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Xu receives $1.89 million NIH grant to study processes that lead to infertility
Xu receives $1.89 million NIH grant to study processes that lead to infertility

Sen Xu, assistant professor of biology at UTA, received a five-year, $1.89 million grant from the NIH to use cutting-edge genomic approaches to understand the genetic mechanisms of parthenogenesis, a form of asexual reproduction.

Gatchel retires from UTA following pioneering career in health psychology
Gatchel retires from UTA following pioneering career in health psychology

Robert J. Gatchel, Distinguished Professor of Psychology, retired on September 1 following 21 years at UTA and a 47-year career in academia and research.

Cordero on mission to inspire women to pursue STEM career paths
Cordero on mission to inspire women to pursue STEM career paths

Minerva Cordero, College of Science associate dean, is embracing a new role: Sharing her story and serving as a role model for middle-school girls to inspire them to pursue STEM pathways.

College of Science students collect toiletry donations for women in need
College of Science students collect toiletry donations for women in need

The College of Science Black Graduate Students Association (COSBGSA), together with biochemistry students from the class of Kayunta Johnson-Winters, associate professor of chemistry and biochemistry, collected donations of women’s hygiene products for the Episcopal Church of Arlington pantry, which is held on campus at the Maverick Activities Center on the first Saturday of each month.

Chen studying use of nanoparticles to reduce size of deep-seated tumors
Chen studying use of nanoparticles to reduce size of deep-seated tumors

Wei Chen, in collaboration with colleagues from the University of Rhode Island and Brown University, recently published a new paper in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences journal. The team investigated the use of X-rays and copper-cysteamine (Cu-Cy) nanoparticles to treat deep-seated tumors, resulting in statistically significant reduction in tumor size.

Physics student wins prestigious award at national conference for second time
Physics student wins prestigious award at national conference for second time

Niyousha Davachi, a first-year Ph.D. student in physics, earned the Pi Mu Epsilon Outstanding Student Speaker Award for her paper presentation at the Mathematical Association of America MathFest 2019 conference, held July 31-August 3 in Cincinnati.

Robitaille wins gold medal at International Mathematical Olympiad
Robitaille wins gold medal at International Mathematical Olympiad

Luke Robitaille, a member of The University of Texas at Arlington’s Mid-Cities Math Circle, earned a gold medal and helped lead a team of United States students to a first-place tie with a team from China in the 60th International Mathematical Olympiad (IMO), held July 11-22 in Bath, England.

Boll receives $390,000 NIH grant to study multidrug resistance in bacterial pathogens
Boll receives $390,000 NIH grant to study multidrug resistance in bacterial pathogens

Joseph Boll, assistant professor of biology, and lab students, from left, Misha Kazi, Feroz Ahmed, and Katie Kang, will examine ways that bacteria become resistant to antibiotics in order to improve patient treatment strategies.

Rion wins prestigious award for biochemistry research at international conference
Rion wins prestigious award for biochemistry research at international conference

Halie Rion, who received her B.S. in Biological Chemistry from UTA in May, received the Wiley Poster Award at the 43rd International Symposium on Capillary Chromatography in Fort Worth.

Chowdhury publishes study on proteins in cells that could help in treatment of disease
Chowdhury publishes study on proteins in cells that could help in treatment of disease

Saiful Chowdhury, associate professor of chemistry, and his lab group devised a novel proteomics method to study protein networks involved in the combined treatment of statins and pathogenic substances from bacteria.

UTA chemists publish studies of new fracking water treatment technology
UTA chemists publish studies of new fracking water treatment technology

Kevin Schug, UTA Shimadzu Distinguished Professor of Analytical Chemistry, is co-author of three new papers which suggest that forward osmosis treatment is a viable and feasible remediation process for reuse of fracking wastewater.

Doctoral student in math Zahid receives travel grants to attend seven conferences
Doctoral student in math Zahid receives travel grants to attend seven conferences

Since the end of the Spring 2019 semester, Zahid, a UTA doctoral student in mathematics, has attended six international conferences, where he presented his research. He will soon travel to another, his seventh in a three-month span.

UTA physics students earn first place, honorable mention for posters at national conference
UTA physics students earn first place, honorable mention for posters at national conference

Two physics students from The University of Texas at Arlington recently received awards for their outstanding research at a national conference on Earth’s upper atmosphere sponsored by the National Science Foundation.

Deng studying ways to improve predictions of how space weather affects satellites, radio waves
Deng studying ways to improve predictions of how space weather affects satellites, radio waves

Yue Deng, professor of physics, is using an $899K Department of Defense supplement grant for the new study, which is an offshoot of a $7.3 million project Deng is leading which includes UTA and six other universities.

Planetarium celebrates 50th anniversary of Apollo 11 moon landing
Planetarium celebrates 50th anniversary of Apollo 11 moon landing

The UTA Planetarium on July 20 hosted a daylong celebration to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing.

Welling using NASA grant to study changes in Earth’s equatorial electrical field
Welling using NASA grant to study changes in Earth’s equatorial electrical field

A physicist from The University of Texas at Arlington is collaborating on a project designed to discover the reasons for changes in Earth’s equatorial electrical field during periods of increased solar storm activity.

Park praises contributions of Chandra on 20th anniversary of the X-ray telescope
Park praises contributions of Chandra on 20th anniversary of the X-ray telescope

The Chandra X-Ray Observatory in July recently marked 20 years of service as the world’s most powerful X-ray telescope and of helping astrophysicists better define the far reaches of space.

Lopez receives $611K National Science Foundation grant to study effects of extreme space weather
Lopez receives $611K National Science Foundation grant to study effects of extreme space weather

UTA professor of physics Ramon Lopez will use the NSF funds to find out how electrical current created during space weather episodes transfers and affects space and the Earth.

Macaluso, Ball among faculty receiving UTA 2019 interdisciplinary research grants
Macaluso, Ball among faculty receiving UTA 2019 interdisciplinary research grants

Robin Macaluso, associate professor of chemistry and biochemistry; and Hunter Ball, assistant professor of psychology, are among faculty receiving The University of Texas at Arlington 2019 interdisciplinary research grants for projects focusing on key areas related to health, decision making, human interaction and advanced materials.

Walsh receives prestigious Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers
Walsh receives prestigious Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers

Matthew Walsh, associate professor of biology, is among the recipients of the highest honor bestowed by the U.S. government to outstanding young scientists and engineers who “show exceptional promise for leadership in science and technology.”

Dasgupta creates device that can collect, analyze liquid as it travels through space
Dasgupta creates device that can collect, analyze liquid as it travels through space

Sandy Dasgupta, the Hamish Small Chair in Ion Analysis in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, has created an instrument platform called open-tubular chromatography to detect and separate ions, and has received an additional $1.4 million NASA grant to continue to strengthen the instrumentation.

Biology researchers identify genetic pathway that could enhance survival of coral
Biology researchers identify genetic pathway that could enhance survival of coral

Laura Mydlarz, Mark Pellegrino, and Bradford Dimos, from left, are co-authors of a new paper describing the identification of a mitochondrial unfolded protein response in an endangered coral species.

Rajeshwar receives Electrochemical Society research award for work in electrodeposition
Rajeshwar receives Electrochemical Society research award for work in electrodeposition

Krishnan Rajeshwar, UTA Distinguished Professor of Chemistry & Biochemistry, is the winner of the ECS 2019 Electrodeposition (ELDP) Research Award for his outstanding contributions to the field.

Chen uses nanoparticles stimulated by microwaves to combat cancer cells
Chen uses nanoparticles stimulated by microwaves to combat cancer cells

A physicist at The University of Texas at Arlington has proposed a new concept for treating cancer cells, further advancing the University’s status as a leader in health and the human condition.

Chemistry student wins research grant from international honor society
Chemistry student wins research grant from international honor society

Melissa Orr, a student in the B.S. to M.S. fast-track program, is among the recipients of the Sigma Xi 2019 Grants in Aid of Research award for her work studying the unique properties of rare-earth oxysulfides.

Biology Ph.D. student Maldonado wins NSF Graduate Research Fellowship
Biology Ph.D. student Maldonado wins NSF Graduate Research Fellowship

The prestigious grant will fund Jose Maldonado’s doctoral research about why sexual – rather than asexual – reproduction evolved as the dominant form of reproduction, using an asexual gecko species.

College, UTA mourn passing of professor emeritus, pillar of physics department
College, UTA mourn passing of professor emeritus, pillar of physics department

During his 35-year career at UTA, Cecil Thompson — who passed away May 29 at age 83 — was co-founder of the university’s astronomy program and its first planetarium.

Biology researchers collaborating on study of disease that’s devastating coral reef communities
Biology researchers collaborating on study of disease that’s devastating coral reef communities

The University of Texas at Arlington is one of five institutions collaborating on how to address the outbreak of a disease which is devastating coral reef communities in the U.S. Virgin Islands.

UTA research addresses evolving learning needs
UTA research addresses evolving learning needs

As technology transforms the education landscape, The University of Texas at Arlington is on the leading edge with the development of new technologies, tools and instrumentation to better support continuous upgrading of knowledge needed to succeed in the workforce.

College of Science students receive awards, scholarships
College of Science students receive awards, scholarships

College of Science students were recently honored by their respective departments for their superior achievements in academics and research with awards and scholarships for the 2018-19 academic year.

Math students gain new perspective through service-learning projects
Math students gain new perspective through service-learning projects

The UTA Department of Mathematics debuted a new program this spring designed to enhance student learning and illustrate how mathematics can be applied in a non-academic environment.

College of Science honors Class of 2019 at Spring Commencement ceremony
College of Science honors Class of 2019 at Spring Commencement ceremony

The College of Science recognized the accomplishments of its newest class of graduates during the Spring 2019 Commencement ceremony on May 10 in College Park Center.

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.