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Cordero receives two national awards for contributions to STEM education

Minerva Cordero, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and mathematics professor, was honored by the Great Minds in STEM organization with its 2016 HENAAC Education Distinction Award, and Ford Motor Co. selected her as one of its 2016 Mujeres Legendarias (Legendary Women) for excellence in teaching and for her efforts in increasing diversity in STEM programs.

Lopez wins national award for contributions to science education, outreach

Ramon Lopez, professor of physics and UTeach Arlington co-director, has been named recipient of the 2016 Richard Carrington Education and Public Outreach Award, given by the American Geophysical Union’s Space and Aeronomy section for his outstanding work in science education and outreach.

Trio of College of Science faculty receive prestigious Tech Titans Awards

Purnendu “Sandy” Dasgupta won the Tech Titans Technology Inventors Award, while Kevin Schug and Laura Mydlarz won the Tech Titans of the Future University Level Award for their leadership of the Achieving Success in Science through Undergraduate Research and Engagement (ASSURE) program.

Two College of Science faculty members honored for teaching excellence

Ashley Griffith, assistant professor of earth and environmental sciences, left, and Christopher Kribs, professor of mathematics, are among the recipients of the prestigious 2016 UT System Regents’ Outstanding Teaching Award. The award recognizes faculty who inspire students with their innovative teaching methods.

Deng leading $7.3M project to create new space weather simulator

UTA faculty members, from left, Chaoqun Liu, Yue Deng and Mingwu Jin are leading a national initiative funded by NASA to improve forecasting and satellite tracking during storms

Researchers devise process to generate renewable energy

A team of UTA chemists and engineers led by chemistry and biochemistry interim chair Fred MacDonnell has proven that concentrated light, heat and high pressures can drive the conversion of carbon dioxide and water directly into useable liquid hydrocarbon cells..

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Fall 2016 Calendar

Wednesday, August 24

SuccessU Faculty/Student Mixer – 10:45 to 11:45 a.m., Rio Grande Ballroom, 2nd Floor of E.H. Hereford University Center
This annual reception for incoming freshmen science majors gives students the chance to meet College of Science faculty and instructors and get their UTA experience off to a great start! Coffee, lemonade and cookies will be served, followed immediately by lunch for the students and faculty in the Bluebonnet Ballroom.

Friday, September 2

Welcome Week Ice Cream Social – 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Life Sciences Building Lobby
Join College of Science administrators and staff in the newly remodeled lobby of the Life Sciences Building for a free build-your-own ice cream sundae as we welcome our students back to campus!

Saturday, September 17

Wheels for Wellness Car Show – 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Sundance Square, downtown Fort Worth
Come to Fort Worth for this free car show benefitting The Prostate Cancer Resource Center at Texas Health, The Fort Worth AYA Oncology Coalition, and Cancer Research at UNT Health Science Center. While you’re there, check out UTA's College of Science booth and the College of Engineering's Formula SAE race car. Free prostate cancer screenings will be offered. All types of cars, classics, exotics and motorcycles welcome. Register online at http://wheelsforwellness.org/ for a discounted price, goody bag and free limited edition t-shirt.

Friday, September 30

Fall Faculty & Staff Meeting – 3:30 to 5 p.m., Central Library, 6th Floor Atrium
All COS faculty and staff are invited to attend our Fall Faculty & Staff Meeting. Provost Linda Johnsrud will be our guest speaker, and refreshments will be served. Please remember that your Mav ID is required to enter the library.

Friday, October 28

Chemistry Biochemistry Society 6th Annual Poster Symposium – 2-5 p.m., Chemistry & Physics Building, 3rd floor atrium
Open to all undergraduate students. Abstracts (250 words maximum) must be submitted by October 24 to mistysmartin@mavs.uta.edu. The winner will receive a paid trip to the National ACS meeting to present their work. Cash prizes for 2nd and 3rd places; honorable mentions will receive T-shirts.

Science Week Tuesday, November 1-4 2016

The College of Science will celebrate Science Week 2016 from November 1-4. The week will be full of special events, including lectures by special guests for students, faculty, alumni and the general public; Q&A discussions on careers in the medical and environmental science fields featuring COS alumni and industry professionals; and guest talks by COS alumni for Freshmen Interest Group (FIG) students. The week’s schedule includes:

Tuesday, November 1

2-3 p.m., COBA Room 245, Biology/Health Professions FIGs (Freshmen Interest Groups) class. Guest talk by UTA alumnus Dr. Ignacio Nunez (B.S. in Biology, 1975). Open to class members only.

4:30-6 p.m., LSB Room 118. Guest lecture by Eric Mazur, Balkanski Professor of Physics and Applied Physics, John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, Harvard University. Title: “Assessment: The Silent Killer of Learning.” A reception will precede the lecture at 4 p.m. in the LSB first floor lobby. Open to all.

Wednesday, November 2

11 a.m. to 12 p.m., COBA Room 140, Physical Sciences FIG class. Guest talk by UTA alumna Lekha Gopalakrishnan (M.S. in Chemistry, 1990). Open to class members only.

12-1 p.m., LSB Room 119. Interactive talk on Careers in Medicine with COS alumnus Dr. Asad Dean (B.S. in Biology, 1993). Dr. Dean will answer students’ questions about medical school, internships and becoming a professional in the medical field. Open to medical pre-professional students.

12-1 p.m., UH Room 110. Guest lecture by Michael Mumford, professor of Industrial/Organizational Psychology, University of Oklahoma. Title: “Leader thinking skills: Use of skill measures in predicting complex performance.” Open to all.

12-1 p.m., LSB Room 122. Earth & Environmental Sciences Careers Panel featuring professionals from industry, governmental agencies and local municipalities. Open to all science majors.

2-3:20 p.m., Science Hall Room 129. Resume Workshop featuring industry professionals who will review and critique students’ resumes. Refreshments served following at 3:20 p.m. Open to all science majors.

3:30-5 p.m., Science Hall Room 129. Interviewing Workshop featuring industry professionals who will coach students on interview techniques and conduct mock interviews. Refreshments served prior to workshop at 3:20 pm. Open to all science majors.

Thursday, November 3
2-3 p.m., Trimble Hall Room 02 (basement level), Psychology FIG class. Guest talk by UTA alumna Adria Toliver-Lemelle (M.S. in Industrial/Organizational Psychology, 2010; Ph.D. in I/O Psychology, 2013). Open to class members only.

4-5 p.m., GEO Room 100. Guest lecture by Mark Harrison, Distinguished Professor of Geochemistry, Department of Earth, Planetary and Space Sciences, UCLA; member of the National Academy of Sciences. Title: “A New View of Early Earth and Its Habitability.” A reception will precede the talk at 3:30 p.m. in the lobby outside GEO Room 100. Open to all.

7:30 p.m., Texas Hall. The Maverick Speakers Series presents Alexandra Cousteau, “This Blue Planet: Preserving and Sustaining a Healthy Earth.” A National Geographic “emerging explorer,” filmmaker, and globally recognized advocate on water issues, Cousteau continues the work of her renowned grandfather, Jacques-Yves Cousteau, and her father, Philippe Cousteau Sr. Dedicated to advocating for the importance of conservation and the sustainable management of water, her global initiatives seek to inspire and empower individuals to protect not only the ocean and its inhabitants, but also the human communities that rely on freshwater resources. Tickets are required; get them here.

Friday, November 4
3-4 p.m., PKH 110. Guest lecture by Tim Davis, professor, Department of Computer Science and Engineering, Texas A&M University. Title: “Math, Matrices and Music.” A reception will follow the talk. Open to all.

Thursday, December 8

COS Holiday Luncheon – 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Red River/Concho Rooms, 2nd Floor of the E.H. Hereford University Center
College of Science faculty and staff are invited to join us for our annual holiday luncheon, hosted by Dean Morteza Khaledi in the Red River and Concho Rooms of the E.H. Hereford University Center. An invitation will be sent later this fall requesting faculty and staff RSVPs.

Friday, December 16

Fall 2016 Commencement – 7 to 9 p.m., College Park Center
Please note that our Fall 2016 graduation ceremony will also include the College of Education. Information and special instructions will be posted on the COS website and emailed to students during the Fall semester.
College of Science Seminar/Colloquia Schedule Spring 2016

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

September 2
Biology seminar
Michael Kaller, associate professor, School of Renewable Natural Resources, Louisiana State University
4 p.m., Life Sciences Building Room 122
October 6
Biology seminar
Dan Portik, postdoctoral fellow, Matthew Fujita Lab, Department of Biology, University of Texas at Arlington
4 p.m., Life Sciences Building Room 122
November 17
Biology seminar
Danielle Edwards, assistant professor, School of Natural Sciences, University of California-Merced
4 p.m., Life Sciences Building Room 122

Chemistry and Biochemistry
All seminars are on Fridays at 3 p.m. in the W.A. Baker Chemistry Research Building, Room 114.

September 2
Kayunta Johnson-Winters, assistant professor, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, University of Texas at Arlington, “Investigation of Two F420-Cofactor Dependent Enzymes: A Kinetic Analysis”

September 9
Michael Rose, professor, Department of Chemistry, University of Texas at Austin,
"Moving Hydrides with Iron and Electrons through Metal Oxides: Molecules and Materials for Hydrogen Related Transformations"

September 16
Brian Stoltz, professor, Division of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, California Institute of Technology,
"Complex Natural Products as a Driving Force for Discovery in Organic Chemistry"

September 23
Jennifer Brodbelt, professor, Department of Chemistry, University of Texas at Austin,
“Development of Ultraviolet Photodissociation Mass Spectrometry for Biological Applications”

September 30
Junha Jeon, assistant professor, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, University of Texas at Arlington,
"Catalytic Silylation Reactions: Organosilanes and Organosilanols –Environmentally Benign, Versatile Synthetic Building Blocks and Synthetic Targets”

October 3 (Monday)
Professor Loi H. Do, professor, Department of Chemistry, University of Houston
“Biocatalysts: From Flask to Cells”

October 7
Norbert Pienta, professor, Department of Chemistry, University of Georgia,
“Studying Student Problem Solving in General and Organic Chemistry”

October 14
David Nygren, professor, Department of Physics, University of Texas at Arlington,
"Ultimate Analytical Chemistry: Neutrinos, Nuclear Physics and Cosmology Meet Single Molecule Fluorescence Imaging"

October 21
Olivier Gourdon, Associate Director, Research and Development, ZS Pharma, Inc., Coppell, Texas
“Study of Structure-Property Relationship in Novel Inorganic Compounds with Disorder and/or Long Range Order”

October 28
Saewung Kim, professor, School of Physical Science, University of California, Irvine,
“Natural and Anthropogenic Impacts on Tropospheric Oxidation Capacity and Reactivity - A Brief Diagnosis for Future Projections in Air Quality and Climate Change”

November 4
Raphael Raptis, professor, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, Florida International University,
“Redox-Active Iron-Oxo Complexes Containing Fe4O4-Cubanes; The Search for a Needle in a Haystack, or an Electron in a Multinuclear Cluster”

November 11
Carole Mendelson, professor, Department of Biochemistry, Obstetrics and Gynecology, UT Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas,
"Fetal-to-Maternal Signaling in the Timing of Birth"

November 18
Professor Wei Wang, professor, Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology, University of New Mexico,
“’Privileged' Structures Directed Organocatalytic Cascade Diversity ad Complexity Synthesis”

November 25
No seminar (Thanksgiving holidays)

December 2
Marc Anderson, professor, College of Engineering, University of Wisconsin-Madison,
“Building a Better Environment by Doing Things ‘Porely’”

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

September 8
Lin Li, UT Arlington, “Spatial distribution and controlling factors of stable isotopes in meteoric waters on the Tibetan Plateau: implications for paleoelevation reconstruction”

September 15
Qinhong “Max” Hu, associate professor of earth and environmental sciences, UT Arlington, “Nanogeology constrains shale revolution”

September 22
Omar R. Harvey, assistant professor of environmental science, Texas Christian University, “Carbon dynamics and the heterogeneity conundrum”

October 6
Ganapathy Shanmugam, local geologist, “The fallacy of interpreting SSDS with different types of breccias as seismites amid the multifarious origins of earthquakes: Implications”

October 13
Hejun Zhu, assistant professor of geosciences, UT Dallas, “Applications of full waveform inversion at continental and reservoir scales”

October 20
Peter Clift, Charles T. McCord Endowed Professor of Geology and Geophysics, Louisiana State University, “Links between mountain building and monsoon intensification in South Asia: New results from IODP Expedition 355”

October 27
Guanghsheng Zhuang, assistant professor of geology and geophysics, Louisiana State University, “Manifestation of intruded polar cold deep waters in the western Arabian Sea”

November 3
Mark Harrison, professor of earth, planetary and space sciences, University of California Los Angeles, title TBA

November 10
Arne Winguth, associate professor of earth and environmental sciences, UT Arlington, “Biophysical feedbacks in hothouse climates of the past”

November 17
Joel Saylor, assistant professor of sedimentology, stable isotopes, magnetostratigraphy, and basin analysis, University of Houston, “Topographic growth and foreland-hinterland basin transition in the central Andes of southern Peru”

December 1
Inkyu Han, assistant professor of epidemiology, human genetics & environmental sciences, UT Health Science Center at Houston, “Comparison of trace elements in size-fractionated particles in two communities with contrasting socioeconomic status (SES) in Houston, TX”

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

September 30
Tokoyuki Arakawa, associate professor, Department of Mathematics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology,
"Vertex Algebras and Symplectic Varieties"

October 14
Bei Hu, professor, Department of Mathematics, University of Notre Dame,
“PDE Tumor Models"

Physics
Unless noted, all colloquia are at 4 p.m. in Science Hall, Room 100.

September 7
Physics Faculty Research Expo No. 1 - David Nygren, Sangwook Park, Nila Veerabathina and Andrew White, Department of Physics, UT Arlington

September 14
Physics Faculty Research Expo No. 2 - Ben Jones, Zdzislaw Musielak and Nila Veerabathina, Department of Physics, UT Arlington

September 21
Physics Faculty Research Expo No. 3 - Jonathan Asaadi, Manfred Cuntz and Alex Weiss, Department of Physics, UT Arlington

September 28
Amir Farbin, associate professor, Department of Physics, UT Arlington,
“Deep Learning in High Energy Physics”