MAVERICK SCIENCE
  The University of Texas at Arlington College of Science Fall 2011
Science Scene

'An incredible resource' for collaboration

UT Arlington officials, faculty, staff, alumni and community leaders came together March 4 to celebrate the official opening of the University's new architectural crown jewel, the Engineering Research Building (ERB), a facility designed to foster collaboration between scientists and engineers in a state-of-the-art building which will serve UT Arlington for decades.
The $126 million, 234,000-square-foot structure offers myriad opportunities for scientists, engineers and computer scientists to work together to create new technology, solve problems and help to improve the lives of many people.
UT Arlington President James D. Spaniolo said that the ERB will stand as a testament to the University's commitment to leading the way in discovery and innovation for years to come. He thanked those whose efforts made the building possible - many of whom were in attendance. He called the ERB part of the University's "Tier I express" and noted the project came in on time and under budget.
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Science Week celebrates college's successes

The College of Science celebrated the students, faculty and alumni who have helped make it such a dynamic force in science education and research during Science Week, held in early April and again in late October/early November.
Science Week is envisioned as a way to showcase some of the success stories of the students, alumni and faculty who make up the college.
A number of alumni returned to campus to participate in lectures, panel discussions and other events with current students and faculty, honoring the College's past, present and future.
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Schug Fair

$500K donation will be major boost for optics

A new, endowed distinguished professorship at UT Arlington will honor Fort Worth physicist and businessman Richard N. Claytor while strengthening the University's cutting edge optics-related research. The professorship will be funded by a $500,000 endowment recently established through a philanthropic gift from Nelson E. Claytor, Richard Claytor's son. Richard Claytor founded Fresnel Technologies Inc., a leading manufacturer of molded plastic lenses and related optical components based in Fort Worth. He now serves as vice president of the company.
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Dasgupta to build ion chromatograph for NASA

Purnendu "Sandy" Dasgupta, a professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry renowned for his innovations in the field of ion chromatography, has been awarded a nearly $1.2 million grant from NASA to develop technology that could help pave the way for future human missions to Mars and beyond.
Dasgupta will use the funds to develop "An Ion Chromatograph for Extraterrestrial Explorations." The goal is to create a new system for testing the chemical composition of extraterrestrial soil. Dasgupta's project was one of eight nationwide to be funded recently by the Astrobiology Science and Technology for Instrument Development grant program of the NASA Astrobiology Program.
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Planetarium

Sally Ride Festival makes science fun for kids

Saturdays are normally a fairly quiet time on campus, but on October 30, 2010, UT Arlington was buzzing with activity. Almost 1,000 students - mostly girls - in grades 5-8 from across the Metroplex converged on UTA for a day of learning and fun at the Sally Ride Science Festival.
The festival, presented by ExxonMobil and Sally Ride Science, brought together students, their parents and teachers for a day of science and socializing. The goal was to spur girls' interest in science and math and show them that science is a fun and exciting discipline. The festival focuses on young girls because girls are traditionally underrepresented in the fields of science and math.
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Bill Nye proves science can be fun and funny

Bill Nye considers it his mission to convince others that science and math are not staid and stodgy fields. Nye, known as "The Science Guy" to a generation of kids who grew up watching his popular TV show, uses humor to make his point. He utilizes his engaging and energetic demeanor to insist that science and math are critical to solving almost all of the world's problems, from global warming to the rapidly expanding population. He frequently urges others to "Change the world!" by embracing a love of science. Nye, 55, a science educator, engineer, comedian, inventor and TV host, spent the day on campus March 23 for a pair of appearances at Texas Hall tied to the Annual Celebration of Excellence by Students (ACES) symposium. An afternoon roundtable discussion was followed by a sold-out evening lecture, during which Nye was greeted by an audience packed with enthusiastic fans of his 1990s TV show, Bill Nye the Science Guy.
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Dean JansmaMessage from the Dean

Welcome to the Fall 2011 edition of Maverick Science magazine. We hope you'll enjoy reading about some of the things going on in the College of Science that make it such an exciting place to be. The opening of the ERB prompted me to ponder the relationship between science and engineering and caused me to ask: Why science? Here are my thoughts.
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Alumni profiles
Amos Holt (Physics '63, '71)

Amos Holt The story of UT Arlington alumnus Amos Holt's favorite teacher is proof that an educator can make a significant impact on students in a short amount of time.In the small north Texas town of Godley, southwest of Fort Worth, where Holt attended high school, he had a math and science teacher named Mr. Pierce. Holt remembers Pierce as having a major influence on his life and for helping instill a love of math, science and engineering in him. Pierce left a year later for an engineering job, but the impact he made on Holt was lasting.
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Ignacio Nuñez (Biology '75)

Ignacio Nunez Dr. Ignacio Nuñez's parents taught him the value of a good education long before he was a successful Arlington doctor or a UT Arlington Distinguished Alumnus. Because he believes strongly in education and giving students every opportunity to succeed, Nuñez and his wife, Lynda, decided to honor his mother with the Carmen Trujillo Nuñez Pre-Med Scholarship at UT Arlington. A second scholarship named after Lynda Nuñez's mother in the College of Liberal Arts has also been created..
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Tributes

Thurman M. Jasper (1913-2011)

Thurman JasperThurman M. Jasper's life was one of service and helping others, first as a teacher, then as a soldier, then as a math professor at UT Arlington for over three decades. Retirement didn't slow him down, nor did losing his eyesight. He took a lighthearted view of life and laughed often – a rich, infectious laugh which frequently led others to laugh along with him. Mr. Jasper died July 14 at age 97.
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Andy Baum (1948-2010)

Andy Baum Whether it was mentoring a student or junior faculty member, debating a point over coffee or helping coach one of his kids' youth league sports teams, Andrew 'Andy' Baum's heart for people was always on display. Dr. Baum, a psychology professor at UT Arlington since 2006, used that innate sense of caring for others to do groundbreaking work in health psychology - a field where his influence will forever be felt.
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James L. Kopp (1935-2010)

James L. KoppJames Kopp, a vital part of the UT Arlington Department of Psychology for 40 years, died on Nov. 19, 2010 at age 75 of esophageal cancer. While Dr. Kopp was highly regarded by many for his knowledge and expertise in behavioral analysis, he will be remembered even more for his compassion, generosity, kindness and his desire to make the world a better place.
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Edward N. Warren (1939-2011)

Edward WarrenEdward "Eddie" Nelson Warren, a mathematics faculty member at UT Arlington from 1963-2004, died September 22 at age 72. He is remembered as a kind man with a passion for math education.
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Leonard M. Diana (1923-2011)

Leonard DianaLeonard M. Diana, a 30-year member of the UT Arlington physics faculty, died Sunday, Jan. 23, after a long hospitalization. Dr. Diana taught and did active research in physics at UT Arlington from 1965 until his retirement as professor emeritus in January 1995.
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Marion E. Moore (1934-2010)

Marion MooreMarion E. Moore was serious about abstract algebra, but he also knew how to have fun. Dr. Moore, a professor emeritus of mathematics and a faculty member at UT Arlington for 44 years, did important research in ring theory, and he was highly dedicated to his academic pursuits. But he was also an outstanding athlete, and loved the camaraderie of friends and colleagues. He was also an ace poker player.
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Vincent R. Brown (1962-2011)

Vincent BrownVincent Brown, a former UT Arlington psychology assistant professor who was an associate professor at Hofstra University since 2001, died August 13 at age 49. He was remembered by friends and colleagues as generous with his time and knowledge, always willing to share his expertise as well as a laugh with others.
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UTeach Arlington teacher preparation program building on successes of first year

The UTeach Arlington program is beginning its second year this fall after its initial year exceeded all expectations. The program, UT Arlington's replication of a highly-successful science and math teacher preparation program which originated at UT Austin, welcomes 128 new students this fall, along with returning students who are now sophomores.
This surge in enrollment follows the program's smashing success last year, when 90 students signed up for the initial semester, a record for UTeach replication programs.
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College welcomes four new faculty members

The College of Science added four new members to its faculty for the Fall 2011 semester. The quartet brings solid credentials to their respective disciplines and has already conducted important research, which they plan to continue at UT Arlington. The group includes Julianne Chung, math; Majie Fan, earth and environmental sciences; Jeffrey Gagne, psychology; and Junha Jeon, chemistry/biochemistry.
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Flower Mound High again has winning formula at 11th annual Calculus Bowl

It appears there's a dynasty-in-the-making at the UT Arlington Calculus Bowl. Flower Mound High School dominated the final round on its way to winning the 11th annual event on March 4 in Pickard Hall. It was Flower Mound's second straight win and third overall, tying the Oakridge School of Arlington for most wins.
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$600K NSF grant to fund 22 scholarships to boost number of geoscience grad students

The National Science Foundation awarded UT Arlington a five-year, $600,000 grant to encourage undergraduates to earn a degree in science or engineering, complete a master's degree in Earth and Environmental Science and enter the workforce or pursue doctoral study.
The project will provide scholarships to academically talented undergraduates who are economically disadvantaged and who would like to earn a master's degree in geology or environmental and earth science. The grant is designed to help 22 students cover tuition and fees their senior year and for two years of graduate study.
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