Bionics Expert, Masters of Espionage Booked for ATEC Lectures

Faculty and staff discount seats are still available for a lecture by bionic limb innovator Hugh Herr on Wednesday, April 8. The presentation, part of this year’s Arts and Technology Distinguished Lecture Series, is set for 7:30 p.m. in the Edith O'Donnell Arts and Technology Building lecture hall (ATC 1.102).

Herr, who heads the biomechatronics research group at the MIT Media Lab, creates bionic limbs that closely emulate the function of natural limbs. To qualify for the discount, use the “ATEC2015” promo code when you order online using a desktop or laptop computer.

The final lecture of the series will be by former CIA officers Tony and Jonna Mendez, whose resumes read like a Cold War spy thriller. Tony Mendez’s mission to free a group of U.S. diplomats during the Iranian revolution was the basis for the Oscar-winning film Argo. In advance of the lecture, UT Dallas has scheduled a free screening of Argo at 8 p.m. on Wednesday, April 15, also in the ATEC lecture hall.

Loyalty Program Pioneer to Speak at Marketing Legends Event

The Naveen Jindal School of Management will host its inaugural Marketing Legends lecture and awards banquet on Monday, April 20. The event will honor a pioneer in the development of loyalty programs, which have transformed airline, hotel and resort sales.

Hal Brierley is the major force behind American Airlines’ innovative AAdvantage program. He is the leader of Brierley+Partners, which he founded in 1985.

The lecture topic will be “Rewards for Engagement: Winning the ‘Share of Attention’ Battle,” which Brierley will discuss with Lee Cullum, host of CEO on KERA-TV, commentator for Morning Edition on KERA-FM and contributor to The Dallas Morning News. The free lecture begins at 5:30 p.m. in the Davidson Auditorium (SOM 1.118). Tickets for the awards banquet, which follows at 7 p.m., can be purchased online.

Application Simplifies Sign-Up Process for Procurement Cards

Last month, Procurement Management consolidated the UT Dallas travel and purchasing card programs into a UTD-branded MasterCard called One Card. The One Card makes it possible for employees to use a single card for routine business and travel expenses.

Now, employees can apply for a One Card or request permanent transaction limit changes electronically by using the online One Card Application Form. To find it, sign in to Galaxy and click on “Gemini Financials” under Staff Tools. Then, under Forms, click on “OneCard Application Form.”

Visit the One Card Web page for more information, or review the FAQs on askYODA. You can also submit questions about One Card to askYODA or email the One Card team at [email protected].

E-Waste Roundup Offers Way to Recycle Aging Electronics

Have a printer that won’t print or a cellphone that won’t text? Recycle your outdated electronics at the Earth Week E-Waste Roundup on Tuesday, April 21. Items can be dropped off from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. under the Alexander Clark Center pavilion off Drive A.

Bring only personal electronic items. The roundup will not accept UT Dallas electronic property, which should be collected by the University’s Surplus office. This event is part of UT Dallas’ annual Earth Week celebration, which runs April 20-24.

Library Asks Faculty and Staff Members to Check Out Survey

The Eugene McDermott Library wants your feedback.

Through April 30, the library will be conducting the LibQUAL Assessment Survey, developed by the Association of Research Libraries. You can take the survey online or in person from noon to 2 p.m. Friday, April 17, on the Student Union Mall.

The 5-minute survey will help the library understand what it is doing well and how it might improve further in the wake of recent facility and equipment upgrades.

Human Resources Posts 2015 Drug-Free Workplace Notice

Human Resources has posted the 2015 notice for a drug-free workplace in accordance with the Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act. The notice serves as an annual reminder to all employees that the unauthorized purchase, manufacture, distribution, possession, sale, storage or use of an illegal drug or controlled substance while on duty, while in or on premises or property owned or controlled by the University, or while in vehicles used for University business, is prohibited.

Guide for Compensation Standards Added to HR Website

The Office of Human Resources has created a guide for best practices in compensation standards on the office’s website. For additional information or assistance with hiring and compensation matters, contact the Employment Services team within the Office of Human Resources.

Career Center to Celebrate National Student Employment Week

The UT Dallas Career Center will recognize the contributions of the University’s work-study and part-time student employees as part of National Student Employment Week. These student workers are invited to attend the following:

  • Monday, April 13, 2-3 p.m. – Ice Cream Social, Student Union Mall.
  • Wednesday, April 15, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. – Lunch, Prizes and Drawings, Student Union Galaxy Rooms.
  • Friday, April 17, 9-10:30 a.m. – Coffee and Doughnut Break, Chess Plaza.

UT Press Offers 45% Discount in Online Book Sale

The University of Texas Press is holding a spring online book sale for all campuses in the UT System from Monday, April 13, through Friday, April 17. All titles listed on the website will be 45 percent off, with free domestic shipping.

Subject areas include film, music, photography, history and more.

To qualify for the savings, use “UTPS15” as the coupon code during checkout. Details are online.

Reminders

  • Registration Deadline Approaching for UT System Physical Activity Challenge
    The 2015 UT System Physical Activity Challenge has begun. Registration for the six-week fitness program ends Friday, April 10. The goal is to complete 50,000 steps or the equivalent during each week of the challenge. Visit the UT Dallas Wellness site or email Nora Pena for more information.
  • Nobel Prize Winner to Speak at Jaya Lecture Series
    Nobel laureate and Harvard University professor Amartya Sen will address “Global Gendercide and Women’s Empowerment for Sustainable Growth” in a visit to UT Dallas on Friday, April 24. His talk, which is set for 7 p.m. in the Edith O’Donnell Arts and Technology Building lecture hall, will be the inaugural event in the Jaya Lecture Series, hosted by the UT Dallas Asia Center. Read more
  • UT Dallas Day at The Practice Tee
    The Practice Tee will host UT Dallas Day from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday, April 9. Faculty and staff members are invited for free food, drinks and the use of the facility’s putting green, par-3 course and driving range. Golf clubs will be provided.
  • Golf Tournament Registration Deadline Approaching
    The 22nd Annual UT Dallas Scholarship Golf Tournament will be held Thursday, April 30, at Firewheel Golf Park in Garland. To register or make a donation, visit utdallas.edu/golf or call the UT Dallas Office of Administration at 972-883-2213. The registration deadline is Friday, April 17.
  • UT Dallas Dining Survey
    This semester’s UT Dallas dining survey ends Friday, April 10. Participants who complete the survey get a free beverage.

Office of Research Seminars

Lunch and Learn: Applied Research Initiative, noon Wednesday, April 22 (AD 3.104)

The Applied Research Initiative is designed to enhance faculty applied research at UT Dallas and facilitate work with industry and government sponsors. The Applied Research Center works directly with these sponsors and provides engineering and prototyping partnerships for UT Dallas startup companies.

In this Lunch and Learn session, Dr. Victor Fishman, the University’s associate vice president for applied research, will outline the benefits of the Applied Research Initiative and how it can help faculty members achieve their goals. Registration is required. Read more

Other upcoming seminars include the following:

The Office of Research asks seminar attendees to RSVP by emailing Samantha Preisser.