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

College of Science

Four scientists join faculty roster for Fall 2011

Julianne Chung Majie Fan
Jeffrey Gagne Junha Jeon
     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.
     "We're pleased to have these four very talented scientists join our College of Science faculty," Dean of Science Pamela Jansma said. "We look forward to working with them and we welcome their contributions to moving the University of Texas at Arlington closer to Tier I status."
     New tenure or tenure-track faculty members who joined UT Arlington for Fall 2011 include:
     Julianne Chung, Mathematics assistant professor. Chung received a Ph.D. in Computational Mathematics from Emory University in 2009 and a B.A. in Mathematics with highest honors from Emory in 2004. Among the awards she has received are the Department of Energy Frederick A. Howes Scholar in Computational Science Award (2010); National Science Foundation Mathematical Sciences Postdoctoral Research Fellowship (2009-present); and the Department of Energy Computational Science Graduate Fellowship (2006-09).
     Chung has presented invited talks at 27 conferences and seminars worldwide. Her interests are in scientific computing, inverse problems, numerical methods, imaging applications and high performance computing.
     Majie Fan, Earth and Environmental Sciences assistant professor. Fan received a Ph.D. in Geosciences from the University of Arizona in 2009, an M.S. in Geosciences from Arizona in 2005, and B.S. (2000) and M.S. (2003) degrees in Geology from Lanzhou University in China. She has been a research assistant and research specialist at Arizona, an intern geologist with ExxonMobil in Houston, and a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Wyoming.
     Fan is co-PI with Paul Heller on a three-year, $304,179 grant ($223,530 subcontracted to UT Arlington) from the National Science Foundation for a study, Reconstructing the late Cenozoic history of surface uplift and climate change in the central Rockies. Her interests are in basin evolutions, mountain building processes, and climatic and environmental changes recorded in clastic sedimentary deposits. Her expertise includes sedimentary geology, basin analysis, and stable isotope geochemistry.
     Jeffrey Gagne, Psychology assistant professor. Gagne received a Ph.D. in Developmental Psychology from Boston University in 2007 and subsequently did a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Wisconsin. He earned a B.A. in Psychology from Boston College in 1995, an Ed.M. in Counseling from Boston University in 1996 and an M.A. in Psychology from Boston University in 1999. His interests are in child development, behavioral genetics, temperament, psychopathology, and behavioral assessment.
     Gagne is currently analyzing data from the Wisconsin Twin Project, which involves behavioral genetic and candidate gene analyses of toddler, first grade, and adolescent temperament and psychopathology data. He is also the chief consultant for Hill Goldsmith's Laboratory Temperament Assessment Battery (Lab-TAB) and Toddler Behavior Questionnaire (TBAQ). Gagne hopes to soon begin pilot work for a sibling study of toddlers from around the Metroplex.
     Junha Jeon, Chemistry & Biochemistry assistant professor. Jeon received a Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry from the University of Minnesota in 2009, and M.S. (Organic Chemistry, 2002) and B.S. (Chemistry, 2000) degrees from Sungkyunkwan University in South Korea. He previously was a postdoctoral associate at the University of Pennsylvania from 2009-11.
     Jeon's lab at UT Arlington is working on the development of highly innovative and efficient synthetic methods and their functional applications. The aim of his research is to develop innovative new reactions that can permit direct access to enantioenriched and highly valuable compounds through the design of efficient tandem reactions and practical catalytic processes. The lessons from the method development and synthetic studies on natural products (and natural product-like molecules) will impact a variety of areas including catalysis, medicinal, and biological chemistry.