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

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Wei Chen

Promising discovery: Physics Professor Wei Chen may have discovered an advance in photodynamic cancer therapy. He is co-director of the Center for Security Advances Via Applied Nanotechnology.

Physicist creates new nanoparticle for cancer therapy

Wei Chen, professor of physics and co-director of the Center for Security Advances Via Applied Nanotechnology, may have discovered an advance in photodynamic cancer therapy while working to create a luminescent nanoparticle to use in security-related radiation detection.

Dr. Chen was testing a copper-cysteamine complex created in his lab when he discovered unexplained decreases in its luminescence, or light emitting power, over a time-lapse exposure to X-rays. He found that the nanoparticles, called Cu-Cy, were losing energy as they emitted singlet oxygen—a toxic byproduct that is used to damage cancer cells in photodynamic therapy.

Testing revealed that the Cu-Cy nanoparticles, combined with X-ray exposure, significantly slowed tumor growth in lab studies.

“This new idea is simpler and better than previous photodynamic therapy methods," Chen says. “It is the most promising thing we have found in these cancer studies, and we’ve been looking at this for a long time.”

Chen’s research will be published in the August edition of the Journal of Biomedical Nanotechnology. Co-authors are Lun Ma, a research assistant professor, and Xiaoju Zou, a research associate. 

Read more about Chen's nanoparticle research.

Lt. Gen Patricia Horoho

Lt. Gen. Patricia Horoho

Army surgeon general speaks Monday

Lt. Gen. Patricia Horoho, surgeon general of the U.S. Army, will speak noon-1 p.m. Monday, April 21, in the Rosebud Theatre of the E.H. Hereford University Center.

She will discuss Army medicine and the “performance triad” of sleep, activity, and nutrition. 

Horoho is the Army's first female surgeon general and the first nurse in that position. She is responsible for all aspects of Army medicine from health care and training to research and development.

She became the 43rd Army surgeon general in December 2011. Her previous positions include deputy surgeon general; chief of the U.S. Army Nurse Corps; commander of several medical centers and networks; and special assistant to the commander of International Security Assistance Force Joint Command in Afghanistan.

A fellow of the American Academy of Nursing, Horoho earned a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a Master of Science degree as a clinical trauma nurse specialist from the University of Pittsburgh. She is a distinguished professor of nursing at the Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences, where she is a member of the board of regents.

The event is free is open to the public and sponsored by the College of Nursing and the UT Arlington Research Institute.

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Outstanding advice

Associate Professor Peter Kroll, left, and Erin Gonzales were honored as Outstanding Academic Advisers on Tuesday. Dr. Kroll was named Outstanding Faculty Adviser and is graduate adviser for chemistry and biochemistry in the College of Science. Gonzales was chosen Outstanding Professional Adviser and is adviser for UTeach in the College of Science. Honorable mentions are Melanie McGee in accounting, College of Business; Angeleah Chavis in mathematics, College of Science; and Thomas Christie in communication, Penelope Ingram in English, and Jessica Rose in art, all College of Liberal Arts.


Creative Faculty Works reception Monday at Central Library

Celebrate the creativity and hard work of faculty members at the annual Creative Faculty Works reception 4-6 p.m. Monday, April 21, in the sixth floor atrium of the Central Library.

The event recognizes academic achievement and scholarly activity by faculty members during the previous year. On display will be publications and other examples of UTA's faculty excellence.

Be on hand at 
5 p.m. for comments from Rebecca Bichel, dean of the library, and David Silva, vice provost for faculty affairs, and a champagne toast by Ronald Elsenbaumer, provost and vice president for academic affairs.

The Office of the Provost and the UT Arlington Library host the event.

Faculty, associates honored at annual spring meeting April 29

President's and provost's awards are just a few of the accolades to be distributed at the Spring Meeting of the Faculty and Associates at 4 p.m. Tuesday, April 29, in the Rio Grande Ballroom at the E.H. Hereford University Center.

Awards will be announced for teaching, research, mentoring, advising, service learning, grants, and distance education, with remarks by President Vistasp Karbhari. The event is open to the public. A reception follows.

Readers needed for Homerathon

The University Classics Club needs readers and performers for its annual Homerathon on Thursday, April 24, on the University Center mall.

The reading of Homer's epic poem The Odyssey begins at 7 a.m. and ends at 10:30 p.m.

Each part is about a 15-minute reading. Scripts are available in the Philosophy and Humanities Office in Room 305 of Carlisle Hall. Register online.

Contact Charles Chiasson, director of the Classical Studies Program, at 2-2764 or for more information.

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Earth Day

Nichole Horn, political science lecturer, chooses an herb plant at the Earth Day celebration Wednesday. The free plants, electronics recycling, eco-friendly vendors, and a vegetarian food truck were part of the event sponsored by the Office of Sustainability.

Block Party begins at 6 p.m. today

Faculty and staff are invited to join students in celebrating the end of the school year at the 16th annual Block Party starting at 6 p.m. Thursday, April 17, on the University Center mall.

Be there for live music, carnival-style treats and games, a photo booth, airbrush tattoos, an obstacle course, and more. If it rains, the party heads to the Bluebonnet Ballroom and Rosebud Theatre in the E.H. Hereford University Center.

Apartment and Residence LifeUniversity Events, and EXCEL Campus Activities sponsor the Block Party.

Central Library extends hours for finals

To accommodate students preparing for final exams, the Central Library will remain open continuously from 9 a.m. Sunday, April 27, through 8 p.m. Friday, May 9. Other UTA libraries will maintain regular hours during finals.

Student feedback surveys begin today

Students in lectures, seminars, practicums, and labs will soon receive invitations to complete the online Student Feedback Survey. Learn about the survey process, including how to boost your response rates, by visiting and clicking on Faculty.

Surveys for all 15-week spring courses are open today, Thursday, April 17-Friday, May 2, before the final exam period begins.

Maintenance for Arlington Data Center delayed

The Office of Information Technology has changed the system maintenance at the Arlington Data Center to 2-7 a.m. Sunday, April 27.

Services that may be impacted include UTA websites, blogs, wikis, and web publishing services; MyMav; Blackboard; authorization and authentication services; NetID self-service; network storage; J and K drives; ResearchFS and DepartmentFS; campus printing; listserv; Omega; Sharepoint; Talk; CS-Gold; ImageNow; Echo360; and ITSM.

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National champs

The Maverick cheerleading squad won the national championship for its division at the 2014 National Cheerleading Associations' College Championship this past weekend. Watch the winning performance. The squad won in the Small Coed Division. UTA also won the title in 2010. The Maverick Dance Team finished sixth in the Open Dance competition and eighth in Hip Hop at the 2014 National Dance Alliance College Championships.


Nedderman Society Cookout honors employees on May 2

The Nedderman Society Cookout will serve up burgers and information 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Friday, May 2, on the Central Library mall.

The society, founded to recognize faculty, staff, and retirees who contribute financially to UT Arlington, is named for President Emeritus Wendell Nedderman and his wife, Betty. During Dr. Nedderman's 20-year tenure as president (1972-1992), the University added 21 baccalaureate, 27 master's, and 17 doctoral degree programs, and enrollment increased by more than 10,000 students.

The Nedderman Society exists in the same spirit of progress and improvement that the Neddermans exhibited. Faculty and staff who contribute to any area of the University are automatically members. If you'd like to become a Nedderman Society member, learn more about giving options.

In case of rain, the cookout will be held in the Palo Duro Lounge of the E.H. Hereford University Center. The Nedderman Society Cookout is presented by the Office of Development.

Performance reviews due April 28

Annual performance reviews for employees must be completed by Monday, April 28Training on conducting the performance reviews and evaluation forms are online. For questions, email or call 2-5554.

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The Big Event

Blake McMillian, left, nursing sophomore, and Shannon Smith, kinesiology junior, joined other UT Arlington students in giving some sweat and elbow grease to the community during The Big Event on Saturday, April 12. The annual day of community service provided volunteers for everything from outdoor cleanup and gardening to indoor painting and paperwork help. See more photos.

Deadline extended for Business Executive Dinner

The deadline for the College of Business' annual Executive Dinner has been extended to 5 p.m. Tuesday, April 22.

Joseph "Jody" Grant, co-founder of BankCap Partners and director and chairman emeritus of Texas Capital Bancshares Inc., is the guest speaker for the dinner on Wednesday, April 23.

A reception begins at 6 p.m. with the dinner at 7 p.m., both at College Park Center.

Tickets are $45 for the general public and $35 for UTA business alumni. Register online.

Transition to UT Share begins, training classes continue

The transition to UT Share starts this month with a go-live date of Monday, May 5, for finance and human resources transactions.

To convert data from DEFINE into UT Share, certain monthly due dates are being amended and a temporary hold on some operations will be enacted.

Read more about the cutover plan and blackout dates. The link includes department contacts for your questions about deadlines or your role in the cutover process.

Register for training on the new software application.

Benefit Yourself

Sign up now for Living Well, Moving Well challenge

Team up with the UT Arlington Wellness Committee for the 2014 UT System Physical Activity Challenge, Living Well, Moving Well, beginning Thursday, May 1.

Register through the Living Well Health Platform by Wednesday, May 7.

Learn more about how you can get involved, score points for UTA, and receive a free pedometer.

Join the Wellness Committee on National Employee Health and Fitness Day at the Blazing Race on Wednesday, May 21.

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, April 17

The Art of Listening Register online. Free. 9-11 a.m., J.D. Wetsel Service Center. Human Resources.

Frontier Odyssey Symposium The two-day symposium explores the interaction between Native Americans and Anglo-Americans in 19th century Texas as well as Texas legends Cynthia Ann Parker, right, and her son, Quanah Parker. Free. Noon-1:30, sixth floor parlor, Central Library. Also, noon Thursday-Friday, April 17-18Center for Greater Southwestern Studies, HistoryUT Arlington Libraries

English Department Speakers Series Robert Grunst of the College of St. Catherine discusses his essays focusing on the language, culture, and history of Great Lakes commercial fishing people. A book signing follows. Free. 7 p.m., Room 100, Nedderman Hall. English.

Friday, April 18

Business Speakers Series Yasemin Kor of the University of South Carolina presents "Positive and Negative Synergies Between the CEO's and the Corporate Board's Human and Social Capital: A Study of Biotechnology Firms." Free. 2 p.m., Room 153, Business Building. Business.

Mathematics Colloquium Series Yunkai Zhou of SMU presents On the Essence of 'Preconditioned' Eigenvalue Algorithms and Some New Developments." Free. 3 p.m., Room 311, Pickard Hall. Mathematics.

Tuesday, April 22

Customer Service 101 Learn the techniques of outstanding customer service. Register online. Free. 9-11 a.m., Room 200, J.D. Wetsel Service Center. Human Resources.

Wednesday, April 23

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.

CMAS Speaker Series Filmmaker Miguel Alvarez discusses “Explorations of Loss: Three Short Films.” Free. 2 p.m., Room 121, University Hall. Center for Mexican American Studies.

Coming up

Biology Colloquium Series Virginia Weis of Oregon State University speaks on “The Regulation of Coral-dinoflagellate Symbioses: The Role of Innate Immunity.” Free. 4 p.m. Thursday, April 24, Room 124, Life Science Building. Biology.

Take Back the Night This international campaign seeks to end all forms of relationship and sexual violence and to create safe communities. Free. 6-8 p.m. Thursday, April 24, Library mall. RVSP.

CPR/AED Training Hands-on skills training prepares participants to respond to breathing and cardiac emergencies and the safe use of an automated external defibrillator (AED). $50. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, April 26, Room 213, Maverick Activities Center. Campus Recreation.

Human Resources Training Developing Assertive Communication Skills, Tuesday, April 29; Managing Stress in the Workplace, Thursday, May 1; and Team Building for Supervisors, Tuesday, May 6Register online. Free. 9-11 a.m., J.D. Wetsel Service Center. Human Resources.

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

Sports Notes
Clayton Vaughn

Record run: Clayton Vaughn returned from injuries to win the 100 meters and set a UTA record.


Two school records fall at Texas Invitational

A pair of UT Arlington school standards fell when men’s sprinter Clayton Vaughn and women’s pole vaulter Noemie Forget had record-breaking afternoons at the Texas Invitational on Saturday in Austin.

Vaughn, who returned from injuries to compete for the first time this outdoor season, posted a first-place time of 10.07 seconds in the 100 meters. It was wind-aided (+4.4) and will not be recognized among the NCAA standards, but will be entered in the UTA record book. The old record (10.12) was set by Cordero Gray in 2011.

Forget cleared 13 feet, ¼ inches (3.97m) in the pole vault, besting Marion Myers's 1999 record by five inches. Forget was topped by just three competitors at the meet.

Emil Blomberg placed fourth in the 1500 meters, and Eric Ojeda took fourth in the 3000-meter steeplechase.

The track teams compete Thursday-Saturday, April 17-19, at the Mt. SAC Relays in Walnut, Calif., and Saturday, April 19, in the Michael Johnson Classic in Waco.

Women seeded No. 2, men No. 4 for SBC tennis championships

The women's tennis team earned the No. 2 seed and the men's team is seeded fourth for the 2014 Sun Belt Conference Tennis Championships at the City Park Tennis Center in New Orleans.

The Maverick women play No. 7 seed Arkansas State in the quarterfinal round at 10 a.m. today, Thursday, April 17.

The men's team takes on No. 5 Troy at 3 p.m. today.

Semifinals are Saturday with championship matches Sunday at 10 a.m. for women and 2 p.m. for men.

Sports shorts

  • The baseball team finished a Sun Belt Conference series win with a 6-4 victory Sunday over Georgia State, but fell 10-2 Tuesday to No. 6 Texas. The Mavericks are 16-21 overall and 8-7 in conference play. The team starts a conference series Friday, April 18, against Louisiana-Lafayette at Clay Gould Ballpark.  
  • The softball team split a doubleheader with Troy on Saturday at Allan Saxe Field. Sunday's game was rained out. The Mavs improved to 17-24 overall and 2-9 in the Sun Belt Conference. They played North Texas at 6 p.m. Wednesday, April 16, in Denton.
  • The men's golf team heads to the Sun Belt Conference Championship on Monday-Wednesday, April 21-23, in Biloxi, Miss.

Intramural entries for FIFA, poker tourneys due soon

Upcoming deadlines for intramural sports include FIFA Video Game Tournament, Wednesday, April 30, and poker tournament, Thursday, May 1.

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

Thursday, April 17

Spring Jazz Concert Hear the UTA Jazz Ensemble and Jazz Orchestra, conducted by Tim Ishii, associate professor of music, and Ken Edwards. Tickets $9 general admission, $6 students, youth, seniors. 7:30 p.m., Texas Hall. Music.

Friday, April 18

Film: 'The Searchers' The 1956 film about a Civil War veteran rescuing his niece from an Indian tribe stars John Wayne and Natalie Wood. Free. 5 p.m., sixth floor parlor, Central Library. Center for Greater Southwestern StudiesHistory, UT Arlington Libraries.

Friends of the Library Pulitzer-Prize winning author and UT Austin Professor Glenn Frankel discusses his bestselling book The Searchers: The Making of an American Legend, which is loosely based on the life of Cynthia Ann Parker. A reception and book signing follow the meeting. Free. 7:30 p.m. , sixth floor parlor, Central Library. Friends of the Library.

Tuesday, April 22

Spring Percussion "Bash" Featured performers include music faculty members Michael Varner, percussion; Scott Pool, bassoon; John Solomons, piano; Young-Hyun Cho, piano; James Yakas, percussion; plus the UTA Percussion Ensemble; and the UTA World Ensemble. Free. 7:30 p.m., Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. Music.


Exhibit: 'The Story of Cynthia Ann and Quanah Parker' A collection of 45 photographs of Cynthia Ann Parker and her son, Comanche chief Quanah Parker. In conjunction with the Frontier Odyssey Symposium. Free. Sixth floor parlor, Central Library. Through May 30Center for Greater Southwestern Studies, HistoryUT Arlington Libraries.

Special Collections: The U.S.-Mexico War, 1846-1848 Attention on the “forgotten” U.S.-Mexico War through letters, diaries, daguerreotypes, sketches, maps, and other materials. Gallery hours 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Mondays, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays, sixth floor, Central Library. Through Aug. 30UT Arlington LibrariesSpecial Collections.

MavsArt Enjoy a variety of artistic media by faculty, staff, and students. First floor, Central Library. UTA Libraries.

Mindful Moments Learn mindfulness techniques to help deal effectively with stress. Free. 12:15-12:45 p.m., Mondays, Room 310, Ransom Hall. Health Services.

Visual Resource Commons and Gallery The Jonathan A. Campbell and Tanya G. Dowdey African Art Collection is a multi-dimensional collection of 11th-20th century art and artifacts. Free. 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays-Fridays, Suite 2109, Fine Arts Building. Art and Art History.

Planetarium The spring schedule includes new shows Back to the Moon for Good, Exoplanets, and Molecularium, plus returning favorites Pink Floyd and Spacepark 360. Planetarium.

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



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