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UT Dallas Magazine. This publication takes an in-depth look at the University's most important stories and events.
- Finding Our Place: New Campus Vibe Greets Class of 2020
The UT Dallas campus looks nothing like it did years ago. An ambitious project has transformed campus with architecture and landscaping that invites you to stay awhile.
- Alumni Perspective: Aphrodite Vati Mariola BS'97
Aphrodite Vati Mariola and family — preparing to open their hotel for the season on the Greek island of Lesvos — quickly responded to a refugee crisis on their shores.
- Fly Fishing in Bolivia
As partner in a fishing expedition enterprise, former schoolteacher Federico Marancenbaum BA'04 sleeps under the stars and fishes in the rivers of his native Bolivia.
- Across Space and Time
The key role of space sciences and astrophysics in the University's research enterprise is chronicled with a look at the people and projects that span decades.
- Creative Spark: A New Generation Burns Path from Classroom to Entrepreneurship
Many UT Dallas alumni founded businesses through the University's programs that ignite the entrepreneurial spark.
- A Nobel Partnership
A 40-year partnership in science and service began when Gwen Boles Sancar MS'74, PhD'77 and 2015 Nobel laureate Aziz Sancar PhD'77 met in a UTD lab.
- Come Together
Smarts Required. Nerdiness Optional. A culture of acceptance encourages UTD students to follow their passions.
- Life on the Other Side: Alumni Profile
Successful businesswoman and community leader Gigi Edwards Bryant MBA’02 uses her experience as a former ward of the state foster care system to build a better future for others.
- Breaking from the Path: Alumni Perspective
Ibrahim Bashir BS’01 was certain as a freshman how his four years at UTD would go. Now a director of engineering at Twitter, Bashir is glad it wasn’t that simple.
- The Fun Factor
Having fun is what science should be all about, says Dr. Ken Berry, and experts agree. Combining science, math and fun connects children to future careers and improves their skills.
- Office Space: Alumni Perspective
Stuart Yun BS'13 helps design, test and build vehicles and systems for suborbital spaceflight. He is an eyewitness to the progress and the setbacks in sending rockets into space via carrier aircraft rather than the traditional platform launchpad.
- Brew Masters: Alumni Profile
From taprooms to a cidery to a beer filling station, five alumni are leading an explosion of craft beer breweries in North Texas. Along the way, they've collected national awards and patented new systems.
- The Good Life
After graduating with no student debt, Andrew Seguin BS'09 spent six months traveling around the country before snagging a position first at Amazon and then at Google's corporate headquarters in California. Employers are looking for well-rounded alumni like Andrew, who not only earn degrees in high-demand fields but also possess critical thinking skills and willingness to help in their communities.
- Treasures on the Third Floor
We offer glimpses of some of the rare or historically significant items that can be found in the Eugene McDermott Library, safeguarded within the Special Collections and Archives Division. This issue highlights the Lighter-Than-Air Collection and the General James "Jimmy" H. Doolittle Archives.
- Classroom All-Stars
For the almost 100 University student-athletes named to the Academic All-Conference list, striving for good grades provides another outlet for their competitive drive. Some of these classroom all-stars provide insight into what it takes to balance academics and athletics.
- The Politely Ruthless Race for the Top
in Collegiate Chess
A handful of American universities, including UT Dallas, are in a race to recruit ever-more-highly-rated chess players. Meet some of the game's key figures in this inside look at the competition for national titles.
- The Ice Storm That Almost Stole Graduation
More than ever before, the University communicates through social media during times of emergency, such as a week in December when icy conditions canceled graduation plans.
- Dispatch from Yida Camp, South Sudan
Alumni Perspective: Tiffany Ornelas de Tool
On Nov. 10, 2011, alumna Tiffany Ornelas de Tool scrambled for cover as the Sudanese Armed Forces dropped bombs on the Yida refugee camp where she was working. Read her description of that dramatic day.
- There's No Place Like UTD
Many husbands and wives, parents and children, brothers and sisters have shared an academic home at UT Dallas. These "legacies” received no concessions on admissions standards. They chose UTD because they know the school so well through their family ties.
- The JFK Connection
John F. Kennedy’s assassination 50 years ago in Dallas is one of the nation’s most widely reported events. Less well known is the connection between the Graduate Research Center of the Southwest (that would one day become UT Dallas) and the president’s visit.
Kyle Schleigh may be the best student-athlete ever to wear a Comets uniform. As he enters his senior year, Schleigh is expected to add to his impressive basketball resume that includes conference, regional and national honors.
- Reversing the Brain Drain: A Tier One Report
As eight public universities in Texas map their paths to "Tier One" status, the friendly competition has led to substantial public and private support for education and research. Nationally recognized academic research universities often reshape the local economic landscape. Is a Tier One research university near you?
- Then & Now: Fifty Years of Science and Mathematics
The '60s boom of the U.S. space program, the unraveling of the DNA molecule and the mysteries of the Earth’s crust and core brought a community of scientific scholars to the Southwest Center for Advanced Studies, now UTD. Fifty years later, the intellectual climate is nurtured with the same rigor and passion and, in some cases, by some of the same scientists.
- Drawn to Damascus
Alumni Perspective: Dina Shahrokhi
The decision made during her senior year—to forego graduate school for the experience of living and working in the Middle East—took Dina Shahrokhi BA'11 from Dallas to Syria. Her exploration of the country and its culture was disrupted by the conflict that engulfs Syria today. An eyewitness to upheavals in the ancient city, Dina remains committed to a career combining mediation and Middle East policy.
- Breaking Through
Andy Cobb’s parents didn’t know he was deaf until he was 2. The diagnosis of hearing loss led to the Callier Center where a technological breakthrough made a difference in how his life and his family’s unfolded. Researchers in schools and centers across the University collaborate on defeating barriers to communication—from tinnitus in military veterans to language deficits in small children to apraxia of speech in stroke victims.
- Playing for the Love of the Game:
Club Teams Compete at National Level
Nearly 600 students take part in club sports, playing because they love to compete in pursuits like bowling, fencing, gymnastics, longboard, martial arts, rock climbing, rugby, swimming, ultimate Frisbee and volleyball. For some, the fun carries all the way to national championships.
- An Unconventional Life
Alumni Perspective: Daniella Poole Mestyanek
Daniella Poole Mestyanek BA’09 was born in the Philippines to missionary parents, raised in Brazil, and resided in eight other countries before moving to the United States as a teenager. Her unconventional life, including her service as an intelligence officer in the U.S. Army, fuels her love of travel, interest in other cultures and plans for the future.
- Reinventing the Arts
What do you get when you put an animator, a physicist and a painter together? The answer may never be known. But Dr. Dennis Kratz, dean of the thriving School of Arts and Humanities, is pushing his band of creative faculty to find out. The collaborations among different disciplines sparked new courses that attract scientists and engineers as well as artists.
- ECS25: A Retrospective
When the Erik Jonsson School of Engineering and Computer Science was established in 1985, it fulfilled a goal of the University's founders to meet the demand for more engineers. The early challenges and present-day accomplishments of the Jonsson School were explored during the observance of its 25th anniversary.
- Two Coaches, Two Teams—One Successful Soccer Program
Jack Peel and John Antonisse, who lead the men's and women's soccer teams, are the longest-serving coaches for the Comets. Joining the University's fledgling athletic program in the '90s, they started racking up victories and bringing home championship hardware, putting together a remarkable record of 27 consecutive winning seasons combined.
- Research Is Teaching
Research is teaching, say faculty and off-campus experts, and effective teaching requires research. Students and professors state their cases and describe early experiences.
- Town and Gown
There once was a tiny burg known as Richardson. Then, courtesy of some big dreamers, a few research grants and lots of bulldozers, it grew into a city whose destiny was linked to a fledgling campus in the middle of open fields on Campbell Road.
- Courtside Success
A conversation with Marci Sanders and Terry Butterfield who lead two of the most successful athletic programs at UT Dallas—volleyball and men's basketball.
- How Undergraduates Came To UT Dallas
More than 20 years after the controversial decision to add undergraduate students, key players provide their accounts of the pitfalls and rewards of re-inventing the University.
- A Campus Transformed
Pre-eminent landscape architect Peter Walker and Partners guided the transformation of the University's front door and the heart of campus. The September dedication is captured in a pictorial essay.
- BMOCs and Campus Sweethearts? Student Leaders Transcend Type
It's not your grandfather's—or grandmother's—college campus anymore. Today's Big Man on Campus is just as likely to be a woman. UT Dallas student leaders do share some characteristics: They tend to be persistent risk-takers who are generous with their time.
- Tier One, Here We Come
The behind-the-scenes story of a white paper from the desk of UT Dallas President David E. Daniel that morphed into law and set off a race among seven universities to become Texas' next research powerhouse.
- Back to the Future
1969 marked the beginning of the Internet, Sesame Street, the first moon walk and The University of Texas at Dallas as a public university and member of the UT System. The Comets marked the milestone with a series of events and historical sleuthing.
- Young Alumni Perspective: Hannah Frank
A Peace Corps mission in Ghana as seen through the eyes and the lens of Hannah Frank BA '08.