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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.

Physicist De named Fellow by American Physical Society

Kaushik De, professor of physics, received the prestigious honor for his contributions to grid computing architectures that are enabling global collaboration and big data analysis on the ATLAS experiment at CERN, and for his research exploring physics beyond the Standard Model.

Nygren receives first American Physical Society Instrumentation Award

David Nygren, Presidential Distinguished Professor of Physics, was presented with the honor for his widespread and lifelong contributions in the field of particle physics, including his development of the Time Projection Chamber.

Khaledi begins tenure as new College of Science dean

Morteza Khaledi, who took over the leadership role of the College in early August, says he is looking forward to building on the College of Science’s impressive foundation as it helps lead UT Arlington toward its goal of becoming the model 21st century urban research university.

Clark joins UT Arlington as new chair of Biology Department

Clay Clark, professor and new chair of the Department of Biology, is excited about his leadership role as head of the College of Science's largest unit. Clark was previously head of the Department of Biochemistry at North Carolina State University.

Biology doctoral students receive NSF funding for research

Ph.D. students Drew Schield, Daren Card and Alex Hall have been selected to receive funds from the National Science Foundation's highly competitive Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grants (DDIG) program.

Trio of COS students earn NSF Graduate Research Fellowships

John Gurak, a senior in biochemistry; Lauren Fuess, a doctoral student in quantitative biology; and Troy Barber, a master's student in earth and environmental sciences, have been awarded the prestigious Fellowships by the National Science Foundation to further their graduate education.

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Spring 2016 Calendar

Tuesday, January 19
First day of classes for the Spring 2016 semester

Software Carpentry
January 30-31
Software Carpentry Workshop
9am-5pm; Geoscience 100
Join us for 2 days of hands-on experience with basic Linux shell, Git/Github and data analysis in R.
No previous experience in programming is necessary.
For further details and registration, visit https://annawilliford.github.io/2016-01-30-UTA/

March 14-18
Spring Break

Wednesday, March 23
Annual Celebration of Excellence by Students (ACES) symposium, E.H. Hereford University Center. More information here.

Thursday, March 31
Maverick Speaker Series: Jane Goodall, primatologist and conservationist, “Gombe and Beyond: An Evening with Dr. Jane Goodall”
7:30 p.m., College Park Center. Audience Q&A to follow lecture.
Tickets available starting at 10 a.m. March 1 at utatickets.com

Monday, April 4
Registration begins for Summer and Fall 2016 terms

Friday, April 15
COS/SCC Spring Picnic, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Library Mall. Food and drinks along with snow-cones, interactive games and activities on the lawn.

Friday, May 6
Last day of classes for Spring 2016 semester

May 7, 9-13
Finals exams for Spring 2016 semester

Friday, May 13

College of Science Spring 2016 Commencement ceremony, 3 p.m., College Park Center

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.

February 25
Elizabeth King, assistant professor, Department of Biological Sciences, University of Missouri

March 10
Sam Flaxman, assistant professor, Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of Colorado at Boulder

March 31
Tony Gamble, assistant professor, Department of Biological Sciences, Marquette University

April 7
Mary Power, professor of integrative biology, UC Berkeley; member of the National Academy of Sciences

April 14
Adam Siepielski, assistant professor, Department of Biological Sciences, University of Arkansas

April 28
Ed DeLong, professor of oceanography, University of Hawaii; member of the National Academy of Sciences

May 5
Ellen Thomas, University Professor in the College of Integrative Sciences, Wesleyan University (joint seminar with EES)

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

January 22
Bryan Shaw, professor, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, Baylor University, “Drugging Z: Arresting Amyloid with Coulomb’s Law”

January 29
A. Clay Clark, professor and chair, Department of Biology, University of Texas at Arlington, “Allosteric Control of Caspases in Cell Death and Signaling”

February 12
Richmond Sarpong, professor, Department of Chemistry, University of California, Berkeley, “Strategies and Tactics for the Chemical Synthesis Inspired by Complex Natural Products”

February 19
James McNew, professor, Department of Biosciences, Rice University, “ER Membrane Fusion by the GTPase Atlastin”

February 26
Paul Kenis, professor, Department of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering, University of Illinois, “Microchemical Systems to Address Challenges in Energy and Biology”

March 4
Holly Ellis, professor, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, Auburn University, “Distinct Structural Properties of the Alkanesulfonate Monooxygenase System that Promote Flavin Transfer”

March 11
Olafs Daugulis, professor, Department of Chemistry, University of Houston, “New Methods for Carbon-Hydrogen Bond Functionalization”

March 25
Byeong-Su Kim, professor, Department of Chemistry, Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology (UNIST), Korea, “Hybrid Nanomaterials Based on Defective Nanocarbons: Promising Energy and Biomedical Applications”

April 1
Phoebe Glazer, professor, Department of Chemistry, University of Kentucky, "Developing a Research Platform for the Discovery of Cytotoxic Metal Complexes"

April 8
Plamen Atanassov, professor, Department of Chemical & Biological Engineering, University of New Mexico, “Hierarchically Structured Fuel Cell Catalysts: Materials Derived by Sacrificial Support Method (SSM)”

April 15
Satinder Ahuja, president, Ahuja Consulting, “Practical Analytical Problem Solving”

April 22
Miguel Garcia-Garibay, professor, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, University of California, Los Angeles, "The Secret Lives of Crystals: Control of Chemical Reactivity, Rotational Dynamics and Molecular Machines"

April 29
Evan Williams, professor, Department of Chemistry, University of California, Berkeley, "New Insights into Molecular Structure and Ion Solvation from Mass Spectrometry"

May 6
Charles Phillip Shelor, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, University of Texas at Arlington, “New Separation and Detection Methods for Ion Chromatography”

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

January 28
Emily Finzel, assistant professor, Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, University of Iowa

February 4
Mark Zoback, Benjamin M. Page Professor of Geophysics, Stanford University; member of the National Academy of Engineering

February 11
Ze'ev Reches, professor of geology, School of Geology and Geophysics, University of Oklahoma

February 18
Francisca Oboh-Ikuenobe, professor of geosciences, Missouri University of Science and Technology

February 25
Peter DeCelles, professor of Tectonics, Stratigraphy and Sedimentology, Department of Geosciences, University of Arizona

March 3
Juan Carlos Silva, assistant professor of sedimentary and environmental geology, Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, University of Houston

March 24
Fred Chester, professor, Department of Geology & Geophysics, Texas A&M University

Mathematics
All colloquia are held Fridays at 3 p.m. in Pickard Hall, Room 311.

January 29
Richard Tapia, professor and director of the Center for Excellence and Equity in Education, Department of Computational and Applied Mathematics (CAAM), Rice University,

February 5
Rakesh, professor, Department of Mathematical Sciences, University of Delaware, "Inverse Problems in Oil Exploration and Medical Imaging"

February 19
Alejandro Uribe, professor, Department of Mathematics, University of Michigan

April 1
Jonathan E. Rubin, professor, Department of Mathematics, University of Pittsburgh

April 8
Erika T. Camacho, professor, School of Mathematical and Natural Sciences, Arizona State University,

April 15
Vera Serganova, professor, Department of Mathematics, University of California, Berkeley

Physics
All colloquia are held on Wednesdays at 4 p.m. in Science Hall, Room 101.
Psychology

Friday, March 4
Chandramallika Basak, assistant professor, School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences, UT Dallas, 12 p.m., University Hall Room 10