The University of Texas at Arlington College of Science Fall 2011  

Science Week

College showcases alumni, student successes

At top left, alumni Dale Martin, Mike Sakowski, Maxwell Scarlett and Ignacio Nuñez, from left, at the medicine and ethics panel discussion. Middle left, alumnus Thaddeus Arroyo spoke to students about ways to be successful in the f a s t - c h a n g i n g communications technology field. Middle right, alumnus Robert Lynch talks about bringing New Orleans back from Hurricane Katrina. Lower left, former College of Science pre-med advisor Frank Gladden, left, talks with current pre-med advisor and Assistant Dean Ed Morton. Bottom left, Truman Black, second from left, with co-hosts Nelson Claytor, Carol Johnson and Dan Dahlberg, from left, during the April 9 reception in Black's honor.
     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.
     "We're extremely proud of our students, past and present," said Dean of Science Pamela Jansma. "We wanted a way that we could bring our alumni back to campus to see the exciting things we have going on and let them reconnect with the college and the University. It also lets us show some of the great work being done by our faculty and gives current students a chance to become more involved."
     In April, alumnus Thaddeus Arroyo (Mathematics '86) spoke with undergraduate and graduate math students about his experiences in the business world and the success he has enjoyed since leaving UT Arlington. Arroyo is the chief information officer for AT&T, directing the company's information technology organization and infrastructure.
     "Rapid advancements in technology are changing the way business does business," Arroyo said. "These changes in technology, led by advances in powerful mobile computing devices connected to fast and ubiquitous networks accessing services in the virtual cloud, are allowing us to do things hard to imagine a few years ago."
     He stressed to students that they shouldn't limit their options when it comes to careers, said they have to be able to learn from their mistakes, urged them to take risks and put themselves into uncomfortable situations.
     A reception was held for physics professor Truman Black, who retired in May (see page 28). During the reception, the creation of the Truman Black Endowed Physics Scholarship was announced. The scholarship fund has already exceeded $25,000, and through the University's Maverick Match program, all donations for the next year will be matched using natural gas royalty funds.
     The reception was attended by current and former faculty members, as well as by Black's friends and former students.
     "The party was a complete surprise to me and so was the scholarship," Black said. "It's very nice of them to do this for me."
     Also in April, a reception was held honoring Assistant Dean Edward Morton and Frank Gladden for their years of service as academic advisors. Gladden was the college's pre-med advisor for many years and was succeeded in the position by Morton, who has served in that capacity since 1983.
     On Oct. 31, Dr. Robert Lynch, M.D. (Biology '78) spoke on "Saving New Orleans." Lynch, now the CEO of Tulane Medical Center, was head of the Veterans Administration hospital in New Orleans when Hurricane Katrina struck the city in 2005. He has worked tirelessly to acquire funding to help rebuild the city's medical infrastructure and has provided strong leadership as New Orleans continues in its recovery.
     A quartet of alumni — Dr. Dale Martin, D.D.S. (Chemistry '78), Dr. Ignacio Nuñez, M.D. (Biology '75), Dr. Mike Sakowski, M.D. (Biology '66) and Dr. Maxwell Scarlett, M.D. (Biology '66) — came together to take part in a medical ethics panel discussion on November 2, moderated by Dr. Tim Henry, Honors College associate dean. The panel tackled topics including informed consent, end-of-life directives, uninsured patients and physicians' moral obligations.
     Also in November, Asok Ray, professor of physics, spoke as part of the Library's Focus on Faculty series, talking on "Alternate Energies: Nuclear and Beyond"; a physics colloquium featured professors Zdzislaw Musielak, Samar Mohanty, Yue Deng, Amir Farbin; and a reception was held in honor of the Claytor family. Nelson Claytor recently announced a $500,000 donation to create a distinguished professorship in optics which will be named for his father, Richard N. Claytor (see page 13).
     For more information on the Truman Black Endowed Physics Scholarship, please contact College of Science Director of Development Shelly Frank at 817-272-1497 or