MAVERICK SCIENCE
  The University of Texas at Arlington College of Science 2012-13
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A real game-changer

UT Arlington's research profile received a huge boost on October 22 when the UT System Board of Regents allocated $7.5 million from the Permanent University Fund toward the formation of the Institute for Research Technologies at UT Arlington, a $25.2 million endeavor that will transform research capabilities and STEM education throughout the UT System and Texas.
The Institute is a collaboration of The University of Texas at Arlington and Shimadzu Scientific Instruments, a world leader in the analytical instruments industry. The new Institute will include three centers: The existing Shimadzu Center for Advanced Analytical Chemistry (which opened in April and is led by chemistry and biochemistry associate professor Kevin Schug, above), the new Center for Imaging and the new Center for Environmental, Forensic and Material Analysis.
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Morton retiring after 30 years as pre-med advisor

For three decades, Edward Morton has expertly guided UT Arlington students through the College of Science's> pre-medical program, helping at least 1,500 of them gain admission to health profession schools. Counseling students, he says, is his life's calling. But after spending 30 years advising students, Morton has decided it's time to call it a career. He's retiring in May from his roles as Assistant Dean of Science for Student Affairs, health professions advisor and the many other duties he has taken on over the years. Morton's departure
will leave a big void in the dean's office, and his friendly demeanor will be missed.
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Math Emporium aims to improve algebra scores

Seeking to turn around troubling statistics that plague universities nationwide, UT Arlington has instituted a new program aimed at improving students' scores in college algebra courses. The University's College Algebra Math Emporium, a 5,000-square-foot space in Pickard Hall, opened in August and had its official grand opening on September 7. The emporium, a tutorial computer lab where students will spend twothirds of their class time, is based on a model provided by the National Center for Academic Transformation (NCAT). The emporium model has students spend one-third of their class time in normal classroom instruction and the other two-thirds in the lab, where they have access to computers with specialized software and can work at their own pace. Graduate students serve as tutors and four will be available at all times when the lab is open. The room contains 102 desktop computers.

Science Week showcases alumni achievements

Seeking to turn around troubling statistics that plague universities nationwide, UT Arlington has instituted a new program aimed at improving students' scores in college algebra courses. The University's College Algebra Math Emporium, a 5,000-square-foot space in Pickard Hall, opened in August and had its official grand opening on September 7. The emporium, a tutorial computer lab where students will spend twothirds of their class time, is based on a model provided by the National Center for Academic Transformation (NCAT). The emporium model has students spend one-third of their class time in normal classroom instruction and the other two-thirds in the lab, where they have access to computers with specialized software and can work at their own pace. Graduate students serve as tutors and four will be available at all times when the lab is open. The room contains 102 desktop computers.
Planetarium

UTeach program's enrollment tops 200 in year 3

Seeking to turn around troubling statistics that plague universities nationwide, UT Arlington has instituted a new program aimed at improving students' scores in college algebra courses. The University's College Algebra Math Emporium, a 5,000-square-foot space in Pickard Hall, opened in August and had its official grand opening on September 7. The emporium, a tutorial computer lab where students will spend twothirds of their class time, is based on a model provided by the National Center for Academic Transformation (NCAT). The emporium model has students spend one-third of their class time in normal classroom instruction and the other two-thirds in the lab, where they have access to computers with specialized software and can work at their own pace. Graduate students serve as tutors and four will be available at all times when the lab is open. The room contains 102 desktop computers.
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College honors faculty, staff excellence

Seeking to turn around troubling statistics that plague universities nationwide, UT Arlington has instituted a new program aimed at improving students' scores in college algebra courses. The University's College Algebra Math Emporium, a 5,000-square-foot space in Pickard Hall, opened in August and had its official grand opening on September 7. The emporium, a tutorial computer lab where students will spend twothirds of their class time, is based on a model provided by the National Center for Academic Transformation (NCAT). The emporium model has students spend one-third of their class time in normal classroom instruction and the other two-thirds in the lab, where they have access to computers with specialized software and can work at their own pace. Graduate students serve as tutors and four will be available at all times when the lab is open. The room contains 102 desktop computers.

Grover doing 'good things' as associate dean

James Grover has been involved in a variety of research projects during his 19 years at UT Arlington, but now he's getting a chance to play an even bigger role in the groundbreaking work being done in the College of Science. Grover, a professor of biology who has been at UT Arlington since 1993, took over as associate dean of the College of Science on April 1. He has been heavily involved in improving the college's research profile and in providing support in securing funding for faculty and graduate students.

Su expands leadership role as mathematics chair

Jianzhong Su, a professor of math who took over as Department of Mathematics chair on Jan. 1, 2012, is well-suited to the role of leader, since he's already played a leadership role in the department for years. Su said he is confident the department will be able to continue to build on its recent successes, which include a large rise in graduate student enrollment and in doctoral degrees awarded as well as significant improvements in retention and graduation rates.

Message from the Dean

Dean Jansma
Welcome to the 2012-13 edition of Maverick Science, the magazine that highlights some of the exciting things going on in the UT Arlington College of Science. We have much to be proud of thanks to our students, alumni and faculty, and we're delighted to be able to feature some of these people and their accomplishments here.

Tributes
Truman Black (1937-2012)

Amos Holt Truman Black was a pioneering member of the UT Arlington Department of Physics, but more than that, he had a love of people, a love of life, and he never met a stranger. Dr. Black, who died Sept. 12, 2012 at age 74, did extensive research in experimental solid state physics and optics, among other subjects. He helped build the physics department into a respected entity which now brings in large amounts of research funding, and he helped create the department's doctoral programs. But he will be remembered the most for the way he mentored countless students, in physics and in life.
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Pablo Mora (1971-2012)

Ignacio Nunez Pablo Mora was devoted to his family and to teaching and mentoring students. He was thoughtful, supportive and generous with his time and knowledge. Dr. Mora, an assistant professor of psychology who died in October 2012 at age 41, studied the relationship of illness cognitions and illnessspecific affective responses to illness behavior and illness self-management. Friends and colleagues remember him as kind, compassionate, and always willing to help others, especially students.
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V. Lakshmikantham (1924-2012)

Thurman JasperVangipuram Lakshmikantham, an influential mathematician and authority on nonlinear analysis who served as Department of Mathematics chair during his tenure at UT Arlington from 1973-86, died June 7, 2012 at age 88. While at UT Arlington, he helped establish the department's first doctoral program. He founded the prestigious journal Nonlinear Analysis: Theory, Methods and Applications in 1976.
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College welcomes 10 new faculty members

In its campaign to help UT Arlington attain Tier I research university status, attracting and retaining top-level faculty is one of the College of Science's top priorities. The College hired seven new faculty members for Fall 2012, and three more are joining the ranks in Spring 2013. The new faculty members bring with them a wealth of expertise and experience in research and teaching, including serving as principal or co-investigators on research grants and authoring or co-authoring papers published in various top professional journals.
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UTA, TCC partnership aims to boost geoscience education for minority students

UT Arlington and Tarrant County College have created a partnership to encourage students from underrepresented groups to consider majoring in the geosciences and to establish an easy transfer process between TCC and UT Arlington. Officials from the two institutions received a $200,000, three-year grant from the National Science Foundation's Opportunities to Enhance Diversity in the Geosciences program. John Wickham, professor and former chair of UT Arlington's Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, is the principal investigator for the grant.
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Schelly honored for work in electro-optics

Zoltan A. Schelly, professor emeritus of chemistry and biochemistry, was awarded the 2012 Kerr Medal for his seminal contributions to the field of electro-optics. Schelly was presented with the award September 5 at the 13th International Symposium on Colloidal and Molecular Electro-optics in Ghent, Belgium. The Kerr Medal, named for Scottish physicist John Kerr, has been awarded only eight times in the past 38 years.
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Campbell receives 2012 Henry Fitch Award

Jonathan Campbell, a UT Arlington biology professor known for traveling into the most remote regions of Central and South America to catalogue biodiversity, received the 2012 Henry S. Fitch Award for Excellence in Herpetology, a national honor given by the American Society of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists. The annual award was announced last summer at the 7th World Congress of Herpetology in Vancouver, Canada.
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UTA names Martin Distinguished Alumnus

Dr. E. Dale Martin, D.D.S., who earned a B.A. in Chemistry in 1978 with four minors, was given the UT Arlington Distinguished Alumni Service Award at the 47th Annual Distinguished Alumni Gala on October 20. Martin, a pediatric dentist for more than 25 years, also earned a law degree from SMU. He is on staff at Cook Children's Medical Center, USMD-Fort Worth, Harris HEB, and the Texas Pediatric Surgery Center..
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EES receives $4.4 million in-kind software

Global information and analytics provider IHS has granted a software license worth an estimated $4.4 million over three years to UT Arlington's Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, giving students and professors access to the latest in petroleum industry technology. The grant, made in February 2012, represents the largest in-kind gift ever to the College of Science.
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Team secures $1.4 million in GAANN funds

Tuncay Aktosun, professor of mathematics, helped UT Arlington secure nearly $1.47 million in federal grants to help qualified graduate students earn their doctoral degrees in areas of national need. The U.S. Department of Education has awarded Graduate Assistance in Areas of National Need, or GAANN, grants of $533,064 to the UT Arlington College of Science's Department of Mathematics and the College of Engineering's Computer Science & Engineering Department.
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Planetarium installs new projection system

The Planetarium at UT Arlington is making changes that will allow schoolchildren and other planetarium patrons an even better picture of our galaxy and beyond, including the opportunity to experience 3-D features. A new Digistar 5 projection system was installed in December and was put into use for shows beginning in early January. The planetarium is the only North Texas facility with the new software..
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Lopez helping shape new science standards

Professor of physics Ramon Lopez has been honored nationally for his role in elevating science education. So, it's only natural that he is involved in shaping the Next Generation Science Standards, an ongoing effort to create a new set of standards for K-12 science education in the United States.
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UT Metroplex Day draws record turnout

IThe sixth annual UT Metroplex Day was bigger and better than ever before, with a record number of attendees and research posters entered in the daylong event. The 2012 Metroplex Day, held February 4 at UT Arlington's E.H. Hereford University Center, brought together students and faculty from UT Arlington, UT Dallas and UT Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas for a day of lectures and camaraderie, and gave students a chance to show off their research and explore opportunities for collaboration with those from the other institutions.
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Ballard encourages future ocean explorers

Oceanographer Robert Ballard visited UT Arlington on March 6, encouraging the next generation of scientists to never stop exploring and saying the way to strengthen students' interest in science is to promote scientists as role models. Ballard gave a talk to a soldout Texas Hall as part of the Maverick Speaker Series. Ballard has spent over 50 years as a sea explorer and researcher and is probably best known as the man who found the wreckage of the Titanic in 1985. He said educators need to sell science "stars" to young students so that they can envision themselves in those roles.
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Flower Mound wins UT Arlington Calculus Bowl for third consecutive year

Flower Mound High School is making a habit of winning the UT Arlington Calculus Bowl – the school claimed its third straight title and fourth in five years at the 12th annual fast-paced advanced math competition, held March 2 in Pickard Hall. Teams from 22 area high schools matched wits to answer a series of challenging calculus problems. Flower Mound edged runner-up Highland Park by a single point to retain the title.
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