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UT Arlington faculty conclude that previously unknown fault caused Haiti earthquake
UT Arlington faculty conclude that previously unknown fault caused Haiti earthquake

A new study co-authored by UT Arlington College of Science Dean Pamela Jansma, earth and environmental sciences professor Glen Mattioli and researchers at several other universities presents strong evidence that the Jan. 12 Haitian earthquake was caused by a previously unmapped fault and not one experts first suspected.

Marion Moore, math professor emeritus, dies at age 76
Marion Moore, math professor emeritus, dies at age 76

Marion E. Moore was serious about abstract algebra, but he also knew how to have fun.

Friends, family celebrate life and career of Andy Baum
Friends, family celebrate life and career of Andy Baum

Whether it was mentoring a student or junior faculty member, debating a point over coffee or helping coach one of his kids’ youth league sports teams, Andy Baum’s heart for people was always on display.

Planetarium at UT Arlington premiers NASA-funded show
Planetarium at UT Arlington premiers NASA-funded show

The Planetarium at The University of Texas at Arlington is using NASA funding to explore the mysteries of Earth's closest and most important star in "Magnificent Sun," an original feature film set to premier Thursday, Dec. 9.

Andrew Baum, friend and mentor to many, dies at age 62
Andrew Baum, friend and mentor to many, dies at age 62

Dr. Baum, the Jenkins Garrett Professor of Psychology at UT Arlington and director of the University’s Biosciences and Bioengineering Center, had spent most of his life in Maryland and Pennsylvania, building a distinguished career as an educator and researcher.

UT Arlington alumnus establishes endowed scholarships
UT Arlington alumnus establishes endowed scholarships

Dr. Ignacio Nuñez’s parents taught him the value of a good education long before he was a successful Arlington doctor or a UT Arlington Distinguished Alumnus.

Longtime psychology professor James Kopp dies at 75
Longtime psychology professor James Kopp dies at 75

UT Arlington 'outliers' reveal the secrets to their success
UT Arlington 'outliers' reveal the secrets to their success

Becoming successful in life is about more than hard work and determination, a trio of speakers said at a “One Book, One Arlington” event sponsored by UT Arlington and the Arlington Public Library on November 11 in Nedderman Hall.

Mydlarz receives grant to study disease in Caribbean coral
Mydlarz receives grant to study disease in Caribbean coral

Biology assistant professor Laura Mydlarz has received a $409,537 grant from the Organism-Environment Interactions Program (OEI) of the National Science Foundation to study disease in coral, particularly disease caused by environmental stress.

Students learn while having fun at Sally Ride Science Fest
Students learn while having fun at Sally Ride Science Fest

Saturdays are normally a fairly quiet time on campus, but on October 30, UT Arlington was buzzing with activity. Almost 1,000 students - mostly girls - in grades 5-8 from across the Metroplex converged on UTA for a day of learning and fun at the Sally Ride Science Festival.

Psychology major has found UTA to be the perfect fit
Psychology major has found UTA to be the perfect fit

All it took for Kaitlyn Riley's college career to really take off was her finding the right fit.

UT Arlington to host One Book, One Arlington program
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.

Mandal receives grant to study estrogen disrupting chemicals
Mandal receives grant to study estrogen disrupting chemicals

The National Institutes of Healthhas awarded a three-year, $444,000 grant to a UT Arlington researcher looking for chemicals in the environment that could interfere with normal hormone functions, causing problems with reproduction, behavior and development and fueling cancer growth.

Sally Ride Festival invites girls to explore science at UTA
Sally Ride Festival invites girls to explore science at UTA

A street fair filled with hands-on exhibits, workshops with local scientists and an appearance by astronaut Barbara Morgan will all be part of the Sally Ride Science Festival on Saturday, October 30, at the University of Texas at Arlington.

Astronomers take new look at previously suggested planet
Astronomers take new look at previously suggested planet

Work by a team of University of Texas at Arlington astronomers could significantly broaden astrophysicists' search for planets in other solar systems by changing the way they think about the orbiting bodies.

Feschotte, Gilbert find 19 million-year-old genomic fossils of hepatitis B-like viruses in songbirds
Feschotte, Gilbert find 19 million-year-old genomic fossils of hepatitis B-like viruses in songbirds

UT Arlington biologists have uncovered virus fragments from the same family as the modern Hepatitis B virus locked inside the genomes of songbirds such as the modern-day zebra finch.

Fry honored for outstanding career with emeritus status
Fry honored for outstanding career with emeritus status

Retired physics professor John Fry's long, distinguished career of teaching, research and service at UT Arlington was acknowledged September 20 when he was one of four faculty members to receive emeritus status.

Professors awarded $1.3 million from NSF, Homeland Security to develop nanomaterials to detect radiation
Professors awarded $1.3 million from NSF, Homeland Security to develop nanomaterials to detect radiation

The National Science Foundation and U.S. Department of Homeland Security have awarded more than $1.3 million to a team of UT Arlington researchers who will spend the next five years exploring ways to develop various nanoparticles for radiation detection.

Schug taking science to large audience at State Fair
Schug taking science to large audience at State Fair

UT Arlington chemistry assistant professor Kevin Schug and his students will leave their lab for the State Fair of Texas this weekend, bringing with them fun experiments they hope will get students excited about science.

LSAMP doctorate program names 11 fellows for 2010-11
LSAMP doctorate program names 11 fellows for 2010-11

UT Arlington has announced that 11 graduate students will participate as fellows in its 2010-11 Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation Bridge-to-Doctorate (LSAMP-BD) program. Seven of the 11 are from the College of Science.

Scientists weigh benefits of research at smaller universities
Scientists weigh benefits of research at smaller universities

College of Science Dean Pamela Jansma, Department of Physics chair Alex Weiss and chemistry assistant professor Kevin Schug are quoted in a new article in the journal Science about the allure of smaller universities for researchers.

College of Science welcomes new members to faculty
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.

UTeach Arlington receives new $1.5 million Noyce grant
UTeach Arlington receives new $1.5 million Noyce grant

A new UT Arlington program aimed at bolstering the supply of secondary math and science teachers is already exceeding expectations, with nearly 30 percent more freshmen than expected signing up.

Lopez honored for work with underrepresented minority students
Lopez honored for work with underrepresented minority students

The Society for Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS) will award UT Arlington physics professor Ramon Lopez its 2010 Distinguished Scientist Award, the group announced last week.

Dias looking forward to challenges as new chemistry chair
Dias looking forward to challenges as new chemistry chair

UT Arlington's Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry has come a long way in the 18 years since Rasika Dias joined the faculty.

Four COS faculty members honored with UT teaching awards
Four COS faculty members honored with UT teaching awards

Theresa Jorgensen loves mathematics, and she's not afraid to let a classroom full of undergraduates at The University of Texas at Arlington know it.

Bernard Harris camp encourages kids' interest in science, math
Bernard Harris camp encourages kids' interest in science, math

Hard work, determination and - most importantly - education are the keys to success, whether you want to be a doctor or an astronaut or, in the case of Bernard Harris Jr., both. That was Harris' message to 48 middle school students Wednesday, July 21 during the 2010 ExxonMobil Bernard Harris Summer Science Camp.

UTA chapter of physics honors society inducts new members
UTA chapter of physics honors society inducts new members

The UT Arlington Department of Physics has revived its chapter of the Sigma Pi Sigma honor society and inducted four new members Wednesday, June 30 in a ceremony at the Chemistry and Physics Building.

Physics professor's work establishes new Rangers HR mark
Physics professor's work establishes new Rangers HR mark

Physics professor's work establishes new Rangers HR mark

Space physics grad ready for career as researcher, mentor
Space physics grad ready for career as researcher, mentor

Elizabeth (Betsey) Mitchell's interests lie far into space, but her main goal involves having a positive impact on others right here on Earth.

Geosciences professor to serve on EPA advisory panel on lead
Geosciences professor to serve on EPA advisory panel on lead

Andrew Hunt, assistant professor in the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, has been invited to serve on a review panel of the Environmental Protection Agency's Science Advisory Board.

College of Science earns five advanced research awards
College of Science earns five advanced research awards

The College of Science has received five Norman Hackerman Advanced Research Program awards from the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board. Overall, UT Arlington received eight awards for $975,874.

Infant crocodile fossils unearthed at Arlington Archosaur Site
Infant crocodile fossils unearthed at Arlington Archosaur Site

Paleontologists have found the partial skull of an infant crocodile at the Arlington Archosaur Site, a prolific fossil site in north Arlington. The skull is a tiny version of the adult skull found at the site last summer.

Change in career path has had its benefits for math alumna
Change in career path has had its benefits for math alumna

At one time or another, most people have struggled with evaluating the best medical insurance plan to meet their families' needs.

NSF is funding push for more doctoral degrees in STEM fields
NSF is funding push for more doctoral degrees in STEM fields

The University of Texas at Arlington has been awarded $987,000 from the National Science Foundation for 2010-12 to increase the number of students attaining their doctoral degrees in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics fields.

UTA physicists on team finding matter-antimatter asymmetry
UTA physicists on team finding matter-antimatter asymmetry

University of Texas at Arlington physicists are part of the DZero collaboration research team that has found new evidence that may help explain why the universe is composed of matter. The new findings are outlined in a May 18 article in The New York Times.

Physics professor wins second international Humboldt Prize
Physics professor wins second international Humboldt Prize

UT Arlington physics professor Zdzislaw Musielak has won his second international Humboldt Prize for his research into the sun and solar-type stars.

Dionex establishes $1 million endowed chemistry chair
Dionex establishes $1 million endowed chemistry chair

Dionex Corp., a California-based company focused on the science of chromatography, has established a $1 million endowment at The University of Texas at Arlington to create the Hamish Small Chair of Ion Analysis in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry.

Scientists find first evidence of DNA swapping between insects, mammals
Scientists find first evidence of DNA swapping between insects, mammals

Researchers at The University of Texas at Arlington have found the first solid evidence of horizontal DNA transfer, the movement of genetic material among non-mating species, between parasitic invertebrates and some of their vertebrate hosts. The findings are published in the April 28 issue of the journal Nature, one of the world's foremost scientific journals.

Howard Payne educator helped shape UTA's destiny
Howard Payne educator helped shape UTA's destiny

Lynn Little, Arlington State College class of 1965, has a truckload of treasured memories from his college days.

Faculty honored for teaching, research excellence
Faculty honored for teaching, research excellence

The University of Texas at Arlington recognized excellence in teaching, mentoring and research at the annual Spring Meeting of the Faculty and Associates ceremony Monday, April 26 in the Bluebonnet Ballroom of the E.H. Hereford University Center.

Math department plans summer undergrad camp
Math department plans summer undergrad camp

The Department of Mathematics will host a summer National Research Experience for Undergraduates Program (NREUP) from June 1 to July 31, 2010, sponsored by the Mathematical Association of America with funds provided by the National Science Foundation and the National Security Agency.

Curiosity about evolution is in biology professor's DNA
Curiosity about evolution is in biology professor's DNA

As a kid, Jeff Demuth developed a love of the outdoors and of all things creepy and crawly. It wasn't unusual for him to bring home frogs, snakes, turtles, crayfish or other critters he'd catch during a day of exploring.

College of Science bestows awards, scholarships
College of Science bestows awards, scholarships

The College of Science presented awards and scholarships for 2009-2010 during a ceremony and reception April 8 at Maverick Activities Center.

ACES awards spotlight top student research
ACES awards spotlight top student research

The Annual Celebration of Excellence by Students (ACES), a university-wide symposium showcasing the best of UT Arlington undergraduate and graduate students' research and creativity, presented its 2010 awards on March 25, and the College of Science was well-represented among the winners. The awards were given after a full day of judging entrants' oral and poster presentations. Judges were comprised of faculty, alumni and area professionals.

Physics professor sheds lights on prostate cancer treatment
Physics professor sheds lights on prostate cancer treatment

Wei Chen, an assistant physics professor, contends that photodynamic therapy, which has been used successfully in treating skin cancers, may be an effective treatment for prostate cancer.

Officials dedicate renewable energy facility
Officials dedicate renewable energy facility

New technology developed by UT Arlington researchers is showing great promise in breaking the decades-old grip by foreign oil prices on U.S. energy costs.

Questions have been answered with success
Questions have been answered with success

Irene Lazarus' analytical nature has served her well.

Reaser remembered as friend extraordinaire
Reaser remembered as friend extraordinaire

Reaser remembered as friend extraordinaire

College of Science honors longtime employees
College of Science honors longtime employees

The University of Texas at Arlington Employee Service Awards Program celebrates and recognizes the many contributions of committed and dedicated faculty and staff.

Flower Mound wins 10th annual Calculus Bowl
Flower Mound wins 10th annual Calculus Bowl

Pickard Hall was the site of fierce competition Friday, February 5, as teams of high school students from across the Metroplex converged for the 10th annual UT Arlington Calculus Bowl.

UTA among hosts for Bernard Harris Camp
UTA among hosts for Bernard Harris Camp

UT Arlington will serve as one of 30 host universities nationwide for the ExxonMobil Bernard Harris Summer Science Camp program.

Weiss named chair of Physics Department
Weiss named chair of Physics Department

Although he is at heart a researcher and an educator, Dr. Alexander Weiss enjoys wearing the multiple hats necessary to chair a dynamic department at a university striving toward Tier I status.

Physicist receives DOE grant for work on particle experiment
Physicist receives DOE grant for work on particle experiment

Amir Farbin, an assistant professor of physics, has received an Early Career Research Award from the Department of Energy. The award was announced January 14.

Physicist awarded NSF CAREER grant to study magnetosphere
Physicist awarded NSF CAREER grant to study magnetosphere

Yue Deng, an assistant professor of physics, has received a Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) grant from the National Science Foundation.

Math professor making big impact as researcher, mentor
Math professor making big impact as researcher, mentor

When Bulgarian native Hristo Kojouharov came to the University of Wyoming to study for his doctoral degree in 1995, he knew very little English. It’s a pretty safe bet no one in Laramie knew any Bulgarian, either.

Martin urges fellow science alumni to get involved at UTA
Martin urges fellow science alumni to get involved at UTA

Dale Martin is proud to be an alumnus of UT Arlington, and he’s serious about giving back to his alma mater. He wants more Mavericks to feel that way, too.

Chemist is lone winner of 2010 Eli Lilly award
Chemist is lone winner of 2010 Eli Lilly award

Kevin Schug, a University of Texas at Arlington assistant professor of chemistry and biochemistry has been named the lone recipient of the 2010 Eli Lilly Young Analytical Scientist award. The national honor comes with an unrestricted $50,000, the opportunity to renew the grant for a second year, and a lifetime opportunity to collaborate with this pharmaceutical company.

Reaser helped build geology department
Reaser helped build geology department

Donald F. Reaser had a love for geology that spanned most of his life, and he passed that love on to his students during a career spanning over 40 years as a professor at UT Arlington.

Genome biologist reports on evolutionary discovery
Genome biologist reports on evolutionary discovery

A recent study on the 8 percent of human DNA that is derived from viruses may show a cause of cell mutation and psychiatric disorders such as schizophrenia and mood disorders, according to an article by The University of Texas at Arlington biology professor Cédric Feschotte published in the Jan. 7, 2010, issue of Nature magazine.

Looking for a better way to teach students
Looking for a better way to teach students

René McCormick is on a mission.

McCormick addresses Fall 2009 COS graduates
McCormick addresses Fall 2009 COS graduates

The College of Science awarded degrees to 164 undergraduate, 27 master's and 15 doctoral candidates during Fall 2009 commencement ceremonies on December 14 at Texas Hall.

UT Arlington unveils advanced genome sequencer
UT Arlington unveils advanced genome sequencer

The UT Arlington Department of Biology genomics research group introduced its newest tool, a state-of-the art genome sequencer, on December 11 in its remodeled Genomics Core Facility in Room B24 of the Life Science Building.