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

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Kim Lemaux

Kim Lemaux

UT Arlington names Kim Lemaux as police chief

Kim Lemaux, an Arlington deputy police chief with more than three decades of law enforcement experience and expertise in training, operations, and event safety management, has been named chief of the UT Arlington Police Department.

Lemaux is a UT Arlington alumna who earned her undergraduate degree in business management. She is working toward a master’s degree in security management through American Public University.

At UT Arlington, Lemaux will lead a department that includes 38 sworn officers, 56 guards, and police communications and emergency management staff, and she will oversee a $6.7 million annual budget. Her first day will be July 1.

“Chief Lemaux has a deep and diverse law enforcement background in all facets of law enforcement,” says President James D. Spaniolo. “She is a consummate professional and a leader who is deeply invested in our community and our University. We could not be more pleased that she is joining the UT Arlington team.”

Read more about Chief Lemaux's appointment.

Dr. Samarendra Mohanty

Dr. Samarendra Mohanty

Physicist's tool has potential for brain mapping

A new tool being developed by an assistant professor of physics could help scientists map and track the interactions between neurons inside different areas of the brain.

The journal Optics Letters recently published a paper by Samarendra Mohanty on the development of a fiber-optic, two-photon, optogenetic stimulator and its use on human cells in a laboratory. The tiny tool builds on Dr. Mohanty’s previous discovery that near-infrared light can be used to stimulate a light-sensitive protein introduced into living cells and neurons in the brain. This new method could show how different parts of the brain react when a linked area is stimulated.

“Scientists have spent a lot of time looking at the physical connections between different regions of the brain. But that information is not sufficient unless we examine how those connections function,” Mohanty says.

His co-authors on the research were members of his lab, Kamal Dhakal, Ling Gu, and Bryan Black. His group collaborates with psychology Assistant Professor Linda Perrotti to apply this technology in living animals.

Read more about Mohanty's brain mapping research.

Dr. Larry Nelson

Dr. Larry Nelson

Dance takes center stage for competition, research

The stage at Texas Hall will be filled today, Thursday, May 23, with fifth graders from Tarrant and Dallas counties competing in the fox trot, the meringue, and other recently learned dances.

The Colors of the Rainbow competition is the culminating event for Dancing Classrooms, a 10-week dance and self-esteem enhancing course taught in 26 schools in the Arlington, Dallas, Fort Worth, Grand Prairie, and Hurst-Euless-Bedford school districts. Teams from seven schools will compete Thursday.

The Tarrant County Youth Collaboration and the College of Education and Health Professions implemented the national program in North Texas in 2006.

“The kids get so excited for the Colors of the Rainbow competition and the principals and parents do, too," says Larry Nelson, an associate professor of kinesiology who has researched the program’s effects. "Watching the boys and girls treat each other with so much respect is unlike anything else you’ve ever seen.”

Read more about the Dancing Classroom's project.

Flexible Summer Hours Program available again this summer

UT Arlington again will offer the Flexible Summer Hours Program June 3-Aug. 9.

Participating employees work a compressed week of four 10-hour days with one day off during the work week. Employees who wish to participate must have their manager's written approval of their flexible schedules before beginning the program. Schedules for non-exempt employees also must include a minimum 30-minute lunch break.

Departments or employees who choose not to participate in the program will continue to work their regular schedules.

If you have questions about the program, contact Eunice Currie at or 2-7091.

  Mav Pic Reach by Darryl Lauster

Flight of fancy

Workers install pieces of Reach, a work by art Assistant Professor Darryl Lauster, on the Janet and Michael Greene Research Quadrangle in front of the Engineering Research Building. The 20-foot-tall sculpture is based on Helical Aerial Screw, Leonardo Da Vinci's 15th century sketch for a gyroscopic flying machine.

Power upgrade for ERB network set for Friday-Saturday

The Office of Information Technology will install a new component in the power system for the Engineering Research Building that will interrupt the network in the ERB and the Wade Building from 6 p.m. Friday, May 24, until 2 a.m. Saturday, May 25.

The network outage will impact only these two locations. Power systems for the rest of the buildings are not affected.

Services housed in the Arlington Regional Data Center and network services for the rest of the campus will not be affected.

The Blazing Race winners announced

The Wellness Committee sponsored the Blazing Race, last Wednesday's fitness competition that took runners and walkers across campus. The event is the third Wednesday in May each year to recognize National Employee Health and Fitness Day.

The Jaywalkers won the low-impact competition. Team members, all from Environmental Health and Safety, were Melissa "Moe" Jones, fire marshal; Jeanette Rea, administrative assistant; and safety specialists Bruce O’Keefe, Merja Karwoski, Harvey Richey, and Laura Warren.

The Arrested Development team, featured in last Thursday's MavWire, won the high-impact race.

Maverick Stadium parking affected by Special Olympics summer games

On Friday, May 24, families and volunteers with the Texas Special Olympics summer games at Maverick Stadium will use Lot 26.

Employees at the J.D. Wetsel Service Center should park in Lot 33, which is bordered by UTA Boulevard, West Nedderman Drive, the Maverick Activities Center, and Timber Brook Apartments. A shuttle bus will run between Lot 33 and the Wetsel Service Center in the morning, at lunch time, and in the afternoon.

Students who have purchased the remote parking permit may park in any student lot on this day only.

Hot Rod Power Tour claims south parking lots next weekend

The Hot Rod Power Tour will affect parking on the south side of campus Thursday-Saturday, May 30-June 1.

Lot 49's northwest corner will close Thursday, the west half Friday, and the entire lot Saturday. The lot is bounded by Mitchell, Cooper, and West streets, and Doug Russell Road.

Lots 50 and 51, which are south of Lot 49, will be closed until 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

Paid parking, $10, will be 7 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday in Lot F10, south of University Hall and the Life Science Building, and Lot 47, bordered by Mitchell, West, Fourth, and Oak streets. However, vehicles with a valid UT Arlington parking permit can park for free. Departments hosting events that date should coordinate with Parking Services.

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Holiday schedule for 2013-14 includes 15 dates

The holiday schedule for 2013-14 includes 15 days off for faculty and staff. Anyone who wishes to observe a religious holiday may do so in lieu of any holiday for which the employee serves as a member of the skeleton workforce required by statute or by taking a vacation day.

The holiday schedule is:

  • Labor Day—Monday, Sept. 2, 2013
  • Thanksgiving—Thursday-Friday, Nov. 28-29, 2013
  • Winter Break—Monday, Dec. 23, 2013-Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2014
  • Martin Luther King Jr. Day—Monday, Jan. 20, 2014
  • Spring Break—Friday, March 14, 2014
  • Memorial Day—Monday, May 26, 2014
  • Independence Day—Friday, July 4, 2014

New Hire Management topic of today's MyMav II Open Forum

MyMav II Open Forums continue today, Thursday, May 23, with New Hire Management. Forums are 8:30-10 a.m. in the Rosebud Theatre of the E.H. Hereford University Center. Recordings of these sessions are posted online to the MyMav II website a few days after each event.

The forum Sponsored Research, which was originally Friday, May 24, has been rescheduled to Wednesday, June 26.

Upcoming Open Forums are:

  • Manager Self-Service—Wednesday, June 12
  • Sponsored Research (Grants Management)—Wednesday, June 26

MyMav, email, other services unavailable early June 2

MyMav, faculty/staff email, campus web pages, and file servers will be unavailable 2-7 a.m. Sunday, June 2, while Information Technology performs maintenance on network equipment.

Connectivity from the campus to the Internet, including student email and storage, will not be affected.

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

Friday, June 7

Introduction to Statistical Software: SPSS An introduction to the software and related resources, as well as hands-on exercises in descriptive statistics, anova, and regression. Free. Introduction to SPSS, 1:30-4 p.m., Room 04, University Hall. Also, Introduction to SAS, Friday, June 14. OIT Statistical Services,

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

Sports Notes

Here's the pitch: Brad Vachon and fellow juniors Matt Shortall and Greg McCall were named to the 2013 all-Western Athletic Conference baseball teams. The WAC Tournament began Wednesday at Quik Trip Park in Grand Prairie.


Mavericks win first game in WAC Tournament to remain in No. 2 spot

The baseball team claimed the Western Athletic Conference's regular-season co-championship to earn the No. 2 seed in the WAC Tournament. UT Arlington and CSU Bakersfield ended the season tied at 18-9 in WAC play.

Tournament play began Wednesday, May 22, at QuikTrip Park in Grand Prairie with UT Arlington defeating No. 7 Dallas Baptist 2-0. Top-seeded CSU Bakersfield downed No. 8 San Jose State 11-6, and fourth ranked UTSA beat No. 5 Sacramento State 3-2.

The Mavericks play No. 6 New Mexico State at 3 p.m. Friday, May 24, and No. 3 Texas State at 7 p.m. Saturday, May 25. The championship game begins at 1 p.m. Sunday, May 26.

For live video and stats, plus post-game video and recaps, go to the WAC Baseball Tournament website.

Three Mavs receive All-WAC honors

UT Arlington juniors Matt Shortall, Greg McCall, and Brad Vachon were named to the 2013 all-Western Athletic Conference baseball teams Tuesday, as selected by the league's head coaches.

The Mavericks also received their 2013 WAC championship trophy at a banquet to open the WAC Tournament. UT Arlington has won consecutive conference titles, having claimed the 2012 Southland Conference Tournament crown.

UTA qualifies 13 track athletes for NCAA West Preliminary Round

A total of 13 athletes, eight men and five women, will represent UT Arlington in 17 events at the NCAA West Preliminary Round today, Thursday, May 23-Saturday, May 25, at Mike A. Myers Stadium in Austin.

Quentin Butler earned spots in the 100 meters, 200 meters, and long jump. The highest-ranked Mav is Bozidar Antunovic, listed seventh in the shot put. Omar Barnes and Lionel Mungwari will compete in the triple jump, Brandon Waller in the long jump, and Roland Sales in the high jump. Emil Blomberg will run in the 3000 meter steeplechase, and Ivan Storic will compete in the javelin.

For the women, Shannon Reynolds earned berths in the 100 meters and the 200 meters. Jennifer Brown will compete in the triple jump and the long jump. Morgan Domingue will join her in the long jump. Ashly Wright runs in the 800 meters, and DeOna Stafford is set for the 100-meter hurdles.

Two-time All-American Romain Martin, who ranks sixth nationally in the decathlon, has an automatic berth to the NCAAs.

McConnell's season ends at regionals

Paul McConnell shot 1-over 73 Saturday in the final round of the NCAA Fayetteville Regional, which left him tied for 10th.

He completed the three-day tournament with an overall score of 3-over 219. He had 11 birdies for the week.

The Garland native is the only Maverick golfer with two championships during his college campaign. He was a member of the 2011 Southland Conference championship team, as well as the 2013 Western Athletic Conference medalist.

Summer intramurals include sports, games

Stay active this summer with team and individual sports and games offered through Campus Recreation.

Entries for softball, sand volleyball, innertube water polo, and tennis are available Wednesday May 29. Deadline to register is Wednesday, June 12, except for water polo, which is due Tuesday, June 18.

Other summer intramurals are 3-on-3 basketball, racquetball, and Battleship and poker tournaments.

Pick up entry forms at the Services and Information Desk of the Maverick Activities Center. For questions, call 2-3277 or email

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Going Out

Wednesday, May 22-Sunday, May 26

Western Athletic Conference Baseball Championship Top eight teams from the Western Athletic Conference compete for an NCAA Tournament berth. $12 each day or $30 for tournament pass. Games at 11 a.m., 3 p.m., and 7 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday, championship 1 p.m. Sunday, QuikTrip Park, Grand Prairie. Western Athletic Conference.

Friday-Sunday, May 24-26

Downtown Arlington Center Stage Music Festival The free music festival is part of the opening weekend of the 2013 Texas Power Summer Concert Series at the Levitt Pavilion. Music starts 7 p.m. Friday, 5:30 p.m. Saturday-Sunday. Downtown Arlington Center Stage Music Festival.

Friday, May 31

World No Tobacco Day Learn about tobacco's negative effects and how to quit. Free. 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Palo Duro Lounge, E.H. Hereford University Center. Health Services.

Coming up

Kansas An American progressive rock band, Kansas is celebrating its 40th anniversary with this year’s concert tour. Tickets $29, $35, $50. 7:30 p.m., Saturday, June 1, College Park Center.

Summer Movies Series Bring a chair or a blanket, a picnic, and friends for outdoor movies each Thursday. Free popcorn. June 6, Oz the Great and Powerful; June 13, Jack the Giant Slayer; June 20, Olympus Has Fallen; June 27, Admission. Free. 9 p.m., lawn behind the Maverick Activities Center. EXCEL Campus Activities.


Fine Lines An exhibition of hand-drawn images by Anne Allen, Amy Herzel, and Angela Kallus using graphite, ink, silverpoint, and carbon pencil. Gallery hours noon-6 p.m., Wednesdays-Saturdays. Through Friday, May 31. Fort Worth Center. Gallery 76102.

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



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