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2012 News

Schug to receive award from American Chemical Society
Schug to receive award from American Chemical Society

UT Arlington associate professor Kevin Schug will be recognized next year at the international laboratory science conference Pittcon 2013 for his outstanding contributions to analytical chemistry, the conference's organizing committee announced this week.

Research team recognizes predator-producing bacteria
Research team recognizes predator-producing bacteria

Unique viruses called bacteriophages may play an important role in competition among bacterial strains, influencing the overall ecosystem of the human intestine, scientists at The University of Texas at Arlington and UT Southwestern Medical Center say.

Melotto helping to unlock the secrets of plant defenses
Melotto helping to unlock the secrets of plant defenses

Researchers examining how the hormone jasmonate works to protect plants and promote their growth have revealed how a transcriptional repressor of the jasmonate signaling pathway makes its way into the nucleus of the plant cell.

Mohanty team's optical wrench can move microparticles
Mohanty team's optical wrench can move microparticles

UT Arlington physicists have developed a new fiber-optic spanner, or wrench, that uses two laser beams to stably rotate and move microscopic objects, such as living cells, an innovation that will help scientists to work more efficiently at the microscopic level.

Chen, team demonstrate new power generation technique
Chen, team demonstrate new power generation technique

UT Arlington physics associate professor Wei Chen has helped create a hybrid nanomaterial that can be used to convert light and thermal energy into electrical current, surpassing earlier methods that used either light or thermal energy, but not both.

Aktosun helps UTA secure $1.4 million in GAANN funding
Aktosun helps UTA secure $1.4 million in GAANN funding

Tuncay Aktosun, professor of mathematics, has helped UT Arlington secure nearly $1.47 million in federal grants to help qualified graduate students earn their doctoral degrees in areas of national need.

UTA, Shimadzu forge $25.2 million research partnership
UTA, Shimadzu forge $25.2 million research partnership

The University of Texas System Board of Regents on Oct. 22 allocated $7.5 million from the Permanent University Fund toward the formation of the Institute for Research Technologies at UT Arlington, a $25.2 million endeavor that will transform research capabilities and STEM education throughout the UT System and Texas.

Schelly receives 2012 Kerr Medal for work in electro-optics
Schelly receives 2012 Kerr Medal for work in electro-optics

Zoltan A. Schelly, professor emeritus of chemistry and biochemistry, has been awarded the 2012 Kerr Medal for his seminal contributions to the field of electro-optics.

College of Science announces Dean's List for 2011-12
College of Science announces Dean's List for 2011-12

The College of Science is pleased to announce its Dean's List for the 2011-12 school year.

Truman Black remembered as physics department pioneer
Truman Black remembered as physics department pioneer

The College of Science lost a pioneering member of its physics department and a dear friend and colleague with the death of professor emeritus Truman Black on September 12 at age 74.

UTA to host scientists planning next particle super collider
UTA to host scientists planning next particle super collider

UT Arlington will host hundreds of particle physicists from all over the world Oct. 22-26 for the International Workshop on Future Linear Colliders.

Math Emporium aims to improve students' algebra grades
Math Emporium aims to improve students' algebra grades

Seeking to turn around troubling statistics that plague universities nationwide, UT Arlington has instituted a new program aimed at improving students' scores in college algebra courses.

College of Science welcomes 10 new faculty members
College of Science welcomes 10 new faculty members

In its campaign to help UT Arlington attain Tier I research university status, attracting and retaining top-level faculty is one of the College of Science's top priorities. The College has hired seven new faculty members for Fall 2012, with three more set to join the ranks in Spring 2013.

UTA professors help make Higgs-search software available
UTA professors help make Higgs-search software available

The University of Texas at Arlington is teaming with the U.S. Department of Energy's Brookhaven and Argonne national laboratories to develop a universal version of PanDA, a workload management system built to process huge volumes of data from experiments at the Large Hadron Collider in Geneva, Switzerland.

Campbell receives national herpetology society award
Campbell receives national herpetology society award

Jonathan Campbell, a UT Arlington biology professor known for traveling into the remotest regions of Central and South America to catalogue biodiversity, has received the 2012 Henry S. Fitch Award for Excellence in Herpetology

UT Regents honor Veerabathina for teaching excellence
UT Regents honor Veerabathina for teaching excellence

Nilakshi Veerabathina, lecturer in physics, is among seven UT Arlington faculty members to be honored this year by The University of Texas System Board of Regents for excellence in the classroom.

Pierce to use $300K NSF grant to examine vital enzymes
Pierce to use $300K NSF grant to examine vital enzymes

The National Science Foundation has awarded a three-year, $300,000 grant to a UT Arlington biochemist working to unravel the mystery of how enzymes regulate the human body.

Basu to take reins as new geosciences chair in January
Basu to take reins as new geosciences chair in January

The College of Science Department of Earth and Environmental Science will undergo a change in leadership in January, when Asish Basu takes over as department chair from John Wickham.

UT Arlington physicists hail discovery of new particle
UT Arlington physicists hail discovery of new particle

The College of Science Department of Earth and Environmental Science will undergo a change in leadership in January, when Asish Basu takes over as department chair from John Wickham.

Researchers say DMAA stimulant almost certainly synthetic
Researchers say DMAA stimulant almost certainly synthetic

A UT Arlington professor is adding new evidence to the debate over DMAA, a popular sports supplement that has been embroiled in controversy involving professional athletes and even the U.S. Army.

Lopez helping shape national science education standards
Lopez helping shape national science education standards

Ramon Lopez, professor of physics, has been honored nationally for his role in elevating science education. So, it's a natural that he would be involved in the Next Generation Science Standards, an ongoing effort to create a new set of standards for science education for the United States.

Researchers receive NSF grant for study of motor proteins
Researchers receive NSF grant for study of motor proteins

UT Arlington researchers have been awarded a $300,000 National Science Foundation grant to study a new model for how motor proteins behave in the body.

Mydlarz to present coral reef research at Australia meeting
Mydlarz to present coral reef research at Australia meeting

A University of Texas at Arlington researcher who is working with colleagues in Puerto Rico to assess the effects of warming ocean temperatures on coral reefs will present her research at the 12th International Coral Reef Symposium in Australia in July.

MacDonnell team presents anti-cancer compound research
MacDonnell team presents anti-cancer compound research

A UT Arlington team researching ruthenium compounds as possible anti-cancer drugs has discovered a way to make their complexes more effective against cancer cells and less toxic to healthy cells in lab tests.

Professors organizing international scientific conference
Professors organizing international scientific conference

As many as 500 scientists from all over the world will attend the 24th International Symposium on Chiral Discrimination, a conference being organized by two UT Arlington professors for June 10-13 in Fort Worth.

Mattioli takes on leadership role in national consortium
Mattioli takes on leadership role in national consortium

Glen Mattioli, a UT Arlington professor of earth and environmental sciences, will spend the next year as program director for geodetic infrastructure at UNAVCO, a National Science Foundation and NASA-funded organization based in Boulder, Colo.

UTA Sonia Kovalevsky Day puts focus on math for girls
UTA Sonia Kovalevsky Day puts focus on math for girls

Dozens of middle school girls from around North Texas convened at UT Arlington for a day of education and fun at the inaugural Sonia Kovalevsky Day on April 21 in Pickard Hall.

College of Science celebrates Class of 2012 at ceremony
College of Science celebrates Class of 2012 at ceremony

The College of Science welcomed its newest group of graduates and celebrated their achievements during the Spring 2012 Commencement ceremony on May 13 at College Park Center.

College of Science students earn awards, scholarships
College of Science students earn awards, scholarships

The College of Science honored outstanding students and faculty members with annual departmental awards and scholarships for the 2011-12 academic year.

College of Science bestows annual awards to faculty, staff
College of Science bestows annual awards to faculty, staff

The College of Science presented its annual research and faculty awards and recognized faculty who have received various honors in the past academic year during an end-of-year ceremony on May 4.

Professor's historical math novel is published by MAA
Professor's historical math novel is published by MAA

A UT Arlington professor has taken on the mystery of how a woman growing up in late-18th century France came out of nowhere to make a name for herself with the world's most renowned mathematicians.

Alum Arroyo is innovative leader in information technology
Alum Arroyo is innovative leader in information technology

When Thaddeus Arroyo talks with students, he often encourages them to take risks and get out of their comfort zones, because with great risks come great rewards, as well as personal growth.

Tran focused on fulfilling dream of becoming optometrist
Tran focused on fulfilling dream of becoming optometrist

Huy Tran didn't let moving to a new country and having to learn a new language get in his way when it came to academic success, and he's using the same can-do attitude and strong work ethic as he strives toward a college degree and a successful career.

Research finds breast-fed infants metabolize perchlorate
Research finds breast-fed infants metabolize perchlorate

A group of infants and mothers tested at UT Arlington have given researchers another reason to extol the unique properties of breast milk.

University honors faculty at annual awards ceremony
University honors faculty at annual awards ceremony

College of Science faculty members were among those honored by UT Arlington during the annual Spring Meeting of the Faculty and Associates on April 24 in the Rio Grande Ballroom at the E.H. Hereford University Center.

Team receives $360K grant to build artificial nanopores
Team receives $360K grant to build artificial nanopores

A University of Texas at Arlington multi-disciplinary team has received a $360,000 grant from the National Science Foundation to build artificial nanopores made of silicon that can detect "bad molecules" as a very early indication of cancer and other diseases.

Smith awarded $725K to seek new species in Indonesia
Smith awarded $725K to seek new species in Indonesia

When UT Arlington assistant biology professor Eric Smith was a graduate student in 1996, he and a fellow student, Michael Harvey, pulled out a globe and started looking for a new place to explore.

Shimadzu Center is bold advance for college's research
Shimadzu Center is bold advance for college's research

The start of what could be a long and productive collaboration was celebrated on April 9 as the Shimadzu Center for Advanced Analytical Chemistry at UT Arlington was formally dedicated by University administration and faculty along with executives and employees from Shimadzu Corp., a world leader in the analytical instruments industry.

Grover to emphasize research in new associate dean role
Grover to emphasize research in new associate dean role

James Grover has been involved in a variety of research during his 19 years at UT Arlington, but now he's getting a chance to play an even bigger role in the groundbreaking work being done in the College of Science.

Su takes his leadership role to new level as math chairman
Su takes his leadership role to new level as math chairman

The Department of Mathematics recently underwent a change in leadership, but the new person in charge has already been serving the department in numerous important roles for years.

Shimadzu gift brings millions in scientific equipment to UTA
Shimadzu gift brings millions in scientific equipment to UTA

Shimadzu Scientific Instruments, a world leader in the analytical instruments industry, will establish the Shimadzu Center for Advanced Analytical Chemistry at The University of Texas at Arlington through an in-kind gift valued at nearly $3 million.

Flower Mound High School continues Calculus Bowl mastery
Flower Mound High School continues Calculus Bowl mastery

The 12th annual UT Arlington Calculus Bowl ended the same way the 10th and 11th versions of the math competition did - with Flower Mound High School celebrating as champions.

Dasgupta receives award at international conference
Dasgupta receives award at international conference

UT Arlington professor of chemistry Purnendu "Sandy" Dasgupta was honored as the 2012 recipient of the Dal Nogare Award on March 12 at the Pittcon Conference and Expo in Orlando, Fla., one of the premier events in the world of laboratory science.

Team magnetizes carbon nanoparticles for cancer therapy
Team magnetizes carbon nanoparticles for cancer therapy

A team of UT Arlington researchers have developed a method that uses magnetic carbon nanoparticles to target and destroy cancer cells through laser therapy - a treatment they believe could be effective in cases of skin and other cancers without damaging surrounding healthy cells.

College of Science receives record in-kind gift of $4.4 million in petroleum industry software from IHS
College of Science receives record in-kind gift of $4.4 million in petroleum industry software from IHS

Global information and analytics provider IHS has granted a software license worth an estimated $4.4 million over three years to UT Arlington's Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, giving students and professors access to the latest in petroleum industry technology.

2012 Metroplex Day sets attendance, participation records
2012 Metroplex Day sets attendance, participation records

The sixth annual UT Metroplex Day was bigger and better than ever before, with a record number of attendees and research posters entered in the daylong event.

UT Arlington to host annual Metroplex Day on February 3
UT Arlington to host annual Metroplex Day on February 3

Research and opportunities for collaboration will be the focus during the annual UT Metroplex Day, set for Friday, February 3 at the E.H. Hereford University Center.

Physicists' research assesses chances of finding planet capable of sustaining life in system with two suns
Physicists' research assesses chances of finding planet capable of sustaining life in system with two suns

A group of astrophysicists from UT Arlington plans to expand the discussion about a newly discovered planet orbiting two stars by presenting a study suggesting where an Earth-type planet could exist in the system.

UT Arlington physicists hail first hint of Higgs particle
UT Arlington physicists hail first hint of Higgs particle

UT Arlington physicists celebrated with scientists worldwide on December 13 with the announcement by researchers at the Large Hadron Collider at CERN near Geneva, Switzerland that they have found the first "tantalizing hints" of the elusive Higgs boson particle in a narrow region of mass ranges, news celebrated throughout the world's scientific community.

Mohanty co-authors paper on neuron growth 'turn signals'
Mohanty co-authors paper on neuron growth 'turn signals'

A new paper scheduled for publication in the January issue of Nature Photonics describes the use of spinning microparticles to direct the growth of nerve fiber, a discovery that could allow for directed growth of neuronal networks on a chip and improve methods for treating spinal or brain injuries.

Lopez pushing frontiers in space and science education
Lopez pushing frontiers in space and science education

As a scientist, Ramon Lopez focuses much of his attention on magnetospheric physics and space weather, as well as solar wind variations and what information they provide about solar activity.