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

Thursday, October 3, 2013

Samarendra Mohanty

Diagnosing disease: Dr. Samarendra Mohanty, assistant professor of physics, leads the UT Arlington research team that sought a clear view of cellular processes on lab-on-a-chip devices.

Team succeeds in imaging cellular processes in silicon environment

Scientists from UT Arlington and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have discovered how to observe cellular processes on “lab on a chip” devices in a silicon environment. The new technology will be useful in disease diagnosis and drug development, researchers say.

In a paper published in Nature’s online journal Scientific Reports, the team says it overcame past limitations on quantitative microscopy through an opaque media by working with a new combination of near infrared light and a technique called quantitative phase imaging.

“Silicon-based micro devices known as labs-on-a-chip are revolutionizing high throughput analysis of cells and molecules for disease diagnosis and screening of drug effects," says Bipin Joshi, lead author of the paper who recently completed a master's degree in biomedical engineering. "However, very little progress has been made in the optical characterization of samples in these systems. The technology we’ve developed is well-suited to meet this need.”

Physics Assistant Professor Samarendra Mohanty was corresponding author on the paper. Also on the UTA team was Nelson Cardenas, a research assistant in Dr. Mohanty's Biophysics and Physiology Laboratory.

Read more about the cellular imaging research.

Ezgihan 'Izzy' Baydar

NASA notable: Ezgihan “Izzy” Baydar will research air intake efficiency in jet engines as part of her NASA Harriet G. Jenkins Predoctoral Fellowship.

Aerospace engineering student awarded NASA fellowship

Aerospace engineering student Ezgihan “Izzy” Baydar has been awarded a prestigious NASA Harriet G. Jenkins Predoctoral Fellowship that will allow her to pursue her research into efficient jet engines in conjunction with the space agency.

Baydar and her adviser, Frank Lu, professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering, were awarded the three-year fellowship that provides $135,000 in funding and includes summer internships at NASA’s Glenn Research Center in Cleveland, Ohio.

Dr. Lu and Baydar’s work at NASA will focus on making air intakes more efficient in jet engines.

“We want to make more modern designs for these air inlets,” Baydar says. “We want them to be able to perform better at speeds between Mach 1 and Mach 2.”

Read more about Baydar's NASA fellowship.

  Mav Pic National Night Out 2013

Night out

Dorothy Smith, lead custodian at the Engineering Research Building, chats with UT Arlington Police Chief Kim Lemaux during National Night Out on Tuesday. The annual crime awareness and prevention event seeks to build strong partnerships between law enforcement agencies and their communities.

Audition to sing national anthem, perform at halftime during games

Got talent? The Athletics Department needs you to audition to sing the national anthem or perform at halftime for upcoming sporting events.

Faculty, staff, students, and Arlington community members should be prepared to sing and perform 5-9 p.m. Friday, Oct. 11, at College Park Center

For more details, contact Destiny Price at 2-2213 or

Lots closed for special events

Faculty/staff lot 11, north of the E.H. Hereford University Center, will be partially closed Wednesday, Oct. 9.

Lots 34 and 35 will be closed until 12:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 14.

Center for Students in Recovery to host 12-step program every Tuesday

The Center for Students in Recovery has started Celebrate Recovery meetings at 7 p.m. Tuesdays in Room 107 of Social Work Building B.

Celebrate Recovery includes faith-based, 12-step meetings that are free and open to anyone in recovery.

Monthly buffet returns to University Club

The University Club's monthly special today, Thursday, Oct. 3, features chicken piccata, lasagna rolls (vegetarian), snow peas, harvest salad, rice pilaf, and mango cheesecake.

Cost is $8 per person. Regular menu items will not be available.

The University Club is open 11 a.m.-2 p.m. on the ground floor in Davis Hall.

Pride Week

Pride Week includes information, entertainment

Education and a little fun are elements of Pride Week, sponsored by the LGBTQA (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, questioning, ally) program, part of Multicultural Affairs and the Division of Student Affairs.

The exhibit “Standing Proud” includes displays of respectable and notable LGBTQA community members who made positive strides. See the exhibit in the University Center Gallery in the E.H. Hereford University Center.

Learn about “The Meaning of Drag” 6-9 p.m.
 today, Thursday, Oct. 3, in the Concho Room when Kevin Gustafson, professor of English, reviews drag history. Area drag queens and kings will tell what it means to be a performer and offer hair and makeup tips.

A student drag show raises money for the LGBTQA program scholarship. The show starts at 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 4, in the Rio Grande Ballroom of the University Center.

For more details, call 2-2099 or email

  Mav Pic Majors Fair

Major exploration

Freshmen Laura Vallejo, nursing, and Brenda Riofrio, biology, listen to ROTC recruiter and 2nd Lt. Courtney Morris explain academic offerings of the Department of Military Science, at the Majors Fair on Monday. The fair allowed students to learn more about the majors offered at UTA.

Nominations needed for Homecoming king/queen, other student leader positions

Encourage your students to run in student elections. Open positions include Homecoming king and queen, Student Congress senators, and UTA Ambassadors.

Individuals wishing to run for any of the above positions must file by 5 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 10, in the Office of Student Activities and Organizations, Suite B120, E.H. Hereford University Center.

To nominate a student for any of the open positions, email Jennifer Fox at with the student’s name and email address.

Voting is Monday-Tuesday, Oct. 28-29, in the University Center. For more information, call 2-2293 or visit

Discount tickets available for Six Flags' annual Fright Fest, Holiday in the Parks

Discounted tickets are available to the UT Arlington community to two holiday events at Six Flags: Fright Fest, through Oct. 27, and Holiday in the Park, Nov. 23, 2013-Jan. 5, 2014.

Tickets for one adult are $20 for faculty, staff, and students.

For more details, contact the Division of Student Affairs at 2-6080 or visit the UTA/Six Flags ticket website.

Windows XP computers need update

Upgrades for Windows 7 for all Windows XP computers are necessary to prepare for Microsoft ending support and security patching of Windows XP on April 8, 2014. The Office of Information Technology plans to upgrade to Windows 7 by January 2014 to ensure the highest level of operating system security. Contact to schedule your upgrade.

Benefit Yourself

Women's Home Improvement: Tile and Molding

Learn the basics of tiling and molding. Basic knowledge of the proper usage of home repair tools needed. Although geared toward women, the class is open to anyone. Call 2-2581 for faculty, staff discount fee of $62.50. 10 a.m.-noon Saturdays, Oct. 5-26, Nuts and Bolts Hardware Store. Continuing Education.

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, Oct. 3

Advanced Supervisory Skills Participants will revisit the four points of supervision learned in the Fundamental Skills for Supervisors class and use role-play and dialogue to explore each point at a deeper level. Fundamental Skills for Supervisors is not a prerequisite. Register online. Free. 9-11 a.m., Room 200, J.D. Wetsel Service Center. Human Resources.

Safe Zone Ally Training Learn how to be supportive to members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning (LGBTQ) community. Register online. Free. 1-4 p.m., Red River Room, E.H. Hereford University Center. LGBTQA Program.

Brad Pierce

Chemistry/Biochemistry Lecture Series Brad Pierce
, right, professor of chemistry and biochemistry, discusses "Beyond the First Coordination Sphere in Non-heme Iron Enzymes: How Outer-Sphere Interactions Influence O2-Activation, Substrate Specificity, and Coupling Efficiency." 3 p.m., Room 114, Chemistry Research Building. Chemistry and Biochemistry.

Biology Colloquium Series John Bruno of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill examines "Coral Reef Conservation: What Are the Goals and How Do We Know What Works?" 4 p.m., Room 119, Life Science Building. Biology.

Friday, Oct. 4

Craig T. Nagoshi

Psychology Colloquium Series Craig T. Nagoshi, right, associate professor of psychology and social work, presents "Trans-Identity Theory: What Happens When You Study Transgender Identity." Free. Noon-1 p.m., Room 100, Life Science. Psychology.

History/Barksdale Lecture Series James McWilliams of Texas State University speaks on "Agricultural History and the Call of Contemporary Activism: How Historians Can and Should Politicize Their Work for the Common Good." Free. Noon-1 p.m., Room 303, Chemistry and Physics Building. History.

The Power of Philanthropy and Entertainment Horace Madison of Madison Financial Group and Christal M. Jackson of Head and Heart Philanthropy speak on the roles of business, media, and entertainment in community-building. Free. 6 p.m. reception, 7 p.m. lecture, Lone Star Auditorium, Maverick Activities Center. Center for African American Studies.

Saturday, Oct. 5

Rape Aggression Defense For female faculty, staff, and students, the RAD program teaches realistic self-defense tactics and techniques. Register online. Free. 9 a.m.-6 p.m., Room 102-B, Maverick Activities Center. Also Saturday, Nov. 9. UTA Police.

Monday, Oct. 7

Deadline: Workers' Compensation Workshop Registration deadline. For faculty or staff involved in injury reporting. UT System personnel will discuss injury reporting, required medical networks, and prescription drug companies as they apply to faculty, staff, or student workers who incur a work-related injury. To register, call 2-5563. Free. 10-11 a.m., 1-2 p.m., or 2:30-3:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 14, in Room 200 of the J.D. Wetsel Service Center.

Tuesday, Oct. 8

Time Management: Keys to Everyday Office Success Explore how backlogs happen, how to manage paperwork, how to eliminate clutter, and all the benefits of organization. Register online. Free. 9-11 a.m., Room 200, J.D. Wetsel Service Center. Human Resources.

Wednesday, Oct. 9


Solving Problems/Making Decisions Bring one in-depth problem for the class to discuss and discover how to develop strategies to map out the problem and discover a solution. Register online. Free. 9-11 a.m., Room 200, J.D. Wetsel Service Center. Human Resources.

35th Anderson Sport Performance Lecture C. Paul Rogers III, former president of the Southwest Conference, presents “The Winner-Take-All Syndrome in Sports and Society.” Rogers is a professor of law at SMU and SMU's NCAA faculty athletic representative. Free. Noon, Lone Star Auditorium, Maverick Activities Center. Kinesiology.

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

Sports Notes
  Hannah Baptiste

Sunny days: Sophomore Hannah Baptiste digs a ball during the Mavericks' entry into the Sun Belt Conference last weekend at College Park Center. The volleyball team scored wins against the University of Louisiana-Monroe and UL-Lafayette.

Volleyball enters Sun Belt Conference era with weekend wins

Volleyball opened Sun Belt Conference play with a 3-1 win over the University of Louisiana-Monroe on Friday night and a 3-0 victory over UL-Lafayette Saturday night at College Park Center.

The Mavericks improved to 9-6 overall.

The team travels to Georgia State and Western Kentucky Friday-Saturday, Oct. 4-5, for its first conference road trip of the season.

Tickets to home games are $5. Visit or call 2-9595.

Edwards named second-team All-SBC

Brandon Edwards has received College Sports Madness' Sun Belt Men's Basketball 2013-2014 Preseason All-Conference Teams recognition. The forward was named to the second team.

Edwards enters his senior season as UT Arlington's leading returning scorer and rebounder. He started 26 of the team’s 33 games in 2012-13 and averaged 7.3 points per game. He was fifth in the Western Athletic Conference in rebounds at 8.2 per game and third overall with his 58.5 shooting percentage.

The Mavericks open the season Friday, Nov. 8, at Boise State. The College Park Center home opener is Tuesday, Nov. 12, against Samford.

Sports shorts

The women's tennis team wrapped up play at the Rice Invitational on Saturday in a rain-shortened event at Jake Hess Tennis Stadium. The women compete Friday-Sunday, Oct. 11-13, in the USTA Invitational in New York City. The men's team plays Friday-Sunday, Oct. 4-6, in the Columbia Invitational in New York City.

The men's golf team finished tied for 12th Saturday at the 58th annual William H. Tucker Intercollegiate. The team plays Oct. 21-22 in Las Cruces, N.M., at the Herb Wimberly Invitational.

The women's cross country team placed sixth while the men took eighth at the 77th Cowboy Jamboree Saturday in Stillwater, Okla. The Mavericks run Friday, Oct. 4, at the Notre Dame Invitational in South Bend, Ind.

Intramural volleyball entries due Wednesday

Volleyball entries are due Wednesday, Oct. 9.

See the intramural sports schedule. 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
  UTA Presents

Double bass solo featured in concert tonight

Jack Unzicker

Assistant Professor Jack Unzicker, right, is the featured soloist for the UTA Symphony Orchestra concert at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 3, in the Irons Recital Hall of the Fine Arts Building.

Dr. Unzicker performs Giovanni Bottesini's Concerto for Double Bass No. 2 in B Minor.

Clifton Evans, assistant professor of music and director of orchestras, conducts the orchestra for Hector Berlioz's Roman Carnival Overture and Edgar William Elgar's Enigma Variations, Op. 36.

Tickets are $8 for the general public and $5 for students and seniors. Tickets are available at the door or by calling the music office at 2-3471.

Friday, Oct. 4

24th Annual Oozeball Tournament Mud volleyball. 1 p.m., Summit Avenue at Fourth Street, one block south of Greek Row Drive. 24th Annual Oozeball Tournament.

Sunday, Oct. 6

Symphonic Band Concert Free, 3 p.m., Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. Music.

Tuesday, Oct. 8

Documentary Film: 'The Dream Is Now' Explore the difficulties faced by undocumented students within higher education. Free. 6-8:30 p.m., Rosebud Theatre, E.H. Hereford University Center. Multicultural Affairs, Hispanic Heritage Month.

Coming up

33rd annual Bed Races Teams compete in racing beds on wheels. Costumes are encouraged. Register by noon Tuesday, Oct. 8. 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 10, Maverick Stadium. 33rd annual Bed Races.

Maverick Speakers Series Bill Rasmussen, founder of ESPN, speaks on "Share the Dream: The ESPN Story." Question-and-answer and autograph sessions. Free general admission but tickets required. Premium Seating package, $25, front-of-house seat, reserved parking. 7:30 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 24, Texas Hall. Maverick Speakers Series.



The Gallery at UTA: Materials & Identity Photo-based works by Seattle-area artists Garth Amundson and Pierre Gour, along with Dallas artist Paho Mann, address individual and collective identity as reflected in what we consume, discard, and recycle. Gallery hours 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays-Fridays and noon-5 p.m. Saturdays. Through Saturday, Oct. 5. Art and Art History, The Gallery at UTA.

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 Thursday, Nov. 7. Fort Worth Center, Gallery 76102.

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.

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.

Tail Waggin' Wednesdays Therapy dogs from Paws with Partners available for unconditional love. Free. 10 a.m.-2 p.m., first Wednesday of each month, Central Library. UT Arlington Library.

Planetarium The fall schedule includes Bad Astronomy: Myths and Misconceptions, Pink Floyd, Secret of the Cardboard Rocket, Spacepark 360, and Stars of the Pharaohs. Planetarium.

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



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