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College of Science to host One Book, One Arlington discussion Nov. 11

Friday, November 5, 2010

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Media Contact: Kristin Sullivan

ARLINGTON - One distinguished UT Arlington alumna, an accomplished faculty member and a doctoral candidate will talk about their personal paths to success as part of a Nov. 11 event presented by The University of Texas at Arlington’s College of Science.

Ignacio Nunez

The discussion is part of One Book, One Arlington, a citywide reading project taking place Oct. 12-Nov. 11. The project is a collaborative effort of the Arlington Public Library, UT Arlington, and the Arlington Independent School District.

This year's focus is on education and teachers, and the book is Outliers, by Malcolm Gladwell. His stories demonstrate how individual merit, accompanied by culture, timing, circumstance, birth and luck, account for success in life.

In connection with the project, nine individuals have been selected as local outliers. Those include College of Science Dean Pamela Jansma; Dr. Ignacio Nuñez, one of UT Arlington's Distinguished Alumni for 2010 (Bachelor of Science in Biology) and a certified gynecologist/obstetrician for over 30 years; UT Arlington Professor of Mechanical Engineering Robert Woods and College of Science doctoral candidate Claudia Marquez.

The Nov. 11 program will be from 6:30 p.m.-8 p.m. in Room 100 of Nedderman Hall, 416 South Yates St. It will include presentations by Nuñez, Marquez and Woods and discussion of Gladwell’s book, followed by a question and answer session and a reception. The program is targeted towards students in grades 8-12, but is open to everyone. No reservations are required.

Woods has been teaching and conducting research at UT Arlington for 29 years and also is a longtime industry consultant. Since 1978, he also has advised students in Mini Baja, Formula SAE, Hybrid Electric Vehicle and Compressed Natural Gas Vehicle competitions.

Nuñez earned a medical degree from UT Southwestern Medical School in Dallas in 1979. He is board certified in obstetrics and gynecology, and has delivered thousands of babies to area mothers in the past 30 years.

Marquez’s research has been presented at several national meetings and was widely recognized for excellence with awards such as the national SACNAS Genomics Scholarship, and travel grants from the American Genome Association and the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology.

Other local outliers include bestselling local author Sandra Brown; Tillie Burgin, founder of Mission Arlington; Lindsey Maxon, UT Austin student and aspiring author; state Rep. Diane Patrick; and Karen Borta, UT Arlington alumna and local TV news anchor.

For more information on the One Book, One Arlington program and the Outliers discussion series, go online to


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