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2011 News

Institute for Broadening Participation opens UTA office
Institute for Broadening Participation opens UTA office

The Institute for Broadening Participation, a nonprofit organization to help increase minority access to science, technology, engineering and mathematics education and careers, has opened a regional office at The University of Texas at Arlington.

White honored by American Physical Society as fellow
White honored by American Physical Society as fellow

Andrew White, co-director of the Center for High Energy Physics at UT Arlington, has been named a fellow of the American Physical Society, an honor given to just one half of one percent of that group's 48,000 members.

UT Arlington to host regional science, engineering fair
UT Arlington to host regional science, engineering fair

Hundreds of North Texas' most talented middle and high school students will gather Feb. 26 and 27 at UT Arlington's new College Park Center for the 61st Fort Worth Regional Science and Engineering Fair.

Pires da Silva contributes to paper on spider mite genome
Pires da Silva contributes to paper on spider mite genome

Andre Pires da Silva, an assistant professor of biology, is one of five principal investigators on a recent effort to map the genome of the two-spotted spider mite, or Tetranychus urticae, one of agriculture's most resilient and detrimental pests.

Gatchel receives state group's lifetime achievement award
Gatchel receives state group's lifetime achievement award

Robert Gatchel, the chair of the College of Science's Department of Psychology, has been chosen to receive the Texas Psychological Association's 2011 Distinguished Lifetime Achievement Award, that group's most prestigious honor.

Professor emeritus of math Donald Greenspan dies at 82
Professor emeritus of math Donald Greenspan dies at 82

Donald Greenspan was already over 20 years into a successful and distinguished career when he applied for a faculty position in the Department of Mathematics at UT Arlington in 1978.

Betran wins grant to improve reproductive knowledge
Betran wins grant to improve reproductive knowledge

The National Institutes of Health has awarded a UT Arlington researcher nearly $670,000 to continue examining the genomic structure of male fruit flies for clues about the way reproductive functions evolve.

UT Arlington, TCC partner for geosciences education
UT Arlington, TCC partner for geosciences education

UT Arlington and Tarrant County College are partnering to encourage students from underrepresented groups to consider majoring in the geosciences and to establish an easy transfer process between TCC and UT Arlington.

Hospital executive Lynch helping lead New Orleans back
Hospital executive Lynch helping lead New Orleans back

There were those who questioned whether New Orleans would ever fully recover from the horrific devastation wrought by Hurricane Katrina.

Professors get additional funding for proton sub-detector
Professors get additional funding for proton sub-detector

A time-of-flight detector designed by a research team led by Andrew Brandt, professor of physics, could one day significantly boost measurement capabilities at the Large Hadron Collider, or LHC, in Geneva, Switzerland.

Winguth presents climate change research at conference
Winguth presents climate change research at conference

Applying today's computerized climate models to events millions of years ago could tell scientists about climate change in the Earth's future, according to Arne Winguth, assistant profesoor of earth and environmental science.

$500K professorship will be huge boost to optics program
$500K professorship will be huge boost to optics program

A new, endowed distinguished professorship at UT Arlington will honor Fort Worth physicist and businessman Richard N. Claytor while strengthening the University’s cutting edge optics-related research.

Black, Rubins honored for service to Physics, University
Black, Rubins honored for service to Physics, University

Truman Black and Roy Rubins, two pioneering members of the Department of Physics faculty - as well as longtime friends and collaborators - were saluted for their contributions to the University at a retirement reception on August 26.

UTeach Arlington looks to build on success of first year
UTeach Arlington looks to build on success of first year

The UTeach Arlington program is beginning its second year this fall after its initial year exceeded all expectations. The program, UT Arlington’s replication of a highly-successful science and math teacher preparation program which originated at UT Austin, welcomes 128 new students this fall, along with returning students who are now sophomores.

Pires da Silva and team seeking evolutionary clues in hermaphrodite roundworm offspring
Pires da Silva and team seeking evolutionary clues in hermaphrodite roundworm offspring

A roundworm with a mix of male, female and hermaphrodite offspring is offering researchers at UT Arlington a look at a species in transition from one mode of reproduction to another.

College of Science welcomes 4 new faculty members
College of Science welcomes 4 new faculty members

The College of Science has added four new members to its faculty for the Fall 2011 semester. The quartet brings solid credentials to their respective disciplines and has already conducted important research, which they plan to continue at UT Arlington.

Schug to head UTA's efforts with national center to enhance teaching experience for doctoral students
Schug to head UTA's efforts with national center to enhance teaching experience for doctoral students

UT Arlington is joining an elite, national organization whose purpose is to produce better university teachers in the science, technology, engineering and math fields.

NASA taps Dasgupta to build ion chromatograph for Mars
NASA taps Dasgupta to build ion chromatograph for Mars

Purnendu “Sandy” Dasgupta, a professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry renowned for his innovations in the field of ion chromatography, has been awarded a nearly $1.2 million grant from NASA to develop technology that could help pave the way for future human missions to Mars and beyond.

Two COS faculty among honorees for teaching excellence
Two COS faculty among honorees for teaching excellence

Lee Ann Frederick, lecturer in the Department of Biology, and Monica Ramirez Basco, a former visiting assistant professor in the Department of Psychology, are among nine University of Texas at Arlington faculty members honored Aug. 17 by The University of Texas System for their classroom excellence.

Bernard Harris science camp lets kids' imaginations soar
Bernard Harris science camp lets kids' imaginations soar

Almost 50 middle school students got a chance to see how fun - and how vital - science and math are during the 2011 ExxonMobil Bernard Harris Summer Science Camp at UT Arlington.

Thurman Jasper, math teacher and civic leader, dies at 97
Thurman Jasper, math teacher and civic leader, dies at 97

Thurman M. Jasper’s life was one of service and helping others, first as a teacher, then as a soldier, then as a math professor at UT Arlington for over three decades.

Hurdle awarded $1.9 million to study hospital infection
Hurdle awarded $1.9 million to study hospital infection

Julian Hurdle, an assistant professor of biology, is developing a treatment for one of the most widespread hospital infections in the U.S. has been awarded $1.9 million in funding from the National Institutes of Health’s National Center for Complementary & Alternative Medicine.

Lopez, physics students putting focus on space weather
Lopez, physics students putting focus on space weather

Scientists know space weather caused by solar flares and other phenomenon holds the potential to disable electrical grids and disrupt the use of the global positioning system (GPS) that everyone from farmers to oil well drillers depend on.

Mora to examine mental health among elderly Latinos
Mora to examine mental health among elderly Latinos

Pablo Mora, assistant professor of psychology, has been awarded funding from the Austin-based Hogg Foundation for Mental Health to study how Latinos’ cultural views affect their decision to seek mental health services and contribute to mental health disparities for Latinos.

Odegard's research aims to help dyslexic children learn
Odegard's research aims to help dyslexic children learn

A new MRI-based study of children with dyslexia by assistant professor of psychology Timothy Odegard could explain why a small percentage of dyslexic children don’t respond to current teaching strategies.

Schug to study well water near rural gas drilling sites
Schug to study well water near rural gas drilling sites

Chemistry assistant professor Kevin Schug will assist in a new study to examine rural well water from areas near natural gas drilling sites to provide clear, accurate information about the potential impact of chemicals used to extract gas from rock formations.

Roner says tree may hold key to reducing rotavirus deaths
Roner says tree may hold key to reducing rotavirus deaths

A natural additive used to make foam in soft drinks also may help prevent the sometimes-deadly rotavirus infection in children or reduce its severity, associate professor of biology Michael Roner says in a research paper to be published in June.

Gatchel honored by APA for work in Health Psychology
Gatchel honored by APA for work in Health Psychology

Robert Gatchel, Department of Psychology chair and the Nancy P. and John G. Penson Endowed Professor of Clinical Health Psychology, has been named recipient of the 2011 American Psychological Association Division 38 Award for Outstanding Career Contributions to Health Psychology.

Veerabathina helps students learn and learn how to serve
Veerabathina helps students learn and learn how to serve

Nilakshi Veerabathina wants students in her astronomy class for pre-service teachers to do more than just learn how to become teachers.

Chemistry professors win ultra-fast microplate reader
Chemistry professors win ultra-fast microplate reader

A group of chemistry and biochemistry faculty members has been awarded a new high-tech lab instrument, an ultra-fast microplate reader which will help them in numerous research and education initiatives.

University honors faculty members at annual ceremony
University honors faculty members at annual ceremony

The University presented a variety of awards to faculty members during the annual Spring Meeting of the Faculty and Associates May 2 in the Rio Grande Room of the E.H. Hereford University Center, and the College of Science was well-represented among the honorees.

COS honors achievements with annual awards ceremony
COS honors achievements with annual awards ceremony

Faculty members, family and friends gathered to honor College of Science students for outstanding achievement in academics and research at the annual College of Science Awards Ceremony on April 19 at the Lone Star Auditorium of the Maverick Activities Center.

Hunt to study fix for New Orleans soil's lead contamination
Hunt to study fix for New Orleans soil's lead contamination

A University of Texas at Arlington environmental science professor will soon begin testing a unique method for cleaning up dangerous lead contamination in urban soil with the help of a new $498,138 grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

James Kopp remembered as friend, teacher who cared
James Kopp remembered as friend, teacher who cared

Family, friends, colleagues and former students of longtime UT Arlington psychology associate professor James Kopp gathered to celebrate his life March 26 at the Fort Worth Botanic Gardens.

Science students earn awards at 2011 ACES symposium
Science students earn awards at 2011 ACES symposium

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 2011 awards on March 24, and the College of Science was well-represented among the winners.

Flower Mound High wins Calculus Bowl title for third time
Flower Mound High wins Calculus Bowl title for third time

It appears there’s a dynasty-in-the-making at the UT Arlington Calculus Bowl. Flower Mound High School dominated the final round on its way to winning the 11th annual event on March 4 in Pickard Hall.

Nye brings science education campaign to UT Arlington
Nye brings science education campaign to UT Arlington

Listening to Bill Nye talk, it’s obvious right away how passionate he is about science and math. He’s made it his mission, in fact, to champion them to anyone who will listen, insisting that by embracing a love for science, people can, as he says often, “change the world!” Nye - a science educator, engineer, comedian and inventor best known to a generation of kids as host of the popular TV series Bill Nye the Science Guy.

College of Science announces 2010-11 Dean's List
College of Science announces 2010-11 Dean's List

College of Science dean's list announced for the year 2010-11

Researchers say cell manipulation through focused laser beams could lead to better drug delivery
Researchers say cell manipulation through focused laser beams could lead to better drug delivery

UT Arlington researchers are using focused laser beams to manipulate cells that lead drug-carrying nanoparticles that deliver medicine to cancer cells that need it.

Researchers using nanotechnology in gene detection to show disposition to certain cancers
Researchers using nanotechnology in gene detection to show disposition to certain cancers

Researchers at The University of Texas at Arlington are perfecting a system to detect a gene mutation implicated in 90 percent of pancreatic cancers and often in lung cancer by running tiny amounts of blood over nanomaterials.

UT Arlington dedicates ERB as new home for innovation
UT Arlington dedicates ERB as new home for innovation

A new era in innovation and collaboration was celebrated Friday, March 4 with the formal dedication of the University’s new Engineering Research Building (ERB), a $126 million, 234,000-square-foot structure which will offer myriad opportunities for scientists, engineers and computer scientists.

Math students to match wits at 11th annual Calculus Bowl
Math students to match wits at 11th annual Calculus Bowl

Some of the brightest young math minds in North Texas will converge on UT Arlington on Friday, March 4 to take part in a lively team competition and try to take home the coveted title of Calculus Bowl champions.

UT Arlington to dedicate Engineering Research Building
UT Arlington to dedicate Engineering Research Building

Students, faculty and supporters of The University of Texas at Arlington will celebrate the debut of the 234,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art Engineering Research Building with a dedication event and open house on Friday, March 4.

Pritham helps map DNA code of crustacean for first time
Pritham helps map DNA code of crustacean for first time

Assistant biology professor Ellen Pritham and her team have helped precisely map the DNA code of the water flea, Daphnia pulex, the first crustacean genome to be sequenced.

NSF grant to fund scholarships in science, engineering and earth and environmental science studies
NSF grant to fund scholarships in science, engineering and earth and environmental science studies

The National Science Foundation has awarded The University of Texas at Arlington a five-year, $600,000 grant to encourage undergraduates to earn a degree in science or engineering, complete a master’s degree in Earth and Environmental Science and enter the workforce or pursue doctoral study.

Pires da Silva's research could help control disease
Pires da Silva's research could help control disease

A paper published in the prestigious online journal Nature Communications that reveals the molecular biology behind a certain worm’s ability to ignore the laws of genetics could lead to control of some parasitic nematode species.

Dasgupta receives prestigious national award from ACS
Dasgupta receives prestigious national award from ACS

UT Arlington chemist Purnendu "Sandy" Dasgupta is being honored by the world's largest scientific society for pioneering advances in the field of chromatography, a process used in water quality studies, air pollution monitoring, drug development and more.

NSF committee praises chemistry professor's life-saving work
NSF committee praises chemistry professor's life-saving work

UT Arlington chemistry Professor Purnendu "Sandy" Dasgupta's work with arsenic detection is an outstanding representation of research that furthers knowledge, discovery and learning, says a committee of experts appointed by the National Science Foundation.