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

Thursday, February 6, 2014

Students on campus

Enrollment exceeds 34,000

UT Arlington enrollment for the spring 2014 semester has climbed to a record 34,249 students, buoyed by strong growth in the College of Engineering and sustained demand for College of Nursing programs, preliminary reports show.

The University’s total enrollment—including students who are enrolled online but who live outside Texas—is nearly 38,000. 

The strong enrollment report follows UT Arlington’s 2013 ranking by The Chronicle of Higher Education as the nation’s seventh fastest-growing public research university.

“Our record enrollment signals that more and more students are attracted to The University of Texas at Arlington for the quality and breadth of our academic and research programs,” President Vistasp Karbhari says. “We are committed to setting new standards for excellence in education and the discovery, integration, delivery, and transformation of knowledge.”

Among the University’s largest academic units are the College of Nursing, with a record 8,289 students, and the College of Engineering, where enrollment is up about 19 percent from spring 2013 to 4,804 students.

The School of Social Work also saw significant increases with enrollment up 9.6 percent to 1,575 compared with spring 2013.

Anand Puppala

Stable ground: Dr. Anand Puppala, associate dean of research for the College of Engineering, is an expert in stabilization of expansive soils, sustainable utilization of recycled materials, dams, and embankments.

Puppala appointed chair of NRC's soil mechanics unit

Anand Puppala, associate dean of research for the College of Engineering, has been named chair of the National Research Council’s soil mechanics unit.

Dr. Puppala, a Distinguished Teaching Professor of Civil Engineering, says the NRC position will afford him the opportunity to oversee nine committees that report to the soil mechanics unit, one of the council’s three units. 

“This appointment offers a great opportunity to partner or lead research through this prestigious group,” says Khosrow Behbehani, dean of the College of Engineering. “Dr. Puppala will have an opportunity to help shape the future of research in his area of expertise and enhance awareness about our college and University research accomplishments at the highest national level.”

Read more about Puppala's appointment.

Kytai Nguyen

Heart help: Dr. Kytai Nguyen, associate professor of bioengineering, has received a National Institutes of Health grant to create a nanoparticle system to shore up arterial walls following angioplasty and stenting procedures to treat coronary arterial disease.

Bioengineer to create new system to help heal arterial walls

A UT Arlington bioengineer has received a four-year, $1.4 million National Institutes of Health grant to create a nanoparticle system to shore up arterial walls following angioplasty and stenting procedures to treat coronary arterial disease.

Kytai Nguyen, associate professor of bioengineering, says the research looks to improve an established procedure like angioplasty, which opens blocked arteries and blood vessels.

"We have discovered a way to use nanoparticles to help the arteries heal themselves more effectively following one of the most common surgical procedures,” says Dr. Nguyen, who joined UT Arlington in 2005. “This process promises to reduce complications that can occur in the arteries following surgery and may extend opportunities for patients to live longer, healthier lives.”

Following the angioplasty or stent, surgeons would insert the nanoparticles at the affected site, and the nanoparticles would attach themselves to the arterial wall. The nanoparticles would be programmed to recruit stem cells, which would regenerate the arterial wall’s weakened cells naturally. Once cell regeneration is under way, the nanoparticles will dissipate.

Read more about Nguyen's nanoparticle research.

Dr. Heidi Hardt

Dr. Heidi Hardt

Hardt discusses conflict response at Focus on Faculty

Political science Assistant Professor Heidi Hardt examines peace and conflict for the Focus on Faculty program at noon Wednesday, Feb. 19, in the sixth floor parlor of the Central Library.

Dr. Hardt reviews the response times of four international organizations during conflicts where delay could have life or death consequences. Although wealth and capabilities can strengthen a peace operation, it is the unspoken rules and social networks of peace and security committees at these organizations that dictate the pace with which an operation is established.

Hardt has published on issues related to peace and security and recently published the book, Time to React: The Efficiency of International Organizations in Crisis Response with Oxford University Press. She has taught international relations courses in English and French in Paris and Montreal. She earned a Ph.D. in international studies from the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva, Switzerland.

South Asia and art history topic of Monday conference

Archana Verma, a senior fellow at the Ministry of Culture of India, is guest speaker for a program on South Asia, art, and art history 1-5 p.m. Monday, Feb. 10, in the sixth floor parlor of the Central Library.

“Ways of Studying Art History: South Asia and the World” covers a broad range of topics including Buddhist art, comic books, and surrogacy tourism. Dr. Verma speaks at 3 p.m. followed by a book signing. See the schedule.

Other speakers include Melia Belli Bose, assistant professor of art history; Karabi Bezboruah, assistant professor of public administration; Amy Speier, assistant professor of anthropology; Martha Moser, a 2013 art and art history graduate; and Ritu Gairola Khanduri, assistant professor of anthropology.

Sponsors include the McDowell Center for Critical Languages and Area Studies and the Department of Sociology and Anthropology.

  Mav Pic Jamie Reed

Medicine man

Jamie Reed, senior director of medical operations for the Texas Rangers, talked about the health of baseball pitchers Monday for the Anderson Sports Performance Lecture Series, sponsored by the Kinesiology Department. He received the 2013 Professional Baseball Athletic Trainers President’s Distinguished Service Award.

College Park South garage to close for Maverick Speakers Series event

The College Park South garage will be closed to faculty, staff, and student parking on Monday, Feb. 10, for the Anderson Cooper appearance for the Maverick Speakers Series. The garage will reopen to normal use after the event.

Spaces in the south garage for Arlington Hall permits, the Dan Dipert Welcome Center, and College Park District businesses will remain open throughout the day. Access will be through the north entrance to the College Park South garage.

Parking options include permit spaces in the College Park North and Central garages.

Contact Parking and Transportation Services at or 2-3907.

Bookstore hosts sale for art, architecture, engineering supplies

The UTA Bookstore is having a 25 percent sale on in-stock art, architecture, and engineering supplies through Friday, Feb. 14. There's no limit on these in-store only purchases. The sale does not include everyday writing, desk, and supply items, or special orders.

Technology Acceleration Program fund proposals due

Proposals are being accepted for the Technology Acceleration Program (TAP), which funds activities that transform the ideas and inventions of UTA faculty into commercially viable products to improve the Texas economy.

Technology acceleration is one of the five strategic growth areas of the National Institute of Standards and Technology Manufacturing Extension Partnership.

All faculty, staff, and students are eligible to apply. A letter of intent is due Monday, Feb. 17. More information can be found at Technology Acceleration Program.

Volunteers needed for spring Job Fair

The Career Development Center needs 125 volunteers to help make the spring 2014 all-majors Job Fair a success. The Job Fair is 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 19, at the Maverick Activities Center.

Choose a 1.5-hour shift during volunteer hours from 7 a.m.-4 p.m. Tasks include set-up, clean-up, carrying employer materials, escorting employers to their booths, and staffing the student check-in tables. Register to volunteer by 5 p.m. Friday, Feb. 14.

For questions, email Kelsey Lemons at or call 2-2932.

Mav Pic Movin' Mavs & Kansas Governor

Political points

Movin' Mavs junior Kris Shannon, left, gives Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback some wheelchair basketball pointers this past weekend at the American Collegiate Society Wheelchair Basketball Bash in Wichita. The Movin’ Mavs won the tournament 3-0 in games against Southwest Minnesota State (81-43), the University of Alabama (73-38), and Edinboro University (79-26).


MavsArt exhibit seeks submissions

The UT Arlington Libraries are accepting submissions from UTA students, staff, and faculty for the spring 2014 MavsArt exhibit through Thursday, Feb. 13.

Both 2-D and 3-D submissions are accepted. Artwork will be displayed on the first floor of the Central Library through the spring semester starting Thursday, Feb. 20.

For more information, visit the MavsArt page or email

Nominations needed for new Maverick of the Month award

If you know a faculty/staff member or a student who exemplifies The Maverick Way, you can nominate him or her to receive the Maverick of the Month distinction.

Each month the UTA Ambassadors solicit nominations for one faculty/staff member and one student for their commitment to living The Maverick Way.

Nominations for February are due by Monday, Feb. 24. Email Jennifer Fox at for details.

Monthly buffet offered today at University Club

The University Club's monthly special today, Thursday, Feb. 6, features chicken and beef fajitas, cheese enchiladas (vegetarian), Spanish rice, refried beans, pico de gallo with avocados, chips, carrot cake, and Italian crème cake.

Cost is $8 per person. Regular menu items will not be available.

The University Club is open 11 a.m.-2 p.m. on the ground floor in Davis Hall.

Extra Credit

Thursday, Feb. 6

College of Nursing Dean Candidate Anne Bavier, a candidate for dean of the College of Nursing, speaks. She is a professor at the University of Connecticut. Free. 3-4:30 p.m., Room 245W, Business Building. Nursing.

GIS Workshop: Mapping Happiness Use geographic information systems (GIS) to create a customized happiness index for each country using environmental sustainability and economic indicators. No GIS experience is required. Free. 5 p.m., Room B20, Central Library. UTA Libraries.

Affordable Care Act Insurance Exchange Information on the Affordable Care Act insurance. Spanish- and Vietnamese-speaking assistance available. Free. Noon-3 p.m. and 4-7 p.m., Rio Grande Ballroom, E.H. Hereford University Center. Also, Tuesday, March 18. Texas Health and Human Services.

Friday, Feb. 7

Psychology Colloquium Series David Buss of UT Austin talks on "Strategies of Human Mating." Free, 11 a.m., Room 11, University Hall. Psychology.

Minorities and Changing Times, One Person's Experience Guest speaker is James Sweatt III, the first African American to graduate from the Washington University School of Medicine and serve on the Parkland Memorial Hospital board and as president of the Dallas County Medical Society. He is the nephew of civil rights pioneer Heman Marion Sweatt, the first African American admitted to the UT School of Law. RSVP to or 2-5300. Free. Noon, Bluebonnet Ballroom, E.H. Hereford University Center. Black History Month.

Saturday, Feb. 8

Decadent Chocolate Desserts Learn how to make your own decadent chocolate creations in this hands-on cooking class. Register online. Faculty, staff $57.50; use code UTHALF. 1-3 p.m. Saturdays, Feb. 8-22Continuing Education.

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., Room 213, Maverick Activities Center. Also, Saturdays, March 22 and April 26Campus Recreation.

Monday, Feb. 10

Performance Management Forms and Procedures Review the new forms and procedures for performance management. Register online. Free. Noon-1 p.m., Room 200, J.D. Wetsel Service Center. Also. 2-3 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 19; 10-11 a.m. Friday, Feb. 28; noon-1 p.m. Tuesday, March 11; 11 a.m.-noon Monday, March 24. Human Resources.

Tuesday, Feb. 11

Life Coaching for Your Success Improve your life with Harmony Life Coaching techniques. Register online. Faculty, staff $69; use code UTHALF. 7-9 p.m. Continuing Education.

Wednesday, Feb. 12

Southwestern Studies: William deBuys Environmentalist and author William deBuys discusses his recent book, A Great Aridness: Climate Change and the Future of the American Southwest, which ranges from Las Vegas to Mesa Verde to the Glen Canyon Dam and examines a drier future for the American Southwest. Free. Noon, sixth floor parlor, Central Library. Center for Southwestern Studies.

Coming up

Biology Colloquium Series Karen Hall of the Botanical Research Institute of Texas speaks on “Navigating New Spaces for Building Social and Ecological Resilience.” Free. 4 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 20, Room 124, Life Science Building. Biology.

Human Resources Training Coaching Skills for Supervisors, Thursday, Feb. 13; The Art of Listening, Tuesday, Feb. 18; Developing Assertive Communication Skills, Tuesday, Feb. 25; Time Management: Keys to Everyday Office Success, Thursday, Feb. 27Register 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
Brandon Waller

Long haul: Brandon Waller won the long jump and took third in the triple jump at the Varsity Apartments Invitational last Saturday in Wichita, Kan.


Three Mavs take titles at Varsity Apartments Invitational track meet

A trio of Mavericks picked up individual wins to highlight UT Arlington's performance at the Varsity Apartments Invitational on Saturday in Wichita, Kan. The men's indoor track team placed second among six teams, while the women took fifth out of seven squads.

Women's team winners were Ashly Wright, first in the mile, and Morgan Domingue, second in the long jump.

For the men, Brandon Waller won the long jump and took third in the triple jump. In the 60 meters, Clayton Vaughn won with Quentin Butler clocking a personal-best 6.76 as runner-up. Other second-place winners included Omar Barnes in the triple jump and Christian Clark in the 200 meters.

Next is the Frank Sevigne Husker Invitational at Nebraska on Saturday, Feb. 8. The Sun Belt Conference Indoor Championships are Feb. 24-25 in Birmingham, Ala.

Mavs play UL-Lafayette today; women's team claims first Sun Belt win

The Mavericks host UL-Lafayette today, Thursday, Feb. 6, at College Park Center. The women's game begins at noon and the men's game at 7:30 p.m.

The women's basketball team notched its first Sun Belt Conference win, 67-51, over Georgia State on Saturday at GSU Sports Arena. The Mavericks improved to 2-18 overall and 1-8 in league play.

The men's basketball team fell 101-91 in overtime against Georgia State on Saturday. The Mavericks dropped to 9-12 overall and 4-5 in the Sun Belt Conference.

Baseball season tickets available online

Season tickets for Maverick baseball are available at or by calling 2-9595.

Season tickets for the 29-game schedule are $99 adults, $79 seniors, and $49 youth. All seating at Clay Gould Ballpark is general admission. Single-game tickets are $5 for the general public and $3 for UT Arlington students with a valid ID for all games at Clay Gould Ballpark.

Not included in the season package are the two games at Globe Life Park, formerly Rangers Ballpark in Arlington: vs. Texas A&M on Tuesday, March 4, and vs. Oklahoma on Tuesday, March 11. UTA students are entitled to one free ticket and up to four additional tickets at $3 each. Single-game tickets are $6 for the general public.

The Mavericks open the 2014 season with the UTA Invitational on Friday-Sunday, Feb. 14-16, at Clay Gould Ballpark. The UTA Hilton Invitational is Friday-Sunday, March 7-9.

Softball games are free this year

Admission to all Maverick softball games at Allan Saxe Field will be free for the 2014 season. Players also will meet with fans after each game.

The Mavericks' 24-game home schedule begins Friday, Feb. 14, with the three-day UTA Maverick Invitational followed by the UTA Hilton Invitational on Feb. 20-23.

Major improvements are scheduled for Allan Saxe Field after the conclusion of the 2014 season as part of the $5.5 million softball/baseball complex expansion and renovation plan.

Sports shorts

• Senior Matt Shortall and junior Zach Thompson were chosen to the Sun Belt Preseason All-Conference baseball team by Perfect Game. The Mavericks were picked to finish sixth in their first season in the league. Junior Jess Amedee was named to the prospect list.

• The softball team was picked to finish seventh in the Sun Belt Conference Preseason Poll in UTA's first season in the conference.

• Senior Callie Collins and junior Nina Villanueva were named to the College Sports Madness' Sun Belt Preseason All-Conference softball team. Both players are on the second team.

• The women's tennis team defeated Midwestern State 7-0 at the UTA Tennis Center on Saturday. The team is home again Saturday, Feb. 8, against Dallas Baptist at 10 a.m. and Stephen F. Austin at 2 p.m.

The men's tennis team fell 4-3 against Lamar in Beaumont on Monday.

Intramural racquetball entry deadline this week

Upcoming deadlines for intramural sports include racquetball, Friday, Feb. 7.

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, Feb. 6

UTA Bassoon Alumni Recital Amber Wyman, a 2013 bassoon graduate, performs. Free. 7:30 p.m., Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. Music.

Basketball Mavericks vs. Louisiana-Lafayette. Tickets $5. Women's game at noon, men's game at 7:30 p.m., College Park Center. Also, vs. Texas State, women's 5 p.m., men's 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 15Athletics

Friday, Feb. 7

Friday Night Film: 'The Hunger Games: Catching Fire' Rated PG-13. Free fresh-popped popcorn while supplies last; other concessions for sale. Tickets $1, $1.50 with credit card. 8 p.m., Rosebud Theatre, E.H. Hereford University Center. Also, GravityFeb. 21EXCEL Campus Activities.

Guest Bassoon Recital Lynn Hileman, bassoon professor at West Virginia University, performs. Free. 7:30 p.m., Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. Music.

International Bowl More than 500 of the top North American high school- and junior high-aged athletes compete in six football games. Free with faculty/staff ID. Also, Saturday, Feb. 8. Maverick Stadium. International Bowl.

Saturday, Feb. 8

Double Reed Day Recitals Opening recital with Scott Pool, assistant professor of bassoon; Rogene Russell, adjunct instructor of oboe; and guest artists Willa Henigman, associate principal oboe with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, and Lynn Hileman, bassoon professor at West Virginia University. 9 a.m. Closing recital with mass choirs of oboes and bassoons; 3 p.m. Free. Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. Music.

UTA Wind Symphony Concert Doug Stotter, associate professor of music and director of bands, conducts the UTA Wind Symphony. Tickets $8 general public, $5 students. 7:30 p.m., Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. Music.

Monday, Feb. 10

Anderson Cooper

Maverick Speakers Series: Anderson Cooper "An Evening with Anderson Cooper" with moderator Krys Boyd, host of KERA-FM's talk show Think. Standby tickets only at Free. 7:30 p.m., College Park Center. Maverick Speakers Series.

A Cappella Choir UTA A Cappella Choir, directed by Karen Kenaston-French, associate professor of music and director of choral activities, will present the program that they will be performing at the 2014 Texas Music Educators Convention in San Antonio. Free. Noon, Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. Music.

Trombone Choir Concert UTA Trombone Choir, directed by Dennis Bubert, will present the program that they will perform at the 2014 Texas Music Educators Convention in San Antonio. Free. 7:30 p.m., Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. Music.

Tuesday, Feb. 11

Maverick Club Luncheon Coaches John Sauerhage, Diego Benitez, and Jay Rees will preview the upcoming track, tennis, and golf seasons. $5 members, $10 for non-members. Noon, Hospitality Suite, College Park Center. Athletics.

Coming up

Spring Concert: Big Sean Hip-hop recording artist. Tickets limited to four per person. General admission tickets $20 faculty/staff, $15 students, $25 general public. VIP student tickets $30 for reserved seating. 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 28, Texas Hall. EXCEL Campus Activities.

Maverick Speakers Series Sanjay Gupta, neurosurgeon and CNN chief medical correspondent, "Medicine and Media," Tuesday, March 18, College Park Center; tickets available Thursday, Feb. 13. Nina Totenberg, NPR legal affairs correspondent, "The Supreme Court and Its Impact on You," Tuesday, April 8, Texas Hall; tickets available Thursday, March 6Maverick Speakers Series.


The Gallery at UTA: Faculty Biennial XIV This exhibition shows what Department of Art and Art History professors accomplish in their creative endeavors outside the classroom. Gallery hours 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays-Fridays and noon-5 p.m. Saturdays. Through Feb. 8Art and Art HistoryThe Gallery at UTA.

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. UT Arlington Library, Special Collections.

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

The Maverick Lens: Views from the Library This annual photo exhibit reflects the diversity of learning, living, and working at UT Arlington. See also "50 Years of Views." 8 a.m.-7 p.m., sixth floor parlor, Central Library. Through March 5. UT Arlington Library.

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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