Science Week

Science Week is a week-long series of special events which celebrates the achievements of College of Science students, faculty and alumni. Check below for the most up-to-date event guide and links and remember to use #MaverickScience when sharing and interacting on social media. All times central, links to be updated.

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Monday, April 18

The Minority Association of Pre-Medical Students (MAPS) at UTA welcomes Dr. Ignacio Nunez for a talk titled "So you want to be a healer?" followed by discussion on practicing medicine. Dr. Nunez, who has been recognized as a Distinguished Alumnus of UTA, is a retired OB-GYN. He recently served on the Arlington City Council and has also served as past chair of the College of Science Advisory Council. Although held during the MAPS regular organization meeting time, this event is open to any and all attendees.

In 2019 the IF/THEN initiative, in partnership with the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), named 125 IF/THEN Ambassadors, comprised of female STEM professionals from numerous industries, to serve as high-profile role models for girls and young women. The achievements of these ambassadors were showcased on a national platform in various ways, including a unique traveling exhibit consisting of life-size, 3-D printed statues of the ambassadors which were displayed in various locations around the country, including at NorthPark Mall in Dallas.

Join us at 3 p.m. for a meet-and-greet reception for five of the North Texas based IF/THEN Ambassadors - Minerva Cordero (UTA), Jennifer Makins (Parish Episcopal School), Julie Mirpuri (UT Southwestern), Danielle Robertson (UT Southwestern), and Jennifer Stimpson (The Hockaday Middle School), - with a panel to follow. The ambassadors will discuss their careers, the obstacles they overcame, and who inspired them in their own STEM journeys, among other topics.



Tuesday, April 19

Join the UTA College of Science for a living taping of our Voices Podcast – thoughts from Maverick Scientists leading the charge to innovate, discover and learn. Hear from UTA Chemistry’s Sherri McFarland and Frank Foss in this interactive conversation.


Amanda Bryant-Friedrich, Ph.D., is currently dean of the Graduate School and a professor in the College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences. Her research interests center around the study and use of naturally and synthetically modified nucleosides and nucleotides in the determination of disease etiology and drug design and development. She is a fellow of the American Chemical Society and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. She also is a leadership fellow of the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy. She is an advocate supporter of the inclusion of diverse groups in the global scientific enterprise and works towards this objective through her involvement in several organizations.
Amanda Bryant-Friedrich, Ph.D., is currently dean of the Graduate School and a professor in the College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences. Her research interests center around the study and use of naturally and synthetically modified nucleosides and nucleotides in the determination of disease etiology and drug design and development. She is a fellow of the American Chemical Society and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. She also is a leadership fellow of the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy. She is an advocate supporter of the inclusion of diverse groups in the global scientific enterprise and works towards this objective through her involvement in several organizations.
UTA College of Science hosts Movie Night at the Planetarium with a showing of Interstellar, an Academy Award winning Sci-Fi film from Christopher Nolan starring Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, Jessica Chastain, Michael Caine, and Casey Affleck. As Earth's atmosphere grows inhospitable to human life, a team of astronauts embarks on a dangerous mission through a wormhole in order to find a habitable planet in a distant galaxy and ensure the survival of humanity. Free admission with student ID.

Wednesday, April 20

Named one of the “Best Undiscovered Comedians” in the U.S. by Thrillist magazine, Kasha Patel has a unique voice that couples life as an Indian-American and her love for science. She produces science-themed comedy shows through her company DC Science Comedy. She gave a TEDx talk called “Sneaking Science into Stand-Up” where she shares a series of surprising revelations pulled from her analysis of more than 500 of her stand-up jokes. She has been featured in The Washington Post, BBC World News, Travel Channel, The Science Channel, The Weather Channel, and hosted a mini series on NASA TV.

Patel will share her personal educational and career journey along with some of her stand-up comedy in this student-focused session.

Explore academics in Maverick Country! Academic tours are for future freshmen and transfer students and their families. During this tour, students will take a 1.5 hour campus tour highlighting resources and facilities. Once the campus tour concludes, visitors will attend an academic information session on the College of Science in the Life Sciences Building. Registration is required. More information is available at https://connect.uta.edu/portal/academic-tour or to secure a spot, visit https://connect.uta.edu/register/?id=5464c076-01b0-463c-aab8-5d9b6fd8d31e
The UTA Department of Physics welcomes interested students, faculty, staff and members of the public to its weekly Physics Colloquium - presentations from leading researchers in Physics from here and around the globe. This week's event features Washington University's Saori Pastore for a talk on neutrinos and theoretical physics.

Named one of the “Best Undiscovered Comedians” in the U.S. by Thrillist magazine, Kasha Patel has a unique voice that couples life as an Indian-American and her love for science. She produces science-themed comedy shows through her company DC Science Comedy. She gave a TEDx talk called “Sneaking Science into Stand-Up” where she shares a series of surprising revelations pulled from her analysis of more than 500 of her stand-up jokes. She has been featured in The Washington Post, BBC World News, Travel Channel, The Science Channel, The Weather Channel, and hosted a mini series on NASA TV.

Join students, faculty, staff, alumni and friends from the College of Science for a night of fun, community and comedy at J. Gilligan's Bar and Grill in Downtown Arlington. Free admission for all. A limited menu will be served for individuals wanting to purchase appetizers or food.  

Thursday, April 21

Join the UTA College of Science for a living taping of our Voices Podcast – thoughts from Maverick Scientists leading the charge to innovate, discover and learn. What is Data Science? Why should you consider it as a minor or degree option? Hear from UTA Data Science's Amir Farbin and Keaton Hamm in this interactive conversation.
Hear from one of our very own Maverick Science alumni, Dr. Lori Glaze, director of NASA's Science Mission Directorate’s Planetary Science Division. She previously served as chief of the Planetary Geology, Geophysics and Geochemistry Laboratory at Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, and as deputy director of Goddard’s Solar System Exploration Division. Her research interests include physical processes in terrestrial and planetary volcanology, atmospheric transport and diffusion processes, and geologic mass movements. Dr. Glaze received B.A. and M.S. degrees in Physics from UTA and earned her Ph.D. in Volcanic Eruption Plume Dynamics from Lancaster University, England.

Friday, April 22 - Earth Day

Earthx2022 is the largest green gathering on the planet held around Earth Day in April to celebrate progress, impact and innovation at at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center in Dallas. Earthx2022 creates a fun and engaging atmosphere for thought, exploration and experiential learning. Several UTA Biology labs and units will be participating in the exhibit hall with interactive and informative booth. Visit them at booth 1613, near the Green Stage.

Exhibit Hall Hours
Friday, April 22
11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Saturday, April 23
10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Sunday, April 24
10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

In conjunction with testing of the X-59 at the Lockheed Martin Testing Facility in Fort Worth, a series of STEM Engagement opportunities will be held in UTA’s engineering buildings and the Planetarium. K-12 students and the community, educators (in-service and pre-service), and post-secondary students will have the opportunity to engage with the Low-Boom Flight Demonstration team in different ways.

X-59, Supersonics, Academia, and NASA - This in-person event at UT Arlington primarily focuses on college and university students and educators although all may apply to attend. NASA will provide information sessions on the current status and future plans for the X-59 vehicle. NASA and academic speakers will present on how they contribute to advance aeronautics. There will be opportunities to engage and network with NASA aeronautics experts.

NASA Registration Form: https://nari.arc.nasa.gov/x59

Browse entries for Discover, UTA College of Science's student research symposium, during this in-person poster session in the halls of the UTA Planetarium, Chemistry-Physics Building (CPB) and Chemistry Research Building (CRB). Meet and interact with student researchers to dig deeper into the great research being done in the College of Science. Stick around for the Discover Showcase in the Planetarium Theater at 1 p.m., where the top undergraduate and graduate entries will present their posters live and receive awards.

The Discover symposium is a chance for students to present their research projects both in a virtual poster format and live, in-person poster session. The posters will be judged by a panel of College of Science faculty and alumni, and prizes will be awarded to the top entries during a live showcase scheduled for Friday, April 22 in the UTA Planetarium.

Similar to last year’s completely virtual edition, the initial poster presentation and judging process will take place online, utilizing the publicly accessible Discover site at blog.uta.edu/discoverscience - complete with abstracts, digital posters and a video presentation of the research.

Additionally, all presenters and members of the public will be invited to an in-person exhibition of posters in the UTA Planetarium, Chemistry and Physics Building, and Chemistry Research Building on Friday, April 22, from 10 a.m. to noon. The top undergraduate and graduate posters from the virtual judging period will be invited to present in front of a live audience as well as receive final awards from the steering committee.

Saturday, April 23

Earthx2022 is the largest green gathering on the planet held around Earth Day in April to celebrate progress, impact and innovation at at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center in Dallas. Earthx2022 creates a fun and engaging atmosphere for thought, exploration and experiential learning. Several UTA Biology labs and units will be participating in the exhibit hall with interactive and informative booth. Visit them at booth 1613, near the Green Stage.

Exhibit Hall Hours
Friday, April 22
11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Saturday, April 23
10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Sunday, April 24
10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

In conjunction with testing of the X-59 at the Lockheed Martin Testing Facility in Fort Worth, a series of STEM Engagement opportunities will be held in UTA’s engineering buildings and the Planetarium. K-12 students and the community, educators (in-service and pre-service), and post-secondary students will have the opportunity to engage with the Low-Boom Flight Demonstration team in different ways.

NASA STEM Workforce Development and Post-secondary Student Opportunities - This in-person event at UT Arlington primarily focuses on college, university, and trade/technical students and educators although all may apply to attend. NASA will provide information sessions on the current status and future plans of the X-59 vehicle. There will also be presentations on workforce development and student opportunities. The day will include a student panel and poster session.

NASA Registration Form: https://nari.arc.nasa.gov/x59

The Arlington Conservation Council (ACC), University of Texas at Arlington College of Science (COS) and the Neighbors of Randal Mill Park (NORMP) are sponsoring an Earth Day celebration at Randol Mill Park, 1901 W. Randol Mill Rd. Volunteers are welcomed for a day that includes an early bird walk, monitoring bluebird boxes, trash pickup, work in the greenhouse, pollinator gardens, invasive plant removal and planting of saplings and sedge.

More Info & Volunteer


Join us for a show in the UTA Planetarium. For thousands of years humans observed the light coming from the night sky with their eyes. In the beginning of the 17th century, the invention of the telescope by Galileo revolutionized our knowledge of the Universe. Finally, in the 20th century with the advent of rockets, it became possible to go above the earth's atmosphere and observe X-ray and gamma ray radiation which are the marks of the hot and violent Universe. But it is not only light that can give us information about the cosmos. Neutrinos and cosmic rays also provide vital information. Finally, the detection by the LIGO experiment of gravitational waves from two merging black holes opened a new window in astrophysics. This video presents images of the cosmos as revealed by all these different messengers.
Join us for a show in the UTA Planetarium. Pink Floyd is the classic rock that everyone loves. The 5.1 surround sound music is set to immersive and surrealistic CG effects in a dome environment. The album covers topics of abuse, isolation, conflict and greed which some parents may not find suitable for children. Recommended for ages 14+.

Sunday, April 24

Earthx2022 is the largest green gathering on the planet held around Earth Day in April to celebrate progress, impact and innovation at at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center in Dallas. Earthx2022 creates a fun and engaging atmosphere for thought, exploration and experiential learning. Several UTA Biology labs and units will be participating in the exhibit hall with interactive and informative booth. Visit them at booth 1613, near the Green Stage.

Exhibit Hall Hours
Friday, April 22
11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Saturday, April 23
10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Sunday, April 24
10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

In conjunction with testing of the X-59 at the Lockheed Martin Testing Facility in Fort Worth, a series of STEM Engagement opportunities will be held in UTA’s engineering buildings and the Planetarium. K-12 students and the community, educators (in-service and pre-service), and post-secondary students will have the opportunity to engage with the Low-Boom Flight Demonstration team in different ways.

Educator Professional Development Session: NASA's X-59 and the Science of Sound - This is an in-person event at UT Arlington for K-12 educators and informal educators. Join NASA education specialists, X-59 subject matter experts, and UT Arlington staff for a day of educator professional development. Hands on workshops in English and in Spanish and more. An optional planetarium show concludes the day. This activity is eligible for you to earn CPE Hours.

NASA Registration Form: https://nari.arc.nasa.gov/x59

Research Symposium

Discover 2022

Browse entries for Discover, UTA College of Science's student research symposium, including abstracts, posters and on-demand video presentations as Maverick Scientists compete for a spot in Friday's Discover Showcase and a chance for cash prizes.
go.uta.edu/discoverscience

On Display

Women in Science

During the months of April and May in the lobby of Arlington’s George W. Hawkes Downtown Library, see a photographic tribute to the women at UTA teaching science and doing important research.

Art Exhibit

"A Look Inside"

Visit the University Center Art Gallery for an exhibition titled “A Look Inside” - photos of stained and dyed specimens from UTA’s Amphibian and Reptile Diversity Research Center, along with actual specimens and periodic live animal demonstrations by the UTA Herpetology Club.