Lopez, a UT Arlington
professor of physics, has been named a Fellow of the American Association for
the Advancement of Science or AAAS, a worldwide organization and publisher of
the journal Science.
specializes in space physics and is a co-investigator and the co-director for
diversity for the Center for Integrated Space Weather Modeling, a Science and
Technology Center funded by the National Science Foundation. He is also
co-director of The University of Texas at Arlington’s UTeach program, a collaboration that works to
attract more science and math majors to teaching careers.
citation praises Lopez for “passionate pursuit of research made exemplary
through additional contributions to education and public communication, and through
achievement in broadening participation of minorities in science.”
Jansma, dean of the UT Arlington College of Science, said Lopez’s selection as a fellow
reflects his stature in the scientific community.
Lopez is well respected as both an excellent scientist and a dedicated advocate
for students, especially those groups that have been traditionally
underrepresented in STEM fields,” Jansma said. “This recognition from AAAS is a
well-deserved celebration of his hard work."
Lopez said: “It
is a great feeling to be recognized and honored by such a prestigious
Lopez also is co-principal investigator
for Arlington Undergraduate Research-based Achievement for STEM or AURAS. That
program, which is funded by nearly $2 million from the National Science
Foundation, has teamed faculty from the Colleges of Engineering and Science to
address retention rates for first- and second-year students.
Earlier this year, Lopez was named 2012 winner of the Edward A. Bouchet
Award, a national award that recognizes a distinguished minority physicist who has
made significant contributions to physics research.
Lopez is one
of the dynamic faculty members at The University of Texas at Arlington, a
comprehensive research institution of 33,439 students in the heart of North
Texas. Visit www.uta.edu to
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