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College welcomes 17 new faculty members for 2016-17
     
An important aspect of being a nationally acclaimed university is recruiting top-notch faculty who will new ideas, expertise and energy to campus. The College of Science is certainly doing its part in this regard this fall.

In The University of Texas at Arlington’s campaign to become the model 21st century urban research university, attracting and retaining top-level faculty is one of its top priorities. The College of Science has hired nine new assistant professors for Fall 2016, with two more set to join the ranks in Spring 2017. The College has also added six experienced lecturers to bolster its award-winning teaching roster.

“Our new faculty members will augment the cutting-edge research and award-winning teaching already being done in the College of Science, and they will also help take the College in new and exciting directions in research,” said Morteza Khaledi, dean of the College of Science. “Their research interests align very well with the goals we have set out for the College and the University in the Strategic Plan 2020: Bold Solutions | Global Impact. I’m very happy to welcome them all to UTA and the College of Science.”

New faculty members for Fall 2016 include:

Jason Kubinak, assistant professor of biology. Kubinak’s research interests are in immunology, microbial pathogenesis and microbiomes. He worked as a postdoctoral researcher in the Department of Pathology at the University of Utah School of Medicine prior to joining UTA. He earned his Ph.D. in Biology from the University of Utah in 2011, an M.S. in Zoology from James Cook University in Townsville, Queensland, Australia in 2005 and a B.S. in Conservation and Applied Ecology from Rutgers University in 2001.

Mark Pellegrino, assistant professor of biology. Pellegrino’s research interests include cell biology, mitochondria and stress response. Prior to joining UTA, Pellegrino was a postdoctoral research associate at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York. He previously worked as a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Zurich in Switzerland. He earned his Ph.D. from the University of Melbourne in Australia in 2008, an M.S. in Molecular Neurobiology from McGill University in Montreal, Canada in 2002; and a B.S. in Biology from McGill University in 2000.

Sen Xu, assistant professor of biology. Xu’s research interests are in evolutionary and environmental science. Prior to joining UTA, Xu held postdoctoral fellow positions at the Great Lakes Institute for Environmental Research in Windsor, Ontario, Canada, and in the Department of Biology at Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana. He earned his Ph.D. from the Great Lakes Institute for Environmental Research at the University of Windsor in Ontario, Canada in 2011; an M.S. from the Institute for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Dynamics at the University of Amsterdam in The Netherlands in 2005; and a B.S. in Biology from Ocean University of China in Qingdao, China in 2003.

Kwangho Nam, assistant professor of chemistry & biochemistry. Nam’s research interests include enzyme modeling; developing QM/MM simulation methods; and protein dynamics. Prior to joining UTA, Nam was an assistant professor and research fellow in the Department of Chemistry at Umeå University in Umeå, Sweden. He previously was a postdoctoral fellow and research associate in the Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology at Harvard University. He received his Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry from the University of Minnesota in 2006; an M.S. in Biochemistry from Korea University in Seoul, South Korea in 1998; and a B.S. in Agricultural Chemistry from Korea University in 1995.

Hyeong-Moo Shin, assistant professor of earth and environmental sciences. Shin’s research interests are in environmental fate and transport modeling; exposure and risk assessment; exposure reconstruction; environmental epidemiology; pharmacokinetic modeling; and sensitivity/uncertainty analysis. He was an assistant professor in the Department of Public Health Sciences at the University of California, Davis prior to joining UTA, and previously worked as a postdoctoral researcher at UC Davis and as a graduate research assistant in the Concentration in Epidemiology and Public Health at UC Irvine. He received his Ph.D. in Environmental Health Sciences at UC Irvine in 2011, an M.S. in Environmental Engineering at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh in 2007, and a B.S. in Environmental Engineering from Yonsei University in Seoul, South Korea in 2005.

Suvra Pal, assistant professor of mathematics. Pal’s research interests are in survival analysis; cure rate modeling; statistical computing; statistical inference; and model selection. He worked for the past year as a visiting assistant professor at UTA before being hired to join the full-time faculty this fall. He previously was a lecturer at the University of the Witwatersrand, School of Statistics and Actuarial Science, in Johannesburg, South Africa. He received his Ph.D. in Statistics from McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada in 2014; an M.S. in Statistics from the University of Calcutta, India, in 2008; and a B.S. in Statistics from Maulana Azad College, Kolkata, under University of Calcutta, India in 2006.

Jonghyun Yun, assistant professor of mathematics. Yun’s research interests include statistical computing; high-dimensional data analysis; integrative modeling; Bayesian inference; next-generation sequencing data; statistical genomics; optimal drug selection; and RNAi screens. Prior to joining UTA, Yun was an assistant professor of mathematical sciences at UT El Paso, and a postdoctoral researcher in the Department of Clinical Sciences at UT Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas. He received his Ph.D. in Statistics from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2012; an M.A. in Applied Statistics from Yonsei University in Seoul, South Korea in 2006; and a B.A. in Applied Statistics and Business Administration from Yonsei University in 2004.

Benjamin J.P. Jones, assistant professor in physics. Jones’ research interests are in elementary particle physics, sterile neutrinos and optical simulations. Jones spent the past year as a postdoctoral researcher at UTA in the lab of David Nygren, Presidential Distinguished Professor of Physics. He received his Ph.D. in Physics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge, Mass., in 2015; and a B.A. M.Sci. in Natural Sciences, First Class with specialization in Experimental and Theoretical Physics from the University of Cambridge (Selwyn College), UK, in 2009.

Kelsey Medeiros, assistant professor of psychology. Medeiros’ research interests are in ethical decision making, corporate social responsibility, and creative problem solving. She received her
 
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Ph.D. in Industrial-Organizational Psychology from the University of Oklahoma in 2016, an M.S. in I/O Psychology from the University of Oklahoma in 2013, and a B.S. in Psychology from Penn State University in 2011. As a graduate student at OU, she worked on both NSF and NIH research grants and trained over 500 incoming graduate students in the Responsible Conduct of Research and Professional Ethics.

New faculty members for Spring 2017 are:

Kai Zhu, assistant professor of biology. Zhu is a Huxley Faculty Fellow of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at Rice University. He previously worked as a postdoctoral research scientist at the Carnegie Institution for Science, Department of Global Ecology, at Stanford University. His research interests are in large-scale responses to climate change in forests; long-term global change impacts on grasslands; and demographic research in the age of big data. He earned his Ph.D. in Environment (Ecology) from Duke University in 2014; an M.S. in Statistical Science from Duke in 2014; an M.S. in Natural Resources from Beijing Normal University in 2009; and a B.S. in Management Sciences (Systems Theory) from Beijing Normal University in 2006.

Amber Schroeder, assistant professor of psychology. Schroeder has been an assistant professor of psychological sciences and of psychology at Western Kentucky University in Bowling Green, Kentucky since 2012. Her research interests are in organizational social media use; employee behavior in a virtual medium. She received a Ph.D. in Industrial-Organizational Psychology from Clemson University in Clemson, S.C. in 2012; an M.S. in Applied Psychology from Clemson in 2009; and a B.A. in Psychology from Texas A&M University in 2007.

New teaching faculty in the College of Science for Fall 2016 are:

Joy Jackson, lecturer in biology. Prior to joining UTA, Jackson was an assistant professor of biology and director of the Math/Science Pre-College Center at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff. She earned her Ph.D. in Microbiology at Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa in 2013 and a B.S. in Biology from the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff in 2008.

Nick Pollock, lecturer in biology. Prior to coming to UTA, Pollock was a graduate teaching fellow at the Rutgers Academy for Scholarship of Teaching and Learning at Rutgers University, as well as a teaching assistant in the Department of Ecology and Evolution at Rutgers. He received his Ph.D. in Ecology and Evolution from Rutgers University in New Brunswick, N.J., in 2016; an M.S. in Biology from California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo, California in 2011; and a B.S. in Environmental Biology from the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry in Syracuse, N.Y. in 2007.

Kathryn Rhoads, lecturer in mathematics. Rhoads has been a visiting assistant professor of mathematics at UTA since 2014. Her research interests are in mathematical knowledge and beliefs supporting high school mathematics teachers in instruction; and assessing mathematical problem solving at the undergraduate level. She earned a Ph.D. in Education with a concentration in Mathematics Education from Rutgers University in New Brunswick, N.J., in 2014; an M.A.T. in Mathematics from Texas Christian University in 2007, an M.Ed. in Secondary Education from TCU in December 2004; and a B.A. in Mathematics from TCU in May 2004.

Dan Warren, lecturer in mathematics. Prior to joining UTA, Warren was an assistant professor at Darton State College in Albany, Georgia. He previously was a lecturer and Arnold Ross assistant professor at Ohio State University. He received a Ph.D. in Mathematics from the University of Florida in Gainesville, Fla., in 2005; an M.S. in Mathematics from the University of Florida in 2002; and a B.S. in Mathematics from the University of Georgia in 1999.

Esteban Diaz, visiting lecturer in mathematics. Prior to joining UTA, Diaz was an adjunct professor at Strayer University in Dallas, and an adjunct professor in online mathematics education for the University of Chile. He earned a Ph.D. in Mathematics from the University of Iowa in 2007; and a B.S. in Mathematics from the University of Chile in 2001.

Scott Boyd, lecturer in psychology. Boyd is an organizational effectiveness manager for Flowserve Corp. in Irving. He previously served as an adjunct assistant professor of psychology at St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minn., from 2012-14. He received a Ph.D. in Organizational Psychology from Alliant International University in Los Angeles in 2006; an M.S. in Organizational Psychology from Alliant International University in 2002; and a B.A. in Psychology from the University of Wisconsin in 1998.

Posted September 30, 2016
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