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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

Friends Meet Dec. 2, Jed Marum Performs

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The last Friends of the UTA Library meeting for 2011 will be on December 2, when folksinger Jed Marum performs forthe group. This meeting begins at 7:30pm in the Central Library sixth floor atrium. The library is located at 702 Planetarium Place.

Jed Marum was born in Massachusetts and until his early-30s spent his days working in construction and excavation and his evenings playing in bars and coffeehouses. For a number of years he dropped music and switched to IT work in both the airline and telecom industries, but at age 48 reversed course, picked up music again, and “I quit the day job in January of 2000 and I have earned my living at performing music ever since.”

He performs in Celtic or Folk/Bluegrass festivals (appearing for many years in Arlington at the North Texas Scottish Festival) and concert venues around the US. He has done “a little bit of TV and lot of radio” and has licensed songs and recordings to film and television productions playing to international markets on PBS, cable channels and in theaters. He produced and released nine albums on Boston Road Records and his music is published through Weston Grand Arts in association with ASCAP.

Marum’s album Cross Over The River: A Confederate Collection won the Traditional/Folk Album of the Year Award in the JP Folk Awards program in 2009. The album is a collection of true stories from history in song, as retold from the points-of-view of the American and Irish Americans who fought and reflects a true and South positive image throughout. His latest album is Rejoice!: A Christmas Album, released in November, 2011.

This meeting fills up early, so email or call Tommie Wingfield to hold a seat for you: or 817-272-2658.

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December 1st, 2011 at 12:21 pm

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

John Burnett to address Narco-War tonight

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John Burnett

National Public Radio correspondent John Burnett speaks about “The War Next Door” at 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 21, in the sixth floor atrium of the Central Library.

The event is part of “The War Next Door: Narco-Violence and the U.S.-Mexico Border” series tied to the “Life and Death in the Northern Pass” photography exhibit in the Central Library sixth floor parlor.

Burnett, who is based in Austin, has spent much of his career producing investigative reports from the U.S.-Mexico borderlands. His special reporting projects have included New Orleans during and after Hurricane Katrina, the U.S. invasion of Iraq and its aftermath, and many reports on the drug war in the Americas.

He has received the Scripps Howard National Journalism Award and an Edward R. Murrow Award for investigative reporting. His reports are heard regularly on NPR’s award-winning newsmagazines Morning Edition, All Things Considered, and Weekend Edition.

For more information, contact Sam Haynes in the Center for Greater Southwestern Studies at 817-272-3997 or

Lifted directly and without editing from UTA TrailBlazer newsletter

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October 21st, 2011 at 2:51 pm

Grand Opening Exhibit: The Alamo in Second Life

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Second Life Grand Opening and Exhibit

The Alamo:

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

4:30 pm – 6:30 pm (CDT)

The Alamo in Second Life Note: attendees will need a Second Life avatar. Get an avatar at or help at

Link to teleport to the Alamo at UT Arlington:

The Grand Opening celebration will include a live vocal performance from 5:00-6:00 pm by Jean Munro 

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May 2nd, 2011 at 4:27 pm

Feb 4 Friends Meeting CANCELLED

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Uncle! The Weather Wins!

Feb. 4 Friends of Library meeting cancelled.

The Friends of the Library meeting scheduled for Friday, Feb. 4, at 7:30pm in Central Library has been cancelled.
The speaker, Joe G. Bax, would have had to drive to Arlington from near Huntsville, TX, and Friends members would have had to drive from their homes and navigate the icy campus from the parking garage to get into the library for the meeting. Neither sounded like a good prospect late on Wednesday afternoon when it was announced that the University of Texas at Arlington would be closed on Thursday, Feb. 3, for a third consecutive day due to the frigid temperatures and icy conditions.

Gerald Saxon, Dean of the UT Arlington Library, announced this afternoon that he plans to reschedule this speaker for later in the year.

Not all Friends members who receive our printed invitations are on our email list yet, so if you know someone who might regularly attends our meetings but might not receive this email, please pass on the word, to save them the trip on Friday. Thanks!

Need to view this online? Visit this page.

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February 2nd, 2011 at 8:53 pm

Friends meeting photos online at Star-Telegram

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Photos from the UT Arlington Library events are posted regularly to the Click! pages at the Star-Telegram. They typically appear in the Arlington Star-Telegram in print, but online they are visible to anyone anywhere.

If you wish to download a photo, open the link for the photo(s) you’re interested in, then right click your mouse and “save as” to your prefered file. This will be the full size photo that I sent to the paper and can be used for making a photo print at any camera store, etc.

These photos have been submitted under the Star-Telegram’s guidelines, and are theirs to use. In addition to downloading for free, they offer a way to email the link, and provide the html code for embedding any of these images in your web site. Finally, they offer a service to sell prints of these photos.

Though there is a link to purchase photos (on a yellow button) under each photo, that method doesn’t work. To find photos to purchase, go to the Star-Telegram front page and scroll to the  footer where there is a line for Photo Galleries. You’ll see a link for “Photo Store,” and these photos are arranged by the day they ran in the paper (not the date of the event).

The last set of Friends of the Library photos were published in the Arlington paper on January 14, so view the thumbnails to find which photos they offer for sale. Not all of ours from the Click! page are sold, so check both places, and print your own if it isn’t sold by the paper. (The photo above I linked to from the Click! page doesn’t appear to be for sale–possibly because it was cropped to remove a lot of uninteresting wall in the photo. The digital file may be smaller than they can use for all of the sizes they offer).

Finally, if there are any of these photos that you would like a full-size digital copy of, cropped or uncropped, email me at and I will send it to you electroncially.

NOTE: The Star-Telegram changed the software they use for displaying “Click!” photos and the old ones are no longer searchable. The new ones are pretty hard to find – this photographer hopes they settle on a better system one day soon. – Dec. 1, 2013

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January 14th, 2011 at 5:24 pm

Joyce Gibson Roach speaks to Friends Dec. 10

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Friday, December 10, 2010
Central Library 6th floor Parlor

Roach book cover - Texas and Christmas

Joyce Gibson Roach grew up in Jacksboro, Texas, graduating from Jacksboro High School. She holds Bachelor of Fine Arts and Master of Arts degrees from Texas Christian University and did post-graduate work in English at the University of North Texas.

Roach is a three-time Spur Award winner from Western Writers of America for The Cowgirls, revised reprint by the University of North Texas Press; short non-fiction, “A High Toned Woman,” from Hoein’ the Short Rows, Southern Methodist University Press; short fiction, “Just As I Am,” from Women of the West, Doubleday Company. She received the coveted Carr P. Collins prize for non-fiction from the Texas Institute of Letters for Eats: A Folk History of Texas Foods, Texas Christian University Press, and the William E. Jary Memorial Award from the Tarrant County Historical Commission for a book of local history, Wild Rose: A Folk History of a Cross Timbers Settlement, The Donning Company. She was a Spur finalist for short fiction, “In Broad Daylight” from Texas Short Stories, Browder Springs Publishing, and a finalist for the Teddy Children’s Book award from the Writers League of Texas for Horned Toad Canyon, Bright Sky Press. Roach is a 2010 Honoree in the National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame.

Currently, she divides her time between Keller and her ranch in Wise County in the Western Cross Timbers where she wages easement wars with oil, gas, and electric companies, deals with drought and feral pigs, tries to bring back native grasses, teaches her grandchildren the ways of the land and continues to write about it all.

Copies of the book will be for sale and signing after the meeting.

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December 6th, 2010 at 6:45 pm

Friends of Library meet Nov. 12, 2010

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Friends of the Library meet Nov. 12

Central Library sixth floor parlor

Also included in this meeting: presentation of the Friends McNair scholarship award winners

Don Graham was born in Collin County, north of Dallas, and attended high school in Carrolton, Texas. He graduated from North Texas State University with a B.A. and M.A. He took his doctorate at the University of Texas in Austin. After a stint at the University of Pennsylvania, Graham returned to UT-Austin where he holds the J. Frank Dobie Regents Professorship of American and English Literature. He regularly teaches the course made famous by Dobie, Life and Literature of the Southwest.

Graham’s publications include scores of articles and essays dealing with Texas culture. Among his works on Texas are No Name on the Bullet: A Biography of Audie Murphy, Giant Country: Essays on Texas, Kings of Texas: The 150-Year Saga of an American Ranching Empire, Lone Star Literature: From the Red River to the Rio Grande, and State Fare: An Irreverent Guide to Texas Movies. In 2008 Graham received the A.C. Greene Literary Award from the West Texas Book and Music Festival. His new book, State of Minds: Texas Culture and Its Discontents, will be published by the University of Texas Press in February 2011. Graham is also a Writer-at-Large for Texas Monthly.

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November 12th, 2010 at 3:49 pm