College of Science

Lopez, Mydlarz honored with UT Regents' Outstanding Teaching Awards

Ramon Lopez from physics and Laura Mydlarz from biology were among 5 UTA faculty members named as 2017 recipients of the prestigious awards from the UT System Board of Regents.

Dasgupta honored for outstanding contributions to analytical chemistry

Purnendu 'Sandy' Dasgupta is the recipient of the 2017 Talanta Medal, an international award that recognizes world leaders in the analytical chemistry field.

Pierce receives NSF grant to study structural factors of biological oxidations

Brad Pierce, associate professor of chemistry and biochemistry, will also use the $419K grant to help students learn how to convey results of their scientific research with a non-scientific audience.

Alvarez receives pair of awards for contributions to mathematics education

James Alvarez was recently presented with the 2017 E. Glenadine Gibb Achievement Award from the Texas Council of Teachers of Mathematics, and a Certificate of Meritorious Service Award from the Mathematical Association of America.

Rajeshwar receives honorary doctoral degree from Hungarian university

Krishnan Rajeshwar has been named Doctor Honoris Causa by the University of Szeged in Hungary in recognition for his outstanding achievements in support of the mission of the university.

Gatchel honored for contributions to field of psychology

The American Psychological Foundation presented Robert Gatchel with its 2017 Gold Medal Award for Life Achievement for his distinguished career and enduring contribution to advancing the application of psychology.

Nestell honored for contributions to geological science in Permian Basin

Merlynd Nestell was presented with an Honorary Life Membership from the Permian Basin Section of the Society for Sedimentary Geology for his decades of research on the biostratigraphy of the region.

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Fall 2017 Calendar

Thursday, August 24 

First day of classes for Fall 2017 semester

Monday, September 4

Labor Day holiday

Friday, September 8

COS Welcome Back Ice Cream Social

11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Life Sciences Building lobby

Come and meet the COS dean and staff, and make your own free ice cream sundae!

September - Date and location TBA

COS Faculty & Staff Fall Meeting

October 9-14

Science Week 2017

A full week of events and activities designed to highlight the achievements of College of Science students, alumni and faculty

Full details TBA

Saturday, October 21

Arlington Ecofest

10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Founders Plaza and Levitt Pavilion, downtown Arlington

Monday, November 6

Registration begins for Spring 2018 semester

Thursday, November 23-Friday, November 24

Thanksgiving holidays

Wednesday, December 6

Last day of classes for Fall 2017 semester

Saturday, December 9

Departmental final exams

Monday, December 11-Friday, December 15

Final exams

Friday, December 15

COS Fall 2017 Commencement ceremony

7 p.m. College Park Center

Full details TBA

College of Science Seminar/Colloquia Schedule Spring 2017

Unless noted, all seminars are at 4 p.m. on Thursdays in Life Science Building, Room 118.

February 9
Biology seminar
Edmund D. Brodie III, BFD Runk Professor, Department of Biology, University of Virginia
“Channel Surfing The Adaptive Wave: Convergence, Constraint, and Contingency in the Evolution of Tetrodotoxin Resistance”
February 16
Biology seminar
Martin Turcotte, assistant professor, Department of Biological Sciences, University of Pittsburgh
“ Evolution as a driver of ecological dynamics at multiple timescales”
February 23
Biology seminar
Richard Edward Green, associate professor, Department of Biomolecular Engineering, University of California-Santa Cruz
“A highly contiguous assembly of the American alligator genome reveals the genetic architecture of estrogen signaling”

Chemistry and Biochemistry
Unless noted, all seminars are at 3 p.m. on Fridays W.A. Baker Chemistry Research Building Room 114. Refreshments will be served at 2:45 p.m. in CRB Room 112..

January 20
Samir Iqbal, professor, Department of Electrical Engineering, The University of Texas at Arlington
“Nanotextured Microdevices for Cancer Cell Characterization”

January 27
Alexander Lippert, professor, Department of Chemistry, Southern Methodist University
“Shaping Light and Matter to Image and Visualize the Chemistry of Life”

February 3
Ben Garcia, professor, Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics, University of Pennsylvania
"Quantitative Proteomics for Understanding Modified Proteins and Proteomes"

February 10
(12-4 p.m., for 3rd year and up chemistry students and postdocs only)
Dr. Bill Carroll, Carroll Applied Science, LLC

February 17
Scott Sieburth, professor, Department of Chemistry, Temple University
“Productive Strain in Higher-Order Cycloadditions”

February 24
Stephan Estreicher, professor, Department of Physics and Astronomy, Texas Tech University
“Controlling Heat Flow in (Covalent) Materials With Defects”

March 3
Caleb Martin, professor, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, Baylor University
“Exploiting the Diverse Chemistry of Boroles to Access Unsaturated Boracycles”

March 10
Andrew Harned, professor, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, Texas Tech University
"Old, New, Borrowed and Blue: Stereoselectivity in Complex Molecule Synthesis”

March 17
Spring Break – no seminar

March 24
Muralidhar Hegde, professor, Department of Radiation Oncology, Houston Methodist Hospital
“Genome Damage and Defective Repair Signaling in Degenerative Motor Neurons: Implications in TDP-43-associated Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis”

March 31
Yan Jessie Zhang, professor, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, The University of Texas at Austin
“Deciphering CTD code: Understanding the Regulation of Eukaryotic Transcription”

April 7
Dr. E. Jennings Taylor, founder and chief technical officer, Faraday Technology, Inc.
“Electropolishing of Niobium Superconducting Radio Frequency Cavities in Low-Viscosity, Water-Based, HF-Free Electrolytes: A Paradigm Shift
from the Viscous Salt Film Model - A Case Study in Innovation”

April 14
Ryan Rodgers, professor, National High Magnetic Field Laboratory, Florida State University
“Ultra-high Resolution Mass Spectrometry for Complex Mixture Analysis: Environmental, Petrochemical, and Forensic Applications”

April 21
Marino Resendiz, professor, Department of Chemistry, University of Colorado at Denver
“Structural and Functional Effects of 8-Oxo-7,8-dihydropurines on RNA Using Hairpins and Aptamers as Models”

April 28
Craig E. Cameron, professor, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Pennsylvania State University
“Next-Gen Virology: Use of Microfluidics and Live-Cell Imaging to Study Viral Replication at the Single-Cell Level”

May 5
Don Coltart, professor, Department of Chemistry, University of Houston
“Leveraging the Reactivity of Activated Hydrazones and Oximes in the Development of New Asymmetric Methods: Applications to Natural Product Synthesis”

Earth & Environmental Science
Unless noted, all Tech Sessions are held on Thursdays at 4 p.m. in Geoscience Building, Room 100.

January 19
Rachel Scudder, postdoctoral research associate, Department of Oceanography, Texas A&M University
“The Application of Geochemical and Statistical Approaches in Marine Sediment for Quantifying Dispersed Volcanic Ash”

January 26
Steven Semken, professor of geology and education, School Of Earth and Space Exploration, Arizona State University
“EarthScope Education and Outreach: Transcontinental, yet Place-Based”

February 2
Alan Brandon, professor, Department of Earth & Atmospheric Sciences, University of Houston
“Early differentiation and evolution of the interior of Mars revealed by SNC meteorite”

Unless noted, all colloquia are at 3 p.m. on Fridays in Pickard Hall, Room 311.

February 3
James Nagy, professor, Department of Mathematics and Computer Science, Emory University
"Solving Ill-Conditioned Linear Systems in Large-Scale Imaging Applications"

Unless noted, all colloquia are at 4 p.m. Wednesdays in Science Hall Room 101.

January 18
Frank Lu, Department of Neurosurgery at Harvard Medical School and Brigham and Women's Hospital
“Coherent Raman Scattering Microscopy for Label-Free Biomolecular Imaging, Rapid Surgical Pathology, and Image-Guided Precision Surgery