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

Monday, March 10, 2014

Subhrangsu Mandal

Cancer link: Subhrangsu Mandal, associate professor of chemistry/biochemistry, and fellow researchers found a link between BPA and the growth of breast tumors.

New study links BPA and breast cancer tumor growth

UT Arlington biochemists say their newly published study brings researchers a step closer to understanding how the commonly used synthetic compound bisphenol-A, or BPA, may promote breast cancer growth.

Subhrangsu Mandal, associate professor of chemistry/biochemistry, and Arunoday Bhan, a doctoral student in Dr. Mandal’s lab, looked at a molecule called RNA HOTAIR. HOTAIR is an abbreviation for long, non-coding RNA, a part of DNA in humans and other vertebrates. High levels of HOTAIR expression have been linked to breast tumors, pancreatic and colorectal cancers, sarcoma, and others.

The researchers found that when breast cancer and mammary gland cells were exposed to BPA in lab tests, the BPA worked together with naturally present molecules, including estrogen, to create abnormal amounts of HOTAIR expression. Their results were published online in February by the Journal of Steroid Biochemistry and Molecular Biology.

“We can’t immediately say BPA causes cancer growth, but it could well contribute because it is disrupting the genes that defend against that growth,” Mandal says

Read more about Mandal's research.

Emmanuel Fordjour

Infection control: Emmanuel Fordjour is a winner in the Council on Undergraduate Research’s 2014 Posters on the Hill competition for his research into the drug-resistant inflection C. difficile.

Undergrad honored for research on antibiotic-resistant infection

Undergraduate student Emmanuel Fordjour was named a winner of the Washington, D.C.-based Council on Undergraduate Research’s 2014 Posters on the Hill competition for his research into a dangerous, hospital-acquired disease called Clostridium difficile infection or CDI.

Fordjour has a double major in biology and microbiology and plans to graduate in 2015.

“Emmanuel is a very promising scientific talent, exemplifying the high quality of students in the College of Science and undergraduate research participation in the Department of Biology,” says Julian Hurdle, an assistant professor of biology.

Clostridium difficile, an intestinal bacterium also known as C. difficile, causes severe diarrhea and is responsible for at least 250,000 hospitalizations and 14,000 deaths in the U.S. each year. Elderly and hospitalized patients are especially susceptible. Last year, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention named C. difficile one of the three most “urgent drug-resistant health threats.”

Read more about Fordjour's research and honor.

Movin' Mavs-Whitewater

Defense: Jan "Goose" Gans (12), left, Andy Kraft (21), and Jorge Sanchez (42) surround a Wisconsin-Whitewater player in Saturday's championship game at College Park Center. See more photos.

NWBA championship slips away from Movin' Mavs

The National Intercollegiate Wheelchair Basketball title slipped by the Movin' Mavs in a 55-54 loss to the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater on Saturday at College Park Center.

The game wrapped up the three-day 2014 National Intercollegiate Wheelchair Basketball Championships on the UT Arlington campus.

"We simply ran out of time," head coach Doug Garner said of the last-second loss.

The Movin' Mavs pushed hard through a tight first half that ended with UWW leading 32-30. Following a Warhawks free throw, Jorge Sanchez rushed down court for a basket to give the Mavs a 54-53 lead with 9.9 seconds left. Another UWW score tipped the balance, and the Mavs' final shot failed.

The win was UWW's 11th title. The University of Alabama, last year's champions, won third place by defeating the University of Missouri 47-45 Saturday at College Park Center.

The new Lady Mavs wheelchair team was disqualified after a player became ill. Although one player short, the team chose to take on Edinboro University on Thursday and won 38-26.

For the women's title, Wisconsin-Whitewater defeated Alabama 69-54 Saturday. Illinois claimed third place by winning 65-17 over Edinboro University of Pennsylvania.

Also competing in the tournament was Southwest Minnesota State University.

Discounts, services featured at Benefits Fair on Wednesday

Connect with local businesses and campus organizations at the Celebrating Maverick Spirit Benefits Fair 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 12, in the Bluebonnet Ballroom of the E.H. Hereford University Center.

More than 60 vendors and organizations that provide a service or discount to the UT Arlington community are expected to attend.

The first 500 attendees will receive a free lunch. Bring your Mav ID card to enter the raffle for door prizes. Complete the blood drive registration for Carter BloodCare, which will be at the fair.

To help with the event, which is sponsored by the Staff Advisory Council, complete volunteer registration.

Mav Pic Tail Waggin' Wednesday

Molly moment

Ashley Wolff, anthropology junior, offered belly rubs to Molly at Tail Waggin' Wednesday at the Central Library. The monthly event provides unconditional love from affectionate canine therapists such as Molly and Max, who entertained new friends in the background.


Hours change for Spring Break

Hours for some campus entities change during Spring Break, Monday-Friday, March 10-14.

Most dining locations will be closed, except for the P.O.D. Market in the E.H. Hereford University Center and the University Club in Davis Hall.

Check the Spring Break hours for UT Arlington Libraries, the Planetarium, and the Maverick Activities Center, climbing wall, pool, field complex, and group exercise classes.

Maverick Lens juried photo exhibit seeks colorful submissions

Photographers in the UT Arlington community are invited to submit their work for the Maverick Lens exhibit for the fall semester.

The theme is "The Colors of UT Arlington." Photographers may interpret in any photographic media the colors blue and/or orange that reflect life at UTA. Submissions are due Friday, May 2

Maverick Lens is cosponsored by the UT Arlington Libraries and the Department of Modern Languages.

Applications due for service and service learning awards

The Center for Community Service Learning awards two faculty members and three students—one graduate, two undergraduate—each spring with a monetary award and a plaque in recognition of commitment to their communities and/or enrichment of their learning experience through service learning. Faculty members who teach service learning courses may pass the student award information to qualifying students.

Applications are due by Tuesday, March 18. For more information, contact Susan Dequeant at 2-2124 or

Wear green to save some greenbacks on St. Paddy's Day

Wear Green, Save Green is the theme on St. Patrick's Day in the College Park District. Wear green on Monday, March 17, to receive 10 percent off your bill at any College Park restaurant.  

If you're not wearing green, stop by the College Park District tables on the library mall and in the E.H. Hereford University Center for a 10 percent off coupon while supplies last.

Sign up for the weekly College Park Newsletter to find out about events, specials, and receive coupons for the College Park District restaurants.

Extra Credit

Tuesday, March 11

Performance Management Forms and Procedures Review the new forms and procedures for performance management and learn how to avoid the most common mistakes. Register online. Free. Noon-1 p.m., Room 200, J.D. Wetsel Service Center. Also, 11 a.m.-noon Monday, March 24Human Resources.

Thursday, March 13

Managing Stress in the Workplace Examine what stress is, how to understand it, and how to identify its sources. Register online. Free. 9-11 a.m., Room 200, J.D. Wetsel Service Center. Human Resources.

Monday, March 17

David K Pennington

Mike Moses K-16 Leadership Speaker Series David K. Pennington, right, president-elect of the American Association of School Administrators, offers his perspective on education leadership. Free. 5:30-7 p.m., University Club, Davis Hall. Education and Health Professions.

Tuesday, March 18

Managing Projects and Making Decisions Develop strategies to successfully manage projects and effectively make decisions. Bring an in-depth problem for the class to discuss. Register online. Free. 9-11 a.m., Room 200, J.D. Wetsel Service Center. Human Resources.

Wednesday, March 19

Fundamental Skills for Supervisors and Managers Register online. Free. 9-11 a.m., Room 200, J.D. Wetsel Service Center. Human Resources.

Rick Lynch

Focus on Faculty: Rick Lynch Rick Lynch, right, executive director of the UT Arlington Research Institute, presents “UTARI: Promoting Advanced Technology to Help Humanity.” Free. Noon, sixth floor parlor, Central Library. Focus on Faculty.

Engineering Distinguished Speakers Series John Rogers of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign presents "Stretchy Electronics That Can Dissolve in Your Body." Free. Reception 5 p.m., Room 601; lecture 6 p.m., Room 100; Nedderman Hall. Engineering.

Coming up

Biology Colloquium Series David Reznick of the University of California at Riverside speaks on “Experimental Studies of the Interaction Between Ecology and Evolution in a Natural Ecosystem.” Free. 4 p.m. Thursday, March 20, Room 124, Life Science Building. Biology.

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

Geraldine Brooks

'Female Heroes in Fact and Fiction' Pulitzer Prize-winning author Geraldine Brooks, right, is guest speaker for Women's History Month. Her recent novel, Caleb’s Crossing, was a New York Times best-seller. Free. 7 p.m. Monday, March 24, sixth floor atrium, Central Library. Festival of Ideas Global Research Institute, Women’s and Gender Studies, Women’s History Month.

Human Resources Training Dealing Effectively with Conflict and Confrontation, Thursday, March 27; Advanced Supervisory Skills, Wednesday, April 9; Managing Across Generations, Tuesday, April 15; The Art of Listening, Thursday, April 17; Customer Service 101, Tuesday, April 22; and Dealing with Difficult Employees and People, Wednesday, April 23Register online. Free. 9-11 a.m., J.D. Wetsel Service Center. Also, Welcoming Diversity, 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Friday, March 28Human Resources. 


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.

Women's Home Improvement 102: Wall Repair and Texture This hands-on course will cover the proper drywall, painting, and texturing tools needed for an amazing wall transformation. Basic knowledge of home repair tools needed. Men welcome, too. Register online. Faculty, staff $75; use code UTHALF. 10 a.m.-noon Saturdays, March 22-April 5Continuing Education.

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

Going Out

Friday, March 21

Friday Night Film: 'The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug' 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.


Gallery 76102: Abstraction on the Edge Exhibit of paintings and works on paper by Arlington artist Bill Barter. Gallery hours noon-6 p.m. Wednesdays-Saturdays, Gallery 76102, 1401 Jones St., Fort Worth. Through March 31Fort Worth CenterGallery 76102.

MavsArt Enjoy a variety of artistic media by faculty, staff, and students. First floor, Central Library. UTA Libraries.

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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