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

Monday, November 25, 2013

Kytai Nguyen

Heartfelt honor: Dr. Kytai Nguyen, an associate professor of bioengineering, has been elected as a fellow of the American Heart Association.

American Heart Association names Kytai Nguyen as fellow

Bioengineering Associate Professor Kytai Nguyen has been elected as a fellow of the American Heart Association, an honor conferred by the national organization’s Council on Basic Cardiovascular Sciences.

Dr. Nguyen, who joined UT Arlington in 2005, specializes in cellular engineering. Her research also involves tissue engineering, drug delivery, and stem cell therapies.

“Her projects help us to understand factors in the development of cardiovascular diseases, including atherosclerosis and restenosis so that better strategies to combat these diseases could be developed,” says Liping Tang, interim chair of the Bioengineering Department, 

Nguyen works with the American Heart Association on a new method that would use injected nanoparticles to recruit stem cells from a patient’s own blood to build stents needed in that patient’s failing blood vessels.

She received the Scientist Development Award from the National American Heart Association in 2007.

Krystal Beamon

Sports and race: Krystal Beamon, assistant professor of sociology, offers new insight into sports and modern race relations in her book The Enduring Color Line in U.S. Athletics.

Sociology professor's book explores sports' impact on race relations

A new book by Krystal Beamon, assistant professor of sociology, offers new insight into how sports alter and reflect the way we view the world when it comes to modern race relations. 

In The Enduring Color Line in U.S. Athletics, Dr. Beamon assembles findings from previous research, data from the NCAA, and interviews with professional athletes to explore sports as a social construction. The book is part of the academic series, Framing the 21st Century Social Issues and is published by Routledge. Chris M. Messer, assistant professor of sociology at Colorado State University-Pueblo, is the co-author.

Among the topics addressed is the difference between the way Hispanics are regarded in professional baseball compared with how Hispanic immigrants are regarded in society overall.

“While baseball’s ‘farming’ of Hispanic players from places like Puerto Rico and Venezuela has been great for the marketplace and has provided a new fan base," Beamon says, "there is a fear that Hispanics may be ‘taking over’ the sport that reflects a larger societal concern over current immigration policies.”

Read more about Beamon's book.

Taxation graduate program ranks No. 9

UT Arlington's Master of Science in Taxation program ranks in the Top 10 in the nation, according to tax professionals.

Tax Talent, a major tax recruiting firm, conducted the survey, which had UTA tied for ninth place with Baylor University, Northeastern University, and the University of Miami. UT Arlington also ranked in the Top 10 last year.

"Though we have a small program, our visibility and demand for our students is high," says Chandra Subramaniam, chair of the Department of Accounting in the College of Business.

The 2013 survey for Best MS Tax Programs According to Tax Hiring Authorities is based on the responses of 127 heads of corporate tax departments.

Architecture awards

Handy work: Best in Category awards at the KRob Architectural Delineation competition went to work by architecture lecturer Dustin Wheat, left, and Associate Professor Steve Quevedo. Architecture student Eduardo Castaneda also won a Best in Category award.

Faculty, students, alumni win in international competition

School of Architecture faculty, students, and alumni were winners in the 39th annual KRob Architectural Delineation competition, the longest-running architectural drawing competition in the world.

Best in Category was awarded to Associate Professor Steve Quevedo, professional physical submission; lecturer Dustin Wheat, professional hand; and Eduardo Castaneda, student digital/mixed.

Finalists were Associate Professor John Maruszczak, professional digital/mixed; Alexei Dukov, student digital mixed; Jay Cantrell ('97 BS), two for professional physical submission; and Wai Iam Tam ('09 BS and '12 MCRP), professional physical submission.

See the entries by the KRob 2013 winners and finalists.

Information Technology Strategic Alignment project presentations Dec. 3

Faculty and staff are invited to hear updates following recent information technology focus groups and work teams. A meeting to present what the focus group teams have learned and will recommend is set for 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 3, in the Rio Grande Ballroom of the E.H. Hereford University Center. 

UT Arlington is in the process of realigning the Office of Information Technology to create a work-class technology presence that will support the University well into the future.

Jim Bradley, vice president for information technology and chief information officer, is leading the effort and has enlisted the assistance of strategic focus associates to help facilitate the process.

Presentations with question-and-answer sessions, about 30-45 minutes, are benchmarking, 8:45 a.m.; customer/user experience, 10 a.m.; assets, 11 a.m.; process, 1 p.m.; organization structure, 2 p.m.; and a summarization at 3:15 p.m.

Mav Pic Regents Outstanding Teaching

Innovative instruction

Recipients of the 2013 Regents' Outstanding Teaching Award were honored at a dinner Wednesday evening, including, from left, Josephine Caldwell-Ryan, Frank Lewis, Peggy Semingson, Dan Popa, and Rebecca Deen. The awards recognize faculty members at UT System institutions who demonstrate extraordinary classroom performance and innovation at the undergraduate level. Since the awards program began five years ago, UT Arlington has totaled 41 Regents' Outstanding Teaching Awards honorees. See a list of UTA's 2013 winners and the complete list of 2013 Regents' winners.


Air North Texas recognizes UTA

Air North Texas honored UTA with two of its Partner Awards last week. The University was recognized for outstanding advertising and outstanding partner involvement.

The City of Fort Worth was named Air North Texas Partner of the Year.

Read more about the Air North Texas Partner Awards 2013.

Thanksgiving schedules

The UT Arlington campus is closed for the Thanksgiving holiday Thursday-Sunday, Nov. 28-Dec. 1.

E.H. Hereford University CenterThe center will close at 7 p.m. Wednesday and open 2-11 p.m. Sunday.

Campus Recreation—For the Maverick Activities Center, climbing wall, and pool hours, see the Campus Recreation schedule online.

Libraries—Libraries are closed on Thursday. Check the library schedule for hours on other days.

Planetarium—Go online for the Planetarium schedule.

Metro Arlington XpressThe MAX will not run Thursday-Friday.

Libraries accept MavMoney for 3D printing and scanning

The Digital Media Studio in the basement of the Central Library will begin charging 35 cents per gram of material for 3D printing. Payments are made through MavMoney and must be received before printing can begin. The 3D scanning is free.

UT Arlington Libraries is the first library in the UT System to offer 3D scanning and printing to all faculty and students, regardless of major or class level.

“By bringing these emerging technologies to the entire UT Arlington community, we want to foster the creation of new knowledge, explore new ideas, and aid in the development of transformative innovations,” says Rebecca Bichel, dean of UT Arlington Library.

  Mav Pic Officer Rivera

Action hero

For his off-duty action, UT Arlington Police Officer Joel Rivera, center, received a distinguished service award from Michael Heidingsfield, director of police for the UT System. On Saturday, Nov. 2, at his apartment complex, Rivera captured a burglary and child sexual assault suspect. Shown with Rivera are John D. Hall, left, vice president for administration and campus operations, and UTA Police Chief Kim Lemaux.

Photographs with Maverick Santa at The Parks at Arlington

St. Nick will show his true Maverick colors Tuesday, Dec. 3, at The Parks at Arlington mall.

Upon request, you can have your photo taken with Santa Claus wearing an official UT Arlington blue suit rather than his traditional red one. Additional blue hats will be on hand for you to borrow as you strike a pose with Santa. Then enter your picture for a chance to win a $500 Shop Etc. Mall Gift Card. 

Santa is available 9 a.m.-10 p.m., but he takes breaks 1-2 p.m. and 5:15-6 p.m. Find him and his helpers on the lower level near the ice rink and Nordstrom Rack.

Innovative presentations needed for Advising Association conference

The UTA Advising Association (UTAAA) is accepting proposal submissions for the 17th Annual UTAAA Advising Conference, "Advising CPR: Crisis, Prevention and Recovery."

Needed are interactive, innovative, and engaging presentations that will leave conference attendees ready to aid students through any worse-case scenario and prep them for success.

Deadline for proposals is Monday, Dec. 9. See details on the UTAAA website or email for more information.

Adopt a child from Angel Tree in Leadership Center

Adopt a child from the Salvation Army Angel Tree in the Leadership Center in Suite B 160N of the lower level of the E.H. Hereford University Center. All gifts are due by Wednesday, Nov. 27. For questions, call the Leadership Center at 2-9220.

Alternative Breaks needs advisers

Fees are waived for faculty/staff advisers for the Alternative Breaks' Spring Break trip to Denver on March 9-14, 2014Applications are due by Wednesday, Nov. 27. For more details, contact Joey Usher at or 2-9220.

MavWire will return in December

Today's MavWire is the last issue until after Thanksgiving. The next issue is Monday, Dec. 2. Most campus offices will be closed Thursday-Sunday, Nov. 28-Dec. 1.

Send your stories or photos for MavWire to to be considered for publication.

Find previous issues in the MavWire archives.

Extra Credit

Monday, Nov. 25

SAVANT Center Collaborative Colloquium Dan Popa, associate professor of electrical engineering,  presents "Multiscale Robotics and Control" for the first Security Advances via Applied NanoTechnology (SAVANT) Center Collaborative Colloquium. Free. 4 p.m., Room 101, Science Hall. SAVANT Center.

Tuesday, Nov. 26

Time Management Register online. Free. 9-11 a.m., J.D. Wetsel Service Center. Human Resources.

Monday, Dec. 2

World AIDS Day Education and prevention materials, along with information on free testing and other resources. The World AIDS Day quilt will be on display. Free. 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Palo Duro Lounge, E.H. Hereford University Center. Health Services.

Engineering Distinguished Speaker Series Henrik Christensen, KUKA Chair of Robotics at Georgia Institute of Technology, speaks on “Design of Cooperative Robot Systems.” Reception 5 p.m., Room 601; lecture 6 p.m., Room 100, both in Nedderman Hall. Engineering.

World AIDS Day Panel Discussion A panel discussion of the HIV virus and AIDS. Panelists are Michelle Anderson, HIV positive Miss Plus America; Bret Camp, Texas Regional Director AIDS Healthcare Foundation; Jennifer Gray, HIV researcher and interim dean of the College of Nursing; Ed Jones, behavioral intervention specialist at AIDS Arms Inc.; and Jeffery Watkins, HIV positive student. Free. 6 p.m., Palo Duro Lounge, E.H. Hereford University Center. Student Congress, Students for International Social Work.

Tuesday, Dec. 3

Professionalism in the Workplace Register online. Free. 9-11 a.m., J.D. Wetsel Service Center. Human Resources.

SUPA Information Forum Meet the program directors and graduate advisers to discuss admission requirements and graduate programs. Free. 6 p.m., Room 521, University Hall. School of Urban and Public Affairs.

Wednesday, Dec. 4

Just-In-Case Manufacturing Curtis Norwood, corporate ERP manager for Martin Sprocket and Gear, provides a historical view of the need for power transmission tools and outlines how Martin services its customers on a global scale. Reservations. Free to students, first-time guests, and ATA members; others $5. 7 a.m., Room 100, Nedderman Hall. Arlington Technology AssociationEngineering.

Coming up

Human Resources Training Classes Advanced Supervisory Skills, 9-11 a.m., Thursday, Dec. 5; Writing Effective Email, 9-11 a.m., Tuesday, Dec. 10; Partnering with Your Boss, 9-11 a.m., Wednesday, Dec. 11; and Motivating Your Employees, 2-4, Thursday, Dec. 12Register online. Free. J.D. Wetsel Service Center. Human Resources.

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

Going Out

Monday, Nov. 25

Deck the Mall Celebrate the winter season with the lighting of the Library mall. Free treats. Free. 6:30 p.m., Library mall. EXCEL Campus Activities

Fall Jazz Concert The Jazz Orchestra directed by Tim Ishii features guest saxophonist Randy Hamm of Missouri State University while the Jazz Ensemble is directed by Ken Edwards. Tickets $5 students and seniors; $8 general public. 7:30 p.m., Texas Hall. Music.

Tuesday, Nov. 26

Percussion Ensemble Concert Free. 7:30 p.m., Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. Music.

Wednesday, Nov. 27

Women's Basketball Mavericks vs. Abilene Christian. Tickets $5. 7:30 p.m., College Park Center. Also, vs. North Texas, 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 4, College Park Center. Athletics.

Thursday, Dec. 5

Faculty and Staff Holiday Reception Share the spirit of the holidays. UTA Jazz Orchestra conducted by Tim Ishii. Holiday refreshments. 3-5 p.m., Bluebonnet Ballroom, E.H. Hereford University Center. Office of the President.

Friday, Dec. 6

UT Arlington Day at Christkindl Market An enchanting family market in the tradition of holiday markets in Germany featuring authentic German cuisine, beverages, entertainment, arts, crafts, and gifts. The UT Arlington Jazz Orchestra performs at 5:40 p.m. and 7 p.m. To receive 10 Christkindl dollars for food and beverage, show your ID Monday-Friday, Dec. 2-6, at University Communications, Room 408, Davis Hall. Free admission and parking. Noon-10 p.m., Rangers Ballpark. Christkindl Market, CollegeTown.

Opening Reception for the Bachelor of Fine Arts Exhibition Reception and awards ceremony honoring the graduating BFA students from the Department of Art and Art History exhibiting their work. 5 p.m., The Gallery at UTA, Fine Arts Building. Art and Art History.

Friends of the Library Chants Encounters choir performs Books and Carols with a sing-along and reception. Free. 7:30 p.m., sixth floor parlor, Central Library. Friends of the Library.

Saturday, Dec. 7

Men's Basketball Mavericks vs. Weber State. Tickets $5. 7:30 p.m., College Park Center. Athletics.

Sunday, Dec. 8

Opening Reception 'Back to the Moon for Good' Kick off the newest Planetarium show with a lecture about the moon, a raffle for a telescope, and a display of cool moon artifacts. $4 children and seniors, $6 adults. Noon-3 p.m. Planetarium.


Visual Resource Commons and Gallery The Jonathan A. Campbell and Tanya G. Dowdey African Art Collection is a multi-dimensional collection of 11th-20th century art and artifacts. Free. 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays-Fridays, Suite 2109, Fine Arts Building. Art and Art History.

Gallery 76102: Sweetie Pie Gallery 76102: Sweetie Pie Works made of cast granulated sugar by Janet Morrow examine the notion of sweetness and our ambiguous reactions to it. Gallery hours noon-6 p.m. Wednesdays-Saturdays, Gallery 76102, 1401 Jones St., Fort Worth. Through Saturday, Nov. 30Fort Worth CenterGallery 76102.

MavsArt View artwork created by UT Arlington students, staff, and faculty. Free. First floor, Central Library. Through Sunday, Dec. 8. MavsArt.

Special Collections: Howdy, Mr. President! A Fort Worth Perspective of JFK Photos of President John F. Kennedy's visit to Fort Worth in November 1963 are from the historic Fort Worth Star-Telegram Collection in Special Collections. Gallery hours 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Mondays, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays, sixth floor, Central Library. Through Feb. 8, 2014. UT Arlington Library, Special Collections.

The Maverick Lens: Views from the Library This annual photo exhibit reflects the diversity of learning, living, and working at UT Arlington. See also "50 Years of Views." 8 a.m.-7 p.m., sixth floor parlor, Central Library. Through March 5, 2014. UT Arlington Library.

Mindful Moments Learn techniques to help deal effectively with stress. New day and location. Free. 12:15-12:45 p.m., Fridays, Room 310, Ransom Hall. Health Services.

Planetarium The fall schedule includes Bad Astronomy: Myths and MisconceptionsPink FloydSecret of the Cardboard RocketSpacepark 360, and Stars of the PharaohsPlanetarium.

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



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