MAVERICK SCIENCE E-News
  The University of Texas at Arlington College of Science July/August 2011  
Welcome to the July/August 2011 edition of Maverick Science E-News. This monthly e-newletter provides information about College of Science events involving students, alumni, faculty and staff. To contribute items for inclusion, please send an email to pederson@uta.edu. If possible, please include a high-resolution headshot photo of those mentioned in your items.
UTeach Arlington teacher training program looks to build on success in its second year    

For Alumni

UT Arlington Alumni
Association
The Dr. Andy Baum
Memorial Fund


Andrew Baum
A special fund has been created to honor the memory of Dr. Andrew Baum, professor of Psychology and beloved member of the UT Arlington family, who died on Nov. 22, 2010. Donations to the fund may be mailed to: UTA College of Science/Dr. Andy Baum Memorial Fund
P.O. Box 19047
Arlington, TX 76019

Calendar of events

Wednesday, Aug. 31
College of Science
Ice Cream Social

11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., Life Sciences Building lobby. Students, stop by and cool off with a free ice cream sundae as we welcome everyone back for the new semester!

Wednesday, Sept. 7
COS Faculty and Staff Meeting
4 p.m., Planetarium Dean Pamela Jansma will provide a glimpse of what’s ahead in the new academic year. Office of Graduate Studies Dean Philip Cohen will be guest speaker. Department chairs will introduce new faculty and staff members. See you there!

Friday, December 9
Final day of classes for
Fall 2011 semester

December 10-16
Final exams for Fall 2011 semester

Thursday, Dec. 15
College of Science Fall 2011 Commencement 12:30 p.m. at Texas Hall

Friday, Feb. 3, 2012
UT Metroplex Day at UT Arlington
A daylong event highlighting collaborative research opportunities between UT Arlington, UT Southwestern and UT Dallas.

Planetarium
The Planetarium at
UT Arlington

UT Arlington's planetarium, one of the finest in the nation, offers a variety of exciting shows and programs year-round and is now equipped with Digistar 4, the latest in planetarium software. The new Fall 2011 schedule has been released; see details here.
Maverick Science
New edition of Maverick Science coming soon
Read Maverick Science Magazine for the latest College of Science news and features about faculty, students and alumni. A new online edition of Maverick Science is coming soon! Free print versions of the Fall 2010 edition are still available in the Dean’s Office (Life Sciences Room 206), or read the online version here.
COS T-Shirt
College of Science
T-shirts are here

Support the College of Science by wearing one of our COS T-shirts! They're short-sleeve, 100% cotton, with a small College of Science-UT Arlington logo on the front and a full color logo on the back. They’re only $10 each! Available in S, M, L and XL sizes. Buy them in the Dean's Office (Life Sciences Room 206) or in Life Sciences Room 109.
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Matsler Weilmuenster
Matsler Weilmuenster

      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, will welcome 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. “
      We’re proud to have set the record for first semester recruiting for a UTeach replication site, and we look forward to breaking more records in the future,” said Greg Hale, UTeach Arlington co-director and assistant College of Science dean.
      The program also has two new Master Teachers, doubling the number from a year ago. Karen Jo Matsler joined the program In the spring and Jacqueline Weilmuenster is starting this Fall semester.
      Continuing students will be taking their first College of Education course, Knowing and Learning, this fall.
     For more on the UTeach Arlington program, click here.

UT Arlington to host 2012 UT Metroplex Day spotlighting student and faculty research

      UT Arlington will serve as host of the seventh annual UT Metroplex Day, an event which highlights research opportunities at UT Arlington, UT Dallas and UT Southwestern.
      The goal of this one-day event, to be held on Friday, Feb. 3, 2012, is to present science conducted at the three UT institutions in North Texas and to encourage collaborations.
      The event is open to all faculty, post doctoral fellows, students, scientific staff and trainees at the sponsoring schools.
      Dr. Sean Mackey, Ph.D., chief of the Pain Management Division and associate professor in the Department of Anesthesia, Neurosciences and Neurology (by courtesy) at the Stanford University School of Medicine, will be the keynote speaker. His talk will be on “Opening Windows to the Brain: Lessons Learned from Neuroimaging of Pain.”
      Faculty members and selected graduate students representing each school also will be speaking and presenting their winning posters. An award presentation for all poster winners will conclude the event. A schedule of events and information on registration will be available in the coming weeks.

Frederick, Basco among those honored by
UT System with teaching excellence awards
Frederick Basco
Frederick Basco
      Lee Ann Frederick, a lecturer in the Department of Biology, and Monica Ramirez Basco, a former visiting assistant professor in the Department of Psychology, are among nine UT Arlington recipients of the 2011 Regents’ Outstanding Teaching Awards by the UT System.
      Frederick and Basco are among 72 winners systemwide of the award, which honors classroom excellence. UT Arlington President James D. Spaniolo nominated the UT Arlington honorees based on recommendations from department chairs, deans and a committee established by Donald R. Bobbitt, UT Arlington provost and vice president for academic affairs.
      Read more about the award recipients here.
Ambartsoumian receives $175K grant from NSF to study elliptical Radon transforms
Ambartsoumian
Ambartsoumian
      Gaik Ambartsoumian, assistant professor of math, is principal investigator for a three-year, $175,899 grant from the National Science Foundation, Division of Mathematical Sciences, for a research project titled “Elliptical Radon transforms in image reconstruction.” The project is dedicated to the study of elliptical Radon transforms (ERT), which play an important role in bi-static models of various imaging modalities such as near-field ultrasound tomography, synthetic aperture radar, geophysical exploration imaging, and sonar.
      Venkateswaran Krishnan is co-PI for the project, which will run through July 31, 2014.
      The goals and novel results of the project are to provide a positive impact on healthcare technologies (such as early detection of cancer), national security (improved radar systems), economics (improved geophysical exploration, or indus- trial nondestructive testing) and many other fields of modern life, where the use of remote sensing and imaging has become an indispensable tool.
Li receives $169K grant from NSF to study nonlinear solutions for eigenvalue problems
Li
Li
      Ren-Cang Li, professor of math, is principal investigator for a three-year, $169,941 grant from the National Science Foundation for a collaborative research project titled “Efficient Solvers for Nonlinear Eigenvalue Problems and Applications.”
      Eigenvalue problems are ubiquitous in computational science and engineering, where they arise in the study of dynamics of structures, simulation of nanostructured photovoltaic conversion materials to advance energy science, and many other scenarios. Eigenvalues ex- Li plain a wide range of physical phenomena such as vibrations and frequencies, (in)stabilities of dynamical systems, and energy excitation states of electrons and molecules.
      Li will work with Zhaojun Bai of the University of California at Davis on the project. The goal is to find substantially improved methods for computing solutions of nonlinear eigenvalue problems, bringing immediate benefits to a wide range of practical applications.

Area students have fun with science, math
at Bernard Harris Summer Science Camp

Timothy Odegard

Students work on crafting a sample of “spacesuit” during the
Bernard Harris Summer Science Camp.

      Almost 50 middle school students got a chance to see how fun – and how vital – science and math are during the 2011 Exx- onMobil Bernard Harris Summer Science Camp at UT Arlington.
      The camp, which ran July 17-29, let students participate in a variety of fun experiments, field trips and group projects designed to build their knowledge and confi- dence in science, technology, engineering and math, the STEM fields which are so important to success in a variety of professions. The camp, held at UT Arlington for the fourth time, aimed to reinforce students' early interest in the STEM courses and encourage them to pursue their interests as they progress in their education.
      The two-week camp, during which 48 students stayed in on-campus dormitories, stressed that science and math are far from boring and that students should be proud to be interested in them. Bernard Harris Jr., a physician and former astronaut who became the first African-American to walk in space during a 1995 mis- sion aboard the Space Shuttle Discovery, told the campers that a strong background in science and math will allow them to do anything they want.
      Read more on the camp here.
Students gain experience in research during Welch Summer Scholar Program at UTA
     UT Arlington was among five Texas universities participating in the Welch Summer Scholar Program (WSSP), which engages high school students in hands-on, college-level research projects using state-of-the-art equipment and modern technology not typically found in high-school classrooms.
      The program, sponsored by the Robert A. Welch Foundation of Texas, lets stu- dents participate in a five-week summer residency program in which they engage in one-on-one mentoring and first-hand research training with professors and grad- uate students.
      At UT Arlington, eight students got a real research experience in labs through- out the chemistry department. Part of the program was developed to introduce scientific writing and presentation skills to early scientists. The students performed research under the direction of Chemistry and Biochemistry faculty along side UTA undergraduates, graduate students and post-doctoral students. On July 15, students presented their work, followed by a poster session and reception.
      The students included Cecilia Cisar, Sophia Dever, Arunachalam Natesan, Camilo Ruiz, Vincent Su, Jonathan Xu, Jingyan Yue and Mimi Zhao. Frank Foss, chemistry/biochemistry assistant professor, served as site coordinator.
      The primary goal of WSSP is to expose students to professional researchers in professional laboratories, giving them a glimpse into research and life on a college campus. Through assignments, authentic research projects, guest speakers, tours of chemistry-based research facilities and presentations of their findings, students leave the program with a better understanding of basic chemistry and many with a desire to pursue science and engineering degrees in college.
      Participating institutions include UT Arlington, UT Austin, UT Dallas, the University of Houston and Texas Tech University. For more on the program, click here.
Campbell talks on working with rattlesnakes in Mexico at 2011 snake biology symposium
Campbell
Campbell
     Noted authority on reptiles and amphibians Jonathan Campbell, professor and chair of the Department of Biology, served as banquet speaker at the 2011 Biology of the Rattlesnakes symposium held July 20-23 in Tucson, Ariz. His talk was titled “Working with Rattlesnakes in Mexico.”
     The symposium provided an opportunity for scientific and medical experts in rattlesnake biology to exchange the latest information and advance the body of knowledge about this North American pit Campbell viper. The event presented cutting-edge discoveries, scientific and general interest information about rattlesnakes to researchers, field workers, emergency healthcare professionals who provide treatment and care for snakebite victims, as well as others fascinated by the topic.
      For more on the symposium, click here.
Symposium honoring Dr. Andy Baum held at annual APA convention in Washington, D.C.
Baum
Baum
      A special symposium in honor of UT Arlington psychology proffessor Andy Baum was held at the Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association in Washington, D.C. from August 4- 7. Dr. Baum passed away unexpectedly in November.
      The symposium, titled “Professional Contributions of Dr. Andy Baum to Health Psychology: A Celebration of His Career,” was chaired by Robert Gatchel, UT Arlington psychology department chair. Speakers presented a chronological account of the many major contributions made by Dr. Baum: “The Early Days: Crowding and Stress,” by Paul Paulus, UT Arlington; “The Early Baum Days of Health Psychology-Behavioral Medicine,” by David Krantz, The Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, Bethesda, Md.; “The Pittsburgh Days: Cancer Research,” by Angela Dougall, UT Arlington; “Effects of Stress Hormones on DNA Damage and Repair,” by Frank Jenkins, University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute; “Stress in Natural and Technological Disasters,” by Neil Schneiderman, University of Miami.
      Attendance at the symposium was high, and attendees came away with an appreciation of Dr. Baum’s major contributions in a number of very important areas of psychology and medicine.
Yu leads team in beam tests of advanced detector for use in future linear collider
Research Team

Members of UT Arlington’s research team involved in
the study include, from left, undergraduate student
Danrae Pray, Jaehoon Yu and research associate Seongtae Park.

     Jaehoon Yu, associate professor of physics, is co-leading a research team which recently completed a two- week beam test of an advanced detector for high energy experiments, such as the International Linear Collider (ILC), with the goal of fully characterizing the detector.
     The team sent muon, proton and pion beams through their chamber prototypes at the Fermilab Test Beam Facility in Illinois, gathering data to see how they respond under different conditions. The chambers are made of gas electron multipliers, or GEMs. These detectors are being developed for the digital hadron calorimeter (DHCAL) to be used in future accelerators such as the ILC. The technology also has potential to become an excellent radiation imaging device for medical use, for homeland security use and for astronomy, Yu said.  
      Other members of the project team include Andrew White, professor of physics; undergraduate students Danrae Pray and Safat Kaled; research associate Seongtae Park; physics graduate student Edwin Baldelomar; and Dr. Changhie Hahn, a visiting researcher from Changwon National University in Korea.
      The team’s work is featured in the Aug. 18 edition of ILC Newsline, on online journal. Read the ILC Newsline story here.
Gurdemir is named president of regional association of planetarium professionals
Gurdemir
Gurdemir
      Levent Gurdemir, director of The Planetarium at UT Arlington, has been elected president of the SouthWestern Association of Planetariums. SWAP is a regional association of planetarium professionals associated with schools, museums, science centers and private institutions from Texas, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Arkansas. SWAP is also an affiliate of the International Planetarium Society.
      Gurdemir became astronomy lab supervisor at UT Arlington in 2006 and was named director of the Planetarium in 2008. The planetarium opened in 2006 and is recognized as one of the premier facilities in the nation.
      For more on the Planetarium, click here.
UT Arlington researchers among those taking steps to combat helium shortage
Dias MacDonnell
Dias MacDonnell
      The College of Science was featured in recent stories by news outlets focusing on worries about a looming helium shortage, and how universities and hospitals would be affected.
      UT Arlington researchers use liquid helium in their work and the University is building a system to retrieve and liquefy used helium gas so it can be used again.
      Rasika Dias, professor and chair of the Chemistry & Biochemistry Department, said in a Fort Worth Star-Telegram story that “Once it's used up, it's gone. What we have is what we have.”
      Fred MacDonnell, professor of chemistry & biochemistry, commented in a report by KDFW/Fox 4 about UT Arlington’s efforts to capture and recycle helium in the face of the growing shortage.
      Read the Star-Telegram story here, and watch the KDFW story here.
Paulus talks about group creativity and team innovation at European psychology meeting
Dr. Paulus
Paulus
      Paul Paulus, professor of psychology and former dean of science, gave an invited State of the Art talk at the 12th European Congress of Psychology, which was held July 4-8 in Istanbul, Turkey. His talk was titled “Group Creativity and Team Innovation: Is There a Match?”
      Paulus also visited Israel in June to conduct a study on innovation at a high tech company and gave a lecture and two workshops on group creativity in the Netherlands. Also in July, he participated in a dissertation defense in the Netherlands and presented a paper at the meetings of the European Association of Social Psychology in Stockholm. In September, he will give an invited lecture and workshop on brainstorming at the 12th European Conference on Creativity and Innovation in Faro, Portugal.
Dragan presents paper on Shapley Value, TU games at Game Theory conference in Paris
Dragan
Dragan
      Irinel Dragan, professor emeritus in mathematics, presented a paper at the 7th Spain-Italy-Netherlands Meeting on Game Theory (SING 7), held July 18-20 in Paris. His paper was titled, “Some recursive definitions of the Shapley Value and other linear values of cooperative TU games.”
      Game Theory is a mathematical framework dealing with models of conflict and cooperation among interdependent decision makers or agents. It is a central tool for economics and the social sciences, which poses challenging research questions in mathematics, control, and optimization, and is applied across a wide variety of fields. Dragan 
      Dragan also has been named an associate editor of Springer Science and Busi- ness Media’s Journal of Optimization Theory and Applications.
Alumna Lemelle named to Batrus Hollweg International’s executive consulting team
Lemelle
Lemelle
      UT Arlington alumna Chloe Lemelle, who earned M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Industrial and Organizational Psychology, has been named to the executive consulting team with Batrus Hollweg International, a company which helps other businesses identify, train and grow the best talent.
      Lemelle’s primary focus is on talent management at the executive level, including assessing executive talent, providing developmental feedback and coaching, facilitating team-building activities and examining organizational talent issues.
Doctoral student Morrison wins 2011 DOE Innovations in Fuel Cycle Research Award
Morrison
Morrison

      Dayla Morrison, a Ph.D. student in physics under the direction of physics professor Asok Ray, has been awarded a 2011 U.S. Department of Energy Innovations in Fuel Cycle Research Award for her paper, “An Ab Initio Study of Bulk Gamma-Uranium and the (100) Surface.”
      Morrison, a graduate research assistant, has been awarded a second place prize of $2,500 in the category of Nuclear Fuels.
      Morrison received a B.S. degree from Excelsior College while serving in the U.S. Navy.

Former UT Arlington psychology assistant professor Vincent Brown dies at age 49
Brown
Brown
      Vincent Brown, a former UT Arlington psychology assistant professor who was an associate professor at Hofstra University in Hempstead, N.Y., since 2001, died Aug. 13 at age 49.
      Dr. Brown had been on leave from Hofstra and from 2008-10 had worked at the National Science Foundation, where he served as pro- gram director for the Perception, Action, and Cognition program in the Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences.
      Dr. Brown worked at UT Arlington from 1991-98 and specialized in computational modeling of cognitive phenomena. He received several NSF grants and served as an NSF program officer. He had continued to work with several of his UT Arlington colleagues since leaving, and he returned to UTA for a sabbatical in the spring of 2007.
      Flowers or condolence cards may be sent to Dr. Brown’s mother, Mrs. Della Brown, at 4201 Trinity Drive, Los Alamos, NM, 87544. His funeral was held Aug. 29 at the Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church in Los Alamos, N.M.
      Anyone wishing to post memories of Dr. Brown may do so at the page set up by Hofstra here.