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

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Dr. Jacob Resch

Dr. Jacob Resch

Upcoming national conference on campus to focus on latest pediatric concussion research

The Center for Health Living and Longevity will host a national gathering on youth concussions April 12-13, bringing together top experts from across the U.S. for communication and advice.

The 2nd annual Concussion Summit: Concussion in Youth Sports is organized by Jacob Resch, director of the Brain Injury Laboratory.

The conference is intended to engage a broad audience, from parents and medical professionals to coaches and athletic trainers. The conference is open to the public, with registration $60 for adults and $30 for high school and college students.

“Last year’s first Concussion Summit at UT Arlington was well received by attendees and provided a rare opportunity for clinicians to interact with experts in the field,” said Dr. Resch, an assistant professor in the College of Education and Health Professions. Along with colleagues from UT Southwestern Medical Center and Texas Health Resources, Resch is conducting a study of more than 2,000 youth athletes.

Read more about the concussion conference.

Carbon Dioxide to Methanol

Energy two-step: A schematic illustration shows the two-step synthesis of CuO-Cu2O hybrid nanorod arrays.

Researchers explore carbon dioxide-to-methanol model

UT Arlington researchers are pioneering a new method for using carbon dioxide, or CO2, to make liquid methanol fuel by using copper oxide nanowires and sunlight.

The process is safer, simpler, and less expensive than previous methods to convert the greenhouse gas associated with climate change to a useful product, says Krishnan Rajeshwar, interim associate vice president for research and one of the authors of a paper recently published in the journal Chemical Communications.

“As long as we are using fossil fuels, we’ll have the question of what to do with the carbon dioxide,” says Dr. Rajeshwar, a distinguished professor of chemistry and biochemistry and co-founder of the Center for Renewable Energy, Science and Technology (CREST) in the College of Science. “An attractive option would be to convert greenhouse gases to liquid fuel.”

Co-authors on the paper are Ghazaleh Ghadimkhani, Norma Tacconi, Wilaiwan Chanmanee, and Csaba Janaky, all of CREST and the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry.

Read more about the carbon dioxide-to-methanol research.

Al Ellis-retired Col. Archie P. Davis

Distinguished cadets: Al Ellis, left, and retired Col. Archie P. Davis are the 2013 inductees into the Military Science Hall of Honor.

Distinguished cadets chosen for Military Science Hall of Honor

Al Ellis and retired Col. Archie P. Davis will be inducted into the Military Science Hall of Honor Sunday, Feb. 24, in the Bluebonnet Ballroom of the E.H. Hereford University Center.

The Carlisle Cannons will fire three volleys at approximately 1:45 p.m.

Ellis commanded the Sam Houston Rifles and earned his bachelor’s degree in 1965. He served in the Dominican Republic and Vietnam before leaving the Army in 1969 to pursue a law career.

He is “of counsel” with Sommerman and Quesada in Dallas. Named a Top Lawyer by several publications, he is a 2011 recipient of UT Arlington’s Distinguished Alumni Award. Ellis has helped build more than 100 homes for Habitat for Humanity and has been honored for community service and law education.

Davis was the first African American to serve as Cadet Corps commander. Her earned a bachelor’s degree in management in 1986.

In 2004 he joined the 336th Theater Finance Command during Operation Iraqi Freedom II. At Fort Hood in 2006, he served as deputy commander of the 1st Cavalry Division and later as the commander of the 13th Financial Management Center. He retired in September 2012. Davis is civilian director of financial and recourse management and assistant chief of staff of the Army Operational Test Command at Fort Hood.

See a list of previous Hall of Honor inductees.


Maverick basketball hosts BracketBusters

Riding a five-game winning streak, the men's basketball team takes on UC Irvine in the Ramada Worldwide BracketBusters at 5 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 23, in College Park Center. The 11th annual BracketBusters pits potential NCAA championship hopefuls against each other. Tickets are available at

The men continued their streak with a 63-48 victory over UT Pan American on Wednesday. More men's home games include San Jose State Feb. 28 and Utah State March 2. The last scheduled conference games are at Denver March 7 and at New Mexico State March 9.

Winners of two of their last three, including an 82-57 triumph over New Orleans on Wednesday, the women head to San Jose State for a Feb. 28 game, followed by a March 2 contest at Utah State. They wrap up their season at home against Denver March 7 and New Mexico State March 9.

Get tickets for the 2013 WAC Tournament March 12-16 in Las Vegas. All-session tickets, which are good for both men's and women's games, are $165 and are available at, by calling 2-9595, or at the College Park Center box office. All WAC men’s and women’s teams qualify for the postseason event.

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Into the future

Retired Navy captain and NASA astronaut Mark Kelly spoke about America's future at Tuesday night's Maverick Speakers Series lecture in Texas Hall. Kelly flew 39 carrier-based combat missions in Operation Desert Storm and was commander of the final mission of space shuttle Endeavour. He and his wife, former U.S. Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, formed the political action committee Americans For Responsible Solutions to encourage elected officials to stand up for solutions to prevent gun violence and protect responsible gun ownership. Kelly and Giffords, who was shot at point-blank range in 2011, formed the PAC after the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn.

Future Mavs on campus for events Saturday, Monday

Two events for middle school and high school students bring future Mavericks to campus.

National TRIO Day offers workshops on pre-college programs, admissions, financial aid, and myths about college life from representatives of many North Texas universities and colleges. Activities are 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 23, at the Maverick Activities Center. See the TRIO Day schedule.

The Fort Worth Regional Science/Engineering Fair displays the work of 550 students in grades six-12 from 10 counties Monday, Feb. 25. View the projects 3-7 p.m. at College Park Center. The colleges of Science and Engineering, RadioShack, and Lockheed Martin provide learning activities for participants.

18th Annual NASA Scholarship Pow-wow set for Saturday

Come to the 18th Annual NASA Scholarship Pow-wow for traditional dances, music, vendors, frybread, and performance competition Saturday, Feb. 23, in the Bluebonnet Ballroom of the E.H. Hereford University Center.

The Pow-wow starts with gourd dancing at 11 a.m. The grand entry begins at 5 p.m. Albert Old Crow returns as emcee. Admission is free.

New this year is a juried art show, part of an international Idle No More movement that began in Canada in response to changes in government policies affecting First Nations, or Native American, people.

All proceeds benefit Native American Student Association scholarships.

Review education changes at '21st Century Pedagogies' symposium

The Department of Modern Languages hosts "21st Century Pedagogies" for its Biannual Cultural Constructions Symposium 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday, March 1, in Room 200 of Trimble Hall.

Teaching has evolved to incorporate new pedagogies and technologies to engage a variety of learners, texts, and theories. The symposium will address several disciplines and theories: critical pedagogy, critical approaches to teaching literature, language, composition or culture, and pedagogical theory and practice.

A screening starts at noon of the documentary Maestra (Teacher), a film that follows stories of transformation through the 1961 Cuban Literacy Campaign.

See the symposium schedule for the free program. For more information, contact Sonja Watson at

Mav Pic Job Fair

Paper work

Jeromi Kelsey, civil engineering senior, fills out paperwork at the Spring Job Fair on Wednesday at the Maverick Activities Center. More than 160 employers came to campus to talk with students and alumni looking for jobs.


Canon Print Center open house scheduled for Thursday

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.

Encourage first-year students to contact In Reach Maverick Mentors program

First-year students who need a helping hand can find it with the In Reach Maverick Mentor Program.

Students can apply at For more information, contact Zeb Strong in the Office of Human Resources at

Extended MyMav maintenance scheduled March 2-3

The regular MyMav maintenance schedule will be extended 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.

New e-learning group for faculty formed; mini-conference Friday

A new faculty group called Professional e-Learning Community hosts a mini-conference on campus for its inaugural event.

PLC's Connections conference is 12:30-3:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 22, in the Rady Room on the sixth floor of Nedderman Hall.

Conference topics include:

  • Flips, Blends, and the Flying Trapeze: Acrobatic Models of Instruction
  • Strategies for Learning Hands-on and in the Cloud
  • MOOCs: Accessible Education for All or Questionable Teaching on a Massive Scale?
  • Speed Networking and PLC Spring projects

Register by emailing Laurel Mayo at

Benefit Yourself

Rape Aggression Defense

The Rape Aggression Defense System is a program of realistic self-defense tactics and techniques developed for women. Register. Free. 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 23, Room 102, Maverick Activities Center. UTA Police.

Service award recipients should check info

Employees who have completed 10, 15, 20, 25, 30, 35, 40, or 45 years of service should make sure their names are on the list of 2013 Service Award Honorees. Department supervisors and employees should review the list and report any missing names by Thursday, February 28.

The University will host a dinner Thursday, April 4, in honor of employees with 25 years of service. Included in this celebration are employees who have 30, 35, 40, and 45 years of service.

On Wednesday, April 10, the University will honor employees who have 10, 15, and 20 years of service.

wine appreciation

Wine Appreciation

Explore the history of wine and enjoy a four-course food sampling and wine pairing. Call 2-2581 for faculty, staff discount fee of $80. 7-9 p.m. Wednesdays, March 6-27, Romano's Macaroni Grill. Continuing Education.

Free Vacations and Make Money Traveling

Learn more than 40 different ways to make your vacations free, plus travel tips. Call 2-2581 for faculty, staff discount fee of $35. 6:30-9:30 p.m. Monday, March 4. E300F, Continuing Education and Workforce Development Building. Continuing Education.

Performance Review Training for Supervisors

Performance Management Forms and Procedures for supervisors is offered 9-10 a.m. Friday, Feb. 22; 4-5 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 28; noon-1 p.m. Monday, March 4; and 10-11 a.m. Monday, March 25. All classes are in Room 200 of the Wetsel Service Center. Annual performance reviews for all employees—except faculty, GTAs, and GRAs—must be completed by Friday, March 29. Evaluation forms can be accessed online. For questions, call 2-5554.

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
J.M. Twichell

Baseball sweep: J.M. Twichell (25) receives congratulations after pounding out five hits, scoring six runs, and adding three runs batted in as the Mavericks swept Louisiana Tech in the season-opening, three-game series.


Baseball opens with three wins

After winning a pair of one-run games, the baseball Mavericks rolled to a 9-3 win over Louisiana Tech on Sunday to sweep the season-opening series at Clay Gould Ballpark.

UT Arlington lost 2-1 at UT Austin on Tuesday and now stands 3-1.

The team hosts Northeastern Friday-Saturday, Feb. 22-23.

Softball off to 4-1 start

The softball team opened the season by winning four of five games in the Central Florida Invitational last weekend.

The Mavericks posted wins over Buffalo, Florida A&M, Stetson, and South Carolina with their only loss a 1-0 decision to host UCF.

Next action for the team is in the Texas Shootout at San Marcos Friday-Sunday, Feb. 22-24.

WAC indoor track championships start today

UT Arlington men’s and women’s teams compete in the Western Athletic Conference Indoor Track and Field Championships today, Thursday-Saturday, Feb. 21-23, in Albuquerque, N.M.

Last weekend at the Sooner Invitational, Robert Gribble was second in the men’s 3000-meter run while Hannah Nilsson was second in the women’s mile.

Movin' Mavs at Alabama tournament this weekend

The Movin’ Mavs wheelchair basketball team competes in the University of Alabama Tournament Friday-Saturday, Feb. 22-23, as it faces Alabama, Auburn, and Wisconsin-Whitewater.

Coach Doug Garner’s squad is 11-1 in the college division and 21-5 overall.

Women down Air Force to get first tennis win

The women’s tennis team picked up its first win with a 4-3 triumph over Air Force on Sunday. The Mavericks, now 1-2, play at Oklahoma State on Saturday, Feb. 23.

The men are also 1-2 after losing to 18th-ranked Baylor on Saturday and will play at UT Austin today, Thursday, Feb. 21.

Tickets on sale Tuesday for TCU game at Rangers Ballpark

Tickets are on sale for the UT Arlington baseball game against TCU at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington on March 19 at 7 p.m. Tickets will be available by going online at or by calling 2-9595.

Seating is general admission and pricing is $6 for the general public.

Walkups will be available at Rangers Ballpark the day of the event. Tickets will be $10 for adults while youth and UTA/TCU students will be $6.

Golfers at Houston tournament this weekend

The Maverick golf team competes at the Bayou City Collegiate Championships in Houston Friday-Sunday, Feb. 22-24.

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Going Out

Thursday, Feb. 21

Student Conference in Linguistics and TESOL Robert Fiorentino of the University of Kansas is the keynote speaker. Free. Keynote 1 p.m., Room 303, Chemistry and Physics Building. Also Friday, Feb. 22. Student Conference in Linguistics and TESOL.

Biology Colloquium Jorge Pinzon, post-doctoral fellow in biology, speaks on "An integrative approach to discover the secrets of Scleractinian corals." Free. 4 p.m., Room 119, Life Science Building. Biology.

Being Out in the Workplace Free. 6:30–8:30 p.m., Bluebonnet Ballroom South, E.H. Hereford University Center. LGBTQA Program.

Friday, Feb. 22

Psychology Colloquium Marion K. Underwood of UT Dallas speaks on “Social Aggression, Gender, and Digital Communication.” Free. Noon, Room 10, University Hall. Psychology.

Jennifer Ciobanu

Baseball Mavericks vs. Northeastern. $6 tickets. 6:30 p.m.; noon and 3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 23; Clay Gould Ballpark. Athletics.

Faculty Vocal Recital Jennifer Ciobanu, right, adjunct instructor of music, performs. Free. 7:30 p.m., Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. Music.

Friday Night Film: Red Dawn Free popcorn; other concessions available. $1 cash, $1.50 with credit card. 8 p.m., Rosebud Theatre, E.H. Hereford University Center. EXCEL Campus Activities.

Saturday, Feb. 23

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. UT Arlington TRIO program.

NASA Scholarship Pow-wow Gourd dancing at 11 a.m., open dancing at 2 p.m., grand entry at 5 p.m. Free. Noon-10 p.m., Bluebonnet Ballroom, E.H. Hereford University Center. Native American Student Association.

Sunday, Feb. 24

Military Science Hall of Honor The Cadet Corps Alumni Council Hall of Honor ceremony recognizes outstanding alumni. The Carlisle Cannons will fire three volleys at approximately 1:45 p.m. Military Science.

Monday, Feb. 25

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

Fort Worth Regional Science/Engineering Fair

Fort Worth Regional Science/Engineering Fair Students in grades six-12 from 10 counties participate in the study of science, mathematics, and engineering. The colleges of Science and Engineering provide learning activities for participants. Free. Project viewing 3-7 p.m., College Park Center. Fort Worth Regional Science/Engineering Fair, Engineering, Science.

Percussion Ensemble Concert Features percussion performers and ensembles. Free. 7:30 p.m., Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. Music.

Coming up


Black History Month Wolf by Ya'ke Smith, 7 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 26, Planetarium; and "Exploring Our Legacy," 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 27, Rosebud Theatre. Black History Month.

Jazz: The Perfect Cultural Exchange Model Tim Ishii, professor of music, director of jazz studies, and associate chair of the Music Department, talks about the International Jazz and Youth Exchange. He and Dan Cavanagh, associate professor of jazz studies, perform jazz classics. Free. 1:30 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 27, sixth floor parlor, Central Library. Focus on Faculty.


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.

Planetarium Enjoy a 60's 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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