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Liu honored with fellowship by American Physical Society
Liu honored with fellowship by American Physical Society

J. Ping Liu, a UT Arlington physics professor who is working to develop stronger magnets for sustainable energy applications, has been named a fellow of the American Physical Society in 2013.

UTA-led python genome study reveals extreme adaptation
UTA-led python genome study reveals extreme adaptation

The Burmese python’s ability to ramp up its metabolism and enlarge its organs to swallow and digest prey whole can be traced to unusually rapid evolution and specialized adaptations of its genes and the way they work, an international team of biologists says in a new paper.

Magazine ranks Armstrong among top analytical scientists
Magazine ranks Armstrong among top analytical scientists

Daniel W. Armstrong, professor of chemistry & biochemistry and an innovative leader in the fields of separations and mass spectrometry, is No. 16 on a recent list of the most influential people in analytical sciences published by The Analytical Scientist magazine.

Dias to use NSF funds to reveal reactions' inner workings
Dias to use NSF funds to reveal reactions' inner workings

Rasika Dias, distinguished professor and chairman of the UT Arlington Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, will use a new $450,000 National Science Foundation grant to develop new chemical processes and technologies based on a better understanding of the way that metals such as gold, silver, mercury and zinc bind with organic compounds for chemical reactions.

MacDonnell, Zhang selected for NSF sustainability grants
MacDonnell, Zhang selected for NSF sustainability grants

Two UT Arlington scientists working on innovative energy supply solutions are included in the first round of grants for a new National Science Foundation program aimed at promoting environmental sustainability.

Mohanty receives NIH grant for optogenetics research
Mohanty receives NIH grant for optogenetics research

UT Arlington researchers are exploring a better method for initiating certain gene therapies that could better fight the sight-deteriorating disease retinitis pigmentosa.

Physicist Na'il Fazleev remembered for nobility, passion
Physicist Na'il Fazleev remembered for nobility, passion

Na’il Fazleev will be remembered as a brilliant physicist whose research in condensed matter theory, surface physics, nanomagnetism, and positron physics earned him international acclaim.

Dasgupta, Schug co-author rewrite of chemistry textbook
Dasgupta, Schug co-author rewrite of chemistry textbook

When he agreed to help a close friend rewrite an influential textbook on analytical chemistry, Purnendu “Sandy” Dasgupta admits he had no idea what he was in for. He’s just glad he asked Kevin Schug to join him in the epic task.

Math department receives $623K grant for scholarships
Math department receives $623K grant for scholarships

A new $623,608 National Science Foundation S-STEM grant to the UT Arlington Mathematics Department will help undergraduates with up to $10,000 in tuition and fees as they pursue their future in teaching, research or other math-based professions.

STEM teacher training program gets $150K boost from NSF
STEM teacher training program gets $150K boost from NSF

UT Arlington has received a significant financial boost in its effort to prepare students to become university teachers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields.

Shimadzu instruments fuel transformation in UTA research
Shimadzu instruments fuel transformation in UTA research

UT Arlington offers students a new level of experience with the most sophisticated scientific instrumentation this fall with the opening of two new teaching laboratories as part of the Shimadzu Institute for Research Technologies.

Team succeeds in imaging cellular processes in silicon
Team succeeds in imaging cellular processes in silicon

A team of scientists from UT Arlington and MIT has figured out how to quantitatively observe cellular processes taking place on so-called “lab on a chip” devices in a silicon environment.

Research team tests model for implant device reactions
Research team tests model for implant device reactions

A team from UT Arlington has used mathematical modeling to develop a computer simulation they hope will one day improve the treatment of dangerous reactions to medical implants such as stents, catheters and artificial joints.

Kroll part of team building 'genome' for new materials
Kroll part of team building 'genome' for new materials

A multidisciplinary team of UT Arlington scientists and engineers is assembling a computer-based “genome” that will aid in the design and development of advanced new materials that are super hard, can resist extreme heat, are highly durable and are less expensive through a new, $640,000 National Science Foundation grant.

Student, Planetarium fixture Henry has eyes on the stars
Student, Planetarium fixture Henry has eyes on the stars

Trevor Henry had no idea when he started volunteering at The Planetarium at UT Arlington as a high school student that he would eventually decide he wanted to do it for a living.

Alum Green proves it's never too late to go back to school
Alum Green proves it's never too late to go back to school

Scott Green had done quite well for himself without the benefit of a college education. That didn't mean he ever lost his desire to keep learning.

Passy team's research reveals wetlands could be critical in revitalization of streams polluted by acid rain
Passy team's research reveals wetlands could be critical in revitalization of streams polluted by acid rain

A team of University of Texas at Arlington biologists working with the U.S. Geological Survey has found that watershed wetlands can serve as a natural source for the improvement of streams polluted by acid rain.

Nanofab joins Shimadzu Institute for Research Technologies
Nanofab joins Shimadzu Institute for Research Technologies

UT Arlington's Nanotechnology Research and Education Center will join the University's Shimadzu Institute for Research Technologies as of Sept. 1 in an effort to better support faculty research, lower operating costs and adapt to user needs.

Student Gurak wins EPA fellowship for 'green chemistry'
Student Gurak wins EPA fellowship for 'green chemistry'

A UT Arlington junior who found a way to blend a passion for chemistry with ideals of environmental sustainability is getting help from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to further his education and his research.

College of Science announces Dean's List for 2012-13
College of Science announces Dean's List for 2012-13

The College of Science is pleased to announce its Dean's List for the 2012-13 academic year. A GPA of 3.5 or higher with a minimum of 30 hours completed for the term is required to qualify for the Dean's List.

Purgason relishes chance to boost undergrad research
Purgason relishes chance to boost undergrad research

Ashley Purgason definitely won't need any time getting used to her new surroundings.

Tanizaki recieves UT Regents teaching excellence award
Tanizaki recieves UT Regents teaching excellence award

Seiichiro Tanizaki, lecturer in chemistry and biochemistry, is one of nine UT Arlington faculty members to receive a prestigious award for teaching excellence from the UT System Board of Regents.

Armstrong selected as American Chemical Society Fellow
Armstrong selected as American Chemical Society Fellow

The American Chemical Society has named UT Arlington chemistry and biochemistry professor Daniel Armstrong to its 2013 Class of Fellows, recognizing his innovative achievements in the lab as well as his effective, engaging outreach projects.

UT Arlington psychologists say 'group-level narcissism' linked to negative attitudes toward Latino immigrants
UT Arlington psychologists say 'group-level narcissism' linked to negative attitudes toward Latino immigrants

Feelings of entitlement and superiority that go beyond patriotism and love of country may be a key predictor for Americans who will feel or behave negatively toward undocumented Latino immigrants, according to a study from UT Arlington.

Hu named fellow by The Geological Society of America
Hu named fellow by The Geological Society of America

Qinhong "Max" Hu, an associate professor of earth and environmental sciences in the UT Arlington College of Science, has been named a fellow by The Geological Society of America, an honor reserved for scientists making distinguished contributions to the geosciences.

Hurdle selected for federal scientific review committee
Hurdle selected for federal scientific review committee

The National Institutes of Health Center for Scientific Review has chosen UT Arlington assistant biology professor Julian Hurdle to serve on a prestigious study section, one of the bodies that reviews grant applications, makes recommendations and surveys the status of research in a particular field.

Potential well water contaminants highest near natural gas drilling, UT Arlington study finds
Potential well water contaminants highest near natural gas drilling, UT Arlington study finds

A new study of 100 private water wells in and near the Barnett Shale showed elevated levels of potential contaminants such as arsenic and selenium closest to natural gas extraction sites, according to a team of researchers that was led by UT Arlington associate professor of chemistry and biochemistry Kevin Schug.

Stephens, Long helping College serve students better
Stephens, Long helping College serve students better

The College of Science welcomed two new members to its administrative staff this month, with the goal of better serving the needs of its students.

Moody brings passion for math to emporium director role
Moody brings passion for math to emporium director role

It's fair to say Shanna Moody has always had an aptitude for mathematics and for helping others to understand it. She taught her first math class at age 12.

Johnson appointed to Gulf of Mexico advisory committee
Johnson appointed to Gulf of Mexico advisory committee

Ashanti Johnson, a faculty research associate in the UT Arlington College of Science, has been appointed to a 24-member panel creating a strategic vision for the National Academy of Sciences' Gulf of Mexico program.

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

The College of Science in May honored outstanding students and faculty members with annual departmental awards for the 2012-13 academic year and scholarships for 2013-14.

MacDonnell team's research identifies new ruthenium complexes that more effectively target cancer cells
MacDonnell team's research identifies new ruthenium complexes that more effectively target cancer cells

A team of UT Arlington researchers has identified two ruthenium-based complexes they believe could pave the way for treatments that control cancer cell growth more effectively and are less toxic for patients than current chemotherapies.

Gough co-authors paper on effects of arctic warming
Gough co-authors paper on effects of arctic warming

A recent paper in the journal Nature that is co-authored by UT Arlington College of Science associate professor of biology Laura Gough is challenging long-held ideas about the effects of temperature increases in the Alaskan tundra.

Mohanty's new device has potential for brain mapping
Mohanty's new device has potential for brain mapping

A new tool being developed by Samarendra Mohanty, UT Arlington assistant professor of physics, could help scientists map and track the interactions between neurons inside different areas of the brain.

College of Science presents 2012-13 faculty, staff awards
College of Science presents 2012-13 faculty, staff awards

The College of Science presented annual awards to faculty and staff and recognized faculty members who received various honors in the 2012-13 academic year during an end-of-year faculty and staff meeting on May 2.

Castoe, Fujita assist in turtle genome research project
Castoe, Fujita assist in turtle genome research project

Two UT Arlington assistant professors of biology have recently completed work on an international effort to sequence the genome of a western painted turtle, only the second reptile species to have its genetic information fully mapped.

Quick thinking allows UT Arlington to win 2013 Brain Bowl
Quick thinking allows UT Arlington to win 2013 Brain Bowl

UT Arlington's team showed superior brain power and came home with the trophy at the 14th annual Intercollegiate Brain Bowl.

Math department wins prestigious AMS national award
Math department wins prestigious AMS national award

The Society recognized the UT Arlington mathematics department for doubling the size of its doctoral program over five years and bolstering those ranks with historically underrepresented student groups, including women and minorities.

College of Science students claim numerous ACES awards
College of Science students claim numerous ACES awards

The College of Science was well-represented among the award winners during the Annual Celebration of Excellence by Students, held March 27 in the E.H. Hereford University Center.

Alumna Purgason balances studies, role as student regent
Alumna Purgason balances studies, role as student regent

It was an injury suffered while doing something she loved - playing basketball - which helped Ashley Purgason focus on another passion - education.

UT Arlington's new Shimadzu Institute names director
UT Arlington's new Shimadzu Institute names director

UT Arlington has hired an experienced laboratory researcher to serve as director of its new Shimadzu Institute for Research Technologies, a $25.2 million endeavor fueled by a recent corporate gift.

Dallas magnet school wins title at 13th UTA Calculus Bowl
Dallas magnet school wins title at 13th UTA Calculus Bowl

The contest went down to the wire but in the end, the newcomer edged out the three-time defending champion at the 13th annual UT Arlington Calculus Bowl.

Jansma, Farrar-Myers named ACE Fellows for 2013-14
Jansma, Farrar-Myers named ACE Fellows for 2013-14

Pamela Jansma, dean of The University of Texas at Arlington College of Science, and Victoria Farrar-Myers, a UT Arlington professor of political science, have been named American Council on Education Fellows for the 2013-14 academic year.

Deng receives $408K from NASA to study space weather
Deng receives $408K from NASA to study space weather

Yue Deng, UT Arlington assistant professor of physics, has been awarded more than $400,000 in NASA funding to develop a 3D look at how electrodynamic energy from solar winds enters and moves throughout the Earth's upper atmosphere.

New Center to focus on solutions to chronic illnesses
New Center to focus on solutions to chronic illnesses

The seeds for the Center of Excellence for the Study of Health and Chronic Illnesses at UT Arlington were sown nearly a decade ago.

As chair, Basu plans to build on EES department's success
As chair, Basu plans to build on EES department's success

Asish Basu has been in charge of the Department of Earth and Environmental Science for less than two months, but he already has big plans for the program.

Shimadzu donates record $7.5 million to support research
Shimadzu donates record $7.5 million to support research

A new $7.5 million gift from Shimadzu Scientific Instruments to UT Arlington will support one of the most significant installments of advanced scientific equipment in the United States, propelling the University to new heights of discovery and innovation.

Cordero focusing on academic affairs in associate dean role
Cordero focusing on academic affairs in associate dean role

For Minerva Cordero, it seemed like a natural fit when College of Science Dean Pamela Jansma asked her to take a leadership role over the college's academic affairs.

Researchers explore more efficient CO<sub>2</sub>-methanol model
Researchers explore more efficient CO2-methanol model

Researchers from UT Arlington are pioneering a new method for using carbon dioxide, or CO2, to make liquid methanol fuel by using copper oxide nanowires and sunlight.

Math Department hosts geometry and topology conference
Math Department hosts geometry and topology conference

Geometry and topology faculty and students and faculty from around the southwestern United States converged on UT Arlington for the 49th Texas Geometry and Topology Conference on February 8-10.

Musielak receives $301K grant to study Sun's dynamics
Musielak receives $301K grant to study Sun's dynamics

Zdzislaw E. Musielak, professor of physics, has been awarded a three-year, $301,339 National Science Foundation grant to investigate Alfvén waves in the Sun, a phenomenon vital to understanding Earth's nearest star.

Researchers try new approach for simulating supernovas
Researchers try new approach for simulating supernovas

Two UT Arlington researchers want to bridge the gap between what is known about exploding stars and the remnants left behind thousands of years later. So they're trying something new - using SNSPH, a complex computer code developed at Los Alamos National Laboratory.

Research raises concerns about Amazon microbial diversity
Research raises concerns about Amazon microbial diversity

Research from an international team of microbiologists has revealed a new concern about deforestation in the Amazon rainforest - a troubling net loss in the diversity among the microbial organisms responsible for a functioning ecosystem.

Dasgupta's research yields new ion analyzing technique
Dasgupta's research yields new ion analyzing technique

A UT Arlington chemist's work to develop a more efficient, effective way of measuring ions in solution has led to a new device in the scientific marketplace that could improve water quality testing and manufacturing methods.