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2017 News

UTA extends partnership with Apache Corporation on water quality study in West Texas
UTA extends partnership with Apache Corporation on water quality study in West Texas

The Collaborative Laboratories for Environmental Analysis and Remediation at The University of Texas at Arlington and Apache Corporation have extended their partnership to study surface and groundwater quality in the Alpine High region of West Texas.

UTA researchers focus on pain management in older adults
UTA researchers focus on pain management in older adults

Researchers at The University of Texas at Arlington are focusing their attention on pain management in older adults, a segment of the population which presents a specific series of challenges to health providers.

UTA researchers identify proteins that may help stressed mitochondria to recover
UTA researchers identify proteins that may help stressed mitochondria to recover

Researchers at The University of Texas at Arlington have identified proteins in a signaling pathway in mammals that help mitochondria recover from stress. The discovery could pave the way to the development of new treatments for cancer and some neurological diseases.

UTA’s Matsler wins statewide award for excellence in science education
UTA’s Matsler wins statewide award for excellence in science education

Karen Jo Matsler, master teacher in science for UTA’s UTeach Arlington program, received the 2017 Skoog Cup College Faculty Award from the Science Teachers Association of Texas or STAT for her outstanding efforts in science education.

UTA researchers publish expert review on new cancer biomarkers
UTA researchers publish expert review on new cancer biomarkers

Researchers at the University of Texas at Arlington have published a review article in the prestigious journal Cancer Research on the potential use of long non-coding RNA or lncRNA as novel biomarkers and therapeutic targets for cancer.

Three studies from UTA’s CLEAR Lab detect harmful pathogenic bacteria in Texas groundwater near natural gas extraction sites
Three studies from UTA’s CLEAR Lab detect harmful pathogenic bacteria in Texas groundwater near natural gas extraction sites

Three new research studies from the University of Texas at Arlington have found harmful pathogenic bacteria in Texas groundwater near unconventional natural gas extraction sites.

UTA chemist Kevin Schug wins ACS J. Calvin Giddings Award
UTA chemist Kevin Schug wins ACS J. Calvin Giddings Award

A chemist at The University of Texas at Arlington is the recipient of a prestigious award from the American Chemical Society for his efforts to improve the educational experience of students in the field of analytical chemistry.

UTA’s Armstrong, Dasgupta named to 2017 Power List by The Analytical Scientist magazine
UTA’s Armstrong, Dasgupta named to 2017 Power List by The Analytical Scientist magazine

Two renowned chemists at The University of Texas at Arlington are among those honored as the best and brightest analytical scientists in the world by The Analytical Scientistmagazine.

UTA wins funding to prepare first-generation, low-income, minority undergraduates to pursue doctoral degrees
UTA wins funding to prepare first-generation, low-income, minority undergraduates to pursue doctoral degrees

The University of Texas at Arlington received a $1.4 million, five-year grant from the U.S. Department of Education to further the efforts of the McNair Scholars program. The program assists undergraduate students who are first-generation college students, from low-income and minority populations, in continuing their education and pursuing master’s and doctoral degrees.

UTA study sheds new light on earth’s evolution, suggests hydrogen, oxygen, water and carbon dioxide generated in earth’s mantle
UTA study sheds new light on earth’s evolution, suggests hydrogen, oxygen, water and carbon dioxide generated in earth’s mantle

Research from the University of Texas at Arlington and the Wadia Institute of Himalayan Geology suggests that hydrogen, oxygen, water and carbon dioxide are being generated in the earth’s mantle hundreds of kilometers below the earth’s surface.

UTA’s David Nygren receives Marie Sklodowska-Curie award
UTA’s David Nygren receives Marie Sklodowska-Curie award

David Nygren, Presidential Distinguished Professor of Physics at The University of Texas at Arlington and a member of the National Academy of Sciences, has been honored with a prestigious international award for his pioneering work in radiation detector developments and for enabling major discoveries in diverse areas of science.

Gatchel receives 2017 Gold Medal Award for Life Achievement from American Psychological Foundation
Gatchel receives 2017 Gold Medal Award for Life Achievement from American Psychological Foundation

A University of Texas at Arlington psychologist who has completed groundbreaking work in health psychology— particularly in the causes, assessment and treatment of chronic pain behavior — has been named recipient of one of the highest honors in psychology.

Alvarez receives awards from Texas Council of Teachers of Mathematics, MAA for contributions to math education
Alvarez receives awards from Texas Council of Teachers of Mathematics, MAA for contributions to math education

A mathematics professor at The University of Texas at Arlington has received a pair of awards for his contributions to mathematics education at the state and national levels.

Lopez, Mydlarz among five UTA recipients of 2017 UT System Regents' Outstanding Teaching Awards
Lopez, Mydlarz among five UTA recipients of 2017 UT System Regents' Outstanding Teaching Awards

Two College of Science faculty members are among five University of Texas at Arlington educators honored with 2017 UT System Regents' Outstanding Teaching Awards for excellence in the classroom.

Pierce receives $419K NSF grant to study 'workload' of enzymes and train students in scientific communication
Pierce receives $419K NSF grant to study 'workload' of enzymes and train students in scientific communication

A chemist at The University of Texas at Arlington will use a National Science Foundation grant to investigate the relevant structural factors influencing the extent of biological oxidations catalyzed by a widespread class of iron-containing enzymes.

Dasgupta awarded 2017 Talanta Medal for his outstanding contributions to field of analytical chemistry
Dasgupta awarded 2017 Talanta Medal for his outstanding contributions to field of analytical chemistry

Purnendu "Sandy" Dasgupta, the Hamish Small Chair of Ion Analysis in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at the University of Texas at Arlington, has been named recipient of the 2017 Talanta Medal, an international award that recognizes world leaders in the analytical chemistry field.

Rajeshwar presented with honorary doctoral degree from University of Szeged in Hungary
Rajeshwar presented with honorary doctoral degree from University of Szeged in Hungary

Krishnan Rajeshwar, distinguished professor of chemistry and biochemistry at the University of Texas at Arlington, has been named Doctor Honoris Causa of the University of Szeged in Hungary, in recognition for his outstanding achievements in support of the mission of the University.

Nestell receives honorary life membership award from Permian Basin Section of SEPM
Nestell receives honorary life membership award from Permian Basin Section of SEPM

Merlynd Nestell, professor of earth and environmental sciences, was named an Honorary Life Member of the Permian Basin Section of the Society for Sedimentary Geology(commonly known as SEPM, the acronym for its former name, the Society of Economic Paleontologists and Mineralogists). The award has been given annually since 1960.

Association for Women in Mathematics honors UTA students
Association for Women in Mathematics honors UTA students

The Association for Women in Mathematics honored The University of Texas at Arlington’s AWM student chapter with its inaugural national award for fundraising and sustainability. AWM is one of the leading organizations in the United States dedicated to promoting equal opportunity for women and girls in math. Senior math major Christin Milman traveled to Chicago to accept the award, bestowed for an innovative funding model developed by the chapter’s approximately 50 members.

Fujita receives $714K NSF grant to study how differences in habitat, behavior affect evolution of vision in frogs
Fujita receives $714K NSF grant to study how differences in habitat, behavior affect evolution of vision in frogs

A biologist at The University of Texas at Arlington has received national funding for a project which uses frogs as a model to investigate the evolution of vision, by integrating information on their morphology, genetics, and physiology.

Physics Ph.D. graduate Feremenga's journey to success led him from Zimbabwe to UTA
Physics Ph.D. graduate Feremenga's journey to success led him from Zimbabwe to UTA

The educational journey taken by Last Feremenga has been exciting, fascinating and has involved plenty of air travel. It began in his native Zimbabwe, continued first in Chicago and then in Arlington, and included frequent trips between Arlington, Chicago and Europe.

 Walsh receives prestigious NSF CAREER grant to study how behavioral plasticity affects evolutionary processes
Walsh receives prestigious NSF CAREER grant to study how behavioral plasticity affects evolutionary processes

A biologist at The University of Texas at Arlington who studies ecology and evolutionary biology is the recipient of a prestigious career development grant from the National Science Foundation.

Official opening of UTA's Greer Lab marks conversion process' increased product yield, commercial viability
Official opening of UTA's Greer Lab marks conversion process' increased product yield, commercial viability

Official opening of UTA's Greer Lab marks conversion process' increased product yield, commercial viability.

Castoe lab using supercomputers to study snake evolution
Castoe lab using supercomputers to study snake evolution

Castoe lab using supercomputers to study snake evolution.

Biology Ph.D. student O'Connell receives prestigious NSF Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grant funding
Biology Ph.D. student O'Connell receives prestigious NSF Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grant funding

Biology Ph.D. student O'Connell receives prestigious NSF Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grant funding.

UTA company named one of 40 best university startups
UTA company named one of 40 best university startups

AbeXXa Biologics, a faculty startup at The University of Texas at Arlington, was named one of the 40 "Best University Startups 2017" by the National Council of Entrepreneurial Tech Transfer.

College of Science students earn spots on spring Dean's List
College of Science students earn spots on spring Dean's List

Dean Morteza Khaledi and the College of Science are proud to recognize those students who have met the requirements for inclusion on the Dean's List for the Spring 2017 semester.

UTA honors Kribs' teaching, research with 3 major awards
UTA honors Kribs' teaching, research with 3 major awards

The bookshelf in the Pickard Hall office of Christopher Kribs doesn't have room for any more books. That's in part because a sizable portion of it is filled with medals, plaques and certificates of distinction collected during over two decades of research and teaching.

Gatchel focuses international attention on how patients' doubts can influence success of chronic pain treatment
Gatchel focuses international attention on how patients' doubts can influence success of chronic pain treatment

A leading psychology professor at The University of Texas at Arlington has focused international attention on how a chronic pain patient' s irrational doubts about never getting better can influence both his reactions to pain and even treatment outcomes.

Chen receives Best Paper Award from science publisher
Chen receives Best Paper Award from science publisher

American Scientific Publishers, a publisher of scientific journals and books in the fields of science, engineering, and technology, has given Wei Chen, a physics professor at the University of Texas at Arlington, a Best Paper Award for a journal article cited 364 times to date.

College of Science faculty, staff honored for excellence
College of Science faculty, staff honored for excellence

Excellence in research, teaching and service was honored during recent events hosted by UTA and the College of Science, with a host of College of Science faculty and staff members receiving honors and recognition for their efforts.

Lopez named Fellow by association of physics teachers
Lopez named Fellow by association of physics teachers

Lopez named Fellow by association of physics teachers.

UTA psychology team claims 3rd Brain Bowl championship
UTA psychology team claims 3rd Brain Bowl championship

A University of Texas at Arlington team has won the 2017 Brain Bowl organized by University of Texas Health Science Center - San Antonio Center for Biomedical Neuroscience, beating out teams from Trinity University and the defending champions from the University of Texas at Dallas.

Chowdhury named an ASMS Emerging Investigator for mass spectrometry research related to cancer and aging
Chowdhury named an ASMS Emerging Investigator for mass spectrometry research related to cancer and aging

Chowdhury named an ASMS Emerging Investigator for mass spectrometry research related to cancer and aging.

UTA, UT Southwestern researchers' findings challenge current approach to rare pediatric neurological disorder
UTA, UT Southwestern researchers' findings challenge current approach to rare pediatric neurological disorder

UTA, UT Southwestern researchers' findings challenge current approach to rare pediatric neurological disorder.

Glenn, Olawoyin earn prestigious NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program funding to support doctoral studies
Glenn, Olawoyin earn prestigious NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program funding to support doctoral studies

Two College of Science students at The University of Texas at Arlington have been named recipients of National Science Foundation funds to further their graduate education through the NSF’s prestigious Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) for 2017.

Kubinak finds the body's own immune system regulates bacterial communities in the intestine to promote health
Kubinak finds the body's own immune system regulates bacterial communities in the intestine to promote health

Researchers at the University of Texas at Arlington and University of Utah have concluded that the body’s own immune response regulates the composition of bacterial communities in the intestine that improve health and help fight off infections.

Biology doctoral student Beston receives prestigious NSF Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grant funding
Biology doctoral student Beston receives prestigious NSF Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grant funding

Biology doctoral student Beston receives prestigious NSF Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grant funding

Jones receives prestigious APS Mitsuyoshi Tanaka Dissertation Award in Experimental Particle Physics
Jones receives prestigious APS Mitsuyoshi Tanaka Dissertation Award in Experimental Particle Physics

The American Physical Society has awarded Benjamin Jones, assistant professor of physics at The University of Texas at Arlington, the Mitsuyoshi Tanaka Dissertation Award in Experimental Particle Physics, which is widely considered the most prestigious dissertation award in the field.

Gatchel receives American Psychological Foundation's  2017 Gold Medal Award for Life Achievement
Gatchel receives American Psychological Foundation's 2017 Gold Medal Award for Life Achievement

Gatchel receives American Psychological Foundation's 2017 Gold Medal Award for Life Achievement

UTA to host 2017 ExxonMobil Bernard Harris Summer Science Camp for area middle school students
UTA to host 2017 ExxonMobil Bernard Harris Summer Science Camp for area middle school students

The University of Texas at Arlington is hosting the 2017 ExxonMobil Bernard Harris Summer Science Camp June 11-23.

Kribs uses modeling to predict student dropout rates
Kribs uses modeling to predict student dropout rates

Kribs uses modeling to predict student dropout rates

Mydlarz leading NSF-funded study of coral immune traits
Mydlarz leading NSF-funded study of coral immune traits

A biologist from The University of Texas at Arlington is leading a new study aimed at quantifying how susceptible coral species are to disease by examining their immunity through a series of novel experiments and approaches.

Ambartsoumian leading NSF-funded project to develop new math theory for improvement of imaging technology
Ambartsoumian leading NSF-funded project to develop new math theory for improvement of imaging technology

Ambartsoumian leading NSF-funded project to develop new math theory for improvement of imaging technology

College of Science students earn spots on fall Dean's List
College of Science students earn spots on fall Dean's List

College of Science students earn spots on fall Dean's List

UTA, Botanical Research Institute of Texas partner to spur discoveries in plant science, job creation
UTA, Botanical Research Institute of Texas partner to spur discoveries in plant science, job creation

Two of Tarrant County’s leading research institutions have formed a distinctive partnership with an eye on future job creation and greater sustainability through discoveries in plant and environmental sciences.

UTA launches new programs to promote undergraduate involvement in research and student success
UTA launches new programs to promote undergraduate involvement in research and student success

Herrmann, Thompson honored for leading the campaign to create first planetarium at UT Arlington 35 years ago
Herrmann, Thompson honored for leading the campaign to create first planetarium at UT Arlington 35 years ago

The University of Texas at Arlington has one of the finest planetariums in the nation, a facility which in 2016 celebrated its 10th anniversary. It boasts the latest in digital technology and hosts thousands of schoolchildren and visitors for its public shows every year.

UTA hosts launch of national initiative designed to boost number of faculty from under-represented minority groups
UTA hosts launch of national initiative designed to boost number of faculty from under-represented minority groups

UTA hosts launch of national initiative designed to boost number of faculty from under-represented minority groups.

 Jeon leading research to improve chemical compounds for faster, cheaper production and use in drug discovery
Jeon leading research to improve chemical compounds for faster, cheaper production and use in drug discovery

Jeon leading research to improve chemical compounds for faster, cheaper production and use in drug discovery