The University of Texas at Arlington College of Science October 2011  
Welcome to the October 2011 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.
Science Week slated Oct. 31-Nov. 4 to put spotlight on COS faculty, students, alumni    

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Calendar of events

Monday, October 31-
Friday, November 4

College of Science Science Week
A week of events putting the spotlight on COS faculty, students and alumni. See details in this edition.

November 24-25

No classes for Thanksgiving holidays

Friday, December 9
Final day of classes for Fall 2011 semester

December 10-16
Final exams for Fall 2011 semester

Thursday, Dec. 15
College of Science Fall 2011 Commencement 12:30 p.m. at Texas Hall

Friday, Feb. 3, 2012
UT Metroplex Day at UT Arlington
A daylong event highlighting collaborative research opportunities between UT Arlington, UT Southwestern and UT Dallas.

The Planetarium at
UT Arlington

UT Arlington's planetarium, one of the finest in the nation, offers a variety of exciting shows and programs year-round and is now equipped with Digistar 4, the latest in planetarium software. The new Fall 2011 schedule has been released; see details here.
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     The College of Science will present its 2011-12 Science Week from Monday, Oct. 3- Friday, Nov. 4 with a variety of events designed to put the focus on the College's faculty, students and alumni and their achievements and contributions to the University and society. The week's schedule of events will include:

Monday, Oct. 31, 9-9:50 a.m.
UT Arlington alumnus Dr. Robert Lynch, M.D. (Biology '78) will speak to Freshmen Interest Groups on "Health Care: Calling or Profession?" Dr. Lynch is CEO of Tulane Medical Center and has led the hospital as it plays a key role in helping New Orleans in its recovery efforts from the devastation of Hurricane Katrina.

Monday, Oct. 31, 12-1 p.m. Nedderman Hall Room 100
UT Arlington alumnus Dr. Robert Lynch, M.D. (Biology '78), CEO of Tulane Medical Center, will talk on "Saving New Orleans", detailing the role he played in the city's efforts to bounce back from Hurricane Katrina. Lynch was head of New Orleans' Veterans Hospital at the time Katrina struck. Open to all.

Tuesday, Nov. 1, 9:30-10:30 a.m. Life Sciences Room 122
UT Arlington alumna Chloe Lemelle, a member of the executive consulting team at Batrus Hollweg International, will talk to Nicolette Lopez's Introduction to Psychology class on ethics from the perspective of an Industrial/Organizational psychology practitioner.

Tuesday, Nov. 1, 6-8 p.m. Chemistry & Physics Building lobby
A Science Organization Fair is planned for Freshmen Interest Groups and Science Constituency Council members. Students can find information about a variety of UT Arlington science organizations. A free Planetarium show will follow and is open to all on a space-available basis.

Wednesday, Nov. 2, 12:30-1:50 p.m. Nedderman Hall Room 100
"Medicine and Ethics", a panel discussion comprised of UT Arlington alumni, which will discuss issues related to medicine and the law, and how ethics affects medical practice. Panelists will include Dr. Dale Martin, D.D.S. (Chemistry '75); Dr. Ignacio Nuñez, M.D. (Biology '75); Dr. Michael Sakowski, M.D. (Biology '66); and Dr. Maxwell Scarlett, M.D. (Biology '66). The panel will be moderated by Dr. Tim Henry, D.D.S., assistant dean of the Honors College and a biology lecturer. Open to all.

Wednesday, Nov. 2, 12-1 p.m., Central Library 6th floor parlor
As part of the UT Arlington Library's Focus on Faculty series, Asok Ray, professor of physics, will speak on "Alternate Energies: Nuclear and Beyond". A reception will follow from 1-1:30 p.m. Open to all.

Wednesday, Nov. 2, 4-5 p.m. Science Hall Room 101
A Physics Colloquium, Faculty Expo II, featuring members of the UT Arlington physics faculty. Scheduled speakers include Zdzislaw Musielak, Samar Mohanty, Yue Deng and Amir Farbin. Open to all.

Thursday, Nov. 3 and Friday, Nov. 4
To put a spotlight on the need to increase participation of underrepresented minorities in the geosciences, UT Arlington will host two days of presentations by both UT Arlington and visiting faculty, aimed at helping Ph.D. students achieve success in industries related to geoscience. The program is being coordinated by Dr. Ashanti Johnson, executive director of the Institute for Broadening Participation (IBP) through its MS PHD'S (Minorities Striving and Pursuing Higher Degrees of Success in Earth System Science) program.

Lopez named recipient of 2012 Edward A. Bouchet Award for work in physics research
     The American Physical Society has selected Ramon Lopez, a professor of physics, as the 2012 winner of the Edward A. Bouchet Award. The national award recognizes a distinguished minority physicist who has made significant contributions to physics research. Lopez specializes in space physics and is a co-investigator and the co-director for diversity for the Center for Integrated Space Weather Modeling, a Science and Technology Center funded by the National Science Foundation. As a recipient of the Bouchet award, he will be invited to speak to students, faculty and administrators at least three academic institutions where the impact of his visit on minority students would be significant. Lopez also is one of the co-directors of UT Arlington's UTeach program, a highly successful effort to attract science majors to teaching careers.
     "This award is a great honor and I join an exclusive group of distinguished physicists who have been so recognized," Lopez said. "I look forward to visiting several institutions to promote a broad vision for physics in society as well as to recruit students to the UTA Physics Ph.D. program, which offers outstanding opportunities to do exciting science - the kind of science that wins awards!"
Brandt leads team of professors in getting more funding for particle sub-detector
     A time-of-flight detector designed by a research team led by Andrew Brandt, professor of physics, could one day significantly boost measurement capabilities at the Large Hadron Collider, or LHC, in Geneva, Switzerland.
     Brandt, who is part of UT Arlington's High Energy Physics Group, recently received new U.S. Department of Energy funding for the project. Brandt has been working on the new proton sub-detector since 2006 as a member of the ATLAS experiment at the LHC. His goal is to construct the fastest detector ever deployed at a particle accelerator, with 10 picosecond, or trillionths of a second, time resolution.
     Read more on this story here.
     Also, Brandt was interviewed Oct. 21 by KERA Radio in connection with the Texas Rangers' second straight appearance in the World Series. Brandt, who helped the Rangers determine the length of slugger Josh Hamilton's record-setting home run at Rangers Ballpark last season, talked about the laws of physics as they apply to hitting a baseball. Read the transcript of the interview here.
Five College of Science faculty members are honored with title of professor emeritus
     Five longtime College of Science professors, who helped move the College into the position of promi-nence in research and teaching it holds today and who retired from their full-time positions in May, have been honored with the title of professor emeritus by the UT System. The five are:
     Truman Black, physics. Black joined the UT Arlington faculty in 1965. He was one of the department's pioneering members in the area of experimental solid state research.
     Danny Dyer, mathematics. Dyer joined the faculty in 1963. He is an expert in mathematical statistics and helped the department develop its doctoral program. He served as department chair from 2000-05.
     Martin Pomerantz, chemistry & biochemistry. Pomerantz joined the faculty in 1976. He was trained as an organic chemist, and over the years his interests included fundamental organic chemistry and polymer chemistry.
     Roy Rubins, physics. Rubins joined the faculty in 1969. He is internationally known for his experimental and theoretical contributions in electron magnetic resonance (EMR) of organic and inorganic crystals and compounds.
     Zoltan Schelly, chemistry & biochemistry. Schelly joined the faculty in 1977. His experimental and theoretical research activities have focused on the dynamics of self-organized systems close to, and far from, thermodynamic equilibrium.
     "We're very proud of the achievements these five professors have made to the College and to the University," said Dean of Science Pamela Jansma. "They have given the College of Science many years of dedicated teaching, research and service, and have helped build the College into the groundbreaking and influential part of the University and community that it is today. The title of professor emeritus is one they all richly deserve, and we thank them for their years of committed service."
Black Dyer
Black Dyer
Pomerantz Rubins
Pomerantz Rubins


Li receives $72K NIH grant to research case control studies using statistical methods
     Yan Li, assistant professor of mathematics, has received a two year, $71,228 grant from the National Cancer Institute of the National Institutes of Health for a research project titled, "Pseudo semiparametric inference for case control studies".
     "The project proposes innovative statistical methods for the analysis of data from population-based case-control studies when controls are sampled with a complex sample design (i.e. stratified multi-stage clustered sampling for the selection of controls)," Li said. "The results of this project will contribute to the understanding on how the genetic susceptibility and environmental risk factors interactively affect the human diseases, and provide an important resource for designing future population-based case-control studies."
Winguth presents climate change research utilizing computer models at GSA meeting
     Applying today's computerized climate models to events millions of years ago could tell scientists about climate change in the Earth's future, according to Arne Winguth, assistant professor of earth and environmental science.
     Winguth's research focuses on a period of climate change and mass extinctions at the boundary of the Permian and Triassic periods, about 251.5 million years ago. At that time, more than 70 percent of species on land and 95 percent of species in the oceans became extinct. Many of the ocean species affected were inverte-brates such as the trilobites. On land, early amphibians and reptile species died out.
     Winguth presented an abstract of his research, titled "Influence of cloud feed-backs on the end-Permian Marine mass", earlier this month at the Geological Soci-ety of America's 2011 Annual Meeting & Exposition in Minneapolis.
     Four UT Arlington graduate students also presented their research at the meet-ing. They are: Jessica Buckles, Daniel Carlin, Michele Kashouh and Angela Osen.
     Read more on this story here.
Musielak delivers talk on Dark Matter at 35th meeting of Polish Astronomical Society
    Zdzislaw Musielak, professor of physics, delivered a lecture at the 35th meeting of the Polish Astronomical Society, held Sept. 11-15 in Gdańsk, Poland. He also served as a member of the meeting's Scientific Organizing Committee.
    Musielak's lecture was titled "Dark Matter in the Universe" and was delivered during the session devoted to International Astronomical Projects. The Society celebrated the 400 birthday of Johannes Hevelius, the second greatest Polish astronomer after Copernicus. To honor Hevelius and his outstanding contributions to astronomy, the Republic of Poland's parliament named 2011 as "The Year of Johannes Hevelius".
    In his lecture, Musielak presented the most recent results on Dark Matter he obtained in collaboration with John Fry, professor emeritus in physics, and by his Ph.D. students: Randy Huegele, a 2010 UT Arlington graduate, and Ph.D. in physics candidate Shane Spivey. Huegele's Ph.D. work involved a search for new dynamic equations of physics that may potentially describe elementary particles of Dark Matter. Spivey's Ph.D. research is concentrated on a quantum description of Dark Matter. This novel approach requires that the basic equations of quantum mechanics are solved on cosmic scales of entire galaxies.
Mydlarz conducts coral reef workshops for students at HESTEC 2011 gathering at UTPA
     Laura Mydlarz, assistant professor of biology, participated in HESTEC 2011, the Hispanic Engineering Science and Technology conference, held Sept. 26-Oct.1 at UT Pan American in Edinburg, Texas.
     Mydlarz was part of a National Science Foundation group which highlighted NSF-funded projects in the state of Texas. She conducted a 50-minute workshop for middle school students on coral reefs in which the students built mini-reefs using Mydlarz's used coral skeletons. She ran four workshops per day for three days, reaching a large number of students.
     The event's goal was to spark students' interest in science and math so that they become inspired to pursue higher education. For more information on the conference, click here.
Dragan delivers talk on game theory at 10th IMCA optimization conference in Peru
     Irinel Dragan, professor emeritus in mathematics and an expert in mathematical game theory, delivered a talk at the IMCA (Institute of Mathematics and Related Sciences) X International Seminar in Optimization and Related Ideas conference, held Oct. 2-7 in Lima, Peru.
     Dragan's talk was titled "Scheduling Jobs with a Common Due Date, via Cooperative Game Theory".
Mohanty group's research on optogenetics featured in online journal article
     The optogenetics research of Samar Mohanty, assistant professor of physics, and his lab group was the focus of a recent article in the online journal BioPhotonics. The article, titled "Optogenetics may stop multiple disorders in their tracks", says that "with continued finetuning, optogenetics may lead to better treatments of onceimplacable maladies that affect muscle coordination, sleep and vision."
     Also, Alex Villalobos, an undergraduate researcher in Mohanty's lab, recently received a $1,500 travel award to attend the 2011 Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students (ABRCMS), to be held Nov. 9-12 at the America Center in St. Louis, Missouri.
Lopez's lab hosts annual I/O psychology workshop on ethical issues in the workplace
Lewis Hollweg discusses ethics in the workplace with I/O psychology graduate students and members of Nicolette Lopez's lab.
     The lab of Nicolette Lopez, assistant professor of psychology, held its third annual I/O Ethics Workshop on Oct. 17 for I/O psychology graduate students.
     The workshop was fa-cilitated by Lewis Hollweg, chairman and CEO of Batrus Hollweg International, a talent management consulting firm; and Kevin Impelman, BHI research consultant.
     Hollweg brought his years of practical experience and expertise to discuss ethical issues encountered in the workplace with the I/O students. Case studies from The Ethical Practice of Psychology in Organizations by Rodney Lowman were used to guide the discussion and allowed students the opportunity to discuss and interact with professionals in the field.
Bose travels to Washington, D.C., meets with NIH members, top science officials
     Pinaki Bose, undergraduate student in biochemistry, recently had the chance to travel to Washington, D.C. and meet with members of the National Institutes of Health board, the director of the Environmental Protection Agency, and John Holdren, President Barack Obama's "science czar" and assistant to the president for science and technology.
     Bose was accompanying his younger sister, Shree, who was the grand prize winner of the Google Global Science Fair.
UT Arlington to host fall meeting of Texas Branch of American Society for Microbiology
     UT Arlington will serve as host for the 43rd Fall Meeting of the Texas Branch of the American Society for Microbiology, scheduled for Nov. 10-12 in the E.H. Hereford University Center.
     The conference will open Thursday, Nov. 10 with a pair of sessions. On Friday, Nov. 11, there will be concurrent sessions on General Microbiology and Medical Microbiology. These will be followed by a reception and awards ceremony featuring a talk by Kathryn Boor, professor and chair of the Department of Food Science at Cornell University, titled "What's Lurking in Your Market Basket?" The conference will conclude Saturday, Nov. 12 with a mini-conference for undergraduate educa-tors.
     For more information on the event, click here, or email Thomas Chrzanowski, professor of biology, at