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The University of Texas at Arlington
College of Science
OCTOBER 2018
ALUMNI STUDENTS EVENTS PLANETARIUM ARCHIVES
Deng selected for National Academy of Sciences panel on solar, space physics
Yue Deng
Yue Deng, UTA professor of physics, has been named to the National Academy of Sciences Committee on Solar and Space Physics, which focuses on issues important to the solar and space physics community.
    The committee’s main purpose is to support scientific progress in solar and space physics (heliophysics) and to assist the United States government in planning programs in these fields by providing advice on the implementation of decadal survey recommendations. Read more here.
Armstrong wins Dow WesTEC Award for achievements in science and technology

Dan Armstrong

Daniel W. Armstrong, the Robert A. Welch Distinguished Professor in the UTA Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, has received an award for significant achievements in science and technology, and commitment to advance various aspects of science, education, and research.
    Armstrong was presented with the Dow WesTEC 2018 Award for Distinguished External Leader in Science and Technology at Dow’s annual Western Canada Operations Technical Excellence Conference on October 18 in Fort Saskatchewan, Alberta, Canada. Read more here.
Science Week puts spotlight on College, brings alumni and students together
The College of Science will celebrate its annual Science Week November 5-9 with special events, discussion panels, career Q&A panels in the medical, dental and environmental fields and numerous opportunities for alumni to share their knowledge and experience with students.
    Science Week will also include a special Distinguished Women in Science Speaker Series talk by Cassandra McZeal, mathematician with ExxonMobil Upstream Research Co., and an adjunct assistant professor at Rice University. Her talk is titled “Not That Kind of Doctor: Stories of Triumph, Excellence and Achievement in Math and Computer Science.”
    See the Science Week schedule here and a promotional video here.
Musielak, colleagues discover possible energy source for Sun’s dynamic corona
Zdzislaw Musielak
An international team of astrophysicists, including Zdzislaw Musielak, UTA professor of physics, has found the first verified presence of confined “pseudo-shocks” around a sunspot. This discovery could help explain the longstanding question about the reasons for the vast difference in temperatures between the Sun’s surface and its corona, the outermost part of the Sun's atmosphere.
    “This discovery gives a new insight into our understanding of the energy generation and its transport in the solar atmosphere, especially to the highly dynamic active solar corona,” Musielak said. Read more of this story here.
College welcomes 15 new faculty, staff members for 2018-19 academic year
The College of Science added 11 new faculty members and four new staff members to its ranks for the 2018-19 academic year. They bring a wealth of knowledge and experience in a variety of fields.
    New faculty members include: Ahmed Ali, lecturer in mathematics; Hunter Ball, assistant professor in psychology; Luke Frishkoff, assistant professor in biology; Gerard Koffi, lecturer in mathematics; Souvik Roy, assistant professor in mathematics; Amir Shahmoradi, assistant professor in physics; Leili Shahriyari, assistant professor in mathematics; George Siemens, professor in psychology; Whitney Tholen, adjunct assistant professor in biology; Daniel Welling, assistant professor in physics; and Eli Wostl, lecturer in biology.
    New staff members include: Laura Mills, office assistant II in mathematics; Anna Niemeyer, academic advisor in biology; M. Farooq Wahab, research engineering scientist in chemistry & biochemistry; and Camry Woodward, academic advisor in biology.
    Read more of this story here.
COS faculty receive promotion in rank; Han named professor emeritus in math
The College of Science recently had seven faculty members promoted in rank, as well as one retired faculty member who was awarded professor emeritus status by UTA.
    Faculty members were formally promoted during a Faculty Recognition Dinner and reception on October 11 in the E.H. Hereford University Center. A separate ceremony was held in the University Center for nine retired faculty members who were awarded emeritus status. Read more of this story here.
UTA hosts more than 200 physicists for conference on future linear colliders
Attendees of the LCWS18 conference in UTA’s University Center.
More than 200 physicists from around the world converged on Arlington and UTA for the 2018 International Workshop on Future Linear Colliders (LCWS18) October 22-26 for a week of meetings, plenary talks and workgroup sessions. In addition to the conference at UTA, LCWS18 festivities included a reception and dinner at AT&T Stadium.
    “It was an honor and a pleasure to be given the opportunity to host this important conference at UTA,” said Andy White, UTA professor of physics and chair of the conference organizing committee. “The UTA science program gained a big boost in recognition from the participation of 200 physicists from many countries around the world. From the feedback received, the external view was that the conference was a significant success, with participants leaving with very positive attitudes towards the ILC project’s realization.”
    White noted that the conference was held at a critical time, since the Japanese government is expected to make a decision by the end of 2018 on whether Japan will be the site for the International Linear Collider.
Conference focuses on environmental stewardship in the shale energy sector
More than 130 attended the opening dinner on October 12 in the SEIR Building.
Scientists, engineers, industry professionals, and technology innovators were among those who came together to discuss the state of environmental stewardship within the shale energy sector at the 2nd Responsible Shale Energy Extraction conference, held at UTA’s new Science and Engineering Innovation and Research Building on October 12-13.
    More than 180 guests registered for the event, which included a poster display and dinner on October 12, and keynote talks and panel discussions on October 13.
    “As the inaugural conference event in SEIR, RSEE was a resounding success,” said Kevin Schug, UTA CLEAR lab director and conference co-chair. “Attendees raved over the venue, and this was matched only by the quality of the program. We sincerely thank all of those who participated, as sponsors, speakers, or conferees. RSEE is meant to provide a unique opportunity for rationale dialogue on a contentious topic. By all measures, RSEE was a resounding success in this regard.”
    The next RSEE conference is tentatively scheduled for March 2020.
Dragan presented honorary professor award from University of Iași, Romania
Irinel Dragan during the ceremony at the University of Iași on September 28.
Irinel Dragan, UTA professor emeritus in mathematics, has received an honorary professor award from Alexandru Ioan Cuza University of Iași in Iași, Romania, for his contributions to numerous fields of mathematics.
    Dragan received the award on September 28 during a special program at the university, where he spent 30 years as a student, associate researcher and professor before coming to UTA. The honorary professor award was given for his contributions to numerous math fields, including game theory, as well as for his establishment and endorsement of the School of Operational Research and Optimization Theory at the university. Read more here.
‘No Belles’ performance puts spotlight on women’s contributions in science
‘No Belles’ cast members talk with the audience following the performance.
Stories of women and their accomplishments in science were the focus of a special performance of the play “No Belles” on October 5 in UTA’s SEIR Building.
    The play, produced by Portal Theatre, draws attention to the fact that very few women have received Nobel Prizes in the sciences, although women have made many important contributions in various scientific fields. Cast members Melissa Schenter, Jade Strong, Kimberly Wilson and artistic director/musician Michael Phillips told stories of some of the women who have received the Nobel, including Marie Curie and Rosalyn Yalow, as well as some who did not receive the award but who were brilliant scientists, such as Rosalind Franklin and Lise Meitner.
    Portal Theatre is associated with Western Oregon University. The production was sponsored by UTA’s Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry.
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