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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.

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.

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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

Unless noted, all seminars are at 4 p.m. on Thursdays in Life Science Building, Room 118.

Thursday, February 25
Biology seminar
Elizabeth King, University of Missouri
4 p.m., Life Sciences Building Room 118
Thursday, March 10
Biology seminar
Sam Flaxman, University of Colorado at Boulder
4 p.m., Life Sciences Building Room 118
Thursday, March 31
Biology seminar
Tony Gamble, Marquette University
4 p.m., Life Sciences Building Room 118
Thursday, April 7
Biology seminar
Mary Power, professor of integrative biology, UC Berkeley, member of the National Academy of Sciences
4 p.m., Life Sciences Building Room 118
Thursday, April 14
Biology seminar
Adam Siepielski, evolutionary ecologist, University of Arkansas
Title: A niche for neutrality in structuring species assemblages
4 p.m., Life Science Building Room 124
Thursday, April 21
Biology seminar
Jason Head, University Lecturer and Curator of Vertebrate Paleontology, Department of Zoology and University Museum of Zoology, University of Cambridge
Title: Snaking through morphospace: Anatomical test of the role of regulatory genetics and ecology in the evolution of a hyperdiverse clade
4 p.m., Life Science Building Room 124
Thursday, April 28
Biology seminar - Frontiers in Science Series
Edward F. DeLong, Professor of Oceanography, Center for Microbial Oceanography: Research and Education SCOPE, University of Hawaii at Manoa
Title: Towards 4 Dimensional (Eco) Systems Biology in the Sea
2 p.m., E.H. Hereford University Center, Carlisle Suite (reception to follow)
Thursday, May 5
Biology joint seminar with EES
Ellen Thomas, University and Research Professor in the College of Integrative Sciences, Wesleyan University
4 p.m., Life Science Building Room 124

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

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

Friday, January 29
Mathematics Colloquium
Richard Tapia, professor and director of the Center for Excellence and Equity in Education
Department of Computational and Applied Mathematics (CAAM), Rice University,
3 p.m., Pickard Hall Room 311
Friday, February 5
Mathematics Colloquium
Rakesh, professor, Department of Mathematical Sciences, University of Delaware, "Inverse Problems in Oil Exploration and Medical Imaging"
3 p.m., Pickard Hall Room 311
Friday, February 19
Mathematics Colloquium
Alejandro Uribe, professor, Department of Mathematics, University of Michigan
3 p.m., Pickard Hall Room 311
Friday, April 1
Mathematics Colloquium
"Every breath you take: Some mathematics inspired by respiration"
Dr. Jonathan E. Rubin, Professor, Department of Mathematics, University of Pittsburgh
3 p.m. Pickard Hall Room 305
Friday, April 8
Mathematics Colloquium
Dr. Erika T. Camacho, professor, School of Mathematical and Natural Sciences, Arizona State University
3 p.m., Pickard Hall Room 311

2016 UTA Math GAANN Day:

Pickard Hall Room 305 9:00-9:30 am: breakfast/informal interactions
9:30-9:35 am: welcoming remarks, Prof. Jianzhong Su
9:35-9:45 pm: information on UTA Math GAANN program, Prof. T. Aktosun
9:50-10:00 am: remarks by Prof. Erika Camacho (Arizona State University)
10:05-10:10 am: remarks by Prof. Meri Hughes (University of Mary Hardin-     Baylor)
10:10-10:15 am: remarks by Prof. Alicia Machuca (Texas Woman's University)
10:20-10:30 am: research presentation by Mr. Richard Chandler (GAANN fellow receiving PhD in May 2016)
10:35-11:10 pm: panel discussion by graduate students
11:10-11:40 pm: panel discussion by faculty (Profs. Erika Camacho, Meri Hughes, and Alicia Machuca)
11:40 am-12:30 pm: lunch
Friday, April 15
Special presentation on the history of UT Arlington Mathematics Department
Professor Emeritus Constantin Corduneanu,
2 p.m. - 3 p.m., Pickard Hall Room 305

Mathematics Colloquium
Dr. Vera Serganova, professor, Department of Mathematics, University of California, Berkeley
3 p.m., Pickard Hall Room 311
Friday, April 22
(Tentative) Movie event:  Counting from infinity—Yitang Zhang and the twin prime conjecture—a film by George Csicsery. Organized by SIAM, MAA, AWM, and Actuarial Science Club.  http://www.zalafilms.com/films/countingindex.html
3 p.m., Pickard Hall Room 110
Friday, April 25
Math Majors Assemble:  Spring Math Majors Day is an event highlighting our undergraduate majors and those considering a major in mathematics.  We’ll have a panel spotlighting some of our math alumni and current math majors.  Math faculty will be available to chat.  Also, check out the “Ask the Mathematician” table. Lunch (pizza, beverages, and dessert) will be provided.
12 p.m. – 1 p.m. Pickard Hall Room 305
Friday, April 27
Annual Mathematics Department Awards Ceremony:  Recognizing Students for Outstanding Achievement in Mathematics
11:00 a.m.– 1:00 p.m. MAC-Upstairs Lobby
January 12-15
Deep Underground Neutrino Experiment (DUNE) conference at UT Arlington. The meeting brings together some 150 leading international physicists to collaborate on the game-changing particle physics experiment known as DUNE. Jaehoon Yu, UTA physics professor, is organizer of the meeting. For more on DUNE, click here.
February 12-14
“Romancing The Stars”, Valentine’s Day Event
UTA Planetarium
March 12
“Museum Day Live!” event (in collaboration with the Smithsonian Magazine)
UTA Planetarium
April 7
Talk by Dr. David Nygren, Presidential Distinguished Professor, Dept. of Physics Title: Why is there Something rather than Nothing?
7 pm - UTA Planetarium
April 30
10 Years Anniversary of the UTA Planetarium
UTA Planetarium
May 9
Mercury Transit / Daytime Solar Observations
UTA Planetarium

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