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UTA In The News — Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

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Physics professor honored

The Fort Worth Business Press reported that the American Physical Society has selected Ramon Lopez, a professor of physics at The University of Texas at Arlington, as the 2012 winner of the Edward A. Bouchet Award. The national award recognizes a distinguished minority physicist who has made significant contributions to physics research.

New endowment for optics research

To honor his physicist father and also strengthen the university's optics-related research, Fresnel Technologies President Nelson Claytor has established the Richard N. Claytor Distinguished Professor in Optics endowment at The University of Texas at Arlington, according to the website The $500,000 endowed professorship will be funded by a $250,000 gift from Nelson Claytor and his company and a matching gift from the Maverick Match program.

Professor predicts debate tone

Allan Saxe, UT Arlington associate professor of political science, told WBAP/820AM that Governor Rick Perry may avoid much of the conflict when the Republicans running for the presidential nomination debate Tuesday night in New Hampshire. "The other candidates might view that he's already out of the picture,” he said. "A lot of the attacks are probably going to be aimed at Herman Cain, who has surged in the polls."

Green ideas wanted

Texas Manufacturing Assistance Program (TMAC) at UT Arlington was mentioned in a Yahoo! News story about the expansion of Greenovation contests. The contests are an effort to encourage and create green products meant to conserve natural resources and the environment.