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

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Ankur Jain and David Wetz

Thermal efficiency: Dr. Ankur Jain, left, and Dr. David Wetz received an Office of Naval Research grant to study lithium-ion batteries.

Engineers to make batteries safer

Two engineering faculty members have won a $152,077 Office of Naval Research grant to study the thermal properties of lithium-ion batteries and devise better designs for cooling and operating them safely on Navy ships and planes.

David Wetz, assistant professor of electrical engineering, and Ankur Jain, assistant professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering, are working collaboratively on the research effort.

“These batteries can get extremely hot especially when used at high current rates like the Navy plans to do in high continuous and pulsed power applications. That heat can cause the battery to age more quickly,” Dr. Wetz says. “We need to understand how to predict the batteries’ temperature rise and safely cool them to maintain both the batteries’ lives and safety.”

The project’s most pressing need is to ensure that lithium-ion batteries can be operated safely and that the deterioration of the batteries can be adequately predicted.

Read more about the lithium-ion batteries study.

Distinguished Alumni 2013

Select company: This year's Distinguished Alumni are, from left, top, Herbert A. Beckwith, Arun Bhikshesvaran, Barbara White Bryson, bottom, Keith L. Crandell, JoAnn Lee, Jeffrey A. Leuschel, and Betsy Price.

Seven to be honored at Distinguished Alumni Gala

The 48th Annual Distinguished Alumni Gala will honor the achievements of seven alumni at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 19, in the E.H. Hereford University Center.

Honorees are:

  • Herbert A. Beckwith (M.S., Accounting, ’94)—Chief financial officer and senior vice president of international operations for Justin Brands.
  • Arun Bhikshesvaran (M.S., Electrical Engineering, ’95)—Chief marketing officer for L.M. Ericsson Group.
  • Barbara White Bryson (B.S., Architecture, ’84)—Associate vice president for facilities engineering and planning at Rice University.
  • Keith L. Crandell (M.S., Chemistry, ’87)—Co-founder and managing director of ARCH Venture Partners, a 27-year-old seed and early-stage venture capital partnership.
  • JoAnn Lee, (B.A., Political Science, ’76)—Assistant general counsel for global litigation for ExxonMobil and a member of the Law Department Management Committee.
  • Jeffrey A. Leuschel, (B.A., Political Science, ’77)—Partner in the Dallas office of McCall, Parkhurst & Horton L.L.P., representing clients in municipal finance transactions in Texas and Oklahoma.
  • Betsy Price (B.S., Biology, '72)—Fort Worth mayor and former Tarrant County tax assessor.

The Distinguished Alumni Award, established in 1965, is the highest honor given by the University and the Alumni Association. The awards honor individual achievements, contributions to industry or profession, community service, and demonstrated loyalty to UT Arlington.

Ignacio Nuñez (B.S., Biology, ’75), a 2010 Distinguished Alumnus, will be the master of ceremonies. Dr. Nuñez is an obstetrician and gynecologist with Family Healthcare Associates in Arlington.

Tickets support scholarships for UT Arlington students. For tickets, visit or call 2-2594.

Forward Thinking

Forward Thinking: Join the Conversation

The University has launched a new website, Forward Thinking, that will serve as the communications hub for the strategic planning process currently under way. The site is being used to gather broad input into the strategic planning process and will eventually post emerging themes and priorities as a result of campus-wide feedback.

In President Vistasp Karbhari’s Dialogue message to faculty and staff last week, he posed several important questions and invited everyone to share their thoughts and opinions regarding the future of the University.

“Your ideas and input are welcome, and your participation is essential—now and always,” Karbhari says. “The institution we continue to build will be built together.”

There has been tremendous response so far. If you haven’t done so already, please visit the Forward Thinking ideas and comments page and share your thoughts. If you’d like to reply directly to President Karbhari, you may email him at

  Mav Pic Professors Emereti 2013

Continuing honors

New professors emeriti were honored at the Fall Meeting of the Faculty and Associates on Monday. They included, bottom from left, Nancy Hadaway, professor of curriculum and instruction in the College of Education and Health Professions; Ski Hunter, professor in the School of Social Work; top from left, Charles Funkhouser, professor of educational leadership and policy studies in the College of Education and Health Professions; and Kenneth Wheeler, associate professor of management and human resources in the College of Business. Other professors emeriti are Donald Granvold, professor in the School of Social Work, and Kai Shing Yeung, professor of electrical engineering. New faculty and associates of the faculty also were recognized.

Information Security Office brings security answers to University Center

During National Cyber Security Awareness Month, the Information Security Office (ISO) will answer your cyber security questions 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Wednesdays, Oct. 16 and 23, in the E.H. Hereford University Center.

Learn how to protect your identity, defend your computer against malware, and secure your data. Bookmark the ISO Blog to view the latest security advisories or like ISO on Facebook to receive security tips.

For more information, contact the Information Security Office at

Space Week takes flight this week

Hit new heights with a high-flying contest, cheap eats, and a lecture for Space Week, Monday-Friday, Oct. 7-11. The College of Engineering hosts the fun.

Rockets take off at noon Friday for a competition on the Janet and Michael Greene Research Quadrangle by the Engineering Research Building. Build your own rocket from bottles, paper, and glue, then compete against others to see whose is best.

Don't go hungry this week. Lunch is only $4 at 11:30 a.m. Thursday in Nedderman Hall. A hot dog sale is Friday.

Enjoy a special screening of Stars of the Pharaohs at the Planetarium at 6 p.m. Thursday for $3.

Volunteer for Halloween Casino Night

Register to volunteer to be a dealer, banker, decorator, or other helper for the Halloween Casino Night on Thursday, Oct. 24, in the Bluebonnet Ballroom of the E.H. Hereford University Center.

Mav Tube Oozeball 2013Video Extra

Maverick Muddin'

Muddin'—which usually involves all-terrain vehicles—took on a new meaning at the 23rd annual Oozeball mud volleyball tournament Friday. See more photos and watch the video.


Order Commencement regalia

Place orders for your faculty Commencement regalia by Friday, Oct. 25, at the UTA Bookstore. Orders after that date will be delayed. Hood colors cannot be guaranteed on orders made after Oct. 25.

Rental orders are due by Friday, Nov. 22.

Questions? Contact the UTA Bookstore at 2-2785.

Disability studies conference moves to Maverick Activities Center

The conference "Enabling Disability: Disability Studies at UT Arlington" has moved to the second floor lounge of the Maverick Activities Center. The free conference is 12:30-5 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 17.

RSVP by today, Thursday Oct. 10, to attend lunch. Register by Monday, Oct. 14.

Scholars from history, kinesiology, art, management, and interior design will offer brief presentations. An open discussion is planned on ways to strengthen the new undergraduate minor.

The conference will be open-captioned. For disability-related accommodations, contact Sarah Rose by Monday at or 2-2861.

Disability Studies hosts the program, which is a Festival of Ideas Global Research Institute event.

Workshops series to help improve research presentations

Develop your presentation skills with four workshops on conducting research and submitting proposals, hosted by the UTA Advising Association.

Develop appropriate research protocols, hypotheses, and methodology, and present your findings at a conference break-out session.

The workshops will be at noon Wednesdays in Room 108 of University Hall. They are:

• Oct. 16—Develop a Research Question and Begin a Proposal

• Oct. 23—Doing a Literature Review; Submit a Research Protocol

• Nov. 6—Research Methods; Develop a Survey or Questionnaire

• Nov. 20—Writing Your Conclusion, Submitting Your Proposal to UTAAA

Participants may present their findings at the UTAAA Conference on Feb. 18, 2014. Deadline for proposals is Monday, Dec. 9.

Benefit Yourself

What will you do for Wellness Wednesday?

Wellness Wednesday for UT Arlington faculty and staff starts at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 16, with a short walk or chair yoga.

Check the list of one-mile walk starting places. Yoga is in the sixth floor parlor of the Central Library.

The events are sponsored by the UTA Wellness Committee.

Flu Shot-UT Select

Flu season is here. Are you ready?

An annual seasonal flu vaccine—either the flu shot or the nasal-spray flu vaccine—is the best way to reduce the chances of getting seasonal influenza.

Under the UT SELECT Medical plan, flu shots and nasal flu mist are covered at 100 percent when services are received from a participating network provider. No copayment is due when you visit a network provider for preventive care services only, such as the flu shot. Other services obtained during the same visit may result in a copayment.

The UT SELECT Prescription plan covers the full cost of the flu vaccine when received at retail pharmacies that participate in the Express Scripts network. To find a participating retail pharmacy, call Express Scripts customer service at 800-818-0155 or visit the Express Scripts website. You must present your UT SELECT Prescription card (from Express Scripts/Medco) for 100 percent coverage of the flu vaccine at a participating pharmacy. A prescription is not required and the vaccine is not subject to the prescription plan deductible.

The pharmacy will require payment, and you will need to submit a Blue Cross/Blue Shield medical claim form for reimbursement. If you have already received your flu shot at a network retail pharmacy and paid out of pocket, you may submit a paper claim along with your itemized receipt to receive reimbursement.

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. 10


Coaching Skills for Supervisors Discover the essential coaching skills to immediately improve your day-to-day and long-term performance as a manager. Register online. Free. 2-4 p.m., Room 200, J.D. Wetsel Service Center. Human Resources.

Biology Colloquium Series Sula Vanderplank of the Botanical Research Institute of Texas speaks on "Fog, Flowering Times, and Plant Endemism along the Coast of Mediterranean Baja California." 4 p.m., Room 119, Life Science Building. Biology.

Friday, Oct. 11

Mathematics/Statistics Colloquium David Pengelley of New Mexico State University speaks on "So You Think You Understand Fractions? A Mathematician's Secret from Euclid to Today." Free, 3 p.m., Room 311, Pickard Hall. Mathematics.

Business Lecture Series Jeffrey Inman of the University of Pittsburgh speaks on "Does Reducing Nutritional Information Complexity Promote Healthier Food Choices?" Free. 12:30-2 p.m., Room 609, Business Building. Business.

Chemistry/Biochemistry Seminar Series Barbara Mahler of the U.S. Geological Survey
 Texas Water Science Center presents "From Barton Springs to North America: Unraveling the Mystery of PAH Contamination and the Link to Coal-Tar-based Pavement Sealant." Free. 3 p.m., Room 114, Chemistry Research Building. Chemistry and Biochemistry.

Tuesday, Oct. 15

Professionalism in the Workplace Identify and develop the skills needed for projecting and maintaining professional work relationships, a winning attitude, and confidence in the workplace. Register online. Free. 9-11 a.m., Room 200, J.D. Wetsel Service Center. Human Resources.

Wednesday, Oct. 16

Architecture Lecture Series Hugh Broughton of London is guest speaker. Free. 3 p.m. Room 204, Architecture Building. Architecture.

NORML Documentary Film Series Super High Me is the fourth of five documentary films. $2. 6 p.m., Rosebud Theatre, E.H. Hereford University Center. NORML.

Thursday, Oct. 17

Welcoming Diversity This interactive program promotes awareness and increases sensitivity to the similarities and differences among individuals and groups. The program focuses on developing self-pride, examining stereotypes, and learning skills to respond to prejudicial jokes, remarks, and slurs. Free. 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Room 228, Engineering Research Building. Human Resources.

Biology Colloquium Series Gill Rosenthal of Texas A&M speaks on “Mate-choice mechanism and the evolutionary process.” Free. 4 p.m., Room 119, Life Science Building. Biology.

Enabling Disability: Disability Studies at UT Arlington This half-day conference explores the new field of disability studies. Scholars from history, kinesiology, art, management, and interior design will offer brief presentations. An open discussion is planned on ways to strengthen the new undergraduate minor. Free. 12:30-5 p.m., second floor lounge, Maverick Activities Center. RSVP by today, Thursday, Oct. 10, to attend lunch. Register by Monday, Oct. 14. Disability Studies, Festival of Ideas Global Research Institute.

Coming up


GradFest Graduate and Professional School Fair For anyone considering graduate or professional school. Exhibitors from a variety of colleges, universities, and academic/professional programs. Free, but registration encouraged. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Friday, Oct. 18, Maverick Activities Center. Graduate Studies.

Chemistry/Biochemistry Lecture Series Richard Eisenberg of the University of Rochester speaks on "Fuel from Water: The Light-Driven Generation of Hydrogen." Free. 3-4 p.m., Room 114, Chemistry Research Building. Chemistry and Biochemistry.

Human Resources Training Classes Writing Effective Email, Tuesday, Oct. 22; Partnering with Your Boss, Wednesday, Oct. 23; Managing Across Generations, Thursday, Oct. 24; The Art of Listening, Tuesday, Oct. 29; and Managing Stress in the Workplace, Wednesday, Oct. 30. Register online. Free. 9-11 a.m., J.D. Wetsel Service Center. Human Resources.

GIS Workshop: How Did Your Neighbors Vote? Analyzing 2012 Local Presidential Election Results Learn how to extract election data from the ICPSR and Texas state agencies and analyze the data in Excel and ArcGIS. No data or GIS experience required. Free. 3-5 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 24, Room B20, Central Library. UT Arlington Library.

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

Sports Notes

Aim for free season tickets at Maverick Madness

Take a shot at free season tickets at Maverick Madness on Thursday, Oct. 17, at College Park Center.

Maverick Madness is the official tipoff to the 2013-14 season for the Mavericks' men's and women's basketball programs and the Movin' Mavs wheelchair team. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. with a full slate of activities beginning at 7 p.m.

Faculty, staff, and community members can take a chance to win free season tickets, tickets to the men's basketball Homecoming game against Cleveland State, and the opportunity to travel with the team to a select road game.

Contests for students include a chance to win $5,000 by making a half-court shot and $2,500 by making a series of three shots (layup, free throw, and a 3-pointer) in 20 seconds.

Enjoy the high-flying aerial dunk team, AcroDunk, that performs at NBA arenas and has appeared on America’s Got Talent.

Admission is free to Maverick Madness. Free T-shirts and other items will be given away.

Volleyball team downs Texas State at Dig Pink game

The volleyball Mavericks defeated Texas State by 3-2 Wednesday at College Park Center. The game was the annual Dig Pink match, with donations going to the Side-Out Foundation for breast cancer awareness.

Last Friday night, the team defeated Georgia State in straight sets, then dropped its first Sun Belt Conference match of the season to Western Kentucky on Saturday.

The Mavs take on UA-Little Rock on Friday, Oct. 11, and Arkansas State on Saturday, Oct. 12. Both games start at 7 p.m. at College Park Center.

Sports shorts

  • The women's tennis team heads to New York City on Friday-Sunday, Oct. 11-13, to compete in the USTA tournament.
  • The cross country teams competed last Friday in the 58th Notre Dame Invitational, with the women's team taking ninth in the Gold Division. Coming up is the Crimson Classic Friday, Oct. 18, in Tuscaloosa, Ala.
  • Daniel Armengol and Javier Perez led the men's tennis team to a doubles title at the Columbia Classic held at the Dick Savitt Tennis Center in New York City on Sunday. The men's team plays Saturday, Oct. 19, in College Station.

Intramural entries due next week

Upcoming deadlines for intramural sports include drop-In basketball, Tuesday, Oct. 15; fantasy basketball, Friday, Oct. 18; and table tennis, Wednesday, Oct. 23.

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

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Going Out
  UTA Presents

MavsArt showcases UTA community's creativity


Ask UT Arlington faculty, staff, and students for art and the result is MavsArt, a collection of creations ranging from doodles and decoupage to photography and paintings.

MavsArt allows the UT Arlington community to showcase its many artistic talents. Submissions include 2D and 3D art works by Benjamin Elliot Carlton, Jason Duncan, Brandon T.L. Nelson, Chloe Noorani, Erin O'Malley, Monica Marie Ramirez, Jeremy Schack, Athena Seaton, and Kris Swenson.

Shown is Seaton's work "Education: Key to Your Future."

See the works along the south and east walls of the first floor of the Central Library. The exhibit will be shown through Sunday, Dec. 8.

The art exhibit, along with artist profiles, are online at the MavsArt website.

Thursday, Oct. 10

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

Friday, Oct. 11

National Coming Out Day Free. Noon-2 p.m., Central Library mall. LGBTQA Program.

Volleyball Mavericks vs. Arkansas-Little Rock. Also, vs. Arkansas State, Saturday, Oct. 12. Tickets $5. 7 p.m., College Park Center. Athletics.

Maverick Spirit Friday at The Parks at Arlington Discounts for shoppers wearing UTA logo apparel or royal blue and orange. 10 a.m.-9 p.m. The Parks at Arlington. College Town UTA.

Friday Night Film: 'The Conjuring' Rated R. Free popcorn; other concessions for sale. $1; $1.50 with credit card. 8 p.m., Rosebud Theatre, E.H. Hereford University Center. EXCEL Campus Activities.

Saturday, Oct. 12

International Observe the Moon Night See our nearest celestial neighbor through telescopes while Ken Murphy, president of the Moon Society, tells you more about the moon. Free. 6-7 p.m., Planetarium. Planetarium.

Monday, Oct. 14

Stay Fit the Latino Way Salsa and shake at an exhilarating Latin Zumba class followed by a wellness workshop presented by Lindsay Lookingbill, assistant director of fitness for Campus Recreation. Wear comfortable workout attire. Free. Noon, Room 102B, Maverick Activities Center. Multicultural Affairs, Hispanic Heritage Month.

Safe Haven Shelter Drive Donate items needed by residents at Safe Haven in Fort Worth. 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Palo Duro Lounge, E.H. Hereford University Center. Through Wednesday, Oct. 16. Relationship Violence and Sexual Assault Prevention program.

Tuesday, Oct. 15

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

Wednesday, Oct. 16

McNair Open House Learn about the program and meet scholars and staff. 11 a.m.-1 p.m., Room 202, Ransom Hall. McNair Scholars.

Thursday, Oct. 17


UT Arlington Wind Symphony Concert Free. 7:30 p.m., Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. Music.

LunaFest: Short Films By, For, About Women A festival of nine short films from across the world. UT student filmmaker Iris Lopez's short film “Cielo Lindo” included. Tickets $10; $5 with student ID. Cash only at door. 7 p.m., Lone Star Auditorium, Maverick Activities Center. Women's and Gender Studies.

Coming up

'The Government Inspector' Comical masterpiece exposes the corruption of a provincial town. $7 students, faculty, staff, seniors; $10 general admission. 8 p.m., Friday-Saturday, Oct. 18-19, Thursday-Saturday, Oct. 24-26, 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 27, MainStage Theatre, Fine Arts Building. Theatre Arts.

Opening Reception for Amy Blakemore/Sarah Williams exhibit Opening of the Amy Blakemore/Sarah Williams exhibition. Gallery talk 6:30 p.m. Free. 5:30-8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 18, The Gallery at UTA. The Gallery at UTA.

Friends of the Library J'Nell Pate, author of Arsenal of Defense, talks about the military history of Fort Worth. Book signing follows. Free. 7:30 p.m., sixth floor parlor, Central Library. Friends of the Library.

Faculty and Friends Chamber Orchestra Concert Free. 7:30 p.m., Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. Music.

Early Voting Cast your ballot for the general election. Photo ID required. 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Wednesday, Oct. 22-23, Maverick Activities Center. Tarrant County Elections Department.

Anderson Cooper

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. Also, Anderson Cooper, right, 7:30 p.m., Monday, Nov. 11, College Park Center. Maverick Speakers Series.

Parent and Family Weekend Parents and families spend a weekend on campus visiting their students’ residence halls and classrooms, listening to faculty presentations, and participating in a variety of fun activities. Schedule. Register online. Friday-Sunday, Oct. 25-27. Parent and Family Center.


Standing Proud Exhibit Displays of respectable and notable LGBTQA community members who made positive strides. Gallery hours 8 a.m.-8 p.m. daily. University Center Gallery, E.H. Hereford University Center. Through Sunday, Oct. 13. LGBTQA Program.

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.

JFK-Texas Marquee

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.

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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