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UT Arlington to host One Book, One Arlington program

UT Arlington and the College of Science are taking part in One Book, One Arlington, a citywide reading project taking place October 12-November 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. They include College of Science Dean Pamela Jansma; Ignacio Nuñez, M.D., one of UT Arlington's Distinguished Alumni for 2010 (B.S. in Biology) and a certified GYN/OB for over 30 years; and College of Science doctoral candidate Claudia Marquez.

Other local outliers include Robert Woods, professor of mechanical engineering at UT Arlington; 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.

The project includes a series of book discussions at Arlington libraries, as well as a program hosted by UT Arlington from 6:30-8 p.m. on Thursday, November 11 in Nedderman Hall Room 100. The program will include presentations by Nuñez, Marquez and Woods, followed by a Q&A session and a reception. The program is targeted towards students in grades 8-12, but is open to everyone.

Pamela Jansma
Pamela Jansma

Jansma is in her second year as dean of science at UT Arlington. Before coming to UT Arlington, she was dean of New Mexico State University's College of Arts and Sciences. She previously was chair of the Department of Geosciences at the University of Arkansas, and associate dean for research and academic affairs for the College of Arts and Sciences of Puerto Rico. She is a member of the Geological Society of America, American Geophysical Union and Sigma Xi, an international scientific research society.

An accomplished administrator and faculty member, Jansma's research interests include microplate tectonics and strain partitioning. She has published numerous articles in scientific journals, and her research has received funding from the National Science Foundation, Department of Defense and NASA, among other sources. She earned doctoral and master's degrees in geological sciences from Northwestern University and a bachelor's degree in geology from Stanford University.

Ignacio Nuñez
Ignacio Nuñez

Nuñez earned an M.D. 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. He now specializes in gynecology and is certified in robotic surgery and is a partner with Family Healthcare Associates in Arlington. He was selected by his peers to serve as president of medical staff at Texas Health Arlington Memorial Hospital and also as their representative on the board of trustees in 2008. He also represents the AMH medical staff on the Texas Health Resources Physician Leadership Council.

Nuñez is a past president of the Fort Worth OB-GYN Society, and is a member of the Tarrant County Medical Society, the American Medical Association, the Texas State Medical Society, and the Fort Worth OB/GYN Medical Society. He and his wife, Lynda, established the UT Arlington Nuñez Scholarship Endowment in the College of Science and also give generously to the Glass Art Program. Dr. Nuñez is a lifetime member of the Alumni Association and a member of the 1895 Society.

Claudia Marquez
Claudia Marquez

Marquez became involved in active research as an undergraduate, and this research was presented at several national meetings and was widely recognized for excellence through such awards as the national SACNAS Genomics Scholarship, and travel grants from the American Genome Association and the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology. The recent publication of her research in the journal Genetics is an honor rarely afforded to undergraduate.

After receiving a B.S. in Biology with honors in 2007, Marquez continued her studies at the graduate level under the mentorship of assistant biology professor Ellen Pritham. Marquez represented UT Arlington at the prestigious Broad Institute in Boston, a collaborative genetics effort of Harvard and MIT. Since that time, the continuation of her genomics projects have earned additional recognition from funding sources such as the Society for the Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS), the Genetics Society of America, and honorable mentions from the National Science Foundation (NSF) and Ford Fellowship.

Marquez plans to complete her doctoral studies in 2012 and begin a career in academic research. In addition to her outstanding record of scholarship and research, she also serves as treasurer of Phi Sigma National Graduate Student Honor Society, serves as a student recruiter, and volunteers for many programs designed to engage K-12 students in science, such as the Sally Ride Science Festival and Expanding Your Horizons. For more information on the One Book, One Arlington program and the Outliers discussion series, go online to www.arlingtonlibrary.org/one-book.