College of Science

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..

Dasgupta named to Hamish Small endowed chair in ion analysis

Purnendu “Sandy” Dasgupta and Hamish Small, the creator of ion chromatography, were honored during a symposium at which Dasgupta was formally recognized as the first holder of the University’s Hamish Small Chair in Ion Analysis, a $1 million endowed position established through a gift from Thermo Fisher Scientific.

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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.

Tuesday, November 1 to Saturday, November 5

2016 Science Week
The COS will host our annual Science Week celebration from November 1-5, spotlighting the achievements of our students and faculty and providing alumni with the opportunity to reconnect with their alma mater. More information will be posted on the COS website soon on special events planned for this week.

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

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”