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

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Ashanti Johnson

Ashanti Johnson

Science faculty associate appointed to advisory committee on the Gulf of Mexico

Ashanti Johnson, a faculty research associate in College of Science, has been appointed to a 24-member panel creating a strategic vision for the National Academy of Sciences’ Gulf of Mexico program.

The Gulf of Mexico program is a $500 million, 30-year endeavor established as part of the settlements of federal criminal complaints against BP and Transocean Ltd. following the 2010 Deepwater Horizon explosion. It will focus on human health, environmental protection, and oil system safety and will fund and carry out studies, projects, and activities in research and development, education and training, and environmental monitoring.

Dr. Johnson says she looks forward to helping shape the future of the Gulf of Mexico and the United States’ Outer Continental Shelf.

“I am honored to have been asked to participate in such an important activity that will have a long-lasting impact on the stewardship of our coastal and marine resources,” says Johnson, who joined UT Arlington in 2011.

Read more about the National Academy of Sciences' Gulf of Mexico program.

high speed rail

Civil engineering professor tracking Texas high-speed rail plan

Stephen Mattingly, an associate professor of civil engineering, is studying the feasibility of placing a high-speed rail line within the public right of way from North Texas to Houston and San Antonio.

The work is funded by the Texas Department of Transportation and will assess the performance constraints to safe operation and design, which affect a high-speed train’s average speed and overall system cost as part of his research. The routes would roughly follow Interstate 45 between Dallas and Houston, Interstate 35 between Dallas and San Antonio, and State Highway 6 from Waco to Houston.

TxDOT recently faced a significant outcry against right-of-way acquisition when it began to plan for developing the Trans-Texas Corridor, Dr. Mattingly says. That negative experience, as well as the typical costs like environmental impacts and delays associated with construction on undeveloped land, led the agency to consider using its existing right-of-way resources to the greatest extent possible critical, he said.

“The primary purpose of this research is to determine if and how existing TxDOT right of way can potentially accommodate high-speed intercity passenger rail and/or dedicated freight transportation systems,” he says.

Read more about the Texas high-speed rail study.

IV Therapy video

Nursing video wins Telly Award

The College of Nursing has been named a Bronze Winner in the 34th Annual Telly Awards, a national competition for video production.

UT Arlington’s winning entry was in the Internet/Online Video-Editing category. The instructional video on IV therapy was produced by the College’s Learning Resource Center using footage shot at the on-campus Smart Hospital, a 13,000-square-foot simulation center with computerized patients and actors in realistic hospital units.

Dominique Anderson, audio visual education specialist for the College of Nursing, led the filming and editing of the video. Anderson produces recruitment, instructional, and informational videos for the College of Nursing. The college has received 17 Telly Awards since 2006.

"The work of talented people like Dominique ensures that our College of Nursing can meet students' needs using the latest technology,” says Jennifer Gray, interim dean of the College of Nursing. “Her contributions give our faculty the ability to tailor their instruction, deliver it in an exciting, appealing way and share it online with others."

Mav Pic President Vistasp Karbhari

Leading the way

President Vistasp Karbhari urged those attending a welcome reception last Friday to dream of attaining new levels of excellence.


Grant helps UT Arlington, UTSA offer less commonly taught critical languages

Students at UT Arlington and UT San Antonio will soon be able to enroll in critical language classes such as Portuguese, Russian, and Japanese thanks to a telecollaboration supported by a new University of Texas System grant.

The Institute for Transformational Learning grant will provide $204,903 for UT Arlington’s Critical Languages and Cultures partnership with UTSA. The money will fund faculty and teaching, instructional and technical support, administrative coordination and international partnerships between the two UT System institutions and universities abroad.

“We are honored that our project was chosen to receive this grant,” says Pete Smith, vice provost for Digital Teaching and Learning. “The committee that selected us had impressive and innovative proposals from across the UT System to consider.”

Read more about the Critical Languages and Cultures partnership.

UTA Bookstore hosts July 4th sale

The UTA Bookstore will celebrate the Fourth of July on Wednesday, July 3, with a festival and sale. The fun is 10 a.m.-2 p.m., but the sale is all day.

Events include a bounce house obstacle course, food, face painting, balloon animals, games, and prizes. Carter Blood Center and UTA Radio will be on hand.

Patty Newton

Patty Newton

Film lecturer blogs from Cannes, screens film in Toronto

Patty Newton, a lecturer in film and video, blogged from the Cannes Film Festival in France.

She also served as a mentor for the American Pavilion in Cannes. The pavilion provides internships for film students from around the world.

She then headed to Toronto for the Inside Out Film Festival, Canada's largest LGBT film festival. She was invited to screen her film Pursuit for the competition. The film was part of her Master of Fine Arts thesis.

Enjoy Maverick discounts

The Maverick Discount Program offers a minimum 10 percent discount on products and services categories—from automotive to entertainment, from personal care to restaurants and retail—to students, faculty, staff, and members of the Parent and Family Association.

Discounts are added regularly, so visit the Maverick Discount Program website often for new businesses and limited-time offers.

Mav Pic ExxonMobil check

Generous gift

President Vistasp Karbhari, second from left, accepts a check for $72,825 from ExxonMobil representatives Jillian Fleming, left, John Bullock, and Laura Paredes. The company provides a three-to-one match on donations made to UT Arlington by ExxonMobil employees and retirees through its Foundation's Educational Matching Gift Program.


Buy tickets early for UT Arlington Day at Six Flags

Enjoy the rides and thrills at UT Arlington Six Flags Day on Sunday, Aug. 25, at Six Flags Over Texas.

Discount tickets are $27.50 for faculty and staff and $30 after Sunday, Aug. 18. The price includes one ticket for all-day admission to Six Flags Over Texas and parking, plus one Splash Back ticket to Hurricane Harbor valid for one weekend only Aug. 31-Sept. 15. A $10 meal voucher is available for purchase.

Limit 10 tickets per person. Order tickets at or the College Park Center Box Office, which is open 10 a.m-6 p.m. Mondays-Thursdays and 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Fridays.

Enjoy the fun at the park starting at 10:30 a.m. or come 6-9 p.m. when it's the UT Arlington-only crowd. Remember to wear a UT Arlington shirt to show your Maverick Pride.

The event is open to the UT Arlington community and is sponsored by the Division of Student Affairs. It is valid through UT Arlington only and not valid at the Six Flags Over Texas main gate.

Benefit Yourself
Living Well

New contract awarded for long-term care insurance

A new contract has been awarded to Continental Casualty Company to continue offering Long-Term Care insurance to benefits eligible employees, retirees, dependents, and certain other eligible family members. The effective date for the new contract is Sept. 1, 2013.

Read more about this and other benefits in the June issue of A Matter of Health.

Upgrades available for Apple OS 10.6

OIT is offering upgrades to Apple computers running an operating system (OS) lower than 10.8 to prepare for ending local support of Apple OS versions 10.6 or lower. The goal is to upgrade all Apple OS 10.6 or lower computers by January 2014 to ensure the highest level of security. Contact to schedule your upgrade.

New program to simplify account creation, deactivation

A new identity management (IDM) solution has been revised to ensure that the service produces minimal disruption to University teaching and business activities. Learn how the automation process will impact email addresses, NetIDs, and network shares (J and K drives) by visiting the Office of Information Technology website.

Meet deadlines for fiscal year-ending forms

The deadlines for submitting the Request to Purchase form to the Office of Procurement for purchases exceeding $5,000 will improve the overall processing for the end of the fiscal year. The deadlines for all departments are:

  • Friday, June 14—Fiscal year 2013-14 funding for service/maintenance contracts effective Sept. 1, 2013
  • Friday, July 26—Fiscal year 2012-13 funding for all departments

All Request to Purchase forms received in the Office of Procurement after the close of business July 26 will be processed and encumbered against fiscal year 2013-14 funds.

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

Thursday, June 13

Computer Science and Engineering Colloquium Tom Wissink of Lockheed Martin speaks on "The State of Practice of Integration, Test, and Evaluation in the Department of Defense and Industry." Free. 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Room 103, Engineering Research Building. Engineering.

Friday, June 14

Introduction to Statistical Software: SAS An introduction to the software and related resources, as well as hands-on exercises. Free. 1:30-4 p.m., Room 04, University Hall. OIT Statistical Services,

Tuesday, June 18-Wednesday, June 19

Fresh Start From Tobacco A four-part tobacco cessation program. Free. 11:30 a.m-12:30 p.m. and 3-4 p.m. Tuesday; 10:30-11:30 a.m. and 3-4 p.m. Wednesday, Room 219, Health Services Center. Also July 16-17 and Aug. 20-21. Health Services.

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

Sports Notes
Romain Martin

On target: Romain Martin set a school record and personal best at the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships. His 8,013 points earned him sixth place in the decathlon and a spot on the All-America first team.


Martin sets school record in sixth-place decathlon finish

Romain Martin finished sixth in the decathlon with a school-record and personal-best total of 8,013 points last Thursday at the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships. He earned first-team All-America accolades and netted three team points for the Mavericks.

Martin finished his career with six All-America plaques, including five first-team honors.

Sophomore Ashly Wright placed 23rd in the 800 meters last Wednesday.

Bozidar Antunovic was scratched from the shot put after experiencing discomfort in his elbow during warm-ups.

Movin' Mavs named to national teams

Movin’ Mavs senior Jorge Sanchez has been named to the USA Men’s National Wheelchair Basketball Team preparing for the 2016 Paralympics in Rio de Janeiro. He will compete for a spot in the top 12 to travel to Bogota, Colombia, where the team will qualify for the 2014 IWBF World Championships.

Former Movin’ Mavs named to the USA Men’s 20-member traveling squad are Jay Nelms, Paul Schulte, Mike Paye, Bobbie Nickelberry, and Chris Kommer.

Sanchez and junior Kris Shannon also have been named to the 2013 USA Junior (Under 23) National Team, which will play in the 2013 International Wheelchair Basketball Federation Junior World Championships in September in Adana, Turkey. Movin’ Mavs head coach Doug Garner is first assistant coach for the National Junior Team.

Sports shorts

  • The baseball and men's tennis programs each earned an NCAA Public Recognition Award for finishing in the top 10 percent of teams in Academic Progress Rates for their respective sport.
  • Alumnus Ron Lucas was named to the Southland Conference All-Decade baseball team from the 1960s as part of its 50th Anniversary commemoration. Lucas played on the 1969 team.
  • Zack Fischer became the second former UT Arlington golfer to qualify for the U.S. Open.

Innertube water polo entries due next week

Innertube water polo registration is due Tuesday, June 18. Pick up entry forms at the Services and Information Desk of the Maverick Activities Center. For questions, call 2-3277 or email

(For more sports news, go to,, or

Going Out

Thursday, June 13

Rest for the Weary

Opening Reception for 897 Square Reception for juried art competition featuring 15 artists who live or work in Tarrant County. Right, Rest for the Weary by Amy Schultz. Artists include Carol Benson, Elena Chudoba, Joy Ellis, Braydon Gold, Ryan Goolsby, Kelly Ingleright-Telfenhoff, James Lassen, Rosa Mendez, Janet Morrow, Maria Orrostieta, Martha Peters, Chuck Pratt, Amy Schultz, Barbara Tyler, and Midori Urbe. Gallery hours are noon-6 p.m. Wednesdays-Saturdays. Free. 6-8 p.m., Fort Worth Center, 1401 Jones St., Fort Worth. Through Wednesday, July 31. Gallery 76102.

Summer Movies Series: Jack the Giant Slayer Bring a chair or a blanket, a picnic, and friends for outdoor movies each Thursday. Free popcorn. Upcoming movies are: Olympus Has Fallen, June 20; Admission, June 27. Free. 9 p.m., lawn behind the Maverick Activities Center. EXCEL Campus Activities.

Saturday, June 15

SAC Community Service Activity Spend a morning crafting, playing games, and spending time with seniors at Meadow View Assisted Living. RSVP. 9-11 a.m., 2815 Medlin Dr., Arlington. Staff Advisory Council.

Past, Present and Future: A Tour of Arlington and Fort Worth Professor Emeritus Paul Geisel leads a half-day tour of the cultures of established neighborhoods in Arlington and Fort Worth and discusses the transitions that have, are, or will take place there. Register online or call Marjorie Dick at 2-3301. $40 SUPA Alumni Association member; $65 nonmembers. Ages 12 and older. Lunch included. 10 a.m.-3 p.m., meet at Dan Dipert Welcome Center, College Park District, 600 S. Center St.. Alumni Association, School of Urban and Public Affairs.

Friday, June 21

Blood drive 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Center for Innovation, 202 E. Border St.


Planetarium The summer schedule includes a lineup of family-friendly shows. Planetarium.

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



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