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2015 News

UTA trio named Fellows of National Academy of Inventors
UTA trio named Fellows of National Academy of Inventors

Three more leading University of Texas at Arlington faculty have been named Fellows of the National Academy of Inventors, bringing the total number of UTA Fellows to 13, the highest number for a Texas university and the second-highest number in the nation.

Deng analyzing space weather to improve satellite tracking
Deng analyzing space weather to improve satellite tracking

Researchers at the The University of Texas at Arlinton are analyzing the energy entering the upper atmosphere following space weather events like solar flares to help refine the models used to forecast and track satellite trajectories.

Study focuses on friendships of gay men, straight women
Study focuses on friendships of gay men, straight women

A new study led by psychology researchers with The University of Texas at Arlington sheds new light on why many heterosexual women develop close friendships with gay men.

Armstrong, Dasgupta named to journal's Power List 2015
Armstrong, Dasgupta named to journal's Power List 2015

Two prominent University of Texas at Arlington professors of chemistry and biochemistry, Daniel W. Armstrong and Purnendu “Sandy” Dasgupta, are ranked among the Top 100 most influential people in the world of analytical science by the monthly journal The Analytical Scientist.

Weiss, Koymen developing positron beam testing facility
Weiss, Koymen developing positron beam testing facility

Researchers at The University of Texas at Arlington are developing a next generation positron beam facility that will enable them to analyze the properties of advanced materials for future electronics applications such as ultra compact high-speed computers and ultra small high-powered batteries.

Dasgupta named to $1 million Hamish Small endowed chair
Dasgupta named to $1 million Hamish Small endowed chair

The University of Texas at Arlington celebrated the $1 million endowed Hamish Small Chair of Ion Analysis with an event honoring Purnendu “Sandy” Dasgupta, the first faculty member to hold the chair, and the chair’s namesake, renowned chemist Hamish Small.

Physicist De selected as American Physical Society Fellow
Physicist De selected as American Physical Society Fellow

UT Arlington physics professor Kaushik De has been elected Fellow of the American Physical Society for his work in developing cloud computing architectures that enabled global collaboration and big data analysis on the ATLAS experiment at CERN.

Nygren receives initial instrumentation award from APS
Nygren receives initial instrumentation award from APS

UT Arlington physicist David Nygren, a member of the National Academy of Science, has been honored as one of two recipients of a new American Physical Society’s instrumentation award for his widespread and lifelong contributions in the field of particle physics.

Epperson gets $270K grant to examine problem solving
Epperson gets $270K grant to examine problem solving

A UT Arlington math researcher wants to better understand the mathematical problem-solving skills that students need to excel in STEM fields - science, technology, engineering and math.

Planetarium creates stereo 3-D show about SOFIA mission
Planetarium creates stereo 3-D show about SOFIA mission

A new active stereo 3-D show at The Planetarium at UT Arlington will transform learning for students and planetarium visitors interested in exploring the mysteries of our galaxy and beyond.

Walsh receives $220K NSF grant for zooplankton research
Walsh receives $220K NSF grant for zooplankton research

A UT Arlington biologist will test aquatic habitats in Alaska and Wisconsin to better document, understand and predict how organisms respond to natural change and change that is influenced by humans or environmental pollutants.

Dasgupta receives $1M NASA grant for amino acid research
Dasgupta receives $1M NASA grant for amino acid research

A UT Arlington researcher will develop a platform that could help scientists move one step closer to answering whether life may have existed “out there” or if we are really alone in the universe.

UTA planning new science, engineering research building
UTA planning new science, engineering research building

The UT System Board of Regents has approved $20 million from the Permanent University Fund for the new UT Arlington Science, Engineering Innovation and Research building and included the project in the UT System Capital Improvements Program - ushering in a new era in cutting-edge health science teaching and research.

Khaledi begins tenure as new College of Science dean
Khaledi begins tenure as new College of Science dean

A new era in leadership for the UT Arlington College of Science is under way with the arrival of Morteza Khaledi as dean.

Program offers pre-med students unique first-hand experience
Program offers pre-med students unique first-hand experience

UT Arlington and Texas Health Resources, one of the largest faith-based, nonprofit health systems in the United States, are collaborating to offer undergraduates pursuing medical careers a unique opportunity to experience a physician’s work first-hand.

Study yields clues about West Coast sea stars' immunity
Study yields clues about West Coast sea stars' immunity

A study led by a UT Arlington graduate student examining sea stars dying along the West Coast provides new clues about the starfish’s immune response and its ability to protect a diverse coastal ecosystem.

Clark joins UT Arlington as chair of Biology Department
Clark joins UT Arlington as chair of Biology Department

A new era in leadership for the College of Science’s Department of Biology began in July with the arrival of Clay Clark, professor and new department chair.

Researchers team to build shunt flow monitoring system
Researchers team to build shunt flow monitoring system

Scientists from UT Arlington and the University of North Texas Health Science Center are building a prototype for an implantable in-line shunt flow monitoring system that would deliver both on-demand and continuous readings of hydrocephalus.

Musielak honored by Humboldt Foundation for third time
Musielak honored by Humboldt Foundation for third time

A UT Arlington physics researcher has won the international Humboldt Research Award for his exploration of extra-solar planetary systems, the origin of dark matter and dark energy, black holes and formulation of fundamental theories of physics.

Research shows elevated levels of metals in groundwater
Research shows elevated levels of metals in groundwater

A team led by Kevin Schug, UT Arlington’s Shimadzu Distinguished Professor of Analytical Chemistry, has published a comprehensive study of potential groundwater contamination in areas of unconventional oil and gas drilling.

Study links python's extreme physiology to gene alteration
Study links python's extreme physiology to gene alteration

A new study led by UT Arlington biologists has found that dramatic changes in the anatomy and physiology of the Burmese python after it eats a large meal are controlled by a series of alterations in gene expression.

Chromatography symposia bringing scientists to Fort Worth
Chromatography symposia bringing scientists to Fort Worth

NASA scientists endeavor to send humans to Mars by 2030, but first researchers need to quickly and efficiently test the chemical composition of extraterrestrial soil.

Nguyen named ACS outstanding organic chemistry senior
Nguyen named ACS outstanding organic chemistry senior

UT Arlington chemistry student Hiep Nguyen, who is graduating with a B.S. in Biochemistry this month, has received the Outstanding Senior Undergraduate Organic Chemistry Student from the American Chemical Society’s Division of Organic Chemistry.

Montgomery a 'born leader' in world fight against disease
Montgomery a 'born leader' in world fight against disease

Time after time, Joel Montgomery has been on the front lines in the endless battle against deadly infectious diseases around the world, helping lead efforts to treat the sick, protect those who are healthy and contain outbreaks which threaten entire populations.

3 COS students earn NSF Graduate Research Fellowships
3 COS students earn NSF Graduate Research Fellowships

Three College of Science students have been awarded prestigious Graduate Research Fellowships (GRF) by the National Science Foundation to further their graduate education.

Physicist Nygren receives prestigious Aldo Menzione Prize
Physicist Nygren receives prestigious Aldo Menzione Prize

David Nygren, Presidential Distinguished Professor of Physics at UT Arlington and a member of the National Academy of Sciences, has been named a recipient of the Aldo Menzione Prize for 2015 by the executive board of the Frontier Detectors for Frontier Physics Association.

Winguth co-authors weather-transportation impact study
Winguth co-authors weather-transportation impact study

A team of UT Arlington scientists has completed a study which provides an assessment of the impact which climate change and extreme weather could have on transportation infrastructure in the Metroplex by the end of the 21st century.

UT Arlington selected for NASA oxygen recovery project
UT Arlington selected for NASA oxygen recovery project

NASA has selected UT Arlington as one of four U.S. institutions to develop improved methods for oxygen recovery and reuse aboard human spacecraft, a technology the agency says is crucial to “enable our human journey to Mars and beyond.”

ON-TRAC receives new funding to train future STEM faculty
ON-TRAC receives new funding to train future STEM faculty

UT Arlington has received a new source of funding as it looks to expand its endeavor to improve science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education in the United States by effectively training those who will be teaching the students of tomorrow.

Research shows carbon's importance in ocean life survival
Research shows carbon's importance in ocean life survival

A new study led by scientists with UT Arlington demonstrates for the first time how elemental carbon became an important construction material of some forms of ocean life after one of the greatest mass extinctions in the history of Earth more than 252 million years ago.

Lopez receives $502K NASA grant for solar wind research
Lopez receives $502K NASA grant for solar wind research

UT Arlington physicist Ramon Lopez has received a $502,956 NASA grant to study the role of solar wind fluctuations in solar wind-geospace coupling.

Fujita receives $670K NSF grant for biodiversity research
Fujita receives $670K NSF grant for biodiversity research

A UT Arlington biologist will use a National Science Foundation grant to study and identify the processes that have generated the high species diversity in West and Central Africa.

Biology doctoral students receive NSF funding for research
Biology doctoral students receive NSF funding for research

Three UT Arlington doctoral students in biology have received funding from the National Science Foundation to further their dissertation research.

Fan receives NSF CAREER grant to study Rocky Mountains
Fan receives NSF CAREER grant to study Rocky Mountains

A UT Arlington assistant professor of earth and environmental sciences wants to better understand the Rocky Mountains and how their modern, elevated landscape came to be.

Fordjour earns top honors at national STEM conference
Fordjour earns top honors at national STEM conference

Emmanuel Fordjour, a UT Arlington senior double majoring in biology and microbiology, earned top honors recently at the Emerging Researchers National Conference in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics in Washington, D.C.

Khaledi named new College of Science dean starting Aug. 1
Khaledi named new College of Science dean starting Aug. 1

The University of Texas at Arlington has appointed Morteza Khaledi, professor and chair of the nationally ranked Chemistry Department at North Carolina State University, as dean of the College of Science.

Researchers detail way to control pain with optogenetics
Researchers detail way to control pain with optogenetics

A new study by a UT Arlington physics team in collaboration with bioengineering and psychology researchers shows for the first time how a small area of the brain can be optically stimulated to control pain.

Dasgupta receives 2015 ACS J. Calvin Giddings Award
Dasgupta receives 2015 ACS J. Calvin Giddings Award

Purnendu “Sandy” Dasgupta, the Jenkins Garrett Professor of Chemistry at UT Arlington, has been awarded the 2015 American Chemical Society Division of Analytical Chemistry J. Calvin Giddings Award for Excellence in Education.

McMahon honored for work with aquatic invasive species
McMahon honored for work with aquatic invasive species

The National Species Invasive Council will honor UT Arlington professor emeritus of biology Robert McMahon with a Lifetime Achievement Award Feb. 22-28 in Washington, D.C.

Chowdhury receives $354K NIH grant for protein research
Chowdhury receives $354K NIH grant for protein research

A UT Arlington bio-analytical chemist exploring proteins, their structures and functions by using cutting-edge analytical instrumentation called mass spectrometry has received an Academic Research Enhancement Award from the National Institutes of Health.

Cuntz offers new method for calculating habitable zones
Cuntz offers new method for calculating habitable zones

Research by Manfred Cuntz, a UT Arlington professor of physics, sheds greater light on S-type and P-type binary stars and forms the basis for BinHab, a new online tool that can be used to calculate the regions of binary systems favorable for life, commonly known as habitable zones.

UT Arlington team creates new estrogen detection method
UT Arlington team creates new estrogen detection method

Scientists at the Shimadzu Institute for Research Technologies and the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at UT Arlington have collaborated to develop a new method for detecting trace amounts of estrogen in small samples that holds the potential to improve research into cancer and other diseases.

Jeon receives $110K grant from ACS for young scientists
Jeon receives $110K grant from ACS for young scientists

A UT Arlington researcher exploring the chemical catalysis that leads to synthetic chemistry discoveries useful in drug development and energy has won a new grant from the American Chemical Society Petroleum Research Fund.