The University of Texas at Arlington College of Science May 2012  
Welcome to the May 2012 edition of Maverick Science E-News. This monthly e-newsletter 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.
College of Science celebrates newest grads
at Spring 2012 Commencement ceremony

For Alumni

UT Arlington Alumni
Andy Baum Memorial Fund Tops $100K

Andrew Baum
A special fund has been created to honor the memory of Dr. Andrew Baum, professor of Psychology and beloved member of the UT Arlington family, who died on Nov. 22, 2010. The fund has now surpassed $100,000, including the Maverick Match portion. Donations to the fund may be mailed to: UTA College of Science/Dr. Andy Baum Memorial Fund
P.O. Box 19047
Arlington, TX 76019

Calendar of events

Monday, June 4
First day of classes for Summer 2012 first 5 week session and Sum-mer 11 week session
Thursday, July 5
Last day of classes for Summer 2012 first 5 week session
Tuesday, July 10
First day of classes for Summer 2012 second 5 week session
Thursday, August 9
Last day of classes for Summer 2012 second 5 week session and Sum-mer 11 week session
Thursday, August 23
First day of classes for Fall 2012 semester
The Planetarium at
UT Arlington

Have you been to a show at the planetarium lately? The facility, one of the finest in the nation, offers a variety of exciting shows and programs year-round and is equipped with Digistar 4, the latest in planetarium software. A new public show, Dynamic Earth, made its debut in May and is part of the Plane-tarium's Summer 2012 schedule (June 1-August 26), which you can find here.
Maverick Science
New edition of Maverick Science is now here
The Fall 2011 edition of Maverick Science Magazine is now available! The magazine has the latest College of Science news and features about faculty, students and alumni. Free print versions are available in the Dean's Office (Life Sciences Room 206) and in LS 109. You can also check out the online version here.
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The scene at College Park Center during the College of Science Spring 2012 commencement ceremony on May 13.
UT Arlington President James Spaniolo, guest speaker Thaddeus Arroyo (B.S. Mathematics '86) and Dean Pamela Jansma, from left.
     The College of Science welcomed its latest group of graduates and celebrated their achievements during the Spring 2012 Commencement ceremony on May 13 at College Park Center.
     The college awarded nearly 400 degrees to doctoral, master's and bachelor's graduates. Overall, more than 4,400 students, the largest graduating class in UT Arlington history, participated in commencement weekend May 12-13.
     Dean Pamela Jansma began the ceremony by welcoming the graduates and their families and friends. UT Arlington President James Spaniolo then addressed the graduates, urging them to make their mark on the world. In explaining UT Arlington's push to become a Tier I research university, he said all people have to do is look at the students gathered at the ceremony
     Thaddeus Arroyo, chief information officer for AT&T and a UT Arlington Distinguished Alumnus who earned a B.S. in Mathematics in 1986, then presented the commencement address, urging the graduates to never stop learning and taking risks.
     For photos and video of the ceremony, click here. Read more on this story here.
Team's research about breast-fed babies' ability to metabolize percholate is published
     A group of infants and mothers tested at UT Arlington have given researchers another reason to extol the unique properties of breast milk.
     A team led by Purnendu "Sandy" Dasgupta, Jenkins Garrett Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry, has found evidence that breast-fed babies can metabolize the environmental contaminant perchlorate, decreasing their risks of detrimental developmental effects from exposure.
     The research suggests a link between this characteristic and bifidobacteria, bacteria that is plentiful in the digestive systems of breast-fed babies.
     The team's work with 18 pairs of infants and mothers is detailed in the article "Breast-fed Infants Metabolize Perchlorate," which was recently accepted for publi-cation by the American Chemical Society journal Environmental Science & Technology and is available online.
     Read more on this story here. To read the full article, click here.
College of Science bestows annual awards for teaching, research excellence to faculty
From left, Fred MacDonnell, Dean Pamela Jansma, Jaehoon Yu, Carl Lovely and Angela Liegey-Dougall.
Linda Taylor, left, and Mary Jane Goad after Taylor received the inaugural Mary Jane Goad Staff Excellence Award.
     The College of Science presented its annual research and faculty awards and recognized faculty who have received various honors in the past academic year during an end-of-year ceremony on May 4.
     Dean Pamela Jansma announced the awards after summarizing many of the highlights in the college over the last year.
     The Outstanding Research Award was given to Jaehoon Yu, professor of physics, and Carl Lovely, professor of chemistry and biochemistry.
     The Outstanding Teaching Award was given to Angela Liegey-Dougall, assistant professor of psychology, and Fred MacDonnell, professor of chemistry and biochemistry.
     A new award was created this year to recognize staff for their service, commitment and dedication to the College of Science. It was decided to name the award for Mary Jane Goad, who worked for decades in the College of Science, serving each of the eight deans and acting deans of the college since the late 1960s. The inaugural Mary Jane Goad Staff Excellence Award was presented to Linda Taylor, administrative services officer II in the Department of Biology.
     Read more on this story here.
Outgoing and continuing cohorts of UTTER students honored at year-end ceremony
Students who completed two years in the UTTER program in Spring 2012 include, from left, Brian Hull, Tina Vu, Lindsey Dornberger, Christopher Mitchell, Stephanie Campos, Wilber Ventura and Sarah Gauntt. Not pictured is Mark Jackson.
Students who have completed one year in the UTTER program and will begin their second year in August include, from left, Ryan Landrith, Whitney Houston, Kevin Roche, Nhan Le, Andrea Calderon, Amit Dhillon and Logan Grimes. Not pictured is Ileana Munoz.
     The UT Arlington Under-graduate Training in Theoretical Ecology Research (UTTER) program had an end of year ceremony on May 11 to honor its latest second-year cohort of students and to celebrate their accomplishments and those of the cohort which has just completed the first of its two-year participation in the program.
     UTTER is a joint program of the Biology and Mathematics departments which provides under-graduate students with two-year scholarships and involves a unique two-year integrated research and education experience. Interdisciplinary courses, research projects, summer research and faculty mentoring are all part of the program.
      Completing their second year in the program are: Stephanie Campos, Lindsey Dornberger, Sarah Gauntt, Brian Hull, Mark Jackson, Christopher Mitchell, Wilber Ventura and Tina Vu.
     Completing their first year in the program are: Andrea Calderon, Amit Dhillon, Logan Grimes, Whitney Houston, Ryan Landrith, Nhan Le, Ileana Munoz and Kevin Roche.
      Among those in attendance were College of Science Dean Pamela Jansma, UTTER co-directors James Grover and Hristo Kojouharov, math professor and department chair Jianzhong Su and Vice Provost for Academic Affairs and Graduate School Dean Philip Cohen.
     For more on the UTTER program, click here.
Armstrong and Schug coordinating annual Symposium on Chirality June 10-13 in FW
Armstrong Schug
Armstrong Schug
     Daniel Armstrong, professor of chemistry and the Robert A. Welch Chair in Chemistry, and Kevin Schug, associate professor in chemistry, are coordinating the 24th International Symposium on Chiral Description (Chirality 2012) from June 10-13 at the Hilton Hotel in Fort Worth.
     The event is the largest and most complete meeting of the year covering all developments related to molecular chirality and its associated impact on science and technology. It will feature prominent scientists from around the world, with plenary lectures being presented by E.J. Corey, Harvard professor and 1990 Nobel Laureate in Chemistry, and Ron Breslow, Columbia University professor and recipient of the 1991 U.S. National Medal of Science.
     Begun in 1988, the annual event is an international forum that alternates between the United States, Europe, and Asia. The organization of Chirality 2012 will be similar to previous years, including the Chirality Medal Award and reception, plenary and keynote lectures, contributed oral presentations on original research and applications, poster sessions and competition, as well as a symposium banquet. There will also be organized outings to art museums, the Stockyards Rodeo, the Sundance Square entertainment district and a Texas Rangers baseball game.
     Poster abstracts may be submitted until June 1. To register for the conference and for more information, click here.
College of Science students honored with departmental awards and scholarships
     The College of Science honored outstanding students and faculty members with annual departmental awards and scholarships for the 2011-12 academic year.
     "We're very proud of our students, and they continue to amaze us with their accomplishments in their coursework and their research," Dean of Science Pamela Jansma said. "They are going to be our leaders of tomorrow and we're committed to providing them with the best education possible as well as the opportunity to be involved in groundbreaking research during their time here at UT Arlington."
     For a complete list of award and scholarship recipients by department, click here.
Cuntz quoted in Nature article discussing possible past "superflare" activity of Sun
     Manfred Cuntz, professor of physics, is quoted in a story in the May 16 edition of the journal Nature about "superflares" erupting on stars similar in size to our own Sun. Cuntz says such superflare activity "probably happened quite often when the Sun was quite young."
     The article describes how "some middle-aged stars burn and rave like newborns, producing flares thousands of times as energetic as those we see on the Sun, according to the first large survey of these events." Solar flares occur when magnetic-field loops threading through sunspots get twisted and break, releasing massive amounts of radiation and accelerating charged particles into space, the article explains.
     To read the story, click here.
Mattioli discusses rarity of seismic activity in Texas in KERA report on East Texas quakes
     Glen Mattioli, professor of earth and environmental sciences, is quoted in a May 21 news report by KERA/90.1 about two earthquakes in East Texas last week and how the quakes' cause may be tied to injection wells from drilling for natural gas.
     Mattioli said that because earthquakes in Texas are rare, any temblor will make people wonder what caused it. "In north Texas, we don't have a very high level of seismicity. It's in fact one of the lowest levels of seismicity throughout the whole country," he says in the report.
     To read the report, click here.
Area middle school girls have fun while learning about math at Sonia Kovalevsky Day
UT Arlington's Sonia Kovalevsky Day gave area middle school girls a chance to join together and have fun with math, as well as hear from women with math backgrounds who encouraged them to take an interest in mathematics.

     Dozens of middle school girls from around North Texas convened at UT Arlington for a day of education and fun at the inaugural Sonia Kovalevsky Day on April 21 in Pickard Hall.
     The event was designed to encourage the study of mathematics among young women, especially minorities, and those from economically disadvantaged families.
     It was organized by math assistant professors Julianne Chung and Theresa Jorgensen, and graduate student Julie Skinner Sutton, and was made possible by a grant from the Association for Women in Mathematics (AWM) and the National Science Foundation (NSF). Graduate and undergraduate math students served as volunteers and guides for the girls.
     The students attended workshops, led by UT Arlington faculty members and graduate students, where fun activities allowed them to utilize their math knowledge. Another highlight was a "Math Idol" career panel, in which a group of women mathematicians answered students' questions.
     For more on this story, click here.