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Herrmann, Thompson honored for establishing UTA’s first planetarium

A special event was held December 19 to unveil a plaque commemorating the contributions of former physics professors Ulrich Herrmann and Cecil Thompson, who spearheaded efforts to turn the Roundhouse building into UTA’s first planetarium in 1981

UTA-Shimadzu partnership leads to job opportunity for Ph.D. graduate

Evelyn Wang, who worked in UTA’s Shimadzu Institute while earning her Ph.D. in Analytical Chemistry, says the experience she gained while using the sophisticated equipment in the lab led to a successful job interview with Shimadzu Scientific Instruments before she even graduated with her Ph.D. in May.

Dasgupta receives Eastern Analytical Symposium’s highest honor

Purnendu "Sandy" Dasgupta, the Hamish Small Chair of Ion Analysis in the Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry at UTA, was honored with the 2016 EAS Award for Outstanding Achievements in the Fields of Analytical Chemistry during the EAS annual meeting in New Jersey.

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.

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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

Biology
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
Workshop

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”

Mathematics
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"

Physics
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