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

Thursday, May 8, 2014

Dr. David Nygren

Top scholar: Dr. David Nygren, inventor of the Time Projection Chamber, has been appointed Presidential Distinguished Professor in the College of Science. A member of the National Academy of Sciences, he will join the University this fall.

Renowned particle physicist joins UT Arlington

David Nygren, a renowned physicist and member of the National Academy of Sciences, has been appointed Presidential Distinguished Professor in the College of Science and will join the University this fall.

Dr. Nygren is known for inventing the Time Projection Chamber, or TPC, used worldwide for more than three decades in particle detection and discovery, ranging from relativistic heavy ion collisions to the search for dark matter.

Nygren has worked at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory since 1973. He is a fellow of the American Physical Society and a recipient of the Panofsky Prize of the American Physical Society, the Ernest Orlando Lawrence Award from the U.S. Department of Energy, and the Berkeley Lab Prize-Lifetime Achievement Award.

At UT Arlington, he will establish a new unit to foster research at the forefront of particle detector technologies and train the next generation of detector experts. His appointment is partially supported by the UT System Science and Technology Acquisition and Retention, or STARs, program.

“I am thrilled that Dr. Nygren will be joining UT Arlington and adding to the distinguished group of faculty in our Department of Physics," President Vistasp Karbhari says. "Dr. Nygren’s leadership in particle physics will help accelerate the work of our already outstanding High-Energy Physics Group and will take our research to the next level.”

Read more about Nygren's appointment.


Commencement includes record class and first UTeach grads

Commencement ceremonies this weekend at College Park Center feature a record number of graduates, including the first students to complete UT Arlington's UTeach program.

More than 4,500 are expected to receive their degrees, including about 3,400 undergraduates, 1,000 master’s candidates, and 120 doctoral students.

Begun in 2010, UTeach is a science and mathematics secondary teacher preparation program that offers scholarship money to participants. It is part of a national initiative to increase the number of trained math and science teachers in the workforce. Between the College of Education and Health Professions and the College of Science, there are 22 UTeach graduates this semester.

“Most students who become teachers stay within 50 miles of where they went to school, so we’re going to be putting a lot of science and math teachers into the Metroplex,” says Ramon Lopez, physics professor and co-director of UTeach Arlington. “They’re going to have such an amazing and positive impact on kids.”

Commencement ceremonies begin Friday, May 9, and continue through Sunday, May 11.

Flexible Summer Hours program starts May 19

UT Arlington again will offer the Flexible Summer Hours Program May 19-August  8.

Participating employees work a compressed week of four 10-hour days with one day off during the work week. Employees who wish to participate must have their manager's written approval of their flexible schedules before beginning the program. Schedules for non-exempt employees must include a minimum 30-minute lunch break.

Departments or employees who choose not to participate in the program will continue to work their regular schedules.

If you have questions about the program, contact Eunice Currie at or 2-7091.

Mav Pic Maverick Ring Ceremony-May 2014

Class act

Omar Castillon, broadcast communication senior, checks out his class ring at the Official Maverick Ring Ceremony on Tuesday at the Lone Star Auditorium of the Maverick Activities Center. He will receive his diploma at the College of Liberal Arts' Commencement ceremony Friday evening.


Library closed Saturday-Monday, improvements for first floor begin

The Central Library will be closed Saturday-Monday, May 10-12, and reopen Tuesday, May 13.

The first floor will close for the summer for various improvements, including fire sprinklers, and new flooring and ceiling tiles in the lobby and circulation/reference areas. New turnstiles and glass walls to funnel visitors to the turnstiles will be installed. The old Help Desk space will become a maker space.

A covered corridor from the entrance doors to the elevator will allow visitors to pass through the first-floor construction zone safely and get to other floors.

Pivot training connects your research with funding, fellow scholars

Learn how the Pivot system intuitively connects your research interests with funding opportunities simply by opening a web page.

Faculty, staff, and students can attend a training event 10 a.m.-noon Tuesday, May 13, in Room 303 of the Chemistry and Physics Building.

Pivot focuses on identifying and connecting with funding opportunities and connecting you with other researchers locally and globally. The program combines a comprehensive database of funding opportunities worth an estimated $33 billion and 3 million scholar profiles. 

Research Administration hosts the event.

University Club closed three weeks; follow College Park restaurants' specials

The University Club in Davis Hall will close at 2 p.m. Friday, May 9, and reopen at 11 a.m. Monday, June 2.

See the schedule for other on-campus dining locations.

Business meals at College Park District restaurants are approved for reimbursement. Dine-in and take-out for business functions qualify, according to University guidelines. Breakfast is available at select locations, and most locations offer catering for your meetings, conferences, or training days. MavMoney is accepted at Pie Five Pizza and Smiling Moose Deli, with more restaurants expected to join the program this summer. Follow College Park’s promotions and specials.

  Mav Pic Paws for Finals, Duke

Tough job

Therapy dog Duke puts in a hard day's work during Paws for Finals on the second floor of the Central Library. He and other Paws With Partners registered therapy dogs offered moral support to students facing final exams and anyone else needing to unwind and relax.

Dining Services offers catering special

Dining Services' new monthly catering specials provide an on-campus option for lunchtime meetings, day-long conferences, or social gatherings.

For May, the Cinco de Mayo special includes a Mexican chopped salad, chicken enchiladas, salsa verde, and cinnamon tortilla crisps. Beverages and desserts are extra. Orders are $8.99 per person with a 12-person minimum.  

To place a catering order, call 2-2304 or visit

Steam service outage next week

The Thermal Energy Plant's annual inspection and repair of the campus steam service is set for next week. A steam service outage is planned from midnight Monday, May 12, to 10 p.m. Wednesday, May 14.

During this outage all buildings served by the Thermal Energy Plant will be without hot water and steam. Electrical power, air conditioning, domestic water/sewer, and chilled water will remain in service.

For questions or concerns, contact Nick Schroeder at or 2-9075.

Rebate offered on multi-year UTA license plates

Receive a $50 rebate on any multi-year plate purchase from My Plates through Friday, May 9

Browse through, select a plate with a multi-year term, and enter promo code 50APR14 at checkout. My Plates will mail a check for $50 within four to six weeks of the purchase date.

Benefit Yourself

Sign up today for Blazing Race on May 14

Join the Wellness Committee on National Employee Health and Fitness Day at the Blazing Race on Wednesday, May 14Register by Thursday, May 8.

Get in shape with SAC's Slimdown

The Staff Advisory Council has partnered with the University Wellness Committee for the SAC Slimdown, a fun and active approach to losing weight.

The Slimdown is for teams and individuals with Wellness Points and features weigh-ins at the beginning and end only, free temporary passes to the Maverick Activities Center, and much more. Keep up with notices on the Slimdown Sharepoint site

Initial weigh-ins are Monday-Wednesday, May 12-14, at the MAC and Health Services Center. Closing weigh-ins are Wednesday-Friday, Aug. 6-8. There are giveaways for all participants and awards will be presented at the end-of-the-program reception Friday, Aug. 15, at the MAC.

For more details, contact Athena Seaton at or visit

Employment Information

Check out employment opportunities at Have questions? Call Human Resources/Employment Services at 2-3461 or TDD 2-8139, or email The University of Texas at Arlington is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer.

Extra Credit

Thursday, May 8

Social Work Colloquium Flavio Marsiglia of Arizona State University presents “Discover How Innovative Research Can Build, Strengthen, and Empower At-Risk Communities" at the second Colloquium on Community-Based Interdisciplinary Research. RSVP. Free. 1-3 p.m., Room 107, Social Work B. Social Work

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

Sports Notes
  Clayton Vaughn

Leading Mavericks: All-American Clayton Vaughn and eight other Mavericks with top conference rankings compete in the Sun Belt Conference Men’s and Women’s Outdoor Track and Field Championships this weekend in San Marcos.

Men aim for triple crown at SBC track championships

The men’s outdoor track and field team hopes to make history this weekend by completing the coveted triple crown—league championships in cross country, indoor, and outdoor competitions in the same season.

The Mavericks begin their quest Friday, May 9, at the Sun Belt Conference Men’s and Women’s Outdoor Track and Field Championships. The meet wraps up Sunday, May 11, at Texas State University in San Marcos.

The men’s team has never won the triple crown. The women won all three titles twice in the Southland Conference (1997-98 and 2000-01) under coach John Sauerhage.

Headlining the Mavericks is All-American Clayton Vaughn, who boasts the SBC’s top times in both the 100 meters (10.07) and the 200 meters (20.66). He also anchors the 4x100-meter relay team that ranks first in the league (39.80).

Sports shorts

  • The softball team opened the Sun Belt Conference Championship with a 5-1 victory over Texas State on Wednesday afternoon in Lafayette, La. The Mavericks played again Wednesday night, losing 6-1 to Western Kentucky. UTA ends the season with a 21-33 overall record and a 5-17 mark in conference play.
  • The baseball team overwhelmed Arkansas-Little Rock 8-3 Sunday. The Mavericks improved to 24-25 overall and 13-11 in conference. The team plays Western Kentucky at 6:30 p.m. Friday, May 9, at Clay Gould Ballpark. A $5 tailgate meal starts at 5:30 p.m. 
  • UT Arlington Athletics celebrated the achievements of student-athletes in 2013-14 at last Wednesday's All-Sports Banquet at College Park Center. Read more about the All-Sports Banquet awards.
  • Junior shortstop Nina Villanueva was named to the All-Sun Belt Conference softball first team. Freshman catcher Kacey Everett was named to the second team with an at-large bid.

(For more sports news, go to,, or

Going Out

Friday, May 9

Baseball and Taco Tailgate Join the Maverick Club for a taco tailgate meal before watching the Mavericks vs. Western Kentucky. RSVP. $5 tailgate meal; $5 game. Tailgate 5:30 p.m., first pitch 6:30 p.m., Clay Gould Ballpark. Also, games 2 p.m. Saturday, May 10, and 1 p.m. Sunday, May 11Maverick Club.

Friday-Sunday, May 9-11

Commencement ceremonies Degree candidates are presented in seven ceremonies. See the Commencement schedule. Tickets for guests are required. See ticket information. College Park Center. Commencement.


Gallery 76102: Second Nature Works by artists Vinh Thi Quang and Anh Ngoc Tran. Gallery hours noon-6 p.m. Wednesdays-Saturdays, Gallery 76102, 1401 Jones St., Fort Worth. Fort Worth CenterGallery 76102.

The Gallery at UTA: BFA Exhibit An exhibit of works by graduating seniors of the Department of Art and Art History showcasing a variety of media including painting, drawing, sculpture, ceramics, glass, printmaking, film/video, photography, and visual communication. Gallery hours 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays-Fridays, noon-5 p.m. Saturdays. The Gallery at UTA, Fine Arts Building. Through Saturday, May 10Art and Art History.

Exhibit: 'The Story of Cynthia Ann and Quanah Parker' A collection of 45 photographs of Cynthia Ann Parker and her son, Comanche chief Quanah Parker. In conjunction with the Frontier Odyssey Symposium. Free. Sixth floor parlor, Central Library. Through May 30Center for Greater Southwestern Studies, HistoryUT Arlington Libraries.

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.

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. 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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