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

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Dr. Jonathan Campbell

Dr. Jonathan Campbell

Herpetology experts honor biology prof

Herpetology experts from all over the world honored Jonathan Campbell, a professor known for his research on venomous snake biology, at a conference June 4-7 in Tulsa, Okla.

Wolfgang Wüster, a senior lecturer at Bangor University in Wales, says Dr. Campbell “transformed UTA into one of the top centers for herpetology in the U.S. and worldwide.”

Campbell joined the College of Science in 1983. He has been chair of the Department of Biology in the College of Science since 2001.

He also is curator of the Amphibian and Reptile Diversity Research Center, which has an internationally recognized collection of more than 130,000 specimens from 90 countries.

Read more about Campbell's career and honors.

Abdul Rasheed

Dr. Abdul Rasheed

Rasheed named to endowed professorship

Abdul Rasheed has been named to the Endowed Eunice and James L. West Distinguished Professorship of Private Enterprise and Entrepreneurship in the College of Business.

Dr. Rasheed’s research focuses on initial public offerings by foreign firms in U.S. stock exchanges, differences in corporate governance across countries, and the impact of appointing politically connected directors.

"He is finding that the implications of capital market integration are no less than that of the integration of product markets,” says Rachel Croson, dean of the College of Business.

Rasheed joined UT Arlington in 1988 and is the chair of the Department of Management.

Read more about Rasheed's appointment.

Samir Iqbal

Early detection: Dr. Samir Iqbal, associate professor of electrical engineering, has received a National Science Foundation grant to build a device that would detect bladder cancer earlier.

Grant funds electrical engineer's bladder cancer detection device

A multi-institutional research team has received a $480,000 National Science Foundation grant to build an inexpensive device that uses nanotechnology and a simple urine test to detect miniscule amounts of bladder cancer cells in a patient.

Samir Iqbal, associate professor of electrical engineering, teamed with Young-tae Kim, associate professor in bioengineering, and Yair Lotan, professor in urology at UT Southwestern Medical Center, to publish their findings in an upcoming issue of Analytical Methods.

“This is the least invasive way to detect bladder cancer,” Dr. Iqbal says. “Our device and method can detect as few as two bladder cancer cells in a full liter of urine.”

Iqbal says his team’s device would eliminate the need for a blood draw for every test. Patients could test their urine at home, and then transmit the results to their doctor over the Internet.

Read more about Iqbal's bladder cancer test research.

Hanli Liu and Alexa Smith-Osborne

Mapping memories: Bioengineering Professor Hanli Liu, left, and Alexa Smith-Osborne, associate professor of social work, discuss their work on student veterans who have post-traumatic stress disorder.

Researchers to examine where memory fails student veterans

UTA researchers have successfully used a portable brain-mapping device to show limited prefrontal cortex activity among student veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder when they were asked to recall information from simple memorization tasks. 

The study by bioengineering Professor Hanli Liu and Alexa Smith-Osborne, associate professor of social work, and two other collaborators was published in the May 2014 edition of NeuroImage: Clinical. The team used functional near infrared spectroscopy to map brain activity responses during cognitive activities related to digit learning and memory retrial.

Dr. Smith-Osborne has used the findings to guide treatment recommendations for some veterans through her work as principal investigator for UT Arlington’s Student Veteran Project, which offers free services to veterans who are undergraduates or who are considering returning to college. 

Read more about the PTSD brain mapping research.

UTSW Network benefit pilot program ends Sept. 1

Effective Sept. 1, 2014, the UTSW Network benefit pilot program will end and traditional UT Select benefits will resume for care received through a UT Southwestern physician or facility.

The UTSW Network benefit pilot program, which began in 2012, provided members a greatly reduced or no out-of-pocket expense when receiving care from a UTSW physician or at a UTSW facility. 

Beginning Sept. 1, UT Select enrollees seeking care with a UTSW physician or facility will be responsible for office visit copayments and any deductible and coinsurance associated with treatment received in a UTSW facility. Read more about UT Select benefits.

If you or a family member enrolled in UT Select are an admitted patient at a UTSW facility on Aug. 31, your no-cost benefit under the UTSW Network benefit pilot will continue until your discharge.

If you are pregnant and in your second trimester on Aug. 31, your no-cost benefit will continue for maternity and newborn services through your delivery date. 

Direct questions on these coverage situations to UT Southwestern at 214-648-9830 or to Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas Customer Service at 866-882-2034.

Ali Koymen and Samarendra Mohanty

Cellular therapy: Dr. Ali Koymen, professor of physics, and Dr. Samarendra Mohanty, assistant professor of physics, may have developed a way to use laser technology to deliver drug and gene therapy at the cellular level without damaging surrounding tissue.

Nanoparticles could provide easier route for cell therapy

Physics researchers may have developed a way to use laser technology to deliver drug and gene therapy at the cellular level without damaging surrounding tissue. The method eventually could help patients suffering from genetic conditions, cancers, and neurological diseases.

In a study published recently by the journal Nature Scientific Reports, the team paired crystalline magnetic carbon nanoparticles and continuous wave near-infrared laser beams in what is called photothermal delivery. Authors of the paper are Ali Koymen, professor of physics; Samarendra Mohanty, assistant professor of physics; and Ling Gu, a researcher in Mohanty’s lab. 

The discovery grew out of previous study where Dr. Koymen and Dr. Mohanty used a 50- to 100-milliwatt laser and the same carbon nanoparticle, which absorbs the beam to heat up and destroy cancer cells in the lab. The team used the new photothermal delivery method in lab experiments to introduce impermeable dyes and small DNA molecules into human prostate cancer and fibroblast sarcoma cells.

Read more about Koymen and Mohanty's research

Dr. Dustin Harp

Dr. Dustin Harp

Female opinion columnists lacking in U.S.

Despite decades of progress by women in the nation’s newsrooms, female writers are still a rarity on the opinion-editorial pages that help drive important public discourse, according to research by Dustin Harp, assistant professor of communication. 

Dr. Harp co-authored the paper “Where Are the Women? The Presence of Female Columnists in U.S. Opinion Pages,” which appears in the June issue of Journalism & Mass Communication Quarterly.

“We hope our study will lead news organizations to reconsider the inclusion of female voices and to carefully examine their hiring and promotion policies,” Harp says. “Females make up more than 50 percent of the U.S. population, and when women are permitted to join the conversation, they provide a distinct and needed perspective.”

Read more about Harp's research.

Kenneth Sears

Kenneth Sears

In memoriam: Kenneth Sears

Kenneth Sears, senior lecturer in the Department of Information Systems and Operations Management in the College of Business, died Friday, June 20. Services were Wednesday, June 25.

An alumnus, Sears ('96 MBA) joined the faculty in 1998 and was a continuing education instructor at UTA and Tarrant County College. His research focused on the transition to Web 3.0 technology via cloud computing, dataweb technologies, and 3-D virtual business worlds.

He served as the faculty adviser to the Association of Information Technology Professionals, Upsilon Pi Epsilon honor society, and Gamers on Campus. He also served as a faculty mentor to a Freshman Interest Group.

Lots reserved this weekend

Parking spaces in Lots 49, 50, 51, and 52 between Cooper and Pecan streets and north of Mitchell Street will be reserved for AT&T Stadium overflow parking Friday-Sunday, June 27-29. The lots will close at midnight Friday, June 27. 

Contact Parking and Transportation Services at or 2-3907.

  Mav Pic IEEE Champion teams

We are the champions

Two UT Arlington student electrical engineering teams captured first-place honors at the 2014 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation in Hong Kong.  At top, doctoral candidate Isura Ranatunga, left, and graduate student Shweta Hardas competed in the inaugural 2014 Humanitarian Robotics and Automation Technology Challenge as Team Orion. They and graduate student Sandesh Gowda accurately located more land mines through their mine detection code than any other team in the challenge. Below, the Microrobotics Team was challenged to move triangles from one part of a millimetric-size field to another. From left are engineering students Devendra Kashudhan, Sumit Das, Joshua Baptist, Jiwan Ghimire, Surya Pachabhaiya, and Sudip Rimal. Also on the team were undergraduate Greg Martin, and Caleb Nothnagle and Stephen Savoie, UT Arlington Research Institute research scientists. Read more about UTA’s IEEE champion teams.

ImageNow software upgrade planned

ImageNow will undergo an upgrade to version 6.7. The document imaging software will be unavailable from 5 p.m. Friday, June 27, to 8 a.m. Saturday, June 28.

Summer safety topics in latest 'Maverick Safety Matters'

Maverick Safety Matters introduces a new chemical safety procedure, recently adopted by the University, for conducting chemical inventories in laboratories and shops. Also in this edition, learn how to prevent driving fatigue and how to avoid sunburns.

Clean Air Action Day is Friday

UT Arlington joins Air North Texas for Clean Air Action Day on Friday, June 27. Do something extra to reduce your ozone-causing pollution. Find ideas and share your plans for clean air.

Celebrate July 4th with fireworks, parade

Celebrate our nation's independence with Arlington's traditional fireworks display and parade.

Light Up Arlington sparkles 6-11 p.m. Thursday, July 3, in downtown Arlington. Live music at the Levitt Pavilion features UTA's Tim Ishii, Dan Cavanagh, and Ken Edwards at 7:30 p.m. A children's area will keep the kids busy until the fireworks start.

Sit in the bleachers along Spaniolo Drive or bring your own lawn chairs for the Arlington 4th of July Parade at 9 a.m. Friday, July 4. You'll find convenient restrooms, cool mist stations, and refreshments for sale throughout the day.

Before and after the parade, shop at the UTA Bookstore, win prizes from UTA Radio, and check out the Pie Five Pizza and the UTA Maverick Club Kids Zones, which include face-painting, games, giveaways, and more.

Offices closed July 4 for Independence Day holiday

Campus offices will be closed and there are no classes Friday, July 4, in observance of Independence Day.

UT Arlington Libraries will be closed Friday, July 4. The Central Library will close at midnight Thursday, July 3.

College Park garages reserved for July 4th events

The College Park District parking garages and surrounding area surface lots will be used for the annual Arlington July 4th celebration.

Parking and access to the garages and surrounding parking lots will be heavily impacted beginning at 6 p.m. Thursday, July 3, for the fireworks show and starting at 6 a.m. Friday, July 4, for the Arlington July 4th Parade.

Lot 49 will be closed to non-parade vehicles beginning midnight, Thursday, July 3, until the end of the parade. 

Contact Parking and Transportation Services at or 2-3907.

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Check your contact information for MavAlert

Verify your emergency contact information for the MavAlert emergency notification system.

The MavAlert system rapidly notifies students, faculty, and staff in the event of a campus emergency via registered email addresses and text message devices.

To enable MavAlert text messages, add your mobile phone number or other SMS text message device to your UT Arlington emergency contact information and label it "mobile phone" via the drop-down menu. Log in to MyMav, then click on the "Sign up for MavAlerts" link in the right column.

The next monthly test of the MavAlert Emergency Notification System is at 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 2.

Extra Credit

Thursday, June 26

Managing Projects and Making Decisions Register online. Free. 9-11 a.m., J.D. Wetsel Service Center. Human Resources.

Tuesday, July 1

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

Tuesday, July 8

Veterans Speak Series Richmond Stoglin, NATO command chaplain, presents "Assignment Afghanistan 2012-2013." He served as the senior military adviser to the religious and cultural affairs department of the Afghan National Army. Free. 1:30 p.m., Veterans Assistance Center (formerly SWEET Center). Veterans Upward Bound, Veterans Services.

Fundamental Skills for Supervisors and Managers Register online. Free. 9-11 a.m., J.D. Wetsel Service Center. Human Resources.

Wednesday, July 9

Time Management: Keys to Everyday Office Success Register online. Free. 9-11 a.m., J.D. Wetsel Service Center. Human Resources.

Saturday, July 12

CPR/AED/First Aid Class 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., MAC. Campus Recreation.

Coming up

Human Resources Training Motivating Your Employees, Tuesday, July 15; Dealing Effectively with Conflict and Confrontation, Wednesday, July 23; Managing Stress in the Workplace, Thursday, July 24; The Art of Listening, Tuesday, July 29. Register online. Free. 9-11 a.m., J.D. Wetsel Service Center. Human Resources.

Welcoming Diversity This experiential, interactive program promotes awareness and increased sensitivity and focuses on developing self-pride, examining stereotypes, and learning skills in responding to prejudicial jokes, remarks, and slurs. Lunch provided. Register online. Free. 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Friday, July 18, Room 200, J.D. Wetsel Service Center. Human Resources

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

Sports Notes
  Matt Shortall

All-American: Matt Shortall was named a Rawlings All-American by the American Baseball Coaches Association.

Shortall named Rawling's All-American

Designated hitter Matt Shortall was named Rawlings/ABCA Second Team All-America by the American Baseball Coaches Association. He also was named to the ABCA 2014 All-Central Region first team.

Shortall recently was drafted in the 10th round of the MLB Draft by the Philadelphia Phillies. He is headed to the Williamsport Crosscutters in Short-Season A ball.

He was named a Louisville Slugger All-American, a member of the NCAA South Central All-Region second team, and a first-team selection to the All-WAC team in 2013.

In 2014, he was named a Louisville Slugger Pre-Season Third-Team All-American and a first team All-Sun Belt Conference selection.

Summer intramural registration continue

Register for upcoming intramural sports in billiards tournament, Thursday, June 26; innertube water polo, 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

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Going Out
  UTA Presents

One night of 'A Steady Rain'

A Steady Rain is a one-night stage reading of Keith Huff's riveting crime drama. Show time is 8 p.m. Friday, June 27, at the UTA Studio Theatre in the Fine Arts Building.

The play explores the lives of two Chicago policemen who, after years of friendship, become doomed by a horrifying and tragic fate.

Directed by Natalie Gaupp, senior lecturer of theatre arts, the show features Travis J. Fant, theatre arts senior, and alumnus David Wilson-Brown.

The performance is for mature audiences only because of graphic language and adult themes.

Admission is free.

Thursday, June 26

Summer Movie Hullabaloo: 'Happy' A documentary journey from the swamps of Louisiana to the slums of Kolkata in search of what really makes people happy. Free popcorn. Noon, sixth floor parlor, Central Library. Also, HabibiJuly 3UTA Libraries.

Outdoor Movie: 'Captain America: The Winter Soldier' Rated PG-13. Free popcorn. Concession stand. Bring a blanket or chair for lawn seating. Free. 9 p.m., west lawn, Maverick Activities Center. Also, TranscendenceJuly 10EXCEL Campus Activities.

Friday, June 27

Blood Drive Donors receive 2-for-1 Texas Ranger ticket vouchers. 9 a.m.-1 p.m., Center for Innovation Building, 202 E. Border St. TMAC.


Gallery 76102: 897 Square Features contemporary art by University faculty, staff, and students, and other Tarrant County artists. The title refers to the U.S. Census Bureau's calculation that Tarrant County has a total area of 897 square miles. Free. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays; 2-6 p.m. Wednesdays and Fridays. Through July 31. Gallery 76102, Fort Worth Center.

The Gallery at UTA: Summer MFA Exhibition A juried exhibition displays work by 21 Master of Fine Arts students from the Department of Art and Art History. Gallery hours noon-2 p.m. Monday-Thursday. Closing reception noon-2 p.m. Monday, Aug. 25. Through Aug. 25. The Gallery at UTAArt and Art History.

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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