Comet Calendar, The Official Event Calendar for UT Dallas en-us This Day's Events at UT Dallas Enlace: Linking Oral Language Activities in School and at Home - CCF Lecture Friday, Feb 12
(9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.)

The Center for Children and Families' 8th Annual Spring Lecture Series on "Empowering Children and Parents Together." The lecture series continues the theme of the previous fall forum with a series of talks by Center-affiliated researchers. All lectures are held in the Jindal School of Management (Davidson Auditorium) and are free and open to the public. 

Title: Enlace: Linking Oral Language Activities in School and at Home

Speaker: Doris Luft de Baker, PhD, SMU

Location: Jindal School of Management JSOM 1.118

Non-native English learners tend to lag behind their peers in vocabulary and language proficiency before they enter kindergarten and they have a difficult time catching up. Interactive read alouds and vocabulary activities that can be implemented in any language encourage extended discourse and deep processing of word meanings to promote oral language growth. This presentation will provide examples of how these interactive activities can be used across diverse settings in Spanish and in English.

See for more information.

Student Fee Advisory Committee Friday, Feb 12
(9 a.m. - 11 a.m.)

The UT Dallas Student Fee Advisory Committee will convene meetings during January and February to consider budget requests for fiscal year 2016-2017. Meetings will be held in the Student Union Gemini Room (SU2.504) from 9-11 a.m.

For more information, visit

Neuroscience Brownbag Series - Ted Price, PhD Speaking Friday, Feb 12
(10 a.m. - 11 a.m.)

Neuroscience Brownbag Series with Ted Price, PhD speaking. The title is "Writing an NRSA Aims Page."

Talk to be held in GR 4.428.

Refreshments provided.

JSOM Practice Interviews with Employers Friday, Feb 12
(9 a.m. - 12 p.m.)

The best way to improve your interview skills is to practice. The more you interview, the more confident you will become. A Mock interview lets you make mistakes before they count. Come practice and get feedback from professionals in a safe environment.

The objectives for this workshop are to:
-Learn what is expected in a job interview
-Improve your self-presentation
-Network with real professionals

This session is for JSOM Students.

You MUST have an updated resume in your CometCareers profile.

Remember Interview Practice Makes Perfect!

There are a limited number of spaces, so please submit your resume as soon as possible. To register - search for job ID 77677 in Comet Careers. Click "view interview schedule" and then click "request interview" and select your resume to be submitted. Then click the green "request interview" button and you will receive a confirmation message. As the event draws closer, you will receive an email notification to sign up for an interview time. Requests will be filled on a first come first serve basis based on employer availability.

**Please note, you will not be required to stay at the event all day. Your interview will be 30 minutes.

For questions, please call the CMC at 972-883-6916.


Materials Strategies for Printed Flexible Hybrid Electronic Circuitry Friday, Feb 12
(11 a.m. - 12 p.m.)

11 a.m. in TI Auditorium (ECSS 2.102). Refreshments at 10:45 a.m. in the lobby.

ABSTRACT: This lecture focuses on the challenging design, realization, characterization, understanding and implementation of new materials for creating unconventional electronic circuitry. Fabrication methodologies to achieve these goals include high-throughput, large-area, high-resolution printing techniques. Materials design topics to be discussed include:

1. Rationally designed high-mobility p- and n-type organic semiconductors for printed organic CMOS

2. Self-assembled and printable high-k Nano dielectrics enabling ultra-large capacitance, low leakage, high breakdown fields, minimal trapped interfacial charge, and device radiation hardness

3. Polycrystalline and amorphous oxide semiconductors for transparent and mechanically flexible electronics

4. Combining these materials sets to fabricate a variety of high-performance thin-film transistor-based circuitries

5. The relevance of these advances to unconventional photovoltaic materials.

This presentation emphasizes the symbiosis between materials synthesis, computational modeling and simulation, materials characterization, and device fabrication and evaluation.

Biography: Dr. Tobin J. Marks is a Vladimir N. Ipatieff Professor of Chemistry, professor of materials science and engineering, and professor of applied physics at Northwestern University; distinguished adjunct professor at Texas A&M University at Qatar; and BK21 (Brain Korea 21 Program for Leading Universities and Students) professor at Korea University. He received a BS degree in chemistry from the University of Maryland (1966) and PhD in organic chemistry from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (1971).

A member of the National Academy of Sciences and National Academy of Engineering, fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and recipient of the National Medal of Science from the President of the United States of America, Marks has received more than a dozen national honors from the American Chemical Society. He has also received accolades from the North American Catalysis Society Pines Award, American Institute of Chemists, German Chemical Society, Royal Society of Chemistry, Chemical Research Society of India, the Prince of Asturias Foundation in Spain, Italian Chemical Society, Materials Research Society, Technical University of Munich, Technion-Israel Institute of Technology, The Camille and Henry Dreyfus Foundation, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, Pennsylvania State University, the University of Maryland, the University of Pennsylvania, the University of South Carolina, and The Ohio State University.

Warrior SMART - High Performance Brain Training Exclusively for Student Veterans Friday, Feb 12
(10 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.)

By evaluating brain fitness and applying proven brain-training methods, the Center for BrainHealth will train individuals to think smarter and exploit their greatest natural resource - their brain.

Student veterans complete the free training over the course of three weeks, meeting 2-1/2 hours each week.

FEBRUARY Training Schedule:

Fridays, February 5, 12, and 19

Time: 10:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Location: JSOM 12.108

Sign-up at ebvDe7b032Hu9kF


International Christian Fellowship (ICF) - weekly meeting Friday, Feb 12
(11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.) Location: Pegasus Room.

ICF Weekly Meetings

Education Abroad Information Table Friday, Feb 12
(10 a.m. - 1 p.m.) Location: Student Union Lower Level.

Thinking about studying abroad? Visit Education Abroad's Information table to learn more about  study abroad opportunities and scholarship information.

Alpha Omega Campus Ministry - Awesome Bible Talk Friday, Feb 12
(12 p.m. - 1 p.m.)

Group discussion on bible topics.

Campus Chinese Christian Fellowship - Campus Prayer Meeting Friday, Feb 12
(12 p.m. - 1 p.m.)

Christians on campus get together to pray for Lord's gospel and move on UTD and have fellowship/bible study together.

Eating by Choice Support group for Staff/Faculty Friday, Feb 12
(12 p.m. - 1 p.m.) Location: Galerstein Women's Center, SSB 4.300.

Eating by Choice Support group for Faculty/Staff

Space is limited, you must pre-register by Friday, January 15th, 2016

To register, please contact:  Deborah Hamlin, Faculty/Staff Wellness Manager


Hands Up: The Clinical Use and Empirical Study of Gestures in the Treatment of Speech Sound Disorders - CALLIER FLASH Seminar Friday, Feb 12
(12 p.m. - 1 p.m.) Location: Callier Center Dallas, Inwood Rd. Dallas, TX 75235.

CALLIER FLASH Seminar in Speech, Language and Hearing

"Hands Up: The Clinical Use and Empirical Study of Gestures in the Treatment of Speech Sound Disorders" with Heather Rusiewicz, PhD, Duquesne University.

Location: Callier Dallas – A229

Video link to Callier Richardson – 1.508

12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Refreshments will be provided  please RSVP to LaRuth Smith

See The School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences for more events

(1 p.m.)

All Faculty Are Invited to the Final Examination of


Casper Kamau

Graduate Program in Political Science

February 12, 2016, 1:00 p.m., GR 2.326


Title of Dissertation:



Student’s Supervising Committee:

Linda Camp Keith, Chair

Banks P. Miller

Thomas L. Brunell

Karl K. Ho

Presentation: Cross-Cultural Communication Friday, Feb 12
(12 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.)

“Do you understand the words that are coming out of my mouth?” 
Feb. 12, SU Galaxy, SU2.602, 12:00PM - 1:30PM

Special Guest Speaker: Dr. Melissa Hernandez-Katz, Senior Lecturer for Arts & Humanities

What you say, how you say it, what you don’t say and what you mean by what you say are all deeply affected by culture. This presentation will explore factors that affect communication across different cultures and social groups. Learn cultural knowledge, skills and strategies to improve your ability to communicate across culture groups. Enhance your leadership skills by learning how to get your message across in this growing multicultural environment.

Multicultural Center Diversity Education Programs 

Softball vs. Sul Ross State Friday, Feb 12
(2 p.m.) Location: UTD Softball Field.

Come to the Softball Field to catch the UTD softball team taking on Sul Ross State University in an ASC doubleheader. Free admission with valid Comet Card.

Probabilistic (Logic) Programming: Concepts & Applications Friday, Feb 12
(1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.)

Computer Science Department Distinguished Lecture Series

The Erik Jonsson School of Engineering and Computer Science

The University of Texas at Dallas


Abstract: Recently, there has been a lot of attention given to statistical relational learning and probabilistic programming, which provide rich representations for coping with uncertainty, with structure and for learning. In this talk I shall focus on probabilistic logic programming languages, which naturally belong to both of these paradigms as they combine the power of a programming language with a possible world semantics. They are typically based on Sato’s distribution semantics and they have been studied for over twenty years now. In this talk, I shall introduce the concepts underlying probabilistic logic programming, their semantics, different inference and learning mechanisms and I shall then present some recent extensions towards dealing with continuous distributions and dynamics. I shall also sketch some emerging applications in bioinformatics, where it is used to analyze molecular profiling data in networks, and in robotics, where it is used for tracking relational worlds in which objects or their properties are occluded in real time, and to planning. Finally, I shall discuss some open challenges and opportunities for research.

Brief Bio: Dr. Luc De Raedt is a full professor (of research) at the University of Leuven (KU Leuven) in the Department of Computer Science and a former chair of Machine Learning at the Albert-Ludwigs-University in Freiburg, Germany. Luc De Raedt has been working in the areas of artificial intelligence and computer science, especially on computational logic, machine learning and data mining, probabilistic reasoning and constraint programming and their applications in bio- and chemo-informatics, vision and robotics, natural language processing, and engineering. His work has typically crossed boundaries between different research areas, often working towards an integration of their principles. He is well-known for his work on inductive logic programming (combining logic with learning). Since 2000, he has been working towards a further integration of logical and relational learning with probabilistic reasoning (statistical relational learning and probabilistic programming), on inductive querying in databases, and on using declarative languages for data mining and machine learning. He was program (co)-chair of ECAI 2012, ICML 2005 and ECML/PKDD 2001 and he is an ECCAI fellow.

International Internships Info Session Friday, Feb 12
(2 p.m. - 3 p.m.)

Still need to complete an internship? Have you considered finding an internship in another country? 

Attend our info session about international internships and hear from organizations like The Intern Group and AIESEC who can help you find a customized internship in another country!

JSOM Elevator Speech and Career Fair Prep Friday, Feb 12
(2 p.m. - 3 p.m.)

Presented by the JSOM Career Management Center  Event ID 4978

Attend this workshop to learn the essential parts of your elevator speech. The primary instructional methods for this workshop are lecture and small-group interaction.

One of the most helpful tasks you can undertake is to create your 30-second speech to introduce yourself. Once you understand who you are, you can better introduce and sell yourself to others.

The objectives for this workshop are to:
- Understand the key discussion topics
- See how it is done
- Practice.

Statistics Colloquium by Hon Keung Ng Friday, Feb 12
(2 p.m. - 3 p.m.)

Hon Keung Ng

Department of Statistical Science, SMU

Analysis of System-based Reliability Data

Sponsored by the Department of Mathematical Sciences

CodeWarmers Club Friday, Feb 12
(1:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.) Location: ECSS Building.

Computer Science Education and Outreach Program presents:

CodeWarmers Club

Location: ECSS Building

Dates: From: 01.22 - 04.22.2016 (Fridays)

Times: From: 1:30PM - 3:30PM

CodeWarmer sessions (improving programming skills by solving Programming Competition problems). We will start with a few simple programming contest problems & we will use auto-grader to test the accuracy and efficiency of our solutions. We are going to do little bit differently this time.

You should register @ and submit each week's solutions there - once you submit for all 14 weeks, we will generate a certificate for you!

Math Club - Meeting Friday, Feb 12
(2 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.)

A place for math people to discuss math concepts and solve problems.

OPT Workshop for F-1 Students Friday, Feb 12
(3 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.) Location: SSB 3.107.

Learn about the OPT application process, employment and travel considerations, and reporting requirements.  For application information visit the ISSO Optional Practical Training webpage.

Pride - Meeting Friday, Feb 12
(5 p.m. - 7 p.m.) Location: Galaxy Room.

General Pride Meeting

Atheists, Skeptics, and Humanists - Game Night Friday, Feb 12
(6 p.m. - 8 p.m.) Location: Galaxy Room.

Game Night

Atheists, Skeptics, and Humanists - General Meeting Friday, Feb 12
(6 p.m. - 8 p.m.) Location: Libra Room.

General Meeting

Living Water Student Fellowship - Bible Study Friday, Feb 12
(6 p.m. - 8 p.m.) Location: Gemini Room.

Bible Study

West Texas: Feast and Famine Monday, Jan 11 - Friday, Feb 12
(9 a.m. - 9 p.m.)

Artist: ATEC MFA student Mitzi Hallmark

Reception: Friday, January 15, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

In the installation West Texas: Feast and Famine, organic sculptural forms, photographs, and haunting sounds together create an immersive experience for viewers. The oil and gas business in West Texas has been booming. While the economy flourished, the natural environment remained under siege. The introduction of hundreds of miles of pipeline, hydraulic fracking, and other assaults on the landscape are destroying habitats and water sources for families and wildlife. The starkness of the sculptures, complemented by a photographic panorama, evokes an unavoidable and palpable urgency. One witnesses an intensity that is symbolic of the current situation in West Texas, a landscape that in its present-day condition represents a disparity of feast and famine.

Bio: Mitzi Hallmark is a Dallas based artist, published author, and West Texas native who has exhibited her photography throughout North Texas. To expose the relationship between the vulnerability of the economy and the fragility of the environment, over the past several years she has been spending time in West Texas, studying and documenting the changing landscape. She is pursuing the Master of Fine Arts in Art and Technology at the University of Texas at Dallas.

Drawing Quote Unquote Friday, Jan 15 - Friday, Feb 12
(9 a.m. - 9 p.m.)

Through the work of local and emerging artists, Drawing Quote Unquote explores various ways to interpret the notion of drawing. Plans or diagrams distill intent much differently than a doodle, but both draw a line. One may draw a line in space with movement, a piece of wire or thread, or pour light through celluloid, projecting a line. The exhibition also highlights traditional mark-making and drawing processes such as working values on toned paper, staining, stamping, inking and frottage. The contemporary artists in Drawing Quote Unquote continue the dynamic history of “drawing” to humor, communicate, express, and politicize.

Muslimahs for Change - Speakers Series Friday, Feb 12
(4 p.m. - 9 p.m.) Location: RHS 1.001.

We are inviting Muslim women speakers who work in notable professions to talk about the journey and motivate and encourage young woman to pursue their dreams.

Hillel - Shabbat Dinner Friday, Feb 12
(6 p.m. - 9 p.m.)

Hillel is having a shabbat dinner! It's a dinner before the day of rest, so come join us! It will be a fun dinner even if you don't know about this jewish holiday.

Nigerian Student Association - NSA Meeting Friday, Feb 12
(7 p.m. - 9 p.m.)


Meteor Theater: Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind Friday, Feb 12
(8 p.m. - 10 p.m.)

"When their relationship turns sour, a couple undergoes a procedure to have each other erased from their memories. But it is only through the process of loss that they discover what they had to begin with."

This year, why not come celebrate Valentine's Day with Meteor Theater's screening of Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind?

Facebook event:

Sexual Responsibility Week Monday, Feb 8 - Friday, Feb 12 Location: UT Dallas Campus.

A week filled with education and events related to safe sex practices and healthy relationships.

Eisemann Center Residency: Sossy Mechanics Thursday, Feb 11 (TBA) -
Saturday, Feb 13 (TBA) Location: Eisemann Center, 2351 Performance Dr, Richardson, TX 75082.

Purchase tickets at:

Times Vary.

UT Dallas, in collaboration with the Eisemann Center, presents a residency with Sossy Mechanics. The dance theater pair, Brian Sostek and Megan McClellan, will work with the UTDance Ensemble and invite science students to explore the creative process as they create a work that investigates the connections between science and art, including the unique role that the creative process plays in both. D Magazine calls Sossy Mechanics “a buoyant blend of dance, drama, humor and puppetry.”

Spring 2016 "Signature Required" Period to Withdraw from UG Courses 1st 8-week Session Wednesday, Jan 20 - Monday, Feb 15 ]]> Catch Comet Pride - Service Excellence Series (Register for the Complete Series) Tuesday, Feb 9 - Tuesday, Mar 22
(2 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.) Location: Synergy Park North - UTDesign Seminar (SPN 1.121).

Description:  The "Catch Comet Pride" certificate program consists of four (4) sessions. The sessions are approximately 2-2 ½ hours in length. Once a new series is launched, a session will be offered approximately every every two weeks. Listed below is a brief description for each session in the series.


Session 1 (Feb 9): Catching Comet Pride -- The participants will begin to understand the rationale and reasoning behind providing excellent customer service in higher education. They will also be introduced to five (5) Guiding Principles that were created to shape and direct the services we provide to both internal and external customers of UT Dallas. The participants will also be introduced to our service model, which will serve as our framework for series and the sessions that follow.


Session 2 (Feb 23): Practice Makes Perfect (I) --The participants will be re-introduced to the customer service model and exposed to customer service best practices & common barriers to providing good service. This session will also discuss and practice simulated customer service transactions and situations with special focus on welcoming behaviors.


Session 3 (Mar 8): Practice Makes Perfect (II) -- Participants will continue to look at how to deliver good service to both happy and angry customers. Building on the skills emphasized in session 2, participants will learn about delivering good customer service under stress (i.e. when the customer is frustrated, upset or angry). Additional topics of discussion will focus on customer service etiquette skills--in person, by email and over the phone We will also identify important transitioning behaviors for those times when we must refer a customer to someone else or are unable to deliver what the customer expects or wants from us.


Session 4 (Mar 22): Making It Work, Making It Personal – The participants will identify and create strategies for ensuring ongoing, excellent customer service at UT Dallas (start to finish.) This will include learning a model that can be used to evaluate our customer service efforts in each department and work unit. Then each participant will be asked to develop a personal action plan they can implement immediately to provide excellent customer service in their work area. This session also includes certificate presentations to class participants who have attended all four (4) sessions.

Click Here to Register for the Complete Series


Spring 2016 "Signature Required" Period to Withdraw from UG Courses Full Term Session Thursday, Jan 28 - Monday, Mar 28 ]]> Live Healthy North Texas 10-Week Wellness Challenge Monday, Jan 25 - Friday, Apr 1
(8 a.m. - 5 p.m.)

Mark your calendars! The Live Healthy North Texas 10-Week Wellness Challenge will begin Jan. 25 and go through April 1. Registration is open online and faculty, staff and students are eligible to sign-up.

The challenge is conducted in teams of up to 10 people. To sign up online, team captains should go to, click “join today” and enter the Group ID: LHDUTD to create a team and add team members. Team members will then receive an email with a username and password to log in and complete their profiles.

Managers/Supervisors' Certificate Series Thursday, Feb 11 - Thursday, Apr 21
(10 a.m. - 12 p.m.) Location: Synergy Park North - UTDesign Seminar (SPN 1.121).

Description:  Each session is two hours in length and focuses on basic supervision and management skills. Participants completing all six modules will receive certificates of completion.

Module 1 – Communication and Listening Skills – Participants will examine different communication styles and discuss ways to deal with the different styles of communication. Participants will discuss and explore other communication issues that greatly impact the success of manager/supervisor to employee relationship. (February11 from 10:00 AM till Noon)

Module 2 – EEO Laws – Participants will gain a better understanding of Equal Employment Opportunity laws and the implications they hold for the manager, supervisor and the university as it relates to hiring, discipline and termination. (February 25 from 10 AM till Noon)

Module 3 – Performance Management – Participants will discuss all aspects of an effective performance management system and the different methods for managing the performance of those they supervise. (March 10 from 10 AM till Noon)

Module 4 – Conflict Resolution – Participants will learn about the nature of conflict, common approaches we adopt when in conflict and the importance of supervisors and managers taking appropriate action in response to workplace conflict.  (March 24 from 10 AM till Noon)

Module 5 – Dynamic Discipline– In this session, managers and supervisors will learn the full range of the University’s discipline process and how to use that process legally, appropriately and effectively.  (April 7 from 10 AM till Noon)

Module 6 – Motivating and Recognizing Employees – Participants will explore key concepts behind employee motivation and learn the importance of using recognition and praise to honor employees and benefit the productivity of the work group. (April 21 from 10 AM till Noon)

Click Here to Register for the Complete Series