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Carolyn Cason named UT Arlington Interim Vice President for Research

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Friday, October 7, 2011

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Media Contact: Kristin Sullivan, Office:817-272-5364, Cell:817-706-9811, kristinsul@uta.edu

ARLINGTON – The University of Texas at Arlington announces that Dr. Carolyn Cason has been named Interim Vice President for Research as the University begins a national search for a permanent executive to direct its expanding research program.

Carolyn Cason

Dr. Carolyn Cason

Cason, whose appointment is effective Nov. 1, will be assisted by two other prominent University scholars and leaders. Dr. Richard E. Billo, associate dean for research in the College of Engineering, and Dr. Krishnan Rajeshwar, associate dean of the College of Science.  Both will serve as interim associate vice presidents for research beginning Jan.1, 2012.

Dr. Paul Paulus, professor of psychology and former dean of the College of Science, has been tapped to lead the search committee charged with identifying a successor to Dr. Ron Elsenbaumer, the current UT Arlington vice president for research and federal relations. Elsenbaumer becomes provost and vice president for academic affairs Oct. 24.

President James D. Spaniolo said each member of the transition team has played a significant role in enhancing the University’s overall research program. Research activity at UT Arlington has nearly tripled over the past six years to $63.6 million in 2010.

“We are fortunate to have such a highly regarded and accomplished team to continue to drive UT Arlington’s research activities,” Spaniolo said. “These individuals are at the forefront of discovery in their respective fields, yet they all maintain a commitment to excellence in teaching that is at the heart of what a great University like ours must do.”

In recent years, UT Arlington has expanded its expertise in areas critical to lifelong health, including medical diagnostics, drug-delivery systems, bioengineering, tissue engineering and genomics. Faculty and student researchers are supplying numerous industries — especially aerospace and Homeland Security, energy, biotech and information technology businesses — with new technologies, devices, processes and know-how.

Elsenbaumer noted Cason’s work in the field of health care research and training. She has been at the forefront of integrating technologies to better assist caregivers and the aging population, as well as enhancing nursing education by leveraging an online curriculum, he said.

"Dr. Cason has played a pivotal role in elevating the research profile at UT Arlington. She is not only a distinguished researcher in her own right, but she has helped set the standard for creating collaborative teams of researchers across colleges and schools focused on solving critical societal needs,” Elsenbaumer said.

Cason, who joined the University in 1997, most recently has served as the senior administrator for UT Arlington’s Genomics Translational Research Laboratory and for the College of Nursing’s Smart Hospital and its Smart Care research program. Her research interests include support for diverse student populations, advancements in cardiopulmonary resuscitation protocols and the use of “serious gaming” technology to improve health care educational and training outcomes.

“One of UT Arlington’s great strengths is our ability to provide undergraduates and graduates the opportunity to work with world-class researchers in the classroom and in laboratories across a spectrum of disciplines. I look forward to continuing to help build our research endeavors as they help us develop technology for the future and the next generation of innovators," Cason said.

Billo, a professor of engineering, joined UT Arlington in 2005. He has been involved in research spanning manufacturing engineering, systems engineering, nanoscience, and most recently innovation in efficient conversion of natural gas and lignite coal into liquid petroleum fuels through UT Arlington’s Center for Renewable Energy Science and Technology, or CREST.

Rajeshwar joined the College of Science faculty in the department of chemistry and biochemistry in 1983 and is co-director of CREST. His broad areas of research expertise range from photoelectrochromic “smart windows” designed for energy efficiency to semiconductor electrochemistry and solar hydrogen production.

The University of Texas at Arlington is a comprehensive research institution of 33,449 students in the heart of North Texas. Visit www.uta.edu for more information.

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