August 2, 2014


General interest media coverage of UT Dallas students, faculty, staff and leadership and their achievements.


UTD Professor Maps Out Prominent Births, Deaths

Aug. 1, 2014

“We showed with this paper that it is possible to take qualitative events, like those collected by librarians, art historians and regular people, and throw them on a huge pile, and out of this pile find patterns.” — Dr. Maximilian Schich, associate professor for arts and technology  read more


Big Data Reveals How Cities Beckoned the Brainy for 2,000 Years

July 31, 2014

"People in the past were not so different from us. It's very strange to think my odds of moving a long distance are similar." — Dr. Maximilian Schich, associate professor for arts and technology read more


When It Is — and Isn't — Worth Meeting in Person

July 25, 2014

"You want to make sure that this is a serious potential customer or client, not just a tire-kicker." — Jackie Kimzey, executive director of UT Dallas' Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship read more


Reporter/Doctor Talks Of The Flight 17 Death Of Her Mentor, AIDS Researcher Joep Lange

July 22, 2014

"Science is almost about following the pack. Joep was a very brave, singular voice on prestigious panels saying, 'We can get HIV/AIDS treatments to the poorest of the poor, and not only can we, but we have to.'" — Dr. Seema Yasmin, communications professor in practice read more


Dallas-Area Buyers Will Have to Shell Out Even More This Year for Homes

July 17, 2014

“Look at Toyota — their people are coming here and getting a bargain. ... It's crazy to have three to 10 offers on a house." — Dr. Randall S. Guttery, director of real estate programs read more


Will Ottawa's Wireless Market Meddling Offer Any Payoff for Consumers?

July 7, 2014

"Maybe people hate the Big Three, but if they had won that spectrum, they may have deployed it. It seems like the government is trying to do something good for customers. It's not clear that it's ultimately successful or ultimately in the best interests of the country." — Dr. Kyle Hyndman, assistant professor of managerial economics read more


Was Frisco Boy's Case a Domestic Violence Homicide or a Wrongful Arrest?

July 5, 2014

"They may not have had the training to recognize the cultural differences that would differentiate this child's death from others that they were trained to respond to." — Dr. Denise Paquette Boots, associate professor of criminology read more


Dallas Legal Community Bracing for Influx of Immigration Cases

July 2, 2014

"The laws here are incredibly convoluted. It's hard for people who live in this country and study it for a living to understand it, so you can only imagine the situation that these children are in." — Dr. Banks Miller, assistant professor of political science read more


Learning-Disabled Siblings Graduate Thanks To Online Classes

July 1, 2014

“This is a platform and technology that makes sense to them. Their brains are able to figure out the problem-solving that's involved with it.” — Tandra Allen, head of Virtual Training Programs at UT Dallas' Center for BrainHealth read more


Middle School Girls Geek Out On Science At UT Dallas

June 27, 2014

“Even stereotypes from parents and from the teachers. They think that maybe there’s the thought that boys still outperform girls in mathematics, science and engineering. But I think that’s changing.” — Dr. Bernine Khan, director of the Science and Engineering Education Center at UT Dallas read more

MLB Found Stadium Security Inadequate, Former Dodgers Executive Says

June 20, 2014

"Essentially the offender becomes a ticking time bomb and the only thing that's going to extinguish the fuse is vengeance." — Dr. Bruce Jacobs, professor of criminology read more


Brain Games That Could Pay Off in Retirement

June 19, 2014

“Based on our findings, I would suggest that people do activities that are mentally challenging, but not so much that it becomes aversive." — Dr. Denise Park, co-director of the Center for Vital Longevity, and Distinguished University Chair read more


Pittsburgh Cybersquad Leads Way in Fighting Cybercrime

June 16, 2014

“[The indictments] give a warning signal that the U.S. is now going to go after hackers outside of U.S. borders. I won’t say it will stop people, but it will deter people in the future.” — Dr. Bhavani Thuraisingham, Louis A. Beecherl Jr. Distinguished Professor read more


Wisconsin Stabbing Highlights Juvenile Crime Laws

June 5, 2014

"There are certainly ... individuals who seem to continue to offend regardless of any services that are offered. The real question is can we distinguish those individuals at a young age? I would say not very well." — Dr. Nadine Connell, criminology professor read more


FBI Manhunt via Social Media? Citizen Sleuthing is a Double-Edged Sword

June 2, 2014

“We all love good stories, and a real-time criminal investigation in which we can take part is as good as it gets.” — Dr. Janet Johnson, clinical assistant professor in the School of Arts and Humanities read more


Infants May Benefit from Advanced Cochlear Implants

May 28, 2014

"We always want to push the envelope, we're trying to figure out if we get them implants before 12 months, is that going to be better?" — Dr. Andrea Warner-Czyz, assistant professor in the School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences read more

Coping With Hearing Loss, With, And Without Technology

May 27, 2014

"What we're trying to teach people here are strategies to help you communicate better with individuals and if you keep that façade that you don't need any special accommodations then that only compounds the problem." — Dr. Linda Thibodeau, professor in the School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences read more

Lack of Sleep Driving You Crazy?

May 26, 2014

"If you don't get enough sleep, and you get in a chronic state of that, then you look just like someone who has early-onset Alzheimer's." — Dr. Sandra Bond Chapman, founder and director of the Center for BrainHealth read more


Experts Say Oklahoma's Botched Execution Affecting Cases in Other States

May 25, 2014

"It's a cat-and-mouse game with the states and these groups that are litigating to abolish the death penalty," — Dr. James Marquart, professor of criminology read more


By the Numbers: Top Risks for Car Break-Ins

May 23, 2014

"Burglars tend to escape from the crime scene as soon as possible." — Dr. Yongwan Chun, assistant professor of geospatial information sciences read more


Why That Video Went Viral

May 19, 2014

"People share things they have strong emotional reactions to, especially strong positive reactions." — Dr. Rosanna Guadagno, emerging media and communication professor read more


Billion-dollar Developments Multiply

May 15, 2014

 “You have hotel, office, retail, apartments — everything right there. It’s all self-contained.” — Dr. Randall S. Guttery, clinical professor of real estate and director of real estate programs read more


Getting Rid of the Clutter Helps Increase Inner Peace

May 12, 2014

"Every object, every clutter, every piece of information will pique your attention. It's a cue; everything is connected to something else." — Dr. Denise Park, co-director of the Center for Vital Longevity, and Distinguished University Chair read more


Study: Teens Who Expect to Die Young Are More Likely to Commit Crime

May 11, 2014

"We can turn some of these kids around if we give them these opportunities and we give them these consistent messages." — Dr. Alex Piquero, Ashbel Smith Professor of Criminology read more

Federal Study Says Climate Change Is Already Here

May 6, 2014

"What had been a normal-precipitation drought now becomes a deep-grade drought. And normal in the region becomes a low-grade drought." — Dr. Tom Brikowski, geosciences professor read more


Common-Sense Advice for Saving Your Sight and Hearing

May 5, 2014

"Virtually everything we do now has the potential of causing hearing loss. Our ears weren't developed to hear noise levels, the intensity being generated today." Dr. Ross Roeser, Howard B. and Lois C. Wolf Professor for Pediatric Hearing read more


Learning A New Skill Works Best To Keep Your Brain Sharp

May 5, 2014

"We found quite an improvement in memory, and we found that when we tested our participants a year later, that was maintained." — Dr. Denise Park, co-director of the Center for Vital Longevity, and Distinguished University Chair read more


Pick Up A New Hobby To Prevent Memory Loss

April 23, 2014

"Now quilting may not seem like a mentally challenging task. But try it! If you're a novice you're cutting out all these abstract shapes, it's a very demanding and complex task." — Dr. Denise Park, co-director of the Center for Vital Longevity read more

Survey: 9 In 10 Texans Want Pot Decriminalized

April 21, 2014

"We found no increase in the crime rate on the state level for states that passed legalizing marijuana for medicinal purposes." — Dr. Robert Morris, associate professor of criminology read more


Teens Who Expect to Die Young are More Likely to Commit Crime

April 17, 2014

"These kids who envision very short lives are also having problems in many other life domains, with failed schooling, failed jobs, failed relationship, failed health care. These social ills can’t be really divorced from one another." — Dr. Alex Piquero, Ashbel Smith Professor of Criminology read more


UTD Professor Explains How the Human Brain Changes with Age

April 16, 2014

“Certain parts of the brain can also communicate like the way people in a neighborhood might interact with each other: They’re friendly and talkative to some, while less social with others." — Dr. Gagan Wig, assistant professor at UT Dallas' Center for Vital Longevity read more


UTD Professor, Student Crack Heartbleed Bug

April 15, 2014

"What it does is not only does it fix the vulnerability, but it actually sets a trap for anyone who might be seeking to exploit it — to steal these passwords or secret information." — Dr. Kevin Hamlen, associate professor of computer science read more

Artificial Muscle Spun From Fishing Line And Thread

April 9, 2014

"Our artificial muscles can generate about 100 times the amount of mechanical power that a natural muscle can generate." — Dr. Ray H. Baughman, director of the Alan G. MacDiarmid NanoTech Institute read more


No Clear Security Fixes For Fort Hood Violence

April 4, 2014

"Trying to secure a base from guns is a very, very difficult proposition at best — probably impossible." — Dr. Robert Taylor, program head for Public Affairs read more

Legalizing Medical Marijuana Doesnt Cause Crime, New Study Shows

April 1, 2014

"Some studies have shown when medical marijuana becomes available legally we have reductions in alcohol misuse, and since we have an association between alcohol misuse and crime, when people substitute the marijuana for the alcohol the crime that would have followed declines." — Dr. Robert Morris, associate professor of criminology read more


Study Finds Legalized Medical Marijuana Reduces Violent Crime

March 27, 2014

"We know plenty of research that suggests once you legalize marijuana, alcohol sales go down and that could be for the fact that there is less involvement with the criminal market and so forth or the side effects of the drug itself and there is just no involvement with crime." — Dr. Robert Morris, associate professor of criminology read more


How Math Solved the Mystery of the Missing Malaysian Jet's Path

March 25, 2014

"The math involved is really just a little bit more than the trigonometry you'd have in high school." — Dr. John Zweck, professor in the Department of Mathematical Sciences read more


Testing A New Device To Diagnose Concussions

March 19, 2014

"We're trying to provide quantitative data to allow people to make informed decisions about their health care choices." — Dr. Robert Rennaker, head of the Department of Bioengineering read more


First Scorecard for United 2020 Shows Progress, Needs

March 19, 2014

"This is a community set of goals. Really, what they’re doing is setting a stage for all of the good work other people are doing so they can come together to move these needles." — Timothy Bray, director of the Institute for Urban Policy Research read more

Ask Me About My Grandchildren and Their iPhones

March 9, 2014

"I cannot see one single benefit from a young child messing around with an iPhone or an iPad. I don’t see any good that comes of that, and I see a lot of bad." — Dr. Marion K. Underwood, Ashbel Smith Professor of Psychological Sciences. read more

Bullying: A Search for Solutions

March 9, 2014

"Sometimes adults forget that there are a lot of bad examples of adults out there. We are giving children a language and a script to then take to the schoolyard. It's really important as adults that we model the behavior we want to see." — Dr. Nadine Connell, criminology professor read more


UTDs Callier Center Begins Trial for New Tinnitus Treatment

March 7, 2014

"Each time that you present a tone you stimulate the vagus nerve and you tell the brain that all these tones are important except the tinnitus tone." Dr. Sven Vanneste, associate professor at the Callier Center for Communication Disorders read more


Challenging Your Brain Keeps It Sharp as You Age

March 3, 2014

“Being deeply engaged is key to maintaining the health of the mind.” — Dr. Denise Park, co-director of the Center for Vital Longevity read more


How to Get Bieber to Follow You on Twitter

Feb. 26, 2014

“These adolescents are at an age where they’re so desperate for connectedness with their peer group. They have this way that they can just lob out information, lob out communication to their whole group of peers and then get something back.” — Dr. Marion K. Underwood, Ashbel Smith Professor of Psychological Sciences read more


Texas Public Colleges Freeze Tuition — What Does That Mean For Students And Families?

Feb. 24, 2014

“Our four-year graduation rate has risen from 32 percent when I came in 2005 to about 50 percent now. I expect it to continue to rise.” — Dr. David E. Daniel, UT Dallas president read more

In Killers Minds, Love Never Left

Feb. 23, 2014

“None of us are perfect. Even if the victim did things — they were taking drugs or they cheated on their partner — that doesn’t mean that you deserve to die.” — Dr. Denise Paquette Boots, associate professor of criminology read more


Scientists Just Created Some of the Most Powerful Muscles in Existence

Feb. 20, 2014

"The energy per cycle that we obtain from these artificial muscles, and their weightlifting abilities, are extraordinary." — Dr. Ray H. Baughman, director of the Alan G. MacDiarmid NanoTech Institute read more


In Tough Times, the Fix Is In

Feb. 20, 2014

"Their expectations in the tenure of their house may have changed. No one wanted to sell in 2007, and people have thought they would invest." — Dr. Tammy Leonard, clinical assistant professor of economics read more

Putting More Students on the PhD Path is UTD Prof's Goal

Feb. 20, 2014

“When I go to the conferences, I hang out and I schmooze, particularly with young faculty and doctoral students. I really try to encourage them to take this thing seriously. I tell them, ‘If you don’t dream it, you aren’t likely to go down that path.’” — Dr. David Ford, Naveen Jindal School of Management professor read more


Men Who Work Longer Hours Have Healthier Wives

Feb. 20, 2014

“If we think about the fact that workers are in families, and they’re not just isolated units, is there some way that that work is not only affecting yourself, but other members of your family?” — Dr. Sibyl Kleiner, post-doctoral research associate read more

© The University of Texas at Dallas 800 West Campbell Road, Richardson, Texas 75080 (972) 883-2111