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Armstrong, Timmons honored for their work as inventors
Armstrong, Timmons honored for their work as inventors

Two UT Arlington professors known for their innovation in the world of chemistry have been named Fellows of the National Academy of Inventors.

Castoe, Fujita on team presenting bird genome research
Castoe, Fujita on team presenting bird genome research

Two UT Arlington biology professors are part of a worldwide group of genomic researchers responsible for a blockbuster series of scientific papers published December 11 in the journal Scienceand several other publications.

Castoe team proposes new snake venom evolution model
Castoe team proposes new snake venom evolution model

Technology that can map out the genes at work in a snake or lizard’s mouth has, in many cases, changed the way scientists define an animal as venomous.

Dasgupta named Fellow by international engineers society
Dasgupta named Fellow by international engineers society

Purnendu “Sandy” Dasgupta, UT Arlington’s Jenkins Garrett Professor of Chemistry, has been named a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, the highest membership distinction in the international organization of 430,000 engineers, scientists and other professionals.

Research points to better long-term memory in musicians
Research points to better long-term memory in musicians

A peek inside the brains of professional musicians has given UT Arlington psychology researchers what may be the first links between music expertise and advantages in long-term memory.

Biologists' findings challenge phenotypic plasticity model
Biologists' findings challenge phenotypic plasticity model

A new study from UT Arlington biologists examining non-genetic changes in water flea development suggests something human parents have known for years ensuring a future generation’s success often means sacrifice.

Physics team details research advances in new papers
Physics team details research advances in new papers

A UT Arlington physics team is using their expertise in the field of optics and photonics to advance new methods in areas such as mapping the neural circuitry of the brain and guiding neurons to potentially repair damage in the body.

Sharma honored by APS with Distinguished Service Award
Sharma honored by APS with Distinguished Service Award

Suresh Sharma, professor of physics, has been awarded the 2014 Distinguished Service Award by the Texas Section of the American Physical Society.

Inventors ceremony, symposium slated on campus Oct. 30
Inventors ceremony, symposium slated on campus Oct. 30

Dozens of UT Arlington inventors will be inducted at a National Academy of Inventors ceremony and reception at 4:45 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 30, at College Park Center, 600 S. Center St.

Physics doctoral student honored for plutonium research
Physics doctoral student honored for plutonium research

A College of Science student who began her studies through a National Science Foundation-funded program to increase underrepresented groups in the sciences recently was honored at an international conference of plutonium experts.

Schug named to magazine's 'Top 40 Under 40' Power List
Schug named to magazine's 'Top 40 Under 40' Power List

Kevin Schug, associate professor of chemistry and biochemistry and the Shimadzu Distinguished Professor of Analytical Chemistry, has been named to The Analytical Scientistmagazine’s 2014 Power List as one of its Top 40 Under 40.

Team using big data to find better ways to manage pain
Team using big data to find better ways to manage pain

A UT Arlington multi-disciplinary team is optimizing and integrating volumes of data in a National Science Foundation research project to help physicians make better, more informed decisions about treating patients’ pain.

Team shows direct fluid flow influences neuron growth
Team shows direct fluid flow influences neuron growth

A UT Arlington team exploring how neuron growth can be controlled in the lab and, possibly, in the human body has published a new paper in Nature Scientific Reportson how fluid flow could play a significant role.

Researchers say device could help in radiation detection
Researchers say device could help in radiation detection

A UT Arlington research team says recently identified radiation detection properties of a light-emitting nanostructure built in their lab could open doors for homeland security and medical advances.

Griffith receives CAREER grant to study rock loading rates
Griffith receives CAREER grant to study rock loading rates

A UT Arlington assistant professor of earth and environmental sciences has been awarded up to $400,000 from the National Science Foundation Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Program to study how rock structures react to events such as earthquakes, meteor impacts and explosions.

Computing network grant to boost UT Arlington research
Computing network grant to boost UT Arlington research

UT Arlington has received a $500,000 National Science Foundation grant to provide networking capacity that is 10 times faster to campus researchers using massive amounts of data.

Noyce grant to better prepare new science, math teachers
Noyce grant to better prepare new science, math teachers

A UT Arlington education professor with a passion for supporting upcoming middle and high school science and mathematics teachers is getting major federal assistance for her efforts.

EES doctoral student recognized for human rights writing
EES doctoral student recognized for human rights writing

The American Association for the Advancement of Science has honored a UT Arlington College of Science Ph.D. student with a first place award for his unique essay on the intersection of science and human rights.

Alum Bledsoe is a visionary leader in emergency medicine
Alum Bledsoe is a visionary leader in emergency medicine

Working in emergency medicine requires the ability to quickly adapt to any situation. Bryan Bledsoe, D.O. (doctor of osteopathic medicine), has worked in the field for four decades, and the UT Arlington alumnus (B.S. Biology, ’81) is one of the very best in the business.

Mandal, Rajeshwar to be honored by Indian organization
Mandal, Rajeshwar to be honored by Indian organization

The NRI Welfare Society of India has awarded two of its annual honors to a pair of UT Arlington professors noted for their contributions to the field of chemistry and biochemistry.

ASSURE program getting freshmen involved in research
ASSURE program getting freshmen involved in research

The College of Science has launched a new program to connect freshmen science majors and authentic research experiences with the goal of igniting a passion for inquiry and charting a path to a career in the STEM fields.

Schug receives UT Regents teaching excellence award
Schug receives UT Regents teaching excellence award

Kevin Schug, associate professor in chemistry and biochemistry and the Shimadzu Distinguished Professor of Analytical Chemistry, is one of four UT Arlington faculty members to receive a prestigious award for teaching excellence from the UT System Board of Regents.

Biologists find older coral species more resistant to disease
Biologists find older coral species more resistant to disease

New research indicates older species of coral have more of what it takes to survive a warming and increasingly polluted climate, according to biologists from UT Arlington and the University of Puerto Rico - Mayagüez.

Campbell stepping down as chair of biology department
Campbell stepping down as chair of biology department

Jonathan Campbell says he’s a workaholic by nature, but starting this month he’s looking forward to having less on his plate and being able to get back to what he loves doing most - studying reptiles and amphibians and teaching students about them.

TexPREP program immerses students in STEM education
TexPREP program immerses students in STEM education

Six dozen area middle school students spent over five weeks of their summer vacations getting a leg up on their peers academically at UT Arlington’s annual Texas Pre-Freshman Engineering Program (TexPREP).

Physics researchers use radio waves to hunt for exomoons
Physics researchers use radio waves to hunt for exomoons

Scientists hunting for life beyond Earth have discovered more than 1,800 planets outside our solar system, or exoplanets, in recent years, but so far, no one has been able to confirm an exomoon.

UT Arlington, AISD collaborating to create STEM Academy
UT Arlington, AISD collaborating to create STEM Academy

A new partnership between UT Arlington and the Arlington Independent School District will offer high school students classroom and enrichment experiences that put them on a path to success in the fields of science, technology, engineering and math.

Griffith receives federal grant to study rock dynamics
Griffith receives federal grant to study rock dynamics

The Army Research Office has awarded a three-year grant of up to $357,330 to a UT Arlington geophysicist using new technology to better define the energy needed to fracture rock at the surface and below ground.

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 for the 2013-14 academic year and scholarships for 2014-15.

Welch program immerses students in chemistry research
Welch program immerses students in chemistry research

For the 22nd consecutive year, high school students from around Texas had the opportunity to participate in chemistry research at UT Arlington as part of the Welch Summer Scholar Program, conducting experiments and receiving one-on-one mentoring from faculty members.

Undergrad Fordjour earning raves, awards for research
Undergrad Fordjour earning raves, awards for research

Emmanuel Fordjour’s list of achievements would compare favorably to even the most industrious of graduate students. That’s all the more impressive when one considers that he still has a year to go before receiving his bachelor’s degree.

Nanoparticles could provide easier route for cell therapy
Nanoparticles could provide easier route for cell therapy

UT Arlington physics researchers may have developed a way to use laser technology to deliver drug and gene therapy at the cellular level without damaging surrounding tissue. The method eventually could help patients suffering from genetic conditions, cancers and neurological diseases.

Campbell honored by herpetologists at pitviper conference
Campbell honored by herpetologists at pitviper conference

Herpetology experts from all over the world recently honored Jonathan Campbell, a UT Arlington professor known for his research on venomous snake biology, at a conference called The Biology of Pitvipers 2.

Biologists' beetle research leads to 'fragile Y hypothesis'
Biologists' beetle research leads to 'fragile Y hypothesis'

A UT Arlington research team says their study of genetic information from more than 4,000 beetle species has yielded a new theory about why some species lose their Y chromosome and others, such as humans, hang on to it.

Alum Stewart reflects on stellar career in oceanography
Alum Stewart reflects on stellar career in oceanography

There’s some irony to be found in the fact that Robert Stewart was unimpressed by the ocean as a child. But then again, how could he have known at such a young age that studying the sea and its mysteries would become his passion?

NSF funds efforts to market Dasgupta's arsenic analyzer
NSF funds efforts to market Dasgupta's arsenic analyzer

The National Science Foundation has awarded nearly $200,000 to two UT Arlington researchers teaming with a private company to make an affordable, environmentally friendly field analyzer for arsenic levels in water.

Velazquez's research could help produce better biofuels
Velazquez's research could help produce better biofuels

Great advances in science often start in some of the unlikeliest places - such as in the hindgut of a termite. That’s where Luis Velazquez is focusing as he researches how enzymes in the insect’s innards are able to degrade certain polymers.

College of Science announces Dean's List for 2013-14
College of Science announces Dean's List for 2013-14

The College of Science is proud to recognize those students who have met the requirements for inclusion on the Dean’s List for the 2013-14 academic year.

UT Arlington physics team receives $2.5 million grant
UT Arlington physics team receives $2.5 million grant

Physicists from UT Arlington who have traveled the world to support new scientific discoveries, including the widely publicized Higgs boson, have been awarded a $2.5 million, three-year Department of Energy grant to further their work.

Renowned particle physicist Nygren joining UT Arlington
Renowned particle physicist Nygren joining UT Arlington

David Nygren, a renowned physicist and member of the National Academy of Sciences, has been appointed Presidential Distinguished Professor in the UT Arlington College of Science and will join the University this fall.

Armstrong team's method could aid pharmaceutical tests
Armstrong team's method could aid pharmaceutical tests

A UT Arlington chemistry professor, renowned for his work in the area of chemical separations, is leading an effort to find a more accurate way to measure water content in pharmaceuticals - a major quality issue for drug manufacturers.

Gonzales, Kroll, Chavis honored for advising excellence
Gonzales, Kroll, Chavis honored for advising excellence

The College of Science strives to provide its students with all of the resources they need to be academically successful, and academic advising is an important part of that equation.

Chen discovers new nanoparticle for treatment of cancer
Chen discovers new nanoparticle for treatment of cancer

A UT Arlington physicist working to create a luminescent nanoparticle to use in security-related radiation detection may have instead happened upon an advance in photodynamic cancer therapy.

Walsh receives $100K grant to fund student's fish research
Walsh receives $100K grant to fund student's fish research

Matt Walsh, an assistant professor of biology, has received a $100,000, two-year grant from Luminant Energy which will fund a study of how heated thermal effluent from power plants influences the evolution of a common species of fish.

Students' research honored at annual ACES symposium
Students' research honored at annual ACES symposium

The 2014 Annual Celebration of Excellence by Students (ACES) research symposium featured a record number of submissions, and the College of Science had more of them than any other college/school.

COS student Stevens receives Goldwater Scholarship
COS student Stevens receives Goldwater Scholarship

A UT Arlington College of Science undergraduate who found her passion studying microorganisms and their role in ecology has been awarded the prestigious Barry Goldwater Scholarship.

Cuntz team says F-type stars hold promise for habitability
Cuntz team says F-type stars hold promise for habitability

Scientists searching for habitable planets beyond Earth shouldn’t overlook F-type stars in favor of their more abundant, smaller and cooler cousins, according to new research from University of Texas at Arlington physicists.

Armstrong team makes major improvement to drug test
Armstrong team makes major improvement to drug test

UT Arlington researchers have unveiled a powerful new tool for catching bad behavior in the sports world - a testing method for evidence of performance-enhancing drugs that can be up to 1,000 times more sensitive than many current tests.

UTA biochemists link BPA and breast cancer tumor growth
UTA biochemists link BPA and breast cancer tumor growth

UT Arlington biochemists say their newly published study brings researchers a step closer to understanding how the commonly used synthetic compound bisphenol-A, or BPA, may promote breast cancer growth.

Undergrad Fordjour earns national honor for research
Undergrad Fordjour earns national honor for research

UT Arlington student Emmanuel Fordjour was a sophomore when he sought out Julian Hurdle, an assistant professor of biology, and asked if he could help research ways to fight a dangerous, hospital-acquired disease called Clostridium difficileinfection, or CDI.

Researchers prove effect of mass is important at nanoscale
Researchers prove effect of mass is important at nanoscale

A UT Arlington team of researchers has proven that the effect of mass is important, can be measured and has a significant impact on any calculations and measurements at the sub-micrometer scale.

UT Arlington chemists testing well water in four counties
UT Arlington chemists testing well water in four counties

The Upper Trinity Groundwater Conservation District is seeking water well owners in Parker, Wise, Montague and Hood counties to participate in a groundwater quality study in partnership with UT Arlington researchers through a private firm.

Chang receives $100K to develop better inoculant for crops
Chang receives $100K to develop better inoculant for crops

Woo-Suk Chang, an assistant professor in biology, will receive $100,000 from Novozymes Biologicals, Inc., a biotechnology company, to study symbiotic nitrogen fixation and discover a way to deliver nitrogen through a better inoculant in crops (i.e., soybeans) which is more efficient and better for the environment.

Deng receives NASA grant to study space weather effects
Deng receives NASA grant to study space weather effects

UT Arlington physicist Yue Deng will receive more than $500,000 from NASA to study how space weather events such as solar flares drive vertical winds to affect electrodynamics in the Earth’s upper atmosphere.

EES receives $300K commitment for master's research
EES receives $300K commitment for master's research

Master’s studies in the Department of Earth and Environmental Science are receiving a significant boost with the donation of $300,000 by Pioneer Natural Resources Co., an Irving-based oil and gas firm.

Armstrong to receive American Chemical Society honor
Armstrong to receive American Chemical Society honor

UT Arlington professor Daniel W. Armstrong will receive his second national award from the American Chemical Society in March, honoring his landmark contributions to the field of analytical separations.

Research on color in pigeons reveals mutation hotspot
Research on color in pigeons reveals mutation hotspot

A UT Arlington team exploring pigeons as a model for vertebrate evolution has uncovered that mutations and interactions among just three genes create a wide range of color variations. One of those genes, they also found, may be an example of a “slippery gene” more prone to evolutionary changes.

Microbe changes may slow Amazon's ability to lock up CO2
Microbe changes may slow Amazon's ability to lock up CO2

UT Arlington researchers focusing on the Amazon recently found that widespread conversion from rainforest to pastureland has significant effects on microorganism communities that may lead to a reduction in the region’s role as a reservoir for greenhouse gas.

Pierce's research may reveal enzyme's role in disease
Pierce's research may reveal enzyme's role in disease

A UT Arlington chemist doing National Science Foundation-funded research on enzymes that regulate human biology has uncovered characteristics that could be used to identify predisposition to conditions such as heart disease, diabetic ulcers and some types of cancer.