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May 2015

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Greetings from the College of Science & Engineering:

As another record-breaking year comes to a close, our College is proud to graduate the largest class in CSE history of the best and brightest, who will pursue further education or enter the workforce. This year we also saw the largest enrollment of CSE students (our college is the second largest of the seven at TCU), which is expected to rise again next year. New initiatives in the College support our efforts toward these goals and set new milestones in preparing students with professional skills for their futures.

One example of this includes the successful performance of our graduate students in the University’s first Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) competition, a challenge for students engaged in research to present a compelling oration of their thesis/dissertation topic in 180 seconds. This was proceeded by our own CSE 3MT® competition following the annual Michael and Sally McCracken Student Research Symposium.

This summer marks the start of critical renovations in Winton Scott Hall to update classrooms, technology capabilities and teaching laboratories. We anticipate substantive renovations next summer to both Tucker Technology Center and the Sid W. Richardson building. We hope you will come by to visit.

As always, I invite you to submit your news to Class Notes at, and to contact me at with any newsletter comments and achievements since graduation.

Best regards,

Phil Hartman
Dean, College of Science & Engineering

JAMP provides medical school opportunity to TCU students
Many students begin career preparation near the tail end of their collegiate career as graduation looms. Sophomore biology major Terrul Ratcliff and junior biology major Quynh Ngo both began researching post-graduate options as early as high school to learn what it would take to follow their passions for the medical field.
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Jargon is Jibberish
What can you communicate in 180 seconds? This is the time constraint associated with the University of Queensland’s Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) competition, which debuted at TCU this spring. All eyes were on graduate students in the College of Science & Engineering as they sought to communicate their research to a “non-specialist” audience.
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TCU alumna recognized for research
Sarah Hernandez ’07 graduated with a double major in physics & astronomy and mathematics. Her passion for physics has led her to pursue a Ph.D. at the University of Texas at Arlington (UTA), where she made significant scientific strides. In September 2014, she presented her research on plutonium at the American Nuclear Society’s Plutonium Futures – The Science conference, winning best poster presentation on plutonium materials.
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A near half-century career at TCU comes to a close
A lover of cars, Corgis and science, Leo Newland, professor of biology and environmental sciences, will not easily forget the many memories of his 46-year tenure at TCU after retirement. In his eyes, the opportunity to teach at the University is thanks to one busy phone line and a stroke of “serendipity.”
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Chancellor’s Scholar student engineers own path
Fort Worth native Lauren Getz grew up around the TCU campus, yet never thought she would spend her undergraduate years as a TCU student. It was not until she visited the campus as a prospective student that she discovered the sense of community so many students love. After receiving her acceptance to TCU, Getz was also offered the Chancellor’s Scholarship, the most prestigious TCU scholarship, which provides full tuition to TCU for highly accomplished entering undergraduates.
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Pre-health graduate achieves near perfect MCAT score
The TCU community is filled with students who exceed expectations, taking on roles outside of their major and building their careers. Joe Stegeman ’15 (biology major on the pre-health track) is no exception. In addition to being an NCAA athlete on the TCU Swimming and Diving team and working at Baylor All Saints Medical Center during college, he achieved a near perfect score on the Medical College Admission Test.
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Actuarial program experiences recent growth and success
Susan Staples, associate professor of mathematics, has served as director of the Department of Mathematics’ actuarial program for 15 years. Over the past two years, she has watched the program triple in size, growing to approximately 45 majors and minors. Part of that growth is attributed to the recent addition of a minor in actuarial math, spiking interest from several business and economic majors.
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Pinewood derby car race: A reward greater than winning
Each year the engineering, computer science and mathematics departments celebrate Pi Day in scientific fashion. A favorite tradition for students, faculty and staff is the annual pinewood derby car race. For a select group of students in engineering, this light-hearted activity has more meaning than the thrill of competition.
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TCU Chemistry Club attends conference
For the fourth consecutive year, students from TCU’s American Chemical Society (ACS) Chemistry Club attended the ACS National Meeting and Exposition. This year’s meeting was in Denver, Colorado. The biannual conference held by the American Chemical Society is open to chemists of all ages and levels of expertise, from high school students to researchers.
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A nutritional education
Gina Jarman Hill, associate professor, joined the Department of Nutritional Sciences in 2003 and currently serves as the director of the Coordinated Program in Dietetics. As a native of a small Texas town and a farmer’s daughter, she spent her childhood on a farm and learned about healthy food and nutrition from her mother, which inspired her, in part, to pursue a career in nutrition.
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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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News Briefs
Here are a few more stories of faculty and alumni achievements from around the College.
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Contributing writers:
Andrea Hein, digital content/marketing coordinator
Tori Campbell, CSE communications intern
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 HangerGeorge 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
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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