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College of Science faculty, staff honored for excellence

Excellence in research, teaching and service was honored during recent events hosted by UTA and the College of Science, with a host of College of Science faculty and staff members receiving honors and recognition for their efforts.

University-wide awards were presented at the annual Spring Faculty and Associates Meeting on April 25. College of Science awards were presented during the College’s annual Spring Faculty and Staff Meeting on May 3 in the E.H. Hereford University Center.

College of Science Dean Morteza Khaledi praised the work of the College’s faculty and staff, noting that the College accounted for nearly a quarter of all research expenditures at UTA last year, while also providing exceptional and innovative teaching for students and helping them to reach their goals with outstanding mentoring and advising.

“I’m extremely proud of the work being done by our faculty and staff and it’s very gratifying to see so many recognized at the University level,” Khaledi said.

College of Science award recipients for 2016-17 include:

College of Science Award for Excellence in Research - Todd Castoe, assistant professor of biology

College of Science Award for Excellence in Teaching, Tenure Track Faculty - Junha Jeon, assistant professor of chemistry and biochemistry

College of Science Award for Excellence in Teaching, Non-Tenure Track Faculty - Corey Roelke, lecturer in biology

Recipients of University awards from the College of Science for 2016-17 include:

Award for Outstanding Research Achievement of Creative Accomplishment - Yue Deng, associate professor of physics

Award for Distinguished Record of Research of Creative Activity - Andrew Brandt, professor of physics

Academy of Distinguished Scholars - Christopher Kribs, professor of mathematics

Academy of Distinguished Teachers - Christopher Kribs, professor of mathematics

President’s Award for Excellence in Teaching, Tenured Faculty-
Frank Foss, associate professor of chemistry and biochemistry
Christopher Kribs, professor of mathematics

President’s Award for Excellence in Teaching, Untenured Faculty - Junha Jeon, assistant professor of chemistry and biochemistry

Doctoral Student Mentoring Award - Ramon Lopez, professor of physics

Outstanding Academic Advisor Award, Professional Advisor - Lauren Jones, chemistry and biochemistry

Honorable Mention, Outstanding Academic Advisor Award, Professional Advisor - Megan Juel, psychology

McNair Scholars Program Faculty Mentors
Jeffrey Gagne, assistant professor of psychology
Junha Jeon, assistant professor of chemistry and biochemistry
College of Science award recipients, from left, Todd Castoe, Corey Roelke and Junha Jeon with Dean Morteza Khaledi, right.

Kayunta Johnson-Winters, assistant professor of chemistry and biochemistry
Michael Roner, associate professor of biology

Faculty Development Leaves for 2017-18
Jared Kenworthy, associate professor of psychology
Sangwook Park, associate professor of physics
Shan Sun-Mitchell, professor of mathematics

Research Enhancement Program Grants for 2017-18 - Jason Kubinak, assistant professor of biology, “Germfree Daphnia as a System to Identify Therapeutically Relevant Environmental Microbes”

University Service Awards - Jonathan Campbell, biology (35 years); Gloria Burlingham, biology (20 years); Victor Reece, physics (20 years); Mark Sosebee, physics (20 years); Nancy Wolff, mathematics (20 years); Scott Coleman, psychology (15 years); Marda Gunter, psychology (15 years); Hristo Kojouharov, mathematics (15 years); Patrick McGuigan, physics (15 years); Nurcan Ozturk, physics (15 years); Walter Schargel, biology (15 years); Jaehoon Yu, physics (15 years); Stacey Cody, physics (10 years); Yvonne Dillon, UTeach Arlington (10 years); Lona Donnelly, mathematics (10 years); Willem Henry, physics (10 years); Shundreka Lanier, COS (10 years).

COS Freshman Interest Group (FIG) mentors for 2016-17 - Lee Ann Frederick, biology; Tim Henry, biology; Kayunta Johnson-Winters, chemistry and biochemistry; Madeline Rex-Lear, psychology; Corey Roelke, biology; Walter Schargel, biology.

About the College of Science
The UTA College of Science is addressing the nation’s pressing need for a larger and better-prepared STEM work force. The College has 42 undergraduate and graduate degree offerings in six departments and is equipping future leaders in science through award-winning classroom teaching and lab training. The College’s internationally acclaimed faculty is leading the way in innovative research and is finding solutions to some of the world’s most challenging problems. Visit www.uta.edu/cos to learn more about how the College of Science is changing the world through education and research.

Posted May 19, 2017