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  • Dec. 18: Selected as 2018 NATURE Lifetime Achievement Award for Mentoring. See UTEP news release and video here, video with Spanish subtitles here
  • Dec. 15: Selected as Grand Marshall of the 2018 UTEP Winter Commencement. See video here.
  • Nov. 30: Talk "SOBRE LA DEGRADACIÓN DE FILMES FOTOVOLTÁICOS DE PEROVSKITA CON HALOGENUROS METÁLICOS", delivered at the XXIII Reunión Universitaria de Investigación en Materiales (2018 RUIM), Universidad de Sonora, Hermosillo, Sonora, México. See abstract here in p. 241.
  • Nov. 29 and 30:  Talks "Graduate studies at UTEP" at the Physics Department of the  Universidad de Sonora, Hermosillo, Sonora, Mexico.
  • Nov. 7: Meeting of CAPEF (Consejo de Acreditación de Programas Educativos de Física), Academia Mexicana de CienciasSan Andrés Totoltepec, Mexico City, Mexico.
  • Sep. 27: Physics Colloquium, "Symmetry energy and phase transitions in the nuclear pasta", at Texas A&M-Commerce.

  • Sep. 13: Article "Green synthesis of a highly efficient biosorbent for organic, pharmaceutical, and heavy metal pollutants removal: Engineering surface chemistry of polymeric biomass of spent coffee waste", A. Ahsan et el., J. Water Process Engineering, 25, 309-319, (2018). See article here.

  • Sep. 9: Article "Multiferroic and Optical Properties of La0.05Li0.85NbO3 and LiNbO3 Nanocrystals", C.A. Díaz-Moreno, Jorge A. López, et al., J. Nanotechnology, 3721095, 2018, (2018). See article here.

  • Sep. 5: Interview at radio show "Pájaro Latinoamericano" with  Chelis López, KPOO Radio 89.5 FM, San Francisco, CA, listen to the 30 min Spanish language interview here.
  • Aug 28: Book "La Ciencia en el Paso del Norte", Jorge Alberto López Gallardo, Independently published, 136 pages, Spanish language, ISBN-13: 978-1719916585.
  • Aug. 20: Interview at radio show "Café con Leche" with  Lilia Galindo, Radio Hermosa 1470 AM,  in Palmdale, CA, listen to Spanish language 15 min interview here
  • Aug. 6: Article "Phase transitions and symmetry energy in nuclear pasta", C. Dorso, Frank, G., and Jorge López, Nuclear Physics A, 978, 35-61, (2018). See article here.
  • Aug. 1: Article “Temperature Effects in the Composition of Metal Halide Perovskite thin Films”, by M. Castro-Colin, L. Banuelos , C. Diaz-Moreno, D. Hodges, E. Ramirez-Homs, D. Korolkov, N. Sharmin, and J. A. Lopez, J. Nucl. Phy. Mat. Sci. Rad. A., 6, 39-49, (2018). DOI 10.15415/jnp.2018.61007. See article here.
  • July 27: Thesis Defense, of my M.S. student Pamela Lara; "Gravitational waves research at TOROS UTRGV", see thesis here.
  • June 25-27: Received The Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics, and Engineering Mentoring (PAESMEM) from the White House and the National Science Foundation. See announcement here, the PAESMEM page here, the personalized PAESMEM page here, the UTEP announcement here, the Spanish language news in El Diario here, and some pictures here.
  • 25 Jun–14 Jul. 2018, Guest Claudio Dorso, Universidad de Buenos Aires. On July 13 Claudio gave the Physics Seminar "Measles Outbreaks. Is the World Health Organization wrong?"
  • June 11-15: Talk "Phase transitions and symmetry energy in nuclear pasta", delivered at the 15th Varenna Conference on Nuclear Reaction Mechanisms, Varenna, Italy. Supported by the Bouchet Award of the American Physical Society. See program here.
  • May 21-25: Talk "Temperature affects in the composition of metal halide perovskite thin films", delivered at the XIV International Symposium on Radiation Physics, BUAP, Puebla, México.
  • May 18-22: Presentations of book "Basta de fraudes electorales 1988-2018", at Grupo María Cristina Mexico City (Apr. 14), UACJ Economía (May 14), UAM-I (May 18, click numbers to see video 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5),  UNAM - FyL (May 18), UAEH Pachuca (May 21), MORENA Del. Polanco (May 21), BUAP Puebla (May 22), Librería BUAP (May 22). Feria del LIbro Cd. Juárez (May 26). See newspaper reports here: Germán Molina (Puebla), Intolerancia (Puebla, May 24), Sin Embargo (Mar. 19), Milenio (May 20), EA Noticias (May 21), La Jornada (May 2).
  • May. 9: Thesis Defense, of my M.S. student Selim Romero; "Geant4 study of a gamma ray collimator for proton therapy".

  • May. 8: Thesis Defense, of my M.S. student Omar Hernández; "Geant4 study of proton-tissue interactions".
  • Apr. 18: Article “Adsorptive removal of methylene blue, tetracycline and Cr(VI) from water using sulfonated tea waste”, by Ahsan, Md. A., S. K. Katla, Md. T. Islam, J. A. Hernandez-Viezcas, L. M. Martinez, C.A. Díaz-Moreno, J. Lopez, S. R. Singamaneni, J. Banuelos, J. Gardea-Torresdey, J.C. Noveron, Environmental Technology & Innovation, 11, 23 – 40, (2018). See article here.
  • Apr. 16: Interview at radio show "Hilo Directo" with  Angel Otero, Arturo Del Hierro, and Servando Pineda, Radio Net in Juarez, Mexico, about electoral fraud.

  • 3 - 8 Apr. 2018, Guest Alfredo Aranda, Universidad de Colima, Research guest and seminar speaker: “A hidden interaction with flipped generations”, 5/Apr/2018.
  • 30 Mar. 2018, Guest Jesus Pando, DePaul University, Chicago, Il, seminar speaker: “Wavelets and the large scale structure of the universe", and a second talk in my ASTR 1308 "Multimessenger astronomy."
  • Mar. 22: Inducted into the Academy of Distinguished Former Students of Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas. See complete information here.

  • Feb. 2: Article "Optical Properties of Ferroelectric Lanthanum Lithium Niobate", C. Diaz Moreno, Ding, Y., Li, , J. Portelles, J. Heiras, A. Hurtado Macias, A. Syeed, A. Paez, C. Li, Jorge López, Ryan Wicker, J. Ceramics International, 44, 4727-4733, (2018). See article here.

  • Jan. 17-20: Visiting Southern Illinois University in Carbondale Illinois to review the Physics Department.
  • Jan. 4-5: Commissioning my new AJA Orion 5 Sputtering instrument, with AJA's Mike Sheehan (see picture).


  • Dec. 15: My former students were featured in the College of Science Fall 2017 e-Newsletter, Karla Rosita Téllez-Girón Flores in page 4, and Alan Salcedo in page 17.
  • Dec. 12: Received the 2017 Best Thesis Research Mentoring Award. at the UTEP College of Science winter Pre-Commencement Ceremony, for work with Karla Rosita Tellez-Giron Flores.  See diploma here.
  • Dec. 4: Interview, in internet radio show "La Vida es una Tómbola" of José Pérez Rucobo in La Nueva Republica Radio, conversing about the Mexican Interior Security Law, Conspiracy theories (water engines, cancer cures, designed obsolescence, etc.). Listen to the 1:00 hour show here.

  • Nov. 18-25: Visiting Claudio Dorso at the University of Buenos Aires.

  • Nov. 9-11: Guest Carlos Bertulani, Texas A&M Commerce. See about Carlos's research here. On Nov. 9 Carlos delivered a lecture in my Astronomy class "Nucleosynthesis", and on Nov. 10 he presented the Physics Seminar "Non-extensive statistics solution of the cosmological lithium problem". He was also interviewed by Science Studio.

  • Sep. 20: Physics Colloquium, "Italian delicacies served up in a neutron star crust", at Notre Dame University. See announcement here. Supported by the Bouchet Award of the American Physical Society. See pictures from Notre Dame University here.

  • Sep. 12: Interview, in internet radio show "La Vida es una Tómbola" of José Pérez Rucobo in La Nueva Republica Radio, conversing about Mexican politics, DACA, North Korea. Listen to the 1:38 hour show here.

  • Sep. 6-9: Guest Jason Holmes, Arizona State University. See about Jason's research here. On Sep. 8 Jason gave the Physics Seminar "Next Generation detectors for proton therapy quality assurance". 

  • Aug. 7: Article "XPS Study of the Oxidation State of Uranium Dioxide", J.A. López et al.J. Nuc. Phys., Mat. Sci., Radiation and Applications, Vol-5, 237–242, 2017.  See article here.

  • Aug. 4: Thesis Defense, of my M.S. student Germán Rodríguez; "Using underground radon to detect inactive geological faults".

  • Aug. 3: Thesis Defense, of my M.S. student Enrique Ramírez-Homs; "Electron gas and neutron star crusts".
  • Aug. 2: Thesis Defense, of my M.S. student Karla Rosita Téllez-Girón Flores; "Neutrino oscillations and the RENO experiment".
  • July 26: Thesis Defense, of my M.S. student Nazia Sharmin; "Time degradation of perovskites".
  • Jul. 25: Article "Electrocatalytic hydrogen gas generation by cobalt molybdenum disulfide sythesized using alkyl-containing thiomolybdate precursors" Y. Wu et al., International Journal of Hydrogen Energy, 1-8, (2017);  See article here.

  • Jul. 1: Article "Relaxor ferroelectricity, ferromagnetic and optical second harmonic properties in lanthanum lithium niobate (La0.05Li0.85NbO3) nanoparticles", C. Diaz Moreno et al., J. Magnetism and Magnetic Mats., 433, (2017) 262–270. See article here.

  • 23- Jun. – 8 Jul. 2017, Guest Claudio Dorso, Universidad de Buenos Aires. On July 7 Claudio gave the Physics Seminar "Italian Delicacies Served Up in a Neutron Star Crust".
  • June. 5 - Aug. 4: Summer guest Víctor Manuel Lizárraga Rubio, from Universidad de Sinaloa, working on project "Neutron diffusion".
  • June. 12 - Aug. 18: Summer guests Andrea Valdez-Rivas, from Franklin High School, working on project "XPS study of materials".

  • June. 5 - Aug. 4: Summer guest Jeremiah Lopez, from UTEP, working on project "XPS study of Maya Blue", see poster here.

  • May 9: Best MS student and Summa Cum laude, Karla Rosita Téllez-Girón Flores, see pictures here and here.

  • May 8: Thesis Defense, of my UACJ B.S. student Adrián Gaytán Terrazas; see thesis here, and see picture here.

  • May 5: Thesis Defense, of my B.S. student Israel Chavarria; see thesis here, and see picture here.

  • Apr. 28: Profile, for UTEP College of Science e-Newsletter Spring 2017 issue, Pp. 14-15. See profile here.
  • Apr. 17: Interview, in internet radio show "La Vida es una Tómbola" of José Pérez Rucobo in La Nueva Republica Radio, conversing about Syria, the 3rd World War, the MOAB, Chemical weapons, etc. Listen to the 1-hour show here.
  • Mar. 12-15: Visiting AJA International in Scituate MA for training on my new Orion 5 sputtering system.  Yes, I was trapped by the snow blizzard that hit Boston on the 14th, see pictures and training videos here.
  • Feb. 14: Interview, in article "#Sinvotonohaydinero" of Antonia Tapia in magazine Reporte Nivel Uno, about how to finance the Mexican political parties.
  • Jan 28-31: Attending the April Meeting of the American Physical Society, in Washington, DC as a Member of the Forum on Education.
  • Jan 25-27: Attending the Convocation of the American Physical Society, in Washington, DC as Leadership Convocation Participant representing the Texas Section of APS.
  • Jan. 20: Talkat the Seminario de Nanotecnología of the Universidad Tecnológica de Cd. Juárez, See news report here. or its PDF here.

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  • Dec. 12: Entrevista en el programa nacional de radio "Linea Abierta Edicion Texas" - FÍSICO LATINO, una entrevista con el Dr. Jorge López, director del Departamento de Física de la Universidad de Texas en El Paso. El Dr. López fue recientemente nombrado "Fellow" de la American Physical Society como reconocimiento a su trabajo en física teórica y a su promoción científica en América Latina, incluso su labor de facilitar la visita de estudiantes latinoamericanos a centros de estudio de Estados Unidos. oíga la entrevista aquí.

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PAESMEM Award. Director Office of Science and Technology Policy of The White House and Frances Cordova Director of The National Science Foundation.2018-7-27-Pamela-Lara

Lake Como, Varenna, Italy. May 2018.

XIV International Symposium on Radiation Physics, BUAP, Puebla, México

Artemio Gallegos, John Ackerman, Jorge Lopez, Víctor Romero y Jorge Zavala. UNAM, 19-mayo-2018

Servando Pineda and Angel Otero at Radio Net for an Hilo Directo Interview.

Omar Hernández and Selim Romero


2017 Research Mentoring Award - Best Thesis




Rho Sigma Tau Schumaker Professorship



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