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

Thursday, May 30, 2013

Khosrow Behbehani

Dr. Khosrow Behbehani

Behbehani named dean of College of Engineering

Khosrow Behbehani, a noted biomedical researcher, inventor, and chairman of the Department of Bioengineering, has been appointed dean of the University’s College of Engineering.

Dr. Behbehani joined UT Arlington in 1985 and has served as chairman of his department since 2002.

His research has attracted significant support from the U.S. Department of Education, the Department of Energy, and the National Institutes of Health. In recent years, Behbehani has garnered recognition for his work to develop an ultrasonic sleep apnea detection system, a portable device that improves detection and ultimately treatment for patients.

“We have a tremendous amount of talent among our faculty members and students, and we are committed to moving the UT Arlington College of Engineering to the top tiers of engineering schools,” Behbehani says.

Read more about Behbehani's appointment.

Teresea Madden-Thompson

Teresea Madden-Thompson

NASA Johnson Space Center, UT Arlington team to boost environmental, health, and safety training

NASA Johnson Space Center and the Division for Enterprise Development are partnering to develop best practices for enhancing environmental, health, and safety training in support of current and future missions and initiatives.

UT Arlington will gain insight into training offered at a NASA Voluntary Protection Programs certified site, while NASA Johnson Space Center will capitalize on the University’s understanding of industry-focused training programs as the agency prepares for increased partnerships with commercial enterprises.

Representatives will develop a framework to audit environmental, health, and safety classes and to determine leading practices.

Teresea Madden-Thompson, associate vice president for the Division for Enterprise Development, and Elmer "Bubba" Johnson, the NASA center’s Systems Safety Team lead, will coordinate technical activities.

“We look forward to learning from NASA’s expertise as well,” Madden-Thompson says. “We will build on this expertise to create educational and training programs that will benefit the Division of Enterprise Development’s other clients and support NASA’s commitment to environmental, health and safety.”

Read more about the NASA-UT Arlington partnership.

Maxine Adegbola-Phyllis Adams

Lifetime achievement: Dr. Maxine Adegbola, left, and Dr. Phyllis Adams will receive the Black Nursing Faculty Lifetime Achievement in Education and Research Award in June.

Nursing professors earn national awards for education, research

Two College of Nursing professors will receive the Association of Black Nursing Faculty Lifetime Achievement in Education and Research Award at the organization’s 26th Annual Meeting and Scientific Conference in June.

Maxine Adegbola, an assistant professor at UT Arlington since 2008, researches sickle cell disease, chronic pain, genomics, and health disparities.

Phyllis Adams, a clinical associate professor, joined UT Arlington in 1995 and is director of the Family Nurse Practitioner program. Her research interests include sickle cell, HIV, and stress management.

“This award honors these professors' body of work and affirms the important role of research in a nurse scholar's service to the community,” says College of Nursing Dean Elizabeth Poster. “They are role models for students and colleagues.”

Read more Dr. Adegbola's and Dr. Adams' honors.

Mav Pic Reach ribbon cutting

da Vinci mode

For his sculpture Reach, sculptor Darryl Lauster turned to Leonardo da Vinci's 15th century sketch of a gyroscopic flying machine for inspiration. Tuesday's ribbon cutting by the Engineering Research Building included, from left, Robert Hower, art professor and chair of the Department of Art and Art History; President James D. Spaniolo, who also inspired the art work; Lauster, assistant professor of art; and Beth Wright, dean of the College of Liberal Arts. Read more about Reach.


UT Arlington receives designation as a 'Next Generation University'

UT Arlington was one of six universities named as a "Next Generation University" by the Washington D.C.-based New America Foundation.

The foundation based its findings on a statistical analysis of student outcomes, research productivity, and enrollment trends.

UT Arlington was recognized for its online courses and degree programs, enrollment growth, and position as an emerging research institution.

Other colleges highlighted in the report are Arizona State University, Georgia State University, the University of Buffalo, the University of California at Riverside, and the University of Central Florida.

Read more about UT Arlington's designation as a "Next Generation University."

'Nature' paper by professor sheds new light on effects of Arctic warming

A recent paper in the journal Nature that is co-authored by Laura Gough, an associate professor of biology in the College of Science, is challenging long-held ideas about the effects of temperature increases in the Alaskan tundra.

High latitudes contain nearly half of global soil carbon, and scientists have been concerned that warming temperatures could lead to increased microbial activity and more of that carbon being released into the atmosphere as carbon dioxide. Increased carbon dioxide releases would then speed warming even more, enhancing the greenhouse effect.

Instead, the research team found that carbon stocks in soils subjected to 20 years of experimental warming did not differ from soils that experienced ambient air temperatures.

“This is what happened over this time period, but will it hold? We don’t know,” Dr. Gough says.

She and her fellow researchers say more studies are needed.

Read more about Arctic warming.

  Mav Pic Groundskeeper Sabino Medina

Green caretaker

Groundskeeper Sabino Medina attends to plants outside Texas Hall. He also cares for the grounds around Davis Hall and the music section of the Fine Arts Building.

New anti-tumor agents target cancer cells without typical side effects

A team of UT Arlington researchers has identified two ruthenium-based complexes they believe could pave the way for treatments that control cancer cell growth more effectively and are less toxic for patients than current chemotherapies.

Research by Fred MacDonnell, professor of chemistry and biochemistry, focuses on a new generation of metal-based anti-tumor agents to find new therapies. A study published in the May edition of Molecular Cancer Therapeutics describes two newly developed ruthenium polypyridyl complexes that yielded results comparable to common anti-cancer drugs against human non-small cell lung cancer cells in pre-clinical lab tests.

Co-authors include Abhishek Yadav, Thamara Janaratne, Adam S. Dayoub, and Arthi Krishnan of the Chemistry and Biochemistry Department; Doyle H. Hawkins of the Math Department; and Sharad S. Singhal and Sushma Yadav of the City of Hope Comprehensive Cancer Center in Duarte, Calif.

Read more about the cancer research.

Hot Rod Power Tour claims south parking lots this 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 today, 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.

No parking allowed at St. Alban's

Parking lots at St. Alban’s Episcopal Church, 911 S. Davis St., are no longer available for UT Arlington employee parking. Church officials want to ensure adequate parking for church events.

Employees can order a three-month parking decal for $65 with payroll deduction. Order online through MyMav.

Benefit Yourself

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.

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
  • Friday, July 26—Fiscal year 2012-13 funding

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.

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

Office for Human Research Protections Community Forum In cooperation with JPS Research Day, a forum about human subject research sponsored by UT Arlington. Conference topics include research conflicts, subjects, regulations, and education and community collaboration. Register. $140; students $35. Reception 6:30-8 p.m. Thursday, June 6. Conference, 7:45 a.m.-5:30 p.m., Worthington Renaissance Fort Worth Hotel, 200 Main St., Fort Worth.

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
Romain Martin

Aim high: Two-time All-American Romain Martin, who ranks sixth nationally in the decathlon, will join two other Mavericks at the NCAA Track and Field Championships next month.


Antunovic, Wright join Martin as NCAA track and field qualifiers

Shot putter Bozidar Antunovic and middle distance runner Ashly Wright advanced to the NCAA Track and Field Championships on Friday at the NCAA West Preliminaries in Austin.

Antunovic's throw of 18.93 meters (62 feet, 1.25 inches) was good for one of the 12 qualifying spots and was just one inch shy of his school record. Wright posted an 800-meter time of 2:06.04, which placed her third in her heat, thereby earning her a trip to Eugene, Ore., next month.

Two-time All-American Romain Martin, who ranks sixth nationally in the decathlon, earlier had earned an automatic berth to the NCAA Championships.

Mavericks' season ends at WAC Baseball Tournament

The baseball team's season ended with Saturday night's 11-2 loss to Texas State in the Western Athletic Conference Tournament at QuikTrip Park in Grand Prairie.

The Mavericks came into the game with the opportunity to advance to the tournament final, but the Bobcats took control early and handed the team its second straight defeat in pool play. UT Arlington shut out Dallas Baptist 2-0 last Wednesday before falling 4-3 to New Mexico State on Friday.

The Mavericks were WAC co-champions during the regular season and finished 2013 with a 31-27 record.

UT Arlington is 67-52 with two conference titles over the last two seasons. In addition to the regular-season WAC crown, the Mavericks won the Southland Conference Tournament championship in 2012.

Shortall named to College Madness All-American team

Junior Matt Shortall was named to the College Sports Madness 2013 Madness All-American Team. He is a fourth-team selection as an outfielder.

He also was named the College Sports Madness 2013 Western Athletic Conference Field Player of the Year and made the All-WAC first team.

Shortall led the WAC regular-season champions in several offensive categories on the way to his first-team All-WAC selection. A designated hitter for much of the season, he hit .362, good for third in the WAC, and had 54 RBIs. Shortall led the team with eight home runs, including three in the final regular-season series at Sacramento State.

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. 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
  UTA Presents

Kansas performs Saturday at College Park Center


The legendary rock group Kansas breezes into College Park Center on Saturday, June 1.

Kansas, which released its first album in 1974, went from a Topeka, Kan., garage band to a fixture of classic rock with hits such as Carry on Wayward Son, Two for the Show, Dust in the Wind, and Point of Know Return.

With the introduction of popular video games Rock Band and Guitar Hero, Kansas reached a whole new audience. The increased exposure continued with the TV shows Supernatural and South Park and with films Old School and Anchorman.

Ticket prices are $29, $35, and $50 and are available online at or at the College Park Center box office. A $7 service fee will be added to each ticket. Parking is $10.

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.

Thursday, June 6

Summer Movies Series: Oz the Great and Powerful Bring a chair or a blanket, a picnic, and friends for outdoor movies each Thursday. Free popcorn. Upcoming movies are: Jack the Giant Slayer, June 13; Olympus Has Fallen, June 20; Admission, June 27. 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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