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

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Liping Tang-Jianzhong Su

Formula for success: Liping Tang, left, professor of bioengineering in the College of Engineering, and Jianzhong Su, professor and chair of the Mathematics Department in the College of Science, are working together on a way to predict foreign-body reactions in medical settings.

Researchers test math model for implant device reactions

A UT Arlington research team has used mathematical modeling to develop a computer simulation to improve the treatment of dangerous reactions to medical implants such as stents, catheters, and artificial joints.

The work resulted from a National Institutes of Health-funded collaboration by research groups headed by Liping Tang, professor of bioengineering in the College of Engineering, and Jianzhong Su, professor and chair of the Mathematics Department in the College of Science. A new paper on the project has been accepted for publication in the Journal of Immunological Methods.

“Our efforts have transformed complex and dynamic biological interactions and pathways into a simplified mathematical formula,” Dr. Tang says. “This model will allow us to improve the biocompatibility of medical devices and identify the timing and dosages of treatments when reactions occur.”

Other co-authors on the study are Jichen Yang, a visiting scholar of mathematics, Larrissa Owens, a doctoral student and National Science Foundation GK-12 fellow in mathematics, and Akif Ibraguimov of Texas Tech University.

Read more about Tang and Su's research.

Fillia Makedon

Smart rehab: Fillia Makedon, a Jenkins Garrett Distinguished Professor and chair of the Computer Science and Engineering Department, leads a research effort aimed at developing a smart rehabilitation system. Dr. Makedon also is director of the UT Arlington Heracleia Human-Centered Computing Lab, where the primary research will take place.

NSF grant to fund development of personalized iRehab system

A multidisciplinary team will lead a three-year, $1 million National Science Foundation grant project to develop iRehab, a smart rehabilitation system that can adapt and personalize therapy programs based on a patient’s needs and constraints.

Fillia Makedon, a Jenkins Garrett Distinguished Professor and chair of the Computer Science and Engineering Department in the College of Engineering, will lead the research effort.

She also is director of the Heracleia Human-Centered Computing Lab, where the primary research will take place.

“The project is an intelligent, learning rehabilitation system,” Dr. Makedon says. “It’s collects multisensory data while a person is engaged in rehabilitation and produces the best possible rehabilitation program guidelines for a patient.”

Other team members include Heng Huang and Vassilis Athitsos, both associate professors of computer science and engineering; Robert Gatchel, the Nancy P. and John G. Penson Endowed Professor in Clinical Health Psychology; and Mario Romero-Ortega, associate professor of bioengineering.

Read more about the iRehab project.

Kytai Nguyen

Heart healthy: Kytai Nguyen, a bioengineering associate professor, received an American Heart Association grant to study peripheral artery disease treatment.

Bioengineer wants to use nanomedicine to treat peripheral artery disease

Kytai Nguyen, associate professor of bioengineering, is working with the American Heart Association on a new method to build a "scaffold" upon which a patient's own stem cells would aid failing blood vessels.

Dr. Nguyen is working on the two-year, $140,000 grant to develop ways to more effectively treat peripheral artery disease, a malady that affects about 8 million Americans.

“It’s a narrowing of the arteries that affects so many people. There isn’t a lot of research being done on it right now,” she says. “Many times people with this disease are faced with amputation or death.”

Read more about the stem cell scaffold research.

Mav Tube Jose Antonio VargasVideo Extra

American defined

Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Jose Antonio Vargas offered a heartfelt account of his life as an undocumented immigrant in the first lecture of the 2013-14 Maverick Speakers Series on Tuesday night at Texas Hall. A native of the Philippines whose mother sent him to the U.S. at age 12 to live with his grandparents, Vargas said he has spent much of his life trying to prove he's an American.


Disability Studies hosts mini-conference

The new disability studies minor program will host its first conference, "Enabling Disability: Disability Studies at UT Arlington."

The half-day conference brings together faculty, staff, and students from the campus and North Central Texas to explore the new field of disability studies. Treating disability as a crucial element of human diversity, disability studies approaches disability as a social, cultural, and political construct rather than just as a medical condition as commonly viewed.

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, a Festival of Ideas Global Research Institute event, is 12:30-5 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 17, in Room 303 of the Chemistry and Physics Building. Register by Monday, Oct. 14.

For more information, contact Sarah Rose, director of disability studies, at

Sign up by Oct. 4 to help with annual Golden CAN Food Drive

Respond by Friday, Oct. 4, if your department would like to participate in the Golden Key International Honour Society’s 3rd Annual Golden CAN Food Drive.

Provide a box for your office donations and urge co-workers to bring nonperishable food items. 
Donations will be picked up Monday, Nov. 25. Awards will be given for the most total weight of goods and most creatively decorated box.

If you would like to participate, contact Kevin Schuck at or 2-3313 or Harriet Watkins at or 2-6008 with the location of your box.

Stewardship conference offers discounts with early registration

Early registration discounts end Monday, Sept. 30, for the North Central Texas Environmental Stewardship Action Forum Conference.

The Stewardship Action Forum brings together agencies to share best practices, lessons learned, and resources to support environmental initiatives.

Register online for the conference, which is Wednesday, Oct. 30, in the E.H. Hereford University Center. The conference is sponsored by UT Arlington and Region 6 of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

  Mav Pic Cyclethon 2013

Lone rider

Sam Eshelman, educational leadership and policy studies graduate student, found reading a good way to pass the time during his 12-hour stint in the annual Cyclethon. The event raised $1,100 for the American Heart Association. Teams were required to keep pedals in motion from noon to midnight Monday, but Eshelman decided to go solo.

Desktop encryption updates planned

To comply with a recent UT System directive, all UT Arlington desktop computers will be encrypted to avoid exposure of sensitive information.

The OIT Desktop Support group is meeting with all departments to discuss the encryption procedures, inspect equipment, and schedule encryption dates. Category 1 high-risk computers (vice presidents, deans, and their immediate support staff) will be classified and encrypted by Friday, Nov. 1, with Category 2 high-risk computers (those with sensitive information on students or employees) by May 31, 2014.

Users are required to back up their data. Computers with SecureDoc software installed are in compliance, and no further action is needed.

Contact the OIT Help Desk at to be added to the schedule. Questions? Contact Tom McElwee, OIT director of customer services, at or 2-5239.

Take a Maverick Ride after dark with police security escort service

Be safe when heading home after a nighttime class or event on campus by using the UT Arlington Police Department escort service.

Maverick Ride is available to faculty, staff, and students from 7 p.m. Sundays-Thursdays until 3 a.m. and is operated by students working with the campus police.

UT Arlington Police provide escort service at any time requested. To request a security escort, call 2-3381.

Benefit Yourself

Order office supplies from exclusive contractor

As of Tuesday, Oct. 1, UT Arlington’s exclusive office supply provider is Today’s Business Solutions (TBS), an OfficeMax partner and certified HUB vendor.

All UT Arlington departments can order supplies for desktop delivery directly from the TBS website. Complete the username or password request under Quick Links to receive University pricing. Click on the FAQ brochure for tips on creating an account, ordering a paper catalog, and finding the username and password to browse the online catalog.

TBS has a wide variety of office products and services available to meet the administrative needs of your department.

UT Arlington will participate in a contract with TBS through the UT System Supply Chain Alliance. This new agreement will provide the University with significant savings on all office supplies with remarkable deals on copy paper and toner cartridges. TBS and the alliance have negotiated pricing directly with Hewlett Packard on OEM toner cartridges.

UT System Retirement

Plan to retire with UT Fund Performance Report

You’ve decided to participate in one of the two UTSaver Retirement plans. Now what? Every provider has representatives who are eager to sit down and work with you regarding investment options most beneficial to you. Want to do your own research for your UTSaver Retirement account? Learn more about how to use the UT Fund Performance Report.

Criminal background checks now online

Effective Sept. 15, all employment-related criminal background checks (CBC) are submitted electronically by the applicant to UT Arlington’s third party vendor.

The new procedure eliminates the need for a paper CBC form, reduces the number of people handling the form, and decreases errors due to illegible writing and incomplete information.

The Employment Services Department of the Office of Human Resources will continue to be the point of contact for processing the CBCs on all applicants, staff, volunteers, faculty, and student workers. This change will improve the efficiency and timeliness of the CBC process.

Learn more about the electronic criminal background checks.

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

Thursday, Sept. 26

Leadership Skills for Supervisors Explore different leadership styles to bring out the best leader in you. Register online. Free. 9-11 a.m., Room 200, J.D. Wetsel Service Center. Human Resources.

Extracting Gas from the Barnett Shale: A GIS Exploration Learn where to access drilling and extraction data, how to format the data for use within geographic information systems software (ArcGIS), and how to geographically explore the data. No data or GIS experience required. Free. 3-5 p.m., Room B20, Central Library. GIS Workshops.

Friday, Sept. 27

Digital Manufacturing Symposium Industry booths, lab tours, student posters. Keynote speaker is Ed Morris, director of NAMII and vice president of NCDMM. Other speakers include Brad Bell, professor of architecture, and Clint Newell Sr., research manager at Stratasys. Register online. 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m., UTARI. UT Arlington Research Institute.

Anthropology Brown Bag Joseph Bastien, professor of anthropology, presents an analysis of the cultural practices of Chipayans. Free. Noon-1 p.m., Room 104, University Hall. Anthropology.

Chemistry/Biochemistry Lecture Series Frank Foss, assistant professor of chemistry and biochemistry, addresses “Bioinspired Aerobic Organocatalytic Oxidations and the Molecular Investigation of Bacterial Targets.” Free. 3 p.m., Room 114, Chemistry Research Building. Chemistry and Biochemistry.

Saturday, Sept. 28

New Teacher Induction Webinar Series A guest panel of UT Arlington graduates from various teacher certification programs. Free. 1-2:30 p.m. Register online for details. Curriculum and Instruction.

Monday, Sept. 30

Professional Development: The Ability Ally Project Karen A. Myers, director of the international disability education project, Allies for Inclusion: The Ability Exhibit, discusses creating a safe, inclusive classroom environment for students with disabilities and the benefits of universal design in instruction. Free. 1:30-3 p.m., Carlisle Suite, E.H. Hereford University Center. Multicultural Affairs, Office for Students with Disabilities.

Tuesday, Oct. 1

Dealing Effectively with Conflict and Confrontation Learn how to diffuse conflict in the workplace and in your personal life. Register online. Free. 9-11 a.m., Room 200, J.D. Wetsel Service Center. Human Resources.

Coming up

Safe Zone

Safe Zone Ally Training Learn how to be supportive to members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning (LGBTQ) community. Register online. Free. 1-4 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 3, Red River Room, E.H. Hereford University Center. LGBTQA Program.

Advanced Supervisory Skills Participants will revisit the four points of supervision learned in the Fundamental Skills for Supervisors class and use role-play and dialogue to explore each point at a deeper level. Fundamental Skills for Supervisors is not a prerequisite. Register online. Free. 9-11 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 3, Room 200, J.D. Wetsel Service Center. Human Resources.

Biology Colloquium Series John Bruno of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill examines "Coral Reef Conservation: What Are the Goals and How Do We Know What Works?. " 4 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 3, Room 119, Life Science Building. Biology.


Chemistry/Biochemistry Lecture Series Brad Pierce
, professor of chemistry and biochemistry, discusses "Beyond the First Coordination Sphere in Non-heme Iron Enzymes: How Outer-Sphere Interactions Influence O2-Activation, Substrate Specificity, and Coupling Efficiency." 3 p.m. Friday, Oct. 4, Room 114, Chemistry Research Building. Chemistry and Biochemistry.

Rape Aggression Defense For female faculty, staff, and students, the RAD program teaches realistic self-defense tactics and techniques. Register online. Free. 9 a.m.-6 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 5, Room 102-B, Maverick Activities Center. UTA Police.

Time Management: Keys to Everyday Office Success Explore how backlogs happen, how to manage paperwork, how to eliminate clutter, and discover the benefits of organization. Register online. Free. 9-11 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 8, Room 200, J.D. Wetsel Service Center. Human Resources.

35th Anderson Sport Performance Lecture C. Paul Rogers III, former president of the Southwest Conference, presents “The Winner Take All Syndrome in Sports and Society.” Rogers is a professor of law at SMU and SMU's NCAA faculty athletic representative. Free. Noon Wednesday, Oct. 9, Lone Star Auditorium, Maverick Activities Center. Kinesiology.

Solving Problems/Making Decisions Bring one in-depth problem for the class to discuss and discover how to develop strategies to map out the problem and discover a real solution. Register online. Free. 9-11 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 9, Room 200, J.D. Wetsel Service Center. Human Resources.

Workers' Compensation Workshop For faculty or staff involved in injury reporting. UT System personnel will discuss injury reporting, required medical networks, and prescription drug companies as they apply to faculty, staff, or student workers who incur a work-related injury. Free. 10-11 a.m., 1-2 p.m., or 2:30-3:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 14, in Room 200 of the J.D. Wetsel Service Center. To register, call Caron Miller or Tracy Gardner at 2-5563 by Monday, Oct. 7.

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

Sports Notes
  Shelby Dickson

Power shot: Shelby Dickson had a double-double (19 kills and 14 digs) in the win over East Carolina in the Black and Gold Challenge last weekend at Appalachian State.

Sun Belt Conference era begins Friday with Faculty/Staff Appreciation Night

UT Arlington enters a new era with its first Sun Belt Conference match when the Maverick volleyball team hosts Louisiana-Monroe at 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 27, at College Park Center.

The game also celebrates Faculty/Staff Appreciation Night and Military Appreciation Night. Faculty and staff members and military personnel can receive up to six free tickets to the game by showing their UTA or military ID at the College Park Center Box Office that evening. This offer is good at the box office Friday only.

The game is also $1 hot dog night.

The volleyball team is 7-6 for the year. The Mavs defeated Denver Friday night at the Black and Gold Challenge hosted by Appalachian State. Saturday the team beat East Carolina and lost to Appalachian State.

The Mavericks play Louisiana-Lafayette at 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 28, at College Park Center.

Tickets are $5. Season tickets are $25. Visit or call 2-9595.

Sports shorts

 The men's tennis team brought back a consolation bracket championship by junior Austin Robles from the HEB Baylor Invitational. The team competes Friday-Sunday, Oct. 4-6 at the Columbia Invitational in New York City.

 The men's golf team finished 11th in the Fighting Irish Gridiron Golf Classic in South Bend, Ind., this week. The Mavericks recorded a 10-over-par 294 at Warren Golf Course. The team plays Friday, Sept. 27, in the W.H. Tucker Invitational in Albuquerque, N.M.

 The Maverick baseball team's 56-game slate includes games March 4 against Texas A&M and March 11 against Oklahoma at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington. Play starts Feb. 14, 2014, at Clay Gould Ballpark with the UTA Invitational.

Blaze's Kids Club makes Maverick sports a family event

Enjoy Maverick sports with your children by enrolling them in Blaze’s Kids Club.

With membership, kids to age 12 get in free to most Maverick sporting events and receive a T-shirt and other benefits. Cost is $20 for one child and $10 for each sibling. Membership is valid through May 2014.

For more information, email or call 2-0694.

Intramural indoor soccer, volleyball entries due next month

Entries for indoor soccer are due Wednesday, Oct. 2. Volleyball entries are due Wednesday, Oct. 9.

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

(For more sports news, go to,, or

Going Out
  UTA Presents

'Talking drum' concert tonight

Verner Drum

The Nigerian dundun, or “talking drum," makes for unique sounds when Michael Varner, associate professor of music and director of percussion studies, debuts a new composition for the talking drum and bassoon, “Skin that Speaks: The Dundun Talking Drums of Nigeria,” at 7:30 p.m. today, Thursday, Sept. 26, at Irons Recital Hall in the Fine Arts Building. Admission is free.

Dr. Varner took faculty leave to study the dundun in West Africa four years ago. He collected more than a thousand photos, video, and audio of dundun performances and language examples. His research and reflections were published in the journal Percussive Notes.

“There is no other culture on the planet where the drum actually is a surrogate for speech,” Varner says.

Friday, Sept. 27

Volleyball Mavericks vs. Louisiana-Monroe. Tickets $5. 7 p.m., College Park Center. Faculty and staff can receive up to six free tickets to the game by showing their ID at the College Park Center Box Office that evening. Military Appreciation Night gives free admission to service members and their families with valid military ID. Also $1 hot dog night. Also vs. Louisiana-Lafayette, 7 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 28, College Park Center. Athletics.

Friday Night Films: Monsters University Rated G. Free popcorn; concessions available. $1. 8 p.m., Rosebud Theatre, E.H. Hereford University Center. EXCEL Campus Activities.

Friday, Sept. 27-Sunday, Sept. 29

South Street Art Festival A free three-day art festival featuring up to 75 artists from across the country, and local bands and vendors. Enjoy music, food, culture, and shopping. Free. 5-11 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday, 300 E. South Street, one block south of Abram Street between Mesquite and East streets. South Street Art Festival.

Saturday, Sept. 28

The Art of Yoga Bring mat and additional props if needed. For all levels, no experience necessary. Free. 11 a.m.-noon, Gallery 76102, Fort Worth Center.

Monday, Sept. 30

Voice Division Recital Performances by vocal students. Free. Noon-1 p.m., Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. Music.

Pride Week Celebrate with informational programs on domestic violence and safe sex, plus fun and games including karaoke, a drag show, and more. See the schedule. Through Friday, Oct. 4. LGBTQA Program.

Tuesday, Oct. 1

National Night Out

Wyeth String Quartet Concert An ensemble made up of principal players from the Fort Worth Symphony. Free. 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 1, Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. Music.

National Night Out Join the UTA Police Department for the annual National Night Out event. Free food, prizes, information, and more. Free. 6-7:30 p.m., University Center mall (rainsite is Palo Duro Lounge, E.H. Hereford University Center). UTA Police.

Coming up

Concerts Guest Artist Recital: Silver Keys Trio, free. 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 2; UTA Symphony Orchestra Concert, $8/$5 students/seniors, 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 3; and Symphonic Band Concert, free, 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 6. Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. Music.

24th annual Oozeball Tournament Mud volleyball. 1 p.m. Friday, Oct. 4, Summit Avenue at Fourth Street, one block south of Greek Row Drive. 24th annual Oozeball Tournament.

Documentary Film: 'The Dream Is Now' Explore the difficulties faced by undocumented students within higher education. Part of Hispanic Heritage Month. Free. 6-8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 8, Rosebud Theatre, E.H. Hereford University Center. Multicultural Affairs.

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. Maverick Speakers Series.


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.

JFK Exhibit

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.

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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