The University of Texas at Arlington College of Science December 2010  
Welcome to the December 2010 edition of Maverick Science E-News. This monthly e-newletter provides information about College of Science events involving students, alumni, faculty and staff. To contribute items for inclusion, please send an email to If possible, please include a high-resolution headshot photo of those mentioned in your items.
Professor, health psychology pioneer Andrew Baum dies at age 62
Andrew Baum
Friends, colleagues and students remember psychology professor Andrew “Andy” Baum as compassionate, kind, a great mentor and a giant in his field.
     Dr. Baum, who died on Nov. 22 at age 62, was at UT Arlington for just four years, but made a huge impact on those with whom he worked and taught. He was director of the University’s Biosciences and Bioengineering Center and was a pioneer in the field of health psychology. He did extensive research in behavioral medicine, oncology and cancer control.
     A memorial service is planned for 2 p.m. Monday, Dec. 6 in the Planetarium, followed by a reception in CPB 303. More details.
James Kopp, longtime psychology faculty member, dies at age 75
James Kopp
The Department of Psychology lost a beloved member of its family with the death of associate professor James Kopp on Nov. 19. Dr. Kopp, who was 75, had been a UT Arlington faculty member since 1970.
     Dr. Kopp had been diagnosed with an aggressive form of cancer earlier this semester. He is remembered by friends and colleagues as a compassionate man who cared deeply for his students. His passion for teaching made an impact on many of his students, and he remained friends with many of them long after they left UT Arlington.
     A memorial service is being planned, possibly for January. More details.
Dean‟s Office conducting Holiday Food Drive through Dec. 17
Dean Pamela Jansma and the Dean’s Office staff invite everyone to participate in our first Holiday Food Drive and help make the holiday season more enjoyable for families in need. We will be collecting nonperishable food items and cash donations for the North Texas Food Bank now through Friday, December 17.
     You can drop off donations in the Dean’s Office, Life Science Room 206, from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. All student organizations are invited to participate, and the group with the most donations will receive a free lunch for its members provided by the Dean’s Office. Please contact Kent, Lona or Amy in the Dean’s Office at 817-272-3491 if you have any questions.
Mydlarz receives $409K grant from NSF to study coral disease
Biology assistant professor Laura Mydlarz has received a $409,537 grant from the Organism-Environment Interactions Program (OEI) of the National Science Foundation to study disease in coral, particularly disease caused by environmental stress.
     The study, “Assessing the Effect of Environmental Stressors on Invertebrate Innate Immunity using a Coral Pathosystem,” is a collaboration between Mydlarz, Ernesto Weil of the University of Puerto Rico at Mayaguez, and John Bruno of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
     Their research will focus on coral in the Caribbean which are affected by many bacterial and fungal diseases. More details.
Trio of UT Arlington "outliers" reveal the secrets of their success
Dr. Ignacio Nuñez, Claudia Marquez, Bob Woods
Dr. Ignacio Nuñez, Claudia Marquez, Bob Woods
Becoming successful in life is about more than hard work and determination, a trio of speakers said at a “One Book, One Arlington” event sponsored by UT Arlington and the Arlington Public Library on November 11 in Nedderman Hall.
     It’s about taking advantage of opportunities, having a mentor to encourage you, and being passionate about what you want to do. That was the message behind the program, which focused on the Malcolm Gladwell book Outliers. Gladwell’s book seeks to identify traits which make high-achievers stand out.
     His stories demonstrate how individual merit, accompanied by culture, timing, circumstance, birth and luck, account for success in life. The speakers – UT Arlington doctoral student Claudia Marquez, mechanical engineering professor Bob Woods and local physician and UT Arlington alumnus Ignacio Nuñez – shared their experiences and explained what it is that allows them to be successful in their respective fields. More details.
Mandal receives NIH grant to study estrogen disrupting chemicals
Chemistry and Biochemistry professor Subhrangsu Mandal has been awarded a three-year, $444,000 grant from the National Institutes of Health to look for chemicals in the environment that could interfere with normal hormone functions, cause problems with reproduction, behavior and development, and fuel cancer growth.
     Mandal will use the grant to test items such as commonly used growth hormones, water from various sources, and milk for endocrine disrupting chemicals. Endocrine disruptors are a family of chemicals that can mimic and interfere with the activities of hormones such as estrogen when they enter the body. More details.
Team concludes unmapped fault led to devastating Haiti earthquake
Jansma Mattioli
Jansma Mattioli
A new study co-authored by College of Science Dean Pamela Jansma, earth and environmental sciences professor Glen Mattioli, and researchers at several other universities presents strong evidence that the Jan. 12 Haitian earthquake was caused by a previously unmapped fault and not one that experts first suspected.
     The researchers say “a significant seismic threat for Haiti and for Port-au-Prince in particular” remains because the earthquake didn’t release significant accumulated strain from the Enriquillo-Plantain Garden fault, as was first believed. Their paper, “Transpressional rupture of an unmapped fault during the 2010 Haiti earthquake,” is published in the November issue of the journal Nature Geoscience More details.
Schelly delivers talks at ELOPTO conference, institute, university
"Cluster Precursors of Uncapped Quantum Dots via Electroporation of Synthetic Liposomes" at the Conference on Colloidal and Molecular ElectroOptics (ELOPTO-2010) in Mainz, Germany, at the Max Planck Institute of Colloids and Interfaces in Potsdam-Golm, Germany, and at the Technical University Budapest, Hungary. At the ELOPTO-2010 Conference, he was elected Chair of the International Advisory Board for the ELOPTO conference series.
     Schelly also published a paper with his former graduate student, Niloofar Asgharian, titled "Accurate Determination of the Dielectric Parameters of Spherical Shells in Suspension," in the journal Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics, 2010, 12, 7688-7694.
Grover co-authors paper for conference in Greece on harmful algae
Biology professor James Grover co-authored a presentation, “The roles of inflow and salinity on Prymnesium parvum population dynamics and system-wide, fish-killing blooms in south-central USA”, along with Dan Roelke of Texas A&M University and Bryan Brooks of Baylor University. Roelke delivered the presentation at the 14th International Conference on Harmful Algae, on the Greek island of Crete, in early November.
     Grover, a UT Arlington faculty member since 1993, has done extensive research in the ecology and physiology of algae and other aquatic microorganisms. He specializes in the study of water quality in rivers, lakes and reservoirs; theoretical ecology; algal ecology; and biodiversity.
Scotese co-authors work on landscape of Africa during Cenozoic era
Earth and environmental sciences professor Christopher Scotese is coauthor of a review in the book “Cenozoic Mammals of Africa,” which says that the landscape of Central Africa 65 million years ago was a low-elevation tropical belt, but the jury is still out on whether the region's mammals browsed and hunted beneath the canopy of a lush rainforest. Scientific evidence for a tropical rainforest at that time is weak and far from convincing.
     The journal Science Daily was among the publications to report on the findings. Scotese co-authored the review with colleagues from SMU and the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History. The book is published by University of California Press. Read the online version of the Science Daily report here.
Dragan makes presentations at GEBA, ALIO-INFORMS conferences
Professor emeritus of mathematics Irinel Dragan was a keynote speaker at the 4th International Conference of Globalization and higher education in economics and business administration, GEBA 2010, organized by the University A.I. Cuza in Jassy (Iasi), Romania from October 21-23. His talk was titled “On the management of natural gas drilling.”
      Dragan also made a presentation of an original paper, “The generalized Nucleolus and the Multi criteria programming problems,” at the ALIOINFORMS Joint International Conference in Buenos Aires, Argentina from June 6-9.
     Dragan was a UT Arlington faculty member from 1981-2007. He continues to teach part-time. He is an expert in the field of Mathematical Game Theory.
Corduneanu receives honorary doctorate from Russian university
Constantin Corduneanu, professor emeritus of mathematics, received an honorary doctorate from Urals State University in Ekaterinburg, Russia in April. He was invited by the Russian Academy of Science and lectured at Urals State University and at the Mathematical Institute of the Russian Academy in Ekaterinburg. He delivered a total of six lectures.
      Corduneanu also authored a book, Almost Periodic Oscillations and Waves, published by Springer London in 2009. Corduneanu, a prominent figure in Differential, Integral and related Functional Equations, is a native of Jassy (Iasi), Romania, and has been a professor emeritus since 1996.
Ghandehari publishes article, co-authors INFORMS presentation
Senior lecturer in mathematics and civil engineering Mostafa Ghandehari wrote an article, “Restricted Curvature in the Minkowski Plane”, which was published in the June 2010 edition of the Journal of Mathematical Inequalities.
      Ghandehari also co-authored a presentation with UT Arlington civil engineering professor Siamak Ardekani titled “Triangular Distribution for Freeway Speed.” The presentation was made at the Annual Meeting of INFORMS (Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences) in Austin in early November.
Newest edition of Maverick Science Magazine is here
Maverick Science Magazine
Read about some of the exciting things going on in the College of Science in the Fall 2010 edition of Maverick Science Magazine. The magazine, making its first appearance in three years, chronicles the people and accomplishments of the faculty, students and alumni of the College of Science.
      A limited number of print copies are available in the Dean’s Office (Life Science Room 206), or you can read the online version of the Fall 2010 issue as well as past issues at
Upcoming events  

Upcoming events

Monday, Dec. 6, 2 p.m., Planetarium
Memorial service for Dr. Andrew Baum

Monday, Dec. 6, 3 p.m., Science Hall Room 100
UTA Chapter of SPIE seminar, featuring Dr. David Wick of Sandia National Laboratories

Thursday, Dec. 16, 4 p.m., Texas Hall
College of Science Fall 2010 Commencement

Friday, March 4, 2011, UT Southwestern, Dallas
Metroplex Day at UT Southwestern Medical Center
Pickens Biomedical Building and Conference Center