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

Monday, September 16, 2013

Li Zeng

Data detective: A National Science Foundation grant will help Li Zeng, assistant professor of industrial and manufacturing systems engineering, develop a mathematical method that will aid nano- and micro-scale manufacturing.

Engineer to develop system for ensuring manufacturing quality

Li Zeng, assistant professor of industrial and manufacturing systems engineering, received a $142,223 National Science Foundation grant to develop a mathematical method of ensuring consistency in various manufacturing processes that produce complex data.

Dr. Zeng's study collects data, analyzes it, and reports on irregularities in the process. The work focuses on “profile data,” which is far more complex than typical data produced in a quality control process.

Her project would benefit nano- and micro-scale manufacturers who find it difficult to reproduce devices to consistent specifications, she says.

“Dr. Zeng’s work will allow manufacturers to trouble-shoot their processes and help them increase quality and efficiencies,” says Victoria Chen, professor and interim chair of the IMSE Department. “She is creating a significant solution to problems businesses encounter every day.”

Read more about Zeng's research on profile data quality.

Dr. Seokjin Jeong

Dr. Seokjin Jeong

Youth more likely to be bullied at schools with anti-bullying programs, researcher finds

Anti-bullying initiatives have become standard at schools across the country, but a new UT Arlington study finds that students attending those schools may be more likely to be a victim of bullying than children at schools without such programs.

“One possible reason for this is that the students who are victimizing their peers have learned the language from these anti-bullying campaigns and programs,” says Seokjin Jeong, an assistant professor of criminology and criminal justice and lead author of the study, which was published in the Journal of Criminology.

The data for the study preceded the highly publicized 2010 “It Gets Better” campaign founded by syndicated columnist and author Dan Savage and popularized by YouTube videos featuring anti-bullying testimonials from prominent advocates.

Read more about Dr. Jeong's bullying study.

Jose Vargas

Tickets still available for Sept. 24 lecture by Jose Antonio Vargas

Tickets are available to hear Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and immigration reform advocate Jose Antonio Vargas in the Maverick Speakers Series.

His topic is "Define American: My Life as an Undocumented Immigrant" at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 24, at Texas Hall.

For more than a decade, Vargas has written for some of the most prestigious news organizations in the country. He earned a Pulitzer Prize for his work as part of a team covering the 2007 massacre at Virginia Tech. Born in the Philippines, he revealed his status as an undocumented immigrant in an essay for New York Times Magazine. Today he runs Define American, a nonprofit that focuses on immigration issues.

The evening features 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 may be obtained at

Supply Chain

Alliance Contract Vendor Fair brings variety of vendors to campus Tuesday

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.

Natalia Mayuk

Career focused: Natalia Mayuk, a business administration graduate student, prepared for the Fall Job Fair with a resume critique Thursday with Glenn Jensen of Fujitsu America. Mayuk plans to graduate in December 2014.

Encourage students to take advantage of Fall Job Fair on Wednesday

Influence your students' future by encouraging them to attend the Fall Job Fair 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 18, at the Maverick Activities Center.

The Career Center hosts the fair for students from all majors for full-time, part-time, and internship positions. More than 160 employers will attend including American Airlines, Bell Helicopter, CVS Caremark, Hewlett-Packard, Nokia Siemens Networks, state and federal agencies and departments, and many others. See the list of employers who will be at the fair.

Remind students to dress professionally and bring numerous copies of their resumes.

Contact the Career Center at 2-2932 or or visit

Friday deadline to apply for The Link friendship program

Complete an online application for The Link’s friendship program by Friday, Sept. 20. International students and faculty members can link up with Arlington community members who will help them adjust to their new home. The program is sponsored by the Office of International Education.

  Mav Pic Follett donation

Book value

The UTA Bookstore celebrated its 15th anniversary with a luncheon and a check for $225,000 to the University. From left are Tim Walkup, Follett vice president for store planning and real estate; Jim Van Natter, Follett regional manager for sales and operations; Barbara Sherman, UTA Bookstore co-manager; Joey Caron, Follett group vice president of sales and operations; Paul Beaulieu, bookstore director; Alan Stratman, Follett vice president of marketing, southwest region; President Vistasp Karbhari; John Hall, vice president for administration and campus operations; and Jim Lewis, vice president for development.

Lactation rooms available on campus

The new lactation rooms on campus are located at:

  Room 132, E.H. Hereford University Center

  Room 343A, Fine Arts Building

  Room 203A, Maverick Activities Center

  Room 222A, Pickard Hall

  Room 216A, University Hall.

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

Beware of phishing messages

Phishing is when criminals send specially crafted email messages in order to get users to give up their usernames and passwords, or other personal information. Their goal is to obtain access to your accounts, often to send spam from compromised email accounts, but also to acquire access to bank accounts or information useful for identity theft.

Learn more at UT Arlington’s anti-phishing website for guidance on how to recognize a phishing message, what to do if you if you’ve received a suspicious message or if you’ve fallen victim to one.

Follow these tips for online safety:

Don’t click on links sent to you by individuals you do not know.

Never divulge your password to anyone, and pay close attention to the web address of any website requesting you to log in.

Don’t use the same password for all of your online accounts (e.g. Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Amazon, bank, UT, etc.), particularly those providing access to funds or confidential information.

Benefit Yourself
Living Well logo

Use leftover UT FLEX funds, file claims by Nov. 15

If you have a UT FLEX Health Care Reimbursement Account, remember the use-it-or-lose-it rule. You have until Friday, Nov. 15, to file HCRA and DCRA claims.

Get reminders about key dates coming up along with tips on how to use your remaining funds during the grace period.

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. 16

Center for Students in Recovery Info Session For faculty and staff interested in collaborative programming and mentorships. Noon-1 p.m., Room 303, Chemistry and Physics Building. Center for Students in Recovery.

Tuesday, Sept. 17

Customer Service

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.

Wednesday, Sept. 18

Conducting Effective Meetings Explore the basic keys to conducting effective meetings that will help your team get the right information and then get the job done. Learn the tools for virtual meetings. Free. 9-11 a.m., Room 200, J.D. Wetsel Service Center. Human Resources.

NORML Documentary Film Series "In Pot We Trust" is the second of five documentary films. $2. 6 p.m., Rosebud Theatre, E.H. Hereford University Center. NORML.

Thursday, Sept. 19

Dealing with Difficult Employees and People Discover concrete techniques for dealing with difficult people in the workplace and at home. Participants will learn the proper way to discipline and alternatives to firing. Free. 9-11 a.m., Room 200, J.D. Wetsel Service Center. Human Resources.

Texas Medical Research Collaborative Project Showcase Event Grant recipients from 2012 will present updates, including eight UT Arlington researchers. Free, but registration is required. 1-4:30 p.m., Texas Health Resources, 612 E. Lamar Blvd., Arlington. Texas Medical Research Collaborative Project.

Mike Moses K-16 Leadership Speaker Series President Vistasp Karbhari is guest speaker. Free. 5:30 p.m., sixth floor atrium, Central Library. College of Education and Health Professions.

Friday, Sept. 20

Chemistry/Biochemistry Seminar Series Mike DeGrandpre of the University of Montana discusses "Carbon cycle research in aquatic ecosystems: putting chemical analyzers under water." Free. 3 p.m., Room 114, Chemistry Research Building. Chemistry and Biochemistry.

Monday-Wednesday, Sept. 23-25

Money Puzzle

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.

Tuesday, Sept. 24

Developing Assertive Communication Skills Develop the skills that can empower you to speak clearly and effectively. Learn about communication styles, non-verbal communication. Register online. Free. 9-11 a.m., Room 200, J.D. Wetsel Service Center. Human Resources.

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

Going Out

Monday, Sept. 16

Ven Conmigo a La Gria Latina: Come with Me to the Latin Tour Free. Noon-1:30 p.m., Palo Duro Lounge, E.H. Hereford University Center. Multicultural Affairs, Hispanic Heritage Month.

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

John Burton

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

Thursday, Sept. 19

Community Service 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.

Faculty Cello Recital with John Burton John Burton, right, professor of music, performs. Free. 7:30 p.m., Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. Music.

Deadline: Cyclethon Entries Register by Thursday, Sept. 19 at the Services and Info Desk at the MAC for the annual Cyclethon event on Monday, Sept. 23. Cost is $30 per team; late registration is $35. All money goes to the American Heart Association.

Friday, Sept. 20

Terri Sanchez

Faculty Flute Recital with Terri Sanchez Terri Sanchez, right, visiting assistant professor of music, performs. Free. 7:30 p.m., Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. Music.

Sunday, Sept. 22

Joe McCarthy and UTA Jazz Orchestra at Levitt Pavilion The UT Arlington Jazz Orchestra joins Grammy-winning drummer, producer, and bandleader Joe McCarthy for a free concert in downtown Arlington. Free. 8 p.m., Levitt Pavilion, 100 W. Abram. Levitt Pavilion.

Coming up

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.

Clavier Series Piano Recital Piano students perform. Free. 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 24, Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. Music.


The Gallery at UTA: Materials & Identity Photo-based works by Seattle-area artists Garth Amundson and Pierre Gour, along with Dallas artist Paho Mann, address individual and collective identity as reflected in what we consume, discard, and recycle. Gallery hours 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays-Fridays and noon-5 p.m. Saturdays. Through Saturday, Oct. 5. Art and Art History, The Gallery at UTA.

Sweetie Pie

Gallery 76102: Sweetie Pie Works made of cast granulated sugar, right, 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.

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.

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.

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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