The University of Texas at Arlington College of Science November 2012  
Welcome to the November 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.
UT Arlington, Shimadzu forge $25.2 million partnership for bold new research institute  

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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

Wednesday, Dec. 5
Final day of classes for Fall 2012 semester
Dec. 6-7, 10-12
Final exams for Fall 2012 semester
College of Science Fall 2012 Commencement ceremony
Sunday, Dec. 16
3:30 p.m., College Park Center

The College of Science and College of Architecture will have a joint graduation ceremony.
January 14, 2013
First day of classes for Spring 2013 semester
March 11-15, 2013
Spring Break
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 5, the latest in planetarium software. The 2012 holiday show schedule, which includes the shows Holiday Music Magic and Season of Light, will run from December 6-30. See the full holiday schedule here.
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     The University of Texas System Board of Regents on Oct. 22 allocated $7.5 million from the Permanent University Fund toward the formation of the Institute for Research Technologies at UT Arlington, a $25.2 million endeavor that will transform research capabilities and STEM education throughout the UT System and Texas.
     The Institute is a collaboration of The University of Texas at Arlington and Shimadzu Scientific Instruments, a world leader in the analytical instruments industry. The new Institute will include three centers: The existing Shimadzu Center for Advanced Analytical Chemistry, the new Center for Imaging and the new Center for Environmental, Forensic and Material Analysis.
     "I am delighted that the Board of Regents is supporting this exciting partnership with one of the world's leading manufacturers of analytical scientific instrumentation and environmental monitoring equipment," UT System Chancellor Francisco G. Cigarroa said. "The Institute will provide unlimited opportunities for scientific discovery for students, faculty members and private sector partners, not only at UT Arlington, but also nearby UT Dallas and UT Southwestern Medical Center."
     For more on this story, click here.
Chen and team create hybrid nanomaterial with high potential for energy production
     UT Arlington physics associate professor Wei Chen has helped create a hybrid nanomaterial that can be used to convert light and thermal energy into electrical current, surpassing earlier methods that used either light or thermal energy, but not both.
     Working with Louisiana Tech University assistant professor Long Que, Chen and graduate students Santana Bala Lakshmanan and Chang Yang synthesized a combination of copper sulfide nanoparticles and single-walled carbon nanotubes.
     The team used the nanomaterial to build a prototype thermoelectric generator that they hope can eventually produce milliwatts of power. Paired with microchips, the technology could be used in devices such as self-powering sensors, low-power electronic devices and implantable biomedical micro-devices, Chen said.
     "If we can convert both light and heat to electricity, the potential is huge for energy production," Chen said. "By increasing the number of the micro-devices on a chip, this technology might offer a new and efficient platform to complement or even replace current solar cell technology."
     In lab tests, the new thin-film structure showed increases by as much at 80 percent in light absorption when compared to single-walled nanotube thin-film devices alone, making it a more efficient generator.
     For more on this story, click here.
Tireless College of Science advocate Martin receives Distinguished Alumni Service Award
     Dr. E. Dale Martin, D.D.S., who earned a B.A. in Chemistry in 1978 with four minors, was given the UT Arlington Distinguished Alumni Service Award on October 20 at the 47th Annual Distinguished Alumni Gala.
     Martin, a pediatric dentist for more than 25 years, also earned a law degree from Southern Methodist University. He is on staff at Cook Children's Medical Center, USMD-Fort Worth, Harris HEB, and the Texas Pediatric Surgery Center. He volunteers with the Children's Oral Health Coalition for Tarrant County and with Arlington's Boy Scout Troop 380. Martin is a tireless advocate for UT Arlington and the College of Science.
     He has frequently represented the College before the state Legislature, and he has served on the College of Science Advisory Council and the Alumni Association Board of Directors. Martin and his wife, Julia, established a scholarship for UT Arlington chemistry majors pursuing dentistry careers.
     Read more on the Distinguished Alumni Gala here.
Aktosun helps UTA secure $1.4 million in funding to help STEM graduate students
      Tuncay Aktosun, professor of mathematics, has helped UT Arlington secure nearly $1.47 million in federal grants to help qualified graduate students earn their doctoral degrees in areas of national need.
     The U.S. Department of Education has awarded Graduate Assistance in Areas of National Need, or GAANN, grants of $533,064 to the UT Arlington College of Science's Department of Mathematics and the College of Engineering's Computer Science & Engineering Department. The College of Engineering's Bioengineering Department also received a $399,798 GAANN grant.
     Each grant can potentially benefit 20 students during the next three years. It is the third consecutive GAAAN grant for the Department of Mathematics.
     "We are excited that the Math Department has received our third consecutive GAANN fellowship award from the Department of Education," said Jianzhong Su, professor and chair of the Department of Mathematics. "It speaks volumes of the Math Ph.D. program's quality and our success in the mentoring of U.S. Ph.D. students, particularly students from underrepresented minority groups."
     For more on this story, click here.
Family, friends celebrate life, achievements of Truman Black at Oct. 27 memorial service
     Family, friends and colleagues remembered the life of Truman Black at a memorial service October 27 in the Planetarium. They recalled the joy and zeal with which he lived as well as the impact he had on others.
     Dr. Black, professor emeritus in physics, died on September 12 at age 74. He retired from UT Arlington last year after 46 years with the Department of Physics and leaves a tremendous legacy. His work in experimental solid state physics and in optics, among other subjects, helped bring international attention and acclaim to the department. He played a leading role in transforming the department from one primarily involved in teaching to one which today conducts cutting-edge research and draws millions of dollars in external funding. He also played a leading role in the creation and development of the department's graduate programs.
     At the service, several of Dr. Black's former students recalled how he mentored them not just in physics, but in life.
     "Truman was a man of integrity," said Dan Dahlberg, a graduate student of Dr. Black's in the early 1970s and a physics professor at the University of Minnesota. "He was my teacher, mentor and dear friend. I'm not sure if I'd have even finished college but for Truman. I owe much of the success in my career to him."
     Among those who had close friendships with Dr. Black was the Claytor family. Richard Claytor met him in 1959 when they were graduate students at Rice, and said he "considered Truman to be my brother." His son, Nelson Claytor, had known Dr. Black his whole life.
     "Truman was so good with people," Nelson Claytor said. "I hope we can all carry with us Truman's joy of life."
     Dr. Black's son, Bryan Black, told the attendees that they were what mattered most to his father in his life, much more than all the scientific triumphs he achieved.
     "He was definitely very special, not because he was a great teacher, and it wasn't about physics or his inventions," Black said. "He was special because he cared about people."
     A video of the service is posted on the College of Science's You Tube channel. Access the video here.
McMahon's search of area lakes for signs of zebra mussels featured in Star-Telegram
     Robert McMahon, professor emeritus in biology, was quoted in an October 22 Fort Worth Star-Telegram article about biologists' search for signs of zebra mussels on area lakes.
     "With the population, water transfers and boater movement in the Metroplex, all of the lakes in North Texas are vulnerable," said McMahon, who has been monitoring 14 lakes in North and East Texas thanks to a government grant.
     Zebra mussels, which can push out native mussels, clog boats' intake valves and litter shorelines with their shells, have already been found in Lake Texoma and Lake Ray Roberts in Denton County. There is fear that it's just a matter of time before they show up in
      Lake Lewisville and other North Texas lakes. "Lake Lewisville is under the gun since it's just downstream from Ray Roberts," McMahon told the Star-Telegram. "But with the population, water transfers and boater movement in the Metroplex, all of the lakes in North Texas are vulnerable."
     Read the Star-Telegram story here.
Liu to present talk about research at 2012 Kavli Frontiers of Science symposium
     Ping Liu, professor of physics, will present a talk at the 2012 Japanese-American Kavli Frontiers of Science symposium, being held Nov. 30-Dec. 2 in Irvine, Calif.
     Liu, whose research interests include nanostructured bulk magnetic materials, ultra-thin magnetic films and magnetic nanoparticles, will present a talk on his research during the "Potential Replacements for Rare Earths" session.
     The symposium is co-sponsored by the National Academy of Sciences, the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science and the Kavli Foundation. It is the academy's premiere activity for distinguished young scientists and allows participants to explore innovative research ideas across a wide variety of fields and to develop new networks that will serve them as they progress in their careers.
     Meeting attendees are selected by a committee of academy members from among researchers who have already made recognized contributions to science, including recipients of major national fellowships and awards and who have been identified as future leaders in science.
     For more on the symposium series, click here.
College of Science Fall 2012 graduation ceremony set Dec. 16 in College Park Center
College Park Center hosted commencement ceremonies for the first time in May 2012.
     The College of Science Fall 2012 Commencement ceremony will be held at 3:30 p.m. on Sunday, December 16 in College Park Center (CPC).
     Graduation ceremonies moved to the CPC from Texas Hall for the first time in Spring 2012. This semester, the College of Science will have a joint ceremony with the College of Architecture.
     The guest speaker for the event will be College of Science alumnus Lee Krystinik, who earned a B.S. in Geology from UT Arlington in 1977 and is principal and founder of Fossil Creek Resources. He is also president elect of the American Association of Petroleum Geologists.
     For more information about the College of Science's Fall 2012 Commencement, click here.
SPIE UTA chapter coordinating event aimed at sharing ideas on campus in April 2013
     Members of the SPIE UTA chapter have secured a license to organize a TEDx event at UT Arlington, the first TED event at the University.
     The event will be Monday, April 22 in the E.H. Hereford University Center's Bluebonnet Ballroom. SPIE members and students of physics assistant professor Samarendra Mohanty will coordinate the speaker lineup, which will include faculty from various UT Arlington colleges as well as others from around the Dallas-Fort Worth area.
     TED (Technology, Entertainment, Design) is a nonprofit organization devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. Started as a four-day conference in California 25 years ago, TED has grown to support world-changing ideas with multiple initiatives. The annual TED Conference invites some of the world's leading thinkers and doers to speak; their talks are then made available for free at Past TED speakers have included Bill Gates, Al Gore, Jane Goodall and Elizabeth Gilbert.
     TEDx is an independently organized TED event. For more information, visit the TEDxUTA website here.