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Physicist granted two NSF grants

News Release — 24 June 2009


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ARLINGTON - University of Texas at Arlington Physics Professor Ramon Lopez has been awarded two grants totaling almost $1 million from the National Science Foundation.

Dr. Ramon Lopez

Dr. Ramon Lopez

The first grant, totaling $519,000, provides scholarships for community college students with demonstrated financial need who want to major in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. The program begins immediately and expires May 31, 2014. Lopez will be assisted in the project by UT Arlington Professor Martin Pomerantz and Gary Smith, dean of science at Tarrant County Community College Northeast, as well as additional faculty from UT Arlington and the Tarrant County College District.

"Our partnership with TCCD will identify, nurture, and develop the kind of scientific talent that our country needs." Lopez said.

The second grant is valued at $402,976 and titled "Solar Wind Energy Transfer to Geospace during Periods with Large Transverse Interplanetary Magnetic Field."  Lopez said the grant will support research to study a new mechanism by which energy from the solar wind can affect Earth's upper atmosphere, which in turn has an impact on things like spacecraft orbits. The award is effective July 1 and runs through June 30, 2013.


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