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

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Baohong Yuan

Dr. Baohong Yuan

Hybrid imaging study examines deep tissue

Baohong Yuan, an assistant professor of bioengineering, has been awarded a $407,163 National Science Foundation Early Career Development grant to use light and sound to produce an accurate image of a patient’s deep tissue.

Dr. Yuan says his process overcomes the challenge of getting accurate images in deep tissue. Currently, to analyze tissue more than a centimeter beneath the skin, physicians may select a noninvasive imaging method or surgically cut to take a patient biopsy for light microscopic imaging.

“If you use light to take a picture of deep tissue, the light is dispersed," he says. "But if you use sound to control the light, you can get an accurate picture of what is within the deep tissue.”

Read more about the grant and Yuan's research.

Hyejin Moon

Dr. Hyejin Moon

Grant supports research on microfluidic devices

Hyejin Moon, an assistant professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering, has been honored by the National Science Foundation with a $400,000 Early Career Development grant to support her work with microfluidic devices, which promise to improve 3D tissue and cell sample analyses.

Dr. Moon has developed a novel approach to testing microscopic amounts of tissue and cells on microchips. Her devices produce more accurate images and conditions of huge numbers of samples.

She says her microfluidic device technology is a faster and more reliable method of analyzing samples than traditional testing performed in petri dishes, processes that can take weeks or months to show results.

“What’s even better is that the device engineers the cell and tissue samples into a 3-D configuration,” Moon says. “That’s closer to an accurate portrayal of our bodies.”

Read more about the grant and Moon's research.

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Dropping in

Dr. Yaba Blay, right, assistant teaching professor of Africana Studies at Drexel University, visits with Carter Bedford, center, coordinator of the UT Arlington African-American Studies Center, and Ify Okonkwo, Ms. UTA. Blay lectured Tuesday on "One Drop: Fact, Fiction, or Fate," which was part of Black History Month.

Show Maverick Pride in virtual choir

Warm up your vocal chords and turn on your webcam for the first-ever UT Arlington Virtual Choir.

You and fellow Mavericks will be part of a special thank-you event for the 1895 Society, a group of University supporters, and as a farewell to retiring President James D. Spaniolo.

Your voice and face will be merged with hundreds of others and shown on a big screen at the March event. Don't worry about your own vocal talent; all voices will be blended together for a big choir sound.

To sing along, follow these four simple steps:

  • Set up your computer. You just need Internet access, a webcam, and a microphone. Full details are on
  • Practice as much or as little as you want. Take as much time as you need to learn your part and rehearse.
  • Record yourself. Follow the step-by-step video instructions on the screen.
  • Submit your recording online.

The deadline is midnight Wednesday, Feb. 20.

Open house for Canon Print Center is Feb. 21

An open house for the Canon Print Center is set for 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 21, at Arlington City Hall, 101 West Abram Street. It is hosted by UT Arlington and the city of Arlington.

Meet the Canon Print Center staff, discuss your department’s printing needs, see how easy it is to submit a print job into the dedicated web portal, and a submit your name for a chance to win a gift.

For more information, contact Julia Cornwell, Procurement Services, at 2-3002.

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Sweet heart

Nursing faculty and staff members were joined by three mathematics faculty members for some creative posing on the Go Red for Women/World Heart Day event earlier this month. The photograph is a perfect fit for Valentine's Day, too.


Friday is deadline to submit nominations for student awards

The deadline to nominate your outstanding student workers for the 2012-13 Student Employee of the Year award is 5 p.m. Friday, Feb. 15.

Student employees must have worked a minimum of six months part time. Find the nomination form at Student Employee of the Year.

Scholarships are awarded to the top students selected. All nominees will be honored at an awards reception April 11.

For more information, contact Mike Taddesse in the Career Center at 2-5141 or

Second tasting buffet set for today

The second part of the University Club's tasting buffet is today, Thursday, Feb. 14.

New items—sandwiches, wraps, and salads—will be chosen for the menu based on guests’ scores.

Served buffet style, the tasting is $8 per person. The regular menu will not be available. The University Club hours are 11 a.m.-2 p.m.

Bookstore closed for inventory Saturday

Faculty and staff are asked to remind students that the UT Arlington Bookstore will be closed Saturday, Feb. 16, for annual inventory.

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Mardi Gras madness

Participants dressed up to celebrate Mardi Gras on Fat Tuesday as they enjoyed New Orleans cuisine and live zydeco music at the E.H. Hereford University Center. See more photos.

Volunteers needed for spring job fair

The Career Center needs faculty and staff volunteers for the Spring 2013 Job Fair set for 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 20, in the Maverick Activities Center.

In addition to helping with the job fair itself, volunteers are needed for set up, clean up, loading dock crew, and staffing the student and employer check-in tables. Shifts are available in one-hour increments 7 a.m.-4 p.m.

To volunteer, complete the form at Hire a Maverick. Deadline to volunteer is Friday, Feb. 15.

Drive seeks donations for shelter

Golden Key International Honour Society is collecting toiletries and more through Thursday, Feb. 28, for Southside Community Center in San Marcos, which supports a homeless center.

The center needs hand soap, toothbrushes, towels, shampoo, travel-sized toiletries, cloths, blankets, socks, and other essentials.

Look for donation boxes at the Maverick Activities Center, the E.H. Hereford University Center, the Central Library, and the Health Services Center.

For more information, contact Kevin Schuck at or 2-3313.

Extended MyMav maintenance scheduled March 2-3

The regular MyMav maintenance schedule will be extended on Saturday-Sunday, March 2-3. Maintenance will begin at 8 a.m. Saturday, March 2, and is expected to be completed by 2 p.m. Sunday, March 3. Additional information on this maintenance event and the status of maintenance and outages on other systems can be found on the OIT System Status page.

Benefit Yourself
Mapping Happiness

Mapping Happiness: Identifying Happiest Places on Earth

Use geographic information systems to create a customized happiness index for each country using environmental sustainability and economic indicators in this GIS workshop. Free. 3-5 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 14, Room B20, Central Library. Joshua Been, GIS Workshops.

Assistive Robotics Symposium

Rory Cooper, director of the University of Pittsburgh’s Human Engineering Research Laboratories, is the keynote speaker. Open to campus community plus industry and government representatives. Program schedule. Register. Free. 1-6:30 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 19, UT Arlington Research Institute, 7300 Jack Newell Blvd. South, Fort Worth, 2-5900.

Business Continuity Planning revised

The Handbook of Operating Procedures ADM 5-306 Business Continuity Planning has been revised to include a list of the members of the Executive Policy Group and a list of mission critical units. For more information, contact Cindy Mohat at

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
Kevin Butler

Scoring surge: Kevin Butler scored 38 points in Maverick victories over Texas State and UT San Antonio, and was named Western Athletic Conference Men's Basketball Player of the Week by College Sports Madness.


Mav men notch pair of wins

The crowds were bigger and the results were better as the men’s basketball team downed Texas State and UT San Antonio at College Park Center last week.

The Mavericks had lost five straight home games dating to Dec. 31 with crowds slightly more than 1,000 for each contest. Both games last week drew more than 2,000 fans as UT Arlington won its fourth game in five outings to improve to 7-5 in the Western Athletic Conference and 12-9 overall.

Coach Scott Cross’s squad has games at Idaho and Seattle this week before returning for four straight home games Feb. 20-March 2.

Baseballers open season at home Friday

The Maverick baseball season gets started this weekend as Louisiana Tech comes to Clay Gould Ballpark for a three-game series Friday-Sunday, Feb. 15-17. The opener is at 6:30 p.m. Friday, followed by games at 2 p.m. Saturday and 1 p.m. Sunday.

Coach Darin Thomas guided the Mavericks to a Southland Conference championship last year and will combine some returning veterans with a group of talented newcomers as they point toward play in the Western Athletic Conference.

Following the opening weekend series, the Mavericks play at UT Austin at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 19.

Blair named interim coach as women host Pink Night

Karen Blair has been named interim head coach for the women's basketball team for the remainder of the season, replacing Samantha Morrow, who resigned this week.

The Mavericks host Idaho at 7 p.m. today, Thursday, Feb. 14, and Seattle at 6 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 16, in Western Athletic Conference games at College Park Center.

Tonight is Pink Night as donations benefit Arlington Cancer Center patients. Contributions can be made to the Cancer Research Foundation of North Texas for the Arlington Cancer Center.

The Mavericks won in overtime at Texas State last week before losing at UT San Antonio.

Softball opens season in Florida

New softball coach Kristie Fox gets a good look at her team in the Central Florida Invitational this weekend as the Mavericks open the season Friday-Sunday, Feb. 15-17, in Orlando, Fla.

UT Arlington faces Buffalo and UCF on Friday, Florida A&M and Stetson on Saturday, and South Carolina on Sunday.

Men net tennis victory, women still searching

The men’s tennis team picked up its first win of the season with a 6-1 victory over Cameron at the UTA Tennis Center on Friday. Now 1-1, the men play at Baylor on Saturday, Feb. 16.

After an 0-2 start, the women host Air Force at 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 17, at the tennis center.

Golfers tie for eighth at Oak Hills

The Maverick golf team opened the spring season by tying for eighth place in a field of 14 at the UT San Antonio Oak Hills Invitational on Tuesday.

Riley Fleming led the Mavericks as he shot four over par and finished tied for 12th.

(For more sports news, go to,, or

Going Out

Thursday, Feb. 14

ChocolateFest Celebrate the wonderful taste of chocolate. Sample various chocolate goodies and some signature items such as custom-molded chocolates and a chocolate fountain. Free. 9 a.m.-6 p.m., Central Library. Library.

The J-Spot: A Sex Educator Tells All Jay Friedman offers a progressive and positive approach to sex/sexism/sexual assault education that has audiences laughing while they’re learning at “The J-Spot: A Sex Educator Tells All.” Free. 3 p.m. Rosebud Theatre, E.H. Hereford University Center. Relationship Violence and Sexual Assault Prevention Program. EXCEL Campus Activities.

Women's Basketball Mavericks vs. Idaho. The Pink Game. Donations benefit Arlington Cancer Center patients. Contributions can be made to the Cancer Research Foundation of North Texas for the Arlington Cancer Center. $6 tickets. 7 p.m. College Park Center. Also, vs. Seattle University, 6 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 16. Athletics.

Friday, Feb. 15

Fritos Pie

Baseball Mavericks vs. Louisiana Tech. $6 tickets. 6:30 p.m. Clay Gould Ballpark. Also 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 16, and 1 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 17. Athletics.

Friends of the Library Kaleta Doolin, author of Fritos Pie: Stories, Recipes, and More, is the guest speaker. She is the daughter of Charles Elmer Doolin, founder of the Frito Company. A reception and book signing follow the lecture. Free. 7:30 p.m., sixth floor parlor, Central Library. Friends of the Library.

Sunday, Feb. 17

Women's Tennis Mavericks vs. Air Force. Free. 2 p.m., UTA Tennis Center. Athletics.

Sunday, Feb. 17-Saturday, Feb. 23

Engineers Week The College of Engineering will reach out to the University and the surrounding community to showcase what engineers do and why they are important in daily life. Engineering.

Monday, Feb. 18

Art + Spirit Sedrick Huckaby, assistant professor of art, gives a slide presentation highlighting his work. Free. 6:30 p.m., Park Cities Presbyterian Church, Dallas.

American Musicale Soloists and small ensembles perform a variety of music. Donations. 7:30 p.m., Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. Sigma Alpha Iota, Music.

Tuesday, Feb. 19

Mark Kelly

Maverick Speakers Series Mark Kelly, right, retired astronaut and naval aviator, discusses "Endeavoring to Build a Better America." Free, but tickets required. All tickets have been claimed. Non-ticketholders will be admitted based on seat availability 10 minutes prior to the start of the lecture. 7:30 p.m., Texas Hall. Maverick Speakers Series.

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

Coming up

Spring Job Fair Faculty and staff are invited to visit the job fair for students and alumni seeking full-time positions and exploring internships, part-time jobs, and field placements. Free. 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 20, Maverick Activities Center. Career Center.

Women's Basketball Mavericks vs. New Orleans. Arlington Independent School District Field Day with approximately 1,500 sixth-grade students and teachers attending. $6 tickets. Noon, Wednesday, Feb. 20, College Park Center. Athletics.

Men's Basketball Mavericks vs. UT Pan American. Coaches vs. Cancer Awareness Night. $6-$15 tickets. 7 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 20, College Park Center. Athletics.

Black History Month Features "Your Journey, Our Legacy," 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 20, Bluebonnet Ballroom; Wolf premiere, 7 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 26, Planetarium; and "Exploring Our Legacy," 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 27, Rosebud Theatre. Black History Month.

National TRIO Day Celebration The week-long celebration is culminated on the UT Arlington campus by the DFW Alliance of TRIO programs. Schedule. 7 a.m.-2 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 23. UT Arlington TRIO program.



A Legacy Worth Living An art exhibit featuring artwork by and images of famous African Americans. One wall is designated for you to write your own legacy. 8 a.m.-8 p.m., University Center Gallery. Through Friday, Feb. 15. Black History Month.

Coral: Rekindling Venus Last weekend to take this immersive journey. It invites you to lose yourself in the extraordinary world of coral reef communities. 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 15, and Saturday, Feb. 16, Planetarium. See the complete Planetarium schedule.

Flight Deck Showcases public art at Love Field and DFW International Airport. Free. Gallery hours 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays-Fridays and noon-5 p.m. Saturdays, Fine Arts Building. Through Saturday, Feb. 16. The Gallery at UTA.

Frank Lloyd Wright's Samara: A Mid-Century Dream Home Experience the process of building and living in a home designed by one of America’s greatest architects, Frank Lloyd Wright. $8. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays, 1-5 p.m. Sundays, Arlington Museum of Art, 201 W. Main St., downtown Arlington. Through Sunday, Feb. 17. Architecture.

Self-congratulatory Nonsense A solo installation by Joshua Elliott. Gallery hours 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Saturdays; 4-8 p.m. Thursdays-Fridays. Through Saturday, March 30. Fort Worth Center, Gallery 76102.

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



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