'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.
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
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.
$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.
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
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.
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
Message from the DeanWelcome 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.
Amos Holt (Physics '63, '71)
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.
Ignacio Nuñez (Biology '75)
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..
Thurman M. Jasper (1913-2011)
Thurman 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
Andy Baum (1948-2010)
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
James L. Kopp (1935-2010)
James 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.
Edward N. Warren (1939-2011)
Edward "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.
Leonard M. Diana (1923-2011)
Leonard 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
Marion E. Moore (1934-2010)
Marion 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.
Vincent R. Brown (1962-2011)
Vincent 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.
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.
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.
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
$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
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