlington Baptist at 6:30 p.m. today, Thursday, April 11, at QuikTrip Park in Grand Prairie before hosting San Jose State in a WAC series this weekend at Clay Gould Ballpark.

Softball returns home for WAC series

After playing on the road the last two weeks, the softball team hosts Texas State in a Western Athletic Conference series this weekend. The two teams play a doubleheader starting at 4 p.m. Friday, April 12, followed by a single game at 1 p.m. Saturday, April 13, at Allan Saxe Field.

The Mavericks, 2-7 in the WAC, lost all three games at New Mexico State last weekend with two of the games going into extra innings.

Relays provide track wins at Texas State

The women’s and men’s 4x400-meter relay teams were both victorious at the Texas State Invitational in San Marcos on Saturday.

Ashly Wright also won the 800-meter run and Jennifer Brown won the triple jump for the women. Aaron Purser took first in the 5000-meter run for the men.

Men's tennis wins home finale

The men’s tennis team closed out the home season with a 7-0 Western Athletic Conference win over Seattle on Sunday.

The Mavericks are 1-3 in the WAC and have conference matches at Denver and Utah State this weekend.

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Going Out
  UTA Presents

Master of Fine Arts Exhibit now open

MFA Exhibit

MFA candidates present an exhibition demonstrating excellence in their chosen field at the Master of Fine Arts Exhibit, which opened this week at The Gallery at UTA.

The Master of Fine Arts degree in the Art and Art History Department offers students a broad range of study and exploration within intermedia, film, video, glass, and visual communication.

The spring exhibition features 10 artists—Elisha Burley, Caleb Dulock, Jesse England, Jeff Gibbons, Corey Gossett, Kight Haberer, Matt Heller, Hannah Hudson, Soyla Santos, and Helen Schenck—and their work in film/video, visual communication, and studio intermedia art. Above is Living in the Gray X by Schenck.

"Their works are ironic, playful, striking, engaging, composed, tense, subversive, and beautiful," says Nancy Palmeri, graduate adviser and coordinator. "They suggest a visual account of each artist's ongoing transformation and individual studio practice. Their art reveals the scope and diversity of the artists within the MFA program."

The opening reception is 5-8 p.m. Friday, April 12. Gallery hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays-Fridays and noon-5 p.m. Saturdays.

The exhibit runs through Saturday, April 20.

Thursday, April 11

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.

Biology Colloquium Series 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.

Micro and Nano-Systems Distinguished Speaker Series Laszlo B. Kish of Texas A&M University speaks on "Noise-based Logic: Why Noise? Why Not Sinusoidals?" 3:30 p.m., Room 108, Nedderman Hall. NanoFab, Engineering.

Friday, April 12

Nedderman Society Cookout 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Library mall. Nedderman Society.

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. Also, Saturday, April 13. Maverick Activities Center. Kinesiology, Education and Health Professions.

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.

Yuri's Night

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

Yuri's Night: 50 Years of Human Spaceflight Civilian astronaut Anousheh Ansari is guest speaker for a celebration of the first space flight. Presentations and exhibits by the National Space Society of North Texas, Fort Worth Museum of Science and History, Texas Astronomical Society, the Fort Worth Astronomical Society, and more. Free. 6-10 p.m., Planetarium. Planetarium.

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.

Sunday, April 14

Opera Workshop Performance A concert featuring music students performing songs from operas and plays. Free. 7:30 p.m.; also Monday, April 15; Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. Music.

Monday, April 15

Downtown Arlington Music Monday A lunchtime concert featuring music students. Lunch served after the concert. Free. 12:15-12:45 p.m., First Baptist Church, 300 S. Center St. Music.

Student Elections Students vote for Student Congress president, vice president, and senators, as well as Mr. UTA, Ms. UTA, UTA Ambassadors, and Student Service Allocation Committee representatives. Also Tuesday, April 16. 9 a.m.-6 p.m., University Center Gallery, E.H. Hereford University Center. Student Governance and Organizations.

Tuesday, April 16

President James D. Spaniolo

Last Lecture Series President James D. Spaniolo, right, shares his thoughts as this year's guest speaker. After nine years leading UT Arlington, he will retire in May. Free. 7 p.m., Bluebonnet Ballroom, E.H. Hereford University Center.

Think Fast Game Show Wireless connections make everyone in the audience a contestant in the interactive trivia game. Top prizes are $200, $100, and $50. Free. 7:30 p.m., Rosebud Theatre, E.H. Hereford University Center. EXCEL Campus Activities.

Clavier Series Piano Recital A recital featuring piano students. Free. 7:30 p.m., Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. Music.

Coming up

Michael Ward

Focus on Faculty Michael Ward, right, professor of economics, discusses "What Effect Does Video Game Violence Have on Actual Violence?" Free. Noon-1:30 p.m., Wednesday, April 17, sixth floor parlor, Central Library. UT Arlington Library.

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

Block Party An end-of-year celebration with live music, a DJ, and the winner of the Battle for the Block competition. Includes carnival-style treats, games, and activities. Free. 6 p.m., Thursday, April 18, University Center mall. University Events, Apartment and Residence Life.

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


Fine Lines - discount

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.

Fine Lines An exhibition of hand-drawn images by Anne Allen, Amy Herzel, and Angela Kallus using graphite, ink, silverpoint, and carbon pencil. At right, You’re Now Down with a Discount by Angela Kallus. Gallery hours noon-6 p.m., Wednesdays-Saturdays. Through Friday, May 31. Fort Worth Center. Gallery 76102.

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



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