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Fujita receives $714K NSF grant to study the evolution of visual systems

The project, led by Matthew Fujita, assistant professor of biology, will examine how differences in habitat and behavior affect the evolution of vision in frogs.

Physics Ph.D. grad's journey to success took him from Africa to UTA

Last Feremenga, a native of Zimbabwe who received his doctoral degree in December, used skills he honed at UTA while analyzing massive quantities of data from the Large Hadron Collider to land a job as a data scientist.

Walsh receives NSF CAREER grant to study evolutionary responses

Matthew Walsh, assistant professor of biology, will use the Faculty Early Career Development Program funding for a project that will use zooplankton to try to determine how behavioral plasticity affects evolutionary processes.

UTA marks official opening of Conrad Greer Lab

The lab, made possible by a $750,000 gift from Greenway Innovative Energy and located in the Chemistry & Physics Building, will convert natural gas to high-grade diesel and jet fuel, providing consumers with an alternative form of fuel.

UTA researchers using supercomputers to study snake evolution

Assistant professor of biology Todd Castoe and members of his lab study the genomes of snakes and lizards to answer critical questions about these creatures' evolutionary history. The researchers recently published three papers in leading journals outlining their new results.

Biology doctoral student receives prestigious NSF grant

Kyle O'Connell, a fifth-year Ph.D. student in Matt Fujita's lab, is one of fewer than 200 students nationwide to receive a National Science Foundation Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grant to fund his research about factors that promote speciation in a type of parachuting frog found in Indonesia.

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Spring 2017 Calendar

Tuesday, January 17
First day of classes for Spring 2017 semester

Monday-Friday, March 13-17
Spring Break vacation

Wednesday, March 22
Annual Celebration of Excellence by Students (ACES) symposium – All day, E.H. Hereford University Center. UTA’s annual showcase of student research will include poster and oral presentations in a variety of categories, with judges awarding winners in each category. Deadline to submit abstracts is February 13. Complete information here.

Friday, March 31
Last day to drop classes; students must submit requests to their academic advisor prior to 4 p.m.

Monday, April 3
Registration for Summer and Fall 2017 terms begins

Friday, May 5
Last day of classes for Spring 2017 semester

May 6, 8-12
Final exams for Spring 2017 semester

Friday, May 12
College of Science Spring 2017 Commencement ceremony – 7 p.m., College Park Center. Complete information coming soon.
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