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Focus on Faculty – Testing for Performance Enhancing Drugs

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Dr. Daniel W. Armstrong
Professor of Chemistry & Biochemistry and Robert A. Welch Chair in Chemistry
January 23, 2013
12 – 1:30pm
Central Library sixth floor parlor

Dr. Armstrong will discuss use and detecting of sports enhancing drugs at the Focus on Faculty lecture on Jan. 23, 2013.
In the midst of the media excitement surrounding the Lance Armstrong/Oprah interview, have you ever wondered about who else has been using performance enhancement (PED) drugs? And how? Or how the types of doping they might use? Or how it is detected? Dr. Armstrong will give listeners an overview of PEDs going back farther than you might think!

The use of performance enhancing drugs (PED) has a long history in sports and combat, and only in the last several decades has become an area of concern. This is because issues of health, safety and fairness have come to the forefront. Further, the regulation and control of these substances and those who would use them is an effective way for large regulation-based organizations to acquire power, funds, etc. Also the use of PEDs has extended from world-class athletes and military uses to recreational sports and other venues. A brief history of PEDs will be given, along with an overview of their types and effects. Finally we will take a specific look at a recently banned stimulant that was a constituent of one of the largest selling nutritional supplements in the world.

Daniel W. Armstrong received the UTA 2012 Distinguished Record of Research or Creative Activity award and has over 530 publications, including 29 book chapters, one book, and 14 patents. He has been named by the Scientific Citation Index as one of the world’s most highly cited scientists, and is considered the “Father” of micelle and cyclodextrin-based separations. Other awards include the 2005 Dal Nogare Award for Separation Science, the 1999 American Chemical Society Award in Chromatography, and the 1991 Great Britain Martin Medal for Outstanding Contributions to Chromatography.

Focus on Faculty is a Speakers’ Series for UT Arlington faculty, begun in 2002-2003 to provide a forum for outstanding faculty to share their research and achievements with students, faculty and staff of this campus and with the citizens of Arlington. These meetings are free and open to all. Anyone needing more information or an accommodation to attend should contact Maggie Dwyer at 817-272-5366 or or visit

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January 17th, 2013 at 2:39 pm

Ya’ke Smith speaks about film at Focus on Faculty

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Focus on Faculty Asst. Professor Ya’ke Smith
Wednesday, February 6, 2012
Central Library sixth floor parlor, 12 – 1:30pm
WOLF: A case study in the making of a feature film.

WOLF tells the story of a family that is shaken to the core when they discover that their son has been molested. As they struggle to deal with the betrayal, their son heads towards a total mental collapse because of his love for his abuser. Assistant Professor Ya’Ke has made a name for himself as a filmmaker with a veracious style of storytelling that takes an unflinching look at issues facing today’s society and his most recent work is no different. Shot over 15 days this past summer in San Antonio, TX, Professor Smith will share his experience making the film as well as what attracted him to the topic. Currently in Post-Production, Smith’s discussion will give insight into what it takes to make a film from initial idea to final execution. He will also share a short clip of the work in progress.

The Focus on Faculty Lecture Series is free and open to all. For more information, contact Tommie Wingfield at or 817-272-2658.

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February 8th, 2012 at 10:37 am

Dr. Asok Ray addresses Focus on Faculty Nov. 2

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Focus on Faculty flier - Nov. 2, 2011 program Asok Ray

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November 2nd, 2011 at 8:42 am

Focus on Faculty – Bart Weiss

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Wednesday, October 6
Bart Weiss
12:00-1:30 Presentation and reception with light refreshments

Central Library 6th floor Parlor
Free and open to all. Reservations are not required.

Barton Weiss is an award-winning independent film and video producer, director, editor and educator and consultant who has lived in Dallas since 1981. Weiss was Associate Producer of Vatican II Productions and he has taught film and video at Texas A-M’s Visualization Lab, Southern Methodist University, the University of Texas at Austin and Arlington, and West Virginia State College.

Weiss is a co-president of the Board of Directors of the Association of Independent Video and Filmmakers (AIVF), past Vice President of the Texas Association of Film and Tape Professionals (TAFTP), founder and past President of the West Virginia Filmmakers’ Guild, and co-founder of the Dallas Video Festival and the Video Association of Dallas. He is currently the producer for “Frame of Mind” a monthly show of independent film and video for KERA /KDTN Public Tele-vision in North Texas. Mr. Weiss received an MFA in Film Directing from Columbia University in 1978.

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October 6th, 2010 at 7:45 am

Focus on Technology – Daniel Russell, Google Research Scientist

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Thursday, Nov. 19, 2009
12:30 -1:45 p.m.
Rio Grande Ballroom
E.H. Hereford University Center

Web search engines have an interest in understanding what users are trying to do. To a certain degree, this means discerning the intent of a search. In this talk, Russell will discuss what Google does to understand what users have in mind and the techniques used to analyze the data and outline the size and scope of the problem.

Russell is a research scientist at Google. He studies how people do their searches, trying to understand the most common traps and pathways to successful Google use. To learn more, visit

Hot dogs and bagels lunch will be served to the first 200 guests.

Sponsored by the Center for Distance Education, Office of Information Technology, and UT Arlington Library, with additional support from the Office of the President and the Office of the Provost.

If you need a special accommodation to fully participate in this program/event, contact Tommie Wingfield at 817-272-2658 or Allow sufficient time to arrange the accommodation.

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November 17th, 2009 at 4:00 pm

Lots of events in the library this week

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The Library-News newsletter was published today. Focus on Faculty is Wednesday (Nov. 11) and Friends of the Library meet Friday (Nov. 13). For all of those details and more, visit this page.

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November 9th, 2009 at 10:57 pm

Focus on Faculty – Dr. Jeff Howard Lecture PowerPoint slides available online

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Dr. Jeff Howard

On October 7 Dr. Howard discussed “Sustainability & Crisis of Expertise” in the Library’s Focus on Faculty program.

The emergence of climate change and other global environmental problems has important implications for our understanding of scientific, technical, and professional expertise. How have our systems of knowledge production, technological innovation, and professional practice made it possible for our civilization to fundamentally disrupt the natural systems on which our success and survival depend? Dr. Howard illustrated his talk with a set of slides that include useful charts and references. He parked his slides online and posted a link to them in the Sustainablilty @ UT Arlington blog. They are stored in MavSpace, where you will need to log on with your netID and password.

Dr. Howard is in the School of Urban and Public Affairs and received the UT Arlington Service Learning Award in 2009. He was a founding co-chair of the President’s Sustainability Committee, where he continues to serve.

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October 8th, 2009 at 7:58 pm

Library-News for Sept. 10, 2009

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Announcements of the first meeting of the Friends of the Library season and the popular Focus on Faculty lectures series top the list of events in the latest Library-News e-newsletter that came out today.

Library-News is distributed intermittently through the semester (once a week is typical when things are very busy; dropping back to monthly is not uncommon during the slow summer months). Anyone may subscribe to this list, either by going to the listserv archive here and subscribing or emailing me at and asking to be added to the list. Clicking on the image to the left takes you to a web version of this newsletter that I park on a library server. The most durable location is via the listserv subscription.

Back issues are available via the listserv, but bear in mind that old links probably won’t work and the services we offer have changed considerably over the years. Those old newsletters are truly yesterday’s news, and are there because the system keeps them. Looking back shows us how far we’ve come in the 11 years that we’ve been using an electronic distribution system. I used to have a 3-inch thick printout directory with directions flagged with post-it notes, detailing how to add and remove email addresses, all via sending text-only email messages to the system. To make changes to the header and footer and modify the look of the email could require hours of reading and tests; now changes are achieved via graphical user interface – GUI – and a few keystrokes take care of most operations.

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September 10th, 2009 at 12:19 pm

Focus on Faculty – Provost Donald R. Bobbitt

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The First Six Months: a Look Back and a Glimpse of the Future.
12 – 1:30pm, Wednesday, February 25, 2009
Central Library sixth floor parlor

UT Arlington Provost Donald R. BobbittThe University of Texas at Arlington has undergone tremendous improvement over the past ten years due to the hard work and vision of a dedicated faculty and staff. The push toward Tier One status has inspired the university community and can be seen through the high level of scholarly activity as evidenced by published works, performances and funded research projects. The value of UT Arlington has further been recognized by our students: as our enrollment has continued to rise, the number of undergraduate and graduate degrees conferred has also increased significantly. The talk offered by Donald R. Bobbitt, UT Arlington’s Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, will address several challenges that could slow our continued progress, including our first year retention rate and our 4- and 6-year graduation rates. Dr. Bobbitt will consider these sorts of issues in the context of our goal to become a Tier One institution and describe possible new initiatives to meet these challenges.

Dr. Donald R. Bobbitt earned his Ph.D. in analytical chemistry from Iowa State University and his B.S. degree with high honors in chemistry from the University of Arkansas. Prior to his appointment, he had served as dean of the J. William Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Arkansas, where he led the effort to increase external funding from $14 million to $27 million and to expand the number of endowed chairs and professorships from one to 25 – all fueled by $74 million in fundraising. He has published and lectured extensively throughout his career, served as consultant for Shell Chemical Company, Sanyo Chemical Company and Johnson and Johnson Pharmaceutical. He has received numerous honors and awards, including the Alumni Association Award in Teaching and Research from the University of Arkansas.

This event is co-sponsored by the UT Arlington Library and by Phi Kappa Phi. Dr. David Silva, the faculty representative for Phi Kappa Phi, will introduce Dr. Bobbitt.

This talk is free and open to the public. If you need a special accommodation to fully participate in this event, please contact Tommie Wingfield at 817-272-2658 or email

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February 17th, 2009 at 4:58 pm