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College of Science welcomes new members to faculty

One of the primary goals of the College of Science is to continue hiring top-rank faculty to teach and conduct important research. This fall, the college has added six new members to its faculty.

"We're pleased that we were able to add six very talented scientists to our faculty this year and we look forward to working with them," Dean of Science Pamela Jansma said. "One of our main goals is to continue attracting top faculty to join the outstanding group of educators and researchers we already have."

New tenure and tenure track faculty members for the 2010-11 academic year include:

Julian Hurdle
Julian Hurdle

Julian Hurdle, biology assistant professor. He earned a Ph.D. in Microbiology from the University of Leeds, United Kingdom. His research interests include drug discovery focusing on different infectious diseases and cancer. Previously, Hurdle was a research lab specialist in the Department of Chemical Biology and Therapeutics at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee (2009-10); a postdoctoral research fellow in the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences and assistant lecturer at the University of Tennessee Health and Science Center in Memphis (2006-09); and was a postdoctoral research fellow in the Institute of Molecular and Cellular Biology at the University of Leeds (2005-06).

Christopher Jackson
Christopher Jackson

Christopher Jackson, physics assistant professor. He earned a Ph.D. in Theoretical High Energy Physics from Florida State University. Jackson is an expert in theoretical high energy physics. His research is focused on searching for new particles, including the Higgs boson, a hypothetical particle that could be responsible for giving mass to all things. His research at UT Arlington will include theoretical investigations aimed at obtaining insight into what Dark Matter is and how it behaves. Jackson received the Dirac-Hellman Award for Theoretical Physics from Florida State in 2005, and has authored over 25 publications. Previously, Jackson was a research associate in the High Energy Physics Division at Argonne National Laboratory in Argonne, Illinois (2008-10), and a research associate at Brookhaven National Laboratory in Upton, N.Y. (2005-08).

Kayunta Johnson-Winters
Kayunta Johnson-Winters

Kayunta Johnson-Winters, chemistry assistant professor. She earned a Ph.D. in Biochemistry from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and a B.A. in Biology and Chemistry from Alverno College in Milwaukee. Previously, she was a research associate and lecturer at the University of Arizona in Tucson, Arizona (2006-10), and a research assistant at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (2000-06). She has extensive experience in protein purification, crystallization, enzymology and molecular biology techniques; and kinetic investigations of reaction mechanism. Her research interests include enzymes that use Cofactor F420; structure determination by spectroscopic techniques and X-ray crystallography; and enzyme kinetics and mechanism by rapid-mixing pre-steady state and steady state methods.

Nicolette Lopez
Nicolette Lopez

Nicolette Lopez, psychology assistant professor. She earned Ph.D. and M.S. degrees in Industrial and Organizational Psychology from the University of North Texas in Denton, as well as a B.A. in Psychology from UNT. She previously was a visiting assistant professor at UT Arlington from 2007-10 and a consultant for Raytheon in Dallas from 2004-09. She also taught a course in I.O. Psychology at the University of North Texas at Dallas as an adjunct professor in Spring 2010. She is an expert in competency modeling development and utilization, justice in the workplace, job analysis process and applications, and generational/cohort studies. She is doing active research in several of these areas.

Glen Mattioli
Glen Mattioli

Glen Mattioli, earth and environmental sciences professor. He earned a Ph.D. and an M.S. in Geological Sciences from Northwestern University and a B.A. in Geology from the University of Rochester in Rochester, N.Y. He previously was a professor of Geosciences at the University of Arkansas (2000-10); and a professor of Geology at the University of Puerto Rico (1991-2002). He also has been done research and consulting work for various institutions and private companies. He has received numerous awards, including the Outstanding Mentor Award at the University of Arkansas (2004, 2007) and the Scholarly Productivity Award from the Office of the President at the University of Puerto Rico (1994, 1995, 1998, 2000).

Sangwook Park
Sangwook Park

Sangwook Park, physics assistant professor. He earned a Ph.D. in Physics from Purdue University. Park is an expert in observational astronomy with a focus onthe spectral X-ray regime. His current research involves using satellite-based X-ray telescopes to study basic properties of supernovas, or exploding stars. Park has been awarded over $1.3 million in research grants and has authored over 40 papers and delivered talks around the world. Before coming to UT Arlington, Park was a research scientist and senior research associate in the Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics at Penn State University (2001-10), and a research scientist at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center and the Universities Space Research Association (1998-2001).

In addition, the Department of Mathematics has added six visiting professors and two postdoctoral positions to its faculty. They include:

Guirong Jiang, a visiting professor who specializes in Applied Mathematics, earned a Ph.D. from Beijing Aerospace and Aeronautics University and previously was a member of the faculty at Guilin University of Electronic Technology in China.

Marc Turcotte, a visiting professor who specializes in Computational Biology, earned a Ph.D. from McGill University in Montreal and previously was a faculty member at UT Southwestern and UT Dallas.

Laura Villafuerte-Altúzar, a visiting professor who specializes in Applied Mathematics, earned a Ph.D. from Polytechnic University of Valencia, Spain, and previously was a faculty member at Universidad Autónoma de Chiapas, Mexico.

Weiguo Wang, a visiting professor who specializes in Computational Mathematics, earned a Ph.D. from Ocean University in China and previously was a faculty member at Ocean University of China.

Jichen Yang, a visiting professor who specializes in Applied Mathematics and earned a Ph.D. from Beijing Aerospace and Aeronautics University in China.

Pingzheng Zhang, a visiting professor who specializes in Applied Mathematics, earned a Ph.D. from Nanjing University in China, and was a faculty member at University of Jiangsu in China.

Yueming Liu, a postdoctoral fellow who specializes in Applied Mathematics and earned a Ph.D. from Nankai University in China.

Nilifer Topsakal, a postdoctoral associate who specializes in Applied Mathematics, differential equations, inverse problems and scattering theory; earned a Ph.D. from Cumhuriyet University in Turkey and previously was a faculty member at Cumhuriyet University in Turkey.