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2018 News

Wahab named one of “Top 40 Under 40” analytical scientists in the world by prestigious magazine
Wahab named one of “Top 40 Under 40” analytical scientists in the world by prestigious magazine

M. Farooq Wahab, a UTA research engineering scientist, was named to the 2018 “Top 40 Under 40” Power List of young analytical scientists by the prestigious British magazine The Analytical Scientist in its October 2018 edition.

Dragan receives honorary professor award from Romanian university
Dragan receives honorary professor award from Romanian university

Irinel Dragan, UTA professor emeritus in mathematics, has received an honorary professor award from Alexandru Ioan Cuza University of Iași in Iași, Romania, for his contributions to numerous fields of mathematics.

College of Science welcomes 15 new faculty and staff members for 2018-19
College of Science welcomes 15 new faculty and staff members for 2018-19

The College of Science is pleased to introduce 11 new members to its faculty ranks for the fall 2018 semester, as well as four new staff members.

COS faculty members receive promotions in rank, emeritus status
COS faculty members receive promotions in rank, emeritus status

The College of Science recently had seven faculty members promoted in rank, as well as one retired faculty member who was awarded professor emeritus status by UTA.

Astrophysicists discover ‘pseudo-shocks’ as new energy source for heating of Sun’s corona
Astrophysicists discover ‘pseudo-shocks’ as new energy source for heating of Sun’s corona

An international team of astrophysicists, including Zdzislaw Musielak, UTA professor of physics, has found the first verified presence of confined “pseudo-shocks” around a sunspot.

Armstrong wins Dow WesTEC Award for commitment to science, education and research
Armstrong wins Dow WesTEC Award for commitment to science, education and research

Daniel W. Armstrong, the Robert A. Welch Distinguished Professor in the UTA Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, has received an award for significant achievements in science and technology, and commitment to advance various aspects of science, education, and research.

UTA researchers find genomic evidence of rapid adaptation of invasive Burmese pythons in Florida
UTA researchers find genomic evidence of rapid adaptation of invasive Burmese pythons in Florida

Florida has become a haven for invasive species in the United States, but perhaps the most well-known of the state’s alien residents is the Burmese python. These giant snakes, native to Southeast Asia, have become well-established over the past few decades and even flourish in their new environment.

UTA, Texas A&M create Texas Genomics Core Alliance
UTA, Texas A&M create Texas Genomics Core Alliance

Texas A&M University and The University of Texas at Arlington have established The Texas Genomics Core Alliance to increase access to and decrease costs of cutting-edge, high-throughput genomics sequencing technologies.

UTA physicist awarded U.S., international patents on material that attacks multiple cancers
UTA physicist awarded U.S., international patents on material that attacks multiple cancers

The University of Texas at Arlington has been awarded U.S. and international patents on a nanoparticle material that can be activated by light, microwave, X-ray or ultrasound to kill multiple kinds of cancers.

COS faculty members receive promotions in rank, emeritus status
COS faculty members receive promotions in rank, emeritus status

The College of Science recently had seven faculty members promoted in rank, as well as one retired faculty member who was awarded professor emeritus status by UTA.

Deng named to National Academy of Sciences Committee on Solar and Space Physics
Deng named to National Academy of Sciences Committee on Solar and Space Physics

Yue Deng, UTA professor of physics, was selected to join the prestigious committee, which supports scientific progress in solar and space physics and advises the U.S. government in planning programs in these fields.

Math department honors memory of doctoral student who was a friend to all he met
Math department honors memory of doctoral student who was a friend to all he met

Mr. Amaya, a UTA doctoral student in mathematics and graduate teaching assistant at UTA for the past year, was beloved by friends, faculty, staff and students. He died September 22 when he was swept into a flooded creek on the west side of campus during a torrential rainstorm. He was 23 years old.

UTA inaugurates $125 million Science and Engineering Innovation and Research building
UTA inaugurates $125 million Science and Engineering Innovation and Research building

The University of Texas at Arlington inaugurated its new $125 million Science & Engineering Innovation & Research building on September 28 with a ribbon-cutting and open house. The state-of-the-art facility will contribute to pushing the University forward as a leading health science research and teaching institution.

UTA researcher to use North Texas Genome Center to shed light on role of ‘jumping genes’
UTA researcher to use North Texas Genome Center to shed light on role of ‘jumping genes’

A biology researcher at The University of Texas at Arlington will be using the high-tech tools provided by the North Texas Genome Center to shed light on the role of ‘jumping genes’.

Professor appointed to prestigious National Science Foundation ADVANCE office, HSI program
Professor appointed to prestigious National Science Foundation ADVANCE office, HSI program

A University of Texas at Arlington mathematics professor has accepted a one-year position in the National Science Foundation’s Division of Education and Human Resource Development as Program Director of the ADVANCE and Hispanic-Serving Institutions or HSI programs.

UTA professor studies potential barrier materials to improve safety, reliability of nuclear waste repositories
UTA professor studies potential barrier materials to improve safety, reliability of nuclear waste repositories

Nuclear waste repositories are designed to be secure for millions of years. Identifying the most appropriate barrier materials to isolate nuclear waste is vitally important.

Biology senior works in University of Cambridge lab as part of summer research program abroad
Biology senior works in University of Cambridge lab as part of summer research program abroad

UTA senior Michael Oladugba spent his 2018 summer break at the University of Cambridge studying mutations in the DNA of fruit flies as part of the UT System’s Summer Research Academy Abroad program.

UTA biochemists study enzymes to provide keys for drug development in cancer, bacterial infection and neurodegenerative disease
UTA biochemists study enzymes to provide keys for drug development in cancer, bacterial infection and neurodegenerative disease

UTA biochemists are mapping the function of specific enzymes which may facilitate development of new drugs to fight bacterial infection, cancer and potentially neurodegenerative diseases like autism, Down syndrome, Parkinson’s disease and Alzheimer’s.

Lopez honored for work in promoting STEM education in underrepresented communities
Lopez honored for work in promoting STEM education in underrepresented communities

Professor of physics Ramon Lopez is named a recipient of the 2018 Hispanic Engineer National Achievement Awards Conference (HENAAC) Education Award by a national organization focused on introducing underserved populations to STEM studies and careers.

Doctoral student in biology wins prestigious NSF research fellowship grant
Doctoral student in biology wins prestigious NSF research fellowship grant

A doctoral student in biology at The University of Texas at Arlington has received a prestigious grant to fund her research in genetic variation in whiptail lizards.

UTA hosts second annual Responsible Shale Energy Extraction Conference Oct. 12-13
UTA hosts second annual Responsible Shale Energy Extraction Conference Oct. 12-13

The University of Texas at Arlington is hosting the second annual Responsible Shale Energy Extraction Conference Oct. 12-13 at its new state-of-the-art Science & Engineering Innovation & Research building on the south side of campus.

UTA researcher wins five-year, $1.8 million grant to find new ways to boost immune response against bacteria
UTA researcher wins five-year, $1.8 million grant to find new ways to boost immune response against bacteria

A UTA researcher has won a five-year, $1.8 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to look at new ways to harness the body’s own defense responses to fight pathogens like bacteria.

UTA doctoral student in biology earns prestigious AAUW fellowship
UTA doctoral student in biology earns prestigious AAUW fellowship

Shannon Beston, a doctoral student in biology at The University of Texas at Arlington, has received a prestigious award to fund her dissertation project in which she is evaluating the ecological drivers of eye and brain size evolution in a species of fish.

UTA professor leads federal advisory group on the prevention of acute, chronic pain
UTA professor leads federal advisory group on the prevention of acute, chronic pain

A University of Texas at Arlington professor led a federal advisory group that has published its recommendations on the prevention of acute and chronic pain to the Federal Research Pain Strategy, an interagency committee that oversees the government’s long-term strategic plan to support pain research.

UTA physicists participate in ICARUS neutrino detector installation at Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory
UTA physicists participate in ICARUS neutrino detector installation at Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory

For four years, three laboratories on two continents have prepared the ICARUS particle detector to capture the interactions of mysterious particles called neutrinos at the U.S. Department of Energy's Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory.

Physics doctoral student wins 2nd place in poster competition at national conference
Physics doctoral student wins 2nd place in poster competition at national conference

A doctoral student in physics at The University of Texas at Arlington received accolades for his research at a national conference on the Earth’s upper atmosphere sponsored by the National Science Foundation.

UTA alumna West receives 2018 UTeach Outstanding Alumnus Award
UTA alumna West receives 2018 UTeach Outstanding Alumnus Award

An alumna of The University of Texas at Arlington and the UTeach Arlington program has been honored for her outstanding efforts to improve science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education.

Medeiros co-authors journal article on evaluation of ideas in creative process
Medeiros co-authors journal article on evaluation of ideas in creative process

A psychology faculty member at The University of Texas at Arlington has published the results of a study which measures the effectiveness of idea evaluation in the process of creativity.

Physics doctoral student receives prestigious NSF fellowship
Physics doctoral student receives prestigious NSF fellowship

Marialis Rosario-Franco, a UTA doctoral student in physics, has been awarded a prestigious fellowship to continue her Ph.D. studies in exomoons – moons which orbit planets located in other stellar systems.

Foss receives prestigious UT System teaching award
Foss receives prestigious UT System teaching award

Frank Foss, associate professor in the UTA Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, is among University of Texas System educators recognized with the Board of Regents highest honor, the Regents’ Outstanding Teaching Awards for excellence in the classroom.

UTA biology student wins research poster award at national UTeach conference
UTA biology student wins research poster award at national UTeach conference

Sara Mate, a UTA senior in biology and UTeach Arlington student, received the top prize in the research poster competition at the 12th Annual UTeach National Conference, held May 22-24 in Austin.

UTA physicist Benjamin Jones awarded $750,000 from Department of Energy Early Career Research Program
UTA physicist Benjamin Jones awarded $750,000 from Department of Energy Early Career Research Program

Ben Jones, assistant professor of physics, will use the funds in his search for neutrinoless double beta decay, a hypothetical nuclear process which, if discovered, would prove that neutrinos are their own anti-particles.

Biology doctoral graduate receives prestigious NSF postdoctoral fellowship
Biology doctoral graduate receives prestigious NSF postdoctoral fellowship

Daren Card will use the three-year, $207,000 National Science Foundation Postdoctoral Research Fellowship in Biology to study limb loss in a group of Australian lizards.

UTA physicists play key role in design of DUNE particle detector prototypes
UTA physicists play key role in design of DUNE particle detector prototypes

Physics researchers at The University of Texas at Arlington have built prototypes for an aluminum electric field cage inside a particle detector for an international physics experiment conducted at the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) in Geneva, Switzerland.

UTA doctoral students establish ESTe²M Builders to get children excited about STEM
UTA doctoral students establish ESTe²M Builders to get children excited about STEM

Two doctoral students at The University of Texas at Arlington have developed the ESTe²M Builders educational program to help young students gain knowledge and self-esteem through hands-on activities in science, technology, engineering, entrepreneurship and mathematics, or STe²M.

Jorgensen using NSF grant to boost students’ math proficiency and exposure to geoscience
Jorgensen using NSF grant to boost students’ math proficiency and exposure to geoscience

A mathematician at The University of Texas at Arlington is leading a project to improve students’ mathematics proficiency while also increasing students’ exposure to and interest in the geosciences.

COS students rewarded for academic excellence with awards, scholarships
COS students rewarded for academic excellence with awards, scholarships

College of Science students were recently honored for their superior achievements in the classroom and laboratory with departmental and college awards for the 2017-18 academic year and scholarships for the 2018-19 year.

Hale wins national UTeach award for teaching excellence
Hale wins national UTeach award for teaching excellence

A co-director of UTA’s highly successful UTeach Arlington program has been named recipient of a prestigious award by the national UTeach STEM Education Association.

UTA researchers find straight women interact more comfortably with gay men than with straight men
UTA researchers find straight women interact more comfortably with gay men than with straight men

Studies led by a psychology researcher at The University of Texas at Arlington suggests that women are likely to be more comfortable and intimate in conversations with men who identify themselves as gay than with heterosexual men.

UTA researchers shed light on immune response in diseased corals
UTA researchers shed light on immune response in diseased corals

Researchers at The University of Texas at Arlington have found a correlation between a strong immune response in diseased corals and a lower expression of genes associated with growth and reproduction.

UTA awarded NSF grant to recruit more STEM teachers
UTA awarded NSF grant to recruit more STEM teachers

The National Science Foundation has awarded close to $1.5 million in a Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship Program grant to The University of Texas at Arlington to promote the recruitment, preparation and induction of new science and mathematics teachers.

College of Science faculty, staff recognized for excellence with UTA, COS awards
College of Science faculty, staff recognized for excellence with UTA, COS awards

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

Chemistry graduate blends research into academic journey
Chemistry graduate blends research into academic journey

Misty Martin has excelled while balancing classes and lab research with being a mom. She plans to go on to medical school and make a career out of helping others through medicine and research.

UTA researchers investigate link between ovarian hormones and blood cholesterol levels
UTA researchers investigate link between ovarian hormones and blood cholesterol levels

Researchers at The University of Texas at Arlington are investigating the link between ovarian hormones and the blood cholesterol balance in the body, itself a key determinant of cardiovascular health or disease.

UTA’s Marquerite Herzog awarded 2018 NSF Graduate Research Fellowship
UTA’s Marquerite Herzog awarded 2018 NSF Graduate Research Fellowship

Marquerite Herzog, a biology doctoral student at The University of Texas at Arlington, has been awarded a prestigious National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship to study the molecular genetic basis of changes in behavior seen when an individual loses during an aggressive conflict.

UTA expands efforts to develop water recycling technologies
UTA expands efforts to develop water recycling technologies

The Collaborative Laboratories for Environmental Analysis and Remediation has expanded its partnership with Challenger Water Solutions to develop water recycling technologies that will transform waste from oil and gas development into reusable water.

UTA receives National Science Foundation grant to continue successful scholarship program for undergraduate math students
UTA receives National Science Foundation grant to continue successful scholarship program for undergraduate math students

The University of Texas at Arlington Department of Mathematics has received a new four-year, $998,652 grant from the National Science Foundation to continue a highly successful program that provides funds for high-achieving, financially disadvantaged undergraduate students to pursue degrees in mathematics.

SHIN STUDYING POSSIBLE LINK BETWEEN ENVIRONMENTAL CHEMICALS, RISK OF AUTISM IN CHILDREN
SHIN STUDYING POSSIBLE LINK BETWEEN ENVIRONMENTAL CHEMICALS, RISK OF AUTISM IN CHILDREN

Hyeong-Moo Shin, assistant professor of earth and environmental sciences, is using a $436K grant from the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences to study whether exposure to perfluorinated compounds (PFCs) at an early age is associated with risk for autism spectrum disorders.

PASSY STUDYING THE CAUSES, CONSEQUENCES OF RARITY IN FRESHWATER SPECIES
PASSY STUDYING THE CAUSES, CONSEQUENCES OF RARITY IN FRESHWATER SPECIES

Sophia Passy, associate professor of biology, is using a $199K grant from the National Science Foundation to learn more about the mechanisms that determine the patterns of inequality in species abundance in freshwater environments.

UTA researchers first to develop new device using biochemistry techniques to detect rare radioactive decays
UTA researchers first to develop new device using biochemistry techniques to detect rare radioactive decays

Assistant professor of physics Ben Jones and graduate student Austin McDonald are part of a team utilizing a biochemistry technique that uses fluorescence in their search for the radioactive decay called neutrinoless double-beta decay.

UTA startup AbeXXa Biologics, reimagining cancer immunotherapy with global pharmaceutical company Boehringer Ingelheim
UTA startup AbeXXa Biologics, reimagining cancer immunotherapy with global pharmaceutical company Boehringer Ingelheim

AbeXXa Biologics, named as one of the 40 Best University Startups in 2017, has received an initial investment from the Boehringer Ingelheim Venture Fund and signed a collaborative research agreement with the global corporation Boehringer Ingelheim.

Genome facility will be major boost for research in North Texas and beyond
Genome facility will be major boost for research in North Texas and beyond

The new North Texas Genome Center, a partnership between UTA and the University of North Texas Health Science Center, will provide massive DNA sequencing capability for regional biotech and medical research.

Chemistry professor receives prestigious state, national awards
Chemistry professor receives prestigious state, national awards

Purnendu “Sandy” Dasgupta has been named the 2018 Distinguished Texas Scientist by the Texas Academy of Science and also was recently named the recipient of the 2018 American Chemical Society’s Division of Analytical Chemistry Chemical Instrumentation Award.

Scientist earns prestigious CAREER grant for her research
Scientist earns prestigious CAREER grant for her research

He Dong, associate professor of chemistry & biochemistry and joint associate professor of bioengineering, receives National Science Foundation funds to develop nanomaterials to treat antibiotic-resistant infections.

College of Science alumnus honored for excellence in healthcare
College of Science alumnus honored for excellence in healthcare

Dr. Ignacio Nuñez, M.D., a UTA Distinguished Alumnus, received the Fort Worth Business Press 2018 Healthcare Hero Award for his outstanding efforts as a physician and as a mentor to pre-med students.

College of Science Dean's List for Fall 2017
College of Science Dean's List for Fall 2017

College of Science students earn spots on fall 2017 Dean's List