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Friday, December 16, 2011

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Media Contact: Traci Peterson, Office:817-272-9208, Cell:817-521-5494, tpeterso@uta.edu

Ramon 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.

Ramon Lopez

Ramon Lopez

Lopez 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.

The AAAS 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.”

Pamela Jansma, dean of the UT Arlington College of Science, said Lopez’s selection as a fellow reflects his stature in the scientific community.

"Dr. 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 scientific organization.”

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 learn more.

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