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2019 News

College of Science faculty, staff honored for excellence in teaching, research, mentoring and service
College of Science faculty, staff honored for excellence in teaching, research, mentoring and service

College of Science faculty and staff members were recently honored for their excellence in teaching, research, mentoring and service with awards and recognition at the College and University levels.

Satyal co-authors paper detailing discovery of third exoplanet in Kepler-47 system
Satyal co-authors paper detailing discovery of third exoplanet in Kepler-47 system

A physicist at The University of Texas at Arlington is co-author of a paper which reports on the discovery of a new exoplanet in a binary star system.

UTA STEM conference puts focus on underrepresented communities
UTA STEM conference puts focus on underrepresented communities

The daylong event featured presentations highlighting students’ research excellence and a keynote and panel discussion which addressed the need to expand opportunities for women and minorities in STEM education.

College of Science ACES symposium showcases students’ innovative research
College of Science ACES symposium showcases students’ innovative research

The daylong Annual Celebration of Excellence by Students event allowed students to share their outstanding research projects through poster and oral presentations.

UTeach Arlington coordinator of student services receives national award
UTeach Arlington coordinator of student services receives national award

Erin Gonzales is the winner of the 2019 UTeach STEM Educators Association’s Outstanding Staff Award for her strong support of students and for excellence or innovation in program support as well as in recruitment of students into the program.

Psychology doctoral student earns prestigious Federal Highway Administration fellowship
Psychology doctoral student earns prestigious Federal Highway Administration fellowship

Traci Bricka will use funds from the Dwight D. Eisenhower Transportation Fellowship to fund her project examining the motivations and work outcomes of rideshare drivers.

Clark receives $1.17 million grant to study cellular life cycle
Clark receives $1.17 million grant to study cellular life cycle

Clay Clark, professor and chair of the Department of Biology, will use the National Institutes of Health award to investigate the regulation of proteins responsible for programmed cell death, which could lead to more effective treatment of cancer cells.

Biologists publish study of biological consequences of stream acidification
Biologists publish study of biological consequences of stream acidification

A National Science Foundation funded study by biologists from The University of Texas at Arlington about beta diversity and its response to environmental stress is featured as the cover article of a prestigious journal of conservation biogeography.

Winguths publish paper examining timing of events during largest extinction in geological record
Winguths publish paper examining timing of events during largest extinction in geological record

Two geoscientists at The University of Texas at Arlington are co-authors of a study which used multiple forms of analysis to provide new insights into the largest mass extinction in the geological record, the end-Permian extinction (EPE).

Boutte receives $300K grant to study mycobacterial cell wall division and regulation
Boutte receives $300K grant to study mycobacterial cell wall division and regulation

Cara Boutte, assistant professor of biology, will use the National Institute of General Medical Sciences funding to develop a better understanding of mycobacterial infection physiology and mechanisms of antibiotic tolerance.

Research by Frishkoff finds elevation shapes species survival in changing habitats
Research by Frishkoff finds elevation shapes species survival in changing habitats

Luke Frishkoff, University of Texas at Arlington assistant professor of biology, explores how human land use expedites biodiversity loss in a paper recently published in Nature Ecology & Evolution.

UTA biologists publish paper uncovering new insights into chromosome evolution, venom regulation in snakes
UTA biologists publish paper uncovering new insights into chromosome evolution, venom regulation in snakes

How do snake genomes direct the production of deadly venom toxins, and other key extreme features of snakes? Snake genomes encode the secrets to their unique and often extreme adaptations, but genome resources for snakes and other reptiles have lagged behind their mammal and bird counterparts.

Paper by Dasgupta cited as landmark influence by colleague in Analytical Scientist magazine
Paper by Dasgupta cited as landmark influence by colleague in Analytical Scientist magazine

Ken Broekhoven, a 40 under 40 winner at European-based The Analytical Scientist magazine, chose one of UTA’s Purnendu “Sandy” Dasgupta’s papers as one of the most influential papers published in 2018.

UTA involved in program aimed at increasing diversity among STEM faculty
UTA involved in program aimed at increasing diversity among STEM faculty

The University of Texas at Arlington College of Science is part of a new program designed to diversify STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) faculty in higher education and improve their ability to be effective teachers.

Psychology senior Grecu takes part in prestigious Archer Fellowship Program
Psychology senior Grecu takes part in prestigious Archer Fellowship Program

An undergraduate student in psychology at The University of Texas at Arlington was selected to participate in a prestigious program which allows students to learn firsthand about government and public policy in Washington, D.C.

Jeon leads research aimed at developing new way to perform hydrogen atom transfer
Jeon leads research aimed at developing new way to perform hydrogen atom transfer

A chemist at The University of Texas at Arlington has published research that describes a new, sustainable way to perform one of the most fundamental chemical processes used in biology and chemistry.

CLEAR at UTA continues collaboration with the Apache Corporation
CLEAR at UTA continues collaboration with the Apache Corporation

The Collaborative Laboratories for Environmental Analysis and Remediation at The University of Texas at Arlington has extended its collaboration with the Apache Corporation to study surface and groundwater quality in the company’s Alpine High play in West Texas.

Weidanz named to National Academy of Inventors’ first class of Senior Members
Weidanz named to National Academy of Inventors’ first class of Senior Members

Jon Weidanz, associate vice president for research and professor of biology at The University of Texas at Arlington, is one of the 66 faculty, scientists and administrators in the inaugural class of NAI Senior Members, the National Academy of Inventors announced.

Psychology student earns third straight World Taekwondo Poomsae championship
Psychology student earns third straight World Taekwondo Poomsae championship

Adalis “AJ” Munoz, a junior majoring in psychology and exercise science, has been training in taekwondo since she was 10 and has won eight national championships in addition to her three world titles. Photo courtesy of Team USA.

USDA grant to train students for careers in agriculture fields using data science
USDA grant to train students for careers in agriculture fields using data science

A University of Texas at Arlington math professor will use a U.S. Department of Agriculture grant to prepare graduate and undergraduate students for data-based careers in agriculture-related fields.

Lopez named to UT System Academy of Distinguished Teachers
Lopez named to UT System Academy of Distinguished Teachers

Ramon Lopez, a professor of physics at The University of Texas at Arlington, has been named to the UT System Academy of Distinguished Teachers for his excellence in teaching and mentoring students.

Biology professors honored for decades of service to department, UTA
Biology professors honored for decades of service to department, UTA

Two longtime professors of biology who helped build The University of Texas at Arlington’s Department of Biology into the vibrant center of teaching and research it is today were honored recently on the occasion of their retirement.

Castoe using NIH grant to look for ways to eradicate parasitic disease
Castoe using NIH grant to look for ways to eradicate parasitic disease

Todd Castoe, UTA associate professor of biology, is part of a team focusing on schistosomiasis, one of the most devastating parasitic diseases in the world. The researchers hope that what they learn in this project could apply globally.

Excellence in math comes naturally for Mid-Cities Math Circle student Robitaille
Excellence in math comes naturally for Mid-Cities Math Circle student Robitaille

Luke Robitaille, a 15-year-old homeschooled ninth-grader from Euless, has been fascinated by math from a very early age and has a proficiency for advanced mathematics that few people many times his age possess.

Professor emeritus Corduneanu remembered for kindness, contributions to mathematics
Professor emeritus Corduneanu remembered for kindness, contributions to mathematics

Constantin Corduneanu, an esteemed mathematician whose career spanned seven decades and two continents, was remembered by friends as a kind, caring gentleman who was supportive of his students and colleagues.

Rajeshwar named editor of Electrochemical Society journal
Rajeshwar named editor of Electrochemical Society journal

Krishnan Rajeshwar, distinguished university professor of chemistry & biochemistry at The University of Texas at Arlington, has been appointed editor in chief of the ECS Journal of Solid State Science and Technology, a publication of the Electrochemical Society.

Armstrong receives honorary doctorate from Slovak Technical University
Armstrong receives honorary doctorate from Slovak Technical University

An esteemed chemist at The University of Texas at Arlington has received an honorary doctorate from a Slovakian university for his outstanding contributions to analytical chemistry and his history of collaboration with the university’s faculty.

UTA herpetologists describe new species of snake found in stomach of predator snake
UTA herpetologists describe new species of snake found in stomach of predator snake

Herpetologists at The University of Texas at Arlington have described a previously unknown species of snake which was discovered inside the stomach of another snake over four decades ago.