MAVERICK SCIENCE
  The University of Texas at Arlington College of Science Fall 2010  
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Camp encourages kids to reach for the stars

A group of 48 middle school students from across the Metroplex spent two weeks on the UT Arlington campus this summer learning about science, math, engineering and technology during the ExxonMobil Bernard Harris Summer Science Camp.
The camp, held July 18-30, reinforced students' interest in science and math, and stressed staying in school and college readiness. Harris, a physician and 19-year veteran of the NASA astronaut program, became the first African-American to walk in space on Feb. 9, 1995 during a mission of the Space Shuttle Discovery. He spent a day with the campers, eating breakfast with them and answering their questions about what it's like to be an astronaut.
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Oil Spill Turtle

Scientists wary of BP oil spill's impact

The most immediate concern with the Gulf of Mexico oil spill has been addressed with the capping of the deep sea well, but another major concern remains – namely, the long-term impact of the largest marine oil spill in U.S. history.
The disaster began when the Deepwater Horizon offshore drilling rig, located 40 miles off the coast of Louisiana and leased by British Petroleum, exploded on April 20 as methane gas from the drill column reached the platform and ignited. The blast killed 11 workers and burned until the rig platform sank two days later. A large oil slick began to spread that same day, and oil flowed unabated from the wellhead as BP made numerous unsuccessful attempts to cap the leak.
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Schug Fair

Program aims to make science accessible, fun

Shrinking budgets for K-12 education in the United States and a growing number of students with limited English proficiency (LEP) prompted UT Arlington chemistry assistant professor Kevin Schug to take action.
Schug created a program called Diversity in Science in the United States (DISCUS), to increase awareness of the need for more scientists, develop tools to increase knowledge retention for diverse student populations, and highlight opportunities and routes to higher education for students with LEP.
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Spaniola and Fry

Fry named professor emeritus of physics

Retired physics professor John Fry's long, distinguished career of teaching, research and service at UT Arlington was acknowledged September 20 when he was one of four faculty members to receive emeritus status.
The UT Board of Regents voted to honor Fry and three others with the professor emeritus honor over the summer, and UT Arlington recognized the four during the Fall Meeting of the University Faculty and Associates at the Hereford University Center. UT Arlington President James D. Spaniolo presented each honoree with a framed certificate commemorating the event.
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Planetarium

Digistar 4 puts Planetarium in elite class

The views of outer space and the farthest reaches of the galaxy are even clearer and more vivid since the Planetarium at UT Arlington converted its software to Digistar 4 over the winter and spring.
The new technology uses no projectors and is capable of using the latest video projection technologies for full-dome display. Levent Gurdemir, planetarium director, says the upgrade has only enhanced what was already a first-rate experience for planetarium visitors.
"Digistar 4 is a significant improvement in the capabilities of the planetarium software," Gurdemir said. "With Digistar 4, visiting other stars, landing on planets, flying through Saturn's rings or visiting a black hole are just a few possibilities that audiences can experience during live star-gazing."
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Message from the Dean

Welcome to Maverick Science, the magazine of the University of Texas at Arlington College of Science. I hope that you will find the people, the achievements, the contributions, and the curiosity of our students, faculty and staff in the College of Science as extraordinary as I do.
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Science Scene

Big things are happening in the College of Science. Historically big things. Following a university-wide trend, the College of Science is experiencing record enrollment and graduation numbers, while also committing more funds than ever to research and upgrading facilities.
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Alumni profiles
Change in career path had its benefits

Sally Welborn At one time or another, most people have struggled with evaluating the best medical insurance plan to meet their families' needs.
But, UT Arlington alumna Sally Welborn deals with benefits issues on a daily basis. As Wal-Mart's Senior Vice President of Benefits, she is responsible for overseeing benefits globally for the more than 2 million associates of the world's largest employer.
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Educator helped shape UTA's destiny in '65

Dr. Little Lynn Little, Arlington State College class of 1965, has a truckload of treasured memories from his college days. He helped start the fraternity now known as Delta Tau Delta. He met a pretty young coed named Mimi, who became his wife a year later. He was elected the symbol of school spirit, Johnny Reb. And then there was his role in helping shape the direction of The University of Texas at Arlington that led it to become the emerging national research institution it is today. Little says he was an "eyewitness to history" when he served as student government president in 1965.
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Hamilton's HomeRun

Professor's calculations establish distance of Hamilton's record-setting home run

When questions arose about the actual distance of the mammoth home run bashed by Texas Rangers outfielder Josh Hamilton during a 10-1 win over Houston on June 27 at Rangers Ballpark, the team turned to science to settle the debate.
The Rangers originally estimated the homer at 468 feet. That seemed a bit low considering the ball landed well into the upper deck in right field, toward the center field side, so the team contacted UT Arlington physics professor Andrew Brandt to see if he could calculate the actual distance.
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Flower Mound claims Calculus Bowl title

Pickard Hall was the site of fierce competition February 5 as high school students from across the Metroplex converged for the 10th annual UT Arlington Calculus Bowl.
The event, in which teams of up to five students competed to be the first to answer a variety of calculus problems, allowed students to showcase their knowledge and showed that it's not just athletics that stir enthusiasm and competitive spirit for high school kids.
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Tributes

Donald Greenspan (1928-2010)

Donald Greenspan Donald Greenspan was already over 20 years into a successful and distinguished career when he applied for a faculty position in the Department of Mathe-matics at UT Arlington in 1978.
Dr. Greenspan was already a noted expert in the fields of numerical analysis and computational modeling, and members of the UT Arlington math hiring committee could hardly believe it when they saw his resume.
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Donald Reaser (1931-2009)

Donal Reaser Through a career that spanned over 50 years, Donald F. Reaser had an unflagging love of geology, Texas and Dairy Queen, but it is his love of people that will be remembered most.
Reaser, who died December 29, 2009 of complications from a stroke at age 78, was passionate about geoscience and helped build UT Arlington's geology department during his 40-plus years on campus. He was even more passionate about his relationships with his students and helping instill that same passion for geology in them.
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James Horwitz (1949-2009)

James HorwitzThe College of Science lost a tireless advocate for progress with the death of physics chair James L. Horwitz, on January 31, 2009. He was 60. Horwitz, who came to UT Arlington in November 2004 as a physics professor and served as department chair for over four years, spurred the creation of nano-bio physics and space physics research groups at the university. He oversaw the opening of the Planetarium at UT Arlington in 2006 and championed its various programs.
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Six faculty members join College of Science

One of the primary goals of the College of Science is to continue hiring top-rank faculty to teach and conduct important research. This fall, the college has added six new members to its faculty.
"We're pleased that we were able to add six very talented scientists to our faculty this year and we look forward to working with them," Dean of Science Pamela Jansma said.
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