Buzz cuts

A summary of noteworthy happenings on campus

Gift fuels research

Carrizo Oil & Gas has made a $1 million commitment to establish a graduate research fellowship program to help attract top scholars from across the country. Carrizo, a Houston-based independent energy company engaged in the exploration, development and production of natural gas and oil, is UT Arlington’s partner in a campus-based natural gas development operation. Revenue garnered through the partnership is being used to leverage private gifts to the University’s endowment. “Commitments like this will fuel technologies and create knowledge that will shape our future economy,” says Ralph Hawkins (’73 BS), president and chief executive officer of the architecture firm HKS Inc. and chairman of UT Arlington’s Development Board.

A major minor move

Prompted by growing demand—24 new nuclear energy plants planned in the United States, six of them in Texas—the College of Engineering launched a minor in nuclear engineering last fall. The inaugural courses, taught by engineering faculty Ratan Kumar and Rasool Kenarangui, initially drew 30 students but were expanded to accommodate 35. UT Austin administrators and government and nuclear industry officials all encouraged UT Arlington to initiate the program. UT Austin and Texas A&M are the only Texas universities offering nuclear engineering majors.

Teaching teachers to teach

teaching teachersUT Arlington history professors are showing area middle and high school teachers how to teach American history more effectively. Thanks to a five-year U.S. Department of Education grant worth nearly $1 million, 50 selected Dallas teachers can attend monthly workshops, participate in a summer institute and take field trips with history faculty, along the way learning how to deal with content, interpretation and methodology. History Professor Marvin Dulaney and Dallas school district Social Studies Director Robert Edison secured the funding.

Promoting Ph.D. production

The U.S. Department of Education has awarded more than $1.4 million in grants to the Mathematics, Physics and Computer Science Engineering departments to help qualified graduate students earn their doctoral degrees. Each Graduate Assistance in Areas of National Need grant can potentially benefit 20 students in the three fields over the next three years. College of Engineering Assistant Dean Carter Tiernan says underrepresented and economically disadvantaged groups should benefit from the need-based fellowships. The program is expected to impact the quality of doctoral students and the number of doctoral degrees awarded annually.

Stick around, students

college of engineeringThe College of Engineering and the College of Science received nearly $2 million from the National Science Foundation to develop an interdisciplinary program to boost retention of first- and second-year students. Students in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) often are unprepared for the rigor of their courses and drop out at a higher rate than other disciplines. Called Arlington Undergraduate Research-based Achievement for STEM, the program hopes to increase students’ desire to pursue graduate degrees by providing peer mentors, modified class structures and opportunities to become paid research assistants. The program is expected to boost retention by 15 percent during the five-year exploratory effort.
Doctoral candidate Derek Main

What lies beneath

UT Arlington is leading a rare urban dinosaur dig that could unearth new species

Joel Chaverri

Soldiering on

Enhanced University programs and new GI Bill draw veterans to campus

Planetarium Digistar

Star-Studded Lineup

Planetarium is the first in Texas with new 3-D technology

Sinh Tho Nguyen

Maverick personified

Alumnus Sinh Tho Nguyen walks across America to show support for troops

Dr. Digant Davé

Operating instructions

Advanced surgical platform gives doctors a clearer view inside the body

Mike and Janet Greene

Endowments sustain excellence

The Greenes recently established an endowed professorship and scholarship