Kalpana Chawla remembered on campus for 10th anniversary of Columbia disaster

UT Arlington will remember alumna and Columbia astronaut Kalpana Chawla through events planned for Thursday, Jan. 31, and Friday, Feb. 1, the 10th anniversary of the space shuttle Columbia disaster that killed her and six fellow astronauts.

A vigil and storytelling at Kalpana Chawla Hall begins at 6 p.m. today. Each person participating will be given a flameless candle, and there will be a moment of silence. Flags of the United States and India will be displayed to honor Chawla as the first Indian-American woman in space.

At 7:59 a.m. Friday—the time and date NASA Mission Control lost contact with Columbia—white biodegradable balloons will be released outside KC Hall.

In Nedderman Hall, Chawla’s flight suits, several photographs, and historical and biographical information about her and the space program are on permanent display. Also included are a flag flown over Johnson Space Center during the memorial for the fallen Columbia astronauts.

Chawla was one of the University’s most celebrated graduates. She earned her Masters of Science degree in aerospace engineering in 1984 before becoming an astronaut.

Source: MavWire

Chemistry Chair Presents Research at Focus on Faculty

Daniel W. Armstrong, the Robert A. Welch Chair in Chemistry, discusses “Testing for Performance Enhancing Drugs: The Case of a Chiral Stimulant” in the Focus on Faculty presentation at noon Wednesday, Jan. 23, in the sixth floor parlor of the Central Library. A light dessert reception follows the talk.

He will give an overview of performance-enhancing drug types and effects and a recently banned stimulant that was a component of one of the largest-selling nutritional supplements in the world.

Dr. Armstrong received the UT Arlington 2012 Distinguished Record of Research or Creative Activity award and has more than 450 publications. He has been named by the Scientific Citation Index as one of the world’s most highly cited scientists and is considered the “father” of micelle and cyclodextrin-based separations.

For more information, contact Maggie Dwyer at 2-5366 or dwyer@uta.edu.

SEL Exhibit – Transit of Venus 2012

Don’t miss the last Transit of Venus you’ll see in your lifetime! The next one will occur in 105 years (2117)!

View a short video about Transits of Venus

Transit of Venus in the DFW Area
June 5, 2012

*Find your local transit times and dates.

A Transit of Venus occurs when Venus travels between the sun and the earth. It’s like an eclipse, only Venus does not come close to blocking out the sun.


  • Eye safety – do not look directly at the sun! Items to buy or make.
  • Download a mobile app for iPhone or Android to participate in a worldwide experiment and learn more about the Transit.
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  • Events
    • Fort Worth Museum of Science and History, 5-7pm, parking lot south of museum. Followed by talk on Venus by UT Arlington Professor of Philosophy & Humanities Charles Chiasson.  More info.
    • Dallas Amateur Astronomy Group, Park Forest Branch Library, 3421 Forest Ln, Dallas TX 75234. Will have lots of eclipse glasses and at least one filtered telescope. Learn how Venus has impacted our world. Free and open to all.
    • Live Webcast by NASA EDGE from observatories in Hawaii, where the entire Transit will occur during sunlight hours.

Come and few our exhibit, curated by C.D. Walter, in B03 Nedderman Hall.

Have fun and be safe from the Science & Engineering Library staff!

SEL Exhibit – Origami: The Art of Math, Science & Engineering

It’s not thinking outside the box; the box was origami-ed. – Helen Hough

The Science & Engineering Library is pleased to introduce a new exhibit, Origami: The Art of Math, Science & Engineering. It is curated by Helen Hough, and features model folding by Helen and student Mark Christiansen. Stop by and have a look.

Origami is may be thought of as an art or a children’s activity but it has significant additional depth and breadth.

Mathematically fascinating, origami can move from simple geometry to constructable algebraic numbers and more.

A visual medium, origami can be used to build molecular and other scientific models. Paper folding is used to teach principles of mathematics, biology, chemistry, and geology.

Focusing on folding a thin film on a straight line, this technique can be used in manufacturing, construction, and other industrial fields. These principles have even been used to deploy solar panels in space.

DNA origami is an substantive nanotechnology that can be used to manufacture medications, biosensors, and more.

Inexpensive when reusing paper, origami can also a wonderful hobby, adding beauty and grace to our world.

Distinguished Speaker Series a matter of ‘logistics’

G. Don Taylor, head of the Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering at Virginia Tech, is featured in the College of Engineering Distinguished Speaker Series at 6 p.m. Tuesday, March 27, in Room 100 of Nedderman Hall.

Dr. Taylor discusses “Current Issues and the State of Knowledge in Supply Chain Logistics.” A reception precedes the lecture at 5 p.m. in Room 601 of Nedderman Hall. The reception and lecture are free and open to the public.

Taylor is a past director of The Logistics Institute and was a founding director of the Center for Engineering Logistics and Distribution, both based at the University of Arkansas.

He has been principal investigator or co-principal investigator on more than 60 externally funded projects and the author of more than 200 technical publications.

Source: MavWire

Nursing researcher discusses virtual patients

Hear nursing researcher Judy LeFlore discusses her studies on virtual patients as training tools at the Focus on Faculty lecture at noon Wednesday, Feb. 29, in the sixth floor parlor of the Central Library.

Dr. LeFlore is an associate professor of nursing and director of pediatric, acute care pediatric, and neonatal nurse practitioner programs. Her topic is “Can Virtual-Patients Teach Student Nurses About Pediatric Respiratory Diseases?”

She and co-researcher Mindi Anderson, assistant professor of nursing, study the use of video game technology for nursing training. They were two of six authors awarded first place for their game proposal at the 11th Annual International Meeting on Simulation in Healthcare.

Source: MavWire

Cory Doctorow – What We Talk About When We Talk About Internet Regulation

Lonestar Auditorium, MAC
Monday, February 13, 2012, 7:00 pm

Cory Doctorow, science fiction novelist, technology activist, and co-editor of the weblog boingboing.net, discusses “What We Talk About When We Talk About Internet Regulation.” Free. 7 p.m., Lone Star Auditorium, Maverick Activities Center. Reception at 6 p.m. in second floor lounge. Engineering Speaker Series.

SEL Exhibit – GIS Day 2011

This exhibit celebrates GIS Day 2011 by showcasing SEL materials on Geographical Information Systems (GIS).

The exhibit, curated by SEL Librarian Antoinette Nelson, supports the GIS Day celebration held November 16 at the Central Library, which features games, food and workshops as well as:

• Featured presentation by Dr. Andrew Milson
• Hands-on workshop on ESRI’s ArcGIS Online
• GPS geocaching exercise in the Library Mall
• Student GIS research poster presentations

Exhibit Page
Exhibit Flickr Set
GIS Day @ UT Arlington
GIS Day Website

Defense manager to speak in engineering series

Avram Bar-Cohen, program manager for the Microsystems Technology Office of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, discusses “Re-imagining Engineering as an Engine for Transformational Innovation” in the College of Engineering Distinguished Speaker Series at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 9, in Room 100 of Nedderman Hall.

Dr. Bar-Cohen is on leave as a Distinguished University Professor at the University of Maryland, where he served as the chair of the Mechanical Engineering Department from 2001 to 2010.

His publications, lectures, short courses, and research have helped create the scientific foundation for the thermal management of electronic components and systems and pioneered techniques for energy-efficient sustainable design of manufactured products.

A 5 p.m. reception in Room 601 of Nedderman Hall precedes the lecture. RSVP to attend the reception and lecture.

Source: MavWire

Engineers Without Borders director to speak

Cathy Leslie, executive director of Engineers Without Borders USA, discusses “EWB-USA’s Commitment to Equity, Economy, and Ecology” at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 4, as part of the College of Engineering Distinguished Speaker Series in Room 100 at Nedderman Hall.

Leslie is a licensed civil engineer in Colorado with more than 20 years experience in the design and management of civil engineering projects. In 2008 she became executive director of Engineers Without Borders–USA.

A former Peace Corps volunteer, she has worked in corporate engineering or nonprofit international development creating solutions for engineering projects that meet both client and environmental needs.

A reception starts at 5 p.m. in Room 601 of Nedderman Hall. RSVP for reception and lecture.

Source: MavWire

SEL Exhibit at the UC – Fall into Shape at SEL

The Science & Engineering Library would like to introduce a new exhibit, hosted at the University Center through Friday, September 23, 2011.

This exhibit, curated by Antoinette Nelson, aims to showcase services available at SEL, using the “Fall” theme now that the “Fall semester” has started and “Fall” is here. The secondary theme relates to getting into “shape,” since students eventually have to get their “research” into shape when submitting their papers, assignments, etc.

Exhibit site

Flickr set

Craigslist founder featured in Engineering speaker series

Craig Newmark, founder of craigslist.org and craigconnects.org, presents “Getting Real Change Done with Social Media” in the College of Engineering Distinguished Speaker Series at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 7, in the Lonestar Auditorium at the Maverick Activities Center.

Since its founding in 1995, craigslist has become one of the world’s 10 most-visited English language web platforms and has fundamentally changed classified advertising.

Providing its users with mostly free advertising opportunities, craigslist lets people help each other with basic needs such as housing and jobs. The site is based on a culture of trust, encouraging participants to play an active role in policing the information that is shared.

In March, Newmark launched craigconnects, which focuses on technology for the common good, connects people who do good works, and improves and ensures media integrity.

A reception starts at 6 p.m. in the second floor lounge of the MAC. The reception and lecture are free, but guests should RSVP online.

Read more information about Craig Newmark.

Source: MavWire

SEL Exhibit – Summer Blooms: Gardens, Plants, and Wildscapes

The Science & Engineering Library introduces a new exhibit, curated by Sylvia George-Williams, called “Summer Blooms: Gardens, Plants, and Wildscapes.”

As we approach the official start of summer, we notice how much color there is, around us. Wildflowers, trees, and plants of various sorts are growing everywhere. The selected titles in the exhibit range from showing one how to take care of one’s garden, to information on growing herbs, to how to manage pests in your vegetable garden, to showcasing various gardens in Texas, and highlighting some of Texas wildflowers. Pick up one of the titles that might help you identify some of the plants/wildflowers that are native to Texas.

See exhibit site for pictures and bibliography.

NSF exhibit at Planetarium examines search for gravitational waves

The Planetarium at UT Arlington is hosting a National Science Foundation-funded exhibit about the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory or LIGO. “Astronomy’s New Messengers: Listening to the Universe with Gravitational Waves” will be on display in the Chemistry and Physics Building through July 29.

LIGO is a unique effort to detect and monitor ripples in the fabric of space and time produced by violent events like the collision of black holes. Albert Einstein predicted the existence of “gravitational waves” in his 1916 general theory of relativity. LIGO, which has a detection station in Louisiana and one in the state of Washington, was developed by scientists from the California Institute of Technology and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Manfred Cuntz, associate professor of physics and director of UT Arlington’s astronomy program, says the exhibit is a good example of the NSF and UT Arlington’s commitment to bringing science to the general public.

“Black holes are just one of those terms that catch the imagination of many people, and this exhibit has the potential to engage young students who may one day pursue a career in science,” Dr. Cuntz says.

Contact Levent Gurdemir, Planetarium director, at 2-1183 for more information about the free exhibit.

Source: MavWire

Science Week highlights achievements

The College of Science celebrates the education and research that have made it one of the state’s leaders in the advancement of science during Science Week, April 4-8.

Admission is free for faculty, staff, students, and alumni with Maverick ID to Violent Universe at the Planetarium at 6 p.m. Tuesday, April 5. The show is also open to the general public at regular prices.

College of Science Dean Pamela Jansma heads up a joint meeting with the Medical Dental Preparatory Association at noon Wednesday, April 6, in Room 119 of the Life Sciences Building. The Dean’s Forum is hosted by the Science Constituency Council.

Thaddeus Arroyo (’86 BS, mathematics), a Distinguished Alumnus, will speak to mathematics students about his experiences as chief information officer for AT&T’s nationwide operations at 2:30 p.m. Thursday, April 7, in Room 110 of Pickard Hall.

Source: MavWire

Tickets still available for Bill Nye appearance at ACES Roundtable

Tickets are still available for the Bill Nye “the Science Guy” appearance at the ACES Roundtable at 3:30 p.m.Wednesday, March 23, in Texas Hall.

The Annual Celebration of Excellence by Students(ACES) Roundtable will feature Nye, along with members of the UT Arlington faculty, in a moderated discussion about the current state of science. This event is part of the ACES 2011 schedule and will be open only to UT Arlington faculty, staff, students, and members of the Alumni Association.

Tickets are free but required. Doors open at 3 p.m., and seating is first-come, first-served. Nye’s Maverick Speakers Series lecture later that evening is sold out.

Because the ACES event is exclusively for the UT Arlington community, tickets must be claimed using a UT Arlington log-in. To reserve your free tickets for the ACES Roundtable, visit utatickets.com. There is a limit of two tickets per person.

Source: MavWire

Engineering Research Building dedication set for Friday

Hailed as an innovative facility that will define the next generation of research at UT Arlington, the Engineering Research Building debuts with a dedication and ribbon cutting at 2 p.m. Friday, March 4.

The landmark center is UT Arlington’s largest academic facility to date and is shared by College of Engineering and College of Science researchers who are exploring new cancer treatments, working to improve detection of deadly viruses, and developing systems to help older adults live independently longer, among a multitude of projects.

The dedication ceremony will be in the new Research Quadrangle, which anchors the 234,000-square-foot Engineering Research Building that borders the Engineering Lab Building and Nedderman Hall.

The new facility houses the Departments of Computer Science and Engineering and Bioengineering, but also integrates research teams from biology, biochemistry, genomics, math, neuroscience, and physics to foster new, collaborative initiatives.

“This building is an incredible resource that will fuel our research and allow us to take advantage of resources across disciplines,” President James D. Spaniolo says. “Already we are seeing new, promising collaborations—research designed to make a difference in the lives of people and to solve real problems.”

Building tours highlighting some of the University’s most promising research collaborations will follow the ceremony. Read more about the Engineering Research Building.

Source: MavWire

SEL Exhibit – Pogos on the Prairie: The Pogonomyrmex Comanche Ant in North Texas

The Science & Engineering Library (SEL) is proud to introduce a new exhibit, co-curated by librarian Jeff Downing and biology Ph.D. candidate Ann Mayo.

Along with books from SEL’s collection, this exhibit contains photos and a nest cast made by Ann Mayo, documenting her research at the Fort Worth Nature Center.

The exhibit will be on display through the end of December.

See pictures and an exhibit bibliography