March 30, 2015


Ahmet F. CoskunECS Lecture
Monday, March 30 (9 - 10 a.m.)
Title: Computational Single Molecule Barcoding for Single-Cell Transcriptomics: Deciphering the Cellular Heterogeneity in Development
Speaker: Dr. Ahmet F. Coskun, California Institute of Technology. more info

International WeekInternational Week: Passport to the World
Monday, March 30 (1 - 3 p.m.)
Passport to the World is an international festival that showcases culture through food, music and much more. more info

Chef Bal ArnesonCelebrity Chef Bal Arneson to Serve Up Specialties in Dining Hall West
Tuesday, March 31 (11:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.)
Chef Bal specializes in cooking healthy, Indian-inspired food with an infusion of spices. Along with being a Food Network and Cooking Channel host, she has authored several cookbooks. more info

Math is Real LifeMathematics for Life: Are You Teaching Students What They Really Need?
Tuesday, March 31 (4 - 5 p.m.)
This presentation will offer suggestions on how to improve mathematics education. more info

Monica RankinArts and Humanities Lecture
Tuesday, March 31 (4 - 5 p.m.)
Title: Pachucos and Pan Americanism: The OCIAA and Diplomatic Responses to the Zoot Suit Riots
Speaker: Dr. Monica Rankin, UT Dallas. more info

Spring Fling 2015Spring Fling 2015
Tuesday, March 31 (4 - 5:30 p.m.)
Learn about campus updates, share ideas and enjoy music, food and giveaways, including an Apple iPad mini. more info

coffee breakFree Coffee Chat for all JSOM Students
Tuesday, March 31 (5 - 7 p.m.)
Jindal School students are invited to enjoy free coffee and cookies as they network with other students, professors and deans. more info

Table TennisInternational Week: Table Tennis and Badminton Tournaments
Tuesday, March 31 (7 p.m. - midnight)
Compete or cheer with fellow students at this year’s table tennis and badminton tournaments. Both singles and doubles will be played in each sport. more info

Dr. Sabrina StarnamanTech on Tap Presents: Cinderella and the American Dream
Tuesday, March 31 (7 - 8 p.m.)
Join Dr. Sabrina Starnaman as she shares her view on how the Cinderella story and the American Dream story get intertwined. more info

solar systemNSM Lecture
Tuesday, March 31 (7 - 8 p.m.)
Title: What is Relativity? An Intuitive Introduction to Einstein’s Ideas and Why They Matter
Speaker: Dr. Jeffrey Bennett, astrophysicist and author. more info

Comer art collectionComer Collection: Artist Lecture: ‘A Natural Order’
Tuesday, March 31 (7:30 p.m.)
Lucas Foglia photographs places where wilderness and culture intersect. “A Natural Order” documents people living off the grid in the Southeastern United States. more info

email encryptionFaculty/Staff Information Security Awareness Certificate - Email Encryption
Wednesday, April 1 (10 - 11:30 a.m.)
In this session, participants will learn and practice required UT Dallas security policies and procedures for working with email. more info

Harish Krishnaswamy ECS Lecture
Wednesday, April 1 (noon - 1 p.m.)
Title:  Rethinking The Functional Boundaries of Integrated Radio-Frequency Systems Enables New Wireless Communication Paradigms
Speaker: Dr. Harish Krishnaswamy, Columbia University. more info

Raising CansRaising Cans
Wednesday, April 1 (noon - 2 p.m.)
Raising Cans is a food drive meets art competition, benefiting the Comet Cupboard. Groups will use nonperishable food items they collected to create a sculpture. more info

hot teaInternational Week: International Tea House
Wednesday, April 1 (1 - 3 p.m.)
Experience the world of tea. Learn about the rituals and history of teas, and taste teas from all over the globe. more info

Dr. Deborah FitzgeraldArts and Humanities Lecture
Wednesday, April 1 (2 p.m.)
Title: Is the Humanities the Next Big Thing?
Speaker: Dr. Deborah Fitzgerald, MIT. more info

Dr. Michael KesdenPhysics Colloquium
Wednesday, April 1 (4 - 5:15 p.m.)
Title: Effective Potentials and Morphological Transitions for Binary Black-Hole Spin Precession
Speaker: Dr. Michael Kesden, UT Dallas. more info

toureThe Media’s Role in Civil Rights: Cinematheque and an Open Discussion with Touré
Wednesday, April 1 (7 - 8:30 p.m.)
Touré, American journalist and co-host of The Cycle, will initiate a discussion of the power of media in civil rights movements. more info

Dr. Francois St-PierreBioengineering Lecture
Thursday, April 2 (9:30 - 10:30 a.m.)
Title: Capturing Millisecond-Timescale Neural Electrical Activity with Ultrafast Protein Sensors
Speaker: Dr. Francois St-Pierre, Stanford University. more info

HennaInternational Week: Henna
Thursday, April 2 (1 - 3 p.m.)
Experience the ancient Indian art of Henna. This personalized adornment is a free, relaxing and creative way to experience culture. more info

art by Twyla BloxhamComer Collection: Curator Lecture, Twyla Bloxham
Thursday, April 2 (2 p.m.)
The art of Twyla Bloxham includes film, digital, alternative processes, bookmaking, and sculpture with a focus on nature, humans and their complex interactions with the natural world. more info

passportsOPT Workshop for F-1 Students
Thursday, April 2 (2:30 - 3:45 p.m.)
Learn about the OPT application process, employment and travel considerations, and reporting requirements. more info

InvestitureUniversity Investiture Ceremony
Thursday, April 2 (3 - 5 p.m.)
University Investiture Ceremony will honor distinguished faculty members. more info

NEXT TOPICNEXT TOPIC: Goodly Object, Sleazy Performance
Thursday, April 2 (7 p.m.)
CentralTrak is pleased to host Mary Walling Blackburn, who will present a hybrid of performance/lecture/discussion. more info

lighting a matchRising Sophomore: Ignite Your Future
Thursday, April 2 (8 - 10 p.m.)
Celebrate your first-year success with your fellow freshmen at this evening of fun marking the end of your first year at UT Dallas. more info

Education AbroadEducation Abroad Walk-in Advising
Friday, April 3 (8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.)
Come to the International Center during Education Abroad walk-in hours for advising without an appointment. more info

Computer ScienceComputer Science Lecture
Friday, April 3 (2 - 3 p.m.)
Title: The Frenetic Project: Declarative Languages for Programming Networks
Speaker: Dr. David Walker, Princeton University. more info

talent showInternational Week: Talent Show
Friday, April 3 (7 - 9:30 p.m.)
The annual show presents the diversity of UT Dallas through song, dance and more. more info

concertInternational Week: World Beats Dance Party
Friday, April 3 (10 p.m. - midnight)
Celebrate the closing of International Week with a broad range of international dance music and learn some new dance moves. more info

Who's Afraid of Chuck and George?‘Who’s Afraid of Chuck and George?’
Feb. 13 - April 4
Artist duo Brian Jones and Brian Scott work together as “Chuck & George,” who are alternately the protagonists and antagonists of a campy universe. more info

Sudarium by Reinhold EngberdingSUDARIUM by Rienhold Engberding
March 7 - April 4
The installation by Reinhold Engberding, a past CentralTrak resident, is the continuation of a series of image “interviews” with the same title, which he started in 2006. more info

AP Senior Honors Thesis Exhibition, Phiona Pham‘True Self: Contextual Identities’
April 3 - 17
The senior honors thesis of Phiona Pham aims to construct a complete image of the subject by examining multiple aspects of her life. more info

Hashtag #TexasIsTexasHashtag #TexasIsTexas’
April 3 - 17
The senior honors thesis of Marco Molina will feature more than 120 images, including some of the most iconic places in Texas. more info

nature sceneComer Collection: ‘Of Nature’
March 27 - April 24
The featured photographers take inspiration from the natural world — from an emphasis on scientific phenomena and the recording of flora and fauna, to fictional images of natural phenomena. more info

Media Contact: Office of Media Relations, UT Dallas (972) 883-2155.

  • international weekLaunch Your Company at 3 Day Startup April 17-19
  • 3 Day Startup will be coming to The University of Texas at Dallas on April 17. The goal of the entrepreneurship event is to help students create companies in three days.

    The deadline to sign up to participate is Wednesday, April 1. read more

  • international weekCelebrate Diversity
    at International Week
  • UT Dallas will celebrate the cultural diversity of the University’s 5,000-plus international students with International Week festivities, Monday through Friday.

    The International Center's annual tradition will showcase international food, music and culture from around the world with a talent show, film night, dance party and more. read more

  • Accolades

  • Alum Receives Award for Public Service from SMU
  • Bill Holston

    Bill Holston Jr.

    Bill Holston Jr. BA’78 has received the 2015 Distinguished Alumni Award for Public Service from Southern Methodist University’s Dedman School of Law during its 28th annual Distinguished Law Alumni Awards.

    Holston is executive director of the Human Rights Initiative of North Texas Inc., which provides legal and support services to refugees and immigrants who have suffered human rights abuses and advocates for international human rights.

    Holston, who studied political science at UT Dallas, serves on the School of Economic, Political and Policy Sciences Advisory Council.

  • Comet Sports
  • baseballTennis vs. St. Catherine
    Monday, March 30, 3 p.m.

    Baseball vs. Mary Hardin-Baylor
    Thursday, April 2, 2 p.m.

    Baseball vs. Mary Hardin-Baylor (doubleheader)
    Friday, April 3, noon and 2:30 p.m.

    To view upcoming tournaments and games, visit
  • Volunteerism
  • Breads & Threads (Off-Campus)
    Monday, March 30 (11:45 a.m. - 3:15 p.m.)

    OSV Info Booth
    Wednesday, April 1 (2 - 3 p.m.)

    Homework Helpers (Off-Campus)
    Thursday, April 2 (3 - 5 p.m.)

    Richardson Animal Hospital (Off-Campus)
    Saturday, April 4 (9 a.m. - noon)

    Volunteer opportunities are available on an ongoing basis. For more events, consult the listings on the Office of Student Volunteerism website.
  • Oral Examinations
  • Dustin M. Simon
    Material Science and Engineering
    Monday, March 30 at 10 a.m.
    ECSN 2.704

    Cary Baur
    Monday, March 30, at 1 p.m.
    ECSS 3.503

    Donovan Lee Hufnagle
    Aesthetic Studies
    Monday, March 30, at 3:30 p.m.
    ATC 1.201

    Lillian Walcott Albritton
    Arts and Humanities
    Tuesday, March 31, at 1 p.m.
    JO 5.602

    Brent Thorn
    Arts and Humanities
    Wednesday, April 1, at noon
    JO 5.602

    Imane Hijal-Moghrabi
    Public Affairs
    Thursday, April 2, at 9 a.m.
    GR 2.326

    George Bert Henson
    Arts and Humanities
    Thursday, April 2, at 1:30 p.m.
    JO 3.530

    Anwesha Banerjee
    Cognition and Neuroscience
    Friday, April 3, at 9 a.m.
    JO 4.306

    Xiaoping Zhao
    Molecular and Cell Biology
    Friday, April 3, at 9 a.m.
    FO 3.616

    Donald Raymond Kretz
    Behavioral and Brain Sciences
    Friday, April 3, at 9 a.m.
    GR 4.209

    Ying Jia
    Public Policy and Political Economy
    Friday, April 3, at 10:30 a.m.
    GR 3.420

    Vivekanand Jeevakumar
    Cognition and Neuroscience
    Friday, April 3, at 1 p.m.
    GR 4.428

    Raymond Campos
    Friday, April 3, at 1:15 p.m.
    SLC 2.303
  • Career Center
  • Conducting an Effective Job Search
    Tuesday, March 31 (11 - 1:45 a.m.)

    JSOM CMC Workshop: Resume Pop-Ups
    Tuesday, March 31 (1 - 3 p.m.)

    Learn Strategic Interviewing Skills
    Wednesday, April 1 (noon - 12:45 p.m.)

    CPT Information Session
    Wednesday, April 1 (2 - 3:30 p.m.)

    JSOM CMC Workshop: Write a Killer Resume
    Wednesday, April 1 (3 - 4 p.m.)

    Meet, Mingle and DIne: Senior Etiquette Dinner
    Wednesday, April 1 (5 - 7 p.m.)

    JSOM CMC Workshop: PMBA Series - Network Now
    Wednesday, April 1 (5:30 - 7 p.m.)

    JSOM Networking Mixer for May/August 2015 Graduates
    Thursday, April 2 (9 - 11 a.m.)

    Employer Insights - Sales as a Career Brought to by Total Quality
    Thursday, April 2 (noon - 1:30 p.m.)

    JSOM CMC Workshop: Last Chance - Come and Go Resume Pop-up
    Friday, April 3 (2:30 - 4 p.m.)

    The center provides resources, employer connections and assistance in support of career paths for students and alumni. For future events, consult listings on the Career Center calendar and JSOM Career Management Center websites.
  • Social Media
  • A number of UT Dallas departments and organizations provide social media channels. A list is available on the Social Media Directory page.

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