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2016 News

Dasgupta receives 2016 Eastern Analytical Symposium  Award for achievements in fields of analytical chemistry
Dasgupta receives 2016 Eastern Analytical Symposium Award for achievements in fields of analytical chemistry

A chemistry professor at The University of Texas at Arlington has been honored with a prestigious award for his groundbreaking contributions to the fields of analytical chemistry.

Heo discovers mechanism behind immunosuppressive effects of drugs used to treat autoimmune disorders
Heo discovers mechanism behind immunosuppressive effects of drugs used to treat autoimmune disorders

Biochemists at The University of Texas at Arlington have demonstrated the mechanism behind how thiopurine drugs suppress immune response.

Cordero wins 2 awards for contributions to STEM education
Cordero wins 2 awards for contributions to STEM education

Minerva Cordero, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Professor of Mathematics, was named recipient of the Education Distinction Award as part of the 2016 HENAAC Awards.

UTA marks milestone with SEIR building groundbreaking
UTA marks milestone with SEIR building groundbreaking

Texas elected officials and numerous university supporters and faculty joined University of Texas at Arlington President Vistasp M. Karbhari to break ground on October 27 for UTA’s new $125 million Science and Engineering Innovation and Research building, which will be the signature research facility for life and health science research at UTA.

Chen team is first to show new potential cancer treatment utilizing microwaves to target deeply situated tumors
Chen team is first to show new potential cancer treatment utilizing microwaves to target deeply situated tumors

Physicists at The University of Texas at Arlington have shown that using microwaves to activate photosensitive nanoparticles produces tissue-heating effects that ultimately lead to cell death within solid tumors.

McMahon to expand lake study of invasive zebra mussels
McMahon to expand lake study of invasive zebra mussels

A professor emeritus in biology from The University of Texas at Arlington who is an esteemed expert in freshwater and marine invertebrates is expanding his research into the spread of invasive zebra mussels into Texas lakes.

UTA's CLEAR lab receives $150K donation to develop strategies to limit shale gas industry's ecological impacts
UTA's CLEAR lab receives $150K donation to develop strategies to limit shale gas industry's ecological impacts

Trammell S. Crow, who made Fair Park-based Earth Day Texas the largest celebration of its kind in the world, has donated $150,000 to support the ongoing research efforts of the Collaborative Laboratories for Environmental Analysis and Remediation (CLEAR) at The University of Texas at Arlington.

College welcomes 17 new faculty members for 2016-17
College welcomes 17 new faculty members for 2016-17

An important aspect of being a nationally acclaimed university is recruiting top-notch faculty who will new ideas, expertise and energy to campus. The College of Science is certainly doing its part in this regard this fall.

UTA enzyme research creates possibility of developing new inhibitors for autoimmune diseases like arthritis
UTA enzyme research creates possibility of developing new inhibitors for autoimmune diseases like arthritis

Biologists at The University of Texas at Arlington have demonstrated that removing water molecules can deactivate caspase-3 enzymes, which opens new doors for treatment of autoimmune diseases like arthritis, which have been linked to overactive enzymes.

UTA study finds abnormalities in drinking water in Eagle Ford Shale region
UTA study finds abnormalities in drinking water in Eagle Ford Shale region

An initial study by University of Texas at Arlington chemists of well water quality in the Eagle Ford Shale region found some abnormal chloride/bromide ratios, alongside evidence of dissolved gases and sporadic episodes of volatile organic compounds, all indicative of some contamination from industrial or agricultural activities in the area.

 UTA proves that cheap semiconducting organic polymers can harvest sunlight to split CO<sub>2</sub> into alcohol fuels
UTA proves that cheap semiconducting organic polymers can harvest sunlight to split CO2 into alcohol fuels

Chemists at The University of Texas at Arlington have been the first to demonstrate that an organic semiconductor polymer called polyaniline is a promising photocathode material for the conversion of carbon dioxide into alcohol fuels without the need for a co-catalyst.

Dias developing new class of catalysts to transform cheap hydrocarbons into molecules for important industrial uses
Dias developing new class of catalysts to transform cheap hydrocarbons into molecules for important industrial uses

Chemists at The University of Texas at Arlington are developing novel ways to use metal ions to activate simple hydrocarbons present in natural gas or petroleum products to produce more complex molecules valuable to the chemical and pharmaceutical industries.

UTA receives $300K in support from NSF to improve curricula for future high school mathematics teachers
UTA receives $300K in support from NSF to improve curricula for future high school mathematics teachers

Mathematicians at The University of Texas at Arlington are conducting research to refine and supplement curriculum materials used in college mathematics courses designed for students who plan to become high school math teachers.

Dasgupta, Schug, Mydlarz win 2016 Tech Titans Awards
Dasgupta, Schug, Mydlarz win 2016 Tech Titans Awards

The University of Texas at Arlington continues to set new standards of excellence with ground-breaking research and new frontiers of knowledge that impact the developing megacity of the future that is the Dallas-Arlington-Fort Worth region.

UTA study indicates air contamination near fracking sites result of mechanical inefficiencies, not extraction process
UTA study indicates air contamination near fracking sites result of mechanical inefficiencies, not extraction process

Chemists at the University of Texas at Arlington have published a new study that indicates that highly variable contamination events registered in and around unconventional oil and gas developments are the result of operational inefficiencies and not inherent to the extraction process itself.

 Lopez receives AGU's 2016 Richard Carrington Award for his efforts in science education and public outreach
Lopez receives AGU's 2016 Richard Carrington Award for his efforts in science education and public outreach

Ramon Lopez, a professor of physics at The University of Texas at Arlington, has been named the winner of the 2016 Richard Carrington Education and Public Outreach Award by the Space and Aeronomy section of the American Geophysical Union.

De receives $1 million DOE grant to improve Titan supercomputer software for extreme scale applications
De receives $1 million DOE grant to improve Titan supercomputer software for extreme scale applications

Physicists at The University of Texas at Arlington have been awarded a new $1.06 million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy to upgrade the software that runs on the Titan supercomputer at Oak Ridge Leadership Computing Facility in Tennessee to support extremely data-heavy scientific applications such as advanced biology and materials science simulations.

Perrotti receives $413K NIH grant to study how different hormone levels affect female vulnerability to addiction
Perrotti receives $413K NIH grant to study how different hormone levels affect female vulnerability to addiction

Researchers at The University of Texas at Arlington are studying how fluctuating estrogen levels make females increasingly sensitive to the rewarding effects of cocaine and ultimately, vulnerable to cocaine addiction.

 UTA researchers leading project to develop new device to deliver photo-induced cancer therapy to patients
UTA researchers leading project to develop new device to deliver photo-induced cancer therapy to patients

Physicists from The University of Texas at Arlington are leading a multidisciplinary project with The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas and The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston to develop a new multifunctional platform that can integrate imaging and photo-induced cancer therapy in a single, portable device.

Armstrong devises cheaper, faster, more accurate method to quantify water content in solid pharmaceutical drugs
Armstrong devises cheaper, faster, more accurate method to quantify water content in solid pharmaceutical drugs

Chemists at The University of Texas at Arlington have invented a method to quantify water content in solid pharmaceutical drugs that is faster, cheaper, more accurate and more precise than Karl Fischer titration, the method currently recognized by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and widely used worldwide.

Jin and UT Southwestern partnering to improve accuracy of cancer radiation therapy delivery
Jin and UT Southwestern partnering to improve accuracy of cancer radiation therapy delivery

Researchers at The University of Texas at Arlington and University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center are collaborating on two projects to improve the accuracy of the delivery of cancer radiation therapies and minimize the exposure of healthy tissues.

Four UTA professors named finalists for Tech Titan Awards
Four UTA professors named finalists for Tech Titan Awards

The prestigious honor recognizes the educators’ outstanding innovations in science and engineering, and for developing successful new educational models supporting undergraduate research in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

Researchers find strangers reach mutual understanding through talking, not from non-verbal communication
Researchers find strangers reach mutual understanding through talking, not from non-verbal communication

Psychologists at The University of Texas at Arlington have discovered that when two strangers meet and interact for the first time, the extent to which they develop mutual understanding depends on how much they talk and ask questions rather than on non-verbal cues such as gestures or exchanging glances.

Dasgupta team devises new way to measure blood samples used in screening for metabolic disorders, infant HIV
Dasgupta team devises new way to measure blood samples used in screening for metabolic disorders, infant HIV

Researchers from The University of Texas at Arlington have demonstrated that electrical conductivity can be an effective means to precisely measure the amount of blood present in dry blood spot analysis, providing a new alternative to the current preferred approach of measuring sodium levels.

Gagne research finds low attention control in early adolescence is genetic risk factor for anxiety disorders
Gagne research finds low attention control in early adolescence is genetic risk factor for anxiety disorders

University of Texas at Arlington researchers have found that low attention control in early adolescence is related to a genetic risk factor for four different anxiety disorders.

Kribs, Griffith receive 2016 UT Regents' Teaching Awards
Kribs, Griffith receive 2016 UT Regents' Teaching Awards

Three University of Texas at Arlington faculty members are among University of Texas System educators honored with 2016 Regents’ Outstanding Teaching Awards for excellence in the classroom. Two of the three are from the College of Science.

College of Science announces 2015-16 Dean's List
College of Science announces 2015-16 Dean's List

The College of Science is proud to recognize those students who have met the requirements for inclusion on the Dean’s List for the 2015-16 academic year.

COS, departments present student awards, scholarships
COS, departments present student awards, scholarships

The College of Science in May honored outstanding student achievement with annual departmental awards for the 2015-16 academic year and scholarships for 2016-17.

CPRIT grant helps UTA recruit prominent young biology researcher, expand its focus on health science research
CPRIT grant helps UTA recruit prominent young biology researcher, expand its focus on health science research

The Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas has awarded The University of Texas at Arlington an $823,067 grant to recruit star cell biology researcher Mark Pellegrino from Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York.

UTA physicists preparing Titan supercomputer to process data from collisions generated by Large Hadron Collider
UTA physicists preparing Titan supercomputer to process data from collisions generated by Large Hadron Collider

University of Texas at Arlington physicists are preparing the Titan supercomputer at Oak Ridge Leadership Computing Facility in Tennessee to support the analysis of data generated from the quadrillions of proton collisions expected during this season’s Large Hadron Collider particle physics experiments.

College of Science honors faculty and staff for excellence
College of Science honors faculty and staff for excellence

The College of Science dean’s office hosted its annual Spring Faculty and Staff Meeting on May 3 in the E.H. Hereford University Center, presenting awards and recognizing outstanding achievements by faculty and staff members in all departments.

UT System approves design for UTA's next-generation Science and Engineering Innovation and Research Building
UT System approves design for UTA's next-generation Science and Engineering Innovation and Research Building

The University of Texas System Board of Regents has approved the design for a new University of Texas at Arlington Science and Engineering Innovation and Research building, a space that will support the significant growth of students in areas of workforce need and provide the basis for enhancement in research activity.

UTA scientists study global warming events from distant past to gain insight into present day climate change
UTA scientists study global warming events from distant past to gain insight into present day climate change

A team of scientists led by researchers at The University of Texas at Arlington is examining global warming events that happened millions of years ago in order to gain new insights into present-day climate change.

UTA research reveals groundwater quality changes with expansion of hydraulic fracturing, horizontal drilling
UTA research reveals groundwater quality changes with expansion of hydraulic fracturing, horizontal drilling

New research from The University of Texas at Arlington demonstrates that groundwater quality changes alongside the expansion of horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing but also suggests that some potentially hazardous effects may dissipate over time.

UTA leading $7.3 million national initiative to create next generation space weather simulator to improve forecasting
UTA leading $7.3 million national initiative to create next generation space weather simulator to improve forecasting

Physicists at The University of Texas at Arlington are leading a $7.3 million national initiative to develop a next generation space weather simulator capable of predicting energy distributions during space weather events like solar flares to an accuracy of one degree longitude and one degree latitude - about 100 km in each direction.

Schug, Shipman named Fellows of UT System Academy of Distinguished Teachers
Schug, Shipman named Fellows of UT System Academy of Distinguished Teachers

Two University of Texas at Arlington professors have been honored as 2016 Fellows of the UT System Academy of Distinguished Teachers in recognition for their leadership in education and commitment to improving learning across the University of Texas System.

Research by Gagne links parenting to toddlers' self-control
Research by Gagne links parenting to toddlers' self-control

University of Texas at Arlington researchers have found that by age 3 environmental influences such as parenting are relevant factors in the development of toddlers’ self-control when they are asked not to do something they want to do, such as run into the street or eat a forbidden snack.

COS students earn 20 awards at ACES research symposium
COS students earn 20 awards at ACES research symposium

College of Science students came away with 20 awards - by far the most of any college - during UTA’s 2016 Annual Celebration of Excellence by Students (ACES) symposium on March 23.

Peng, Chiao demonstrate new way to alleviate pain through electrical stimulation of deep brain structure
Peng, Chiao demonstrate new way to alleviate pain through electrical stimulation of deep brain structure

Abuse of prescription opioid medicines used to treat chronic pain has reached epidemic proportions, so much that the White House has announced new efforts to combat addiction and prevent the thousands of overdose-related deaths reported in the U.S. each year.

STEM faculty training network welcomes 25 new members
STEM faculty training network welcomes 25 new members

The Center for the Integration of Research, Teaching and Learning (CIRTL) Network, which includes The University of Texas at Arlington, recently completed its third expansion, welcoming 25 new members to bring the network to 46 research universities across the United States and Canada.

Khaledi devises safer, greener system for organic synthesis
Khaledi devises safer, greener system for organic synthesis

Chemists at The University of Texas at Arlington have devised a safer, more environmentally friendly, less expensive and more efficient water-based system for the synthesis of organic compounds typically used in pharmaceuticals, agrochemicals, cosmetics, plastics, textiles and household chemicals.

Passy research shows that environmental favorability and stress tolerance drives disparity in species in freshwaters
Passy research shows that environmental favorability and stress tolerance drives disparity in species in freshwaters

In nearly every biological community, distributions among species are highly uneven. That is, there is a large number of rare species with very few members and only a small number of common species concentrating most members of the community.

Roelke, Fujita using TPWD grant to study imperiled reptile
Roelke, Fujita using TPWD grant to study imperiled reptile

Biologists from The University of Texas at Arlington are studying a species of lizard found in parts of Texas and northeastern Mexico to find out why the reptile’s numbers have been dwindling dramatically.

Biologists produce first evidence that environmental stress causes behavioral changes in future generations
Biologists produce first evidence that environmental stress causes behavioral changes in future generations

Researchers have known for decades that the environmental stress experienced by one generation induces changes in behavior, shape, biochemical properties and rates of development of their offspring. But the precise ecological conditions that produced these responses were not known.

Greenway Innovative Energy gift establishes new UTA lab to accelerate gas-to-liquid fuel technology
Greenway Innovative Energy gift establishes new UTA lab to accelerate gas-to-liquid fuel technology

A Fort Worth alternative energy company focused on converting natural gas for use as high-grade diesel and jet fuel has committed $750,000 to establish the F. Conrad Greer Lab at The University of Texas at Arlington.

UTA researchers devise novel process to convert carbon dioxide and water into liquid hydrocarbon fuel
UTA researchers devise novel process to convert carbon dioxide and water into liquid hydrocarbon fuel

A team of University of Texas at Arlington chemists and engineers have proven that concentrated light, heat and high pressures can drive the one-step conversion of carbon dioxide and water directly into useable liquid hydrocarbon fuels.

Rajeshwar team devises novel materials for solar fuel cells
Rajeshwar team devises novel materials for solar fuel cells

University of Texas at Arlington chemists have developed new high-performing materials for cells that harness sunlight to split carbon dioxide and water into useable fuels like methanol and hydrogen gas. These “green fuels” can be used to power cars, home appliances or even to store energy in batteries.

UTA hosts international physics conference on neutrinos
UTA hosts international physics conference on neutrinos

Some 150 leading international physicists convened at The University of Texas at Arlington from January 12-15 to collaborate on the game-changing particle physics experiment known as the Deep Underground Neutrino Experiment (DUNE).

Pierce advancing research into autism, Alzheimer's disease
Pierce advancing research into autism, Alzheimer's disease

Biochemists at The University of Texas at Arlington are mapping the catalytic processes of sulfur-oxidizing enzymes to improve understanding of the chemical imbalances found in patients with autism, Alzheimer’s disease and Down syndrome.

Mohanty research could aid macular degeneration patients
Mohanty research could aid macular degeneration patients

Millions of adults over age 50 struggle each year with vision loss caused by damage to the retina or common macular degeneration.