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

Monday, October 21, 2013

Kevin Schug

Tracking success: Kevin Schug is the principal investigator for the ON-TRAC program, which helps STEM graduate and postdoctoral students develop effective teaching strategies. Dr. Schug is an associate professor of chemistry and biochemistry and the Shimadzu Distinguished Professor of Analytical Chemistry.

STEM teacher training program receives boost from NSF grant

UT Arlington's Organizational Network for Teaching as Research Advancement and Collaboration (ON-TRAC) program has received a three-year, $150,000 grant from the National Science Foundation to prepare students to become university teachers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields.

ON-TRAC is a member of the Center for the Integration of Research, Teaching and Learning (CIRTL), a network of 22 national research institutions committed to helping STEM graduate and postdoctoral students develop effective teaching strategies for diverse learners. ON-TRAC’s grant came from a $5 million NSF grant to CIRTL, which the 22 member institutions share.

The grant will fund half of the University’s ON-TRAC costs for the next three years, says Kevin Schug, associate professor of chemistry and biochemistry, the Shimadzu Distinguished Professor of Analytical Chemistry, and principal investigator for the ON-TRAC program. The other half will come from the colleges of Science, Engineering, and Education and Health Professions, and the offices of the Provost, Research, and Graduate Studies.

“This is a terrific resource for students who are thinking about going into STEM teaching,” Dr. Schug says. “We want to get faculty more involved and make students more aware of the program. It’s a very forward-thinking program and a great opportunity for our graduate students. Our University is invested in the program’s success, so we should all be looking for ways to benefit from the resources it offers.”

Read more about ON-TRAC's program and grant.

International MOOC conference on campus in December

UT Arlington will host an international conference where scholars focused on massive open online courses, or MOOCs, will present their research and connect with policymakers and consumers.

“MOOCs and Emerging Educational Models: Policy, Practice and Learning” is set for Thursday-Friday, Dec. 5-6. The conference is funded by a $97,200 Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation grant to UT Arlington.

“UT Arlington’s national reputation and leadership in online education continues to expand in exciting and innovative ways, and we are committed to fostering research-based approaches,” says Pete Smith, vice provost for digital teaching and learning. “With thousands of online students in Texas and around the globe, it is critical that our faculty and staff be engaged in these worldwide discussions and research efforts.”

Read more about MOOC Research Initiative.

Darryl Lauster-Reach sculpture

Within reach: Assistant Professor Darryl Lauster found inspiration for Reach from Leonardo da Vinci's 15th-century sketch for a gyroscopic flying machine. The 20-foot-tall sculpture stands in the Janet and Michael Greene Research Quadrangle in front of the Engineering Research Building.

Sculpture's da Vinci connection topic at Focus on Faculty

Darryl Lauster will discuss the inspiration for his sculpture Reach at the Focus on Faculty program at noon Wednesday, Oct. 23, on the sixth floor of the Central Library.

His speech, “A 520-year conversation,” will tell how Leonardo da Vinci influenced Reach, UT Arlington's first commissioned public outdoor sculpture, located on the Janet and Michael Greene Research Quadrangle in front of the Engineering Research Building.

The 20-foot-tall sculpture is Lauster's interpretation of Helical Aerial Screw, da Vinci's 15th-century sketch for a gyroscopic flying machine. He developed the concept to celebrate the significant growth and change that has occurred at UT Arlington.

Lauster is an assistant professor of intermedia and sculpture in the Department of Art and Art History. He is the recipient of the President's Award for Excellence in Teaching and founder of the Samuel Gray Society, an institute dedicated to 18th-century American history. Lauster's work is based in the research of American history and mythology and uses digital media, printmaking, sculpture, and installation.

Bill Rasmussen

Tickets still available for Thursday's Maverick Speakers Series lecture

From the time ESPN debuted in the late 1970s, sports junkies around the world were destined to get fewer hours of sleep a night as they flocked to the 24-7 network.

Bill Rasmussen, co-founder of the business that bills itself as “The Worldwide Leader in Sports,” shares the secrets of creating a sports network from scratch at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 24, at Texas Hall as part of the Maverick Speakers Series.

Rasmussen and his son founded ESPN in 1978. The fledgling network began broadcasting a year later. For ESPN, Rasmussen pioneered SportsCenter, full coverage of the NCAA basketball regular season and March Madness, and College World Series broadcasting. The paperback version of his well-regarded book, Sports Junkies Rejoice: The Birth of ESPN, was released in 2010.

The evening will feature question-and-answer and autograph sessions.

General admission tickets are free but required. The Premium Seating package is $25 and includes a front-of-house seat and reserved parking near the venue. Tickets are available at

Jenny Luke

Jenny Luke

Graduate earns national recognition for examination of midwifery

History graduate Jenny Luke has been named the winner of the 2013 W. Curtis Worthington Jr. Research Paper Competition from the Waring Historical Library at the Medical University of South Carolina.

Luke researched how midwifery changed in America between 1920 and 1970 for her thesis. She found that, unlike her native England where the practice was a valued part of women’s health care, midwifery in the U.S. raised several race and economic questions and was considered unessential.

The former nurse and midwife earned her master's degree in May.

“Jenny’s research is important because she analyzes changes in midwifery in the context of the Jim Crow era and the civil rights movement, and because she gives many previously unheard women a voice in the historical record,” says Stephanie Cole, associate professor of history.

Read more about Luke's midwifery research.

Early voting Tuesday-Thursday

UT Arlington is a polling place for early voting for the November general election. The polling place is open 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday, Oct. 22-24, at the Maverick Activities Center.

Photo ID is now required to cast your ballot. Acceptable forms of photo ID are Texas driver's license, Texas Election Identification Certificate, Texas personal identification card, Texas concealed handgun license, military identification card, U.S. citizenship certificate or naturalization certificate, and passport.

For more information regarding elections and voter registration, go to the Tarrant County Elections Department and Texas Secretary of State websites.

Daniel R. "Rudy" Bechtel

Daniel R. "Rudy" Bechtel

In memoriam: Daniel R. "Rudy" Bechtel

A scholarship has been created to honor Daniel R. "Rudy" Bechtel, an advertising specialist in the Department of Communication, who died Tuesday, Oct. 15. He was 66.

Donations to the Rudy Bechtel Communications Scholarship Fund may be sent to Tom Ingram, Department of Communication, Box 19107.

Bechtel, who joined UTA in 2005, earned degrees in government and communications from UT Austin and an MBA from Harvard University. He was a service learning fellow and a U.S. Army veteran.

He is survived by his father and a sister.

Mav Pic Melinda Long, Karin McCallum

Maverick spirit

Melinda Long, communication academic adviser, and her mom, Karin McCallum, retired communication professor and an Honorary Distinguished Alumna, hope the Maverick sign with the NCAA basketball trophy brings good luck. The trophy was on display during Maverick Madness on Thursday at College Park Center.


Savor the flavor at 'Taste University' at Taste of Arlington

The annual Taste of Arlington gives a nod to UT Arlington with its "Taste University" theme 5:30-9:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 22, at the Arlington Convention Center.

Taste of Arlington features food and beverage sampling from Arlington’s many distinctive restaurants as well as music, entertainment, and an auction. Stop by the College Town UTA booth and cheer on the Maverick marching band, Blaze, and spirit squads as they perform until 8 p.m.

Discount tickets are $30 for faculty, staff, and students. General admission is $45. Purchase discount tickets by 5 p.m. Monday, Oct. 21, at Theatre Arlington or the Arlington YMCA locations. Proceeds benefit Theatre Arlington and the YMCA.

Records management workshop set for Oct. 30

The Records Management Program provides specialized workshops, information, and guidance on appropriately maintaining and disposing of University records.

Each department requires two designated representatives—a primary and an alternate—to serve as its records management contacts (RMCs). If your area is not represented, email current or updated RMC contact information to Karen Phillips at

A records management workshop for all RMCs will be 2-3:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 30, in Room 100 of Nedderman Hall.

Astronomy Day lights up Saturday

Get stars in your eyes at the annual Astronomy Day 2-10 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 26, at the Planetarium.

Enjoy discounted planetarium shows where everyone pays kids' price, free lectures by space enthusiasts, telescopic observations with amateur astronomers from the Texas Astronomical Society and Fort Worth Astronomical Society, and raffles.

Lectures are "SpaceX and the Commercial Spaceflight Industry,"3 p.m.; "Moon U.," 5 p.m.; and "Introducing NASA’s Space Launch System," 8 p.m.

  Mav Pic Maverick Madness

High-flying hoops

G-Man of Acrodunk flies over freshman Styron Williams during the acrobatic team's demonstration at Maverick Madness on Thursday night. The annual event at College Park Center welcomed basketball season with team introductions, student contests, a raffle, some freebies, and fun.

Dallas Women's Foundation continues support for Women's History Month

For the second consecutive year, the Dallas Women’s Foundation is providing grant support for the Women’s History Month Lecture Series, which is organized by the Women’s and Gender Studies Program.

Held each March, the event's 28th year has a theme of “Superheroines! Female Heroes in Fact and Fiction.” The keynote speaker is Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Geraldine Brooks.

Register for Engaging Students 2013

A few seats remain for this fall’s Engaging Students 2013 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Friday, Nov. 1, in the Carlisle Suite of the E.H. Hereford University Center.

Anne Braseby of the Center for Teaching and Learning at UT Austin will provide an interactive introduction to the principles of team-based learning. Other speakers are Krystal Beamon, assistant professor of sociology; Martha Mann, associate professor of psychology; Peggy Semingson, assistant professor of curriculum and instruction; Pete Smith, vice provost for digital teaching and learning; and Shirley Theriot, director of the Center for Community Service Learning.

The Office of the Provost hosts Engaging Students 2013, which is free and open to faculty, staff, students, and community members. Register online. Space is limited.

Mav Pic Taylor Detwiler

Signature event

Taylor Detwiler, a member of the new women's wheelchair basektball team, signs an autograph for a fan at the Spirit Friday pep rally Friday at The Parks in Arlington mall. The Maverick band and cheer squads paraded through the mall before the rally and the introduction of the teams.


Young fans needed for Junior Maverick Cheer Squad

Girls and boys in grades 3-6 can join the sideline action as members of the Junior Maverick Cheer Squad. The squad's season is November 2013 through February 2014.

Squad members will train with the Maverick Cheer Squad and perform at UTA athletic events, Homecoming, festivities, and community events.

A parent meeting and uniform fitting is 6 p.m. Monday, Nov. 4, at the Maverick Activities Center. Cost is $225 for new members and $125 for returning members. All receive practice T-shirt and shorts, plus uniform and pompoms for new members.

For details, contact

New NHARP requirements include restrictions

The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board announced a new Request for Application (RFA) for the Norman Hackerman Advanced Research Program (NHARP).

New requirements for 2013 impose several important restrictions that may limit the total number of pre-proposals UT Arlington would be eligible to submit.

Read more about the new NHARP requirements.

New antivirus software available

Look for new antivirus software to be automatically installed on your OIT-managed Macintosh starting Monday, Oct. 21.

For non-managed computers, visit the OIT software website for McAfee antivirus for Mac computers and the Microsoft System Center Endpoint Protection for Windows computers.

Questions? Contact Tom McElwee, OIT director of customer services, at or 2-5239.

Benefit Yourself

Start saving for retirement today

During National Save for Retirement Week—Oct. 20-26—join the UTSaver Retirement program, increase your contribution rate, and make other good decisions for your future. Also, consolidate your accounts and talk to your authorized retirement representative to find out more about saving for tomorrow.

Visit to make your smart retirement move.

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

Tuesday, Oct. 22


Writing Effective Email Explore the keys to effective emails as well as proper cyber manners and how to avoid email overload. Register online. Free. 9-11 a.m., J.D. Wetsel Service Center. Human Resources.

Spirituality and the LGBTQA Community Free. 7:30-9 p.m., Rio Grande Ballroom, E.H. Hereford University Center. LGBTQA Program.

Wednesday, Oct. 23

Partnering with Your Boss Learn about goal setting, prioritizing, planning, decision making, relationship building, and listening. Register online. Free. 9-11 a.m., J.D. Wetsel Service Center. Human Resources.

Focus on Faculty: Darryl Lauster Darryl Lauster, assistant professor of art, discusses "A 520-Year Conversation." Free. Noon-1:30 p.m., sixth floor parlor, Central Library. UT Arlington Library.

Architecture Lecture Series Pia Sarpaneva of Helsinki is guest speaker. Free. 4 p.m., Room 204, Architecture Building. Architecture.

NORML Documentary Film Series The Union is the last of five documentary films. $2. 6 p.m., Rosebud Theatre, E.H. Hereford University Center. NORML.

Thursday, Oct. 24

Managing Across Generations Understand the needs and expectations of different generations and how to relate to other generations without giving up your own generational identity. 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., Room B20, Central Library. UT Arlington Library.

Biology Colloquium Series Nancy Grimm of Arizona State University speaks on “Adding the ‘Techno’ into Urban Socio-ecological Research.” Free. 4 p.m., Room 119, Life Science Building. Biology.

Friday, Oct. 25


International Graduate Student Conference on Transatlantic History Jorge Canizares-Esguerra of UT Austin is the keynote speaker for the 14th annual conference that explores and establishes shared terminology, methodologies, and defining parameters for the field of transatlantic history. Free. Central Library and other campus locations. Also, Saturday, Oct. 26. History, Transatlantic History.

West Management Seminar Wendy Boswell, the Jerry and Kay Cox Professor of Management at Texas A&M University, discusses her research on work-non-work boundaries. Free. 10-11:45 a.m., Room 609, Business Building. Business.

Chemistry/Biochemistry Seminar Series Petr Bednář of 
Palacký University in the Czech Republic speaks on "Ion mobility and advanced data treatment in mass spectrometric analysis of natural compounds." Free. 3 p.m., Room 114, Chemistry Research Building. Chemistry and Biochemistry.

Coming up

Human Resources Training Classes The Art of Listening, Tuesday, Oct. 29; Managing Stress in the Workplace, Wednesday, Oct. 30; Customer Service 101, Tuesday, Nov. 5; and Fundamental Skills for Supervisors and Managers, Thursday, Nov. 7. Register online. Free. 9-11 a.m., J.D. Wetsel Service Center. Human Resources.

Texas American College of Sports Medicine Lecture C. Munro Cullum, chief of psychology and director of neuropsychology at UT Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas, discusses “Exercise and the Aging Brain.” Free. Noon Monday, Oct. 28, Lone Star Auditorium, Maverick Activities Center. Kinesiology.

North Central Texas Environmental Stewardship Forum Annual Conference Leaders from area businesses, municipalities, and agencies discuss how to work together to improve environmental performance. Register online. $10. 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 30, E.H. Hereford University Center. Sustainability.

Biology Colloquium Series Rafe Brown of the University of Kansas discusses "Evolutionary process of diversification in a model island archipelago." Free. 4 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 31, Room 119, Life Science Building. Biology.

Safe Zone Training Free. 1-4 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 5, Concho Room, E.H. Hereford University Center. LGBTQA Program.

Urban Bus Tour Professor Emeritus Paul Geisel leads a tour of neighborhoods and cultures around downtown Dallas including West Dallas, The Cedars, Lakewood, Oak Cliff, and more. Ages 12 and older. Register online by Monday, Nov. 4. $55, lunch included. Saturday, Nov. 9, 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m., Dan Dipert Welcome Center, 600 S. Center St. Arlington, and 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Dallas Housing Authority, 3939 N. Hampton Rd., Dallas. School of Urban and Public Affairs.

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

Going Out

Monday, Oct. 21

Faculty and Friends Chamber Orchestra Concert/ English Lecture Series Music Associate Professor Dan Cavanagh performs one of his compositions in response to works by three poets. Two of the poets, Katharine Rauk and Timothy Young, will be in the audience to produce poems based on his performance. Free. 7:30 p.m., Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. Music, English.

Taste University

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

Tuesday, Oct. 22

Taste of Arlington: Taste University Food and specialty beverage sampling from Arlington restaurants, music, entertainment. Tickets $30 for faculty, staff, and students with UTA ID, $45 general admission. Purchase discount tickets by 5 p.m. Monday, Oct. 21, at Theatre Arlington or the Arlington YMCA south locations. 5:30-9:30 p.m., Arlington Convention Center. Taste of Arlington.

Tuesday-Wednesday, Oct. 22-23

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

Friday, Oct. 25

Texas Food Truckin' Fest Texas gourmet food trucks, live bands and performers, kids’ activities. Portion of proceeds benefit SafeHaven. Tickets $10-$15, $8-13 with student ID, children $6. 4-10 p.m., Rangers Ballpark. Also noon-10 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 26. Texas Food Truckin' Fest, College Town.

Coming up

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

Parents Weekend 2012

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.

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' 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. Nov. 6. 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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