2021 News

PhD Student Tom Varner Part of First Place Team in Transdisciplinary Team Grand Challenge: Water
Title: Developing an integrative machine learning algorithm to accurately predict future water main failures
Team: Savannah Heath, BME PhD student; Iyare Osaghae, Geoinformatics MS student; Caden Povlish, Data Analytics MS student; and Tom Varner, ESE PhD student

PhD Student Mansi Joshi Part of Second Place Team in Transdisciplinary Team Grand Challenge: Water
Title: A method to improve water quality using graphitic structures
Team: Hebin Cherian, EE PhD student; Pratheek Gopalakrishnan, EE PhD student; Mansi Joshi, ESE PhD student; Veena Prasad, CMB PhD student; and China Whitby, Art History and Criticism MA student

Awesome Alum: Ben Cardenas
Dr. Ben Cardenas is a postdoc at Caltech and San Antonio native who graduated from UTSA with his BS in Geology in 2012.
» COS Alumni Spotlight

Dr. Yongli Gao's Group Published Article in Nature Communications
Their work reveals a new biochemical process of greenhouse gas generation in the early Earth.
» nature communications

UTSA Team GEE-ISD (Google Earth Engine Iceberg & Ship Database) Placed Third in NSIN Polar Vortex Hackathon
Team members included Environmental Science and Engineering PhD students YoungHyun Koo and Hazem Mahmoud and Computer Science PhD student Jurdana Masuma Iqrah.

New Collaborative Program Aims To Increase Student Diversity in Research
Dr. Saugata Datta is the faculty lead for the South Texas Interdisciplinary Research for Undergraduates Programs (STIR-UP), a 10-week residential program that prepares UTSA students from underrepresented backgrounds for success in graduate programs by providing research opportunities.
» UTSA Today

#FacultySpotlight: Dr. Hongjie Xie
Dr. Xie featured in the College of Sciences' Faculty spotlight.
» #FacultySpotlight

Graduate Students Ashley Aguilar and Karen Mendiondo Featured in MIRO Program Web Article
Ashley is a Geology MS student; Karen is an Environmental Science and Engineering PhD student.

Geology MS Student Ashley Aguilar Awarded Geological Society of America Graduate Student Research Grant
The primary role of the GSA research grants program is to provide partial support of master's and doctoral thesis research in the geological sciences for graduate students enrolled in universities in the United States, Canada, Mexico, and Central America.

Dr. Alan Whittington Part of UTSA Research that Could Help Develop the Moon's First Construction Site
Dr. Whittington is leading a team of UTSA researchers to design an induction furnace-nozzle for forming and placing lunar regolith bricks for landing pad construction.
» Express News | UTSA Today

Congratulations to STGS Field Camp Scholarship Recipients Crystal Moreland, Alexis Sansing, and Deashia Williams
The South Texas Geological Society Scholarship Fund provides scholarships to assist students with the expense to attend a summer geology field camp that is required in the pursuit of a degree in the geological sciences.

Congratulations to Justin Sharpe on Receiving the STGS UTSA Chair Award
This South Texas Geological Society award goes to a "meritorious, needy, or otherwise qualified student" as recommended to the chair by the Department Scholarship Committee.

Geology MS Graduate Rebecca Nunu Received UTSA's Graduate School's Outstanding Thesis Award
The award recognizes outstanding and innovative work by Master's students. Rebecca was mentored by Dr. Yongli Gao.

Epsilon Omega Chapter of Sigma Gamma Epsilon
Epsilon Omega Chapter of Sigma Gamma Epsilon, the national honors society for the Earth Sciences, has been approved and registered as an official student organization on campus.
» RowdyLink

Texas Scientists: Power Outages Show Why Texas Must Prepare for Climate Change
Stephen Ackley, Dr. Alberto Mestas-Nunez, and Dr. Hongjie Xie among those who signed the open letter from Texas climate scientists.
» Dallas Morning News

ESE PhD Student YoungHyun Koo Participated in an IPCC Group Review
YoungHyun Koo took an active part in the Early Career Scientists associations group review of the Second Order Draft of the Working Group II contribution to the IPCC Sixth Assessment Report Climate Change 2021: Impacts, Adaptation and Vulnerability. This group review took place from December 2020 to January 2021.

Fall 2020 President's List
Students must have achieved a grade point average of 4.0 in at least 12 semester credit hours to qualify for the President's List. Congratulations to the following students: Yarima Cortinas, Ross Glore, Amy Hasegawa, and Noah Klitus.

Fall 2020 Dean's List
Students must have achieved a grade point average of 3.75 to 3.99 in at least 12 semester credit hours to qualify for the Dean's List. Congratulations to the following students: Kayla Bishop, Jaydne Blomfield, Eliana Carmona, Ainsley Cindric, Isaias Medina, Austin Patridge, Justin Sharpe, and Deashia Williams.

Fall 2020 Honor Roll
Students must have achieved a grade point average of 3.5 or higher in at least 9 semester credit hours to qualify for the Honor Roll. Congratulations to the following students: Wesley Arrizon, Salem Ashley, Tiffany Barker-Edwards, Jose Cardenas, David Garcia, Richard Gonzalez, Michael Molini, Crystal Moreland, Daniela Presas, Alexis Sansing, Alexandra Snow, and Mallory Wilkins.

Constant Changes to Environmental Laws Can Have a Negative Impact on Environment
Dr. Saugata Datta talks about environmental regulation changes and studying the impacts to our ecosystem.

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