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The University of Texas at Arlington
College of Science
April 2019
ALUMNI STUDENTS EVENTS PLANETARIUM ARCHIVES
Clark receives $1.17 million NIH grant to examine regulation of cellular death
Clay Clark
Clay Clark, professor and chair of the UTA Department of Biology, has received a four-year, $1.17 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to investigate the regulation of proteins responsible for programmed cell death, which could lead to more effective, targeted treatment of cancer cells. Read the story here.
Gonzales wins 2019 USEA Outstanding Staff Award from national UTeach group

Erin Gonzales

Erin Gonzales, coordinator of student services for UTA’s UTeach Arlington program, has been recognized for her excellence in a UTeach staff role with the 2019 UTeach STEM Educators Association (USEA) Outstanding Staff Award. The na-tional honor recognizes Gonzales’ strong support of students, her excellence in program support and her recruitment of students into the program. Read the story here.
College of Science celebrates students’ innovative research at ACES symposium

ACES award winners include (top left) L-R, Brittany Davis, Michelle Reyes, and Jessica Figueroa; (top right) L-R, Nicholas Byrnes, Andrew Franklin, and Christian Peterson; (bottom) L-R, with Dean Morteza Khaledi (left) and Associate Dean James Grover (right), Blair Perry, Edan Bainglass, and Mayowa Olawoyin.

The innovative research achievements of College of Science students were on full display during the 2019 COS Annual Celebration of Excellence by Students (ACES) Symposium, held on April 12. More than 120 undergraduate and graduate students presented their research posters, while one graduate student from each department made oral presentations. Read the story here.
Conference on breaking barriers in STEM showcases students’ excellence
Award winners with conference organizer Kayunta Johnson-Winters, far right, are, from left, Quincy Jones, Kellie Bresenio, Mayowa Olawoyin, Lindsay Davis, Diana Monyancha, and Edidiong Inyang.
A daylong symposium focusing on expanding opportunities for underrepresented minorities was held at UTA on April 26. The theme of the inaugural UTA STEM Conference was “Breaking Down Barriers in STEM by Being the Agents of Change.” The event featured research projects of College of Science and College of Engineering students. Read the story here.
Passy, Pound publish study of biological consequences of stream acidification
Katrina Pound, and Sophia Passy with a framed copy of their journal cover.
A National Science Foundation funded study by UTA biologists about beta diversity and its response to environmental stress is featured as the March cover article of Diversity and Distributions, a prestigious journal of conservation biogeography. Sophia Passy, associate professor of biology, and Katrina Pound, a postdoctoral researcher in Passy’s lab, were co-authors of the study. Read the story here.
Psychology doctoral student Bricka wins 2019 FHWA Transportation Fellowship
Traci Bricka
Traci Bricka, a second-year Ph.D. student in psychology, was among the recipients of the 2019 Dwight D. Eisenhower Transportation Fellowship from the Federal Highway Administration. The award will help fund her research project about rideshare drivers and the motivations for and outcomes of their work. Read the story here.
Winguths publish paper examining largest extinction in geological record
Arne Winguth, chair and associate professor of earth and environmental sciences, and Cornelia Winguth, EES assistant professor of instruction, were co-authors of a study published in Nature Communications which provides new insights into the largest mass extinction in the geological record, the Great Permian Extinction. The paper shows that collapse of land-based life forms occurred 370,000 years before the main marine extinction. Read the story here.
Arne and Cornelia Winguth
Satyal co-authors paper on discovery of new exoplanet in Kepler-47 system
Suman Satyal
Suman Satyal, lab coordinator and a research scientist in the UTA Department of Physics, is co-author of a paper which reports on the discovery of a new exoplanet in a binary star system. The paper was published in the April 16 edition of The Astronomical Journal and was co-authored by scientists from San Diego State University and NASA. Read the story here.
COS alum Abadzi to teach UTA summer class on how internet influences users
Helen Abadzi
UTA alumna Helen Abadzi (Ph.D. Psychology ’83) has written a working paper for UNESCO titled “From Human Evolution to Internet Engagement; Internet and Persuasion: New Behaviors from Ancient Origins.” She also presented an international webinar on the topic in January. She will teach a Summer I course at UTA in Internet Psychology (PSYC 6300/PSYCH 4359), focusing on how the internet influences users’ minds and behavior. The course is open to undergraduate and graduate students of all majors.
Chowdhury lab paper receives special citation from Scientific Reports journal
Saiful Chowdhury
A paper co-authored by Saiful Chowdhury, associate professor of chemistry and biochemistry, was cited as one of the 100 most highly accessed cell and molecular biology papers for the journal Scientific Reports in 2018. The paper, “Inflammatory Proteomic Network Analysis of Statin-treated and Lipopolysaccharide-activated Macrophages,” ranked 48th out of approximately 700 journal articles in the category. UTA co-authors were Abu Hena Kamal and Jayanta Chakrabarty. Read the article here.
Dasgupta speaks at UT Dallas Chemistry Student Association’s Lecture Series
Purnendu ‘Sandy’ Dasgupta
Purnendu “Sandy” Dasgupta, Hamish Small Chair in Ion Analysis, was invited as speaker for the 4th annual UT Dallas Chemistry Student Association’s Distinguished Lecture Series on April 12. Dasgupta’s talk was titled “From Perchlorate in Breastmilk to Perchlorate on Mars.”
Rajeshwar honored for achievements with special symposium at ACS meeting
Krishnan Rajeshwar, fifth from left, with invited speakers at the symposium held in his honor during the ACS national meeting. Courtesy photo.
A symposium titled “Photocatalytic and Electrochemical Processes in Green Energy and Environmental Remediation: A Symposium in Honor of Professor Krishnan Rajeshwar” was held April 1-2 during the American Chemical Society National Meeting in Orlando, Florida. The symposium was held to honor Rajeshwar, UTA Distinguished University Professor, for his decades of contributions to environmental chemistry. The event was organized by the ACS Division of Environmental Chemistry and featured invited talks and contributed papers from scientists around the world.
Physics doctoral student discusses her research on Science Channel program
Marialis Rosario-Franco
Marialis Rosario-Franco, a UTA doctoral student in physics, talked about her research during an episode of the TV show Space’s Deepest Secrets on the Science Channel on April 9. In the episode, titled “Finding Alien Moons,” Franco discussed her research about the search for exomoons. Access the video here.
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