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

Monday, October 14, 2013

High Energy Physics Team

Smashing success: Physics professors Kaushik De, left, and Andrew White, co-directors of the Center of Excellence for High Energy Physics, oversee the ATLAS Southwest Tier 2 grid computing center that played a part in the discovery of the Higgs boson. At right, from top, are Dr. Andrew Brandt, Dr. Amir Farbin, and Dr. Jaehoon Yu, who also work on the research.

Physicists enjoy connection with Nobel Prize award

Kaushik De, co-director of the College of Science’s Center of Excellence for High Energy Physics, says the Nobel Prize awarded Tuesday to physicists Peter Higgs and Francois Englert for their discovery of the Higgs boson particle is indirect recognition of the work of UT Arlington physicists.

“Without our contributions to the ATLAS detector, and especially computing, none of this would have been possible,” Dr. De told the Star-Telegram.

De is director of the U.S. computing centers for the ATLAS experiment, one of the collaborations at the Large Hadron Collider at CERN that helped discover the Higgs boson. UTA is home to the ATLAS Southwest Tier 2 grid computing center that stores more than 2 million gigabytes of data generated from the experiments that confirmed the so-called “God particle.”

University physicists and engineers constructed portions of the massive detector on campus. Beginning in 2000, those pieces were shipped in 135 half-ton boxes to the particle collider in Geneva, Switzerland.

Other faculty members involved in the Higgs boson research are physics professors Andrew White, co-director of the Center of Excellence for High Energy Physics; Andrew Brandt; and Jaehoon Yu; and Associate Professor Amir Farbin.

The Star-Telegram, The Dallas Morning News, and the Austin American-Statesman reported on UTA and other Texas universities' projects with ATLAS.

Read articles about the Higgs boson discovery in UTArlington Magazine and Inquiry magazine.

Shimadzu Center

Students at UT Arlington now have access to cutting edge Shimadzu instrumentation.

Shimadzu instrumentation fuels transformative year for research

Students have a new level of experience with the most sophisticated scientific instrumentation this fall with the opening of two new teaching laboratories as part of the Shimadzu Institute for Research Technologies.

The newly opened labs and the Center for Bio-Molecular Imaging, which will open Nov. 15, are part of a $25.2 million investment in research. The institute gives students and faculty six diverse centers of excellence in which to share instrumentation and innovations across disciplines. The wealth of technology also puts UT Arlington in a unique position to support research and development across the U.S. and attract outside investments.

With the new labs, UT Arlington becomes home to the widest range of instruments from worldwide technology leader Shimadzu Corp. in the United States.

“Our students will learn through experience with instrumentation not available at universities elsewhere in the world,” says Carolyn Cason, UT Arlington vice president for research. “The Shimadzu Institute is not only a resource for private business, but is also an educational hub that will prepare our next generation of researchers, scientists, and innovators.”

This fall undergraduate enrollment in chemistry and biology classes that include lab components totals more than 4,500.

Read more about the new labs at the Shimadzu Institute for Research Technologies.

Weidong Zhou

Lighting the way: Weidong Zhou, professor of electrical engineering, received a National Science Foundation grant to harness the power of lasers on silicon chips to increase capacity and speed.

Professor to increase speed, capacity on silicon chips with novel lasers

Weidong Zhou, a professor of electrical engineering with the Nanotechnology Research Center, is working to harness the power of lasers on silicon chips to increase capacity and speed in computing and communications systems, funded by a new National Science Foundation grant.

Dr. Zhou says the research will advance the use of lasers on silicon based on the breakthroughs reported by his group on printed photonic crystals membrane lasers on silicon last year in Nature Photonics. His colleague, Zhenqiang Ma of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, is collaborating on the $352,982 project.

Low-cost silicon chips are used to efficiently house integrated electronic circuits for processing in computer and communications devices. Lasers are traditionally incorporated into compound semiconductor materials to engineer high-capacity optical networks. Silicon photonics seeks to integrate the two.

“Lasers on silicon remain a major roadblock toward making integrated silicon photonics work,” Zhou says. “Integrating light or lasers on those silicon chips has the potential to increase capacity, increase speed, and lower the energy consumption of what those chips do.”

Read more about Zhou's silicon chip capacity research.

Maverick Madness basketball

Maverick Madness strikes Thursday

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.

Nail Fazleev

Dr. Nail Fazleev

In memoriam: Dr. Nail Fazleev

Nail Fazleev, associate professor of physics, was remembered at a memorial Friday evening at the University Club. Dr. Fazleev, 65, died Wednesday, Oct. 9.

A native of Russia, he earned graduate degrees in theoretical and mathematical physics from Kazan State University. He joined UT Arlington as a visiting professor in 1992 and became a faculty member in 2004. A part of the Theoretical Condensed Matter Physics research group, Fazleev received ongoing grants from the National Science Foundation and the U.S. Department of Education.

He is survived by his wife, Rezeda, and a son, Kamil, in Russia.

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

Mav Pic Breast Cancer Awareness

Spin doctors

Amanda Shoefeld, left, education sophomore, spins the wheel to try to win a prize at the breast cancer awareness program last week in the Palo Duro Lounge of the E.H. Hereford University Center. Kelli Trostel, a breast cancer survivor and volunteer with the Susan G. Komen Foundation, looks on.


Get in shape for Homecoming 5K

Start training for the Homecoming 5K, set for Saturday, Nov. 16. Training plans for beginners and intermediate runners are on the Homecoming 5K website.

Team and early registration deadline is Friday, Nov. 8.

Movin' Mavs receives Neilson grant

UT Arlington's adaptive sports program has received a Craig H. Neilson Foundation grant of $42,500 for services for individuals with spinal cord injuries. The Movin' Mavs program received a $35,000 Neilson grant in 2011.

The foundation began in 2002 to benefit spinal cord injury research and rehabilitation.

Mid-term Madness sale Tuesday

Warm up to some hot deals at the Mid-term Madness sale at the UTA Bookstore on Tuesday, Oct. 15.

The one-day sale includes 25 percent off emblematic notebooks and binders, fleece blankets, hooded sweatshirts, and sweatpants. Add another 25 percent off clothing and gift clearance items.

Nominate students to be a Maverick Orientation leader

Do you know a student with great communication skills and a passion for UT Arlington? New Maverick Orientation is accepting applications for the 2014 Freshman and Transfer Orientation Leader Teams.

Maverick Orientation Leaders are the first to welcome new students and parents and will assist in their transition to UT Arlington.

To nominate a student, send their name and email address to Meighan Burke at

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 Pic Bed Races 2013

Bed time

Dreams were fulfilled and some dashed Thursday night in various competitions at the 33rd annual Bed Races at Maverick Stadium. See more photos.

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.

Today last chance to register for disability studies conference

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 for lunch and register by today, 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.

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

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.

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 to attend lunch and register by today, Monday, Oct. 14. Disability Studies, Festival of Ideas Global Research Institute.

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.

Friday, Oct. 18


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., 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.

Coming up

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.)

Going Out

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.

Save 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


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.

UT Arlington Wind Symphony Concert The "Wet Ink" concert features new works by Stephen Bryant, John Mayrose, and guest composer-in-residence Scott McAllister. Tickets $8, $5 for students/seniors. 7:30 p.m., Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. Music.

Friday, Oct. 18

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., The Gallery at UTA. The Gallery at UTA.

Arsenal of Defense

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.

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

Coming up

Faculty and Friends Chamber Orchestra Concert Free. 7:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 21, Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. Music.

Booksigning A booksigning with alumna Lane Buckman for her new book Tiara Trouble: A Destinee Faith Miller Mystery. 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Monday, Oct. 21, UTA Bookstore.

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.

Bill Rasmussen

Maverick Speakers Series Bill Rasmussen, right, 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, 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.


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.

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.

Shadows by Jeremy Schack

The Maverick Lens: Views from the Library This annual photo exhibit reflects the diversity of learning, living, and working at UT Arlington. Right, Shadows by Jeremy Schack. 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' Wednesday 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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