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July 2015

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Greetings from the College of Science & Engineering:On July 6, the University of North Texas Health Science Center (UNTHSC) and TCU announced a new collaboration to form an allopathic medical school (offering an M.D. degree). This exciting development will undoubtedly raise our academic profile, and will further our efforts to recruit the best and brightest students in the country. The collaboration is a natural marriage of two great institutions, and Fort Worth is the perfect place, given our city’s robust clinical opportunities. TCU will play a substantive role in curriculum development, and some classes will be taught on our campus.The College of Science & Engineering will experience a variety of direct and indirect effects with the new M.D. school, including the Pre-Health Professions Institute, as up to one-third of each entering class will be TCU graduates. Faculty members in our College will also have opportunities to participate in curriculum planning as well as participate on committees overseeing admissions and logistics. While all of these developments are very much in the early stages (including the important next step of hiring a dean), I view this as a “once in 100 years decision.” The significance of future endeavors with our friends and current collaborators at UNT Health Science Center is very much the academic counter to TCU joining the Big 12 Conference.

Chancellor Victor J. Boschini, Jr.; Provost Nowell Donovan; Susan Weeks, dean of Harris College of Nursing & Health Sciences; and I will serve on the steering committee as this develops further. Exciting things are ahead as we prepare for the first 60 students to enter the M.D. Class of 2018. You can learn more about the announcement here:

While this historic endeavor is unveiling before us, I always invite you to submit your news to Class Notes at and to contact me at with any newsletter comments and your achievements since graduation.

Best regards,

Phil Hartman
Dean, College of Science & Engineering

bat New bat flight facility will provide insight into bats’ behavior around wind turbines
Amanda Hale, associate professor of biology, and Victoria “Tory” Bennett, assistant professor in the School of Geology, Energy & the Environment, have been researching the patterns of bat mortality at wind energy facilities, which result in an estimated 600,000 bat fatalities across North America annually.
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The search for habitable planets
The skies and galaxies beyond our own have always fascinated Billy Quarles ’06. Quarles, a former physics major, came to TCU for its academic program offerings in physics and proximity from his hometown of Whitesboro, Texas. Now he works as a postdoctoral program fellow with Jack Lissauer, staff scientist, and the Kepler Mission at the NASA Ames Research Center in Moffett Field, California.
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More than numbers: A teaching legacy
Robert “Bob” Doran, longtime faculty member, has taught at TCU 46 years, the past 20 serving in the role of the John William and Helen Stubbs Potter Professorship in Mathematics, as well as chair of the mathematics department for years (1990-2011). His service to TCU and to the department will not easily be forgotten after his retirement at the end of this year.
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New Hunter Enis Endowed Chair in Petroleum Geology elevates energy focus at TCU
The ever-growing energy industry calls for additional resources and academic offerings for students seeking to enter the field. The College of Science & Engineering will expand opportunities by adding the Hunter Enis Endowed Chair in Petroleum Geology, making the tenth endowed faculty position in the College.
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Alumni Spotlight: Michael Wood
Michael Wood (’04 MS and ’06 Ph.D.) pursued graduate studies in psychology at TCU after earning his undergraduate degree from Utah State University. As the son of two teachers, he learned the value of education at an early age. Wood was inspired to continue his studies at the graduate level while working in a research lab, leading to his application and acceptance into the College of Science & Engineering’s psychology program.
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The TCU program that “saved” a life: The first TCU chemistry Ph.D. graduate
In the face of the Vietnam War, TCU’s graduate program in chemistry was a saving grace for the late Carlos “Chuck” González (’63 MS, ’67 Ph.D.). The war veteran gratefully returned home to continue pivotal research at TCU – an opportunity he says “literally” saved his life. The turning point in research was TCU’s case made in a plea to the U.S. government on his behalf to warrant his return from Vietnam.
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On the front lines
Preventing the 2014 ebola outbreak from expanding into a worldwide disaster required health professionals working on the front lines to isolate the virus. Epidemiologist Rebecca Coulborn ’98 worked in Guinea to help trace the disease’s potential routes of transmission.
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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
Caroline Collier, staff writer, editorial services
Tori Campbell, CSE communications intern

Andrea Hein, digital content/marketing coordinator

Contributing editor:
Holly Ellman, associate 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 HangerGeorge C. (J.R.) Fassett, Jr. ’98 (EMBA ’07)
Thumbtechs Corporation
Connie Guttersen ’86, RD, Ph.D.
The Culinary Institute of America
CHEF Program of the Goldsbury Foundation
Dennis D. Knautz ’75 (MBA ’76)
Acme Brick
Jeffrey B. Lowinger
Eaton Corporation
Joyce Elizabeth Mauk, M.D.
Child Study Center
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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