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

Thursday, January 3, 2013

Robotics lab

Robotic research: Launching the Assistive Robotics Lab are, from left, Jorgen Pedersen, president and CEO of RE2; retired Lt. Gen. Rick Lynch, executive director of the UT Arlington Research Institute; Dr. Ron Elsenbaumer, provost and vice president for academic affairs; and J.D. Crouch, QinetiQ North America Technology Solutions Group president. At left is RE2's Robotic Nursing Assistant. At right is QinetiQ North America's Dragon Runner 20.

Research institute launches Assistive Robotics Lab

Fueled by gifts of high-tech robots from industry leaders, the UT Arlington Research Institute has a new Assistive Robotics Lab aimed at advancing robotics for health care, first-responder, and other applications.

RE2 Inc., a Pittsburgh-based robotics engineering firm associated with Carnegie Mellon University, has given UT Arlington a robotic nursing assistant. The mobile manipulative device has two arms that can aid nurses with physically intensive tasks, such as helping a patient sit up or transfer to a gurney. The device is valued at $850,000.

QinetiQ North America Inc., a Reston, Va.-based company noted for its global leadership in developing and fielding tactical ground robots, has given the Research Institute a Dragon Runner 20 model robot and funding to assist with research and development. The DR-20 is a small, portable device that can navigate various terrains and aid in reconnaissance or first-responder scenarios. The contributions are valued at a total of $200,000.

Read more about the Assistive Robotics Lab.

Robert Magnusson

Honored fellow: Dr. Robert Magnusson is one of four faculty members named charter fellows to the National Academy of Inventors along with Dr. Khosrow Behbehani, Dr. Nai Yuen Chen, and Dr. George Kondraske.

Four faculty named charter fellows by National Academy of Inventors

Four UT Arlington engineering professors have been named charter fellows to the National Academy of Inventors.

The fellows are Khosrow Behbehani, professor and chair of the Bioengineering Department; Nai Yuen Chen, a National Academy of Engineering member and distinguished research professor in the Materials Science and Engineering Department; George Kondraske, electrical engineering professor; and Robert Magnusson, the Texas Instruments Distinguished University Chair in Nanoelectronics and an electrical engineering professor.

Ron Elsenbaumer, provost and vice president for academic affairs, says the new fellows are well deserving of such an honor.

“These distinguished faculty members truly are leaders in their respective fields,” Dr. Elsenbaumer says. “They are models of innovation and invention and have shared their passion for discovery to students and colleagues.”

Read more about the charter fellows.

Kevin Schug

Good chemistry: Dr. Kevin Schug will receive the American Chemical Society Division of Analytical Chemistry Award for Young Investigators in Separation Science.

Schug to receive chemistry award

Chemistry Associate Professor Kevin Schug will be recognized at the international laboratory science conference Pittcon 2013 for his outstanding contributions to analytical chemistry.

Dr. Schug will receive the American Chemical Society Division of Analytical Chemistry Award for Young Investigators in Separation Science. His award is among 12 different honors that will be presented during symposiums at Pittcon 2013, set for March 17-21 in Philadelphia.

“It is a great honor to be selected for this prestigious award from the ACS Division of Analytical Chemistry and to join the ranks of great scientists who have won this award before me,” says Schug, who is also the Shimadzu Distinguished Professor of Analytical Chemistry. “My goal is to make this a sign of the great things still to come from our group in the future.”

Read more about the analytical chemistry award.

Snow Day sign

University will monitor winter weather

Texas winter weather can drop below freezing one night and hit the upper 70s the next day. In severe weather cases, such as ice or snow, will classes continue?

The University closely monitors severe weather forecasts and will notify all faculty, staff, and students should local conditions affect the status of the University, including classes, programs, events, and activities.

There are numerous ways to access official information about the status of the University. All announcements will be communicated via University email in MavWire EXTRA (faculty and staff) and TrailBlazer EXTRA (students).

Additionally, notices will be posted on the University's home page, recorded information will be available on the University's Emergency Information Hotline at 1-866-258-4913, and announcements will be sent to local media outlets. Information also will be available on the University’s Twitter and Facebook pages.

Alternative spring break

Advisers needed for spring break trips

Staff or faculty advisers are needed for alternative spring break trips March 10-15, planned by the Alternative Breaks program in the Department of University Events. Alternative spring break allows students to serve as volunteers for issues such as the environment, urban poverty, and homelessness.

Advisers would work with groups of eight to 17 students. All trip fees are waived for advisers. Applications are online and available in the Student Activities office, Room B140 in the E.H. Hereford University Center. The deadline to apply is Tuesday, Jan. 8.

For more information, see Alternative Breaks, or contact PK Kelly at 2-2963 or

Renew or clean out MAC lockers

If you rent a locker at the Maverick Activities Center on a semester basis, you can renew it at the MAC Services and Information Desk.

If you do not want to renew your locker, clean out the locker and secure it with the MAC-issued lock you received when rented.

All lockers must be either cleaned out or renewed no later than Monday, Jan. 7. Items left in the locker will be stored for 90 days. New lockers are available Monday, Jan. 14.

Railroad Crossing closures

Railroad crossings closed this month

Plan for railroad crossing closures while Union Pacific improves tracks through Arlington.

Railroad crossings between Division and Abram streets at Bowen Road, Davis Drive, Cooper Street, Center Street, Mesquite Street, Collins Street, and Stadium Drive will be closed Jan. 16-24.

Starting Jan. 16, crossings beginning at Bowen and moving east will close. Davis is expected to close Jan. 17, with Cooper, Center, and Mesquite closing Jan. 18, at which point five railroad crossings will be closed at one time. As the project continues to move east, Union Pacific plans to open Bowen before closing Collins and open Davis before closing Stadium.

Available north-south routes within the city limits are Green Oaks Boulevard, Forest Edge Drive, Fielder Road, West Street, and Texas Highway 360. West starts behind the E.H. Hereford University Center and runs north through downtown Arlington, connecting to Division. Fielder, Forest Edge, and Green Oaks are west of campus.

See the track renewal video and the city of Arlington website.

Benefit Yourself

Sign up for winter, spring training classes

Are you looking for new, exciting, and free professional development classes? Then check out the Human Resources Learning and Development Department training calendar. All winter and spring classes have been added. For more information, contact the Learning and Development Department at

Winter break group exercise

Classes are available in cycle, group strength, kickboxing, pilates, ultimate conditioning, yoga, and zumba. Participants must have an activated ID. Participation is limited to space and equipment availability. All classes must have a minimum of two participants. $30. Through Friday, Jan. 11. See the group exercise schedule. Maverick Activities Center, Campus Recreation, 2-3277.

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
  Pete Carlon

High honor: Pete Carlon, senior athletics director for administration, is among the 2013 inductees into the Athletics Hall of Honor.

Three named to Athletics Hall of Honor

Pete Carlon, Clay Gould, and Mishael Berger join the 2013 Athletics Hall of Honor along with the 1990 and 1992 Southland Conference baseball championship teams Friday, Jan. 18, at the Arlington Hilton Grand Ballroom.

Carlon, senior athletics director for administration, joined the Athletics Department staff in 1981, serving as athletics director from 1996 until 2012. He was inducted into the Southland Conference Hall of Honor last year.

Clay Gould was a baseball player and coach prior to his death in 2001. Berger was an All-American track performer and is assistant athletic director for eligibility and certification.

Read more about the Athletics Hall of Honor banquet.

Mav men host Louisiana Tech on Saturday

Looking for its second Western Athletic Conference win, the men's basketball team hosts Louisiana Tech at 7 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 5, at College Park Center.

For Heroes Night, police, fire, EMTs, and military personnel are admitted free. Regular admission is half price. Tickets are available at

The Mavericks opened WAC play last Saturday with a 68-47 win over New Mexico State, but lost 50-35 to Denver on Monday.

In a non-conference game Wednesday, the Mavericks lost to Boise State 64-46. They now stand 6-5 overall and 1-1 in the WAC.

Women on the road Saturday, return home next week

The women's basketball team travels to Louisiana Tech for a Western Athletic Conference game at 7 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 5.

The Mavericks return home next week for conference games with UT San Antonio at 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 10, and Texas State at 6 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 12. Tickets are available at

Coach Samantha Morrow's squad opened WAC play with a 62-59 win at New Mexico State last Saturday before dropping a 90-54 decision at Denver on Monday. The women are 1-1 in the conference and 3-9 overall.

(For more sports news, go to,, or

Going Out

Saturday, Jan. 5

Men's Basketball Mavericks vs. Louisiana Tech. Heroes Night: police, fire, EMTs, and military personnel admitted free. Tickets $3-$15. 7 p.m., College Park Center. Athletics.

Thursday, Jan. 10

Women's Basketball Mavericks vs. Texas State. Tickets $6. 7 p.m., College Park Center. Also Mavericks vs. UT San Antonio, Saturday, Jan. 12, 6 p.m. Athletics.

Saturday, Jan. 12

Jiggle Butt Run Women's 5K run and walk begins at Maverick Activities Center. Benefiting SafeHaven of Tarrant County. 9 a.m., Saturday, Jan. 12.


Caribbean map

India Unveiled: The Photography of Robert Arnett A collection of images highlighting the diversity of India and its various regions. Free. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays-Saturdays, through Saturday, Jan. 5, sixth floor parlor, Central Library. Special Collections.

Pearls of the Antilles: Printed Maps of Caribbean Islands A look at maps, right, and how they reflect and shape the history of Caribbean islands. Free. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays-Saturdays, through Saturday, Feb. 9, Special Collections, sixth floor, Central Library.

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.

Planetarium A new show on the spring schedule is Mayan Prophecies. 6 p.m. Fridays, 2:30 p.m. Saturdays. Planetarium.

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



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