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

Monday, January 6, 2014

Taner Ozdil and team

Outdoor impact: Dr. Taner Özdil, center, an associate professor of landscape architecture and associate director for the Center for Metropolitan Density, reviews case studies with graduate students Dylan Stewart, left, and Sameepa Modi.

Landscape architecture study places value on urban spaces

A UT Arlington landscape architecture professor and his graduate students have published three case studies for the Landscape Architecture Foundation's 2013 Case Study Investigation Series that help show environmental, economic, and social benefits of notable projects in that sector.

The case studies analyze the benefits of Klyde Warren Park in Dallas, the UT Dallas Campus Landscape Plan and Buffalo Bayou Promenade in Houston. In the case of Klyde Warren Park, the research team says the park has contributed to increased property values nearby, increased physical activity among patrons, and helps reduce carbon dioxide in its urban setting.

Taner Özdil, associate professor of landscape architecture and associate director for the Center for Metropolitan Density, directed the studies as part of the foundation’s Landscape Performance Series, an online interactive resource that help designers, agencies, and advocates make the case for sustainable landscape solutions.

“There is a growing call to explain the impact of landscape architecture and what it does,” says Özdil, whose team included landscape architecture master candidates Sameepa Modi and Dylan Stewart. “We are a part of that call.”

Read more about the landscape architecture case studies.

Dr. Brad Pierce

Dr. Brad Pierce

Research may unlock enzyme's role in disease

Brad Pierce, assistant professor of chemistry and biochemistry, has uncovered characteristics that could be used to identify predisposition to conditions such as heart disease, diabetic ulcers, and some types of cancer through National Science Foundation-funded research on enzymes that regulate human biology.

Dr. Pierce led a team that examined an oxygen utilizing iron enzyme called cysteine dioxygenase or CDO, which is found in high levels within heart, liver, and brain tissues. Enzymes are proteins that act as catalysts to enable metabolic functions, but under some circumstances these oxygen-dependent enzymes also can produce highly toxic side products called reactive oxygen species or ROS.

The study was published in December by the American Chemical Society journal Biochemistry. Pierce is corresponding author on the paper, which is co-authored by students Wei Li, Michael D. Pecore and Joshua K. Crowell. Co-author Elizabeth J. Blaesi is a graduate research assistant at the University of Wisconsin.

“In principle, these findings could be extended to better understand how other enzymes within the class generate ROS and potentially be used to screen for genetic dispositions for ROS-related diseases,” he says.

Read more about Pierce's research.

Mav Pic Reger Dowell

Point man

Senior guard Reger Dowell netted 28 points for the Mavericks against Arkansas State last Thursday. The Mavs fell 82-66 in the Sun Belt Conference opener at College Park Center. The men's team lost 72-70 to Arkansas-Little Rock on Saturday.


Latest 'Faculty Affairs News' online

The fourth edition of Faculty Affairs News, a twice-monthly online publication of the Division of Faculty Affairs, is online.

The edition includes information about the Provost Post-Doctoral Fellowship Program, an update to the Handbook of Operating Procedures on the Pre-Tenure Research Reapportionment Program, and news about response rates for the fall’s Student Feedback Survey.

Renew your locker at MAC by today

Renew your locker at the Maverick Activities Center by today, Monday, Jan. 6, to save the space for the spring semester. If you choose not to renew, please clean out the locker by that date.

For details, email Blair Schuyler or call 2-0207. Visit the Campus Recreation website for MAC programs and services. 

Winter hours continue this week

The UTA campus continues with winter hours for another week before returning to regular schedules.

The Maverick Activities Center is open 8 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday-Friday, Jan. 6-10. The indoor pool is open noon-1:20 p.m. and 4:30-6 p.m. today, Monday, Jan. 6Wednesday, Jan. 8; and Friday, Jan. 10.

Check the hours for the Central Library, Architecture and Fine Arts Library, Science and Engineering Library, and electronic libraries.

Adobe Creative Cloud Suite now available

Adobe Creative Cloud, a new subscription-based method of providing Adobe software, is available on UTA-owned faculty and staff computers with Windows 7, Mac OS 10.x or newer systems.

The software can be downloaded from the Office of Information Technology software download page, the JAMF page for Macs, or the SCCM Software Center for Windows

Questions? Contact Tom McElwee, OIT director of customer services, at or 2-5239.

Extra Credit

Wednesday, Jan. 8

Advanced Traveler Information Systems Ahmad Sadegh, manager of DFW’s new Integrated Corridor Management Project, describes how Advanced Traveler Information Systems will improve traffic flow and alert commuters to the best modes and routes to use. Reservations. Free to students, first-time guests, and ATA members; others $5. 7 a.m., Room 100, Nedderman Hall. Arlington Technology AssociationEngineering.

Friday, Jan. 17

Statistical Training: SPSS SPSS training. Free. 10 a.m.-noon, Room 04, University Hall. Also, SAS training, Friday, Jan. 24Statistical ServicesInformation Technology.

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

Going Out

Wednesday, Jan. 8

Women's Basketball Mavericks vs. Louisiana-Monroe. Tickets $5. 7:30 p.m., College Park Center. Athletics.

Thursday, Jan. 9

Men's Basketball Mavericks vs. vs. Louisiana-Monroe. Tickets $5. Noon, College Park Center. Athletics.

Friday, Jan. 10

Friends of the Library O.K. Carter's book Caddos, Cotton and Cowboys tells the story of Arlington from the Cretaceous period to today. Free. 7:30 p.m., sixth floor parlor, Central Library. Friends of the Library.


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.

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.

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



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