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February 2015

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Greetings from the College of Science & Engineering:

Following an outstanding TCU football season and resounding Chick-fil-a Peach Bowl victory, the College is preparing for an equally busy spring semester. Fireside Forum, in its inaugural year, has had steady success in preparing our students for careers after graduation. This initiative encourages students to think critically, beyond lessons learned in the classroom, and hear from industry professionals and leaders in science careers. A casual Q&A session setting has set the stage for thoughtful conversations, pointed student questions for our guest speakers, and high praise from attendees. The quantitative results of this five-part series have encouraged us to continue this effort in future semesters to equip students with tools they need to succeed in the workforce. Student surveys revealed affirmative feedback:

“This information was great – I had no idea what to expect. The information was wonderful, but the speakers and lessons were even better!”
“I want to make sure I am in the best position to succeed post grad, and workshops like these are very helpful. I hope this College continues these.”
On the flip side of workplace preparation is experience in undergraduate and graduate research. We are gearing up for the 13th annual Michael and Sally McCracken Student Research Symposium on April 17, which fosters students’ presentation and communication skills. I hope you will consider attending this celebration of student research in our College.

I encourage you to keep us updated on your accomplishments and awards as CSE alumni through Class Notes at, and remember to stay connected through our CSE Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn accounts.

Best regards,

Phil Hartman
Dean, College of Science & Engineering

A fluid transition from student to scientist
A man of many sciences, John Rhoads ’07 has never settled for average when it comes to exploring the vast world of physics. His experiences at TCU provided the foundation necessary to pursue further education at the prestigious Princeton University, where he followed his childhood dreams.
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A small look at big results
“Small” often comes to mind in relation to microscopes, but a new device in the College of Science & Engineering is paving the way for big results. A new scanning electron microscope presents students conducting research with the ability to view objects up to a billionth of a meter.
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Clinical observations
TCU is unlike many universities in the Big 12 Conference, and in the nation for that matter. One of the many reasons TCU is a step above the rest is due to opportunities available for real-world experiences, such as the Clinical Observation Program in the College of Science & Engineering’s Pre-Health Professions Institute.
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New globe in Rees-Jones promotes interdisciplinary learning
Rees-Jones Hall opened during the fall semester as the first interdisciplinary building on campus, housing the TCU IdeaFactory, the Institute for Child Development, the TCU Energy Institute and a three-dimensional globe. This installation is the first globe of its kind in Fort Worth, and provides students and faculty the chance to enhance learning both in and out of the classroom with new technology.
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Graduate excels at NASA, wins Silver Snoopy Award
Maria Baugh-Horstman ’04 (physics & astronomy and film-TV-digital media) recently received the prestigious NASA Silver Snoopy Award.
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Andrew Kramer, Class of 2015
Pursuing TCU athletics and a career in medicine is no easy task, but Andrew Kramer, senior neuroscience major, exceeds expectations as an honors student and Chancellor’s Scholar. He intends to be a practicing doctor overseas one day, but in the meantime Kramer is building a legacy at TCU.
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Rebuilding health care in Liberia
Many courses at TCU incorporate lessons on global impact, and emphasize the need to act as a global citizen in a student’s chosen field. The basic microbiology course taught by Clark Jones is no exception.
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TCU alumnus gives the gift of the skies
Students enrolled in introductory astronomy courses often anticipate unforgettable lab experiences such as viewing Saturn up close for the first time. These students benefit from a variety of high-end telescopes to study the vast expanse beyond our atmosphere.
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Decades of service, years of change
With a collective total of more than 95 years of service to TCU, three College of Science & Engineering faculty members will retire by the end of the 2014-2015 academic year. Each of these individuals recalls fond memories of how the university and college have progressed throughout their tenure at TCU.
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News Briefs
Here are a few more stories of faculty and alumni achievements from around the College.
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Research Notes
Faculty and students in every department of the College of Science & Engineering are engaged in meaningful research. Here are a few highlights.
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Contributing writers:
Andrea Hein, digital content/marketing coordinator
Gillian MacInerney, CSE communications intern
Tori Campbell, CSE communications intern
Clark Jones, biology instructor
Andrea Hein, digital content/marketing coordinator
Contributing editors:
Holly Ellman, interim director, strategic communications management
Online Editor:
C. Magnus L. Rittby, senior associate dean and professor of physics & astronomy

College of Science & Engineering External Advisory Board

William (Bill) F. Bennett ’71, Ph.D.
Bioscope Associates
Brent K. Blackburn ’82, Ph.D.
Pharmaceutical Consultant
Darlene M. Boudreaux
TECH Fort Worth
Dr. Mark T. Brown ’85
W. Neal Burnette III ’66, Ph.D.
United States Army, Retired
David F. Chappell
Cantey Hanger
George C. (J.R.) Fassett, Jr. ’98 (EMBA ’07)
Thumbtechs Corporation
Dennis D. Knautz ’75 (MBA ’76)
Acme Brick
Jeffrey B. Lowinger
Eaton Corporation
Joyce Elizabeth Mauk, M.D.
Child Study Center
Will McClatchey, Ph.D.
Botanical Research Institute of Texas
Don Mills, Ph.D.
TCU College of Education
Robert (Bob) Pence
Freese and Nichols, Inc.
Susan G. Schildt ’83
Stratford Consulting, LLC
Raymond (Ray) Smilor, Ph.D.
TCU Neeley School of Business
Thomas (Tom) Yorio, Ph.D.
University of North Texas Health Science Center
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