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

Monday, March 17, 2014

GLIMPSE medical gaming

Innovative clinical gaming research gains national attention

The College of Nursing, Baylor Scott & White Health, and UT Dallas have developed a video-game simulation that they say can teach doctors and nurses to work more collaboratively by playing out tense situations in a virtual world. 

The federally funded project recently received two national awards at the fourth annual Serious Games and Virtual Environments Arcade and Showcase. The honors included a best in show award for the academic faculty category and a fourth place award in the technology innovations division.

“Our hope is that this project will enhance patient safety and, ultimately, improve patient outcomes,” says Beth Mancini, nursing professor and associate dean of the College of Nursing. “Being honored by the judges at this year’s International Meeting on Simulation in Healthcare tells us that the virtual learning environment we’ve built is among the very best in terms of content and design.”

Dr. Mancini is principal investigator for a nearly $1 million grant from the U.S. Agency for Healthcare and Research Quality that funds GLIMPSE, or a “Game to Learn Important Communications Methods for Patient Safety Enhancement."

Read more about the GLIMPSE research, which is part of UTA DNA.

Darla Hamann

Walk it off: Research by Darla Hamann, assistant professor of urban and public affairs, and four colleagues showed that people who worked on an elevated desk while walking on a treadmill burned 74 more calories per day.

Treadmill workstation study shows benefits to employees, employers

Employees who use treadmill workstations not only receive physical benefits, but also are more productive at work, according to a published study by researchers from UT Arlington, the Mayo Clinic, and the University of Minnesota.

The report by Darla Hamann, assistant professor of urban and public affairs, and four colleagues was published Feb. 20 by the journal PLoS One.

The study surveyed 200 employees at a financial services company. Forty had treadmill desks that allowed employees to walk up to 2 miles per hour while working at their computers. Employees with treadmill workstations burned an average of 74 more calories per day than before they received the treadmill workstation.

“What’s great about that is that employees who had the treadmill workstations became more productive in addition to becoming more active,” Dr. Hamann says. “Walking on the treadmill didn’t come at the expense of being a productive worker. Walking seemed to augment productivity.”

Read more about the treadmill workstation research, which is part of UTA DNA.

Sanjay Gupta graphic

Sanjay Gupta discusses medicine and media on Tuesday

Tickets are still available to see Sanjay Gupta, neurosurgeon and CNN chief medical correspondent, in the next Maverick Speakers Series event.

Dr. Gupta will speak on "Medicine and Media" at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 18, at College Park Center.

Gupta anchors the weekend medical affairs program Sanjay Gupta MD on CNN. A practicing neurosurgeon, he is a member of the faculty and staff at Emory University School of Medicine and chief of neurosurgery at Grady Memorial Hospital. Forbes Magazine has named him among its 10 Most Influential Celebrities.

General admission tickets are free but required. The premium seating package is $25 and includes a front-of-house seat and reserved parking near the venue. Tickets are available at

The Maverick Speakers Series is sponsored in part by Texas Health Arlington Memorial Hospital.

College Park South garage spaces reserved for Maverick Speakers Series event

The College Park South garage will have about 200 spaces reserved on Tuesday, March 18, for the Sanjay Gupta appearance for the Maverick Speakers Series. The garage will reopen to normal use after the event.

Spaces in the south garage for Arlington Hall permits, the Dan Dipert Welcome Center, and College Park District businesses will remain open throughout the day. Spaces in the faculty, staff, and student areas will be closed for event guests.  

Parking options include permit spaces in the College Park North and Central garages. Contact Parking and Transportation Services at or 2-3907.

Rick Lynch

Robotic focus: Rick Lynch, executive director of the UT Arlington Research Institute, will demonstrate a few robots before the Focus on Faculty presentation Wednesday, March 19, at the Central Library.

Robotics feature of Focus on Faculty

See some of UTA's robotics demonstrated for the Focus on Faculty lecture at noon Wednesday, March 19, on the sixth floor of Central Library. PR2, unmanned vehicles, and 3-D-printed prosthetics will be on display before the program by Rick Lynch, executive director of the UT Arlington Research Institute.

Lynch will discuss how the research and development efforts at UTARI assist people in the performance of dirty, dull, and dangerous tasks and in improving the lives of those with disabilities. UTARI focuses on unique, affordable solutions to complex problems and short-term commercialization of research through innovations in advanced manufacturing, biomedical technologies, and robotics.

Lynch, a West Point graduate, earned his master’s degree in mechanical engineering with a concentration in robotics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He served in the United States Army for 35 years, retiring as a lieutenant general. His commands included the Third Infantry Division in combat and III Corps at Fort Hood.

Scantron drop-off location changed

Faculty members should bring their class Scantrons to the circulation desk at the Central Library. Drop off or pick up 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays-Fridays.

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Benefits Fair

Debra Mehalko, retail advertising manager for Student Publications, speaks with a vendor at the Celebrating Maverick Spirit Benefits Fair sponsored by the Staff Advisory Council. The fair was Wednesday in the Bluebonnet Ballroom of the E.H. Hereford University Center.

Business Week begins

Business leaders share their insights with students during Business Week, Monday-Friday, March 17-21.

Guest speakers include several alumni, such as John Terrell ('08 EMBA), vice president of commercial development for DFW International Airport; and Bill Wade ('93 BBA), CIO and executive vice president of information technology for American National Bank of Texas.

The Research Incubator Seminar Series features Liliana Perez-Nordtvedt, Jeff McGee, and Susanna Khavul, associate professors of management, discussing "Riding with the Cowboys: Do Entrainment and Entrainment Quotient Matter to Firm Performance?" The program is 2-3:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 19, in Room 609 of the Business Building. Coffee with the Dean follows in Room 633. 

Tickets available for TEDxUTA

Hear from some of the most innovative minds in technology, entertainment, and design at TEDxUTA at 3 p.m. Saturday, March 22, in the Rosebud Theatre in the E.H. Hereford University Center.

Speakers include Yolanda Bruce Brooks, a sports medicine clinician; Michael S. Brown, Nobel Prize winner and director of the Jonson Center for Molecular Genetics at UT Southwestern; Romeo España, co-founder of the North Texas Drone User Group; Bart Shaw, Fort Worth architect; Esther Sternberg, medical professor and mind-body science expert; and Haily Summerford, Dogwood Canyon Audubon Center director.

The UT Arlington faculty members and students scheduled to speak are Myrtle P. Bell, professor of management; Kaushik De, professor of physics; Smitha Rao, electrical engineering research associate; Bart Weiss, professor of film; Bob Woods, professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering and Formula SAE team adviser; Jarryd Willis, psychology doctoral student; and Kelly Walters, political science and psychology sophomore.

Tickets are $15 for students, $25 for faculty/staff, and $35 for the general public.

Filings begin for spring student elections

Encourage your students to file for campus elections. Open positions include Student Congress president, vice president, and senators, Mr. UTA, Ms. UTA, UTA Ambassadors, and Student Service Allocation Committee representatives.

For applications, visit the Student Organizations office in Suite B120 in the University Center. The deadline to file is 5 p.m. Thursday, March 27.

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 today, 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 and specials, and to receive coupons for the College Park District restaurants.

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 their commitment to their communities and/or their enrichment of the 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

Extra Credit

Monday, March 17

Kinesiology Lecture Series Beth Deschenes and Billy Crawford of UT Southwestern present "Physical Therapy: Professional Trends and How to Stand Out in a Competitive Applicant Pool." Free. Noon, Lone Star Auditorium, Maverick Activities Center. Kinesiology.

Mike Moses K-16 Leadership Speaker Series David K. Pennington, 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.

Health Insurance Marketing Information Session and Enrollment Learn about and enroll in the Affordable Care Act. Deadline to enroll is March 31. Free. Noon-3 p.m. and 4-7 p.m., Rio Grande Ballroom, E.H. Hereford University Center. Rural Health Outreach Program.

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.

Comic Book Superheroines: A Discussion Examine the women of graphic novels with members of the UTA Comic Book Club. Free. Noon-1 p.m., Room 245E, Business Building. Women's History Month.

COEHP Brown Bag Seminar Tracy Perry and Evie Malaia of the Southwest Center for Mind, Brain and Education present "Improving Reading Strategy for Comprehension: Does Recall Compete with Working Memory Manipulation?" and David Sparks, visiting assistant professor of science education, discusses "Stereotype Threat: Implications for the Science and Mathematics Classroom." Free. Noon-1 p.m., Room 111, Nedderman Hall. College of Education and Health ProfessionsCurriculum and Instruction.

Documentary: 'Searching for Angela Shelton' Filmmaker Angela Shelton drives around the United States surveying other Angela Sheltons and discovers 70 percent of them are survivors of rape, childhood sexual abuse, or domestic violence. Free. 7 p.m. Bluebonnet Ballroom, E.H. Hereford University Center. Relationship Violence and Sexual Assault Prevention.

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.

Thursday, March 20

Biology Colloquium Series David Reznick, professor of biology at the University of California, Riverside, discusses "Experimental Studies of the Interaction Between Ecology and Evolution in a Natural Ecosystem." Free. 4 p.m., Room 124, Life Science Building. Biology.

Symposium on Materials and Systems for Tissue Regeneration Research and development, opportunities, challenges, and approaches in regenerative medicine could help to restore the function of diseased and damaged organs and tissues like bone, blood vessels, and the pancreas. UTARI.

Documentary: 'Wonder Women! The Untold Story of American Superheroines' A screening and discussion on pop-culture icons, fears about strong women, and how women achieve their goals in today's society. Free. 7 p.m., Room 108, University Hall. Women’s and Gender StudiesWomen’s History Month.

Friday, March 21

Preparing for Third Year Review Prepare your dossier for third-year pre-tenure review with panelists Provost Ron Elsenbaumer, Vice President for Research Carolyn Cason, and Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs David Silva. RSVP by today, Monday, March 17, to Nadine Douditski. Free. Noon-1 p.m., Room 601, Nedderman Hall. Faculty Mentoring Program.

Saturday, March 22

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

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 through April 5Continuing Education.

Coming up

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.

The Publishing Rollercoaster: Writers Sound Off Expand your knowledge of professional publishing from concept through research, submission, revision, and publication. This webcast is perfect for those who are hoping to get published for the first time, or those who wish to improve their skills. Free. 1-2:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 25, Room 315A, Central Library. UT Arlington Libraries.

Setting the Tone on Day One: Best Practices for the First Day of Class Discover the best practices on the first day of class such as setting the tone for a course, creating demonstrations of first-day activities, and addressing policy issues. Bring your laptops and mobile devices. RSVP. Free. 1-4 p.m. Friday, March 28, sixth floor parlor, Central Library. Division of Faculty Affairs.

SharePoint User Group Share ideas about how to use SharePoint to streamline common departmental/committee tasks and processes. 1–2:30 p.m. Friday, March 28, Room 101, College Hall.

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. 

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

Going Out

Tuesday, March 18

Afternoon Variety Showcase Singer, songwriter Teddy Geiger performs. Free. 1 p.m., Palo Duro Lounge, E.H. Hereford University Center. EXCEL Campus Activities.

Baseball Mavericks vs Sam Houston State University. Also, vs. Columbia University, 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 19, and vs. Arkansas State University, Friday-Sunday, March 21-23Tickets $5 adults, $3 students. 6:30 p.m., Clay Gould Ballpark. Athletics.

Clavier Piano Recital UTA piano students perform. Free. 7:30 p.m., Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. Music.

Wednesday, March 19

Guest Trombone Recital Tim Smith of the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra is guest artist. Free. 7:30 p.m., Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. Music.

Friday, March 21

Friends of the Library UTA Professor Emeritus Dennis Reinhartz discuss his latest book, The Art of the Map: An Illustrated History, which explores map embellishments from the 16th through 19th centuries, widely considered the golden age of cartography. A book signing and reception follow. Free. 7:30 p.m., sixth floor parlor, Central Library. Friends of the Library.

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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