SEL Exhibit – Time

November 7 heralded the beginning of Daylight Savings Time, which led SEL staff to contemplate the age-old questions:

  • What is time?
  • How does time impact the world around us?

In this exhibit, which is curated by Jeff Downing, we look at materials in SEL’s collections to help us answer these questions.

See pictures and the exhibit bibliography at the SEL Exhibits page.

Faculty focus is on chemistry pioneer

“Solving Problems” is Purnendu Dasgupta’s topic for this month’s Focus on Faculty lecture series at noon Wednesday, Nov. 3, in the sixth floor parlor of the Central Library.

Dr. Dasgupta is the Jenkins Garrett Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry and chair of the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry. He was honored recently by the American Chemical Society for pioneering advances in the field of chromatography, a process used in water quality studies, air pollution monitoring, and drug development.

Nicknamed “Sandy,” the renowned researcher is a published poet in his native language of Bengali, but is best known for his work in analytical chemistry. He has 17 U.S. patents, including the electrodialytic reagent generation and suppression technologies on which current ion chromatography is based. He is a chemistry journal editor and recipient of numerous chemistry awards.

In 1994 Dasgupta testified as the principal expert witness in the Royal High Courts of Justice for Hoechst-Celanese against British Petroleum. In 2005 he was asked to brief the U.S. Congress on the significance of the widespread occurrence of perchlorate, an environmental contaminant, in human milk.

The free lecture will be followed by a reception at 1 p.m. Light refreshments will be served. If you need special accommodations to fully participate in this program, contact Tommie Wingfield at 2-2658

SEL Exhibit – Ethics in Science and Engineering

The Science & Engineering Library (SEL)  would like to introduce a new exhibit, “Ethics in Science and Engineering,” curated by Jeff Downing.
For all new proposals submitted after January 4, 2010, the National Science Foundation (NSF) requires UT Arlington to provide training and oversight in the responsible and ethical conduct of research (RCR) to undergraduates, graduate students, and postdoctoral researchers who will be supported by NSF to conduct research. RCR refers to the professional and ethical responsibility of researchers to conduct their research with honesty, accuracy, efficiency, and objectivity. — From UT Arlington News Bulletin:  NSF 2010 Training Requirement for RCR
This exhibit includes materials on the complex subject of ethics in science and engineering.  All books are available either in the Central Library or the Science & Engineering Library (SEL).
See more at SEL Exhibits.

Kalpana Chawla display dedication today

A display honoring former astronaut Kalpana Chawla (’84 MS) [was] dedicated at noon today, Monday, May 3, in the Nedderman Hall atrium. Chawla, one of the University’s most celebrated graduates, died aboard the Space Shuttle Columbia when it broke apart during re-entry in February 2003.

The display will include one of Chawla’s flight suits, several photographs, and historical and biographical information about her and the space program. Also included in the display is a flag flown over Johnson Space Center during the memorial for the fallen astronauts from the Columbia disaster.

Jean-Pierre Harrison, Chawla’s husband, donated all of the display items. Astronauts Janet Kavandi and Dominic Gorie, both colleagues of Chawla, are scheduled to speak, as are Harrison, President James D. Spaniolo, and Engineering Dean Bill Carroll.

Source: MavWire

21st century engineers must adapt to social, cultural challenges, says speaker

In the 21st century, an ever-increasing need will emerge for a holistic breed of engineer—one who can work across borders, cultural boundaries, and social contexts and who can work effectively with nonengineers.

Patricia Galloway, chief executive officer of Pegasus Global-Holdings, will talk about “The 21st Century Engineer” as part of the College of Engineering 50th Anniversary Speaker Series at 6 p.m. Wednesday, April 14, in Room 100 of Nedderman Hall. A reception will start at 5 p.m.

Register to attend.

As the trend toward a more global and more knowledge-based society continues, the practice of engineering must be changed, Dr. Galloway says, and this change must be accomplished through engineering education reform. The engineering curriculum can no longer remain as it has for essentially the past 40 years.

Galloway will discuss how the subjects of globalization, diversity, world cultures and languages, communication, leadership, and ethics must constitute a core component of the overall engineering education just as physics and math do.

Source: MavWire

Engineering speaker attempts to fill in the blank

“The World Is _________” is the topic for John A. White’s talk at the College of Engineering 50th Anniversary Speaker Series Monday, March 8, in Room 100, Nedderman Hall. A reception will begin at 5 p.m., followed by the lecture at 6 p.m.

Dr. White, a distinguished professor of industrial engineering and chancellor emeritus at the University of Arkansas, presents science and engineering issues and challenges along with their implications for engineering educators.
The globalization of science and engineering and the worldwide economic crisis are presenting engineering educators with new opportunities. How they react will have long-range implications for the nation. Several ideas are shared regarding appropriate reactions.

Register online to attend.

Source: MavWire

Engineers construct week-long celebration

Join in the celebration of the College of Engineering’s golden anniversary during Engineers Week, Feb. 14-20, a week-long showcase of achievements and activities by faculty and students.

Former astronaut Sally Ride, the first American woman in space, speaks at 8 p.m. Monday, Feb. 15, at Texas Hall as part of the Maverick Speakers Series. Tickets are free and available at

Opening ceremony for Engineers Week starts at noon Monday in the atrium of Nedderman Hall as Mr. and Ms. Engineer are crowned. Other highlights include a Career Fair, displays, tours, industry speakers and faculty lectures. For fun, engineers have Bingo Night, Pie the Professor and Engineering Olympics. The week wraps up Friday with the ribbon cutting for the Center for Renewable Energy, Science and Technology (CREST) Lab and the annual awards banquet.

Students signing up for a drawing at the Science & Engineering Library's eWeek table
Students signing up for a drawing at the Science & Engineering Library's eWeek table

Stop by and visit the Science & Engineering Library’s eWeek table and register for a drawing for eWeek prizes.

Focus on Technology – Google researcher seeks to understand searching needs

How do you Google and why? Those are a couple of topics Daniel Russell, a research scientist for the Internet search engine company Google, will address in his Focus on Technology lecture at 12:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 19, in the Rio Grande Ballroom at the E.H. Hereford University Center.

Russell studies how people do their searches, trying to understand the most common traps and uncover pathways to successful results. He will discuss how figuring out the intentions behind the search queries and tracking users’ behavioral patterns help the engines produce the best results. Learn more at Russell’s Web site.

The program is free. Lunch will be served to the first 200 attendees.

Source: MavWire

GIS Day highlights geography, data, vampires

Spatial analysis and vampires are topics covered during GIS Day Wednesday, Nov. 18, in the sixth floor parlor of the Central Library. The programs on global information systems are part of the National Geographic Society’s Geography Awareness Week, Nov. 15-21.

A GIS Research Showcase features how the geographic information system is used around campus. The showcase is set for 11 a.m.-noon and 1-2:30 p.m.

Darren Hayunga, an assistant professor in finance and real estate, will explain GIS use for spatial statistics, spatial econometrics and statistics in research. His talk begins at noon.

Josh Been, GIS librarian, leads the whimsical, hands-on workshop “Vampires in North America: Map Settlements and Migration Patterns” from 3-5 p.m. in B-20/21 of the Central Library. The workshop uses the “Twilight” books for data.

Participants can play games, win prizes and partake of the giant GIS Day cake.

GIS Day is free and open to the public. Register to attend.

Source: MavWire

Focus on Faculty – College of Science Dean Pamela Jansma

College of Science Dean Pamela Jansma will discuss her research on microplate tectonics, strain partitioning and using the global positioning system to measure plate motions in the Focus on Faculty series at noon Wednesday, Nov. 11, in the sixth floor parlor at the Central Library.

Dr. Jansma became dean of the College of Science in August and was previously dean of New Mexico State University’s College of Arts and Sciences. She plans to teach and work as an active researcher and scientist in addition to her administrative duties. The event is sponsored by the UT Arlington Library and Phi Kappa Phi.

The program is free and open to the public. Contact Tommie Wingfield at 2-2658 or for more details.

Focus on Technology – From Sputnik to MySpace: The New Education Race and How to Win It

Focus on Technology

Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2009
Noon-1:30 p.m.
Bluebonnet Ballroom,
E.H. Hereford University Center
Lunch will be served. RSVP required by Friday, October 16.

DOUGLAS RUSHKOFF, Social Media Theorist and Author

Just as Sputnik launched America into an education race against its Cold War adversary, the emergence of high-tech superpowers has forced us to reconsider how we are educating our youth.

In this talk, Rushkoff, a professor of media studies at the New School University, will demonstrate how it is no longer enough to teach students to use today’s technologies; instead, students need to be capable of engineering a digital infrastructure beyond most of our imaginations.

Rushkoff is one of today’s most highly regarded media theorists. He is author of numerous books, most recently Life Inc., released this month by Random House. To learn more, visit

SEL wants you in our video!

The Science & Engineering Library (SEL) will be filming a tour of the library to be posted on the library website and on YouTube.

Thursday, August 20, 2009
(including pizza party)

The library will be closed during this time period! 

We need…

  • Several (non-speaking) actors.
  • Bunches of extras to play students studying, researching, collaborating, or working on a computer.


  • Requires staying the whole time period (doors locked during shooting)
  • Talent Release Form signature required
  • The video will be displayed on the Web

Sign up at the service desk at SEL, B03 Nedderman Hall or email Jan Figa by 5pm on Monday, August 17.

Treats for Trash: April 27-May 1, 2009

The Science & Engineering Library wants your TechnoTrash!

In an effort to encourage green behavior in our students, faculty and staff, the Science & Engineering Library (SEL) will recycle your TechnoTrash. Turn the items in to any staff person at the Service Desk.

To kick start the service, we will be handing out candy for each donated item during the week of Monday, April 27 through Friday, May 1. You may bring in your items any time of the year, but this special “Treats for Trash” offer only lasts five days.

Accepted items include:

  • diskettes
  • CDs
  • DVDs
  • video and audio tapes
  • inkjet and toner cartridges
  • cell phones
  • PDAs
  • pagers
  • digital cameras
  • laptop computers
  • handheld games
  • CD & MP3 players
  • rechargeable batteries

For more information about other sustainability efforts on campus, please visit the blog of the President’s Sustainability Committee.

 We look forward to your participation!

SEL Exhibit – Deep Ancestry: Inside the Genographic Project

National Geographic’s Genographic Project is coming to UT Arlington, as part of the OneBook/Conversations Program.

Population geneticist Dr. Spencer Wells will present a talk called “Deep Ancestry: Inside the Genographic Project” on Monday, November 3 at 4:00pm in the Rosebud Theatre.

In conjunction with this visit, the Science & Engineering Library announces an exhibit, curated by C.D. Walter and bearing the same title as Dr. Well’s talk.

About Dr. Spencer Wells

Dr. Spencer Wells is a leading population geneticist, author, and documentary filmmaker who has dedicated much of his career to studying humankind’s family tree and closing the gaps in our knowledge of human migration through DNA. He now serves as a National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence and the Director of the Genographic Project, the nonprofit initiative collaborating with hundreds of thousands of participant’s world wide to gather and analyzing the world’s largest collection of anthropological DNA samples in order to tell the story of humanity’s ancient journey from Africa.  Dr. Wells graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Texas at Austin going on to pursue his Ph.D. at Harvard University and his post-doctoral training at Stanford University.

SEL Exhibit – Television Technology… Where Will You Take Us Next?

A new exhibit begins today in the Science & Engineering Library, curated by Mariann Medina.

Here is a description from the curator: “The May SEL exhibit showcases our resources related to a current event – the move from analog TV to digital TV.  Thanks to the engineering work done in the area of television by students and faculty just like you, the march of technological progress continues.  The resources displayed in the exhibit show not only items to support digital TV and its use via HDTV, but it also showcases items that show the history of television and the things that came before.  While some of you may not remember watching the original broadcasts of “I Love Lucy” on one of the first commercially available televisions, we can probably all agree that television has come a long way.  The question is, what comes next?”

Comments are on. Please share your ideas about where television technology is taking us.

RefWorks and a Workshop

The tool up for discussion today is RefWorks and how it can make writing your next paper easier.

Writing a paper is hard work. Bringing together complex ideas, finding the right words, and just sounding brilliant are nothing if you fail to properly cite the works you used in constructing your paper. However, tracking all of the articles that you cite and gathering all of the appropriate information so that you can document these works in your references section can be a pain. That’s where RefWorks comes in.

RefWorks is essentially a database created to manage the information about the works that you reference and generate an appropriately formated bibliography for your use. While RefWorks can’t write your paper for you, it can make the process that little bit easier.

Sold? Great! Now, how do you get started? We have a great librarian that knows all the secrets of RefWorks and is holding a workshop on February 12th from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. and a second workshop on February 16th from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m., both in Ransom Hall, room 211A. If you can’t make it to one of these sessions, RefWorks also has a very good set of demos to show you how to get started and make the most of the tool. Need more help than the demos? Stop by the library, call me, or drop me an email.

Written by Mariann Medina.

Graduate Research Seminars

The Spring 2008 science and engineering graduate research seminars will be held:

Science: Engineering:
Fri, Feb. 8, 2008 Fri, Feb. 8, 2008
8:30-10:30 a.m. 3:00-5:00 p.m.
Central Library B20 Ransom Hall 211 A/B

Graduate research seminars assist graduate students in making the best use of library resources to find information needed to conduct research. The seminar is free of charge, but please register so that enough materials will be provided.

GIS Meets Civil Engineering in New Hands-on Workshop

The second UT Arlington Library: GIS workshop will take place next Thursday, October 25.  GIS Librarian Josh Been will be joined by Dr. Melanie Sattler, whose research interests include emissions measurement, air quality modeling, and air pollution control technologies.  Using measurements taken from the TCEQ air monitoring stations in North Texas, we will interpolate an estimation layer for the entire region and then analyze road segments using files from the NCTCOG.Everyone is invited to this hands-on workshop!Title: Stuck in Traffic: Find the Road Segments With the Highest Pollution Levels

Date/Time: October 25, 2 – 4pm
Central Library, B20 (basement)
Dr. Melanie Sattler (Civil & Environmental Engineering) & Joshua Been (GIS Librarian)
Description: Learn how Geographic Information Systems (GIS) can be used to statistically estimate pollution levels within the DFW metroplex and to then identify the street segments that traverse through the regions with the highest levels. Data sources include pollution measurements from the
Texas Commission on Environmental Quality and the North Central Texas Council of Governments.

This hands-on workshop requires no GIS or scientific experience. Open to everyone.

UT Arlington Library focuses on Dean of Science Paulus

Focus on Faculty
Wednesday, September 26, 2007
12:00 – 1:00 pm
Central Library, 6th Floor Parlor

This month’s Focus on Faculty features Dr. Paul B. Baulus, Dean of Science and Professor of Psychology. He was awarded the UT Arlington Distinguished Record of Research Achievement in 2007. He has published 8 books and more than 100 refereed papers and chapters. His latest book, Group Creativity: Innovation through Collaboration, was published by Oxford University Press in 2003.

The Creative Group Mind—Genius or Dummy?

It is presumed that when individuals work together this will enhance innovation, productivity and learning. However, research has shown that these presumptions are often an illusion not supported by objective data. We have conducted research on group activities in laboratory settings to determine the factors that hinder and enhance this process. Recent directions in research have included an examination of the role of diversity in the group creative processs and the use of virtual immersive reality techniques for the study of group dynamics.