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

Thursday, September 5, 2013

Nanofab facility

Research partnership: The Nanotechnology Research Center is now part of the Shimadzu Institute for Research Technologies.

Nanofab joins Shimadzu Institute for Research Technologies

The Nanotechnology Research Center has joined the Shimadzu Institute for Research Technologies in an effort to better support faculty research, lower operating costs, and adapt to user needs.

Formerly named the Nanotechnology Research and Education Center, the new entity reports to the vice president for research. The center joins five other research centers administered through the Shimadzu Institute: the Shimadzu Center for Advanced Analytical Chemistry; the Center for Bio-Molecular Imaging; the Center for Environmental, Forensics and Material Science; the Center for Human Genomics; and the Materials Genome Center.

“This move will encourage collaboration among professors and research teams whose work depends upon the most sophisticated scientific instrumentation,” Vice President for Research Carolyn Cason says. “It further strengthens the Shimadzu Institute’s role as a resource for private and public research that has the power to change the world.”

Equipment and staff members assigned to the former entity will remain in the current location, also known as the Nanofab Center, at 500 S. Cooper St.

Zeynep Celik-Butler, professor of electrical engineering and NanoFab director, will continue as the interim director of the new Nanotechnology Research Center until Dec. 31. Dr. Cason noted that Dr. Celik-Butler elevated the quality of UT Arlington’s nanotechnology program throughout her decade of service as center director.

UT Arlington established the Shimadzu Institute for Research Technologies earlier this year with the support of Shimadzu Scientific Instruments, the U.S. subsidiary of the Shimadzu Corp. The corporation is a global leader in the manufacturing of the most advanced scientific equipment and has worldwide sales of $3 billion annually.

John Gurak

Green fellowship: Junior John Gurak was recognized by the EPA for his work in the area of "green chemistry."

Biochemistry junior wins prestigious fellowship from EPA

A UT Arlington junior who found a way to blend a passion for chemistry with ideals of environmental sustainability is getting help from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to further his education and his research.

John Gurak is one of fewer than 40 scholars nationwide to be awarded the EPA National Center for Environmental Research’s two-year fellowship for undergraduate study this year. The fellowship provides $50,000 over two years.

“John Gurak is one of our brightest undergraduates and his involvement in Dr. Foss’ laboratory is a great example of the early, hands-on research experiences that create great scientists,” says Rasika Dias, professor of chemistry and biochemistry and department chair.

Gurak is working with chemistry and biochemistry Assistant Professor Frank Foss to adapt riboflavin, also known as vitamin B2, for use as a metal-free catalyst in oxidative reactions that create heterocyclic compounds, or heterocycles. Heterocycles have wide-ranging uses and are important to the future of pharmaceutical development and manufacturing of materials such as light-emitting diodes.

Read more about Gurak and the EPA fellowship.

Weightless flight

Weighty subject: UT Arlington engineering students and recent graduates will join the ranks of other collegiate researchers, such as these from Purdue, who have performed tests in a reduced-gravity environment.

Students to test project in reduced gravity

An engineering lab’s research project will be tested in a reduced-gravity environment when a team of students hitches a ride on a NASA airplane for a series of parabolic flights.

The team will test a Wireless Strain Sensing System in Space Application in four flights Thursday, Sept. 25-Friday, Oct. 4, in Houston.

Monica Hew, aerospace engineering '13, leads the team that includes recent graduate Erica Castillo (aerospace engineering '13); Fernando Leal-Arizpe, psychology graduate student; Austin Mears, mechanical engineering junior; and Jun Yao, electrical engineering graduate student.

The project uses a tiny piece of metallic fiber that attaches to a structure and can detect stress and strain, then send a wireless signal to a remote location, allowing researchers to identify possible trouble spots.

"On metal structures, like a sheet of metal on the space shuttle, vibrations on takeoff might cause unseen damage,” Hew says. “This device could help engineers determine if they need to abort a mission or make repairs.”

The principal investigators for the project are Associate Professor Haiying Huang and Assistant Professor Ben Harris of the Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Department.

Read more about the Wireless Strain Sensing System in Space Application test.

Mav Pic Krista Gerlich at the sunrise pep rally

Early update

Women's basketball coach Krista Gerlich talked with reporters at the sunrise pep rally with WBAP 820 AM/96.7 FM and on Friday, Aug. 30, on Moritz Plaza by College Park Center. UT Arlington President Vistasp Karbhari and Arlington Mayor Robert Cluck chatted with the radio morning crew. Gerlich and men's basketball coach Scott Cross shared updates about their Maverick teams with listeners before introducing the players, including the volleyball Mavericks. See more photos.


Center for Students in Recovery seeks faculty, staff involvement

The new Center for Students in Recovery will host an informational session for faculty and staff who are interested in being involved in collaborative programming and mentorships. The session is noon-1 p.m. Monday, Sept. 16, in Room 303 of the Chemistry and Physics Building.

The Center for Students in Recovery provides a safe, healthy, and welcoming environment for students to cultivate life skills and celebrate recovery successes. With a variety of programs and services that emphasize community and accountability, CSR helps students draw upon their inner strength, develop compassion, and build resilience.

Learn more at

International Friendship Program seeks students, community partners

International students and faculty members can link up with Arlington community members through The Link’s friendship program, sponsored by the Office of International Education. The purpose is to foster an appreciation for how others live and view the world. This is achieved by matching international students and scholars with families and individuals from the Arlington community.

Friendship partners will meet at least once a month for activities together, such as conversations over coffee, dinner, playing sports, or attending festivals.

Online applications for international students and faculty and for community friends are due by Friday, Sept. 20.

Maverick mentoring is In Reach

The In Reach Maverick Mentor Program is seeking faculty and staff to help students with their college career.

The program encourages academic excellence, enhances self-awareness, and promotes the personal growth of participating students by providing caring guidance from qualified faculty and staff, tools and opportunities to develop academically, and awareness of the University’s student support services and resources.

If you are interested in mentoring a student, apply at Requirements are a monthly 30-minute meeting with your mentee, regular communication throughout the academic year, and attendance at sponsored activities for the In Reach program.

For more information, contact Zeb Strong in the Office of Human Resources at

  Mav Pic Chris Carter at the engineering bash

Delivery man

Chris Carter, software systems specialist, replenishes the pizza supply at Wednesday's Engineering Bash outside the Engineering Research Building. The event included food, games, information, and socializing for College of Engineering students, faculty, and staff.

MavsArt exhibit seeks submissions

Faculty, staff, and students can share their artistic sides in the semester-long MavsArt exhibit at the Central Library. Submit your art for the theme "What does UTA mean to you?" by Tuesday, Sept. 24. For more information, go to MavsArt page or email

Community Partner Breakfast connects faculty, staff with nonprofits

The Center for Community Service Learning hosts its fall Community Partner Breakfast 8:30-10:30 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 19, in the Carlisle Suite of the E.H. Hereford University Center.

Faculty and staff can meet nonprofit directors interested in collaborative projects at the breakfast. Many faculty have begun incorporating community service and service learning as a result of these breakfast events.

Keynote speaker is Frank Lamas, vice president for Student Affairs.

Register online by Tuesday, Sept. 17. For questions, call 2-2124 or email

West campus roads to close two hours Saturday morning

Portions of the west campus will close 8:30-10:30 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 7, for the Zero Prostate 5K Run.

The area involved is from UTA Boulevard south to Fourth Street and from Davis Drive to West Nedderman Drive.

Parking lots along and adjacent to the 5K route will temporarily close, and the opportunity to enter or leave will be limited by barricades.

Lot 33W will be blocked off. Timberbrook Apartment residents who use the area for overflow parking will need to make alternate arrangements.

Volunteers important to Job Fair success

The Career Center needs your help to make the Fall Job Fair a success. The fair is 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 18, at the Maverick Activities Center.

Choose a one-hour shift or more than one shift 7 a.m.-4 p.m. Tasks include set-up, clean up, carrying employer cases, escorting employers to their booths, and staffing the student check-in tables. Register to volunteer by Friday, Sept. 13.

For questions, call 2-2932 or email

Upgrades available for Apple OS 10.6

The Office of Information Technology is offering upgrades to Apple computers running an operating system (OS) lower than 10.8 to prepare for ending local support of Apple OS versions 10.6 or lower. The goal is to upgrade all Apple OS 10.6 or lower computers by January 2014 to ensure the highest level of security. Contact to schedule your upgrade.

Benefit Yourself

Trailblazers: Pathway to Effective Supervision

This three-level, certificate-based program is designed for both existing supervisors and those seeking to become supervisors. Courses do not have to be completed in any particular order. See the Trailblazers course outline and descriptions. Trailblazers classes are marked with a "T" after the course title. Register on the Learning and Development calendar. To learn more, contact the Office of Learning and Development at or 2-5554.

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

Friday, Sept. 6

Statistical Software: Introduction to SAS Learn about Multivariate Analysis of Variance (MANOVA) and analyzing repeated measures using profile, discriminant, and factor analysis, and logistic regression. Free. 10:45 a.m.-12:45 p.m., Room 04, University Hall. OIT Statistical Services,

Saturday, Sept. 7

RAD Self-defense for Women

RAD Self-Defense for Women Learn the basic principles of self-defense, risk avoidance, and more. Free for female faculty, staff, and students. Register. 9 a.m.-6 p.m., Room 102, Maverick Activities Center. Also Saturdays Oct. 5 and Nov. 9. Randy Reynolds, 2-3381, UT Arlington Police.

Monday, Sept. 9

Architecture Speaker Series Neil Denari of Los Angeles uses the recent work of his architecture firm to explore the value and functionality of architecture and its global image in the time of new ethics. Free. 4 p.m., Room 204, Architecture Building. Architecture.

Tuesday, Sept. 10

Engineering Distinguished Lecture Series Soroosh Sorooshian, director of the Center for Hydrometeorology and Remote Sensing at the University of California, Irvine, speaks on "Climate Change and the Global Hydrologic Cycle: Efforts in Monitoring, Modeling and Ability to Forecast Changes." RSVP by Friday, Sept. 6. Free. 5 p.m. reception, Room 601, Nedderman Hall; 6 p.m. lecture, Room 100, Nedderman Hall. Engineering.

The Art of Listening Discover the basics of good listening as well as tips for identifying listening style and how to get the most out of a face-to-face conversation. Register online. Free. 2-4 p.m., Room 200, J.D. Wetsel Service Center. Human Resources.

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

Sports Notes
  Caitlyn Cooney

Dig it: Sophomore Caitlyn Cooney totaled 29 digs to lead the Mavs against Abilene Christian in the UTA Hilton Invitational.

Mavericks win Hilton Invitational, compete in Baylor Classic this weekend

The volleyball team opened its season with a tournament win followed by a defeat.

The Mavericks won the two-day 2013 UTA Hilton Invitational at College Park Center. The team won three of five sets against Abilene Christian on Friday night. Saturday's action resulted in wins over Grambling State and Louisiana Tech.

Sophomore defensive specialist Caitlyn Cooney was named MVP and was selected to the all-tournament team. Junior setter Amanda Welsh and junior outside hitter Taylor Gross also earned all-tournament team honors.

Tuesday night the team fell in four sets to North Texas.

The Mavericks compete in the Baylor Classic in Waco against Mississippi State at 4:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 5, and against Baylor at 10 a.m. and Tulsa at 4:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 6.

UT Arlington hosts the Hilton Maverick Classic Friday-Saturday, Sept. 13-14, with UTSA, Mississippi Valley State, and Texas A&M-Corpus Christi. Sun Belt Conference play for the Mavs begins against Louisiana-Monroe at 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 27, at College Park Center.

See the volleyball schedule. Season tickets are $25 at

Intramural entries due for tennis, foosball, softball

Deadlines for individual/dual intramural sports are: tennis, Friday, Sept. 6; foosball, Tuesday, Sept. 10; and racquetball, Friday, Sept. 13.

Entry deadline for softball is Wednesday, Sept. 11. If you don't have a team, sign up as a free agent.

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

Sign up for CPR/AED, boot camp, group exercise, fitness classes

Group exercise and instructional classes are available at the Maverick Activities Center.

CPR/AED is a single four-hour class that covers the American Heart Association’s first aid basics, medical emergencies, injury emergencies, environmental emergencies, adult CPR and AED use. $50. 1-5 p.m., Friday, Sept. 6, Room 102A, Maverick Activities Center. Also Oct. 11, Nov. 1, and Dec. 6.

Maverick Boot Camp is an intense one-hour workout that gets your heart racing and your muscles burning. $25. 6:30-7:30 a.m. Mondays/Wednesdays, Sept. 9-Oct. 2, west lawn, Maverick Activities Center; Room 133, MAC, rain site. Also Oct. 7-30.

Sport shorts

An adapted wheelchair sports division is available with advanced request for tennis, Monday, Sept. 9; racquetball, Monday, Sept. 16; billiards, Saturday, Sept. 21; badminton, Wednesday, Oct. 2; and table tennis, Saturday, Nov. 16. Contact for details.

See the men's basketball schedule and women's basketball schedule. Both teams open Friday, Nov. 8, with the men playing at Boise State and the women at Houston Baptist.

Premium seat tickets for men's and women's basketball games are now on sale. To upgrade or change seats, contact Brian Lukas at 2-6319 or

(For more sports news, go to,, or

Going Out
  UTA Presents

'Materiality & Identity' at The Gallery at UTA

Materials and Identity Exhibit

Photo-based works by Seattle-area collaborative team, Garth Amundson and Pierre Gour, along with the work of Paho Mann, a Dallas artist, comprise "Materials & Identity," the current exhibit at The Gallery at UTA.

The exhibit addresses individual and collective identity as reflected in what we consume, discard, and recycle. Photography senior lecturer Bryan Florentin curated the exhibit.

Amundson discusses his works in the exhibit 12:30-1:30 p.m. today, Thursday, Sept. 5, at the gallery in the Fine Arts Building.

An opening reception is 5:30-8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 6. The exhibit runs through Saturday, Oct. 5.

Friday, Sept. 6

Friday Night Movie: Iron Man 3 Rated PG-13. $1 admission. 8 p.m., Rosebud Theatre, E.H. Hereford University Center. EXCEL Campus Activities.

Opening Reception for 'Sweetie Pie' Exhibit 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. Through Thursday, Nov. 7. Reception 6-8 p.m., Gallery 76102, 1401 Jones St., Fort Worth. Fort Worth Center.

Saturday, Sept. 7

Communities Against Crime 5K Join the UT Arlington Police and other Tarrant County police departments to benefit Child Protective Services of Tarrant County. The race starts at 8 a.m. at River Legacy Park. The event includes a 1-mile fun run/walk, and a 5K run. Register online. See the event on Facebook.

Monday, Sept. 9

Save a Life RED Save a Life RED (Reality Education for Drivers) is an alcohol awareness event with a DUI simulator. Experience how driving under the influence along with distractions affect your ability to drive. Free. 11 a.m.-2 p.m., Palo Duro Lounge, E.H. Hereford University Center. Health Services.

Coming up

Linton Powell Organ Recital Music Professor Linton Powell performs his 38th annual organ recital. Free. 7:30 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 12, Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. Music.

Volleyball Hilton Maverick Classic Mavericks vs. UT San Antonio. Tickets $5. 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 13, College Park Center. Also, Saturday, Sept. 14, 1:30 p.m., vs. Mississippi Valley State; 7 p.m., vs. Texas A&M Corpus Christi. See the Hilton Maverick Classic schedule. Athletics.

Friends of the Library: Carmen Goldthwaite Author Carmen Goldthwaite discusses her new book Texas Dames: Sassy and Savvy Women Throughout Lone Star History. Free. 7:30 p.m., Friday, Sept. 13, sixth floor parlor, Central Library. Friends of the Library.


Planetarium The fall schedule starts today, Thursday, Sept. 5, with 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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