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

Monday, February 17, 2014

Yue Deng

Bright ideas: Dr. Yue Deng, assistant professor of physics, received a NASA grant to study how solar flares drive vertical winds and affect electrodynamics in the Earth’s upper atmosphere.

NASA grant aids space weather study

Physicist Yue Deng will receive more than $500,000 from NASA to study how space weather events, such as solar flares, drive vertical winds to affect electrodynamics in the Earth’s upper atmosphere. 

Dr. Deng’s work could one day help operators of near-Earth satellites, air traffic radar, and electricity grids know how to best safeguard their systems from bursts of radiation and energetic particles. The research is funded through NASA’s Living With a Star initiative, which supports physics to further knowledge about the sun, its relationship to the Earth, and its effect on life and society.

“Almost all the influence of space weather on our society is affected by dynamics in the upper atmosphere,” says Deng, an assistant professor of physics who joined the College of Science in 2009. "Neutral wind in the upper atmosphere is very difficult to model and measure, but it is still one of the most important parameters to consider.”

Read more about Deng's space weather research.

Dr. Heidi Hardt

Dr. Heidi Hardt

Focus on Faculty lecture explores international response time to foreign conflicts

Political science Assistant Professor Heidi Hardt answers the question of why some international organizations take longer than others to answer calls for intervention for the Focus on Faculty program at noon Wednesday, Feb. 19, in the sixth floor parlor of the Central Library.

Dr. Hardt researched the topic for her new book, Time to React: The Efficiency of International Organizations in Crisis Response.

Although wealth and capabilities can strengthen a peace operation, Hardt argues that it is the unspoken rules and social networks in peace and security committees at international organizations that dictate the pace with which an operation is established.

“Humanitarian intervention is a consequence of the interdependent world in which we live," says Hardt, who joined UT Arlington in 2012. "More civil wars lead to more demand for action."

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.

Frank Lamas

Dr. Frank Lamas

Student Affairs vice president announces departure

Frank Lamas, vice president for Student Affairs, has announced he will be leaving the University at the end of the spring semester to become vice president for student affairs at California State University, Fresno.

“I am so appreciative of the opportunity to have served UT Arlington and to help meet the needs of our students for the past decade,” Dr. Lamas says. “I’m very much looking forward to taking on additional responsibilities for enrollment management and student success at Fresno State. And my wife, Debbie, and I are delighted that we will be living closer to our sons.”

During his tenure at UT Arlington, Lamas has led a transformation of the student experience through a period of unprecedented enrollment growth and campus expansion. Most notably, he has led the student affairs effort and developed student-centered programs during the University’s rapid transition to a residential campus.

A national search for a vice president will begin immediately. Lamas’ last day at UT Arlington will be May 31. At that time, Lisa Nagy, assistant vice president for Student Affairs, will become interim vice president for Student Affairs.

“This is a tremendous career opportunity for Frank and a wonderful new challenge for him,” President Vistasp Karbhari says. “The students at Fresno State, like the students at UT Arlington, will be the beneficiaries of his caring and thoughtful approach to student life and engagement. We wish him all the best.”

Lamas recently was selected as the chair-elect for the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators. He also has served on the NASPA state board and as chair of the Council of Student Services Vice Presidents since 2010.

Dr. Norma Figueroa

Dr. Norma Figueroa

Architecture assistant professor named to leadership program

Norma Figueroa, assistant professor of architecture, has been named a 2014 National Hispana Leadership Institute Executive Leadership Program Fellow.

Dr. Figueroa, who joined UTA in 2010, teaches interior design in the School of Architecture. Previously, she taught at the University of Puerto Rico.

The fellows will begin the executive leadership program and Harvard's Executive Education Program at the John F. Kennedy School of Government and at the Center for Creative Leadership.

Founded in 1987, NHLI is the nation’s premiere institute dedicated to Latina leadership training.

Conference covers critical issues for black community

The Center for African American Studies' second annual conference "Critical Issues in Black Studies: Race in Context" is Friday-Saturday, Feb. 21-22, with events at the Maverick Activities Center, E.H. Hereford University Center, and Globe Life Park.

Krystal K. Beamon, assistant professor of sociology, will deliver the keynote speech Friday. A reception and Open Mic Night featuring Derek "Fonzworth Bentley" Watkins follows.

Saturday's events include a luncheon address by Molefi Kete Asante, professor of African American Studies at Temple University, followed by a community research panel. A screening of The Contradictions of Fair Hope starts at 6 p.m. Saturday at Globe Life Park with a discussion by the film’s director and co-producer, Rockell Metcalf.

All programs are free. Register by Wednesday, Feb. 19.

  Mav Pic boot camp

Drill instructor

Nikki Goudeau, speech and health education senior, instructs participants in a fitness boot camp at the Maverick Activities Center. Campus Recreation sponsors the early-morning exercise class. The next one starts March 24.

Mentors needed for In Reach program

The In Reach Maverick Mentor Program is seeking faculty and staff to help students with their college career. About 40 new mentees need mentors.

The program encourages academic excellence, enhances self-awareness, and promotes the personal growth of participating students by providing caring guidance from qualified faculty and staff, tools and opportunities to develop academically, and awareness of the University’s student support services and resources.

If you are interested in mentoring a student, apply at Requirements are a monthly 30-minute meeting with your mentee, regular communication throughout the academic year, and attendance at sponsored activities for the In Reach program.

For more information, contact Zeb Strong in the Office of Human Resources at

Building, walkway closures set for Sunday morning

Upcoming maintenance work will require two buildings, nearby walkways, streets, and a parking lot to be closed 7-11 a.m. Sunday, Feb. 23. The closures will include:

  • the Engineering Lab Building
  • the Geoscience Building
  • Lot F12 at the southeast corner of UTA Boulevard and College Street
  • College Street from UTA Boulevard to West First Street
  • the walkway on the north side of the Engineering Lab Building
  • all walkways between the Engineering Lab Building, the Geoscience Building, Nedderman Hall, and Woolf Hall

These closures will not involve utilities and will not affect electricity. For questions, call Patty Goodloe at 2-9726.

Fellowships available from University Sustainability Committee

The University Sustainability Committee offers faculty fellowships on sustainability in the curriculum.

Fellowships ranging from $2,000 to $5,000 for one semester support development of modules on sustainability for existing courses, laboratory exercises, service learning exercises, field trips, development of new courses, or development of other curriculum products. Application deadline is April 15.

For more information, see Campus Sustainability or contact Chris Morris at

Applications accepted for First-Year Experience instructors

The Division is Student Affairs is recruiting instructors to teach the new First-Year Experience course for the fall 2014 semester. 

The FYE course is required for all first-time, full-time freshmen. The course orients students to life on campus and assists in the transition to college. Course content and assignments will help students identify the individual needs and skills that will affect their success, determine what resources are appropriate and available to them, and formulate a plan for an actively engaged and enriched experience on the campus.

Informational sessions are 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 25, and 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, March 5, in the Student Congress Chambers in the E.H. Hereford University Center.

Instructors will receive a $1,500 stipend for each section. Visit the First-Year Experience website and view the Instructor Information page. Applications are due Sunday, March 30.

Send questions to Molly Albart, director of planning, assessment and student success, at

Tickets available for African-American Alumni Banquet

The 24th Annual African-American Alumni Banquet will honor two UTA graduates plus present two students with scholarships. The banquet is at 7 p.m. Saturday, March 1, in the Rio Grande Ballroom of the E.H. Hereford University Center.

Alumni honorees are Terry L. Aaron (’11), director of continuing education services for Tarrant County College Southeast Campus, and Zachary Thompson (’81), director of Dallas County Health and Human Services. 

Tickets are $50 each. RSVP by Friday, Feb. 21. Proceeds benefit the African-American Endowed Scholarship Fund.

Submit nominations for Student Employee of the Year award

Nominate your outstanding student workers for the 2013-14 Student Employee of the Year award.

Student employees must have worked a minimum of six months part time and be in good academic standing. Graduate research assistants and teaching assistants are not eligible. Find the nomination form at Student Employee of the Year. Deadline for nominations is 5 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 19.

Scholarships are awarded to the top students selected, who will advance to the regional competition.

For more information, contact the Career Development Center at 2-2932 or

Benefit Yourself
  In the Spotlight

Nick Myers, construction project coordinator

Nick Myers

Nick Myers may deal with some stones and brooms as construction project coordinator for Facilites Management, but his favorite types are those involved in the sport of curling.

Did you try out for the Olympics in Sochi?

No, I didn't, but I know all the U.S. curling athletes competing. (See the Olympic curling schedule and results.) I just got back from competing in Germany with a Minnesota team.

Where does someone curl in Texas?

The DFW Curling Club has 50 members and meets twice a week.

WFAA had a spot on curling last week.

That was me. I talked about curling and how to do it. (See the video.)

Keep your heart in shape

February is Heart Health Month. Your heart is only about the size of your fist, but it does an amazing amount of work. Learn more about how you can keep it healthy and fit.

Read the summary information on UT SELECT Health Plan

As a primary component of the UT Benefits program, the UT SELECT Health Plan, including medical and prescription benefits, covers nearly 185,000 eligible employees, retirees, and dependents. Learn more about how the plan gets used and what it takes to provide the medical and prescription benefits that you and your family receive.

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

Tuesday, Feb. 18

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

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.

Wednesday, Feb. 19

Engineering Distinguished Speaker Series James McLurkin of Rice University discusses "The Future of Robotics Is Swarms: Why a Thousand Robots are Better Than One." Free. Reception 5 p.m., Room 601; lecture 6 p.m., Room 100; Nedderman Hall. Engineering.

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

The Myths of Nutrition Explore popular diets and what evidence exists to support their claims. $5. 7-8 p.m., Room 213, Maverick Activities Center. Campus Recreation.

Thursday, Feb. 20

'Da Conversation' Clarence Grover, CEO of Sankofa Education Services, presents a history of education in America and its implications for educating or not educating African-American students today. Free. 6:30 p.m., Bluebonnet Ballroom, E.H. Hereford University Center. Black History Month.

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., Room 124, Life Science Building. Biology.

Coming up

Human Resources Training 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.

Maverick Speakers Series Sanjay Gupta, neurosurgeon and CNN chief medical correspondent, "Medicine and Media," Tuesday, March 18, College Park Center; tickets at Also, Nina Totenberg, NPR legal affairs correspondent, "The Supreme Court and Its Impact on You," Tuesday, April 8, Texas Hall; tickets available Thursday, March 6. The Maverick Speakers Series is sponsored in part by Texas Health Arlington Memorial Hospital. Maverick Speakers Series.

TEDxUTA Hear from some of the most innovative minds in technology, entertainment, and design, including six UTA faculty members and two students. Tickets $25 for UTA faculty/staff, $15 for UTA students, and $35 for general public. 3 p.m. Saturday, March 22, Rosebud Theatre, E.H. Hereford University Center. TEDxUTA.

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

Going Out
  UTA Presents

'Magic Flute' features theatre, music students

Magic Flute

The Maverick Theatre Company and the Department of Music team up to present The Magic Flute, an opera filled with beautiful melodies and charming characters by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.

The Queen of the Night sends a heroic prince to her kidnapped daughter. Aided by a magic flute, the prince and his boisterous sidekick endure death-defying adventures and ultimately triumph in wisdom and true love.

Directing the opera are Soo Hong Kim, associate professor of voice, with Anne Healy, assistant professor of theatre, as associate director. Ron Montgomery, lecturer in voice, is music director. Clifton Evans, associate professor of music, conducts the orchestra. Behind the scenes are Michelle Harvey, scene design; Laurie Land, costumes; Christopher Jared Land, lighting and sound; Kristine O’Brien and Joe Kongevick, makeup; and Tiffany Cromwell, stage manager.

Before each performance, graduate students will give a brief lecture about the opera and its cultural context at 7 p.m. in Room 148 of the Fine Arts Building.

Performances are at 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 21 and 28, and at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 23 and March 2, in the MainStage Theatre in the Fine Arts Building.

Ticket are $9 for faculty, staff, students, and seniors, and $12 for the general public.

For reservations, contact the Theatre Arts Box Office at 2-2669 or at

Monday, Feb. 17

'The Monuments Men' A private viewing of The Monuments Men with a brief introduction by Mary Vaccaro, professor of art history. $10. 6:30 p.m., Studio Movie Grill, Arlington Highlands. Art History Student Union.

Tuesday, Feb. 18

Spotlight Entertainment Series: McVicar the Trickster A high-energy magic performance filled with outrageous one-liners, goofy humor, and amazing tricks. Free. 7:30 p.m., Rosebud Theatre, E.H. Hereford University Center. EXCEL Campus Activities.

Friday, Feb. 21

Friday Night Film: 'Gravity' 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. EXCEL Campus Activities.

Saturday, Feb. 22

19th Annual Benefit Pow-wow Listen to elders sharing traditional stories about their tribes and enjoy traditional dances, music, vendors, frybread, cakewalk, raffles and dance contests. All proceeds benefit NASA scholarships. Free. 11 a.m.-10 p.m., Bluebonnet Ballroom, E.H. Hereford University Center. Native American Student Association.

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.


Bernard Hoelsi: Collages An exhbitions of 54 paper collages created by Swiss architect Bernard Hoelsi from 1963 to 1984. Opening reception 6 p.m. Monday, Feb. 24. Max W. Sullivan Gallery, Room 206, Architecture Building. Through March 7. Architecture.

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.

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.

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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