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

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Dr. Kay-Yut Chen

Dr. Kay-Yut Chen

Yahoo! researcher joins College of Business

Kay-Yut Chen, a renowned behavioral and experimental researcher from Yahoo! and Hewlett-Packard, will join the College of Business in the Information Systems and Operations Management Department this fall.

Dr. Chen’s research merges the classroom and the boardroom. He expects to continue to work with Yahoo Labs and HP on research projects that will bring both scientific and business value. He is the author of Secrets of the Moneylab: How Behavioral Economics Can Improve Your Business.

“His groundbreaking research has produced monetized and tangible results for his employers,” says College of Business Dean Rachel Croson. “His work has generated millions of dollars for his companies. His ability to teach our students to do the same will significantly enhance their employability and their future career paths.”

Read more about Chen's appointment.

Dr. Aditya Das

Dr. Aditya Das

NSF funds efforts to market UT Arlington arsenic analyzer

The National Science Foundation has awarded nearly $200,000 to two researchers teaming with a private company to make an affordable, environmentally friendly field analyzer for arsenic levels in water. 

The new technology was invented by Purnendu “Sandy” Dasgupta, Jenkins Garrett Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry, while working on a previous National Science Foundation grant. Aditya Das, senior research scientist at the UT Arlington Research Institute, and Scott Evans, president and co-founder of Texas-based technology company Chipotle Business Group, will direct the new project along with Dr. Dasgupta.

“In developing countries, indigenous groundwater arsenic contamination is a very big problem, so it makes sense to build some way to detect this element in water so that we can classify what water is drinkable and what is not in remote areas,” says Dr. Das, who is also a member of the College of Engineering faculty. “Dr. Dasgupta’s approach allows for detection of two different types of arsenic in a very ‘green’ way.”

Read more about the arsenic analyzer project.

Dr. Jack Woolf

Dr. Jack Woolf

In memoriam: Jack Woolf

Former UT Arlington President Jack Woolf died Tuesday, June 10, at age 90.

A memorial service is set for 2 p.m. Friday, June 13, at the Wade Family Funeral Home Chapel in Arlington. 

Dr. Woolf came to Arlington State College (now UTA) in 1957 as dean. The next year he was named acting president following the death of E.H. Hereford. In 1959 he became president and guided the school to four-year status, led the transition to The University of Texas System in 1965, and helped secure the University's first graduate programs. After his presidency, he served as a professor in the Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Department until his retirement in 1989.

Read more about Woolf.

Memorials may be made to the Woolf Endowed Scholarship Fund, Office of Development, Box 19198.

Info session Tuesday for staff compensation, classification study

An informational session for the University-wide staff compensation and classification study is set for 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, June 17, in Room 108 of University Hall. An overview of the project will be given by the Office of Human Resources.

The University has partnered with an outside consulting firm to create a new program that is aligned with the University's mission. The project will include updating all job descriptions, developing a new salary structure, implementing a salary administration process that includes clear and transparent policies and procedures, and designing a compensation structure to better support career development.

Mav Pic Zeb Strong running

Running man

Zeb Strong works a midday run into his schedule at the Maverick Activities Center. Strong is director of recruiting initiatives and outreach services for Human Resources.


Mav Express, Wells Fargo link to end

The UTA Campus Card program that links your Mav Express Card to your personal Wells Fargo bank account is ending later this year.

If your card is linked to a Wells Fargo account, it can still be used for ATM access and PIN-debit purchases. Wells Fargo will contact customers with personal accounts linked to the Mav Express Card about the change in August.

Your Mav Express Card remains active for University purposes, such as Mav Money, building access, meal plans, and more. You do not need to exchange your Mav Express Card.

The Wells Fargo Banking Center and ATMs located on campus will remain available for your use.

For details, visit the Wells Fargo office at the E.H. Hereford University Center or call 817-299-9151 or 1-800–869-3557. The Mav Express office, located in the University Center, is open 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays-Fridays during the summer.

Bookstore website upgrade this weekend

Upgrades to the UT Arlington Bookstore's website are set for 7 p.m. Friday, June 13, to 10 p.m. Sunday, June 15. The Faculty Online Adoption tool will be unavailable during this time.

Direct any questions to Paul Beaulieu at

College Park garages used for Sunday event

The College Park District parking garages and surrounding area surface lots will be used for the TNA Slammiversary event at College Park Center beginning at 4 p.m. Sunday, June 15. Parking and traffic will be heavily impacted.  

Faculty, staff, and students should make alternate arrangements for parking during this time.

Contact Parking and Transportation Services at or 2-3907.

Purchasing year-end deadlines near

The Office of Procurement has implemented procedures to ensure that year-end purchasing is efficient and effective.

The deadlines for submitting the Requisitions and Associated UTAFlow Approval forms to Procurement for purchases that might exceed $5,000 will improve the overall processing for the end of the fiscal year. Deadlines are:

Friday, June 20—Fiscal Year 2014-15 funding for service and maintenance contracts effective Sept. 1

Friday, July 25—Fiscal Year 2013-14 funding for goods and services

All Requisitions and Associated UTAFlow Approval forms received in the Office of Procurement after 5 p.m. July 25 will be processed against fiscal 2014-15 funds.

Metro Arlington Express

Get your free pass for Dump the Pump Week

Ride The MAX for one week for free during Dump the Pump Week, June 15-21.

North Texas mass transit systems are promoting Dump the Pump Week to encourage everyone to park their vehicle and ride the Metro Arlington Xpress, The T, DART, and Denton County Transit Authority services.  

Faculty and staff can obtain up to four free weekly regional passes at University Communications in Suite 408 of Davis Hall. Passes may be picked up 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday with a valid UTA ID.

Connection Express quick addition to lunch, dinner

Need a quick meal? Try the new Connection Express located in Connection Café in the E.H. Hereford University Center.

Available Monday-Friday, Connection Express has hot and cold entrees for lunch and cold entrees for dinner. Meals include one entree, two sides, and a beverage. Cost is $7.90 for lunch and $8.30 for dinner, plus tax.

See the summer schedule for on-campus dining.

Blood drive planned

Carter Blood Care will be on campus Tuesday-Wednesday, June 17-18, on the Central Library and University Center malls. Donate blood or volunteer in other ways.

Extra Credit

Thursday, June 12

Partnering with Your Boss Register online. Free. 9-11 a.m., J.D. Wetsel Service Center. Human Resources.

Friday, June 13

Faculty Mentoring Workshop Hear Piper Professors share strategies that will positively impact your courses. Mary Lynn Crow of the College of Education and Health Professions and Kenneth Roemer of the English Department lead the two-part program. Register. Free. Noon-1 p.m., Room 601, Nedderman Hall. Also, Starting the Academic Year with a Bang, noon-1 p.m. Friday, July 11, sixth floor parlor, Central Library. Faculty Affairs.

Statistical Software: SAS SAS training. Free. 10 a.m.-noon, Room 104, University Hall. OIT Statistical Services.

Tuesday, June 17

Effective Delegation Register online. Free. 9-11 a.m., J.D. Wetsel Service Center. Human Resources.

Thursday, June 19

Juneteenth and the Meaning of Freedom: Past and Present Dwight Watson of Texas State University discusses “Juneteenth and the Meaning of Freedom: Past and Present.” Free. Noon-1 p.m., Room 110, University Hall. African American Faculty and Staff Association, History.

Powerful Presentation Skills Register online. Free. 9-11 a.m., J.D. Wetsel Service Center. Human Resources.

Coming up


CPR/AED/First Aid Classes This single four-hour class covers the American Red Cross first aid basics, medical emergencies, injury emergencies, environmental emergencies, and adult CPR and AED use. Sign up at the Services and Information Desk at the Maverick Activities Center. $50. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, July 12, MAC. Campus Recreation.

Human Resources Training Leadership Skills for Supervisors, Tuesday, June 24; and Managing Projects and Making Decisions, Thursday, June 26Register online. Free. 9-11 a.m., J.D. Wetsel Service Center. Also Management Leadership Tools: Compliance, 10:30-11:30 a.m. Wednesday, June 25Human Resources.

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

Sports Notes

Mavericks head to NCAA Championships

Five track Mavericks will compete in the NCAA Championships June 11-15 in Eugene, Ore., after qualifying at the NCAA West Preliminary Round in Fayetteville, Ark.

Clayton Vaughn qualified in the 100 meters and 200 meters. Emil Blomberg will compete in the steeplechase.

The 4x100 relay squad of Vaughn, Christian Clark, Cameron Newson, and Quentin Butler also will compete.

UTA to host wheelchair tennis championships

UT Arlington will host the Intercollegiate Tennis Association National Wheelchair Championships on Oct. 9-12 at the UTA Tennis Center.

For more information, contact Doug Garner, adapted sports coordinator, at

Summer intramural registration begins

Register for upcoming intramural sports in faculty/staff softball, June 18; 3-on-3 basketball, June 25; billiards tournament, June 26; innertube water polo, June 26-July 17; poker tournament, July 24; and MavStrong competition, July 24-Aug. 8.

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, June 12

Dirt! The Movie

Summer Movie Hullabaloo: 'Dirt! The Movie' and 'Thirst' Dirt! The Movie takes a humorous and substantial look at the living organic matter. Thirst examines water in relation to population growth, pollution, and scarcity. Free popcorn. Noon, sixth floor parlor, Central Library. Also, Shakespeare Retold–MacbethJune 19HappyJune 26; and HabibiJuly 3UTA Libraries.

Outdoor Movie: 'Muppets Most Wanted' Rated PG. Free popcorn. Concession stand. Bring a blanket or chair for lawn seating. Free. 9 p.m., west lawn, Maverick Activities Center. Also, Bad WordsJune 19Captain America: The Winter SoldierJune 26; and TranscendenceJuly 10EXCEL Campus Activities.


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.

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 summer schedule includes Texas StargazingAstronautBack to the Moon for GoodOne World, One Sky: Big Bird's AdventurePink FloydSecret of the Cardboard RocketSpacepark 360; and Stars of the PharaohsPlanetarium.

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



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