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Department of Mathematics, Chemistry and Physics Success Stories

Department of Mathematics, Chemistry and Physics

Success Stories

Math Site No. 1. West Texas A&M University’s Virtual Math Lab (VML) is the top response to a Google search for “college algebra,” “intermediate algebra,” “beginning algebra” and “GRE math.” Add in the fact that WTAMU’s free tutorial website easily exceeded two million visits in 2007 and it is obvious that would-be mathematicians the world over are seeking and getting the help they need from West Texas A&M. People have visited the site from most every country on the planet, from Australia to Zimbabwe.

Electro-Optics and Liquid Crystals. When you look at an LCD watch, you see Gene Carlisle’s research in action. Your new flat panel TV? That was made possible by Carlisle, too. As a professor of chemistry at West Texas A&M, Carlisle studies the chemistry and nonlinear optical properties of polymers and liquids used in the construction of liquid-crystal devices capable of holographic storage. What does that mean? It means the building blocks of technology are being discovered at WTAMU.

NSF Funding. Dr. Pamela Lockwood, Professor of Mathematics, is the principal investigator of Connecting Community College Transfers for STEM Success Times 2 (C3X2) funded by the National Science Foundation S-STEM program. The over $600,000 project will provide financial assistance in the form of scholarships as well as academic and social support to community college transfers majoring in STEM disciplines. For more information regarding this program as well as TEAMS2, a funded S-STEM program for mathematics and engineering majors, please refer to the link below.

S-STEM Programs

USDA Funding. Dr. Tao, Associate Professor of Chemistry, has received funding from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) for projects involving detection of food-borne pathogens as well as monitoring ammonia in feedlots. The goal of the first project, SEED, is to help improve food safety inspection programs by developing a cost effective method for detection of bacteria in food samples. Dr. Tao is also heavily involved in optical fiber chemical sensor (OFCS) technology. He has developed OFCS ammonia sensors that will be used in real time, in situ (in place), continuous monitoring of  trace ammonia in feedlots.


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