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College of Science bestows annual awards to faculty, staff
The College of Science presented its annual research and faculty awards and recognized faculty who have received various honors in the past academic year during an end-of-year ceremony on May 4.

Dean Pamela Jansma announced the awards after summarizing many of the highlights in the college over the last year.

The Outstanding Research Award was given to Jaehoon Yu, professor of physics, and Carl Lovely, professor of chemistry and biochemistry.

Yu has an outstanding record of accomplishment, with over 200 publications in prestigious journals and continuous funding to support his experimental work in particle physics, Jansma said. Yu came to UT Arlington in 2001 from the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory in Illinois.

"The award given this year recognizes his critical contributions to the search for the Higgs particle," Jansma said. "The confirmed discovery of the Higgs particle would have profound importance for our understanding of the universe, and accumulating evidence for its existence has been keenly followed by the world press and the public at large. The college is fortunate to have a leader in this quest among its faculty."

Lovely's record of accomplishment is also outstanding, Jansma said, with over 65 publications, a strong record of research funding and 13 doctoral degrees completed under his direction. Lovely came to UT Arlington in 1996 from Ohio State University, where he was working as a postdoctoral fellow.

"The award given this year recognizes his unique accomplishments in achieving some of the most difficult and complex chemical syntheses attempted," Jansma said. "Dr. Lovely is an outstanding teacher, and has been recognized with election to the Academy of Distinguished Teachers at UT Arlington. The college is fortunate to have such a first-class scholar among its faculty."

The Outstanding Teaching Award was given to Angela Liegey-Dougall, assistant professor of psychology, and Fred MacDonnell, professor of chemistry and biochemistry.

Liegey-Dougall, who came to UT Arlington in 2006 from the University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute, has consistently had some of the top course evaluations for her upper-level undergraduate course in Health Psychology, Jansma said.

"She has also integrated an extra credit Service Learning Project, which is done in conjunction with UT Arlington Health Services, and that allows the students to actively practice many of the concepts and interventions they discuss in class," Jansma said. "At the graduate level, she was instrumental in revamping the Graduate Statistics sequence and including more hands-on instruction."

MacDonnell, who came to UT Arlington in 1995, teaches large freshmen chemistry courses and graduate level inorganic chemistry. These are some of the most challenging courses to teach in the department, Jansma said. "However, Fred teaches these courses very effectively and with true dedication," she said. "He goes beyond textbooks and links chemistry to real-life implications. Student evaluations of his teaching activities are consistently good. He also has an active research group and is a caring mentor. He's also our magician and is responsible for creating the chemistry magic shows."

A new award was created this year to recognize staff for their service, commitment and dedication to the College of Science. It was decided to name the award for Mary Jane Goad, who worked for decades in the College of Science, serving each of the eight deans and acting deans of the college since the late 1960s.

"We thought it would be fitting to name this award after a person who dedicated 40 years of their life to the institution," Jansma said. "Mary Jane is also responsible for mentoring the majority of the staff in the college today."

The inaugural Mary Jane Goad Staff Excellence Award was presented to Linda Taylor, administrative services officer II in the Department of Biology. Taylor has been at UT Arlington for 25 years and her dependability and knowledge about the department are invaluable, Jansma said. Goad, who retired last year, was in attendance to present the award.

"Despite the exceptional demands placed on her time, Linda invariably has a positive attitude and is courteous to the dozens of students and faculty who daily seek her help," Jansma said. "Linda's cheerful attitude helps create a positive work environment, and she does a superb job mentoring and supervising other staff members."

Also noted at the ceremony were college employees who have achieved milestone years of service levels. They include:

30 years - Asok Ray, physics professor
25 years - Linda Taylor, biology administrative services officer II
20 years - Rasika Dias, chemistry professor and chair; James Epperson, math associate professor; John Wickham, earth and environmental science professor and chair

Research and teaching award winners with Dean Pamela Jansma, from left, Fred MacDonnell, Jansma, Jae Yu, Carl Lovely and Angela Liegey-Dougall.
Linda Taylor, left, received the inaugural Mary Jane Goad Staff Excellence Award from longtime College of Science staff member Goad, right.

15 years - Matthew Nelson, biology lecturer; Gloria Burlingham, biology support specialist; Sandra Westmoreland, biology lecturer; Shelley Hamilton, math lecturer; David Jorgensen, math associate professor; Victor Reece, physics computing specialist II; Mark Sosebee, physics software systems specialist III; Qing Lin, psychology associate professor
10 years - Michelle Badon, biology lecturer; John Fondon, biology assistant professor; Jesse Meik, biology lecturer; Sophia Passy, biology associate professor; Walter Schargel, biology lecturer; Larry Standlee, geology adjunct assistant professor; Hristo Kojouharov, math associate professor; Patrick McGuigan, physics faculty research associate; Nurcan Ozturk, physics research associate; Jaehoon Yu, physics professor

A number of faculty members who received awards and recognition at the University's annual Spring Faculty and Associates meeting were also acknowledged. A full list of these honorees can be found here.

Jansma also read a special proclamation which was made by the Texas Senate, which recognized chemistry and biochemistry professor Purnendu "Sandy" Dasgupta, recipient of the 2012 Dal Nogare Award for his groundbreaking work in chromatography. The honor, Senate Proclamation No. 350, was drafted by Sen. Wendy Davis of Fort Worth and commends Dasgupta "on his many outstanding achievements and extends congratulations to him on being named the 2012 recipient of the Dal Nogare Award."

Also recognized were faculty members who received tenure and promotions in the past year. These include:

Shawn Christensen, biology, promoted to associate professor; Manfred Cuntz, physics, promoted to full professor; Amir Farbin, physics, promoted to associate professor; Dimitar Grantcharov, math, promoted to associate professor; Jongyun Heo, chemistry and biochemistry, promoted to associate professor; Qinhong Hu, earth and environmental sciences, promoted to associate professor; Andrew Hunt, earth and environmental sciences, promoted to associate professor; Hristo Kojouharov, math, promoted to full professor; Ellen Pritham, biology, promoted to associate professor; Eric Smith-Urrutia, biology, promoted to associate professor; Michaela Vancliff, math, promoted to full professor; Jaehoon Yu, physics, promoted to full professor.

The dean also made note of the UT Arlington chapter of Pi Kappa Phi Honors Society's impending May 5 induction ceremony. Three College of Science faculty members - James Grover, associate dean; Ed Morton, assistant dean; and Tim Henry, Honors College assistant dean and biology lecturer - were inducted.

Posted May 18, 2012

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