News and information for and about UT Dallas faculty.
For the third year, students in the School of Economics, Policy and Political Science rewarded faculty with nominations for best professors of the year at an awards ceremony last month. Students nominated professors from each of the seven degree areas within EPPS for Outstanding Teaching Comet Awards, and a winner was selected in each. The winners received crystal apples engraved with their names.
Dr. Dmitry Rachinskiy, a professor of mathematical sciences who recently joined the UT Dallas faculty, applies principles of mathematics to natural systems to better understand problems and phenomena in biology, physics, chemistry, technology, geosciences and economics.read more
Dr. Randall S. Guttery, the Naveen Jindal School of Management’s director of real estate programs, brings a wealth of academic and practical experience from a 30-year real estate career. A new partnership with a worldwide organization brings more good news for the growing program.read more
Dr. Victor L. Worsfold, associate professor emeritus of UT Dallas, passed away Sunday, April 21, at the age of 69. Worsfold was an inspiring educator and member of the faculty in the School of Arts and Humanities from 1975-2001 and recipient of the University of Texas Chancellor’s Council Outstanding Teaching Award in 1989.read more
Dr. Sheila Amin Gutiérrez de Piñeres, professor of economics and dean of undergraduate education, and Dr. John Sibert, associate professor in the Department of Chemistry, were among the first 12 individuals chosen to join a UT System academy, which recognizes outstanding educators at UT’s nine academic institutions.read more
As wedding season approaches, the big day can bring great joy, but also sobering financial burdens. The key, says UT Dallas personal finance expert Jared Pickens, is to avoid piling on debt just as a new marriage begins.read more
Dr. Vladimir Dragovic joined the UT Dallas faculty recently as a professor in the Department of Mathematical Sciences. Before joining UT Dallas, he was a research scientist at the University of Lisbon.read more
Dr. Nasser Kehtarnavaz, professor of electrical engineering, is often mentioned in an informal survey of students graduating from the Erik Jonsson School of Engineering and Computer Science as one of their most influential faculty members. Siamak Yousefi, who earned a doctorate in electrical engineering last school year, said Kehtarnavaz provided continuous support and invaluable advice.read more
Thomas Riccio, professor of performance and aesthetic studies in the School of Arts and Humanities, recently visited Nepal and India to deepen his research on indigenous performance. His research shows the countries’ traditions are alive but vulnerable in the face of global changes.read more
Dr. Gagan Wig, who recently joined UT Dallas’ School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences, is looking forward to collaborating with colleagues who share his interest in aging and memory loss at the Center for Vital Longevity. Wig, an assistant professor, will teach courses on the brain and cognition, as well as connectivity and neuroimaging. He chose to come to CVL because he was “extremely encouraged and inspired” by the level of support UT Dallas has put toward building a world-class brain sciences program.read more
History professor Stephen G. Rabe shared his expertise on ties between the U.S. and Latin America recently with students in Colombia in a series of lectures given in conjunction with the Fulbright Program. Over a period of 17 days, Rabe delivered 13 lectures on the history of inter-American relations and on topics in contemporary U.S. history. Rabe lectured at the Universidad Nacional of Colombia om Bogotá, the Universidad de Manizales, in the nation’s coffee-growing region, and the Universidad de los Andes, a private university in Bogotá.read more
Still haven’t filed that income tax return? UT Dallas tax senior lecturer Art Agulnek has some practical advice for avoiding common and costly mistakes and other Tax Day headaches. Too many taxpayers make simple errors that can delay refunds, he says. Others leave money on the table by overlooking deductions. And growing numbers have discovered that identity thieves already have beaten them to their refunds.read more
Dr. Adolf J.H. Enthoven, the most senior accounting professor in the UT Dallas Naveen Jindal School of Management and director of its Center for International Accounting Development, died March 15 of complications from a fall late last year. He was 84. Dr. Enthoven, who joined the UT Dallas faculty in 1976, was a noted expert on international accounting and wrote or contributed to almost 20 books on accounting education and the profession as practiced in Africa, Asia, China, Russia and many other countries around the globe.
Discovering a beautiful image — then finding just the right angle at just the right time with just the right lighting — are the challenges that drive senior lecturer John Fowler’s love of photography.read more
The Emerging Media And Communications program at UT Dallas aims to make students better “digital citizens,” even if that means stepping into the shoes of a computer hacker. Professor Andrew Famiglietti recently challenged his students to better understand the presence of the “hacker” in contemporary society, and to take a critical eye to the scholarship and practices surrounding the hacking subculture.read more
Dr. Betty Holland Wiesepape, who teaches creative writing and literature at UT Dallas, has recently published Winifred Sanford: The Life and Times of a Texas Writer, a biography of one of Texas’ most mysterious writers. Winifred Sanford is considered an important early 20th-century Texas writer, despite publishing only a handful of short stories before fading into obscurity.read more
When Dr. Ronald Smaldone joined the UT Dallas faculty last fall, he brought with him an ace in the hole – research expertise centered on novel, porous materials that have wide-ranging potential applications, from batteries to drug delivery to energy storage. The materials Smaldone is developing are nanoporous polymers. In bulk they are crystalline or a powder, but a microscope reveals tiny openings where small molecules can enter and get trapped and released, just as water molecules get trapped in a sponge.read more
As an undergraduate student studying chemistry in Seoul, South Korea, Dr. Jiyong Lee had an experience that would set his career path. “I realized I wanted to do something for people suffering,” he said. Lee’s research focuses on using chemistry-based approaches and technologies to address challenging problems in biology and medicine.
Dr. Kelli Palmer has joined UT Dallas from Harvard Medical School and is running her own laboratory as an assistant professor of molecular and cell biology. Palmer, who supervises the research of several graduate students, is focused on creating a better understanding of how bacteria develop resistance to antibiotics.read more
Dr. Andrea Warner-Czyz seeks to learn more about how infants perceive sound. A new position at UT Dallas will help her expand that research and share her knowledge with students. Warner-Czyz is now an assistant professor in the School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences after spending the past seven years as a post-doctoral researcher and instructor in the school and at the Callier Center for Communication Disorders.read more
Dr. Karen Rodrigue, a new assistant professor in UT Dallas’ School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences and the Center for Vital Longevity, wants to identify the key factors, both environmental and genetic, that impact the brain and cognition as we age. “Understanding the mechanisms and modifiers of healthy brain aging can help inform us not only about how to maintain good cognitive health, but also about what goes awry in conditions like Alzheimer’s disease and other age-related neurological disorders and the best options for treating them,” Rodrigue said.
Dr. Alain Bensoussan, professor of risk and decision analysis and an Ashbel Smith Professor in the Naveen Jindal School of Management at UT Dallas, is among 1,119 international mathematicians who have been named Fellows of the American Mathematical Society (AMS) for 2013. This is the inaugural class of honorees. The Fellow designation recognizes outstanding contributions to the advancement and use of mathematics.read more
The founder and chief director of UT Dallas’ Center for BrainHealth has just published a new book that condenses 30 years of her research into a brain health fitness guide designed to maximize brain potential. In Make Your Brain Smarter – Increase Your Brain’s Creativity, Energy, and Focus, Dr. Sandra Bond Chapman provides techniques to improve creative and critical thinking, strengthen healthy brain development and incite innovation throughout the lifespan.read more
The School of Arts and Humanities has named ATEC Assistant Professor Todd Fechter the Victor Worsfold Teacher of the Year. Fechter's honor was part of the school’s Outstanding Faculty and Teaching Awards, which are presented yearly and are named for Professor Emeritus Worsfold, who taught ethics and philosophy at UT Dallas from 1975 to 2001. Dr. Worsfold was present for the awards ceremony. Fechter, who has experience working in television and film production, teaches courses in 3D computer animation in the school’s Arts and Technology program.read more
Dr. Clay Reynolds, director of creative writing at UT Dallas and author of 13 books, offers reading suggestions for the break. Reynolds is known for his stories of small town life in West Texas, for tales of violence, mystery, flatlands and empty skies.read more
Jared Pickens, a personal finance expert and finance faculty member at The University of Texas at Dallas, offers some holiday budget tips.
Dr. Kaushik Rajashekara was an advocate of energy efficiency in vehicles before the concepts of renewable energy and lower emissions were popular. So while spending most of his career in industry, he made time to teach by giving more than 100 invited presentations in more than 40 countries. “There was a time when there was not a demand for power electronics professors in the United States,” Rajashekara said. “People have now awakened to the area of power electronics.”read more
Dr. Kristen Kennedy is looking to the brain’s white matter for clues about how the brain changes as we age and why some people are able to maintain good cognitive health while others are not. Kennedy joined the UT Dallas faculty this year as an assistant professor in the School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences and UT Dallas’ Center for Vital Longevity.read more
Robert Xavier Rodríguez, an internationally known composer and professor of music at UT Dallas, will direct his Musica Nova ensemble in a concert that will feature classical music, choreography, projected images and film. The event, titled Old and New: A Multi-Media Concert, is Friday, Nov. 30, at 8 p.m. in the Jonsson Performance Hall. The concert includes music from J.S. Bach and his son C.P.E. Bach, plus music from other composers of the 20th and 21st centuries.read more
Dr. Raúl Rojas is a new assistant professor of communication sciences in the School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences. Rojas’ research focuses on child language, specifically bilingual language development in typically developing children and in children with language impairments.read more
Denis Dean, professor and head of the Geography and Geospatial Information Sciences Program at UT Dallas, has been named dean of the School of Economic, Political and Policy Sciences. Dr. Dean is an expert in geospatial analysis, which can be applied to real world applications including urban planning, population studies and computer mapping programs.read more
Earnest gratitude and hearty reminiscence marked the tone for a second round of investiture ceremonies at The University of Texas at Dallas honoring the achievements of scholars holding endowed positions, as well as the benefactors who support their work. “Today we celebrate some of our extraordinary faculty," said UT Dallas President Dr. David E. Daniel. "The investiture is both ceremonial and joyous."read more
The fall 2012 Investiture Ceremony honorees listed by school.read more
Dr. Jinkyung Na wants to learn more about how people think, and how that viewpoint is shaped by their cultural and social environment. Na joined the faculty of the School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences (BBS) this fall as an assistant professor of psychology. He will teach social psychology during the spring term. “Since the university is growing, this provides many opportunities for us to grow together,” he said.read more
John Pomara, professor of visual arts in the School of Arts and Humanities, produces art that is unique to the digital age. His most recent work is currently on display at the Barry Whistler Gallery in Dallas until Nov. 24. The exhibit, titled off-Key2, showcases Pomara’s artistic style that fuses art, science and technology – a style that has developed over time.
Dr. Fabiano Rodrigues joined the UT Dallas faculty this year as an assistant professor in the Department of Physics and in the William B. Hanson Center for Space Sciences, a research center in the School of Natural Sciences and Mathematics. One of the factors that attracted him to the university was the institution’s long history of research and expertise in atmospheric and space studies.read more
This week the University will recognize the accomplishments of 35 faculty members who hold endowed chairs and professorships. In ceremonies today and Tuesday, groups of faculty from the School of Economic, Political and Policy Sciences and the Naveen Jindal School of Management will be formally invested in their positions. The ceremonies will also include some faculty from the Schools of Arts and Humanities, Behavioral and Brain Sciences, Natural Sciences and Mathematics and the Erik Jonsson School of Engineering and Computer Science.read more
Dr. Sheryl Skaggs, associate professor in the School of Economic, Political and Policy Sciences, was recently appointed to lead the department of Public Affairs and Sociology. As department head, Skaggs said her priorities include increasing recruiting efforts continuing to encourage high-level research. “We really want to create some areas of specialization that are compatible with student interests in public policy and non-profits,” Skaggs said. “We’re also committed to increasing faculty representation in those areas.”read more
The CentralTrak artists' residency and gallery in Deep Ellum is launching a series of talks among artists, art enthusiasts, and art students and educators from across the Dallas area. This year’s series, which is titled Next Topic, will examine new digital media art. The series opens Thursday, Oct. 11, at 7 p.m. with UT Dallas arts and technology (ATEC) professors Frank Dufour and Thomas Riccio. They will be discussing their collaborative multi-media exhibition Not So Indifferent, which is currently on display in the CentralTrak gallery. The exhibit combines digital media with site-specific design to create an existential drama – a performance that features the viewing public as lead actors in the projected video.read more
The School of Arts and Humanities has scheduled two classical music concerts this week, including a piano performance for four hands and a show dedicated entirely to Franz Schubert. On Wednesday, Oct. 3 at 5 p.m. in the Jonsson Performance Hall, the Dakoli-Tolosa Piano Duo will perform piano four-hands music by Robert D. Vandall, Carlos Guastavino, Alberto Ginastera and Aleksander Peci.read more
Bonnie Pitman, a guiding force in remaking and advancing the reputation of the Dallas Museum of Art, recently joined the faculty of the School of Arts and Humanities. As Distinguished Scholar in Residence, she is charged with creating new methods of education, focusing much of her expertise in technology and emerging media in helping to build the national reputation of the school.read more
Dr. Matt Bondurant’s 2008 book, The Wettest County in the World, has made the leap to the big screen, and on Wednesday, Aug. 29, the film adaptation will open in theaters in a movie called, Lawless. Bondurant has published two other novels. Bondurant will teach undergraduate and graduate creative writing and literature courses this semester.read more
Dr. Joseph Izen, whose research into the fundamental nature of matter enriches his advanced physics classes at UT Dallas, has received a 2012 Regents’ Outstanding Teaching Award. “The advanced physics courses I enjoy teaching the most reveal things that are not so apparent in daily life," said Izen, who has taught at UT Dallas since 1991.read more
As Dr. Clint Peinhardt begins his eighth year of teaching at UT Dallas, he will do so with a 2012 UT System Board of Regents’ Outstanding Teaching Award recognizing his success in the classroom. Peinhardt is one of two UTD faculty members who join 63 others throughout the UT System being honored. read more
Two UT Dallas professors are among the 65 faculty members from institutions across The University of Texas System that have been honored by the UT System Board of Regents as recipients of the 2012 Regents’ Outstanding Teaching Award. The UT Dallas honorees are Dr. Joseph Izen, professor of physics; and Dr. Clint Peinhardt, an assistant professor of political science. read more
The Naveen Jindal School of Management plans to continue a series of talks that bring innovation leaders from business, healthcare, technology, higher education and philanthropy to share their insights with students, faculty, staff and business leaders. Dr. Michael Savoie directs the free monthly speaker series, “An Afternoon With …”. read more
Gov. Rick Perry selected Dr. Pamela Rollins of UT Dallas’ School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences to serve another two-year term on the Texas Council on Autism and Pervasive Developmental Disorders. The council recommends public policy changes and allocations to the Texas Legislature and state agencies regarding the needs of people with autism. read more
George McMechan, the Ida M. Green Professor of Geosciences at UT Dallas, has been selected to receive the Maurice Ewing Medal from the Society of Exploration Geophysicists, the highest honor given by the international organization. read more
Funeral services for Dr. Philipos Loizou, a professor of electrical engineering whose work has helped restore partial hearing to thousands of people, will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday at Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church in Dallas. Loizou, a pioneer in the field of hearing aid and speech enhancement, died Sunday of cancer. He was 46. Services will be followed by burial at Restland Funeral Home and Cemetery and a traditional Greek farewell gathering. read more
Michelle Lyn Sancen, multi-media service manager and assistant head of circulation at Eugene McDermott Library, died early Monday after a year-long battle with cancer. A memorial service is planned Thursday.