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

Monday, September 9, 2013


Flowing solutions: A team of UT Arlington researchers led by biology Associate Professor Sophia Passy analyzed water samples in the Adirondack Forest Preserve.

Wetlands could be key in revitalizing acid streams

A team of UT Arlington biologists working with the U.S. Geological Survey has found that watershed wetlands can serve as a natural source for the improvement of streams polluted by acid rain.

The group, led by biology Associate Professor Sophia Passy, also contends that recent increases in the level of organic matter in surface waters in regions of North America and Europe—also known as “brownification”—hold benefits for aquatic ecosystems.

The research team’s work appeared in the September issue of the journal Global Change Biology.

“While Clean Air Act regulations have fueled progress, the problem is still not solved,” Dr. Passy says. “We hope that future restoration efforts in acid streams will consider the use of wetlands as a natural source of stream health improvement.”

Katrina L. Pound, a doctoral student working in the Passy lab, is the lead author on the study

The study authors believe that as streams acidified by acidic deposition pass through wetlands, they become enriched with organic matter, which binds harmful aluminum and limits its negative effects on stream producers. Organic matter also stimulates microbes that process sulfate and nitrate and thus decreases the inorganic acid content.

Read more about Passy's wetlands research.

Ford College Community Challenge

UT Arlington wins Ford challenge for diabetes project

UT Arlington students from multiple academic disciplines will combine efforts to help educate lower-income, diverse community groups about diabetes prevention and control through a new, $25,000 grant from the Ford Motor Company Fund.

The award supports university efforts to address an urgent community need through a service-learning project.

“We are honored to receive this award,” says Frank Lamas, vice president for Student Affairs. “This is an opportunity for our students to use the knowledge and skills they are developing at UT Arlington to improve the lives of those in our community who are living with diabetes or at risk for developing the disease.” The Center for Community Service Learning will guide students’ work.

Through the Ford grant, students will create educational videos in Spanish and other languages for public health outreach purposes. Students from art, business, communication, education, engineering, film, nursing, and urban affairs will work with Mission Arlington to reach at-risk groups.

Read more about the Ford College Community Challenge at UT Arlington.

JFK in Fort Worth

Howdy, Mr. President!: President John F. Kennedy greets Fort Worth residents on his visit to Cowtown on Nov. 22, 1963. The photo is part of an exhibit in Special Collections in the Central Library.

Library remembers JFK at special exhibit of rarely seen photographs

Nearly half a century ago, President John F. Kennedy stretched forth his hand to connect with thousands of people waiting to see and hear from him in a cold, rainy but ebullient Fort Worth.

That awe-inspiring moment, captured in a black-and-white photo, is part of a new exhibit at the UT Arlington Library's Special Collections honoring the memory of President Kennedy 50 years after his assassination in Dallas.

The free exhibit, “Howdy, Mr. President! A Fort Worth Perspective of JFK,” runs through Feb. 8, 2014, in Special Collections on the sixth floor of the Central Library.

“We are truly honored and excited to offer this important retrospective of the Kennedys’ visit to Fort Worth,” library Dean Rebecca Bichel says. “We expect the exhibit will be of great public interest to those who witnessed that day, Nov. 22, 1963, and to younger generations who want to know more about history.”

The photos are from the historic Fort Worth Star-Telegram Collection archived at UT Arlington. The collection also contains photos taken in Dallas following the assassination and images of the funerals of Dallas police officer J.D. Tippit and Lee Harvey Oswald.

The exhibit includes 80 photos, including rarely seen intimate images of President and Mrs. Kennedy holding hands in public.

Read more about the Howdy, Mr. President! exhibit and see select photos.


Research showcase: UT Arlington researchers presenting at the Texas Medical Research Collaborative Project Showcase Event are, from left, (top) George Alexandrakis, Heather Beardsley, Khosrow Behbehani, J.-C. Chiao, (bottom) Brian Dennis, Raul Fernandez, Hanli Liu, and Yuan Bo Peng.

UT Arlington researchers, projects showcased Sept. 19

Research projects by UT Arlington faculty members are highlighted at the Texas Medical Research Collaborative Project Showcase Event 1-4:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 19, at Texas Health Resources, 612 E. Lamar Blvd. Admission is free, but registration is required.

TxMRC is a research partnership among universities, health care providers, and corporations that provides grants for research on real-world medical problems and helps develop new technologies.

Grant recipients from 2012 will present updates at the event. Four of the six projects to be presented have UT Arlington researchers as lead principal investigators (LPI). UT Arlington faculty members and their projects:

George Alexandrakis, (LPI) associate professor of bioengineering—A near‐infrared brain imaging system for the continuous bedside monitoring of intra-cranial pressure buildup in patients with traumatic brain injury.

Heather Beardsley, (LPI) research engineer at TMAC; Brian Dennis, associate professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering; Raul Fernandez, professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering; J.-C. Chiao, professor of electrical engineering—Sleep related SUID monitoring system based on CO2 sensor technology.

Hanli Liu, (LPI) professor of biomedical engineering—Implementation, validation, and translation of a hyper-spectral imaging device for fast skin cancer diagnosis.

Yuan Bo Peng, (LPI) associate professor of psychology; J.-C. Chiao—Development of a wireless implantable closed-loop device for major depressive disorder.

Khosrow Behbehani, professor of bioengineering and dean of the College of Engineering—Computerized infusion and monitoring system for fetal blood transfusion.

'Like' Research Administration for chance at grant workshop tuition

UT Arlington faculty who "like" the UT Arlington Research Administration on Facebook and the post announcing this giveaway before Sept. 13 will be entered to win a free registration to a grant development workshop.

Tuition to the Professional Grant Development Workshop on Monday-Wednesday, Sept. 23-25, at UT Dallas is $595. More information on the workshop:

Mav Pic UTA Night on the Town

Night on the town

Athletics Director Jim Baker, left, and Dan Dipert chat with alumna Linda Dipert during UT Arlington Night on the Town on Friday. The evening started with a mixer for alumni, faculty, staff, students, fans, and neighbors at Grease Monkey in downtown Arlington, followed by a concert at the Levitt Pavilion.


UT Arlington chosen as Fit-Friendly Worksite by AHA

UT Arlington has received the Fit-Friendly Worksite Award from the American Heart Association. The University received a Gold Achievement Award for recognition of companies that have demonstrated commitment to employee wellness.

The award consists of fulfilling criteria that offer employees physical activity opportunities, encourage healthy eating options and education at work, and promote a wellness culture.

For additional information regarding the wellness program, visit

Alliance Contract Vendor Fair brings vendors to campus Sept. 17

Bring your department's shopping list to the first Alliance Contract Vendor Fair 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 17, in College Park Center’s Hospitality Suite.

Vendors will showcase everything from equipment, supplies, and IT peripherals to maintenance and repair items, and office supplies. Door prizes, giveaways, light refreshments, and more are planned.

The UT Arlington Procurement Office and the UT System Supply Chain Alliance sponsor the fair. The Supply Chain Alliance is a strategic sourcing team that contracts on behalf of UT System institutions.

UTA Bookstore offers rebate program

The UTA Bookstore's Stock Up & Cash In program offers rebates through Sunday, Sept. 15.

Spend $100 to receive $10 off your next in-store purchase. Spend $150 for $20 off next time, or $300 to save $50. The program is valid for in-store and online purchases with in-store pickup and excludes previous purchases, computer hardware, software, and gift cards.

The bookstore is open 7:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Mondays-Thursdays, 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Fridays, and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays.


Professional e-Learning Community members announced for 2013-14

The Division of Digital Teaching and Learning has announced the members of the 2013-14 Professional e-Learning Community (PLC).

Members are Jeanean Boyd, College of Nursing; Stephanie Cole, College of Liberal Arts; David Coursey, School of Urban and Public Affairs; Steve Gibbs, College of Engineering; William “BJ” Gunn, University College; Andy Herzog, Library; John McDermott, School of Architecture; Jeffrey McGee, College of Business; Diane Mitschke, School of Social Work; Jennifer Roye, College of Nursing; Lana Rings, Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning; and Jiyoon Yoon, College of Education. The group is facilitated by Laurel Mayo, Learning Innovation Network (LINK) lab.

These representatives were selected by their respective deans and directors for participation in this annual interdisciplinary program that supports the teaching and learning culture of UT Arlington faculty. PLC members will share their findings with their University colleagues throughout the program.

The group will pursue the theme Connected to Learning: Technology for Engagement and Retention. Activities include experimentation with technology tools, interaction with national and international leaders in the field of educational technology, and participation in national conferences.

Free PSAT/SAT preparation classes set for fall

Have a teen preparing for the PSAT/SAT tests? UT Arlington and several other universities are sponsoring free SAT/PSAT math preparation classes at three sites in Dallas during September and October.

The Saturday morning classes—for students in grades 8-12—are at the University of North Texas at Dallas, 7300 University Hills Blvd.; North Dallas High School, 3120 N. Haskell; and Conrad High School, 7502 Fair Oaks Ave.

For more information and to register, visit

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A place in history

Erin O'Malley, exhibit designer for Special Collections at the Central Library, adjusts one of the 80 photos in the exhibit Howdy, Mr. President! A Fort Worth Perspective of JFK, which runs through Feb. 8, 2014.


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. 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.

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

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
Mother and Baby

University opens lactation rooms

Nursing moms on campus now have five lactation rooms to use. These rooms are designed to create a safe, quiet, and private place for nursing mothers to express milk during the workday.

The employee and her immediate supervisor should agree on the times for breaks needed for this purpose.

The rooms are furnished with a leather recliner, small table or countertop, clock, a door that locks, and a sink in the room or in the connecting women’s restroom. Locations are:

•  E.H. Hereford University Center, Room 134 (behind Post Office)

•  Fine Arts Building, Room 343A (Art Department section)

•  Maverick Activities Center, Room 203A

•  Pickard Hall, Room 222A (private lounge inside women’s restroom)

•  University Hall, Room 216A (private lounge inside women’s restroom)

For questions, contact Eunice Currie at 2-5554 or by email at

Public Speaking

Learn public speaking techniques that will prepare you to convey your message in a clear and understandable way and learn how to interact with, persuade, and influence your audience. Call 2-2581 for faculty and staff rates of $99.50. 6-9 p.m., Tuesdays, Sept. 10-17, Continuing Education and Workforce Development Building, 140 W. Mitchell St. 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

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

Listening Ear

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.

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." Free. 6 p.m. lecture, Room 100, Nedderman Hall. Engineering.

Wednesday, Sept. 11

Stress in the Workplace Learn what stress is and how to identify and understand it. In addition, discover how to identify the sources of your stress. Register online. Free. 9-11 a.m., Room 200, J.D. Wetsel Service Center. Human Resources.

Friday, Sept. 13

Mathematics and Statistics Colloquium Inderjit S. Dhillon, professor of computer science at UT Austin. Free. 3 p.m., Room 311, Pickard Hall. Mathematics.

Chemistry/Biochemistry Seminar Series Bruce Palfey
the University of Michigan Medical School speaks on "Old and New Mechanisms in Old and New Jobs: Flavin Enzymology Never Gets Boring." Free. 3 p.m., Room 114, Chemistry Research Building. Chemistry and Biochemistry.

Tuesday, Sept. 17

Customer Service 101 Learn the techniques of outstanding customer service. Register online. Free. 2-4 p.m., Room 200, J.D. Wetsel Service Center. Human Resources.

Monday-Wednesday, Sept. 23-25

Professional Development Grant Writing This intensive three-day grant proposal workshop is geared to strengthen grant writing skills and master the techniques of preparing and writing winning proposals from various funding agencies. Register online or call 866-704-7268 or 571-257-8864. $595; 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. UT Dallas, Richardson. Also "Fundamentals of Proposal Writing" webinar; $191; 2-4 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 26. UT Dallas.

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

Going Out

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.

Wednesday, Sept. 11

Study Abroad Fair More than 400 study abroad programs in 62 countries. 11 a.m.-2 p.m., University Center mall. Study Abroad.

Thursday, Sept. 12

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

Friday, Sept. 13

Volleyball Hilton Maverick Classic Mavericks vs. UT San Antonio. Tickets $5. 7 p.m., 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., sixth floor parlor, Central Library. Friends of the Library.

Volunteer: Fall Job Fair 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. Fair, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 18, Maverick Activities Center. Career Center.

Saturday, Sept. 14

Wind Symphony Concert The UT Arlington Wind Symphony, Douglas Stotter conducting, honors the great American composers of the 20th century including Bernstein, Copland, and Ives. Free. 7:30 p.m., Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. Music.

Monday, Sept. 16


Guest Artist Recital: Spirit Wind A trio with Terry Ewell on the bassoon, Doris DeLoach on the oboe, and Laurel Ewell on the flute will perform Vivaldi, Gabaye, and Terry Ewell's "Paradise Lost." Free. 7:30 p.m., Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. Music.

Tuesday, Sept. 17

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

Coming up

Community Partner Breakfast Faculty and staff can meet nonprofit directors interested in collaborative projects at the breakfast. Keynote speaker is Frank Lamas, vice president for Student Affairs. Register online by Tuesday, Sept. 17. Free. 8:30-10:30 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 19, Carlisle Suite, E.H. Hereford University Center. Center for Community Service Learning.


Maverick Speakers Series Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and immigration reform advocate Jose Antonio Vargas speaks on ”Define American: My Life as an Undocumented Immigrant.“ 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. Tuesday, Sept. 24, Texas Hall. Maverick Speakers Series.


Mindful Moments Learn techniques to help deal effectively with stress. New day and location. 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.

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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