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

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Hyeok Choi

Dr. Hyeok Choi

Engineer to study harmful algal blooms

Civil engineering Assistant Professor Hyeok Choi has received a three-year, $561,730 grant to identify harmful algal blooms in fresh and salt water so that water providers can take action to contain and curb the blooms.

The National Institutes of Health and National Science Foundation have awarded Dr. Choi the grant to develop and place sensors to find where these biological toxins exist so that the harmful algae can be monitored.

Sungyong Jung, associate professor of electrical engineering, is building the sensors, in cooperation with Sang-Yeon Cho of New Mexico State University and Jung-Min Park of Virginia Tech.

Jean-Pierre Bardet, dean of the College of Engineering, says that Choi’s work has the opportunity to dramatically improve how third-world countries cope with water sources saturated with such toxins.

“Monitoring general algal bloom activities gives an idea on potential hazard while monitoring actual biological toxins gives an insight on imminent hazard,” Dr. Bardet says. “This innovation has the potential to aid anyone who uses water.”

Read more about Choi's research.

Basketball season ends with tournament loss

UT Arlington never recovered from a slow start and suffered an 84-76 loss to Oral Roberts University in the opening round of the Tournament on Wednesday at College Park Center.

The loss ended the season for the Maverick men's team, which finished with a record of 19-14.

ORU jumped out to a 29-10 lead midway through the first half and led by 16 at halftime. The Mavericks closed the gap to seven in the final minutes, but could not get any closer.

Karol Gruszecki led the Maverick scoring with 21 points. Greg Gainey totalled nine rebounds.

Mav Pic Community Partner Breakfast

Service learning

Dana Dunn, associate professor of sociology, addressed more than 60 participants at the spring Community Partner Breakfast, presented by the Center for Community Service Learning on Wednesday. Dr. Dunn was keynote speaker for the program that brings together faculty members and community non-profit representatives.


Tickets now available for UT Arlington Night with the Rangers

Join the gang for UT Arlington Night with the Rangers when the Texas Rangers play the Tampa Bay Rays on Monday, April 8, at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington.

Block seating is available for the UT Arlington community at $10 per ticket at Print out your receipt and bring it to the College Park Center box office or the Alumni Association Office at 841 W. Mitchell Street and exchange them for actual tickets by noon April 8.

Pre-game festivities start at approximately 6:45 p.m. when a UT Arlington representative throws out the first pitch. Game time is 7:05 p.m. Read more about UT Arlington Night with the Rangers.

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.

Nominations being accepted for Distinguished Alumni Awards

The Alumni Association is accepting nominations for the 2013 Distinguished Alumni Awards. The award is the highest honor an alumna/alumnus can receive from UT Arlington.

The award criteria and nomination form are due by Monday, April 1. Awards will be presented at the 2013 Distinguished Alumni Gala on Saturday, Oct. 19.

For more information, contact Stephanie Thompson at 2-2594.

Benefit Yourself

Introduction to Adobe Photoshop

Bring an image into Photoshop and be amazed how you turned a dull photo into a masterpiece. Free. 10 a.m.-noon, Thursday, March 28, Room B29, Central Library. See the list of Digital Media Studio Workshops.

GIS Workshop: Food Deserts

A food desert is a district in an urban or rural setting with little or no access to large grocery stores that offer fresh and affordable foods needed to maintain a healthy diet. Explore how Geographic Information Systems (GIS) can identify food deserts. No GIS experience is required. Free. 3-5 p.m., Thursday, March 28, Room B20, Central Library. GIS Workshops.

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
  Mavericks at Rangers Ballpark

In the ballpark: Junior catcher Eric Tate emerges from the dugout at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington on Tuesday as the Mavericks played their first game ever at the major-league facility.

Mavs lose to TCU at Rangers Ballpark

In front of a crowd of 4,015, TCU defeated UT Arlington 5-4 at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington on Tuesday night.

The Mavericks (10-10) had a chance to tie the game in the bottom of the seventh, but a close play at the plate ended the threat and TCU (9-11) held on for the win.

Justin Copeland led the Mavericks with a triple, a double, and two RBI. Matt Shortall extended his hitting streak to 10 games with a single.

Read more about the game.

The team begins Western Athletic Conference play Friday at UT San Antonio.

Mavs host track meet Saturday

The men’s and women’s track teams host the Bobby Lane Invitational on Saturday, March 23, at Maverick Stadium. Field events begin at 9 a.m. with running event finals starting at 2 p.m. Admission is $6.

The Mavericks opened the outdoor season last Friday at the TCU Invitational. Clayton Vaughn won the men’s 100-meter dash while DeAndrea Smith and Jennifer Brown were winners for the women in the 400-meter dash and the triple jump, respectively.

Softball starts WAC play, hosts alumni game

The softball team opens Western Athletic Conference competition this weekend with home games against Seattle University on Friday-Saturday, March 22-23. The teams play a doubleheader at 4 p.m. Friday and a single game starting at 1 p.m. Saturday.

Saturday is alumni day as former Maverick players will be recognized and will participate in an alumni game after the Mavericks play Seattle. The afternoon will include a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new indoor hitting facility before the start of the alumni game.

The Mavericks are 15-12 following a 5-2 loss to Baylor on Wednesday. They won three of six in the San Diego Classic last weekend.

Tennis teams have home matches this week

The women's tennis team has three Western Athletic Conference matches this week, hosting Denver at 2 p.m. today, Thursday, March 21, before playing Idaho at 10 a.m. and Utah State at 3 p.m. Saturday, March 23. The men host Columbia in a non-conference match at 2 p.m. Friday, March 22. All matches are at the UTA Tennis Center.

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Going Out

Thursday, March 21

Commissioner Andy Nguyen's Social Hour Tarrant County Commissioner Andy Nguyen hosts a social hour. Free. 5:30-7 p.m., Digg’s Tacos, College Park District. Student Congress.

Trumpet Studio Recital Free. 7:30 p.m., Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. Music.

University Singers and Arlington Master Chorale Concert Performance of Requiem by Gabriel Faure and Sunrise Mass by Ola Gjeilo. Tickets $5 students, $10 seniors, $15 adults. 7:30 p.m., Trinity United Methodist Church, 1200 W. Green Oaks. Also, 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 22. Arlington Master Chorale, Music.

Friday, March 22

Alan C. Lowe

Biomedical Technologies Symposium Experts from industry, clinical, and academic settings will address University faculty and students, plus medical practitioners and industry professionals. 10:30 a.m.-4:15 p.m., UTARI, 7300 Jack Newell Blvd. South, Fort Worth.

Friends of the Library Alan C. Lowe, right, director of the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum in Dallas, is guest speaker. Free. 7:30 p.m., sixth floor parlor, Central Library. RSVP to 2-1413 or email

Softball Mavericks vs. Seattle. Tickets $6. 4 p.m. doubleheader. Also 1 p.m. Saturday, March 23, followed by alumni game. Allan Saxe Field. Athletics.

Friday Night Film: Lincoln 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, March 23

Bobby Lane Invitational Men's and women's track and field. Tickets $6. 9 a.m.-8 p.m., Maverick Stadium. Athletics.

Faculty Voice Recital David Grogan, assistant professor of music, performs. Free. 7:30 p.m., Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. Music.

Monday, March 25

Faculty and Friends Chamber Orchestra Concert A chamber orchestra concert featuring performances by both students and faculty. Free. 7:30 p.m., Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. Music.

Tuesday, March 26

Mavs Got Talent: Blazin' to Fame A student talent show for individuals or group acts judged on talent ability, stage presence, originality, and crowd appeal. Free. 7 p.m., Rosebud Theatre, E.H. Hereford University Center. EXCEL Campus Activities.

Clavier Series Piano Recital Free. 7:30 p.m., Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. Music.

Coming up

Jeff Corwin

ACES Symposium Ashanti Johnson, executive director of the Institute for Broadening Participation, is the keynote speaker for the symposium, which showcases undergraduate and graduate students' research and creativity. Free. 8 a.m.-6 p.m., Wednesday, March 27, E.H. Hereford University Center. Annual Celebration of Excellence by Students (ACES).

Maverick Speakers Series Conservationist Jeff Corwin, right, speaks on "100 Heartbeats: A Global Movement," 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 27, College Park Center. Also Aaron Neville and Ellis Marsalis, "A Night with New Orleans Music Legends," 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 2, College Park Center. Free, but tickets required. Premium reserved seating $25. Maverick Speakers Series.

Ben and Trudy Termini Distinguished Anthropologist Lecture Wenda Trevathan, professor emerita in the Department of Anthropology at New Mexico State University, presents "Redefining the Normal in Women's Health: The View from Evolutionary Medicine." Free. 7 p.m., Thursday, March 28, Room 204, Architecture Building. Anthropology.

Glass Art Show and Sale Intricately crafted works of glass art go on sale to the public. 9 a.m.-5 p.m., silent auction 9 a.m.-1 p.m., Friday, March 29, Studio Arts Center, 810 S. Davis. Glass Art, Art and Art History.


Exhibit: Kim Cadmus Owens/Allison V. Smith Dallas-based artists Kim Cadmus Owens and Allison V. Smith portray vividly colored landscapes in paintings, drawings, prints, and photographs. Free. Gallery hours 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays-Fridays and noon-5 p.m. Saturdays. Through Saturday, March 30. The Gallery at UTA, Fine Arts Building.

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. Gallery 76102, Fort Worth Center.

Making Mavericks: Expanding Horizons at UT Arlington This exhibit explores the growth and development of the University under its various presidents. 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.

Planetarium Take an adventure along the spectrum and discover the world of color in Cosmic Colors. 1 p.m. Saturdays. Planetarium.

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



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